Monday, February 19, 2018

TV Review: Reply 1997

                                                          Reply 1997 Review
Reply 1997 is about a group of teenagers growing up in 1997 and the characters are looking back on their high school years while they are at a high school reunion. The series centers around Sung Shi won who was a stalker fangirl for this Kpop group called HOT and she is so obsessively devoted to the group that most everything she does have to do with her love for the group. Shi won's childhood friend Yoon Yoon-je who is in love with her despite the two of them having very different personality with him being one of the top students in his class while Shi won is one of the worst in her class and he's quiet while Shi won is loud but the two are still close friends because they've known each other since forever.

For the most part the series is just about the characters growing up in the late 90's so there isn't much of a plot other than the characters growing up, Shi won's obsession with HOT and the characters relationships with each other and for the most part this series is able to be entertaining even with the simplicity of the plot. Some of my favorite other plots in this series is the plot about how Kang Joon hee who is a male classmate and friend who has a crush on Yoon je which he is very aware of the fact that his feelings are one side and not really that accepted so he keeps it quiet. Another a relationship I liked in the show was the relationship between Shi won's closest girl friend and fellow obsessive fangirl Mo Yoo jung and Do Hak chan a new transfer student that is seen as cool by the guys but is completely unable to talk to girls, the two of them get together fairly early in the series and while they break up and get together quite often and I really ended up liking the two of them together.

Overall I thought that this series was pretty good I liked the characters and I liked seeing them and their relationships develop over time. One thing I didn't like about this series is that the series tried to act like it was a mystery of who Shi won would end up with when it was pretty obvious to me who she was going to end up with from the start and I also thought that the guy who ended up being the second male lead feelings for her came from out of nowhere half through the series because as shocked as Yoon je was to learn that the other guy had feelings for Shi won. Please tell me your thoughts on this series in the comment section below.

TV Review: The 100: A Lie Guarded(4.04)

                                                The 100: A Lie Guarded(4.04)Review
  • I liked how Clarke told Monty that she was worried that Bellamy isn't back yet.
  • I like that Clarke feels like she should have gone with her mom and Raven to figure out away to reverse engineer nightblood from Luna and I like that Monty pointed out to her that she really wouldn't be much use there and I like that Monty believes that they'll be able to do it.
  • I dislike how Jasper made a joke of how the rain was poisonous when that is something that will be true in the future but I wasn't surprised that he did that since he seems to be making a joke of everything as a way to deal with his depression and the fact that they're all going to die in the near future.
  • I like that Kane is concerned about how willing Octavia is to go for the kill and I like that he tells her vengeance and justice aren't the same thing unsurprisingly she disagrees but I like that someone is at least pointing out to her that her behavior isn't justified or healthy because that's something she needs to realize.
  • I like that Kane is trying to send Octavia back to their people in an effort to get her to realize that killing people isn't always the solution to the problems that they're having.
  • I think it makes sense Luna is still weary of working with the people from the ark since they didn't really ask her if she would help them and their clearly still willing to fight a war.
  • I liked that when Emori said she never crossed at certain line on the island because ALIE didn't allow mutants past a certain point that Murphy simply said that he never met a line he wouldn't cross and crossed the line and then held his hand out to Emori and then she grabbed it and crossed the line.
  • I was worried about everyone on the island when a droid started firing at them and I find Luna being separated from the rest something to be more worried about.
  • I liked that after the droid attack that Miller took charge and told everyone what they should be doing next and who should go where.
  • I like that Emori suggests to Murphy that they use this bunker that Murphy found which can hold two people but isn't stocked right now, I kind of just enjoy that Emori and Murphy seem to care about no one but each other's survival.
  • I dislike that Roan ended the grounders alliance with the ark's people because he doesn't like the idea of using nightblood to save people since grounders aren't great at understanding how science works.
  • I liked that after Jasper found the list of the 100 people that were listed to survive that Jasper pointed out that him planning to die when the radiation full come is okay because that's his choice while Clarke deciding how is worthy of living or dying is wrong because it's not those people's choice to die.
  • I was surprised and saddened to find out that Monty didn't make the cut for the 100 people that would survive.
  • I don't think it's wrong that Jasper wanted to tell everyone about the list of people who were going to survive but I also understand why Clarke couldn't allow him to tell their people the truth because she's worried about the chaos that could ensue that will just make surviving less likely for them all.
  • I like that Monty wasn't upset with Clarke because he didn't make her list and that he tells her that he maybe even could have agreed with her reasoning for the list if only she didn't keep the list a secret from everyone.
  • I like that Monty ends up announcing the list and who was on the list after talking to Clarke because he believes people have the right to know about it.
  • I like that Raven tries to get to the droid that has been shot down because she believes that she could use it stop the other droids that are still flying around.
  • I like that when Raven tries to stop Luna and convince her to help them survive that Luna questions whether they even deserve to survive anymore and I like that Raven brings up the young girl who died last episode as an example of someone who is truly good and surely deserved to be saved and points out that Luna would be helping give a chance of survival to people like her as well.
  • I liked that Luna got the droid for Raven so that she could hack into and disable all the other droids.
  • I liked that Jaha came in and helped Clarke when the crowd was getting understandably angry at her when she was telling them the reasons why they didn't get to survive while someone else did. I like that Jaha tells them that instead of using the list they'll use a lottery and that only the people who worked towards their survival will be given a shot at survival.
  • I like that Jaha tells Clarke that her list was pragmatic and smart but what the people need to hear right now is that they matter and that they have a chance to survive.
  • I know Octavia will survive so I'm not worried about her survival but I'm wondering how she'll survive since she was stabbed in the stomach, fell down a very tall cliff and she landed in a river with a very strong current so by all logic she should be dead but I know somehow she survives.
  • I like how Jasper tells Clarke that when you have the right idea you should try to convince other people of it rather than lie about your idea.
  • I like how Clarke tells Jasper that she used to hate Jaha but she's now understanding why he made the decisions that he made and how maybe he was just keeping them all together.
  • I find it sad how right Bellamy is when he says that it doesn't matter what they do they always end up at the brink of war with the grounders.
  • I felt so bad for Bellamy when he was told that Octavia died and while I know it isn't true it still breaks my heart that Bellamy believes that she's dead.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

