K-drama review: Her Private Life // Adorable mix of romance and fangirly-ness!

Show Name: Her Private Life
Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Hong Jong-Chan
Cast: Park Min-Young, Kim Jae-Wook, Ahn Bo-Hyun, One, Kim Bo-Ra, Park Jin-Joo etc.

Synopsis:

A dedicated professional, Sung Deok Mi lives for her work as an art gallery curator. Devoting herself to her work, she is exceptional in every way, save one. Beneath that cool, professional facade, Deok Mi carries a dark secret. A secret she desperately wants to keep from the world. A secret that has driven lovers away. A secret that rules every moment of her personal life…
Sung Deok Mi is the ultimate Cha Shi An fangirl.
The devoted manager of a Shi An fansite, Deok Mi eats, breathes, and sleeps for Shi An. He is her sun, her moon. Her entire universe revolves around him.
This is the secret Deok Mi must hide from the world.
And hide it she does. At least until Ryan Gold, the art gallery’s new director, saunters into her life. A once-famous painter, the former artist turned director considers himself an indifferent being, unconcerned with the lives of others. But when he uncovers Deok Mi’s secret, everything changes.


Sooo… this half-finished draft was sitting on my… draft list for a while. I had watched this drama for a few months and absolutely loved it!

This drama was a breath of fresh air and oh so adorablyyy fangirly!

Sung Deok-Mi (Park Min-Young) is totally a double agent! Her professional life is defined by her work as a curator at an art gallery. However, on the other side of this the curtain, she is a full-time fangirl and owner of a fansite for an idol group member, Shi-An (who is totally adorable btw!).

Her professional life and personal life has a distinct boundary and only her best friends are aware of how massive of a fangirl she is. Oh! I can’t begin to tell you guys about how the fangirling was relatable. On so many levels! Her perfectly balanced life is hampered when Ryan (Kim Jae-Wook) starts as the director where Sung Deok-Mi works.

The fangirling!

First thing first! The fangirling was ohmahgod sooo relatable! I could totally see myself in Sung Deok-Mi’s shoes. Her love for Shi-An was so adorable. In fact, she was among one of the first fans who started stanning Shi-Ah during his early debut days. She is the sole creator of a famous fansite that even Shi-Ah loves! I was totally fangirling over the interactions between these two!!! I think it’s one of our dreams to meet our idols and she got to do that, seeing that it made me so happy! And as the main protagonist of the drama, I definitely fell head over heels for Sung Deok-Mi. She was not only a genuinely awesome person but also kept on trying to do her best at everything, for everyone. I really admired her for that.

The romance!

The interaction between Sung Deok-Mi and Ryan was a treat to watch! They started off as adversaries and were forced to make a deal when a notorious saesang-fan stared a controversy. The romance was gradual and the angst. Oh God. I absolutely loved the angst though it made me tear up quite a bit! However, I loved every itsy bitsy thing about the romance between these two. It was such a healthy relationship and I loved how they balanced each other out.

The character development!

Cindy! Okay, so the saesang fan (if you don’t know what a saesang fan is- it’s basically a fan who is borderline obsessed with their favourites and would go to every extent to get information about them). I talked about earlier how she started a controversy, however, her character development was one of the best in the drama. Cindy turned out to be a spoiled brat who only wanted to be loved, especially by her mother. However, the bitterness within her started to dim down since she started working with Sung Deok-Mi in the gallery. She was a character that never failed to surprise me.

The backstory!

A k-drama is not complete without a heart-wrenching backstory (99% of the time!). This trope is definitely cliched but oh well, it’s one of the formulas that K-dramas have been using for eons and Her Private Life is not devoid of it. Ryan along with being a director is well known for maintaining masterpieces but ever since he came face to face with a piece painted by the artist Lee-Sol, he has not been able to pick up the brush.

We get to know more about Ryan’s life as the show moves forward. One thing I liked about this secondary-plot is that it was not forced upon the audience. This aspect of Ryan’s life was gradually introduced where the audience were eased into the story. Though the sub-plot still felt a tad bit unnecessary, I liked how all the treads were connected at the end.

Overall,

Her Private Life was worth the hype! I really enjoyed the show throughout and the side characters added a complete depth to the story. Especially her best friend Lee Sun-Joo (her fangirling partner!) and Nam Eun-Ki added different layers to the story. The cute moments, the funny moments and the over-dramatic moments made the drama such a treat to the eyes and the heart!

Recommend it?
Yes!


So guys, have you watched this drama? Did you find it adoooorable? What do you love best about this drama?

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??

Drama Reviews: A mixture of Chinese, Korean and Japanese! || A Bit of Raving and Ranting!

Show Name: Love O2O (C-Drama)
Episodes: 30
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Gaming, [Adult]
Director: Lam Yuk Fan
Cast: Zheng Shuang, Yang Yang, Mao Xiao Tong, Zhang He, Niu Jun Feng, Zheng Ye Cheng, Cui Kyle, Zhang Vin, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Xiao Nai is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei, the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love. But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she is commanding her guild and owning everyone in an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget. Now, Xiao Nai must use his skills both in real life and online to capture the adorable but dorky Bei’s heart. But does their love have the XP to succeed, or will this relationship never level up?

Honestly, I was 100% sure that I was not going to watch this drama. But well… as you can see I did. xD And daaaaaamn, I understood why people love it so much!! I recently finished Ready Player One and I realised that some of the gaming aspects were so similar, I loooooved it!!

First of all, this drama was pretty refreshing and unique. Xiao Nai (Yang Yang) and Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang) are both players of a virtual role-play quest game. Xiao Nai accidentally learns that Bei Wei Wei is the female warrior he admires in the game. They both team up in the game while Bei Wei Wei is still unaware of her partner’s identity in real life. When they finally decide to meet, Bei Wei Wei is equally bewildered and excited to learn the truth and then the fun begins!!

I LOVED the gaming aspect of this show. Sometimes more than the real-life aspect. It was so damn exciting and interesting! It was shown quite in vivid details and I enjoyed each and every moment of the action and that beautiful mystic world. When they were playing the characters were portrayed as in the game as their characters which gave it a more solid impression.

