Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves # 7


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews  and is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves be it in virtual form or physical. You can include books you’ve won, bought, borrowed from the library or review books.


In the month of February I got...

Bought 


I've done pretty good this month since I stopped myself from buying more than 2 books even though the temptation was there! I kept telling myself no Betsy no! You already have so many books and no space to put them! The struggle is REAL you guys! 

Won

Scorched (Scorched #1)  by Mari Mancusi
Shattered (Scorched #2) by Mari Mancusi

I've been meaning to start the Scorched series by Mari Mancusi who is one of my favorite author's but before that I seriously have to thank Anya @ On Starships & Dragonwings for sending them both to me along with The Leveller, thank you so much Anya! As for Blue Lily, Lily Blue I am so in love with this series and also have to give a thanks to Read Now Sleep Later for this amazing book and also the signed book plates! Which I forgot to take pictures of, crap! *facepalm* 

For Review

Ebooks

Awoken (The Lucidites #1) by Sarah Noffke
Inked by Eric Smith
Forbidden (Forbidden #1) by Kimberely Griffiths Little

Physical books

The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) by Maureen Johnson (I'm reviewing this for Of Spectacles and Books)
Black Moon: A Novel  by Kenneth Calhoun
Escape Through the Wilderness by Gary Rodriguez
Watch the Shadows by Robin Winter

Okay, I'll admit I have quite a few books to review but you see I didn't buy any, right? Muahahaha Yep I found a loophole! Although most of these books don't have to be reviewed until another month or two. I am already reading them so yep I'm organized when I want to be. Although some of these books are a bit out of the genre I normally read, I decided to give them a chance. I want to widen my reading genre, let's see how it goes!


That's all for this week! Leave a comment and/or link to your Stacking the Shelves. I'll make sure to check them out too. Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Your house is burning down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. What three books?

WHAT? No! Just THREE! I can't do that! No, don't make me choose! Please no!!


*breathes in and out*  Okay! Okay! Okay! as much as it pains me to just pick three I will. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!  
I choose..........Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper, Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder, and The Winner's Curse (which I haven't read yet). Forgive me! *starts petting all her books*

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman


Publication: September 1, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Western

Goodreads Summary

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Red Rose Gang for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.  In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation. 

Why I'm desperate for Vengeance Road: 

Apart from never having read a Western book (which is why I want to), I love it when girls disguise themselves as boys. Is that weird? Probably, but I love it anyways! And she's on a journey which I'm sure will lead her to an awesome adventure! It just sounds so amazeballs, and I want to read it so badly!


What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury (ARC) Review



Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, High Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Pages: 320

Goodreads Summary 

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

My Review

The Sin Eater's Daughter was much more magnificent than I had anticipated it was full of evil, murder, romance, high fantasy and a whole lot of horrifying deceptions and that is exactly what made this book such a captivating read. Melinda Salisbury's debut has definitely left a mark on me and I'm sure on other's as well.

Twylla the girl with the power that can kill was truly something to behold she was a different type of protagonist, one that I'm certainly not used to. At the beginning we never see her as much of anything except an obedient girl who followed the evil queen's rule. Naive and clueless or so we think, to me it seemed like she was shutting herself in trying not to question anything though she didn't always agree with who the queen ordered her to execute. Twylla wasn't very strong but she was clever, she knew that to disobey the queen meant death. She'd already seen how the queen's wrath looked like, it made even the strongest of men cower in fear. Her character growth throughout the book just added to the enjoyment, seeing her stand up and go against what she was told and not just believe in it made me like her although she did have a little help.

Lief her guard and love interest was amazing and lovable, he made Twylla come out of her shell and their romance is just too beautiful for words. I fell in love with Lief just as Twylla did and when he hurt, I hurt too. Twylla (and me) loved and trusted him and his smiles. And I still love him but that ending! I can't believe it no I won't believe it. The feelings they have for each other are so raw and real! I refuse to believe anything else.