Book Review: Rumble

                                                          Rumble Review
Rumble is a story of a high school senior named Matt Turner who is still trying to cope with his younger brother suicide which happened a year earlier and before his death his brother was being bullied by many student that went to their school since he was gay. Matt now hates the majority of his classmates since he holds them somewhat  responsible for his brother's death and also has a big problem with religion now since many of the students used religion as an excuse for why it was okay for them to bully his brother. At the beginning of the story Matt is angry with almost everyone in his life for failing his brother in some way including himself, one of the few people that Matt isn't angry at is his girlfriend Hayden who he loves more than almost anyone but it soon becomes clear that she doesn't feel the same way about him.

The story is mostly about how Matt ends up getting himself to a point where he can start healing as he starts to see certain events a little differently as he gets more information on what happened back then and starts to see that maybe he blamed people that he shouldn't have and trusted people that he shouldn't have. In the end Matt is able to put to truly stop healing when he starts to be a little more willing to forgive and work towards moving forward in his life once he is able to accept what happened and figures out who are really on his side.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good book it dealt with serious issues and was good character piece as well. The writing was great as it always is in Ellen Hopkins novels, she is just so great at telling her stories through verse. Please tell me your thoughts on this book in the comment section below.

TV Review: Shadowhunters: Parabatai Lost(2.03)