Both Xiao Nai and Bei Wei Wei are Computer Science majors, geeks and gamers and their similar taste pushed them more together. Also, I absolutely loved the TRUST factor that was shown in this drama. It’s kind of pretty rare but it’s the absolute thing I love. Xiao Nai was the unattainable, popular and handsome face of the school, so seeing them together many tried to break them off but their trust in each other didn’t let anything falter. And that my dear, was swoon-worthy!!

Bei Wei Wei was a pretty strong protagonist. Along with being an excellent student and gamer, she was confident and didn’t let any wrongdoings just pass by her. Before Xiao Nai had actually met her, some of his actions were a bit stalkerish but it didn’t seem that big. I mean I know it’s bad, but here it was not like that intentionally. But the romance between them developed pretty fast. Like faaaaaaast. I wish the development took a little more time and also another thing was that both of the main leads were too perfect. As much as I loved those aspects, an actual person can’t be all that perfect.

The two antagonists were quite refreshing as well. They were students like our main leads but their character development was pretty amazing. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they accepted the challenges head-on instead of taking a different and negative approach.

Xiao Nai’s three best friends were pretty hilarious and pretty damn awesome and supportive. And there was this little BL plotline with Hao Mei and KO, gaaaahhh!! It was cuuuuuuute!! I wish they showed more to it, although their story definitely ended on a positive note but I soooo wish we had more of it!! Bei Wei Wei’s best friend Er Xi was so adorable, she was petite and looked up to Bei Wei Wei but things did get a bit rough between these two and honestly, I could understand where Er Xi’s insecurity came from but despite that fact when the one mean girl told shit about Bei Wei Wei to turn her against her, she actually understood she was not alone, her best friend had to suffer too. It had the exact opposite effect and I was nearly in happy tears!!

Overall, Love O2O was a pretty amazing drama. The plot and the characters managed to surprise me plenty of time. Although I felt that the drama could have been a little bit shorter, like 25 episodes instead of 30 because a few episodes did get a little monotonous. Apart from that, I have no complaints. Also, each and every face off in the game was sooo awesome.

Damn it! All these gaming shit is making me want to play something!!

Recommend it?

Holy damn yes!


Show Name: Part-Time Idol (K-Drama)
Episodes: 5
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Cast: Kwon Hyun Bin, Lee Soo Hyun, Hwang Seung Eon, Kim Hee Jung, Kwon Young Deuk, Kim Min Kyo, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

The storyline takes place at an entertainment agency. After creating a bunch of famous idols, a producer begins to question the whole process of making a star, so he goes on a break for a few years. Once he returns to the company, he gathers some trainees left on the back burner and tries to launch a co-ed idol group. The trainees undergo some peculiar training to debut in this group.

This. Show. Was. Adorable!!!

Kwon Hyun Bin, Lee Soo Hyun, Kim Hee Jung, Soo Ah have been trainees for a long time yet they haven’t got the chance to debut as the superiors think they won’t be able to make it. Jeong Tae Kyung (Kim Min Kyo) one of the famous producers returns from his hiatus and when he sees them, he challenges the company that they can do it and hence the fun begins!

First of all, this is more of a character based drama and all the characters were sooo freaking cute and adorable in their own way. But they were a bit different from others. So, Kim Hee Jung used a different technique to fuel their talent. He used anger as a tool for Jeong Tae Kyung’s rap, boosted Lee Soo Hyun’s confidence but Soo Ah’s one was the weirdest and funny. All of these techniques were pretty much hilarious but they worked well enough! Kwon Young Deuk later joins the group as a dance instructor but ultimately becomes a member of the group as well. And believe me, these 5 people were worth the watch!

I loved their first shoot! It was so fun and amazing! They had a different concept but when the others tried to spoil it, they went on doing it their own way and I just loooooved that! It was actually pretty amazing!

This was legit my favourite scene in this drama!! XD

My favourite was definitely Soo Ah. She was sooo optimistic and bubbly, she managed to bring a smile every single time. I liked how these 5 different individuals with different talent came together as a group. The friendship between the characters was refreshing to watch along with the little bit of itsy bitsy romance that we got.

Recommend it?

Yaas!


Show Name: Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu (J-Drama)
Episodes: 10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Satoru Nakajima
Cast: Haruka Ayase, Sota Fukushi, Hiroshi Tamaki, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Aoishi Hanae is a plain, inconspicuous office lady who has had no experience in love and no boyfriend. On her 30th birthday, she happens to end up drinking with Tanokura Yuto, a cool university student nine years her junior who is also a part-timer at her company, on the way home from a welcome party for new employees. Hanae gets drunk. When she wakes up the next morning, she finds a naked Yuto sleeping next to her. She has her first experience and first boyfriend out of the blue. Even when Hanae and Yuto go on to date, it is a daily process of trial and error because everything is a first for Hanae, including an amusement park date, a sleepover, Christmas Eve or a couple’s trip. To complicate matters, she also gets a proposal from Asao Yu, the CEO of an Italian food company who is popular with women, and a love triangle develops.

I had pretty high hopes for this one because I thought it was going to be adorable and fluffy, instead, I got awkward stuff and the female lead running in the opposite direction whenever a problem arose.

Hanae Aoishi (Haruka Ayase) never had a boyfriend but when her colleagues take her out for some drinks, she ends up getting drunk and finds herself naked beside Tanokura Yuto (Sota Fukushi) in the morning, a 9 years younger university student who’s interning at the company where she works. When Tanokura makes it clear that he is serious about her, she decides to give their relationship a try but it doesn’t come free of trials and errors.

Okay, so the thing is that Tanokura confesses to Hanae (which she went willingly) after their night together that he’s serious about her and stuff buuuut before that he doesn’t show any particular interest in her and suddenly after one day, he’s in love? And the other thing which I didn’t like much was Hanae’s running away from her problems. The awkward level was tooooooooooo damn high between the main leads due to which I couldn’t enjoy the chemistry between the characters much. But some moments were cute! Also, a love triangle arises out of nowhere! Like seriously! Except for Tanokura, I didn’t enjoy the other characters much so I mostly skimmed watched this. It was tedious and cliched.

