K-Drama & Thai Drama Review: High School Edition

Show Name: Sassy Go Go/Cheer Up!
K-Drama
Episodes: 12
Genre: Youth, Comedy, Mental-Health, [Young-Adult]
Director: Lee Eun-Jin
Cast: Jung Eun-Ji, Lee Won-Geun, Chae Soo-Bin, Cha Hak-Yeon, Ji Soo, Kim Ji-Suk, Lee Mi-Do, etc.
My Rating:

 

Blurb:

Set in a highly competitive school that emphasizes achievement and scores above all else, the drama will lay bare the absurdities and hypocrisies of the education system while also featuring the growth stories of the students who struggle to move forward, one step at a time.

This show surpassed my expectations. I didn’t think I was going to love it this much but the plot, the characters everything won my heart in the end.

Kang Yeon Doo (Jung Eun Ji) is the leader of her dance team but they are not academically active. Then there’s Kim Yeol (Lee Won Geun), the leader of the study club and they are among the top students of the school. When they are forced to work as a team, they begin to understand that there’s no much more than just competing each other.

This show dealt with a lot of serious and realistic issues that students face in high school and even after that. It also showed that extreme pressure from parents to succeed in academics can result in serious consequences. Suicides often show up in the newspaper about students not being able to cope up, so they chose this way. These issues were handled perfectly and realistically in this show. 

Seo Ha Joon (Ji Soo) suffered from depression which often resulted in trying to kill himself but cutting his wrists. I didn’t like Ji Soo’s character in Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon but here I fell in love with them. PTSD was also portrayed pretty well in this show. Seriously I have seen one of my classmates suffer from a nervous breakdown and the doctor said she was not going to recover again and I was in standard 4 back then, i.e. I was only 10 years old. Can you imagine the pressure she might have received from her parents that resulted in such a disastrous situation? Anyway, I loved the bromance between Seo Ha Joon and Kim Yeol, I don’t think Seo Ha Joon would have survived this long if it wouldn’t have been for his best friend.

Anyway, the Dance group and the Study group often clashed with each other but when incidents force them to work together as a team for the cheerleading completing, hell goes down. I also hated Teacher Yang Tae Beom‘s (Kim Ji Suk) character in Personal Taste but here he was my absolute favourite. He was the best teacher eveeeer!! And he deserved all the love when he was unfairly suspended from school and all the students united to bring him back brought tears to my eyes. It was such a heartwarming moment. Their Cheerleader coach was an absolute blast as well. She finally broke the norms of the school and it was because of her they were actually able to work as a team. There were some pretty hilarious moments.

The romance was not the main factor in the show and I absolutely didn’t mind (Surprising… I know!). But I cherished the small moments that Kang Yeon Doo and Kim Yeol shared. The love triangle was pretty evident and I was praying it wouldn’t happen and it did and that tore me apart because I loved both the leads. 😦

But it was handled pretty maturely, which was refreshing and I loved it. You can understand the level if I say I enjoyed a love triangle. Kwon Soo-A (Chae Soo-Bin) was a grey character. As much as I loathed her, I couldn’t completely hate her because I could sympathize with her. Nevertheless, the ending wrapped up nicely and I was satisfied with it.

Overall, Sassy Go Go/ Cheer Up! was a great show. I binged watched it in a day and it was a pretty fast watch. I loved how the plot was executed and the I enjoyed character growth of all of them.

Recommend it?

Yes!!


Show Name: Ugly Duckling: Don’t
Thai Drama
Episodes: 7
Genre: Youth, Comedy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Cast: Thawornwong Jirakit, Techarukpong Chatchawit, Jiravechsoontornkul Lapalal
My Rating: 

Blurb:

Dumped by her boyfriend, Maewnam holes up in her house out of shame, until her dad gives her an ultimatum to go back to school. But she’s so embarrassed, she walks around with her head in a box to give herself personal space to grieve. Then two bad boys enter her life and turn her “box” world inside out.

