“A Name Unknown” by Roseanna M. White— Book Review

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About The Book:

Rosemary Gresham is a thief, and a talented one at that. In fact, she is so talented that people hire her to steal stuff. o_O So it’s no BIG surprise that the mysterious Mr. V hires her for the special job of finding proof that Mr. Peter Holstein is a German sympathizer. Disguised as a librarian (best disguise, ever!),  Rosemary is soon hired by Mr. Holstein to organize his library (which is in a sad state of paper-ly shambles.) What will she discover… *mystery music sounds*

My Review:

THIS book.

Strong heroine? Check. Sweet, realistic romance? Check. Faith Content? Check!

I had read only a couple of Roseanna M White’s before this one—which I liked, by the way. However, this one tops them both so that it shines in a brilliant, sun glaring light. (Not REALLY, so no worries. Eclipse glasses are not needed for the viewing of this book.)

I loved the heroine of this story. She was witty, mentally strong, and street smart. She could take care of herself, and yet was still feminine. This is a balance that I think book heroines need to have more of, and Miss Rosemary Gresham is a prime example.  Also, her story of redemption was sweet. ❤

The hero, Peter Holstein, was also a pretty snazzy character. Honestly, I feel like I related to him in more ways than Rosemary. 😛 He’s a writer who gets sucked up into his own little world, and, as I’m a little familiar with this world, it was cool to read about his authorly quirks. These same quirks also kept him from being Mr. 100% perfect, and I liked that. Characters who are human need to have a flaw to seem real, and Peter would have been wayyy too perfect without his writing induced, distracted brain flaw. Also, the part with him having a stuttering disability was something I’ve never seen in a hero character, and made him all the more authentic. And perhaps more lovable because it made him an adorable fluffball of vulnerability that you just want to cheer on. 🙂

As for the overall story, it was an enjoyable story for me! I liked the subtle mysteries, and the included action scenes. The faith plot was also nicely put in, and made the story touching for me. Imagining the story without it would honestly make it not as good, in my opinion.

I also think White has a wonderful writing voice that engaged me into a world that I could see without her overwhelming  me with too many scenery details. Her characterization is wonderful, and I like how she added in real British slang words that gave this story an extra bit of world building seasoning.

I’m going to give “A Name Unknown” a rating of five, and am looking forward to its sequel, as well as trying more of White’s other published works. 😀

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to the author and publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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Drama Wednesday (19): “Age of Youth” (2016) Drama Thoughts

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“Age of Youth” is a 2016 K-Drama about five college aged girls who live together in a small boarding house. It doesn’t sound terribly engaging from that description, but life can be rather interesting when you put five different tempered girls together…

What I Liked:

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This drama felt more real than the usual drama. I LOVE (*all the hearts*) my Asian dramas. Ya’ll ought to know this if you have been following this blog for at least a week or two. BUT I know that a lot of the stuff that happens in them would probably never happen in real life. 😛 However, this drama is one that I feel could happen. Like a scene where one female character is stranded at a bus station and is NOT rescued by her wealthy, good looking prince charming in a sports car. She actually has to wait for the buses to run again. o_O

The not-so-perfect-heroines. While I’m not advocating some of the stuff they do—one of them is a prostitute, a profession I am not for—I found it interesting to see the lives of girls who don’t always make the best choices, and how they learn from some mistakes. Even the ones who are just average college-going girls have issues that made them seem more relate-able than the usual K-Drama female leads. They are also shown struggling with the simple stuff we girls go through, and I loved seeing I’m not alone in these problems. ❤

Some Christianity positivity. This is subtle, and, no, this drama isn’t Christian. But I’ve noticed how there seems to be a lack of Christianity in entertainment these days, as opposed to a long time ago. As a Christian, I liked how one of the the heroines prays in a couple of scenes. This might not seem like a big deal, but to me, I found it a nice little addition. ❤

The relationship between the girls=friendship goals (except for their fighting, a thing most girls do cause…yeah). There are five, and they are all so different, and yet, through trial and errors, they were still able to form a bond. I just loved it when they stood up for each other.

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What I Was Not So Fond Of:

There is really one overall thing I did not like about this drama, and it is a culmination of little parts. These being What I Call Not-So-Clean-Parts. Perhaps since  this drama portrays a more realistic perspective of life, it does have a lot more sex talk than other dramas I’ve watched. There’s also a scene where some of the girls are about to show another girl some porn, but it cuts off because something happens before they can do so. So, no, this series is not as conservative as some other K-Dramas are. (Though I will say there are no actual sex scenes, nor porn unless you count seeing a guy’s shirt off as such.)