Recommend it?

Nah.


Soooooo guys, have you seen these dramas? Are you interested in watching them in the future?

Review: RISE by Piper Lawson || Where the rising feelings of a second-chance romance didn’t disappoint

Title: RISE
Author: Piper Lawson
Can be read as a Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Format: Ebook
Expected Publication: 10th April, 2018
Source: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Falling is easy. Getting up is a b*tch.

When we met, we were lost.
Most seventeen-year-olds are.
We lifted each other up off the ground each time we fell. Until the day I let her down.
Now I have everything. A Bentley, a profile in GQ, a movie option and the company my best friend and I co-founded after school.
Until our paths cross ten years later at a gallery. The backdrop might be the same but we’ve both changed. I know it the second I see Sam standing in front of the canvas my best friend bought.
She’s more than the girl who used to draw comic book characters on my arm after class. The one I had inside jokes with. The one who taught me to be a rock when someone you love is being thrown around by the waves.
She’s beautiful. Confident. Edgy.
Sam should’ve been my first everything. God knows we both wanted it.
Now I have a second chance.
This time I won’t let her down.
This time, we’ll rise together.

Riley and Samantha’s story is a sexy second-chances romance that will give you all the feels. It’s an interconnected standalone with secondary characters from PLAY and NSFW.


This was a beautiful story of second chance romance. We finally got to see Riley’s story.

Riley and Samantha a.k.a Sam were pretty close during their high school. They both had feelings for one another yet they never got to confess. They fell in love with the right person but at the wrong time. Now after years later, they come face to face again and both of them realise they still have feelings for each other though Sam is reluctant at first. But Riley had already lost Sam once and he is not ready to lose her again.

Layered characters!

First of all, Riley was a very refreshing character. For once a male protagonist didn’t go sleeping around the entire city, he was a serious-relationship type of guy which I absolutely loved. I really want to see more protagonists like this! Riley and Sam’s friendship had clicked the moment Sam joined the same school as him but it was pretty obvious they had mutual feelings for each other but Riley had to take a step back due to Sam’s circumstances. They completely lost contact after that. When Riley goes to run an errand in place for Max, his best friend and co-owner of their gaming company, he is both bewildered and overjoyed to see Sam again.

This book is essentially character-centric and the author does a fantastic job of developing an angst-filled romance with a layer of humour, and that’s why there’s never a dull moment in this book. Sam is a pretty talented artist and Riley is an absolute charmer and he pursues Sam to work with him in his upcoming game to movie adaptation. Though I have to say I loved Riley more than I loved Sam. I understood her initial reluctance but I felt that was a bit too much.

A heart-racing Romance!

Nonetheless, the chemistry between both the characters were pretty palpable and I loved how it slowly developed into something strong. Though the pace in some portions felt a bit off but the characters were enough to move the story forward. I also loved that the characters of the previous books in this series made an appearance and there was also a pleasant surprise!

Overall, RISE was a fantastic read. The plot flowed smoothly and it was executed neatly. The characters managed to make me in love with them and their story and I sooo can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Sooo guys are you excited to read this book? Have you read any previous books by this author?

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys || Poignant and Heartbreaking…

Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Standalone
Genre: Historical, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 391 pages, Paperback
Published: February 4th, 2016 by Puffin
Source: Borrowed
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s early 1945 and a group of people trek across East Prussia, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories. 

This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all were drowned. Ruta Sepetys, acclaimed author of Between Shades of Grey, brilliantly imagines their story.


Salt to the Sea had a predictable ending yet the whole story was unpredictable as hell. I spent the whole afternoon crying after finishing this book. It was raw and realistic and knowing that this actually happened made it more heartbreaking.

“Guilt is a hunter.
Fate is a hunter.
Shame is a hunter.
Fear is a hunter.” 

The book is narrated in 4 POVs of Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred as we follow their journey during World War II to the German ship, Wilhelm Gustloff that would take the refugees to a safe land. We see a world torn in war and the people who suffer the most are the innocent ones. It was not an exception here as well.

“What had human beings become? Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?”

The book started off slowly, letting us sink into the war-sicken world where everyone was ready to do anything for their survival. Florian was a soldier on the run with a secret, Joana a nurse threatened by guilt and Emilia, the youngest of the three but pregnant and Polish, if anybody found out about her real identity, she would be dead in seconds. The three of them along with a few others make their journey to their only ray of hope, the Wilhelm Gustloff not knowing about the terrible fate they were going towards. It’s a no-brainer how this book was going to end, but it still hurt like hell!

“War had bled color from everything, leaving nothing but a storm of gray.”

There were various other characters but the shoe-poet left an impression even after I turned the final pages. His words of wisdom were something that should never be forgotten. But Alfred was a character I detested, I didn’t like his chapters but his role becomes prominent in the last quarter of the book. He lived in his own world, he was dumb and self-centred and he got what he deserved in the end.

The war was described vividly through the eyes of the common people and what they had to face. People were being killed mercilessly and there was danger in each step. Everyone had a heartbreaking story, but Emilia’s just broke my heart. Even though that wound was something never to be healed but Joana made her realise the importance of life.

“When the survivors are gone we must not let the truth disappear with them. Please, give them a voice.”

And I will be eternally grateful to the author for giving them a voice.

Everything speeds up in the last quarter of the book. I was actually pretty afraid to move forward because I was dreading the ending. Everything just turns upside down. Every single thing. The sinking of Wilhelm Gustloff just broke my heart, I had to stop so many times because I just couldn’t stop crying. The Germans had done terrible things to the Russians but killing a shipload of innocent people, in turn, was not the answer. Actually, war is never the answer. It only takes, it doesn’t give anything back and you are left with a hollow and emptiness forever. And it’s the 21st century now, people still don’t get it.

Overall, Salt to the Sea was an eye-opening experience since I was unaware of the incident which was the most disastrous in maritime history. What made this book a fast read was because each of the POVs was pretty short, rarely 1 to 2 pages and we got to see the 4 characters and the things going around them from their respective point of views which made the story progress with an equal flow. I think this is a book everyone should read in their lifetime.

