Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series by Jenny Han // Fluffy, cute and mushy!

  

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: Ebook
Published: April 15th 2014 (book 1), May 26th 2015 (book 2), May 2nd 2017 (book 3) by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

P.S. I Still Love You

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next-door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy is one of the most hyped up series out there and I think it was one of the reasons I was afraid to go into this series wholeheartedly. On top of that, I did not exactly enjoy the first book of the Summer trilogy and hence my reluctance. I also think that I have kinda grown out of young-adult contemporary as I don’t find it relatable anymore. However, when the movie released and the hype re-started, I knew had to pick it up! And I am glad I did. This series was such an adorable and fluffy read!!

*A bit spoilerish!*

Lara Jean has a unique way of confessing to her crushes. She writes them letters instead of actually voicing her words. It’s her way of ending a love story from growing out her control. However, when her letters get revealed to her crushes, she takes the help of Peter who was also one of the crushes to tone down the rumours. However, things take a 90 degree turn when she finds herself falling for Peter Kavinsky. (I am addicted to uttering Kavinsky as Lara Jean was… dang!)

Character-centric plot

The plot of this book was whole-heartedly character-centric which paved the whole path of the novel. One of the most ground fact of this trilogy was the character-growth which we got to see as the novels proceeded. Of course, there was teenage angst and drama but it was pretty realistic which made me fall in love with the characters. This series had all the classic cliches, the mean ex-girlfriend, a soccer-team main lead and a geeky best friend. The thing is although this series had its ups and downs, it played the cliches perfectly to get the right combination of drama along with swoon-worthy romance. Apart from Peter and Lara Jean who dominated the series, the Song family, Josh as well as John Ambrose McClaren (This guy!!!! I loved him to bits!).

The first book follows all the letters of Lara Jean getting busted which leads up to making a pact with Peter to avoid the necessary embarrassment. Lara Jean takes this step, especially to avoid Josh who she has been in love with since forever, who also happens to be her elder sister’s recent ex-boyfriend. Josh is a character whom I liked in the beginning but he kinda faded away and completely disappeared in the 3rd book. I knew he had college and stuff and it kinda felt like Lara Jean and Josh’s so many years of relationship vanished, just like that (I wanted closure *sniffs*). Anyhooo, Peter and Lara Jean along with their romance grew to something so much bigger. Their fake relationship grew into something real without their knowledge which made things complicated. However, it was also the one thing to root for in this series!

Lara Jean… ah! Our main protagonist was so effing relatable! Of course, there were times I disagreed with her but most of the times but I couldn’t help but fall for her. Yes, she was a bit judgemental and anxious almost all the time, however, these flaws were the characteristics that made her, her. Although I won’t say this series had the best character-development Lara Jean seriously had some major transformation. She went from the shy girl to voicing out her words. Most importantly, I genuinely admired how she took the decision while choosing school even is she had to do long-distance!

Diversity

Hello! Dang! This book has it all! The Song girls are half Korean making them a biracial family. There were some unforgettable moments in the book, especially of Korean cuisine which I sooo wanted to try! And I was pretty green with envy with the mention of their visits to Seoul. Can they please, like, take me too?

The Song family

The family dynamics was one of the best aspects of this trilogy. The Song girls had lost their mother as a kid but Margot, Lara Jean and Kitty have been thick as thieves. They have always tried their best to maintain a beautiful relationship with their dad which I loved so much. The family focus of this series was not at all overbearing but equally balanced with the romance and drama. Although Lara Jean was the protagonist of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, Margot and Kitty played quite a vital role. I sometimes felt like Margot who was the elder sister was a stuck-up. But when I thought of myself in her shoes, I could understand where all the hesitancy and her strictness was coming from. Lara Jean was the middle one while Kitty was the smol bean. However, Kitty was quite mature for her age and there would not have been “books” if not for her (If you know what I mean… XD) And their father was such a sweetheart! He had such a wonderful relationship with his Song girls and they were his first priority!

Cheesy romance

Ah! The romance of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky was epic! Actually, it was pretty simple yet unique due to which this series was such an engaging read. Peter had an on and off relationship with Gen who also used to be Lara Jean’s best friend once upon a time. However, this on and off thing paves the way for Peter towards Lara Jean. I loved how their relationship evolved. It was so cheesy yet so cuteeeeeeee! Oh my goodness, it was really so sweet I thought I was going to have diabetes!