This was the first foreign show I watched. Like ever! This was a pretty short watch but enjoyable. Also, I realized the names of the actors are sooo big and I for the love of God, can’t pronounce it. xD Also, this is a series which has 4 parts but I only watched this one.

Maewnam (Jiravechsoontornkul Lapalal) wears a box on her head because she is embarrassed to be seen after an incident as a child when her crush called her ugly. She never recovered from it but when she is forced to enrol in school, she meets two boys who change the course of her life.

When Maewnam enrols in a new school she befriends Minton (Techarukpong Chatchawit) who is absolutely hell-bent on becoming her friend. But it’s Zero (Thawornwong Jirakit) who is the hero (I had to use this phrase XD) who actually forces her to face her fears and conquer it. I loved the chemistry between Zero and Maewnam and I loved how their relationship slowly developed. The love triangle kind of didn’t matter much because it was evident from the very first who she was going to end up with. Also, I hadn’t expected that little plot twist which changed the whole game.

Overall, Ugly Duckling: Don’t was an enjoyable and short watch. The plot and the characters managed to hold my attention until the very end and I was satisfied how this show ended.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about these 2 shows? Have you seen them? Or do you want to?

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Dual Review: This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab || Where the Monsters Failed to Grab My Attention

  

Title: This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity duology
Genre: Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 411 pages & 470 respectively, Paperback
Published: June 7th, 2016 & June 13th, 2017 respectively by Titan Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:  

Blurb (from Goodreads):

This Savage Song:

Kate Harker and August Flynn’s families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker’s men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real…

Our Dark Duet:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


First of all, I couldn’t stop bawling my eyes out after I finished this duology in the morning. I’m still sad.

Secondly, every time I read August, my mind immediately started playing A to the G to the U to the STD, I’m D’boy because I’m from D.

I didn’t mind though. That song, umm… rap is my jam! I never thought I would love rap, like ever and here I am, all thanks to BTS. Anyway, I should return to the actual review…

I definitely enjoyed this duology but I think my expectations were too high because V.E. Schwab is a pretty hyped author and this dulogy was my first read from her but unfortunately I didn’t fall in love with it. *Black sheep alert!!* Anyway, so I thought I would do a list post review instead of the ones I usually do!

Verity is a city divided into two and they are filled with monsters, the flesh-eating Corsai, the blood-sucking Malachai and the soul-consuming Sunai. Those who follow Harker are protected under him and the South is protected by the Flynns. But they are on the verge of war. When Kate Harker and August Flynn’s world collide, either chaos will break out or peace will finally prevail.

The things I loved-

  • Kate- She made a strong protagonist. I was rooting for her from the very start and I loved her character growth throughout the duology. She was something else when we were first introduced to her, she desperately wanted her father’s approval but as the book proceeded, she learned to stand her own ground. She fought fiercely for what she thought was the right thing to do and I really, really loved that about her.

  • Ilsa- Something about her just made me love her. She was sweet yet fierce. My heart broke after reading her backstory, I so wished a gentle person like that didn’t have to go through so much. And in the 2nd book, I think she somehow knew what would happen to her, that’s why she did that instead of August. That shattered my heart. My poor little heartu…
  • Alice- She was the perfect amount of bad and creepy. I enjoyed her character more than the actual villain. She was sly and only Kate dead. I really hated her but she was a villain I would not forget.
  • The action- The fighting and stuff was pretty awesome. Those scenes were engaging and kept me on my toes. I definitely wanted more of those.