Although there was a sort of love triangle, for me it didn't feel like one which was a first. It didn't feel like a regular love triangle because Twylla wasn't going back and forth between two guys. She knew all along whom she loved but knew she couldn't just leave the prince they were betrothed after all, she'd be dead and so would Lief. The romance was very swoon-worthy! The prince, I had mixed feelings about he always stated she was the only bride for him but I never got the sense that he truly loved her though he did care about her that much I knew.

The plot is definitely one you won't be expecting, it will make you think that you already know what's going to happen but then take a whole other direction.The twist and turns that happen will leave you wanting and breathless for more. The mystery and murder will have you flipping the pages unable to stop and by the end you'll just want to read it all over again! The ending will destroy you but then the epilogue will save you and then all you'll be able to think about is the sequel! No there is no cliffhanger but I still can't help but want the next book!

The Sin Eater's Daughter will take you on the ride of your life and leave you reeling! 

Rating: 5 stars

I received this in exchange for an honest review through Edelweiss.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Do you like fantasy or realistic books?

I love love love fantasy, it's my favorite genre! Although I have read realistic books I haven't read that many but even then........Fantasy will always be my number one choice! What about everyone else? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shutter by Courtney Alameda (ARC) Review



Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy, Thriller, Romance
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Pages: 384

Goodreads Summary

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.


My Review

I'm speechless I seriously am, I feel like none of what I say could ever give this book justice. It was that amazing (for the lack of a better word)! This book apart from the horror and non-stop action had such wonderful written character's that I can't even begin to describe my love for them. The plot was to die for, it kept me glued to this book until the middle of the night and even when my eyes were getting watery I couldn't stop until I reached the end, I had to know. Yes, there was horror and enough gore to go around which would normally scare me off but I was caught off guard because I couldn't put it down.

Micheline is one character that will forever stay in my mind she was just so hurt and her past was so tragic and yet she managed to keep going (I don't want to spoil anything but my heart really hurt for her! The guilt and pain she felt was so heart wrenching). She was such an amazing heroine and I just have so much respect for her! She could kick some ghost ass like nobody else but she could also be very stubborn and that was one of her shortcomings but at the same time I believe her strength came from her stubbornness and that kept her from falling into a black hole of despair. She was cold, calculating and, intense (other character's stated this a lot) she had to be though in order to save her loved ones and herself which wouldn't be easy but she knew she had try even when it seemed impossible and that to me is a true brave heroine.


Ryder the love interest, he was just all kinds of kick ass! I love him he was a little rough around the edges but when it came to Micheline his soft side came out. She brought the best out of him and so did he, they were each other's strength. You could tell they truly cared for one another even when they tried to stay away from each other because they couldn't be together since she's a Helsing and he's not. Their struggles and their pain felt so real to me! You would think that with trying to save themselves from a horrible death, there wouldn't be enough room for romance (at least I did) but there was most definitely romance and I loved it completely. It was a wonderfully done romance (none of that instalove or triangle drama) it grew from friendship to love. It was just beautiful to read about and I gushed every time they just brushed hands the chemistry you guys the chemistry it was very swoon-worthy. Oh and don't worry the romance didn't take over the story completely it fit right in without being the sole purpose of the book which I love.

The side character's were just as amazing as well Oliver and Jude just added to my love for this book Jude especially. Oliver was the techno-wiz for the operation and Jude was the strong boy with the devil-may-care attitude at least that's what he lead his friends to believe and also able to predict people's death . All of them together were amazing they could crack jokes even in the face of danger although they would sober up quickly when it became serious and the banter between Jude and Ryder I just loved. I grew to care for their character's as well! They were all just such powerful character's because they made me feel so much emotion and made me want to scream and cry at the same time. They were all just so brilliantly written!

The horror part of the book was spot-on! There was gore which was very gruesome and the descriptions were very well done as well, I could picture all of it, down to the severed eye sockets *shudders* and it totally gave me goosebumps and heart palpitations. There were ghost's, demons, mirrors which are portals for the dead, ouija boards there was just so much horror and creepiness in this book that I will never look at a mirror/ouija board the same again.