P.S. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is the deadliest disaster in maritime history, with losses dwarfing the death tolls of the famous ships Titanic and Lusitania. On January 30, 1945, four torpedoes waited in the belly of Soviet submarine S-13 which ultimately led to the demise of more than over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you read this yet?Is it in your tbr?

Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan || Hilarious, Beautiful and Glittery!

Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 467 pages, Ebook
Published: November 11th, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It is not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s in the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute…

Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But these eleven stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. They are stories he probably wishes had never got out.


Soooo, Magnus Bane is not only my favourite warlock but also my favourite character in this entire freaking universe and cosmic galaxy! He is just out of this world awesome and an amaaaaaaaazing person!!! And hilarious 24/7!!

“You’re sarcastic twelve hours a day, but you’re almost never spiteful. You have a good heart under all the glitter.”

And yes, I am guilty of this starting this so freaking late! Anyway, this book is best to read after finishing The Infernal Devices trilogy and The Mortal Instruments series or after book 5 of TMI series.

First of all, this book is hilarious and made me fall in love with Magnus all over again. He’s really a sarcastic yet an awesome warlock full of glittery magic who’s ready to help his friends in need in any situations no matter what but doesn’t show his vulnerable side to just anybody.

The story begins in early 1700’s and goes all the way to present time that we get to see him in The Mortal Instruments series. In this book, we get to see the friendship between Magnus and Catarina and also dear old Ragnor Fell. As much as I adored Catarina and Magnus’s friendship, with Ragnor it was a bit… ehh you can say complicated! XD But entertaining as well! Especially their conversations were pretty much hilarious.

Among the 11 stories, The Rise Of Hotel Dumort and The Last Stand (also I think that this story was in the wrong order) felt a bit bland compared to the rest but Magnus’s wit and sarcasm made up for it.

“Magnus, you were trying to flirt with your own plate.”
“I’m a very open-minded sort of fellow!”
“Ragnor is not,” Catarina said. “When he found out that you were feeding us guinea-pigs, he hit you over the head with your plate. It broke.”
“So ended our love,” Magnus said.

Ooooh oh, we also get to see how Magnus’s love affair with Camille begun in the first place and how everything went up in flames later on. Magnus struggled to find a place which he could call home because whereas his friends came and went, he went on living endlessly being an immortal. He never showed how much it affected him but I feel like I have known Magnus forever, it’s… I can’t exactly explain but you understand the pain. I also loved the one where he saved Raphael! And we also get to see the one and only disgusting Herondale there ever was!! And baby Clary!

The most amazing and funny stories were the ones which involved him and Alec. Ah!! My favourite OTP of the century!! ❤ What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Already has Everything was pretty hilarious. Magnus’s even calls in a demon (for a different reason) but it ends up giving him dating advice! XD It was hilarious! Also, this was the only demon I liked! Also, in The Course of True Love, we get to see Magnus and Alec’s first official blunderous date which turns awesome because of some unforeseen events!

This was one of the most badass kiss of this century!

Last but not the least, this book ends with The Voicemail of Magnus Bane. This is the incident which happened in book 5 of TMI series when Magnus breaks up with Alec but I kinda forgot about the reason. I think I know but I am not totally sure about it. (If anybody 100% knows please let me know in the comments below!)

“Trust. It is like placing a blade in someone’s hand and setting the very point to your heart.”

Overall, The Bane Chronicles was a very pleasant and an awesome experience! Nothing can go wrong where there is Magnus Bane… um, well not exactly but one will never be bored as long as he is present! I enjoyed the narrative style and the pace was even throughout the book. I love the Shadowhunters universe so freaking much, so much that I never want it to end!!

Recommend it?

Why is that even a question!


Soooooo guys, have you read this yet? Are you a fan of Mr Bane? Also, have you started with Shadowhunters season 3??

K-Drama Reviews: I’m Not a Robot & Another Oh Hae Young || Double Trouble Edition!

Show Name: I’m Not a Robot
Episodes: 32 (half an hour episodes)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Jung Dae-Yoon
Cast: Yoo Seung-Ho, Chae Soo-Bin, Uhm Ki-Joon, Park Se-Wan, Song Jae-Ryong, Kim Min-Kyu, Kang Ki-Young, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Kim Min Gyu has wealth and success but lives an isolated life due to his allergy of people. He then meets and falls in love with a girl who is pretending to be a robot for her ex-boyfriend, a genius robots professor.

The blurb sounds a bit messed up, doesn’t it? 😂😂

I randomly started this because after the drama name caught my attention and well, this was a pretty awesome and fun drama!

Min-Kyu (Yoo Seung-Ho) is the largest shareholder of a finance company but lives in seclusion due to his allergy to human touch. And Ji-A (Chae Soo-Bin) is an aspiring entrepreneur who also works as a personal shopper. When she gets a call from her ex-boyfriend, a scientist and the inventor of the latest android robot Aji 3 who is in trouble because of the damage caused to the robot and needs help and agrees to pay her in return. Ji-A who is without a permanent job agrees to play the role of Aji 3 until the actual robot can be fixed but when feelings come into the way, things start becoming complicated.

Soooooooooooo, Min-Kyu, our male lead becomes allergic to human touch after he faced a certain betrayal in his childhood after his parent’s death. He has been suffering like that for 12 years, all alone but when the opportunity to get a companion in the form a robot presents itself, he decides to give it a try before purchasing it. But the actual android Aji 3 gets damaged by one of the members of the team and Ji-A is called in to fill the role.

Honestly, it’s absolutely hilarious from the very beginning. Ji-A is a straight-forward woman who speaks whatever comes to her mind but she is forced to do the biddings of Min-Kyu who decides to test her thinking her as Aji 3 with various peculiar tasks. And those create some very interesting and fun situations where I found myself unable to stop laughing! I mean, it was pretty crazy to think that Min-Kyu actually believed her as a robot. But I was not the only one surprised. Even Ji-A was surprised to the extent that she thought she was too good at acting or either he was too dumb! 😂 I think it was a bit of a both!