We also had the classic love triangle which I actually enjoyed! (I know right? Me? I enjoyed a love-triangle! XD) John Ambrose McClaren was so precious. I definitely fell for the 2nd lead and there were times I thought he was the perfect one for Lara Jean. Although I was all in for Peter, John Ambrose McClaren definitely gave a tough competition. Peter, on the other hand, was a jokester and kinda tried to maintain a strong facade, however, he was a complete softy. He was so effing cute. My god! He and Lara Jean were the complete opposites, however, somehow they were the perfect fit.

Overall

This trilogy was a fluffy and fun read. I enjoyed it thoroughly and although a few parts might have slowed me down but I was glad I was able to binge read this trilogy. It made me realise how much, book binging is fun!  The writing was simple yet maintained an uninterrupted flow and the pace was mostly steady throughout the series. Apart from these, I also loved the fact, how this book ended with a positive note while hinting towards the many more adventures of the future.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what did you think about this trilogy? Have you read it yet? What is your favourite book in the series?

Review: Good Girl by Piper Lawson // A bit of a let down

Title: Good Girl
Author: Piper Lawson
Series: Wicked, book 1
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count & Format: 200 pages, Ebook
Published: October 16th 2018
Source: I received an eARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I’m a good girl. Jax Jamieson is a legend.

The day I wrote my first computer program… he launched his third platinum album.
The night I drank my first beer… he spent in jail.
The day he tried to get me fired… I ended up on his tour.

I’m a college junior with my whole future ahead of me. And he’s the vice I’d give it all up for.

Haley and Jax’s story continues in Bad Girl and concludes in Wicked Girl! A new adult romance series from bestselling author Piper Lawson. If you like nerds, hot rock stars, friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, pet skunks, home reno shows, flip phones or existentialism? You’ll love WICKED. 


Soooo… the thing is, I usually end up head over heels with Piper’s characters. Not only are the sassy but they have a realistic and hardcore edge to them. But this book kinda fell down from that level of expectation. I felt that this book had nothing new. The surprising element was missing which was a big let down.

In Good Girl, we get to see a rockstar romance. Jax is one of the most popular rockstars, and Haley is one of his massive fangirls. She is out of the world happy when she bangs an internship at the record label company and is sent to tour with her favourite rockstar as tech support. Although I did not warm up to Jax the moment I met her, Haley was someone to root for. I have to say one thing, the female characters are the best parts of Piper’s novels. You just cannot help but root for them.

Haley’s initial facade of Jax dissolves quite early because of his behaviour but she slowly gets a glimpse of the man behind the facade. The chemistry between the characters is palpable as the plot proceeds, however, it was not as explosive or eh…. you know what I am trying to say! Anyway, the mystery part of this novel was what kept me intrigued. I enjoyed the plot and I am definitely up for knowing more!

Overall, Good Girl was an okhay read. The plot felt too common, however, the characters saved the day along with the mysterious twist. I enjoyed the writing and the plot was steady throughout the book although some parts did feel a bit choppy. But I am still interested to know what new turn this story takes.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what did you think about this book? Have you read it yet? What is your favourite book from Piper? 

Review: When Forever Changes by Siobhan Davis // A unique twist on love triangle

Title: When Forever Changes
Author: Siobhan Davis
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: very warm
Page Count and Format: 427 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: September 30th, 2018
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Gabby

Looking back, I should have seen the signs. Perhaps I did, but I subconsciously chose to ignore them. 

From the time I was ten, when I first met Dylan, I knew he was my forever guy. Back then, I couldn’t put words to what I was feeling, but, as the years progressed, I came to recognize it for what it was—soul-deep love. The kind only very few people ever get to experience. Dylan was more than just my best friend, my childhood sweetheart, my lover. 

He was my soul mate. 

We were carved from the same whole—destined to be together forever.

Until he changed. 

And I believed I was no longer good enough. 

Until he shattered me so completely, it felt like I ceased to exist. 

And I’d never experienced such heart-crushing pain.

Until he leveled me a second time, and I truly wanted to die.

But I had to stay strong because I wasn’t alone in this cruel twist of fate.

I look to the sky, pleading with the stars, begging someone to tell me what I should do because I don’t know how to deal with this. I don’t know how to cope when my forever has changed, and I can’t help wondering if I had seen the signs earlier, if I’d pushed him, would it have been enough to save us?

Or had fate already decided to alter our forever?


