Monday, August 31, 2015

I Remember You ~ Korean Drama


Name: I Remember You or Hello Monster
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Episodes: 16

Summary

When a serial killer strikes women who all have a similar appearance, the police department’s Special Crime Investigation Team is stumped. While Cha Ji An, an elite detective, and her fellow colleagues are assessing the latest crime scene, the mysterious Lee Hyun shows up and instantly assesses the trademark attributes of the killer. Hyun is a genius criminal profiler with a degree in criminal psychology who received an anonymous email that brought him to the crime scene all the way from the United States. The serial killer seems to be sending a personal message to Hyun with the clues he leaves behind, and Hyun wonders if it could be related to an escaped criminal “monster” from his childhood who killed his father and was responsible for the disappearance of his younger brother. Ji An has known Hyun since childhood and is ecstatic to see her childhood crush again, but Hyun doesn’t seem to remember her. With no leads to capture the serial killer, Ji An and her colleagues solicit Hyun’s help. Can Hyun and Ji An solve the case and find answers to their pasts? “I Remember You” is a 2015 South Korean drama series directed by No Sang Hoon.

My Review

I Remember you is about Lee Hyun a criminal profiler whose past is riddled with mystery. When Lee Hyun was a child, his father was investigating a criminal named Lee Joon Young who later escaped prison and killed him and then disappeared along with his younger brother. And with no leads as to the whereabouts of the criminal the case became cold but Lee Hyun now an adult and profiler living in the U.S. receives an email that brings him back to Korea where it all started. There he meets Cha Ji An, an elite detective who with unknown reasons has been stalking him.


Lee Hyun is an intelligent criminal profiler but is also a cold robot and doesn't know the meaning of teamwork at least not in the beginning. With such a sad past (I'm being vague on purpose), it's no wonder that he doesn't trust anyone and even doubts himself at times. The parts of his memory that he does remember have him thinking he's a monster, and this really broke my heart. But it's not all gloomy and dark with him, he actually has a bit of humor in him that I really loved. I mean even with such a traumatizing childhood (well the parts that he remembers anyway), he still came back to Korea to search for answers even when he was afraid of what he'd find and I just loved how much of a strong person he was and how much he grew. 


Now on to our badass detective, Cha Ji An who can handle her own but also has a sad and mysterious past that we don't know about until later episodes which is why I won't go into details(because spoilers). I loved Cha Ji An from the beginning she was adorable and really quirky and even though she had stalking tendencies (she only stalked Lee Hyun with good reasons), I couldn't help but love her anyways! She used to know Lee Hyun as a child but he doesn't remember her which works to her advantage because she's hiding secrets from him but then again so is he.....



The romance between Lee Hyun and Cha Ji An was a slow romance one that didn't start to take root until later and I'm glad for that. The chemistry between them is undeniable but I liked that it didn't take over the whole plot. I also really liked how both of them didn't fully trust each other, they slowly opened up to each other. They became partners investigating the mystery surrounding Lee Hyun's past which is also connected to Cha Ji An's while also solving other case's together. It reminded me a bit of Castle which I seriously love!


The other character's in the story are the team of detectives in the Special Crime Investigation whom I grew to like and was saddened by some of the events that happened to them. The plot is very well-done with a variety of character's that I couldn't help but cheer for. But what I really enjoyed about this show was the psychological aspect of it and how it really got you thinking.  The main question this show brings up is, "Are monsters born or made?" and what I really liked was that it shows you both sides of the spectrum and leaves you questioning everything. My sister and I even got into a discussion about it, and I really enjoyed that. Especially since later on in the show they mention a Native American Cherokee legend called, "The Wolf Story" which you could search if you're curious that in a way answers the question above in the show but I think it's also a matter of perspective.
Here it is:
 "An old Native American chief told his son, “There are two wolves inside of us. One is evil — suffering from anger, envy, jealousy, arrogance, superiority. The other is good — having happiness, peace, love, hope, faith. These two wolves always fight inside of us.”Then the boy asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”And the grandfather replied, “Whichever one you feed.”
Basically the story is saying that monsters are neither born nor made but that we all have a good and bad inside of us and that we make the choice of which to choose/feed which is why it was mentioned in the show. But I also feel like it's a matter of situations or those who influence you as a person but it could also be a mental illness. People go through horrific situations but they all don't make the same choices. Not all abused children or kids who grow up with parents who are killer's become abusers or killers themselves. But again it's all a matter of perspective because everyone has a different mindset. Man, this show is really thought provoking! On a side note I'm glad I didn't choose criminal profiling or psychology as a career choice, I'm already going in circles.

