Review: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare // Why did it have to end?

Title: Queen of Air and Darkness
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 912 pages, Paperback
Published: December 4th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Source: Purchased
Trigger Alert: Death, Betrayal, Violence

Blurb (from Goodreads):

*SPOILERS*

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.


I finally finished this trilogy! That means I can cross The Dark Artifices from my accountability list! Yayie! 😀 I reread this entire series and it has been a great boost up for my slump. I am completely out of my reading slump and I have to say, it is such a relief!!

THIS BOOK IS THE DEFINITION OF ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.

A lot happened, like really a lot but oh god, I am in love with this book and the characters. This book was huge, more than 900 pages but I don’t think there was a single dull moment. I was thoroughly engaged.

Something or the other kept happening. Julian and Emma’s parabatai bond was slowly destroying them, their love for each other. Everything was a mess. It was a good book. I could not go to sleep because of it. Such joy. 🙂

It would not be sufficient to say how much I love Julian and Emma. Especially Jules. His character keeps developing and Cassandra Clare has done a tremendously good job in fleshing out all the characters.

The Blackthorn family is one of the topmost reason to read this book! My heart went out to all of them. Each of them was going through heartbreak and they had to grow up before the normal time period. And Emma was like a protector of them all.

I was apprehensive about Mark in bok 1 and I think I quite hated Kieran, especially because of the whipping incident. BUT, my feelings have completely done a 360-degree flip. Like, ohmygoodness, these two needs to bundled up and kept safe. And who is the candidate who can do this? Cristina!! I wish the world had more Cristinas. She is kind, wise and everything. *spoiler start* No wonder, Mark and Kieran fell head over heels for her. I was pretty surprised by the polyamorous representation, one because I haven’t read about it much, second, I was not completely aware of how this relationship worked. But this representation definitely made me aware and I was soooo happy for those three!! *spoiler end*

Mark was such a great brother. He really picked up the saddle. And Julian, I cannot stop gushing about him. Aside from being the world’s greatest brother and almost pro at single parenting, his ability to handle people and plotting and scheming mind was goddayum.

With this one, I have realised one thing, I like politics (only fantasy tho…I mean bookish stuff) and this book had so many themes and sub-themes (honestly, how does Cassandra Clare maintain this amount of coherency while writing her books?), politics was a consistent one. I was so soo irritated with the Cohort and especially Zara. (Who doesn’t want to strangle her?) They never learn their lesson BUT BUT Julian’s ploy, the big battle (although the giant stuff was sudden, not weird at all!), it was epic!

The climax was so satisfying in this book. In many books, the ultimate war sequence is over before it starts. However, in this book, it was elaborate and so many things were going on. I LOVED, LOVED IT!!

I LOVE CROSSOVERS!! I have always loved them, I remember when I was a kid and they had these crossover power-rangers episodes and I used to freak out with happiness. I feel the same happiness every time Clary (Maybe unpopular opinion but I love Clary to death!) and the rest of the gang along with Jem and Tessa shows up!

I have to say, I want more of the Fae world. Every time the gang went to the fae, things got more interesting and honestly, the fae not being able to lie yet their twisty words gets me every time. *spoiler start* Although the name of the book indicates Annabel, I felt her part of the story was cut short? Like, there was scope, but it randomly ended? *spoiler end* Also, Kit!!!! That smol little precious boy, oh my my, I hope we get to read more of him soooon. (Also his friendship with Ty…)

Also, what’s with the prologue? O_o Do l have to live with the anxiety that the prologue gave me? Overall, this book was everything! And I need more… 

Recommend it?

OHMYGODYAAAS!


So guys, have you finished this trilogy? What are your overall thoughts?

Which Cassandra Clare book series is your favourite?

K-Drama Reviews: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim & Thirty But Seventeen // Mysterious and hilarious

Okhaaay! The thing is, both the dramas I am about to review, I have watched quite a long ago. Not that long but uh… a bit long. Anyway, I adore both of these dramas sooo much and both of these were absolutely worth the hype according to me! When I get hooked to a drama, I am all in! It takes me about 1 to 2 weeks to decide what to watch next after finishing a drama, so yeah due to this, I rewatched Descendants of the Sun and right now, Love O2O, both of which I loved very much. (I think I would be over with Love O2O by the time this review is posted… LOL). Anyway, I divert… so onto this review!