Anyway,I looooved Ji-A from the very beginning, although she didn’t want to agree on this job but the lack of funds gave her no choice. But I was not much of a fan of Min-Kyu at the beginning as he came off as a stuck up person who never ever smiled but after he actually started smiling… I was a goner. As well as Ji-A. Min-Kyu had no problem when Ji-A touched him which surprised me a lot but the answer came quickly enough. Trust was the key factor. The feelings between the leads developed slowly, just the way I liked it and there was a little angst too because one person didn’t even know he was falling in love with an actual person and not a robot.

The plot takes a different twist when the dealings with Aji 3 come into danger because somehow the villains decipher the truth about their fake android. And then the melodrama begins… though it was not as boring as I thought, it was a little cute and a little obsessive though. But after the truth gets revealed, heal breeeeaks lose. It broke my heart to see both of them hurting but I loved that Ji-A was not someone who gave up easily.

There were a few threads here and there which wrapped up perfectly in the end and I was pretty satisfied with the cast and the acting!And there was also one fact at the end which surprised the hell out of me, I think almost everybody, I won’t say what it was but it was soooo awesome, you guys need to see for yourself!!

Recommend it?

Yes!!


Show Name: Another Oh Hae Young
Episodes: 18
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Song Hyun-Wook
Cast: Eric, Seo Hyun-Jin, Jeon Hye-Bin, Ye Ji-Won, Kim Ji-Suk, Heo Jeong-Min, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

There are two women named Oh Hae Yeong, who were classmates in high school, getting all mixed up in each other’s lives because they share the same name. The problem is that they not only share the name, but they also have the same occupation, which is probably the bigger issue. They both come to work for the same large catering company, but one is a team leader while the other is simply an assistant manager. Then there’s also a man in their lives, who has the ability to see into the future…

Have you ever been in a situation where there are two or more people with the same name and everything becomes a confusing mess because of that?

Me? Not exactly but in standard 4 we had three Poulami in class. I thought it was pretty fun actually because my name’s not too common. Also, I have a lot of friends with same names but that hasn’t caused one hell of a problem so far.

In this drama, there are 2 Oh Hae Yeongs who studied at the same school and got work in the same company. Our main lead, Oh Hae-Young (Seo Hyun-Jin) was an average student to the other Oh Hae-Young (Jeon Hye-Bin). The other one was popular, good in studies and got all the attention from boys. Even after they started their work life, they both got into the same company and the confusion about the two Oh Hae Youngs remained.

Okay, the thing is that I enjoyed the drama. And that effing romance was haaaaawt as hell!! But don’t you think this is too much exaggerated. I only mean the confusion part. I mean you study at a school for a loooooooot of years, the confusion’s bound to clear up one time or the other, same for their work life but that wasn’t the case here which seemed unrealistic to me.

Aaaaaaaaaaanyway, let’s come back to the drama. It’s going to sound a bit confusing though.

Our male lead, Park Do-Kyung (Eric) who is a sound producer (I didn’t know that work of a sound producer was sooo tough but hella interesting!!) decides to get revenge on Han Tae-Jin (Lee Jae-Yoon) who is actually the fiancee of our female lead but Park Do-Kyung once saw a picture of his Hae Young with this guy and thought he was the reason she ditched him at their marriage day and they were probably going to marry soon when he hears a gossip from a friend. Soo, apparently things become messy because of the confusion. When Park Do-Kyung realises he had taken revenge on the wrong Oh Hae-Young, things have already gone south. But this is the woman who he has visions about and when a situation leads to them becoming roommates things start to change between the two of them.

Woooooooah!! Did you guys understand what I was trying to say?? 😂😂 I might have confused myself!!

Anyway, the plot well, it was kinda weird because of so much of the mix ups but the characters were actually amazing. I loved the character development of our leads throughout the entire series. We see them grow, fall for each other, learn the disastrous truth yet they can’t let go of each other. Oh, Hae Young (the main one!!) have always suffered from low-self esteem because all her life she has been compared to the other Hae Young but slowly she learns that the other Hae Young might not have been as perfect as she had thought. She finally learns to come in term with it and eventually move forward.

Also, Han Tae-Jin (Lee Jae-Yoon) reason for break up with our main lead was quite weirdly shocking. I didn’t know whether to get pissed or laugh. Was he dumb? 😂

I don’t know if vision thingy of Park Do-Kyung was necessary but well it was not much of a problem either and things became quite a bit interesting at the end because of that. One of the things I loooved the most in this drama was Oh Hae Young’s family, especially her mother who was hella protective of her daughter (to a certain healthy level) and loved her immensely. The interactions between the mother-daughter was actually a treat to watch.

On the other hand, Park Do-Kyung’s mother was the complete opposite. She was a money-hungry leech and I wanted to hit her with a frying pan every time she came into view. Anyway, the relationship between Park Do-Kyung and Oh Hae Young was a bit different which I actually enjoyed, the chemistry between them was undeniable and the romance was a little slow burn and I loooooooooved it!!! It was definitely one of the key factors of this show!

The other two couples were also a treat to watch, especially them!! 😂😂😂

Other than that, I enjoyed the cast and the acting!!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Soo guys have you watched these two dramas yet?? Is it on your to-watch list? 

K-Drama Reviews: Oh My Ghostess & Bring it on, Ghost || The Ghostly Edition!

Show Name: Oh My Ghostess
Episodes: 16
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, [Adult]
Director: Yoo Je-Won
Cast: Park Bo-Young, Cho Jung-Seok, Lim Ju-Hwan, Kim Seul-Gi, Kang Ki-Young etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Bong-sun, a timid young woman, is possessed by the ghost of a lustful virgin. She has zero self-confidence, and because of her extreme shyness, she doesn’t have any close friends. At the restaurant where she works as an assistant, she’s not particularly good at anything, and mostly just gets yelled at a lot. Her grandmother was a shaman so from a young age she’s been able to occasionally see ghosts, though it’snot until she meets the lascivious ghost that she gets possessed totally. Sun-woo is a conceited star chef who’s overflowing with confidence in his food and his skills. Bong-sun harbours a secret crush on him, though he doesn’t take much notice of her for two reasons: because he’s always surrounded by women and because he’s hung up on an old flame. But then one day, Bong-sun starts acting differently, shedding her mousy personality, and ends up constantly in Sun-woo’s mind.