Shutter was just all kinds of amazing and it's one book you definitely won't want to miss!

Rating: 5 stars

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett


Publication: September 22, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Romance

Goodreads Summary

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

Why I'm desperate for Blood and Salt:

That summary, you guys! It has definitely spiked my interest! As soon as I read "unrequited love and murder" I was so in, I've always believed that love and death should go hand in hand (kidding I don't believe that I'm just being morbid right now). It sounds like a good murder/mystery/romance story so I am definitely picking this up when it comes out.


What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder Review



Series: Healer #1
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Fiction
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Pages: 390

Goodreads Summary

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for.

My Review

I love fantasy! It's my go-to genre whenever I feel a bit out of the weather and this book was exactly what I needed! It had everything I love about fantasy, the world-building, romance, action, powers (that I would like to have but at the same time I don't want to have).

Avry of Kazan a powerful selfless heroine (who at times I love and hate) who takes the diseases of other's and absorbs it into herself and is hunted instead of thanked for her troubles. She moves from place to place just trying to survive in a plague-ridden world but leaves a string of healed children along the way which is her down fall and what gets her captured and almost killed if it wasn't for Kerrick (the douche bag) and his band of merry men. Kerrick isn't a complete douche but for mostly half of the book he is! He treats Avry very poorly I get that he needs her to heal someone very important for him but he chose the worst way to go about it.

Kerrick's gang I completely loved especially Flea I found him to be cute and stubborn. Belen I found hilarious and loved his banter with his friends, he was such a wonderful character and he was kinder to Avry than Kerrick ever was. As for Loren and Quain they just added to the hilarious banter but also helped in the action department. Apart from the characters what I truly loved was the adventure part, they went everywhere and there was always a knew danger if it wasn't deadly flowers it was other's hunting Avry there was nonstop action and I was so entertained.

The romance was well I'm actually not really sure, I'll admit I hated Kerrick because of how he treated Avry but I grew out of it somewhat but still couldn't truly see him as her love interest. I suppose the romance between them was heart-warming and sweet for other's but for me I just couldn't really feel it I mean Kerrick just treated Avry really just terrible and she fell for that? I just it doesn't make sense to me but that's love I guess...I'll see how it goes when I read the sequel.

If you love fantasy this book is a must it was entertaining and I couldn't put it down!

Rating: 4 stars

Friday, February 13, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday



Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Do you use the # FF on twitter on Fridays? If you do, are you afraid you’ll forget someone and they’ll be sad?

I don't use # FF because I actually *cringes* had no idea there was such a thing. I swear I'd never heard of it until right now! And I'm still not sure what that is, is it like tweeting to all the bloggers who do an FF and adding the hash tag? That would be a very long tweet and  to be truthful I kind of suck at adding hash tags for things on Twitter,  I know what you're thinking its not that hard all you have to do is add the hash tag and be done with it but for some reason I always either forget to add them or I write them wrong and then I can't edit my tweet and I just feel so lame (I didn't even know that you're not supposed to put a space in your hash tags or else it comes out separately and its totally something different).  Damn you hash tags!!! Sorry went off in the wrong direction but yeah I don't use the FF hash tag....

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

A Madness So Discreet  by Mindy McGinnis


Publication: October 8, 2015

Genre: Young Adult,  Historical Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Goodreads Summary 

Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.
 

Why I'm desperate for A Madness So Discreet:

That COVER, you guys!!! It's so hauntingly beautiful and creepy that I cannot help but be pulled in by it. And that hook line at the end just made me so very desperate for this book. I can't stop rereading that summary! This book just looks so dark and mysterious and I want it! Gahh and it comes out 2 weeks before my birthday! Oh yeah, I'm totally buying myself this book! 

What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!






