Mini Book Reviews #1

Oi! I feel as if I have neglected the book part of my blog. I’ve been meaning to write some reviews, but with work, I’ve just not had much time where I want to try and force thoughts from my head. However, before I forget some of these books, here are a few mini-reviews of some books I’ve read.

30653719“Beauty and the Beast” retellings have been some of my favorites to read, and it was with some excitement that I added the 2017 release “Hunted,” to my TBR  list. I pre-ordered it, waited for it to arrive (*hates waiting for books to arrive*), and then read it. Sadly, I did not like this book as much as I hoped I would. Honestly, it just wasn’t as fast paced as it looks. Yeah, I liked parts of it. I guess, with the lack of a lot of action, it just didn’t have enough of a magical, fairy tale feel that I like in retellings. I also like books that have lots of characters, but there were long spots with just the Beast and Beauty. Especially at the Beast’s castle, there were no side characters to add that extra little charm. In the end, I give it a rating of three.

106I’ve seen this book around, but not often shown in a positive light. But it looked so cool. I mean, mummies? I love mummies. Ignoring the criticisms of others, I decided to see for myself if this was a book for me. It was. No, it’s not perfect, but boy did it entertain me. It was simply a fun adventure romance that I could escape into, and I’m glad I did. Was it similar to the Tiger’s Curse series? Maybe, but not enough that it was not its own story. I loved the characters, the settings… I guess the worse part was the end. Sad, but there’s hope with the sequel. I give “Reawakened” by Colleen Houck a rating of four.

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The next book I’d like to give a few quick thoughts on is “Three Wishes” by Lisa T. Begren. I really do not have much to say about this book. I mean, it was nice enough. It lacked (compared to its series’ predecessor) in the action and adventure department, but it was cool getting to  read about some of the history of the Spanish in California. It is a subject I’ve not read much of, and I found it a nice change in book scenery. No, this one is not as good as Bergren’s original “River of Time” series, but it was not an all together bad time travel story. Just…different? Maybe more of a romance than the original series? Anyways, I give it a rating of three and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

Drama Wednesday (4): Favorite Dramas-Part One

Today I thought I’d share what are some of my favorite dramas in a two part post.

“Gu Family Book”

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This is the drama that got me into Korean dramas, which eventually led to me trying dramas from other Asian countries. Anywho, “Gu Family Book” (chosen at random from a list my friend sent me) grabbed a hold of me more than I could have imagined. Yeah, the ending stinketh. Like, really, it has been years since I first watched it, and I still think they should have made a sequel (which I doubt will ever happen *tears*).

“Flower Boys Next Door”

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“Flower Boys Next Door” is my number two drama. I found it relate-able in so many ways, and still do. The story follows a young woman who almost never leaves her apartment because she has suffered from some bullying, and she feels safest in her little home where she edits books for a living. She’s made a habit of watching her next door neighbor with a pair of binoculars, harboring a secret crush. It is when she is spying one day that she is caught by Enrique, a game maker genius who finds her hermit-like ways a challenge to beat. Such a lovely drama, and one I’ve watched more than once. 😀

“Boys Over Flowers”

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“Boys Over Flowers” is a very popular series, and probably my favorite Korean Drama. I watched the whole thing in like, four days. Maybe less. And then when it was over, I re-watched it.  I now own a DVD set of the series and my very own kissing star necklace, plus my friend sent me a BOF mug that I love to bits. And yes, I kind of want to go and watch it again as I post this. It is indeed the drama I have watched the most, and the one I love the most.

“Brilliant Legacy” a.k.a. “Shining Inheritance”

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“Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy” caught my eye because it is said that, while being aired at the same time, it sometimes had higher ratings than “Boys Over Flowers” in Korea. Like, say what? I decided to watch it, and I found that this Cinderella type story actually was pretty good. So yes, now I’m glad I gave it a try. It’s not as popular as BOF is with the international viewers these days, BUT I can see how it could have garnered higher ratings from others. Yes, I admit that I personally like “Boys Over Flowers” better, but this one is also one of my favorites. If only the dvd sets of it were not so expensive.