                                         Shadowhunters: Parabatai Lost(2.03)Review
  • I liked that this episode opened with a flash back to when Alec and Jace met for the first time and I liked that it established how Jace isn't used to really interacting with people his own age, that Alec is already having it drilled into his head that isn't good enough by his parents and that Jace is more advanced at the hunting aspects of shadowhunting than most were at his age.
  • I liked how Magnus explained that since the parabatai bond is made from an angelic sort of magic there really isn't much his magic can do to help Alec and I like that he explains that Alec needs to see Jace because part of his soul is missing since it got stuck when he was trying to track Jace at the end of last episode.
  • I think it was really bad luck for Jace that he happened to wash up on shore right next to Gretel's body and I can't really blame the woman that saw him for assuming that he was the one that killed her.
  • I like that Simon's mom figured out that he wasn't actually living in the dorms and that he now has to find away to explain where he's been without telling her the truth.
  • I like that Luke didn't assume right away that Jace was the one that killed Gretel although I can't blame for not crossing that out as a possibility.
  • I liked that Magnus called Jocelyn out for her habit of using people to get what she wants even though what she does often puts other people in danger.
  • I liked that Clary lied to Aldertree about not remembering anything about seeing Jace because she didn't him to send a bunch of people out to kill Jace again.
  • I liked that when Izzy was explaining to Clary what was happening to Alec that she worried that the same thing could be happening to Jace which mean he couldn't swim but Izzy assured her that Jace isn't dead because Alec's parabatai rune would have faded if that was the case.
  • I like how Izzy told Clary that the only thing that is keeping Alec alive right now is Magnus's magic but since he won't be able to use it indefinitely they need to find Jace quickly.
  • I found Maia's introduction in this episode to be quite charming despite the many problems I do have with her through out this episode.
  • I like that as soon as Clary tells Jace about how Alec needs him Jace promises to get there even though he knows that the Clave wants him dead right now.
  • I felt annoyed with Maia when she pretty much demand that Jace help out the werewolves with their problems right now and calls him selfish when he says he can't because all Jace wants to do is make sure Alec is okay which isn't something that is selfish at all.
  •  I felt really bad for Jace when all the werewolves started attacking him because they assumed he was the one that killed Gretal but I do find it funny how annoyed Jace seems to be with the whole situation.
  • I like that the reason that Raphael wants Simon to be the one to find Camille is because he is the only vampire sired by her that hasn't joined her side.
  • I really don't like how Raphael told Simon that his family doesn't mean anything to him now that he's a vampire and I like that Simon disagrees with this way of thinking.
  • I like that Simon was worrying about his mom when he saw evidence that she was drinking again and I like that he called Clary for help on finding his mom, I liked that Izzy told Clary that she should go and help Simon.
  • I like that Luke told Maia and another werewolf that he isn't as sure as they are that Jace killed Gretel and that no one is killing anyone until he says they can.
  • I really hate how Aldertree seems to want Alec to die and I really don't understand why he would want one of the best shadowhunters this institute has to die when they have a war that is likely to happen very soon.
  • I like that in the flashback to when they are teenagers that Jace is very excited about becoming parabatai because he believes that would make him and Alec really like brothers and I like that Alec is clearly hesitant to become parabatai because of this reason since he had romantic feelings for Jace at that time.
  • I really love how even when Jace seems like he's on the verge of bleeding out he still only cares about getting to Alec and making sure that he is okay.
  • I like that Clary suggests to Simon that he tells his mom the truth about him being a vampire so that he doesn't have to avoid seeing his mom anymore.
  • I like that the doctor mentioned that there was something weird about Jace's blood because it must be quite different from mundane's blood look under a microscope.
  • I found Maia's transformation into a wolf to be quite frightening to watch and kind of impressive as well.
  • I like that Jace's first concern when Maia transform was making sure that the mundane that was him was safe.
  • I like that Jocelyn saved Jace from Maia but I don't blame Jace for not being willing to accept her help since the last time they saw each other she was trying to kill him.
  • I like that Jocelyn pointed out that the Clave can be reasoned with but the werewolves can't be because from what I've seen of this series that is a very true statement.
  • I don't like that Izzy had to make a deal with Aldrtree in order to keep Jace from being killed by the werewolves but I understand why she did it and I think that deal is the only way that she could assure that both of her brothers made it through this thing alive.
  • I liked that when Magnus ran out of things he could think to do to wake up Alec that he kissed him hopping that maybe it was like sleeping beauty and true love's kiss could wake him up but of course it doesn't.
  • I liked that in the flash back when Alec was telling Izzy that he wasn't sure if he could go through with the parabatai ceremony that she told him that him and Jace work best together but they aren't meant be lovers and that one day he would find someone who would love all of him in way that Jace never could.
  • I think that when Clary kisses Simon on the cheek when she tells him goodbye after encouraging him to tell his mother the truth about him being a vampire is the first time that she shows romantic feelings for him in the series.
  • I don't like how Raphael threatens to hurt Simon's mom if he doesn't find Camille fast enough but I do like that Simon decided to move back home after hearing these threats.
  • I like that Clary tells Luke that Jace isn't the one that killed Gretel and that this leads to Luke calling his wolves off.
  • I find it a bit sad how Jace is willing to let Maia and the other werewolves kill him but he won't allow them to until after he saves Alec's life.
  • I like that Izzy arrives just in time to save Jace from the werewolves but I also like that she told him not to thank her yet because of the deal she made with Aldertree,
  • I like that we saw Jace and Alec's parabatai ceremony and we saw them saying the oath in flash back while Jace said it present day hoping that saying it would be what would bring Alec back to them.
  • I liked that when Jace thought that he lost Alec that he hugged him and told him please don't leave me while crying and I was so glad that Alec woke up a moment after that.
  • I liked that when Jace and Alec saw that each other was okay that they hugged and that they were both clearly crying because they were so relieved that the other was okay.
  • I liked that when Jace was arrested at the end and Alec asked what was going on that Jace said everything was okay because Alec was safe and that's all that really matters.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