The In-betweens-

  • August (A to the G to the U to the STD….) I liked his character but he didn’t end up on my favourite list. Of course, he had a bigger problem and those were definitely hard to overcome but his resolute always seem to falter and only when Kate urged him to do the right thing, he finally listened. But I loved that he was loyal and wouldn’t leave his friends in danger. He just wanted to experience life as a normal person but for someone like him, life wasn’t exactly a piece of cake.
  • The monsters- They were creative. Definitely creative, I’ll give you that but I thought I was going to be scared a little. It was creepy at times but not that horrifying. Among the Corsai, Malachai and Sunai the last monster, Chaos Eater definitely took the prize. Now that, was indeed terrifying.
  • The plot- Unfortunately didn’t blow me away. I liked it but I just didn’t feel totally invested in the story. I definitely enjoyed the Our Dark Duet more than This Savage Song, although the first book definitely had its moments. But the second book was so much more and things took a more different and violent turn and I loved the unpredictability of it.

The things I didn’t love-

  • Sloan- Eh, shoo you, villain. He was the big bad wolf but every time I read about him, I would just feel meh. I didn’t enjoy his character much. I was not impressed by his villainy. Nuh huh.
  • Pace- The pace was kind of all over the place. The first book started out pretty slow and it mostly focused on Kate and August but the second book was much better regarding pace. They faced a much bigger scenario and I enjoyed how things were executed from there onwards.
  • That ending- Why oh why… *runs away sobbing*

Overall, the Monsters of Verity dulogy was an interesting read but not intriguing enough for me. I enjoyed the plot but I wasn’t 100% invested in it but I definitely enjoyed the characters. Although this series is not a major hit for me, I’m still glad I gave it a try because it definitely had its amazing moments.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what did you think about this duology? Was it a big hit for you or did it fell flat? What was the thing you loved/hated the most in this series?

K-Drama Review: You’re All Surrounded || Hilarious and Intriguing Enough

Show Name: You’re All Surrounded
Episodes: 20
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Yu In-Sik
Cast: Lee Seung-Gi, Cha Seung-Won, Go Ara, Ahn Jae-Hyeon, Park Jung-Min, Sung Ji-Ru
My Rating:

Blurb:

Eun Dae Gu, Uh Soo Sun, Park Tae Il and Ji Gook – otherwise known as the P4 – are the new recruits in the violent crime unit at Gangnam Police Station. These rookies are neither enthusiastic nor passionate about their new jobs and have joined the crime squad for varying but unbefitting reasons. They are lead by an erratic and hot-headed Seo Pan Suk who wants nothing more than to wash his hand off of the incompetent new recruits.


You’re All Surrounded is definitely one of the best K-Drama I’ve ever seen!! It was so freaking awesome! This drama kept me engaged thoroughly from the start to the finish. I randomly discovered it YouTube one day and watching this one was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. #SorryLife #NopeNotEvenSorry

Eun Dae-Koo (Lee Seung-Gi), Eo Soo-Sun (Go Ara), Park Tae-II (Ahn Jae-Hyeon) and Ji Kook (Park Jung-Min) are four rookie detectives who start working under Pan Seok (Cha Seung-Won) who is the leader of team 3. They have all joined this profession for some reason or the other but Eun Dae-Koo is the one who seems to be the one harbouring secrets and he’s the only one who recognises Pan Seok even though it’s been 11 years since they first met, Eun Dae-Koo still holds a grudge against him but as they start working together, he realises things may not have been the way he actually thought in the first place.

The plot was definitely refreshing and interesting! Eun Dae-Koo’s mother was murdered when he was still in school and he holds Detective Pan Seok responsible for that and after so many years he’s back but working under the same detective he has a grudge against. The backstory was moulded perfectly into the present. One of the things, I loved the most was that this drama was hilarious at times! The only let down of this entire drama was the big reveal, well even the characters thought so… but don’t let that be the only thing from watching this show because it’s definitely worth it! Also, I enjoyed how Eo Soo-Sun’s mother incident tied up with the main plot, it was seriously interesting! I can’t reveal much without spoiling, so just go and watch this show!