Monday, February 9, 2015

Redemption (Redemption #1) by R.K. Ryals Review


Goodreads | Amazon

Series: Redemption #1
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Horror
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Pages: 340

Goodreads Summary

“The Time has come when He will come looking. She is ready. I have faith in her. She is her father’s daughter. She carries my blood. And I will never forgive myself for feeding her to the wolves.” ~Bezaliel from Redemption~

Dayton Blainey is a foul-mouthed, grief stricken teenager forced to live with a religiously eccentric aunt she barely knows following the death of her parents. Often upstaged by her moral older sister, Amber, Dayton is often flung into the shadows. Little does she know that there is more to her than meets the eye.

When Dayton's Wiccan best friend, Monroe, sees a vision outside Dayton's bedroom window, a catalyst of events is set in motion that will change Dayton's life forever. She is faced with one major question: Who is she?

Dayton and her friends discover the truth behind this question is so much bigger than anyone ever imagined.

Redemption is the suspenseful story of one young woman who must disentangle herself from a web of lies endangering her soul, and who discovers an attraction to a mysterious stranger that may just kill her.

My Review

Redemption is a favorite of mine and I just can't seem to ever get over it! It's one of those books that stays in your favorite's list forever. Everything in this book was just amazing, the plot, the characters, and even the slow building romance. It's such an amazing book and I still can't believe that its free on Amazon.

Dayton Blainey (the protagonist) is by far my favorite character, she's just so hilarious! Even in the midst of danger, she manages to keep her sarcasm and sass. Her potty mouth and dark humor just make me love her so much! I loved being in her head and seeing things through her point of view. The things she found out and the betrayal she felt was so heart wrenching but she managed to make the best of it and make me laugh along the way. She's such an amazing girl that I cannot stop myself from loving her outrageous nature. By the way I also loved her relationship with her friend's Monroe and Connor, they were just awesome together, there was never a dull moment you could tell that they truly cared for each other.

Marcas the HOT demon love interest was just my kind of guy. He wasn't the brooding type or the kind type. He's been living for god knows how long so he doesn't show much emotion and the little emotion that he did show he hid it well (though not well enough since Dayton did catch him). And I know what your thinking, how can I love him when he doesn't really show emotion but the thing is his past is enough for me, he's had such a horrible life being a demon and all, even in the romance department he truly has no one. But Dayton changed that even though she did annoy the hell out of him (see what I did there) and he felt like throttling her, she made him feel something other than anger (though there was a lot of that).

The romance was truly my favorite part, Dayton and Marcas despised each other and I get why since they were basically forced together in a bond that neither wanted because of Marcas' brother Damon. And I admit at times Marcas was a complete jerk but he still protected Dayton even when they were angry at each other, he had his priorities straight. Which is why the romance was very slow and although they grew to care for each other little by little, I loved it because it wasn't just attraction with them and they both knew that this wasn't the time for romance. Plus I loved how they annoyed and teased each other it was truly a sight to behold or read in this case. I loved it when they bickered and exasperated each other, I got a good laugh out of it.

The journey they had to take in order to get unbound was truly one heck of a ride. And they weren't alone either Monroe and Connor, Dayton's best friends were there too which just added more trouble and hilarity to the journey. I especially loved the airplane scene! My favorite scene of the whole book! Althouth the journey hasn't ended it's just beginning! I truly loved this book in all its entirety!

This book had it all! Action, adventure, suspense, demons, and romance! Give this book a chance! You won't be disappointed!

Rating: 4 stars

Friday, February 6, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Do you read more than 1 book at a time, and if so, how, like a certain amount of pages per book before moving on to the next one in the queue? 