Show Name: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim
Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Park Joon Hwa
Cast: Park Min Young, Park Seo Joon, Pyo Ye Jin, Kang Hong Suk, Kang Ki Young etc.
My Rating:

 

Synopsis:

The series revolves around the narcissistic Lee Young Joon, the vice president of a company run by his family. He is very self-absorbed and thinks highly of himself, so much that he barely acknowledges the people around him. Lee Young Joon has a capable and patient secretary in Kim Mi So who has remained by his side and worked diligently for 9 years without any romantic involvement. However, Mi So now want to set her life & focus on herself so when she decides to resign from her job, hilarious misunderstandings ensue. After 9 years of their strictly-workplace relationship, can it now develop in something more?

~~ Adapted from the webtoon “Kimbiseoga Wae Geureolgga” by Jung Kyung Yoon.

This drama was absolutely epic! From incorporating a dark tragic past to the point of absolute hilariousness, all was in this drama. The comedy and the mystery were what made this drama fun from the beginning. Especially the “Aura!”

Kim Mi So (played by Park Min Young) and Lee Yeong Joon (played by Park Seo Joon) were the shining stars of this drama. Although some of the side characters definitely left an impressive impact as well. I don’t think this drama would have been that hilarious without the occasional missteps of these side characters. Lee Yeong Joon, a born narcissist is the president of his company where is assisted by Kim Mi So. Normally, he loves staying within his world but when Kim Mi So she wants to leave the company to find out her inner-self, Lee Yeong Joon becomes the epitome of a panicky-mush and that’s where the fun begins!

The character of Lee Yeong Joon is so dramatic! I think it’s one of the very charms of this drama which keeps the audience thoroughly engaged. And Kim Mi So, my god, she was soooo hilarious! They were literally perfect for each other also since Kim Mi So was the only one capable of handling Lee Yeong Joon. In order to stop Kim Mi So from leaving, Lee Yeong Joon tries various methods to pursue her from leaving. From increasing her salary to even offering himself for marriage! XD As for the story process, we get to see the softy behind the narcissist exterior. I mean, he will always stay that but his character also has a sweet and genuine side. Definitely swoon-worthy!

The signature style, i.e. Korean finger heart were such a treat to watch! Although they stay professional (well almost…) during their work but the chemistry between them is booming! (Booming? Do people even use that word in this context? XD). Although Kim Mi So understood that Lee Yeong Joon wanted him as his secretary but his genuine affection was not lost on her. It was a slow and gradual process where they fell head over heels for one another. SO KYOT I TELL YOU, PEOPLE!

This drama was also incorporated a dark past which traumatised both the characters as a child. Both of them developed a phobia for certain things which they are finally able to face together. I loved how the past neatly tied with the present circumstances. Although I felt that this aspect was not as dramatic as I expected but it might be for the people present during that particular incident.

The acting was indeed marvellous and I loved each and every character of this drama. I think almost every character in this drama was over-the-top dramatic but Bong Se Ra (Hwang Bo Ra) and Yang Cheol (Kang Hong Suk) were something else! Especially the slow-mo scenes between them. Their romance was absolutely hilarious but I was definitely rooting for them from the very start! Anyway, the drama ended on a beautiful note which definitely left a lasting impact on my mind and I really hope you guys give it a shot.

Recommend it?

Absofreakinglutely!


Show Name: Thirty But Seventeen
Episodes: 32 (half an hour episodes)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Jo Soo Won
Cast: Shin Hye Sun, Yang Se Jong, Ahn Hyo Seop, Ye Ji Won etc.
My Rating: 

Synopsis:

Woo Seo Ri, a violin prodigy at 17 who was about to study in Germany, got into a bus accident and fell into a coma waking up 13 years later. Mentally she is still only 17, while physically she is now 30.
Due to a trauma he experienced 13 years before, Gong Woo Jin does not want to have a relationship with others.
This series is about a man and a woman whose lives in their own ways essentially stopped when they were 17. Together, they use all their might to try and open the door to the happiness that they once thought had been closed to them.

Thirty but Seventeen is definitely one of the gems among K-drama land. It has a mixture of so many different emotions and is executed so beautifully. Although it was the plot and the trailer which made me interested in watching this drama in the first place but I also might just be a little biased (OKHAY, A LOT) towards Yang Se Jong ever since I watched Temperature of Love.