The characters. Oh, my god, the characters were freaking EPIC!! Eun Dae-Koo is the perfect epitome of angry young man but in fact, he’s a squishy teddy bear. Eo Soo-Sun was just adorable and I soooo loved the romance between the two. The romance was not heavily focused but it was still there and I looooved it! Park Tae-II and Ji Kook (is actually a teddy bear) were the perfect additions to the team and definitely provided the comic relief. But the one character who was the most interesting was Seo Pan-Seok, the lead detective. He was already involved with Eun Dae-Koo’s mother’s murder case and as the show proceeded we get to see more of him, I definitely enjoyed how everything was handled. He was phenomenal actually!! And that ending, I can’t stop laughing whenever I think that!! 😂

This scene was the best and the most HILARIOUS moment of the entire drama!! 😂😂

Although the main plot structure was maintained, the rookies had to solve other cases and each and every one of those were pretty awesome, especially the ones with which the show starts. It was hilarious actually! I had to pause before I was laughing too goddamn much.I loved the fact that they grew as a team as the show proceeded and it was one of the best things ever. They became one as a family. I really hated all the politics that played a vital role in the show, there were quite a few shocking moments but I definitely loved how the ending wrapped up.

Overall, You’re All Surrounded is an addictive show! The acting was really great and Cha Seung Won definitely did a brilliant job. His character will keep you guessing throughout most of the drama and I loved that mystery factor. I am soooo glad I decided to watch this drama.

Recommend it?

You still need to ask!!


So guys, have you watched this show yet? If yes, what are your favourite things about it? And if not, are you interested in watching?

Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff || Where everything took a whole new turn

Title: Godsgrave
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 421 pages, Hardcover
Published:  September 7th, 2017 by Harper Voyager UK
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.


If you thought Nevernight was a torturous read, wait until you’ve read Godgrave because the wait for the next book is literally unbearable…

“If Vengeance has a mother, her name is Patience.” 

HOLY GUACAMOLEYYY!! This book simply took everything to a different level. I expected that, but not thaaaat much. I remember falling into a slump after finishing Nevernight because no other book was living up to my expectations after reading that one and the experience was quite similar to this book too (fortunately, I’m out of the slump now…). I also feel like it’s best to go into this book without knowing anything, even the blurb for the best reading experience.

After everything went down in the previous book, Mia is finally working for the Red Church but when she comes face to face with an old enemy, her perception towards the Red Church begins to sway and when the actual truth comes out, the line between right and wrong begin to blur. Not there was anything, to begin with, but now it’s up to Mia to decide where she wants her final destiny to be.

Interesting writing style!

In Nevernight, the writing style felt a little way too much in the beginning but I didn’t feel like that for a second while reading Godsgrave, I was hooked from the very first page and the jumping between the past and the present was actually quite fun, I usually don’t like when that happens but that very fact made things much more interesting in this book.

An Intense Plot!

The plot was bloody awesome! And intense! How does Kristoff do that? Everything was a bloody mess but it was amazing at the same time. It was really hard to put this book down, I just wanted to leave everything and read this book for the whole day! Okay, so in Nevernight, we saw Mia entering the Red Church as a student and now in Godsgrave, she is a full-fledged blade, who still wants revenge for her family despite the warnings from her masters. But as the book proceeded, things became just so much more than just revenge. But this book was sooo bloody, oh so bloody and dark. Oh, oh and I also missed Mister Kindly soooo freaking much. Also, wolfie was a nice addition, the constant bickering of those two provided the necessary relief and it was quite humorous and funny at times.

Character growth!

We are introduced to a lot of new characters in this book as Mia takes on a new journey and becomes a gladiator. I loved Mia’s character growth as a person in this book. She was a closed-off character in the first book and here we get to see a whole new side of Mia, she also discovers her sexual orientation in this book and I definitely enjoyed how everything was executed. It’s so hard to review this book without spoiling anything. So. Freaking. Hard. People.

Mia closed her eyes.
Raised her blade.
‘O, Mother, blackest Mother, what have I become?’

Anyway, I freaking loved the new characters and the relationship Mia shared with them. It was amazing but heartbreaking at the same time. Jay Kristoff is cruel, people. And that’s not a fact but a reality. How am I supposed to live until the next book?