“The Master’s Sun”

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“The Master’s Sun” is part scary, part comedy. It’s about a girl who was seriously injured. When she woke up, she could see ghosts! The ghosts like to ask her to do things for them, or sometimes just talk, and the end result is that she gets little sleep because some of the ghosts are frightening or won’t stop bothering her until she does what they ask. One day she meets a guy who, when she touches him, the ghosts disappear… Another series I own on dvd, this one does have its freaky moments, but it also has its humorous and sweet times. I’m actually rewatching it at this time… *along with watching some other dramas. so many dramas, guys, so many.

Drama Wednesday (1)

I have this thing for Asian Dramas. It started almost three years ago when I started writing to my very dear friend, Joni (*waves at dear friend*), and she said she liked to watch Korean Dramas. Though I was not sure how anyone could possibly enjoy watching a show where you had to use subtitles to know what everyone is saying, I thought I’d ask her for a list of Dramas she liked. Long story short, a few months later I decided to try one, and it turned me into a monstrous fan-girl lover of Asian shows. So where once I was not sure if I could like them, they are now some of my favorite things to watch.

So, seeing that I like Asian dramas, I thought it would be fun to sometimes come on here and discuss what I’m watching, how I’m liking it… Basically bombarding you with a fandom I share with no one in real life. Perhaps throwing in some western dramas when I feel like it…and am, you know, actually watching a Western set drama. (Btw, by Western, I mean non-Asian, not cowboys.)

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The first one I’m watching is “General and I,” a Chinese historical drama about a general and a maid who are in love, but are from two enemy regions. I think what I like most about this drama is how it sort of reminds me of  “The Winner’s Curse” series by Marie Rutoski. The maid is a skilled battle strategist, and it is interesting watching her as she does things that seem reckless, but turn out to be winning maneuvers for her and her people. Yay for wit battles! Other things I like are the pretty costumes, and the battle scenes are pretty engaging. I’m on episode 11, and so far I’m really liking it!

 

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“Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms” is a fantasy about a girl who falls in love with a god, and ends up forgetting about him. I’m sure there’s more to it, but that seems to be the main selling line. I decided to give it a try because it is apparently pretty popular, and, after watching “Ice Fantasy” and suffering from some Chinese Fantasy withdrawal, maybe it will help. I’ve only seen one episode, but it is interesting with lots of pretty colors and plot twists. Plus, there’s a Chinese version of a Ghumio, and I love me some Ghumio characters. 😀

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Finally, I’m watching the currently airing K-Drama, “Radiant Office.” This show follows a young woman who has finally found a job after trying over 100 times. However, she’s also found out that she’s dying and has only six months. This one is a comedy mixed with some more serious elements. I like how the heroine has such a vivid imagination, showing what she wants to do versus what she really does. Relate-able, this is. It’s also cool how she’s determined to keep going for as long as she has left. I’m not sure how this drama will end, but it has potential for making me cry, just saying.

“It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist- Mini Book Review

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The story follows a young man named Cullen. Cullen is a farmer who just so happened to invent an automatic fire extinguishing system (Pretty big deal in the late nineteenth century.). After his father practically forces Cullen to show his invention at the Chicago World’s Fair, Cullen finds himself in the very noisy machinery building at the fair (not to mention very far away from his fiance…). Due to the loud noise of the building—and the fact that he’s losing his hearing— Cullen soon seeks out the help of a teacher who he hopes will help him to learn to lip read so he can understand what his prospective customers are saying. A romance soon begins between him and the teacher, but what about the girl waiting for him at home?

My Review:

I honestly don’t have a lot to say about this book, though not because it was bad or anything. I actually quite enjoyed it, and managed to read it in two days (not something I often do). It was a fun read that was filled with such detail that I now feel like I went to the the Chicago World’s Fair even though I didn’t because (obviously) I was not living in the late nineteenth century. The romance was sweet, and the main characters were lovable. It wasn’t my favorite book by Deeanne Gist, but I found it an overall likable read that I recommend to those who enjoy a romantic story that transports them back in time. (Seriously, the detail’s that good, ya’ll.)

I give “It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.