*raises hand very slowly* I do this ....a lot! I try not to but gahh I just can't! I always go back to it....after a couple of weeks. I'm usually reading the first couple of chapters but start getting a little bored or I'm just not in the mood for it anymore (or something happened in it, that seriously ruined me but of course I'll go back to it when I get over it) and I just go to another one. And I do admit at times it does get confusing but I learned to use these wonderful inventions called sticky notes (haha) for print books and with my kindle well I highlight and write notes on them. Although I am trying to stop myself from doing this, let's hope I can follow through! ;)

P.S. My thoughts feel scattered right now just like my reading habits! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei ~ Chinese Drama



Name: Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei
Language: Chinese with English Subtitles
Episodes: 30 

Summary 

Li Ge Xiao is skilled in martial arts and has the brains to match. At one point, he was a high ranking Marshal with great law enforcement authority, but after his enemy framed him and executed his family, he became a fugitive. He comes out of hiding years later to help a former colleague recover stolen gold for disaster relief. He forms a bandit group known as "Yi Zhi Mei" with his new partners, thief Yan San Niang, grafter He Xiao Mei, and muscle Chai Hu, that robs the rich and the corrupted and gives to the poor and the helpless.


My Review

This Chinese drama gives a whole new meaning to epic! It has everything you could ever want in a show. Heart wrenching moments, comedic moments, romance, friendship and each character has their own back story. This show is just amazeballs and I was so depressed to see it end because I truly came to love all the characters. ALL of them!

Before I talk about the character's I would love to state something that this Chinese drama had and that all the others (that I've watched) don't which made me love (and fangirl) about it. Comic drawings! Yes, you heard me in this drama they incorporated the comic drawings that this drama is based on (which is a Korean comic). The surprising thing is that the character's look similar to the comic drawings!

Here's a picture if your curious!


Here's a gif as well! Truly AMAZING!




The Characters:


Yan San Niang (played by Cecilia Liu)
(My favorite actress! I love all her drama's! She's such an amazing actress.)

Now this is one kickass, no-nonsense type of girl although she was a thief she was a petty one only stealing things other's couldn't though she does have an obsession with pearls (but can you blame her? They're so pretty!!) She's one cold and calculating girl but slowly her heart that was encased in an ice wall, little by little starts to melt as she grows to care for her partners in crime. She is such a great character and her back story literally had me balling my eyes out (I'm not telling because then that'll spoil it for you) but even though she had such a sad back story she can seriously handle her own battles. Her sword-fighting was just amazeballs. I always love tragic heroine's because they're always so strong and although she is a strong girl she also had her vulnerable moments, she has scars just like everyone else. But she wasn't just strong, she could be adorable and hilarious while still being badass which to me seems pretty hard to do but she did it with such ease and I just loved her for it. 


Li Ge Xiao (played by Wallace Huo)
(He's such a sexy beast! Haha! It sounded better in my head.)

Li Ge Xiao is the leader of Yi Zhi Mei the heroes that protect the poor and bring justice to light when there is no one else to do it. His past is even more tragic! What he went through, god I really felt for him, his pain felt so real! He kept to himself and drank A LOT but it was understandable! He had such pain and loneliness inside him that you just grew to care for and really want to hug him! And as a matter of fact, I feel like if he hadn't stolen from the rich to give to the poor (or looked for the truth) with his friends  (especially *cough* San Niang) he would have stayed and died that way, he found a reason to live with them and so did they and that to me is true friendship and love. The feels, you guys! The feels!


Chai Hu (played by Xing Yu)
(He's really strong! He has bulging muscles when he takes off his shirt. No, of course I didn't replay the scene. *acts innocent*)

Chai Hu is a head-strong, reckless ruffian who at first puts on a show of not caring about anyone and just about money. But the truth is no matter how much he tries to hide it he cares too much about his friends. Whenever they're in danger he feels like he needs to go save them or he blames himself for not protecting them. His character really grew on me so much, he's such a straight-forward guy and although he is very reckless (its mostly brute force with him. Lol) he just can't control his emotions he's not afraid to barge into enemy territory to save his friends which can possibly get him killed but still sweet. Plus apart from that he is also hilarious there is never a dull moment with him. (Mini spoiler! My favorite scene is when San Niang and Xiao Mei are trying to take him a shower because he smells really bad but he kept fighting them off while they thought of ways to trick him into taking a shower. That scene had me laughing so much. God I love this drama so much.)


Xiao Mei ( Ma Tian Yu)
(He's such a cutie!)