Plot-twist that’ll ruin your life! (if you still have any after finishing this book…)

And the FREAKING PLOT TWIST!! Who does that!!! My goodness, there are some plot twists you are amazed at and some are too much to handle. Combine those two! That’s exactly how I felt after turning the last page. 2 major plot twists and I have no freaking idea what’s going to happen next. I had 1% hunch about the 2nd twist but the 1st one was out of completely nowhere. It smacked me right in the goddam face!! I mean, it completely changed the whole game dude!

I have to stop now otherwise my rambling will never end!!

Overall,

Godsgrave was an amazing, heart-pounding read. This was a fast-paced read and I enjoyed every moment of it. Also, this book was more dark and intense than the first book, so brace yourself guys! This series is absolutely perfect for fantasy and action lovers!

Congratulations if you have made it to the end of my endless screaming, screechingly fangirling review where I simultaneously want to hug the book and throw it at the wall.

*SPOILER* Who the freaking saw that coming at the end???? The one she hated the most and now she shares blood relation with him? LIKE SERIOUSLY???!!! Alsoooo, I loved the romance between Mia and the Ashlinn though she did the one thing I hated the most in the previous book but THAT ENDING people!! That bloody freaking ending!! *END OF SPOILER*

Recommend it?

Jinjja! Do I still need to say that?!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Did you love it or did it felt flat for you? Or are you still waiting to read this book?

Also, if you want to discuss spoilers in the comments, please write spoilers before you state your thoughts. 🙂

The K-Pop Book Tag!! // K-pop has taken over my life…

Finally a tag!! 😀

I know I am slagging off on a looooot of tags right now but honestly, I couldn’t resist this tag. Because K-pop is lifeu!!! ❤ It has taken over my life and I looooove BTS to death!!

Anyway, thanks to Savannah @ The Book Prophet for tagging me in the K-pop book tag! Don’t forget to ckeck out her blog guys. ❤

Rules:

  • Credit the creator of this tag: The Book Prophet.
  • Thank the person that tagged you
  • Answer all of the questions to the best of your abilities
  • Tag as many people as you’d like

BTS – A Book Everyone Knows About

     

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling or Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I don’t think there’s anybody in this world who haven’t heard about these two series, even non-readers know the name!

EXO – Favorite Companion Novel

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. While A Crown of Wishes followed Maya’s life, this book focused on her sister, a.k.a Gauri’s journey. This book was definitely an interesting read, the references were relatable and it was an unpredictable read.

NU’EST – A Book/Series/Author That Doesn’t Get the Attention You Think it Deserves

 

The Saven series by Siobhan Davis. This series is one of the best science-fiction I have ever read, she is the queen of cliffhangers and the plot twists and turns in her books never fail to amaze me. This series definitely deserves more love.

ASTRO – A Book That Gave You a Happy Feeling When Reading

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. This was a pretty cute and enjoyable read.

MONSTA X – A Book Containing a Diverse Set of Characters

 

The ones that immediately come to my mind are Carry On by Rainbow Rowell or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

A.C.E – A Favorite Recent Release

The award definitely goes to Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. Aaaaah, this book was gorgeous from the get-go, this book didn’t fail to surprise me and that bloody ending!!!! I want book 3. Very desperately!!

BLACKPINK – A Book That Sticks Out From The Rest Of its Genre

The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff. Although the character is a young-adult, this series definitely breaks the stereotype that’s been attached to YA and that makes it a splendid read.

SEVENTEEN – A Book With Multiple POVs

 

The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Though I haven’t read it yet but it’s next on my list!!

BIGBANG – A Modern Classic

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Need I say anything more?

SISTAR – Series You Wish Never Ended

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare or just the Shadowhunter universe in general. I love this world too freaking much. And I think I’ll forever be biased towards TMI, it was too much of a special read for me.