Another aspect I really enjoyed of this show was that we get a full background on the criminal, Lee Joon Young. The criminal's past was seriously dark and horrific and it made him seem almost human and evoked sympathy but it doesn't at all make the things he's done excusable. *Spoiler* Especially, how he kidnapped Lee Hyun's younger brother and he became a murderer as well. God, I seriously felt for Lee Hyun when he found out, the scene was so heart wrenching! *End of Spoiler* Although I thoroughly enjoyed this show, the ending was a bit of a downer. It was a realistic ending but I also felt like there were loose ends that needed to be tied up but I don't regret watching it at all! By the way yes, they do end up together if that's what you're worried about, I know I was. I would have been infuriated if they didn't since they went through so much together!

I Remember You is a definite must watch! Its full of murder, mystery, likable character's, and romance! Trust me guys, you don't want to pass this one!

Rating: 4 stars

Friday, August 28, 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! 

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Share a random quote from the book you are currently reading. - Suggested by Journey Through Fiction

"Before I could do anything impulsive and improper, I stammered another goodbye and hurried away. Despite wanting to, I forced myself not to look over my shoulder at Alec. If I had been the sort of girl who kept a diary that was more than a list of books I'd read and my thoughts on them, I'd have run home to record this encounter." - Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Spelled by Betsy Schow Review



Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Pages: 352

Summary

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after. 

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.
 

My Review

Spelled is about Dorthea a spoiled-fashion-loving princess who is forced to marry someone whom she finds completely dreadful, so she decides to wish on a star that a stranger gave to her. Which lands her in heaps of trouble because now the fate of the kingdom rests on her hands and what's worse is that she's cursed herself. With no other option, Dorthea sets out on the journey of her life along with two unwilling companions, Prince Kato and Rexi, in order to break the curse and save her parents and hopefully her whole kingdom!

I have to be honest, I loved Dorthea! She was a selfish and bratty princess but against my better judgment, I came to love her. And yes she made some really stupid decisions but if she hadn't she never would have grown to be a somewhat decent princess or gone on a dangerous and hilarious journey. One that made her think twice before doing something she'd regret and also come to care for someone else other than herself and shoes. She had some serious character growth and some real inner struggles and that just made me love her even more.

The romance between Dorthea and Kato was really adorable and hilarious! I loved how they'd annoy each other on purpose or without even trying, it was so funny to read about. Even though technically Kato couldn't really talk since he was turned into a cute kitty because of Dorthea's wish (no wonder he hates her and no it's not a spoiler since this happens somewhat in the beginning of the book). But man could he insult her without even using his voice, he had some serious kitty power. Throughout their journey together they would fight so much but unknowingly slowly start caring about each other as well but even then they still had their moments! And of course I can't forget Rexi, the servant girl who wasn't afraid to talk back or put Dorthea in her place. I loved Rexi, she was really sarcastic and sassy and while she would argue with Dorthea a lot, she somehow wormed her way into Dorthea's heart and mine too.


Although I loved the romance a lot, I felt like the friendships in this book were even better! Regardless of how much they all hated each other at the beginning and how much they fought, at the end of the day they still cared for and rescued one another and that just made me love this book so much. (It was almost as beautiful as the friendships in Fairy Tail my favorite anime.) Whether they were fighting with each other or for each other they made me feel so many FEELS that I couldn't help but love them all!