Xiao Mei is the scaredy cat of them all he's afraid to fight but when it comes down to it, he does what he has to. His strength is make up and costumes, he was actually a (terrible) opera singer and dressed as a women which by the way was just really weird because he actually looked like one. He's been alone ever since his mother died that is until he meet's the gang. He's also a medic and creates his own medicine which is exactly what they need especially since they are heroes after all and tend to get injured.

The Villain (There always has to be a villain in every hero story.) 


Ying Wu Qi (played by Edwin Sui)
(Great villain! Totally had me fooled!)

Ying Wu Qi the villain of the story! Even he had a back story, tragic as it was, he could have chosen the path of good but no instead he chose the road to greed and evil. I understand and even pitied him! That was until, he did those horrible things he did. Just because you've had the love of your life killed right in front of you and weren't able to do anything still doesn't make it right to kill many innocent's. You chose wrong but I think you knew that but you just wanted to hurt Li Ge Xiao just as much as your were hurt. Li Ge Xiao and Ying Wu Qi have a past, a tragic one. They were friends up until that horrible incident.... 

The Romance: 
Gahh! My  beautiful SHIP!!

They truly cared for each other! (Such love!)

Li Ge Xiao and Yan San Niang's romance was well done! It was a slow blooming romance, the kind that grow's very slowly which just makes it that more romantic. They're heroes after all, they have to save the world and all that jazz, there's no time for love...and yet they found it. Both of them with their tragic past found in each other the strength they needed and filled the loneliness they've felt for years! Such a wonderful, couple! I just... the FEELS!! They found love in each other's arms! So romantic! *fans self*

The Plot:

These character's were truly inspirational, all of them had such sad lives but when they met each other that changed. They became this tight-knit family that I would just love to be apart of. They were vulnerable, strong, caring and just so lovable. They all had a part to play and man did they play it good, such amazing character's. I just cannot say it enough! They were all just so beautiful! The plot was amazing as well in each episode it was always a new villain or group of villains that they had to fight and protect those who were wronged. They never refused to stop helping people even when those same people betrayed them. Even when their face's and name's were plastered on walls as the most wanted criminal's they stuck through it and became such amazing heroes. Plus the fighting scene's were really amazing, there's so much action and excitement going on it's totally awesome. Truly magnificent! 

By the way I seriously love the opening! I love love love the lyrics to the opening! 
"Those who know sorrow, know pain 
Forget your times of weakness
But never forget the passion in your heart."
Such powerful lyrics!

Video opening! In case my review didn't convince you to go watch this right now! (Or when you have time.)



This Chinese drama's in HD, by the way. Normally not a lot of Chinese drama's are but thank the gods this one is.


Before I go I'd like to leave you guys with some awesome quotes from this drama that I truly found inspiring. If you don't mind, that is!

Here they are:

"It may take an entire lifetime's worth of efforts to be a good person, but being a bad person only takes one intention."

"From where you've fallen is where you get up. Don't look for excuses anymore. I don't know how you made it here today but I will remind you, that the most difficult moment is the moment right before you succeed."

“Every person has a life. However, not everybody understands it. Those who do not understand life see it as a punishment. As a person, we should sing happily for depatures. Those who cry and feel heartaches for depatures usually mean that they cry for not doing it right when they were together. It turns out they feel heartache because they didn’t understand to appreciate. Only when people know to treasure what they have, they won’t feel regretful when it’s time to say goodbye. Isn’t goodbye just welcoming another new beginning? Isn’t it worth to sing happily for? Just like throughout this whole journey, we’ve come across so many setbacks, wind and rain. What we couldn’t get past most wasn’t when the sky and earth crumbled down, but when our enemies were ourselves. My friends, continue to persevere until the very end for your loved ones, destined ones and those who you dream about.”

If you read this whole review you definitely deserve a cookie. If you plan on watching it, I love you! Leave a comment if you plan on watching it or just loved my fangirling/review! I'd love to hear from you!