RAIN – Favorite Stand-Alone

  

  

I’m a series junkie… but I still got a few favourites. Some of them are Bully and Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas, Holding Court by K.C. Held, How to Say I Love You Out Loud and How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

Nooooow, onto the tagging part (I’m very bad at this though…). I tag-

And as always, feel free to avoid it if you have already done the tag or don’t want to! 🙂


So guys, are you into K-pop?? If yes, who’s your favourite? Aaaand, who’s your bias? Have you read any of the books on my list?? Are any of them your favourite??

Review: The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown || Where the rising started off slow but ended with a bang!

   

Title: Red Rising (book 1), Golden Son (book 2), Morning Star (book 3)
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: The Red Rising Saga
Genre: Dystopia, Science-fiction, [Adult]
Format: Paperback
Published: 25th September 2014, 8th January 2015 & 22nd September 2016 by Hodder Paperbacks respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Red Rising:

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

Break the chains. Live for more.

Golden Son:

‘I’m still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.’

Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind’s last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.

In RED RISING, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It’s a journey that will take him further than he’s ever been before – but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?

Hic sunt leones.

Morning Star:

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.


This series has been on my tbr list for a loooong time and it was finally time to tick them off the list. But honestly, I wasn’t that much impressed with Red Rising, I don’t think I would have continued if I already didn’t own the rest of the series. But I’m glad I did pick up because things finally looked up at me from the second half of Golden Son and since then I didn’t have to look back and I thoroughly enjoyed the series.

Darrow is a Red, he lives a world divided by colour and every day is a struggle for survival. He believes he and his mates are doing their best to create a better world for the future generation until he discovers all their efforts were based on a lie. And when the inevitable happens, helped by a rebel group under a nameless leader Ares, Darrow decides to take action by infiltrating the Golds, not by just doing anything but being among one of them. But as time passes Darrow discovers there’s so much more than war, he discovers so much more to life. Will he be finally able to achieve his long lost dream of a better world or will it perish with the uncountable wars?

Interesting Plot!

As I said before Red Rising wasn’t a great read for me. Although things were refreshing and I definitely enjoyed the way things were handled in this book, still it somewhat didn’t feel new. Maybe that’s because I read too much dystopia… Anyway, but as I proceeded onto the next book, things started to look up. The politics were one of the most intriguing parts of this book, this is coming from a girl who loves to stay ten hands away from politics, so yep! In Red Rising, the making of their own houses survival games felt a lot like the Hunger Games but the actual story begins in the second book when Darrow takes command and the actual plan begins to unfold.

“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” 

Golden Son begins to shape up the plot for what’s about to come in the next book and the author does a pretty good job at building the momentum. Aaaand, Morning Star was actually pretty awesome! It was pretty brutal and bloody too. Although Ragnar’s part felt a lot like the Unsullied in GoT but I did like his character. Some of my favourite characters died, some lived to see another day but the war was epic actually. I enjoyed the last book the most. It was full of action and suspense and I couldn’t put the book down. There were also some chilly and powerful scenes which made me shiver, and Darrow rightfully earned the name of the Reaper.

Complex and layered characters!

This book had a vaaaaast number of characters but it wasn’t confusing which was a plus. I definitely loved Darrow, our lead protagonist and his character growth throughout the series. When we were first introduced to him, only revenge was the one thing that kept him going but as days passed and he understood the whole scenario, he knew things were so much bigger than just a petty revenge. And I loved that he didn’t give up until the very end. There were moments, but he trudged on. Of course, that wouldn’t have been possible if he didn’t have such great friends to back him up which brings me to them.

“A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump. A poor friend pushes him from behind.” He looks up at me. “A good friend jumps with.” 

Among everybody, I looooved Servo the most. That guy was a nutcase but an adorable goryhell nutcase. His irrevocable loyalty and belief in Servo made me love him even more. And even though the tension between him and Servo reached a notch in Morning Star, I was so glad when they solved it like adults because let’s face it Servo is awesome but he is not a great at being a leader. Not only Darrow but seeing all the characters grow throughout the series made me super happy!! Also, I loved Mustang, I never ever doubted her for a second. I loved the chemistry between Mustang and Servo and how their relationship slowly developed from allies to something much more. 