My Thoughts

When Forever Changes was definitely a refreshing take on love-triangle. If you know me, then you know much I hate love triangles, however, I dunno what but I can’t help but fall for the love-triangles she has written! This was a beautiful and heartwrenching story, albeit there were a few eye-rolling moments but it did manage to win my heart in the end!

Dylan and Gabby have known each other since forever. In fact, they were each other’s forever until Dylan changed. Not only did he start acting out of his character but broke Gabby’s heart as well, a thing that Gabby didn’t think was ever possible. Slater on the other hand always harboured feelings for Gabby and when Dylan left her with pieces, he helped Gabby to pick them up. However, things take a turn for the worse when Dylan’s truth is revealed. It only breaks Gabby all over again but shatters all three of them.

When Forever Changes starts out with Dylan and Gabby’s relationship. I was not invested in this book at the beginning, I think especially because of Dylan’s douchey character. Gabby worshipped the ground he walked on and her thoughts and Dylan’s characters were not matching up. Of course, the reason behind it comes up later but like Gabby, it never mended that part of the heart he broke. Slater, on the other hand, I fell for him immediately. He was not only considerate but also patient and sweet. After Dylan, it took Gabby a lot of time to get back on track and that’s when she realised Slater have been there for her all along.

Dylan and Slater’s love was both different and it was the most precious thing to Gabby. However, she made a lot of stupid decisions, like unnecessary pushing Slater away when proper communication would have made the circumstances more bearable. Gabby expected a bit too much, even after her worse decision-making skills. I kind of semi-guessed the plot twist but I was still hit hard. It was such an unexpected situation where I fell in love with the three all over again. It was heartwrenching yet there was hope. Although this book ends on a bittersweet note, the ending had me pretty satisfied.

Overall, When Forever Changes was a pretty memorable read. I loved how the author dealt with the love triangle. It was quite different from the usual ones I have read until today and for that, I think I will always remember this book. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was moderate throughout the book although I felt some parts could have been a little faster. Anyway, I am gonna wait eagerly till her next book comes out!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Sooo guys, what do you think about this book? Are you excited to read it? Have you read any previous book by this author?

**Yeah, September did not turn out as I planned it to be. My life is kinda all over the place now but I am not giving up on blogging!

Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao // A combo of refreshing and realistic

Title: American Panda
Author: Gloria Chao
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: February 6th, 2018 by Simon Pulse
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfil the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes to a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.


My Thoughts

American Panda was such a heartfelt read! There were some aspects I could really relate and Mei is bae! ❤

She is an early college student aiming for a doctorate degree when all she wants to do in dance. But she doesn’t have the heart to tell her parents about it as her brother already walked on their family. She develops a crush on Darren Takahashi who is actually Japanese. Another no go from their parents who only want Mei to marry someone of their choice who is also specifically Taiwanese. A breaking point comes into Mei’s life when she is forced to make a choice about how to live her life, according to her own will or her parent’s.

The plot of this book was refreshing and relatable. American Panda is a more of a character-centric novel which focuses on the life of Mei. Mei is a hard working above average students who are working towards a career path to be a doctor. Apart from being a germophobe, she manages to fall asleep in the core subject of medicine, a.k.a biology. She goes by the rule of her parents as she does not want to disappoint them at all cost. A chance encounter with his brother changes her aspect of living life. Her opinion finally clashes when she sees her brother’s life through her own eyes rather than their parents’ words.

“If I lied, the real me would disappear.” 

Her rebellion starts in a slow process but it takes a turn as she experiences a whole new world. Her crush towards Darren slowly intensifies. Mei actually tried to do everything possible to do that she had been taught. She really tried but the heart wants what it wants. Of course, Darren is by her side but she gathers the courage to stand up for herself. And on boy, she does! The most surprising as well as beautiful moment was Mei’s reuinon with her mom. I wish her dad felt the same but well things take time. Sometimes the broken pieces can be mend together and sometimes it’s just better left alone. Mei felt like whole different person when she danced. She truly felt like herself. I can totally get this point. All parents want their children to have a stable career but that doesn’t only come from money. Happiness is the other factor which goes hand in hand.

“I couldn’t go through life as a shadow.” 

Overall, American Panda was a beautiful lesson that one should learn about both sides of the coin before judging. The plot was fresh and kept me engaged. Although I couldn’t identify it but I felt something was missing but the characters made up for it. This book was not only diverse but also shone light on various cultural aspects. The pace was kinda slow and steady in different portions of the book an the words flowed smoothly. I will definitely be anticipating her next book.