Overall, this drama was fascinating, thought-provoking, and it really touched my heart. I grew attached to the characters even though their’s was a shorter drama than I usually watch (12 episodes). It had some some content I was not favorable of, but other than that I did enjoy it and am curious about its upcoming second season. It’s a rare thing for K-Dramas to have a second season (*inserts thoughts of other dramas I wish had second seasons*), and I hope it exceeds the first. 🙂

“Shades of Milk and Honey” by Mary Robinette Kowal— Book Review

 

 

About The Book:

“Shades of Milk and Honey” is a somewhat simple regency romance that follows the story of Jane, a spinster who is not considered outwardly beautiful, BUT has talent with the art of glamour. The book follows her life as it is entwined with various other characters, and the ensuing drama caused by emotions and magic is rather like an Austen book, except, you know, there’s magic. 😛

My Review:

Have you ever wondered what a Jane Austen book would be like if it had a bit of magic? Well, Miss Austen never got around to writing a book like that (*sad face*) , but Mary Robinette Kowal did, and the result is fantastically charming…

Think about a proper British Regency book or film. Okay, now imagine the characters not only having to deal with the drama of society’s structures BUT also the fact that some people have talents to glamour things, while others do not. Think of a world where illusion can make rooms a bit otherworldly, or hide flaws in one’s features. Sounds fascinating, does it not? That is what this book does. It reads like a historical, but the woven-in magical parts complement it so that the story has an authentic flavor that tastes delicious. (Dare I say magically delicious? 😉 #sorrynotsorry) I am a lover of both historical fiction and fantasy, and so the blend of both was ever so lovely

Another thing I liked about this book? Well, as I’m  a young woman who considers herself to be not outwardly beautiful, I always love finding a book where the heroine is NOT the fairest in the land. It makes her much more relate-able for me. I liked that the story showed Jane for being a likable woman because of who she is inside. And, though she is shown as an inwardly strong woman, the story shows every now and again a vulnerability from her that is felt for not having the desired looks women crave. Jane is now one of my favorite heroines ever. ❤

Dislikes… Hm, one swear word. I also think that this story suffers from not being very fast paced. But that is not a terrible flaw.  Also, the ending was rushed, but since there is a sequel, I won’t complain too much about it.

Overall, “Shades of Milk and Honey” is a sweet book with enough drama to make it interesting. I personally would have preferred more action scenes, but that’s just me. I give it a rating of four.

Also, I listened to this book’s audio book version, and the author narrated it. She did an excellent job. *claps hands in a proper, regency era way*  😀

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

Drama Wednesday (18): “Missing Nine” (2017) Drama Thoughts

Over the weekend and the beginning of this week, I went on a short vacation with my family to the mountains. It was fun, save for my hyperventilating moments when we were on roads with mile high lookouts and NO GUARDRAILS. What even, road makers? Put up some guardrails, sheesh. 😛

Anyways, I did not fall off any mountains, and, thankfully, for my trip I rode in a car and was nowhere near an island in the middle of an ocean, so there was no danger of my being stranded on an island after being in a plane crash like the characters in the drama I’m discussing today, “Missing Nine.”

 

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So, this drama is basically about some survivors of a plane crash who end up on a deserted island, and the circumstances that occur during and after it. My thoughts…

What I Liked:

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The male lead. The male lead (Jung Kyung Ho) really made this drama for me. He was one of those characters who was funny in the way that he joked around with the female lead, and how he acted calm and unconcerned when facing some of the bad situations he was in. I plan to see if any other dramas he is in interest me, because he impressed me in this one.

The show had parts that were emotionally stirring, in that I wanted to know how things would end up, or a character wold face a nail-biting worrisome situation that had my gaze glued to the screen or feeling kind of anxious.

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The closeness developed between some of the plane wreck’s survivors. Yeah, some of them had their moments where they betrayed each other, but, overall, the friendship they knit became powerful enough to overcome some strenuous situations.

Parts with playfulness. This drama had some intense situations, and it could really have been a mood downer if the writers had not added some levity by including comicalness to it. I have seen that it was thought to be overdone, and perhaps if you are looking for a straight-up thriller, the comedic parts would seem out of place. I, however, enjoy a laugh when I’m watching my dramas, and did not much mind this drama’s funnies (though, I discuss below the part of the humor that I did not really enjoy.).

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

Okay, the ending was a bit of a crickets chirping kind of thing. Like, it was not a horrible ending. It was just somewhat too fast and some of it did not make sense. It was happy, and I did like how the ending showed the characters being forgiving toward one character, but, still, the some stuff needed to be explained. Could have used another episode. This picture from Dramafever explains the feeling after finishing this series:

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While not a huge problem for me personally, I do think this drama suffered from its lack of mood consistency. It’s like a survival story turned thriller turned kind of a comedy. I liked the funny parts, but all the mood jumps just overall made this drama feel uneven. :-/

Did I like this drama? Yes. Did I love it? Eh, parts of it. However, as a whole it was not as good as it could have been… I did like that its plane crash plot was unique from many dramas I have seen, though, and, of course, I liked the above stuff I mentioned. If I was to rate it, I’d give it a solid four our of five.