This drama starts with Woo Seo Ri (played by Shin Hye Sun) waking up from a 13-year long coma to find herself in her thirties. A violin prodigy, she was left heartbroken and speechless, she starts a hopeless journey to find her uncle and aunt who were her only relatives after her parents passed away. Gong Woo Jin (played by Yang Se Jong) believes himself to be responsible for the accident which took the life of his first (unconfessed) love. Not knowing that she was still alive but in a coma, Gong Woo Jin secluded himself from the rest of the world. He became a mere shell of what he used to be. But when Woo Seo Ri turns up in her home, now owned by Gong Woo Jin and his cousin, Yoo Chan (Ahn Hyo Seop), fate collides and brings them together once more.

Gong Woo Jin used to be the most lively person as a child but since that incident, he has not genuinely smiled, not even for once. His hostility towards Woo Seo Ri is crystal when she first comes to the house, it would have been impossible for her to stay without Yoo Chan’s support. However, her sense of familiarity with her home brings a calming atmosphere in the house of the two men where Gong Woo Jin finally starts to find some peace. I loved the slow-building romance between the characters and the chemistry was simply electric! He finally started to wear his emotions on his face again which he had long lost forgot. Woo Seo Ri’s optimistic self was so admirable, which was also one of the factors which made the two characters come together.

My heart ached whenever Woo Seo Ri could not play her violin. It broke her heart to see someone else in the pace where she might have been if not for her incident. I was thrilled to see her not giving up on her dreams and keeping on practising to make her skills flawless as it used to be. Gong Woo Jin often froze when he was reminded of the past due to situation or two. If not for Woo Seo Riv, he never would have got the courage to step up. In a sense, they both helped each other to live again.

The side characters in this drama were very cuuuuuuuuuute. Jennifer (Ye Ji Won) was essentially mysterious but handled the house like her own family. And I absolutely adoooored Yoo Chan, he was such a sweetheart. He behaved like a kid but when it came to making decisions, his maturity amazed me. I really wanted the past to be revealed much sooner so that Gong Woo Jin realised Woo Seo Ri was none other than her first love. There were multiple hints but oh dearie, who am I kidding, this is a drama after all. I wished the revelation was a bit sooner but I was still pretty happy how every threat was connected at the end. The acting was fantastic, especially of Shin Hye Sun who portrayed that even she was 30, her brain was still stuck at 17. Due to this, it made the drama bittersweet yet a heartwarming watch!

Recommend it?

Yuuuup!!


So guys, have you watched these 2 dramas yet? What did you think about it? ANY RECOMMENDATIONS GUYS??

Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli || Where Every “Side” was Relatable!!

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: Paperback
Published: April 11th, 2017 by PUFFIN
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love- she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness-except for the part where she is.
Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?


Can I tell you guys how much this book was relatable? Like on a cosmic level, surpassing the intergalactic milky way and crash landing on my heart.

Okaaaaay, that was too much but it’s the truth.

I think I am the probably the last person on this planet to pick this book up so late. Being an International blogger plus being broke sucks. Big time.

Anyways, onto this beautiful, relatable unrequited book. Uh… I literally felt I was in Molly’s shoes. Except for the twin sister part (which I had always wanted… ask my mom if you don’t believe me) and the romance part. Anyway, you get the point. I don’t know what Molly would say if she knew about my life. I dunno whether to laugh or cry at that but I’m okay guys. I’ll live. 😂😂

The Upside of Unrequited is a character-centric book which revolves around Molly along with her family and friends. There are so many things that I loved about this book and it really made me want to feel more comfortable in my own skin.

The Family Rep!

There are sooo rare YA books that mention parents and a good one at that. Molly and her sister, Cassie has the two best freaking moms in the whole universe along with their little brother, Xavier (who’s sooo cute!!). I loved the bonding between the moms and Molly and Cassie, it was filled with genuine warmth, love and care. I mean you could literally feel the vibe radiating from the pages dude…

And I adooooooored the relationship between the two sisters, God knows how much I long for that but I really loved that they were sister cum best friends. Of course, they had to go through up and downs in their twiny relationship but in the end, they mattered to each other the most and that was enough. And that brings me to the character growth was which tremendous and I absolutely loved it! The readers can see how Molly grows throughout the whole book and finally finds a firm place to stand on.

Body Positivity!