Sooo guys, have you read this one? If yes, what are your thoughts on it? And if that’s still a no, are you think of picking it up anytime soon?

Also, yeeeeeah. I have no excuse of abandoning my beloved blog for so long. I am just too lazy and tired after coming back from work. But that’s a lame excuse. I am tryiiiiiiiing guys! Hopefully September will show its magic!

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // A diverse book which lived up to the hype!

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 447 pages, Ebook
Published: February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterwards, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Hi guys!! I am still pretty much AWOL, I know. As much as I would like to blame everything on my schedule, I am kinda lazy too! XD So umm yay to me not being for once!

I also just realised I have not done a wrap-up in 3 months!!! I love doing wrap-ups!! And I haven’t done them since May!! Oh! What has the world has come to! I also veeery dramatically failed in Camp NaNo this July. I mean… I didn’t even write. *facepalm*

Anyway, one can only hope. So I am hoping to bring myself back on track this month!

Okay, enough blabbering. Now let’s move onto this review, shall we?

I believe I am the last person on planet Earth to pick up this book. I haven’t seen a single blogger who hasn’t read this yet. (Any minority out there?!) Hehe… if you get the reference!

Sooo this book was eye-opening and absolutely heartbreaking. Hell, I did not realise this book was going to be so realistic. I mean I know this was going to be a serious one but this one just hit it in the feels. The Hate U Give tells the story of a young black girl named Starr who has a pretty normal life. Well, at least on the outside where she maintains two different kinds of avatars. She is someone different when she goes to her school while a different person with her kind of people. Everything turns up and down for her when her friend Khalil is shot in front of her eyes without any reason. Even after his death, the injustice does not stop and that’s when Starr decides to speak up. But telling the truth comes with a whole lot of prices.

“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

This book is pretty character-centric. I absolutely loved the diverse representation. And a realistic portrayal at that. It really deals with some sensitive topics like racism and I felt that the author did an absolute justice to that. Well, this book is pretty much more than that. It brings out the injustice, unfairness a certain amount of people have to deal with even if it’s the 21st century just because they are of a different colour or have a different faith. Unfortunately, it’s a sad truth which exists even today. And for the fear of being judged, Starr, our protagonist of this book maintains a different facade when she’s at the “white” school as quoted by some of her friends. (Frankly, quoting those made you racists too! Stupid people! But well that’s how the world functions I guess.)

“I’ve taught myself to speak with two different voices and only say certain things around certain people. I’ve mastered it.”

Starr is not a biggy for parties but she decides to go with her step-sister. There she meets her childhood friend Khalid with whom she hadn’t talked for quite a long time. It’s on their way home when the calamity strikes. Even it was a book, I felt everything happened at slow-mo. I knew what was about to happen next but it still shocked me to the core. I actually had to put the book down for a few minutes before I could pick it up again. The thing is Khalid even didn’t do anything wrong but him being black was what got him killed.

“People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.”

I fiercely wanted justice for Khalid but I could understand Starr’s reluctance too. Especially after she and her family were personally attacked. And those of you know me already, can understand how badly I wanted to go after that with a frying pan. Anyway, I want to highlight a few things which I absolutely adored in this book. The family rep!! Like a huuuuuge thank you to Angie Thomas for representing such an awesome functional family which we rarely get to see in YA. Starr’s parents were thankfully normal and mature, unlike some books where parents are even more childish than the main characters. She had a two brother, although one was a step-brother who was annoying as hell but it was clear how much Starr cared for them.

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Starr’s boyfriend was a white guy. And he was such a damn gentleman! I mean he had his shortcomings but Chris really was a pillar of strength to her. Thank god, he wasn’t a douchebag! I was very much afraid he was going to turn out that way. I also didn’t like Kenya, Starr’s step-sister at first but she slowly grew on me. I don’t think without her motivation Starr would have gotten the courage to speak up. Ms Oprah was pretty awesome too.

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”

The ending of this book hurt like hell. I mean I kind of knew this book was not going to be all rainbows and sunshine in the end (I still hoped?) But yes, it definitely left me with hope. (J-Hooooooooooooooooooooooooope!! Sorry!! Sorry!! That was absolutely inappropriate and unnecessary. But that has become a habit like breathing!!!) Anyways, I loved the fact that how everything made their family more unified. I even enjoyed the small aspects like Uncle Carlos and DeVante’s story. I mean I was not a fan of Carlos in the beginning but as I got to know him more, I understood he was a genuine person as well. I loved Starr’s character development. She grew up so much from a scared girl to a matured person who’s able to let her voice shine for her!

