Friday, February 8, 2019

Book Review: Dark Places

                                                            Dark Places Review
Dark Places is about Libby Day whose sisters and mother were murdered by her older brother when she was seven years old, it's been twenty five years since the murders happened and she has been living off the money that was raised for her by concerned citizens after the story of the murders were publicized and said to be motivated by her brother being Satan worshiper. The money from the fund that Libby has been living off is about to run out and since she's never had a real job and can't imagine herself being able to have a real job since most days she has trouble finding the motivation to get out of bed let alone to do anything productive with her life, Libby agrees to talk to members of a Kill Club about the day of the murders for money. The Kill Club is a group of people who are fascinated by true crime stories and in case of the Day family murders it turns out that every member of the club that is fascinated by that crime doesn't believe that Libby's brother Ben is actually the killer.

After being presented with new facts about the night of the murders and the investigation that occurred afterwards Libby is forced to consider that maybe her brother isn't the one that killed her family after she recalls that she actually didn't see anything that happened she just heard it and thinking back she isn't even sure if the voice she heard was her brother's. Libby doesn't want to get her hopes up about her brother Ben not being the monster she has seen him as for the last twenty five years starts to reluctantly look into her brother's case while getting paid for it by the Kill Club. This book is about Libby investigating who killed her family and there are point of view chapters set in the past told from her mother's and brother's point of view about what really happened on the day of the murders.

This book was really good it did a good job of making a story about a murder that happened twenty five years before the story even begin still feel tense since the story was never about what was going to happen but who was going to do it and what led them to that point. Please tell me your thoughts about this book in the comment section below.

Top 10 Recent Additions to My To Be Read List

1. A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: This book is one that I only just heard about recently and since it sounded really interesting I bought it and I'm planning on reading it soon.
2. Fallout: This book is the third and final book in the Crank trilogy and since I finished the second book of that series recently this has now been added to my to read list.
3. The Hidden Oracle: This is a book I wasn't sure if I wanted to read or not but after finishing the last book of the Heroes of Olympus I realized that I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the Percy Jackson and Olympians universe yet.
4. People Like Us: I got this book for Christmas and it sounds pretty good so I'm putting it on my to read list.
5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: This book is one that I've recently been hearing that it's really good and since I remember that book sounding interesting when I read the plot description so I really want to read this book now.
6. P.S. I Like You: This book is one I got for Christmas and it sounds like it will be a cute and fun read so I've put it on my to read list once I got it.
7. Lucky in Love: Another book that seems like it will be cute and fun that I recently got and therefore put on my to read list.
8. Luxe: This book sounded really interesting so I got it recently and now it's on my to read list.
9. Asylum: This is a book that I recently got because it sounded interesting and it's title drew me in right away so it's on my to be read list.
10. The Light Between Worlds: This is one that I heard about recently that deals with the main characters dealing with the aftermath of coming back home after living in a magical world to find that things are the same there as when they left, this idea sounds super interesting to me so I really want to read it.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Top 10 Kdramas I Watched in 2018