Okay, this show was absolutely hilarious! Park Bo-Young is such an adorably versatile actress. Her role in this drama was the complete opposite of what she played in Strong Woman Do-Bong Soon but she executed both the roles so perfectly. I am still in awe.

Bong-Sun (Park Bo-Young) is an aspirant cook and a socially awkward woman who possesses the ability to see ghosts. She works under Sun-Woo (Cho Jung-Seok), her favourite chef ever who she harbours a secret crush on. Due to her special ability, she is tormented day and night until she meets Shin Soon-Ae (Kim Seul-Gi) a lustful virgin ghost who believes she can finally cross the veil and go the afterworld if she does the deed. Reluctant at first but she soon agrees when she understands she wouldn’t stand a chance against the other women is she had to win Sun-Woo’s heart.

The plot was a mixture of comedy and suspense which I utterly enjoyed. Bong-Sun is very awkward and clumsy in the kitchen and has a constant habit to say sorry even if it isn’t her fault. I felt so damn bad for her, on top of that the ghosts also tormented her. But after she meets Soon-Ae and agrees to let her possess her, the whole game changes. Although it was completely wrong on her part to win a man’s heart this way but it was still hilarious.

Her personality changed completely, it became like the opposite sides of the pole. She became confident and didn’t take any more shit from the other chefs who used to bully her but they all came under her thumb when she was in the possessed state, it was damn funny! It’s then that Sun-Woo actually notices her. The thing was when Soon-Ae possessed Bong-Sun, Bong-Sun couldn’t remember anything that happened when she was possessed which led to a lot of funny and awkward situations. Also, Soon-Ae’s was over the top enthusiast to get laid which was pretty hilarious as well.

But Soon-Ae’s love for his father was one of the reasons which made me so emotional. Although she doesn’t how she died, it hurt her so bad to see her father blaming himself for her death. But being possessed she completed all the duties a daughter should with love and care and it brought tears to eyes. 😦 Especially that ending part.

But it was pretty clear, at least for me that Soon-Ae would develop feelings for Sun-Woo because he really treated her with so much respect and love as he got to know her. But the romance was sooo damn sweeeeeet!! This drama was not devoid of heartbreaking moments either because I teared up a few times. But the actual twist comes into the view when we are introduced to the villain who was really scary and he was constantly in the midst of everybody yet no one understood. Which also revealed Soon-Ae’s fate and I can only say that what happened made me cry soooo bad. But this is one of the facts that I loooove about K-Dramas is that how they connect all the dots and round everything up it the end that finally makes a complete sense.

When the truth gets revealed at the end regarding the big bad wolf, it’s actually heartbreaking (it made me crrrrry!) but thankfully, the writers did not totally blast off my heart. Although the ending was bittersweet, it left me happy and full of hope. Overall, Oh My Ghostess is a fantastic watch with a great cast and dialogues layered with humour. I loved the character development of Bong-Sun who finally learns to stand on her own feet with confidence and the plot was executed smoothly.

Recommend it?

Yes!!


Show Name: Bring it on, Ghost
Episodes: 16
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Director: Park Joon-Hwa
Cast: Taec Yeon, Kim So-Hyun, Kwon Yool, Kim Sang-Ho etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

A cohabitation comedy about a ghost of a high school girl who has been dead for 5 years and an exorcist college boy with the ability to see and hear ghosts. What he’s discovered over the years is that he can touch them and fight them off, so when he’s in need of a part-time job and can’t find one that pays well enough, he starts putting ads online as an exorcist for hire. His ad: “Will face off with your ghosts. Chances of winning: virgin ghosts 80%, bachelor ghosts 40%, child ghosts 97%, the rest 50%.” One night he goes out on the job and faces off with a schoolgirl ghost, and during the fight, they accidentally kiss and sparks fly.

Yeah dude, that much spark did not so fly at that moment. It fleeeeeew after…

Soooo anyway, I didn’t have much expectation before I started this drama but I ended up loving it. It was pretty fun and adorable at times.

Park Bong-Pal (Taec Yeon) possess the ability to see and touch ghosts and he works as a part-time exorcist to earn money. On a particular case, he comes across a ghost of a school girl, Kim Hyun-Ji (Kim So-Hyun) who fights him back. Due to certain circumstances, they decide to work together, mostly Hyun-Ji who doesn’t remember anything about how she died or any other memory and her only hope is Bong-Pal. But both of them are unaware of the evil spirit that haunts them which might lead to their ultimate doom.

The plot of this drama was pretty engaging. When Hyun-Ji (Isn’t she sooo freaking cute!!!) discovers about Bong-Pal she finally gets the hope of crossing the veil. Bong-Pal who is at first reluctant finds that as a team they can work much better fighting evil spirits. Their relationship started off, well obviously in a fight but slowly and steadily it became something more but it was inevitable that such a relationship can’t forever exist and I was scared to death about that. But the two of them together brought a lot of hilarious moments and I can’t deny the chemistry between them either. I soooo shipped them!!

Anyway, every episode had a sub-plot which kept everything interesting while the main plot maintained its steady pace. Also, Choi Chun-Sang (Kang Ki-Young) and Kim In-Rang (David Lee) were one of the best parts of this drama because they didn’t let a single moment be dull and hilarious enough to make my stomach ache!!! The villain of this drama was hella creepy. He gave chills!! Like seriously, his one look was enough menacing to make someone run the other way but he disguised his true self in such a way that it was impossible to find out. (I mean it’s pretty easy to find out but that would just make it a smol drama).

As Hyun-Ji gets flashes of her memory, the villain gets more agitated to take action against her. And ironically when he tries to kill Hyun-Ji, the total opposite happens to make things more complicated in the process. I was a bit scared how everything would go on after that but I was quite surprised to see the flow maintained. And the final face-off was kinda scary, I think I was shouting… (Like they are actually gonna listen. Ha!) and I thought the last episode was going to keep me hanging but it was shoooo damn adorable, I died!!

