Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jumping on the Kdrama Bandwagon

A couple weeks ago I got together with Suey and Jenni to watch my first K-drama. Suey's become an expert on all things Korean, so she started us on the show She Was Pretty.

Verdict? It was really cute! It's a fun show about friendships, first loves, and some misunderstandings. By the end I liked all the characters so much I just wanted them all to be happy. You should love them, too.

**There's our main girl, Kim Hye Jin who is in a rough patch in her life.
When she gets the chance to meet up with an old friend, she ends up hiding out of embarrassment at who she is now. Not as pretty or popular as she used to be, she's living with her best friend and job hunting. She ends up taking a job as an intern at a fashion magazine. (Also, she's hilarious)

**Then there's the main guy, Ji Sung Joon.
He was a chubby kid who got bullied and his only friend/first love was Hye Jin. He goes to America but eventually finds his way back to Korea, all grown up and hot stuff. And as the boss at a fashion magazine. (The man loves scarves and turtlenecks. Seriously. Every scene.) He's kind of a jerk, though, especially to a certain intern.

**The best friend is Min Ha Ri.
She's a very pretty girl from a well-off family, and she'll do anything for Hye Jin. Like pretend to be Hye Jin when Ji Sung Joon unexpectedly comes back to Korea.  It's only supposed to be a one time act, but of course grows into more. Can you say love triangle?

**Except it's totally a love square!
Kim Shin Hyuk works at the fashion magazine, too. He becomes friends with our main girl, and really takes a liking to her. He manages to be both very cute and very funny. And very cute.
Did I mention he was good looking?

There's wackiness and a lot of laughs. Even watching with subtitles and a different language/culture, it was a good show. Basically, everyone should go watch it and then we can laugh and swoon together. Deal?

PS - if for nothing else, watch it for this guy. Look at the dimples!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Read This: The Raven King *no spoilers*

I know, it's been forever. But I had to review the final book in one of my most favorite series!

The Raven Kingby Maggie Stiefvater

The Goodreads Summary Says:
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey…and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

I Say:

4 stars
On the whole I liked this one a lot.

The plot is more complicated and the twists somehow manage to be completely unexpected. Maggie Stiefvater is the queen of words. Her writing had me laughing in parts, crying in others, swooning when I hadn't expected to. This has never been the kind of series to line up all my questions in a row and answer them neatly, and The Raven King is no exception. The biggest questions get answered. (will they find Glendower? Will Gansey die?) But there are some things that simply don't get explained, not that I think that was a bad thing. The heart of the series - Blue, the boys, their friendships - is still there and just as enjoyable as earlier books.

If I had to criticize anything in The Raven King, it's that some things weren't as developed as previous books. Some plot points and details got lost in how big this last book is. There's a lot of ground to cover with Blue and her boys, the secondary characters, and then some characters who are introduced in TRK. I could have done without the new characters if it had meant more time hashing things out with Blue and her boys. I could have done with a bit more in the romance department too. But ymmv. It wasn't the strongest book in the series (for me) but I still really enjoyed The Raven King. I think the series is one of the best in YA.