1. I'm Not a Robot: This series about a guy who has developed a psychosomatic allergy to other humans ends up investing in an extremely life-like robot in order to experience companionship but the robot ends up breaking before he gets to test it out so the girl who the robot is based on has to pretend to be a robot. Our two main characters end up becoming friends under these strange circumstances first and later fall in love with each other it's a very sweet and cute series but there are times when this series can be surprisingly sad as well.
2. Just Between Lovers: In this series our two leads were connected to each other because they were trapped together during a collapse of a shopping mall both our main characters are still dealing with PTSD related to that day although it presents itself in very different ways. Our two main characters end up falling in love and finding ways to over come their trauma together in ways that feel realistic but also optimistic.
3. Solomon's Perjury: This series is about a group of high schoolers who decided to investigate whether or not one of their fellow students killed themselves or if they were murdered, they decide to put on a trial in order to find the truth once it becomes clear that the school doesn't want to look further into the matter. This series does a good job of setting up the mystery and also showing us the many different sides to the important characters in the case which made this a great watch.
4. School 2017: This series that deals with the various issues of various students in one grade at one high school is one that I loved. I thought that most of the characters that were focused on were interesting and had good stories to be told and I liked seeing the various relationships that the students had with each other as well.
5. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo: This show centers around a female weightlifter who is trying to succeed in her dreams of become the best weightlifter but also wants to date and finds it hard reconcile those two parts of herself. I really loved the friends to lovers storyline that the two leads had which was very sweet and allowed the female lead to stay true to herself.
6. Hymn of Death: This drama was both beautifully and tragically romantic with this based on true events forbidden love story that you knew from the start would end in tragedy. The main characters were sympathetic despite the fact that they're relationship with each other is one that is frowned upon by most.
7. Fight My Way: This show was a really fun rom-com about two friends falling in love with each other after years of friendship and failed relationships with other people. This show along with being a good fun romance series also was about people going out and working on achieving their dreams even if it seems impossible for them since making money is more important than getting the job they actually like or if they feel like they're too far behind everyone else that are applying for the jobs they want because they either gave up on their dreams or couldn't afford to work unpaid internships, this aspect of the series was one that was really easy to relate to.
8. What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?: This was a very fun and sweet romance between a very talented secretary and her CEO boss where he did most of the chasing in the early part their relationship which was delightful to watch. I really liked how the characters end up having to figure out how their relationship would have to change once they started dating so that there wasn't too big of a power imbalance in their relationship as lovers. I had some issues with some things regarding a traumatic backstory but overall these issues didn't take much away from how much I loved this series as a whole.
9. Oh My Ghost:  This series was a fun and spooky romantic comedy about a girl who can see ghosts being possessed by a ghost who needs to have sex in order move onto the afterlife and she sets her sights on the other girl's crush/boss to be the one that she does it with. The series has an unconventional premise which makes the series fun and it also gives two female leads who end up working together to achieve what they want in a way that you wouldn't expect. This series can also get a bit dark at times when dealing with how one of are main girls died in the past.
10. The Innocent Man: This series is one that involves a lot of the main characters manipulating each other and playing mind games in order to get what they want which is something I always find is great fun to watch. I also really liked that this story is about revenge and that there is a relationship that starts out based on achieving that goal but then becomes genuine over time. I found that series had a little to much drama involving medical conditions in it's second half but overall really loved this series.

TV Review: The Innocent Man

                                                         The Innocent Man Review
The Innocent Man is about Kang Ma ru a promising young med student who grew up in poverty who ended up taking the fall for a murder that his girlfriend Han Jae hee committed in self defense because she told him that she couldn't bare to go back to the gutter after making herself into a successful reporter. Ma ru goes to prison in Jae hee's place assuming that she would wait for him and continue her career as a reporter but it turns out that Jae hee stops being a reporter soon after the murder and instead marries a CEO who is much older than her and has a child with the man. Years later after Ma ru has been out of prison for some time discovers that Jae hee not only didn't wait for him but has also stopped being a reporter decides that he will take his revenge on Jae hee by bring her back down to his level.

Ma ru decides that the best way to get under Jae hee's skin is to start a relationship with Jae hee's step daughter Seo Eun Gi who is around the same age as Ma ru and Jae hee so it's unsurprising that Eun gi doesn't like that her father left her mother for Jae hee. Eun gi is ambitious, cold and has a temper which are traits that can both help and hurt her while working in her father's company, she wishes to be the CEO once her father steps down but her father would rather her younger brother(who is currently only five) be the one that takes over for him since he believes that men make better leaders. Eun gi has a lot of resentment towards Jae hee even before she meets Ma ru which is why she agrees to date him even after it becomes clear that he has ulterior motives for why he approached her in the first place.