One of the most interesting characters was the Jackel, Mustang’s stepbrother. That guy felt shady from the moment he was introduced and the web of lies he so neatly arranged was mind-boggling. The other villains were pretty interesting as well but I just wanted to beat the heck out of them with my ever-lasting frying pan!! They stooped so low and the Jackel didn’t even care about the consequences and *spoiler*I was glad to see him getting the deserved “reward” in the end.

And even after everything I somehow didn’t lose faith in Cassius, I knew he would eventually choose the best in the end. I just somehow had that gut feeling and I was overjoyed to see him and Darrow reunite at the end.*end of spoiler*

Freaking plot twists!

Another reason to love this series. It kept on surprising me out of bloody nowhere. This especially happened with the war strategies and stuff and it was pretty interesting and kept me guessing what was going to happen next. And there were so many freaking deaths.

“Justice isn’t about fixing the past, it’s about fixing the future. We’re not fighting for the dead. We’re fighting for the living. And for those who aren’t yet born.” 

The most shocking part was Ares’ identity, I seriously did not see that coming. I was woooooahh!! Hold it right there but oh well nobody listened because of the bloody war. *spoiler*Also, Ares’s death was like out of nowhere but it was Ragnar’s death which gutted me the most.*end of spoiler*

Overall,

The Red Rising Saga was an interesting read and I’m glad I was able to enjoy this series till the very end although the beginning was not very strong. I fell in love with the characters and the plot was complex enough for me to keep reading on. I loved the character growth and the way everything was written made it a pretty smooth read. At first, I thought with Morning Star things would come to an end but as everybody knows by now, the fourth book, Iron Gold is coming out next year, although I still don’t know how I feel about that because the blurb is kinda heartbreaking but obviously realistic, I think I would be picking it up.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this series? Have you read it yet or is it in your tbr? Who’s your favourite character? Are you looking forward to the next book in this series?

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2017!

Happy Halloween guys! ❤

Most important update: I finally changed my Blog Link!!

Hey, guys! How are you all doing? My October was okaaaay, I didn’t read much but bookishly it was good. Currently, I’m reading Godsgrave which is just another level of awesomeness!! Have you guys read it yet?

Anyway, onto this months’ bookish news:

Books I’ve read this month:

YA:

Seize Today Fate's Keep  

NA:

NSFW ec88e-saving-brad 

Adult:

The Celeritas Files Morning Star


Books I’ve reviewed this month (link to my reviews):

4/5 stars

Thrax by Christina Bauer

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

NSFW by Piper Lawson

Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis

Fate’s Keep by T. Rae Mitchell

3/5 stars

The Celeritas Files by Ishan Majumder

2/5 stars

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon


Other Stuff:

I also think I’ll add K-Drama Reviews to my feature list because I’m really enjoying writing those reviews. Here are the ones listed that I wrote this month-

K-Drama Reviews:


Life Updates:

October was somewhat okay I guess. I had two big exams which weren’t that great but I had some new experience. Also, my brother came for a few days and we managed to catch up and also watch the movies we had earlier planned to watch together. I finally watched Logan. Unfortunately, it left a bitter taste for both of us. But I did garner the courage to watch IT alone. Hah!! I watched it freaking alone and without skipping. Usually, when it comes to horror movies, I can’t watch it alone, I usually avoid it or end up watching it in 5 minutes by skipping but somehow I was able to watch this one and even enjoy it! Although it was not that horrifying but I definitely enjoyed it.

I only bought one book this month which was Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. There are a lot of mixed reviews for this book and I’m really excited to find out which category I fall into!! Aaaand, as usual, K-pop and K-Dramas took over my lifeu!!


So guys, how did October trick-or-treat you? Was it bookishly awesome or just meh? Which book was your favourite this month?