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

So why did I give it a 4 star? It’s because the beginning was pretty slow. I almost put it down but then again this book was received too much hype for me to shut down my curiosity. I am glad I listened to that voice and continued with it. Overall, The Hate U Give was a pretty fantastic read. I adored Starr’s parents to the moon and back, especially her father. I mean usually, parents encourage to stand up against wrong but when it’s something that big, they usually fear for the children’s safety. But Starr’s father went beyond that. Even after getting personally harassed, he not for once told Starr to back down. That man earned my respect! Her mom was no less by any chance. Now. let’s come to the writing. It felt a little weird in the beginning because the author wrote in a different accent but once I got the hang of it, it didn’t matter much. Whoever still has not picked this up, really needs to asap!!!

(Wow. I did not realise how big this review was. Thank you to those of you who have made it till the end. Sarangheeeoo!)

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you read this yet? Well, that might be an understatement. I think I was the only one yet to read this book!! Is anyone out there who still haven’t picked this up? Then, is it in your tbr?

Also, who’s excited for the movieeeee???

K-Drama Review: The Great Seducer & The Liar and His Lover // Where I found my bias in Red Velvet!

Show Name: The Great Seducer/Tempted
Episodes: 32 (half an hour episodes)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Director: Kang In, Lee Dong-Hyun
Cast: Woo Do-Hwan, Joy, Mun Ka-Young, Kim Min-Jae etc.
My Rating: 

Synopsis:

In an act of revenge, Kwon Shi Hyun makes a bet with his friends to seduce Eun Tae Hee, who believes people that are swayed by love are pathetic. After Tae Hee meets Shi Hyun, her view on love starts to change. As Shi Hyun’s secret deepens, he starts to fall in love with Tae Hee.

Ohmygosh! I loved this so much, guys! This drama literally had me screaming!

I think it’s a hit or miss drama and fortunately, it was the former for me. I don’t think I would have given it a try if not for Joy, I was still pretty reluctant when I started it. I watched The Liar and His Lover a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely fell in love with her smile (She is so effing cute!!). The decision to watch this drama was sooo right, it was so freaking addicting. I have to admit most of the times I wanted to hit the characters with a frying pan on their head but oh well, when you are in love, you are.

The Great Seducer depicts the life of 3 spoiled brats who in order to suppress their emotional pain relishes in causing others trouble. Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do-Hwan) is notorious for his charms of seducing and in order to stop his father and his best friend’s mother Choi Soo-Ji (Mun Ka-Young) from getting married, he proposes to Soo-Ji. Sii-Ji takes this as an opportunity to get her revenge on his former lover Lee Ki-Young (Lee Jae-Kyoon). She wanted to ruin Eun Tae-Hee’s (Joy) life as she thought Lee Ki-Young left her for Tae-Hee. And so begins the game of lies where Soo-Ji agrees to marry him if she manages to make Eun Tae-Hee fall in love with him. But he begins to fall into his own trap when he realises his true feelings for Eun Tae-Hee.

My first thought for the three musketeers was that what a close knitted group they were. They would do about anything for each other and I quite loved that. Until the actual fact surfaced. They were so malicious that they would reach any extent to hurt another person who gave them any pain. Kwon Shi-Hyun, Choi Soo-Ji and Lee Se-Joo, all three have unstable families and they have dependent on each other since they were children. I get that, they were actually so dependent on each other and forced to care for their own but this made them completely forget that others were human too.

The trying to impress moments were goddamn hilarious! Like this one. This drama definitely had its moments!

I did not know what to think of Kwon Shi-Hyun at first. He was such a flirt and well, kinda too much. The kind of men I loathe. But his character development was so effing good! The selfish guy started caring about others after he met Eun Tae-Hee. She was a strong character, positive as well as realistic. I mean her smile lightened up the whole drama. (Yaas, I think I have a bias now… Red Velvet here I come!!) Anyways, the romance although was started all of a sudden, did not feel forced. It was kinda cute to see how both of them were struggling to convey their feelings because it was kinda first for both of them.