Spelled is one book you don't want to miss! The character's, the friendships, the romance, they were all worth walking into a wall and tripping over my own two feet. For a retelling, it was pretty amazing although also a tad silly at times, especially with all the other fairy tale mash-ups that it made fun of which made me squirt water out of my nose. I enjoyed every minute of it and I'm definitely adding it to my re-read pile (when I make one, which should be really soon).

Rating: 4 stars

P.S. Don't drink anything while reading this book, especially if you don't want to choke or have it come out of your nose.



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett ~ Book Spotlight & Giveaway!


About the Book: 

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“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.





Early Praise for Blood and Salt

“Absolutely irresistible, Blood and Salt drew me in from the very first line!” 
— Carrie Ryan, NYT bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teethseries

Blood and Salt is an intense, exhilarating debut brimming with darkness, passion, and impending doom. Kim Liggett’s twisted imagination and gutsy storytelling seduced and thrilled me with each gorgeous, blood-spattered page. This is a book to devour as soon as it comes out.”
— Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and The Walls Around Us 

“Bloodline curses, post-mortem messages from a girl strung up by a rope, and a cult in the middle of a sea of sinister corn? Count me in. This one is eerie, and full of doom.” 
— Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Antigoddess

“Corn cults, ancient superstitions, love, murder…this YA horror is unlike anything else I’ve read. It’s eerie, bloody, and beautiful.” 
— April Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

“Vengeful ghosts, dead bodies in corn fields, and a centuries-old secret kept me flipping the pages until the thrilling end.”
— Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter


About the Author:

At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in both music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80's.

After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children's art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians.

She's married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, has two beautiful teens, and a very neurotic dog that drags her through Riverside Park everyday on the Upper West side of Manhattan.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Family Magic by Patti Larsen ~ Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

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Family Magic by Patti Larsen is a young adult paranormal novel that won 1st place in World's Best Story contest and is published by Premiere. The tour runs August 3-31 with mostly reviews as well as author interviews and guest posts. Check out the tour page for more information.


 Book Description: 
 Her mom’s a witch, her dad’s a demon and she just wants to be ordinary. But, when an insidious evil comes after her family, Sydlynn Hayle has to choose to be the normal girl she craves or step up, embrace her magic and save her coven from disaster.

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My Review

Family Magic took me on a journey from the first page up until the last chapter. And yes, some of the character's frustrated me but they also made the story even more enjoyable. Especially with a character such as Sydlynn a teenager that has to juggle being both a witch and a demon plus some school bullies who don't know who they're messing with.

Sydlynn is very stubborn and usually let's her anger get the best of her. But for some reason she grew on me. Why? Because even when she slowly starts to realize that the way she is acting is wrong, she doesn't lose her spunk. She's caring and is really protective of her family. And yes she does argue with her mom a lot but they slowly start to learn and understand each other and I loved seeing that. As for the romance, I'm just really glad it didn't take precedence over the plot of the story. I especialy liked how the romance is just starting and hasn't fully developed just yet. 


Overall, I seriously enjoyed this story that was full of witches, demons, and good vs evil. I loved all the character's and will be looking forward to reading the rest of the series

Rating: 3.5 stars


 


About the Author:
Patti is an award-winning author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives in Canada with her patient husband and six demanding cats.











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Monday, August 17, 2015

Ugly Duckling Series: Perfect Match ~Thailand Drama


Name: Perfect Match
Language: Thai with English subtitles
Episodes: 9

My Review 



Perfect Match is about Junior a girl who has it all,  beauty, wealth, the perfect boyfriend, and amazing friends or so she thinks. When Junior starts being criticized on social media for having big cheeks (or so people say because I don't see it) this leads her to making the worst mistake she could ever make. Which is getting a thread lift, only to find out she's allergic to the chemicals. Now she's stuck with a face that no one can bare to look at and learns the hard way that if she's not pretty, the people who she thought cared about her, in reality don't really at all. So, she's left with only one option which is to go to college in the country side and get the treatment she needs and wait things out. She's not expecting to fall in love or to have someone actually love her for who she is and not her pretty face or money.
                           