Eun gi eventually begins to fall for Ma ru as he starts to notice her hidden softer side which is something he uses to win her affections in order to get closer to her in order to mess with Jae hee but Eun gi's softer side also leads to Ma ru developing some feelings of his own that he won't admit to having. About halfway through the series a lot of dramatic things happen all at once there's some character death, injuries and a time jump which leads to the second half of the series mainly dealing with the fall out of what happens midway through the show.

Overall I really enjoyed this show, the story was one that was driven by revenge and filled with manipulation which is something that I find to be very enjoyable in a story even it did get a little too dramatic at times. I thought that the main characters were very well written and acted, I liked that the characters were more intriguing than likable for the most part. I really loved the music for the show, I felt like it suited the tone of the show perfectly. Please tell me your thoughts on this show in the comment section below.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

TV Review: Hymn of Death

                                                         Hymn of Death Review
Hymn of Death is set in the early 1920s while Korea was under Japanese occupation and is about play write Kim Woo jin whose father disapproves of his writing and his desire to speak out against Japanese ruling over Korea and Korea's first soprano singer Yun Shim Deok. Woo jin and Shim deok meet while they're studying in Tokyo while working on a play to be perform around Korea and through out the course of working on this play together the two get to know each other and they began to fall for each other. Since Woo jin is already married him and Shim deok agree to part ways as simply friends before they allow themselves to fall too deeply for each other.

Woo jin and Shim deok don't see or hear for each other for five years during that time Woo jin had been working for his father's company and not writing since his father has forbidden him from doing so while Shim deok has been working as a singer but is not being paid enough to completely support her family. When Shim deok performs in a certain prestigious theater that she had Woo jin promise that he'd watch if she ever preformed there in the future the two of them meet up again and find that they can't bare to loose contact with each other completely again which leads to them starting to write letters to each other. Woo jin starts writing again secretly after Shim deok tells him that she enjoyed reading what he wrote and he also starts to send out his writings to publishers under a false name. Woo jin and Shim deok write letters to each other and meet up secretly with each other and it seems that by all accounts that their having an affair with each other.

Woo jin ends up leaving his family in order to pursue his writing and his love for Shim deok which leads to him moving back to Tokyo. Shim deok plans to join Woo jin in Tokyo but after her reputation is ruined because she met alone with a male record executive in his home she finds that she is no longer able to get work or support her family. Shim deok and Woo jin spend about a week together very happily in Japan before heading back to Korea by ship. Woo jin and Shim deok share a slow dance under the starry sky right before its implied that they kill themselves since unable to live without each other but also can't live with themselves if they abandon their families.

Overall I really enjoyed this drama it was a beautiful romantic and tragic story that was directed and acted beautifully. I really enjoyed seeing a drama that was set in this time period since I felt that the period this show was set in added a lot of drama to the story even though it wasn't really the focus of the story. Please tell me your thoughts on this show in the comment section below.

Top 8 Books I Meant to Read in 2018

1. These Broken Stars: This is a book that I already owned and I decided pretty late in the year that I should read this book in 2018 but I ran out of time before the end of the year to read it but I have actually started reading this book just a few days ago.
2. Born Wicked: I have really wanted to read this book for years because it's a about witches and I really loved the cover for the book. I put this book on my to be read list for 2018 but I haven't read this book yet and I still don't even own this book.
3. Entwined: This is a book I put on my to be read list last year and is a book that I have owned for years but I still haven't got around to reading it.
4. A Touch of Power: This is a book that I owned for the longest time that I put on last year's list of book that I want to read but I still haven't gotten around to reading it despite already owning this book.
5. Dash and Lilly's Book of Dares: This is a book that I've owned for years now and for some reason I haven't read yet even though I meant to read this book last year.
6. If I Stay: A book that I have owned for a long time that I meant to read last year but I didn't read it because I found a lot of other books to sound a lot more interesting than this one.
7. Wither: This is a book that I have wanted to read for awhile and I planned to read it in 2018 but I never ended up reading or even buying the book by the end of the year.
8. The Marked Girl: This is a book that I bought about two years ago and I meant to get around to reading it last year but I just never did.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Top 10 Books I Read in 2018