TV Review: Fight My Way

                                                        Fight My Way Review
Fight My Way is about childhood friends Go Dong man and Choi Ae ra who both start off the series with working dead end jobs while they had put their true dreams on hold. Ae ra had grown up wanting to be an announcer but she had put down pursuing that dream on hold because earning money was more important than getting her dream job which now seems out of reach because she's not as young or experienced as the other girls that are trying out for the announcer position. While Dong man has been avoiding pursuing his dream of being a taekwondo fighter because of an incident that he was involved years ago that caused him so much shame that he's given up on martial arts completely because he no longer believes he deserves to pursue his dream. Eventually both Ae ra and Dong man decided to pursue their dreams despite the doubts that they are both feeling about whether or not they will come true.

As the show goes on it becomes clear to both Dong man and Ae ra have feelings for each other but since they have been friends for the majority of their lives neither one of them knows what to do with their new feelings for each other. It seems that Ae ra has been somewhat aware that she has romantic feelings for Dong man despite not knowing what to do with that while these feelings are new for Dong man and he has no idea what they mean which leads him to being confused and awkward about he feels. As time goes on Dong man and Ae ra figure out their feelings and decide to take a chance on a romantic relationship with each other and their relationship is a joy to watch.

One of the subplots in the series deal with Ae ra and Dong man's friends Baek Seol hee and Kim Joo man who have been dating for years but are still hiding their relationship at work which is something that makes Seol hee feel insecure especially when one of Joo man's new co works start flirting with him even though he keeps turning her down he still doesn't tell her that he isn't single which cause Seol hee to worry. As time goes on it becomes clear that while Seol hee is fine with the way things have been between the two of them even if they don't have a lot of money that Joo man is unhappy with where he is in life because he feels that Seol hee deserves better than what he can give her and he feels like she sacrifice too much for his benefit which causes even more of a rift in their relationship.

Overall I really liked this series, I really enjoyed the characters and I felt like they were pretty realistic and relatable which is something I really enjoyed. I thought that the relationship between the leads was really great and I thought that the relationship between the secondary couple was complicated in way that overall enjoyed even if it was far from perfect. Please tell me your thoughts on this show in the comment section below.

Top 10 Books That Have Been on My to Be Read List for the Longest Time

1. Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin: This book has been on my to be read list since it first came out and while I do still want to read this book I also didn't remember that this book existed until I went back and looked at my old to be read lists.
2. Born Wicked: This was another book that I forgot about until I went back and looked at my list but once I saw the title I remembered what it was about and then I got really excited about reading this book someday, again.
3. A Touch of Power: I'm pretty sure I actually started reading this book but I stopped for some reason but since I don't remember disliking it and I remember the description being good I'm going to still put this on the list.
4. Dash and Lilly's Book of Dares: I have owned this book for years now and I really don't know why I haven't bothered reading it yet but now that I remember that I have this book hopefully I'll read it soon.
5. Will Grayson: Another book I own that I've had for awhile now that I don't understand why I haven't read especially considering that John Green is one of the authors for this book and I'm a big fan of his work.
6. Wither: While I do still want to read this book, I actually do get why I haven't read it yet because honestly I remember being only mildly interested in reading this book but I also quite loved the cover for the series.
7. If I Stay: This is another book that I already own that I haven't read but I was never too terribly interested in reading this book and since my only real interested in this book came from the fact that everyone else was talking about it, I think I'm going to skip it since it really doesn't sound like my kind of thing.
8. Entwined: Yet another book I already own that I feel like I should read but since I can't actually remember what it was about I don't see myself reading it anytime soon.
9. The Gathering: I've wanted to read this book since I finished reading The Darkest Powers series since this book is set in the same universe and since I got this book for Christmas hopefully I'll be able to start reading it soon.
10. Vampire Academy: This is another book that I hope I'll be able to start reading rather soon since I also already own this book.