Also, just want to say that I still prefer DK’s “Flight 29 Down” when it comes to Island survival shows. 😉

“Exiles” by Jaye L. Knight—Book Spotlight + Giveaway

I’m spotlighting Jay L. Knight’s newest book in her “Ilyon Chronicles” today. This fantasy series is unique in that, while it has the swords, woods, dragons, and dangers of fantasy novels (you know, the basic essentials of the fantasy book checklist), there is no magic. That’s right, NO MAGIC. Say what? It is different, but a good different. 😀 Let me assure you that Jaye L. Knight has done an awesome job of creating a fantasy world without magic in the books I’ve read in this series (1&2), and I’m sure she continues with book three, and book four, “Exiles.”  😀

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About the Book

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Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir but, with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

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About the Author

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Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

 

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.

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Drama Wednesday (17): “My Sassy Girl” (2017) Drama Thoughts

Today for Drama Wednesday, I’d like to share some thoughts on the 2017 K-drama, “My Sassy Girl.” This drama is about a princess who is searching for her missing mother, and the escapades she gets into while secretly doing so.

(There’s also some political stuff, a romance plot, and plenty of little funny moments that should extract at least one smile from its viewers.)

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What I Liked:

This drama, while not 100% hilarious at ALL times, had some fun, comedic elements. I love comedy when it is done well, and this drama did so in some parts. This is a historical that does have some serious political moments, YET it is not all seriousness, and I appreciated that. Historicals can be SO SOMBER. :’-( Yet, while this one has its tear-bringing times, it isn’t terribly heavy. Plus, the ending was my favorite ending for a historical yet. ❤

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The actress who played the princess, Oh Yeon Seo, was amazing. Like, wow, her facial expressions were AWESOME. Whoever picked her to play this role chose the perfect actress to play a sassy princess.

I loved that the princess in this drama was sassy. Yeah, she is pretty much my favorite Joseon princess ever. No perfectly graceful girl here. She does mature some as the series progresses, but she never truly loses her sassy-ness.

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The relationship between the princess and her two servants. They could be so funny. 🙂

The political and action stuff. I went into this drama expecting it not be terribly serious, but the series does not start off with fluffy moments and silly antics. It starts in a rather serious way, and this kind of threw me off. However, once the funny elements were thrown in, I slowly began to appreciate the non-silly, political and action stuff. Gave this drama a bit more, well, drama. 🙂

What I Did Not Care For:

It took me getting past the first episode and half of the second episode to really get into this drama. Like I said, the show did not start as I thought it would, and the very beginning was not terribly funny, and actually a bit confusing. o_O

There was some crude humor. I like humor, but I do not appreciate it when it is crude.

 

I liked this unique historical, overall. It did not end making me want to throw something at the screen at the end because of a shocking ending, and it was not dreary. It had just enough light-hearted moments that make my heart feel sparkly when I think about them. 😀

 

“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer—Book Review

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About The Book:

A retelling of the fairy tale, “Cinderella,” set in a futuristic world in the new East Asian city, New Beijing, and starring a cyborg Cinderella. It. is. so. awesome. 😀

My Review:


There are reasons this book has been gotten such praise. Not only is it a unique take on a classic fairy tale,  it’s also an interesting retelling with a Cinderella that won’t be easy to forget. She’s not the typical “perfect” girl waiting for prince charming. She’s a girl whose plight made me cheer for her— I wanted her to overcome her obstacles (Go Cinder. FIGHTING!). Sometimes her attitude was a bit much, but, over all, I found with her sense of humor, as well as her not- easily- seen- heart, that she is a heroine I liked reading about.  As for the prince, Kai? Yay for a prince who was a character who had more depth than the original Disney prince charming. I love his sarcastic wit, which definitely added some awesomeness to his interactions with Cinder. (He has ended up as being one of my favorite princes in books.)

I also liked most of the different “twists” this book took with the Cinderella fairy tale. I can tell that either one, Marissa Meyer put quite a bit of thought into giving an engaging read with unexpected turns, or, two, she’s a master at taking a story where the reader did not know it would go when they first started reading it.

I quite enjoyed the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. It has likable characters, as well as a setting (slightly reminiscent to Star Wars and even Wall-E) that gives the old fairy tale a fascinating perspective. The major things I wasn’t partial to in this story was that there was use of some bad words, and some of the story was sad, but I liked it over all liked it so much that I have read its novel sequels, re-read it TWICE, and, almost two tears ago, went on a few hours long trip to meet Marissa Meyer (one of the BEST DAYS EVER! Picture with her at bottom of this post.).

I give “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer a rating of five.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

 

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