One of the things that I loved the most about Molly was that she was comfortable in her own skin. She calls herself fat (I PREFER THE WORLD FLUFFY THOUGH) in the book, but she doesn’t have a problem with that. But when other people body shame you, how much you’re okay with yourself, it’s still going to hurt a little bit. I know from my own experience (See! I told you I related with this on a cosmic level). There are so many body positivity movements but there are still people who body shame, when will they understand how much they lower the self-confidence of the other people. Do they even care? I dunno.

But I am proud to say I finally have a group of friends (ARMYs) who love and support me for who I am. But yes, I’m trying to lose my weight as I earlier said in another post because of my health-related issues, not because society thinks I do not fit in their norms. God! I told you I hate society! Anyway, I digress.

But one thing I can’t help but agree is that Molly’s thinking process is quite similar to mine. She sometimes overthinks simple things, is awkward at times and seriously bad at taking things anywhere with boys (I am living example of that) but her thoughts about guys never liking her back because she was fat, I somewhat agreed with it. I know, I know, I don’t believe that because I have plenty of beautiful examples of couples but I think there’s still that 1% doubt because I haven’t come across a guy like that till now. Even for a friend, and that is seriously disappointing.

This world needs more feminist boys too.

The Romance!

It was kind of exciting to see Molly finally admitting she actually liked a guy instead of just keeping it on her crush list. Cassie’s personality was the total opposite Molly and when she met Mina, they just clicked though I could feel what Molly was feeling, she wanted something like that but she didn’t want to float away from her sister too. I loved the fact how maturely, in the end, they talked it out. Anyway back onto the adorable romance.

Reid was such a goofball. It was definitely hard not to fall for him. (Why are there no goofballs here? Moi needs some goofballs in life.) I guess when you like the person and finally feel comfortable with the other, it’s easier to be open with them. That’s how Molly and Reid’s friendship started out. Goooood, I wanted them together from the first moment they met but it took some time. A loooot of time but I was perfectly okay with it. Those two are one adorably beany couple I love to death!!

Overall,

The Upside of Unrequited was a beautiful and relatable book which touched my heart. I fell in love with the characters, they were layered and dynamic and I loved how each of them was there for the other. I was seriously beautiful. Although there were some cliched moments that didn’t matter much because the sweetness of this book consumes you (on a cosmic level yo!). The writing flowed smoothly and was easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely, eagerly wait for Becky’s next book!

Recommend it?

Yes!!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? Is it in your tbr?

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?

K-Drama Review- Goblin: The Lonely and Great God || Such a fantastic watch!

Show Name: Goblin
Episodes: 16
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Director: Lee Eung-Bok
Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Go-Eun, Lee Dong-Wook, Yoo In-Na, Yook Sung-Jae
My Rating:

 

Blurb:

Kim Shin is a Goblin who is cursed with immortality and uses his powers to help others. He lives together with a Grim Reaper who has amnesia and can’t remember his past. To end his immortality, Shin must search for a human bride who can pull out the sword in his chest and return him to ashes. He meets Ji Eun Tak, a high school student who, despite her painful reality, remains optimistic and ends up falling in love with the Goblin. She works with Sunny, the owner of a small chicken restaurant, who is a bright and attractive girl, loved by all men. However, when she meets the Grim Reaper, she finds her while beginning to change.


This was definitely one of the best K-Dramas eveeeeeer!! ❤ It was such a whirlwind ride. One moment it had me laughing hysterically and in the very next moment I was ugly crying. Dayum. And it was so unpredictable due to which I enjoyed it even more.

Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is a goblin who is stuck forever as an immortal due to a curse that only his bride can break who will be able to see the sword through his chest. He currently lives with the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-Wook) who can’t remember anything about his past and the reason why he became a reaper in the first place. But everything changes when Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go-Eun) enters Kim Shin’s life claiming to be his bride. And the Reaper finds himself falling for Sunny (Yoo In-Na), Eun Tak’s boss. But when the past begins to intertwine with the present and the truth is laid bare, chaos fills their life and it’s up to them to decide which path to take.

First of all, I absolutely loved the plot! The beginning of the show was a little bit slow but it picked up its pace soon enough. But I was definitely hooked from the start. Kim Shin has been waiting an eternity for his bride to appear so that he can finally end his curse but when Eun Tak appears in his life, he finds himself slowly falling for her and his will to die fades away. I saw a few people complaining about the age difference between the two main leads but I didn’t have an ounce of problem with that. In fact, I adored the chemistry between them.