Overall, Bring it on, Ghost was a fun watch and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Although the plot was sometimes dark, the drama was mostly light-hearted. The plot and the characters were engaging enough and the actors executed their roles perfectly. I sooo want to see more dramas like this!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Soo guys have you watched these two dramas yet?? Is it on your to-watch list? Do you have any more recommendations like these?

K-Drama Review: While You Were Sleeping || Where You spend Sleepless Nights because of its Awesomeness!

Show Name: While You Were Sleeping
Episodes: 32 (half an hour episodes)
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, [Adult]
Director: Oh Choong-Hwan
Cast: Lee Jong-Suk, Bae Suzy, Lee Sang-Yeob, Jung Hae-In, Min Sung-Wook, Kim Won-Hae etc.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A supernatural romance about a woman who can see the future in her dreams, and a prosecutor who fights to stop these future events from happening. The heroine has dreams about unfortunate events that will happen to other people, and the hero is a prosecutor who runs around trying to prevent her tragic visions from coming true.


This is one of the most freaking amazing and awesome drama in this whole effing universe!!!!

That is me embracing this drama

Also, seriously if you decide to watch a drama with just reading the blurb, you’ll end up watching nothing in the end. And if you are confused, read reviews and YouTube is very helpful in this case. But puhleeease watch this epicness, okay.

Goblin holds a special place in my heart but this definitely takes the equal place beside it. It was that good. I was really hesitant at first because some of the comments swayed me (Many doesn’t like Suzy, might I know why?? She is freaking awesome and adorable!!) but I decided to give at least one try. And that was enough. I was hooked from episode 1!!

Hong-Joo (Bae Suzy) has the ability to see future deaths which is more of a curse to her than a boon because except her mother nobody believes her and she has to live with guilt and helplessness. Things start spiralling out of control after she foresees her mother’s death. Meanwhile, Jae-Chan (Lee Jong-Suk) is a rookie prosecutor who moves into her neighbourhood with his brother. He, in turn, has a devasting vision about Hong-Joo which somehow interconnects their fate and together they decide to save as many people as possible.

First of all, the first episode is amaaaaazing. It gave me a whiplash. I was sitting with mouth gaping after episode 1 ended. Woah. And then the actual story began. It was a hell of a ride people!! The most amazing one! The plot was executed pretty neatly, there may have been some plot holes but I didn’t care for them much. Hong-Joo was an established news reporter but after having a vision of her own death, her mother forbade her to work there but the turn of events didn’t let that to stay in place.

Jae-Chan finally starts working as a prosecutor and he is so dedicated to his job. LOL. But there he meets Yoo-Beom (Lee Sang-Yeob). They used to be friends as kids but after one incident everything changed. Jae-Chan comes face to face with him after so many years. I have seen Lee Sang-Yeob in so many dramas now, he is definitely a diverse actor and he absolutely nailed his role as a villain in this drama. From the very first moment we are introduced to him, there no’s denying that he would be the one to destroy them. He gave off that villain aura, and oh goooood, he was a total psychopath, a sane fully functional psychopath if that makes any sense.

Jae-Chan and Hong-Joo’s fate interconnects after they both have the dream about her death. And after that, they start working together along with this cute police officer Han Woo-Tak (Jung Hae-In). Okay, the 2nd lead syndrome was not heavy in the drama but it was in my heart… He was such a good person. Anyway, after one incident, everything starts connecting to one particular incident which led to Yoo-Beom but they had no solid proof. And this was the most interesting thing in this drama, finding proof based on their visions.

And the court proceedings!! Damn, I didn’t know I would enjoy law related dramas so much!! But those were so intriguing and full of suspense, especially the last case which involved the main characters, the suspense kept me on the edge the entire time. Anyway, another character whom I adored was Choi Dam-Dong (Kim Won-Hae), he was a true mentor to Jae-Chan and he’s such a diverse actor as well!

Hong-Joo and Jae-Chan had amazing chemistry together. I mean, they were such an adorable couple. The romance was not rushed and I loved how it slowly and steadily developed with each episode. And they made a hell of a team and I always wondered how the scene in the 1st trailer would be executed and I was impressed with how it spanned out. I was literally cheering!!

Aside from the main incident, there were numerous others and each and every one of them were sooo effing interesting to watch. This drama was definitely unpredictable and I loved the fact about it. And everything clicked into place in the final moment and that was one epic moment. The sub-plot was pretty interesting. And there was one devasting moment which had me sobbing like a smol child. My heart broke into pieces!!

Overall, While You Were Sleeping was a phenomenal watch. If you haven’t watched it yet, you are missing out on a loooot. The plot was developed and executed in a manner which was able to hold the suspense until the very end. The cast was absolutely perfect!!! And the actors did a tremendously good job. And the pacing of this drama was also even, I never felt bored for a single second nor wanted to skim any scene. Although the ending was a little bittersweet, it left me completely satisfied.

Recommend it?

YAAAAS!!


So guys have you watched this drama yet?? What did you love the best about it? Or is it still on your to-watch list? Do you have any recommendations in the urban fantasy genre?

K-Drama Reviews: Suspicious Partner & Healer || Ji Chang-Wook edition!

Show Name: Suspicious Partner
Episodes: 40 (half an hour episodes)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Law&Order, [Adult]
Director: Park Sun-Ho
Cast:  Ji Chang-Wook, Nam Ji-Hyun, Choi Tae-Joon, Nara, Jang Hyuk-Jin etc.
My Rating: 

Blurb:

Noh Ji Wook is a unique prosecutor. He is handsome, hard-headed and intelligent who strives hard to be successful. He is the perfect example of what a prosecutor should be. Later, he becomes a lawyer.
Eun Bong Hee is a prosecutor trainee. Once a former taekwondo instructor, she trained to become a lawyer. She is confident and strong, but naive. She is assigned to work under Ji Wook.
They work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer. As they’re working as a team, they develop affection between them.

Seriousfreakingly, why are the blurbs like this? It makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. -_-

Soooo this review is looong dew. I don’t clearly remember every single detail since watched it months ago but I remember absolutely loving it!! I actually enjoyed it more than the Healer which was my first Ji Chang-Wook drama.