1.Renegades: Renegades is a book that actually does something that feels new involving superheroes which is something that I really enjoyed. I liked seeing a society that is now ruled by superheroes because they are the ones that brought society out of an age of anarchy and I like that this society is shown to be a flawed one. I liked that Nova our heroine is actually a-lined with the villain side of things which isn't something that female leads often get to do and I liked that Adrian our male lead is with the heroes but still see flaws in their current system. I really loved the world that was created in this series and the characters and the relationships that they developed with each other.
2. Holding Up the Universe: This book is a really good character driven story that follows Libby an overweight teen who is going back to school for the first time in years and is doing her best to not let other people's opinions about her get her down; and Jack a well liked student who is secretly dealing with face blindness which is making his life much more complicated that it has to be and making him feel like he has to do things that he's uncomfortable with in order to appear normal. I really loved Libby and Jack as individual characters and I also loved the relationship that they developed with each other which made this book a great read.
3. This is What Happy Looks Like: This book is about teens Ellie and Graham who start emailing each other accidently and discover that they have a bond with each other despite having very different lives with Ellie being a normal high school student in small town Maine and Graham being an up and coming Hollywood actor. I really loved this book I really loved both of the main characters and I found myself rooting for them to end up together.
4. The Fill-in Boyfriend:  This book was I really sweet and fun romance that involved fake dating with leads that were likable yet flawed which made the book all the more interesting. I also thought that the book a few surprising things with the friendship conflicts in the book which is something that I really enjoyed.
5. Turtles All the Way Down: This book was the first book in 2018 that I read that I actually loved which makes me love this book a little more than I would have otherwise. This book has an interesting main character who is very stuck in her own head because of her fears of germs which affects her life in many ways in that it causes conflict in her friendship and makes her feel that she can't be in a relationship. There was also some interesting going on with her old friend and then briefly boyfriend and his family that added something to the story as well.
6. Vampire Academy: This book was a good introduction to a new type of vampire mythology and had an interesting cast of characters which made this book great fun to read. I really Rose and her relationship with Lissa and I loved that even though it's Rose's job to protect Lissa that the love and protectiveness that they feel for each other is mutual. I also really loved the romance that developed between Lissa and Christian. I thought that this book had a good plot to it despite this book not being too focused on plot.
7. Glass: This book was a good sequel to Crank and it was beautifully written despite being about the very ugly continuing descent that Kristina experiences into meth addiction, it isn't a fun read but I feel like it is a worthwhile read.
8. To All the Boys I've Loved Before: This book was another romance book that involved fake dating that I really enjoyed but I feel like it was a bit less fluff than The Fill-in Boyfriend probably because this book is book one of a series so it's a lot less clear whether or not Lara Jean and Peter will actually end up together. There is an emphasis on Lara Jean's relationships with her sisters that I really enjoyed and I think it added a lot to the book. For as much as I liked the book I must say that I actually love the movie more because it was clear from the start that movie Peter was into Lara Jean and I liked that Josh didn't end up having romantic feelings for Lara Jean in the movie these things just really improved the story for me.
9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: This book isn't actually as romance centric as one would think it would be based off the title but it is still a good story about a girl coming to terms with her father get married to the woman that he cheated on her mother with and her figuring out if she still wants her father in her life or if he even really wants her to be part of his new life. There is also a sweet romance that starts to develop between our main character and boy she sits by on the plane to her father's wedding which is a relationship that I quite enjoyed even though not a lot of focus was on romance in this story.
10. Frostbite: The second book in the Vampire Academy series has a less focused plot than the first book and less focus on Rose's relationship with Lissa which makes me a bit sad. This book did introduced new aspects to the world and it's characters and to some new characters as well which made the book all the more interesting. I liked this book a whole lot but I found it wasn't as good as the first book in the series.