Also, one of the best part of this drama was the bromance between Kim Shin and the Grim Reaper!! From the very first, they kind of have a love/hate relationship but slowly it kind of turns into an alliance and then a beautiful friendship. Their continuous bantering and jumping on the same train the next second was so funny!

It was hilarious at times. Mostly, all their interactions were hilarious. Especially their slow-mo model walks! I couldn’t stop giggling during those times! XD

Anyway, the history between them is complicated. I can’t discuss it much without spoiling the entire thing, it was it was definitely well executed. I love this thing about K-dramas, how they manage to intertwine the past with the present and end up with an epic plot! Anyway, I was just relieved to see even after everything their friendship was not affected in the end.

The Grim Reaper was just freeeeeaking adorable! I just wanted to squish his cheeks! And when he was in the presence of Sunny (she is so damn gorgeous!), he became more awkward and it was just so cuteeee! Damn cute. I loved this couple even more than the main leads!

Buuuuuuut their fate was pretty tragic.

After everything in the past gets revealed things become hella complicated, especially with the villain popping out of nowhere. The episodes were structured pretty well and it was easy for the audience to put the puzzle into pieces once all the clues became clear. I was pretty heartbroken when things took a different turn but then this drama again managed to surprise me!

Goblin and Eun Tak’s fate was pretty tragic too, especially how hers was fated from the very beginning of her childhood. The ending was definitely bittersweet. I full on cried for the last 3 episodes! It was just so heartbreaking but the ending left me satisfied, although I definitely wanted a little more but there were happy tears in the end.

I loved this trio so muuuuuch!

Also, I enjoyed the character of Yoo Duk-Hwa (Yook Sung-Jae). I thought he was mainly there for comic relief but he ended up playing one of the most important role! I also didn’t know before watching this drama that he is one of the members of BTOB and dayuuuuum, he is real life and the character he played in this are such a stark contrast. Anyway, I loved him!

Overall, Goblin was a fantastic watch. The acting was superb, the special effects were absolutely perfect and both the plot and the characters managed to keep me interested throughout the drama. This drama will always have a special place in my heart!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you watched this show yet? If yes, what are your favourite things about it? Also, recommend me a few more K-dramas if you have them in your bucket?!

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas || An Epic tale of politics, intrigue and romance

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, book 3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 699 pages, Paperback
Published: May 2nd, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


This book was a blast!! I had so many emotions, I laughed, I cried, I swooned, basically, it was a whirlwindy ride and I couldn’t put the book down! You can read my review of book 1: A Court of Thorns and Roses, here and book 2: A Court of Mist and Fury, here.

*Majorish Spoilerish!*

After everything went downhill when Tamlin sold them off to Hybern to get Feyre back, she is forced to return to the Spring Court with Tamlin and Lucien but keeps her facade on of being on their side. Too much, too soon, she becomes face to face with too many dangers, and she is sure of one thing, a war is coming. A big one. She is ready to defend her home or matter what or die trying.

“Night Triumphant – and the Stars Eternal.
If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”

This book was seriously EPIC!! So many freaking things happened. The plot kept me engaged from the very first page until the last. After Tamlin’s ambush which led to Feyre’s sisters turning into Feys against their will, Feyre only wants revenge for what he did to her family. And by family, not only her sisters but selling the whole of Prythian into the hands of Hybern. I absolutely loved seeing another side of her and how she manipulated Tamlin’s soldiers and his people against him, not that he wasn’t to be blamed for his actions, he absolutely deserved what he got.

“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”

I am someone who doesn’t enjoy politics much, but I have to vastly defer in this case. The politics, the intrigue were absolutely mind-blowing and I was continuously on the edge of what was going to happen next. This book did a fairly great job of maintaining a certain amount of mystery which made this book unpredictable and which is something I absolutely loved.

The family aspect of this book continued to amaze me. I loved how much Mor, Cassian, Azriel and of course Rhysand were a family to each other and comrades later. Rhysand and Feyre were so amazing! I loved them even more in this book and the romance between them was explosive as hell!

“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that I do not love with everything I am.”

Also, Nesta and Elain were definitely another interesting aspects in this book. I loved the fact that things finally became the way it was supposed to be between Feyre and Nesta, although not fully but it was a start. I seriously didn’t expect that blow from Elain in the battlefield but it was kickass and also how afterwards Nesta finished the job! Simply mind-blowing.