This boyo is absolutely worth watching. *insert winky face*

This drama was a treat to watch. Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji-Hyun) is a prosecutor trainee when she accidentally becomes a murder suspect because her ex-boyfriend was found murdered in her house when she was not in. Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang-Wook) is also a prosecutor but he later gives it up and becomes a lawyer to prove Eun Bong Hee’s innocence when he slowly gets to know her. Will he be able to save her or the actual killer will get away scot-free?

First of all, this drama was so freaking interesting and it kept me on the edge the entire time. The irony was the if the killer knew a particular truth about Eun Bong Hee, none of these would have happened but when he gets to know it’s already too late and he commits more crime in order to hide the other. This is how it happens kiddos. 😦

Eun Bong Hee and Noh Ji Wook’s fates clashed once before they were actually introduced to each other. They started off on the wrong foot but c’mon Eun Bong Hee was too adorable to resist. Like seriously, she was so effing cute. Despite her being framed and all the negativity thrown towards her, she tried to stay as positive as possible. The small things that she did slowly unintentionally won over Noh Ji Wook’s stubborn heart who had shut off her heart due to a previous betrayal.

Okay, but the most, like the most awesome thing about the drama was finding the truth about the killer. Seriously, it was so freaking intriguing!! There were bread crumbs everywhere leading to the real truth but the killer was just too damn smart in hiding his trails. I mean he was always there in front but due to no proof, their hands were tight. I loved the way the story panned out and the court trials were damn interesting to watch. I never thought I would say this but I am actually loving lawery drama stuff!! I love romance okay, like loooooove it but when the plot’s this interesting nothing else matters though I have to say the chemistry between them was swee-eet and the romance evolved slowly.

The only thing I didn’t like about this drama was the sudden twist just before the end which was not necessary at all. I mean it didn’t even connect with the main storyline but I think it’s a common trope in K-dramas to somehow link the past. I do not like it. Why is it even necessary? And Eun Bong Hee made the foolish decision ever but I was glaaaad when everything finally found its right place. Phew.

Overall, Suspicious Partner was an awesome, heart-pounding watch with adorable romance. The second lead a.k.a. Ji Eun-Hyuk (Choi Tae-Joon) and Cha Yoo-Jung (Nara) was surprisingly fun to watch because and see how things evolved as Choi Tae-Joon being the ex-girlfriend in the equation. But it was actually handled pretty well. But my most favourite character was Officer Bang (Jang Hyuk-Jin) who assisted Noh Ji Wook in his cases. He was pretty damn hilarious!! Actually, whenever the small group of 5 came together to have a meeting, it was so fun to watch! The pace was well maintained and I loved how it was executed except that small itsy-bitsy weird past stuff.

Recommend it?

Yes!!


Show Name: Healer
Episodes: 20
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller, [Adult]
Director: Lee Jung-Sub, Kim Jin-Woo
Cast: Ji Chang-Wook, Park Min-Young, Yoo Ji-Tae, Kim Mi-Kyung, Oh Gwang-Rok
My Rating:

Blurb:

Seo Jung Hoo is so-called “errand boy”. For a relevant price, he may complete any task, only if it’s not connected with murder. Under Healer’s mask, he had run foul of some organizations that now strive to catch him, however, no one knows who he really is. He can count on older woman’s help, genius hacker responsible for the technical part of their job. One of his tasks is closely connected to one girl, Chae Yeong Shin, second-rate tabloid reporter. She starts to have an interest about Healer when he tries to get close to her, which results in the discovery of their common past.

Everybody loooooves this drama. Almost 99.9%, I also did but I don’t know I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would because of all the rave reviews.

Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang-Wook) works under the name of Healer, he takes the kind of job which an ordinary person would refuse to do, except when it comes to murder. When he gets a case to protect Chae Yeong Shin (Park Min-Young), he disguises himself as a reporter and becomes a fellow colleague. Chae Yeong Shin who has already heard about Healer becomes more interested to find out who he is after he saves her a couple of time. But things start to become messy when the Elder enters the scenario and the past comes to haunt them back.

Okaaaay, so I don’t exactly remember this one much as well, not more than the former. But I do remember the past flashback thingy very much confused me very much. Anyways, Seo Jung Hoo lives a secluded life and works with an unknown Hacker who gives him the job and she is the only one he could trust. Apart from another messenger nobody knows his identity. Chae Yeong Shin (who was soooo adorable) was actually quite similar to him in this aspect because she suffered from an incident which scarred her forever, so her only friend was her father (who was very very awesome I must say) and his assistant. Both their characters equally balanced each other and I loved that fact.

But as much as I loved the romance, the starting of that love didn’t feel quite real enough for me. As it slowly proceeded, their relationship developed but I felt the romance was suddenly thrown in my face, maybe I felt this because of Jung’s double identity, dunno. But that was only in the romantic aspect, other than that he executed his dual disguise personality very perfectly. (Don’t hit me, guys. Even virtually. I am smol being.) But everything after that was soooo cute!! I loved those two together!

I looooved the action sequences, there were definitely my favourite moments and the ajumma hacker was quite awesome as well. The plot slowly ties up all the clues together and also about Chae Yeong Shin’s past but I was getting confused about the group of 5 friends of the past and the present circumstances. After the villain a.k.a the Elder is revealed, things started becoming clear but I wish the antagonist was a little more dynamic. Yes, he did effing bad things but he didn’t give away the scary villain aura.

Overall, Healer was an interesting watch but I was didn’t feel connected to the plot. I didn’t have any major issues with this drama except the ones I mentioned, it’s just that I felt something was missing. On the other hand, the cast was phenomenal and did an outstanding job of executing their character. As I earlier said, I do not like the past syndrome thingy but I could have forgiven that if there was an emotional reunion. I mean, why didn’t that happen!! Anyway, the ending was quite fun and I enjoyed how everything was wrapped up.

(Again, do not hit this smol child.)

Recommend it?

Yes


Sooo guys, have you watched these yet? Which one is your favourite?? Is it on your to-watch list??