In the begining Junior feels a lot of self-pity after all she went from being pretty to an ugly duckling but I liked that she tries to make the best of it with the help of Suea, of course. And watching her struggle and find herself just made me love her, she grows little by little and starts becoming comfortable with the way she looks. But even then, she doesn't think anyone can like her, looking the way she does. So, yes Junior made a bad decision but at the same time, it helped her grow and realize that being pretty isn't everything.

*swoon*

Suea (which means tiger in english) is Junior's love interest and attends the same college she does which is how they meet. Suea just oozes sexiness and confidence that it's no wonder that Junior falls for him though she denies it. I loved Suea and not only because of his oh-so-handsome-body though there is a lot of that. But because he helps Junior come out of her shell and shows her how beauty comes from within and not a physical appearance. Can you tell I'm head over heels in love? He is just so dreamy and I can't even.....*sigh*


The romance between the two of them is so swoon worthy that I'm just at a loss for words, they were honestly the perfect match! They were so adorable together and also really hilarious. And of course there were a few bumps along the way but they still managed to clear them up and I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I also really loved the friends she made, there were some really heartfelt and just comedic scene's with them that had me rolling on the floor laughing. 

Perfect Match is the first part of a four part series called Ugly Duckling. And I must say if the next three are as amazing as the first then I don't know how I'll go on, after I've finished them. It was just that good! If you're looking for a swoon worthy romance, unbreakable friendships, and hilarious moments that will leave you gasping for air then go watch this! Seriously, GO!

P.S. I really liked how there was a quote at the end of each episode. I seriously can't wait for the next one in the series Pity Girl! Please don't let me down!

Rating: 5 stars

Links to watch------> Perfect Match - Youtube.com



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ella, the Slayer by A. W. Exley ~ Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway


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Welcome to my tour stop for Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley. Ella, the Slayer is an Edwardian retelling of Cinderella with an undead problem. It is an upper young adult novel. The tour runs August 10-21 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information.

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About the Book:


The flu pandemic of 1918 took millions of souls within a few short weeks.

Except it wasn't flu and death gave them back.



Seventeen-year-old Ella copes the best she can; caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. ‘Vermin’ they're called, like rats they spread pestilence with their bite. Ella's world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger, who is very much alive.



Seth deMage, the new Duke of Leithfield, has returned to his ancestral home with a mission from the War Office — to control the plague of vermin in rural Somerset. He needs help; he just didn't expect to find it in a katana-wielding scullery maid.
Working alongside Seth blurs the line between their positions, and Ella glimpses a future she never dreamed was possible. But in overstepping society's boundaries, Ella could lose everything – home, head and her heart…

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My Review

Ella, the Slayer is a retelling of Cinderella and zombies which is what first pulled me in. Although, I must admit that the beginning was a bit slow and hard to get into but afterwards grows rather interesting. Ella the protagonist is no damsel in distress, she's a zombie slayer. She protects her estate and her people even when she believes she'll be damned for it.

I liked Ella, she was strong-willed and had her priorities straight. Even when she was being mistreated daily by her step-mother and step-sister, she never wavered in protecting people from the undead. And although she does fall head over heels for the prince, (because even in a zombie filled world there has to be a prince) she doesn't let that become her weakness.

The romance between her and Seth felt like it went all too fast but that may just be me. Since I never felt like I really got to know Seth, it felt like there was still a lot more to learn about him. And even though he was kind and sweet, I never really felt a connection or spark between him and Ella. 

Overall, this was a great take on the classic fairy tale that is Cinderella. It had romance, a badass heroine, and enough action to keep you interested!

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Rating: 3 stars

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About the Author:
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of A.W. Exley’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics. Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.