The only one negative aspect of this book, which I felt was that the middle portion dragged a bit. And it started to feel that the main execution of the war would fall short but I am glad I was proved wrong. I admit, I kind of wanted a bit more action from Feyre in the actual war but overall, it was simply devastating (in a good way!) and executed perfectly! Tamlin’s change of side didn’t make me forgive him, in fact when the actual meeting started before the war, I didn’t loathe him more in that one particular moment when he understands Feyre’s truth and that was also the moment I loved Rhysand the most and how he defeated his mate as well as his High Lady’s honour.

“I blinked at my mate. Then grinned, not bothering to hide the savagery within it. “Hybern has no idea about the hell that’s about to rain down upon them, do they.” “Here’s to family reunions,” was all Rhys said.

Everything came down to the war. They were facing Hybern, who were undefeatable especially with the help of the Cauldron. Although with so many allies and a few of their hidden weapons, they still fell short. There were a few moments my heart nearly gave out, especially in the one where I thought I would lose Cassian for real. Amren kinda reminded me of Calypso (from Pirates of the Caribbean) and with the stunt, she pulled but I was so happy for everyone in the end and my heart soared with joy when the unexpected allies rolled in. Feyre’s story may have come to an end but I am definitely up to know more about Nesta and Cassian. There was undeniable chemistry between them and I definitely hope to see more of them in the future. Also, Elain and Lucien are on my list too! Ah, basically I want books for every character!! ❤

Overall, A Court of Wings and Ruin was a fantastic read! I couldn’t get enough of it. The plot waas executed neatly and the characters kept me on my toes. I loved the character developement and the romance between Feyre and Rhysand. There were so many amazing aspects of this book. The writing was beautiful and smooth and it was fast-paced throughout the book! I can’t wait to read more books in this series!!

Recommend it?

Duh. Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Did you love it as much as I did or was it just meh for you?

Review: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

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Author: Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Poetry
Page Count and Format: 156 pages, Ebook
Published: May 1st, 2016
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

5 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

“ah, life—
the thing
that happens
to us
while we’re off
somewhere else
blowing on
dandelions
& wishing
ourselves into
the pages of
our favorite
fairy tales.”

a poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.


My Thoughts

This poetry book was just mesmerizing. Honestly, I am not much of a poetry fan. But that slowly started changing after I started reading Poe and also the credit goes to my blogger buddy, Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads. And guys, don’t forget to check out her cover real of her very own poetry book: love, and youhere.

So back to the topic. I saw a lot of people raving about this book and I decided to give it a try as well. And oh, my, God! I thought this book would take some time to read but once I started, it was impossible to stop. I finished it in less than half an hour.

This collection of poems is divided into four parts- the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. Each of the parts was unique and beautiful. I especially teared up during the damsel part.

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The complaints I saw from a few people on Goodreads was about the writing style. But for me, that completely worked! I liked how the writing easily flowed and kept me captivated throughout the book. Whereas I could relate to some of them, the others melted my heart.

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Overall, The Princess Saves Herself in this One is a beautiful collection of poems that I would love to read over and over again. I loved the writing style and every little thing about this book! For me, this book was definitely an ideal start to reading poetry. I’m looking forward to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Lets Chat

So guys, have you read this poetry book yet? Do you want to? If you already have, how was your overall experience? Do you love poetry?

Review: Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

Title: Finding Kyler

Author: Siobhan Davis

Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Format: Ebook

Expected Publication: January 9th, 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 5 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…

Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.

Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.

Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.

He’s off limits.

And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.

Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.

Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.

But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.

******

Full of scandal, dysfunctional families, teen soap-opera-style angst and drama, secrets and lies, mean girls and catfights, lust and love, book one in the unputdownable Kennedy Boys series will have you flipping the pages’ way beyond bedtime!

Only recommended to readers aged 17+ due to mature content and language.


My Thoughts

Aaaaand the cliffhanger queen is back in action ladies and gentleman! I seriously cannot get enough of this book. Finding Kyler was sooo damn mind-blowingly good!

Faye Donovan’s world turns upside down when her parents die in a car crash, she has to take a double take on her life when she learns her new guardian would be her uncle who she never knew existed. Now Faye is thrust into the glamorous life of the Kennedys where she doesn’t feel welcome at all. But she can’t keep Kyler out of her head, how much she wants to. She knows the feelings are inappropriate as he is her cousin but when the lines blur between reality and fantasy and secrets threaten to come out of the closet, what would Faye ultimately choose?