TV Review: The 100: The Four Horsemen(4.03)

                                         The 100: The Four Horsemen(4.03)Review
  • I find it worrying that the hunting trips are bring back less and less meat because that could be because the radiation is starting to get to the animals in some way and as Raven points out that at the rate their getting their food and with no way to make their own there won't be enough food for everyone to eat one meal a day.
  • I like that when Bellamy causally says that he won't be starving because he won't be inside that Clarke says right away that he will be inside despite the fact that she hasn't made the list of the hundred people that will survive yet because she just won't let herself think of a situation where Bellamy isn't one of the people that is surviving.
  • I like that when some grounders come to the Ark's people for help when they are suffering from an illness that Luna begs them not to turn them away since she didn't help them when they came to her for help.
  • I find it very worrying that the grounders are suffering from an illness brought on by radiation since it means that they don't have much time to find solutions on how to survive.
  • I liked that Roan went to Octavia when the flame was stolen and I liked that she told him that if he can't trust Indra than he can't trust her, I like that Indra points out why they can't search everyone and I like that Octavia pointed out that finding the flame is a better solution than starting a war.
  • I like that Roan can tell that Indra is worried about the person that Octavia has become and the fact that she helped to make her that way.
  • I'm sad that Emori is feeling jealous of the relationship Murphy had with Ontari even though he says multiple times that he didn't have a choice about it and I understand why she finds that hard to believe but he is telling her the truth.
  • I'm sad that Murphy is leaving Emori to steal food from the ark's people because he's a better thief than hunter but I'm glad he's going back there because it means he'll learn about the radiation coming.
  • I liked that when Luna asked Bellamy if he thought she deserved this that he tells her no one deserves to suffer and that this would have happened regardless of the choices she made.
  • I find it very worrisome that it seems like the radiation will end up hitting in two months rather than six months and that it will be very hard to be sure that the ark is going to be ready in that amount of time.
  • I kind of like and find it a bit cruel how Raven points out to Clarke that she is in charge of repairing the ship and making it ready for the fallout while Clarke is the one that decides who lives and who dies.
  • I like that it turns out that Jaha has found out about a fall out shelter that was owned by a doomsday cult that can sustain the lives of a thousand people. I like that Clarke and Bellamy are ready to go see if it's survivable while Raven doesn't want to risk loosing even one day of work being done on the Ark.
  • I like how Raven is thinking of what will become of them all in two months rather than thinking of how they can save people today and I like that Abby sees that as her being the one sentencing those people to die while Raven sees that as preserving their lives.
  • I liked that after Murphy hears about how the world is ending and how Abby wants to save the sick people that he steals the radiation medicine for Abby and tells her and Jackson to go be doctors.
  • I like that Abby decides to give the medicine to the child first and then wait and see if it works before giving to the others so they don't waste medicine on people they can't save.
  • I like that the new flame keeper turned out to be Indra's daughter and I like that Octavia spared her life for Indra's sake.
  • I like that Octavia came up with a plan that made people believe that the flame was destroyed while it was actually safe with Indra's daughter who went on the run with it.
  • I liked that Jaha told Bellamy that Clarke is lucky to have him because he keeps her centered and I liked that Bellamy told him that it's really the other way around.
  • I liked that Jaha doesn't think that Bellamy needs redemption because everything he did was to protect his people and I like that he asks Bellamy how many people does he have to save before he forgives himself.
  • I was sad that the doomsday cult's shelter wasn't one that was able to survive the radiation but I hope that there is a way that they can make it survivable before the radiation hits.
  • I like that Murphy tells Emori that there is something bad coming and that they need to find a way to be on the right side of the door to survive it and I like that she knows that he means that they have to find a way to make themselves useful in order to survive.
  • I like that Clarke puts Bellamy on the list of hundred people who can survive even though he didn't think he deserved to be on that list and she didn't even put her own name on the list.
  • I like that Bellamy tells Clarke that if he's on the list than so is she and then he writes her name down when she refuses to.
  • I like that Bellamy tells Clarke that they should put the list away and hope that they'll never have to use it and I like that he tells Clarke that as long as their still breathing he has hope they can save all their people.
  • I like that Luna being a night blood means that she can survive radiation and I like that Abby plans to try to use that to find a way for them to survive.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.