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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Magno Girl by Joe Canzano ~ Blog Tour: Review



Title: Magno Girl
Author: Joe Canzano
Publisher: Happy Joe Control
Pages: 320
Genre: Comic Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook
Price: Paperback $9.89/Kindle $2.99/Nook $2.99

When a Manhattan pizza maker is found dead in his own dough, Magno Girl enlists the aid of her biker ninja boyfriend to help solve the crime – and quickly discovers there’s more to the pie than meets the eye, including a sinister plot that spans the globe. 

Magno Girl leaps into action. After all, she can fly, she can fight, and she can use her fearsome superpower, the “Gaze of the Guilt,” to bring a hardened criminal to his knees. But the road ahead is hard. The city’s other superheroes despise her, and the cops don’t want her around, and her own mom won’t stop spitting out advice about marrying a “respectable guy” and trading in her crime-fighting career for a baby carriage—but is she attracted to “respectable guys”? And is she interested in emotional commitment? And will finding real love be her biggest challenge of all? 

Welcome to the world of Magno Girl, an absurd place filled with humor, action, and romance.

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My Review


When I started reading Magno girl I wasn't completely grabbed, at least not until half way through it and even then I still felt this sort of detachment towards the characters while I was reading. But don't get me wrong I did enjoy reading Magno Girl, it was a  quick and fun read. It sort of read like a comic book just without pictures and a bit childish but that's exactly the kind of read that I was looking for.

Magnolia doesn't have it easy especially being a girl superhero, no one takes her seriously and even though she's just trying to help she's completely ignored and treated badly by the police in the beginning. Which just made her even more determined and I liked that about her, she was independent and strong though not without flaws. I especially liked how she had to deal with family drama just like the rest of humanity. 

As for her romance with her boyfriend Ron it was okay but I just wasn't really feeling it and to be honest I didn't really like reading through Ron's pov. Some of his thoughts were really off putting and unnecessary but that's probaly just me. And although there is a lot of action going on, I never felt like she or Ron were in any real danger so I wasn't really at the edge of my seat.


Overall, Magno Girl is a quick adventurous read with a great kick ass superhero  to keep you entertained. 


Rating: 3 stars

About the Author
Joe Canzano is a writer and musician. He lives in New Jersey, U.S.A., in a house with a basement where he usually stays. Occasionally he leaves the basement and visits the kitchen. 
He is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in English. His short stories have appeared in a half-dozen printed literary journals, as well as in the Akashic Books online series, "Mondays are Murder."  
He recently formed his own publishing company, Happy Joe Control, and published his debut novel, Magno Girl. 

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross Review



Series: Sisters of Blood and Spirit #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Young Adult: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Pages: 288

Goodreads Summary

Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living. 

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife. 


Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.


My Review

Sisters of Blood and Spirit is about two twin sisters, Wren and Lark who don't have it easy. Why? Because Wren is dead and Lark is alive but they share her body. Which sounds seriously insane and that's exactly why she doesn't exactly fit in. They are as different as night and day and yet I couldn't help but like them both. Their relationship isn't an easy one but they make it work and they really care about each other a lot. And sure they do have their issues but they always confide in one another and it was very refreshing to see. 

The romance part of the story felt forced, and that's why I was a bit glad that it wasn't of any importance to the plot line. I preferred reading about Lark and Wren and even the evil ghost rather than the romance they both had, I honestly can't even remember the name's of the boys both of them loved or even the other character's. And that brings me to the next part of the book that dissappointed  me, the supporting character's. I mean sure they were kind and funny (and in serious danger) but that's all they were, they only showed up when something bad was happening and when that was over just disappeared and I'd forget who was who and it didn't help that there was 4 or 5 of them. I think...

I will admit that although the side character's were bland, I did enjoy the plot. It was fast paced and kept me curious over how it would end and if Wren and Lark would find out about their family history. Sisters of Blood and Spirit is a super chilling ghost story with two awesome ghost hunting-and-human-saving twin sisters, so if that's what you're looking for then I say give this one a try.

Rating: 3 stars