I LOVED this book! The plot was so intriguing and I enjoyed every moment of this book. The forbidden romance enhanced the aspect of the story even more. After Faye’s parent’s death, Faye has to live under the guardianship of her uncle who has seven (freaking seven… which means more goodness to follow!) sons. Except for Keaton, none of the other brothers is that welcoming and ultimately Faye’s struggle begins to live in a whole new world than she was used to.

As a character driven book, I couldn’t be happier with the set of characters I got to read in this book. All of the characters are richly layered (no, I am not talking about my favourite dessert but the Kennedy boys can be considered close to that…) and complex and none of them are devoid of flaws I loved this fact about them. 

I loved Faye, she was a strong and stubborn character and quite mature. Kyler, on the other hand, gave the vibes of a typical bad boy but I definitely loved when we got to see the other side of him. The angst was absolutely perfect and their chemistry was sky-rocketing. I LOOOVED the romance between them! I definitely had a hard time putting this book down, even when it was past 3 am.

The other characters were pretty enjoyable as well. I loved the friendship between Keaton and Faye and Kalvin was pretty fun too. I soo want to know Kalvin’s story, especially after how this book ended. And that brings me to the freaking ending which exploded in our face, just like that!! I freaking seriously can’t wait for the next book!

Overall, Finding Kyler was a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed and I enjoyed the character growth. The chemistry between Kyler and Faye was absolutely undeniable. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

YES!


Lets Chat

Sooo guys what do you think about this book? Are you excited about it? (Psst! You soo should be!) Have you read any book by this author before? If yes, how has been your experience so far? Share your thoughts with me?

Review: PLAY by Piper Lawson

Title: PLAY

Author: Piper Lawson

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Page Count and Format: 200 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: September 14th, 2016

Purchase Link: Amazon

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big, shiny-ass lie.

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.

Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ kind of way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. And I’m not talking about his face, because the guy’s barely old enough to shave.

None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.

I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

So what happens when the girl who lives to work goes head-to-head with the guy who was born to PLAY?

Game on, Max Donovan.


USEEEEEEEEE

Piper Lawson has done it once again! PLAY was so much fun! It was a great ride from the very beginning. And I loved every moments of it.

Payton just got a promotion but she is not that thrilled because now she has to face the constant competition of Avery, one of her colleagues. On top of that she has been assigned to Max, her new client and she has to win this deal if she wants to stay put. And Max is not someone who is easy to deal with. But even with his attitude Payton can’t seem to stop thinking about him. They are both surprised when sparks fly between them. Can something actually happen between two people so different from each other?

I enjoyed the plot very much! It was a light-hearted and a fun read. Payton works at a firm where they offer loans for developing companies and if she manages to finalize the deal with Max who is the creator of a very popular video game and he is making another one to top that list, then she might have a shot at winning the bonus which she desperately needs. But dealing with Max is not an easy task as she thought it would be. I loved how the story was executed, there was not a single dull moment. I liked the banter between them, it was so much fun to read about. I also loved how their relationship slowly developed and the chemistry between them was undeniable.

Payton was a great character, but she loved to stay in control and Max was the complete opposite, he didn’t have any idea about the day or time if he immersed himself in working or playing a video game. But when they started to look past their walls they discover they have some things in common that they thought was impossible. I loved their moments at Comic Con and the way Max confessed was so, so great! It melted my heart.

I don’t have a single complaint about this book. I enjoyed reading about the other characters as well. Charlie was a great friend to Payton and I loved their friendship. I also loved how Charlie pulled pranks on Avery at every chance she got because he bothered her best friend. Though I am actually hoping to see something between them because it was actually fun to see how they reacted.

Overall, PLAY was a fantastic read! The plot was thoroughly entertaining from the beginning and the characters were pretty awesome as well. I loved Payton and Max and I absolutely enjoyed the romance between them. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. Seriously, she is one of the best NA authors ever and an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to read more books by her in the future.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Excerpt:

“You forgot to give me feedback.” I hovered a few feet from Max’s desk, waiting.

He lifted a shoulder under the tight t-shirt, sparing me the briefest glance before turning back to his computer. “It didn’t light me on fire.”

The stab of disappointment was real. I’d spent hours working on that presentation. Days.

“Lighting you on fire isn’t my job,” I reminded him coolly.

Max turned to rest his irritated gaze on me. “Feeding your ego isn’t my job. You wanted my opinion, and I gave it to you. I treat you exactly like anyone else who works at Titan.”

Max’s apartment was empty except for us, and silent but for the low chords bleeding through the sound system. “Do you seriously believe that? If you do, you’re the only one.”

He stilled, eyes narrowing. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

“Never mind. I’m out of here.”

“Payton.” The sharpness had me stopping next to the pool table.

Max crossed the office until he was on top of me. His body blocked the overhead light, making his taut expression even darker. His smell, woodsy with a little spice underneath, invaded my senses.

“What?” My retort was breathy.

I remembered how his hands had felt on my neck. He could be patient, gentle.

He wasn’t now. Dark brows drew together on his face, a mask of frustration. But that mouth…

His mouth was just parted, revealing the curve of that lip he liked to brush as if he didn’t know it killed me.

Fuck, I wanted to bite it.

Hard.

Max reached out a hand, his fingers sliding into my hair near my scalp. A rush of pleasure coursed through my body.

I wanted to watch his face but couldn’t help the way my eyelids started to drift shut, my lips parting as his hand moved through the waves hanging loose at my back.

Until I felt him tug the ends, hard enough to make me gasp as my eyes flew open.

Max wasn’t as unaffected as he pretended to be. I knew it from the way his black pupils had taken over his eyes, the way a muscle twitched in his jaw.

Boldness surged through me as I found my voice.

“What game are we playing now, Max?” I taunted.

His mouth crushed down on mine.

Every thought ran out of me until I was empty, like the open can of Riley’s energy drink I’d spilled earlier. I couldn’t think. Only feel Max’s mouth, firm and a little desperate as it moved over mine.

His tongue pressed against the seam of my lips until I opened on a shallow breath. He tasted like mint and something darker as his hands gripped my hips, pulling me to him so his thick erection pressed against my thigh.

Max Donovan was the guy who made me tear my hair out, and work my ass off, and put new batteries in my vibe. He also kissed me like he had a right to do it, his arms hard and unyielding around me.

I reached a shaky hand up to touch the side of his face, determined to push him away.

Or pull him closer.


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So guys, how many of you are excited for PLAY? Is it already in your tbr? Have you read any previous books by her? Share your experience with me!

 

Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

Title: How to Say I Love You Out Loud

Author: Karole Cozzo

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 240 pages, Paperback

Published: August 4th 2015 by Swoon Reads

Source: Purchased

 

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again. Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?


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I read this back in January and absolutely fell in love with the story! It was so unique an refreshing. This book definitely makes it to my favourite list this year!

Jordyn loves her little brother who’s autistic but she’s not too thrilled when he joins the same school as hers. She even pushed away Alex, her crush because she didn’t want to share this secret. But life has other plans, because after a while the news spreads like wildfire that she is Phillip’s elder sister. At first she wants to run away and hide but then slowly she understands the true meaning of life, friendship and family.

How to Say I Love You Out Loud is such a heartfelt read! I loved every bit of this book, it was so, so good! Jordyn wants to start afresh in her new school, so nobody exactly knows about her little brother who is autistic. But that’s what exactly happens when her brother class starts in her school. She tries to hide it but people find out soon enough. I loved Jordyn’s character growth throughout the book! She wasn’t exactly a mean girl or anything like that, she was just embarrassed to tell anyone about her brother but she slowly learned that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about, Phillip is her brother and she learned to embrace him as he was. 

It’s suffice to say I loved each and everything in this book. Jordyn was a great character, although many people blame her to be insensitive but I disagree, she was a girl who needed a push to understand some things about life and Alex was the perfect guy who made her understand it. It was difficult not to fall head over heels for Alex because he was swoon worthy! This book does not rely heavily on romance but I loved every bit of Alex and Jordyn! They were simply perfect for each other!

I loved her speech which she gave at the competition where she finally spoke about her feelings out loud. I loved it sooo much! It was so true and touching! And that’s where I feel a little more in love with her character! I also loved the family aspect of this book which made this book even better. And the factor of autism was dealt sensitively and realistically.

Overall, How to Say I Love You Out Loud was a fantastic read! The plot was interesting and I felt thoroughly involved with the characters from the very beginning. The romance between Alex and Jordyn was totally cute! And I loved Phillip! The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book!

Recommend it?

Absolutely freaking YES!


Have you guys read How to Say I Love You Out Loud? If yes, then what did you think about it? And it you haven’t yet, do you want to? What do you think about this book in general? Share your thoughts with me!