I honestly thought Lee Se-Joo (Kim Min-Jae), who is the third musketeer wouldn’t be as evil as Choi Soo-Ji. But oh well, he turned out to be the biggest douche-bag. He totally deserves my frying pan beating!! It was pretty clear from the start that he was in love with Choi Soo-Ji. It should have been sweet but I felt it was kinda toxic. The ultimate douche-bag of the drama was Lee Ki-Young for which this whole act started. The only one who was perfectly able to reply to him was Eun Tae-Hee. That guy was seriously too audacious, I mean how can someone be this shameless? I would have loved to see what finally happened to him but we are devoid of that. I actually loved the fact, how matured Eun Tae-Hee was in compared to those three.

The ending felt a bit rushed. Although it was beautiful, I wanted more closure. The way it ended, it wasn’t enough. Overall, this drama was pretty addicting and I would have missed out on a gem if I hadn’t given it a try. The acting was really engaging as well as the sub-plot which added more mystery to the story. This is one element which every K-drama has in common, somehow it all ties up to that one thing. Anyhoo, I will be awaiting Joy’s next drama.

Recommend it?

Absofreakinglutely!


Show Name: The Liar and His Lover
Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Director: Kim Jin-Min
Cast: Lee Hyun-Woo, Joy, Lee Jung-Jin, Lee Seo-Won, Sung Joo, Shin Je-Min, Chang Ki-Yong etc.
My Rating: 

Synopsis:

A love story about a depressed genius music composer Kang Han Gyeol who meets the high school student Yoon So Rim when he’s living under a hidden identity. With her courageous honesty and beautiful singing, So Rim draws Han Gyeol back to her again and again. They meet love obstacles along the way as So Rim found out that Han Gyeol was actually Crude Play’s producer K and others.

The Liar and his Lover was in my to-watch list for a very long time but when of my ARMY friend recommended it, I instantly picked it up. This was my first “Joy” drama and gosh, this was sooo sweet and the songs!! I loved each and every one of them.

Yoon So-Rim (Joy) is an aspiring singer and a huge fan of the band known as Crude Play. For Yoon So-Rim, it was love at first sight when she saw Kang Han-Kyeol (Lee Hyun-Woo). For him, she was only a nuisance until he heard her voice which kept leading him back to her. Kang Han-Kyeol also known as K, is the producer of Crude Play but nobody knows his real appearance out his agency. He hides the fact to Yoon So-Rim even when they start getting close. The relationship between then starts with lies (see the common factor with the above…) but as Crude Play starts facing their own problems, he is forced to come out his hiding and deal with the problems.

Kang Han-Kyeol is the producer of all the hit songs for Crude Play but his arrogant nature and anger outbursts tend to keep everyone at bay. His character begins to change after he meets the ever shining Yoon So-Rim. Honestly, the chemistry between them was sooo sweet! Although their relationship started on a lie which was very much unintentional, its development was slow and steady. According to the drama, the age gap between the two was kinda big (not in real life though, they are only 3 years apart) but I was so relieved to see that no unnecessary issue was created on that subject. 

The inner politics of the entertainment industry was portrayed in this drama. I don’t know how much of this actually happens in real life but I wouldn’t be surprised. Because for some people in Show Biz, only the money matters. Although Kang Han-Kyeol was the childhood friend of the members of Crude Play, except one, the relationship between the guys wasn’t perfect. The development of this aspect was also refreshing. Getting accepted as who they are was the biggest competition faced by Crude Play but I absolutely loved the approach taken by the members of the band.

That damn smile…

Overall, The Liar and His Lover was worth the watch! All the OSTs were pretty much amazing and the acting was superb as well. The character development was the topmost thing that I enjoyed about this drama aside from the sweet romance. Yoon So-Rim starts out as a naive character but by the end of this drama, she has matured a lot. Same goes for Kang Han-Kyeol who realised what his selfishness had cost him. Anyway, I absolutely loved how everything was wrapped up in the end!

Recommend it?

Yuuuup!!


So guys, have you watched these 2 dramas yet? What did you think about it? Do you stan Red Velvet? If yes, who’s your bias?

Review: Seducing Kaden by Siobhan Davis || Where the Romance brew even without the Seduction

Title: Seducing Kaden
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 6
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Trigger Warning: Marital rape and abuse
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 460 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: April 30th, 2018
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Kaden
The woman I love will never be mine because she already belongs to another.

I’ve tried everything to forget her, but it’s impossible when she occupies a starring role in my dreams. I’m obsessed, and my eyes are glued to her shapely curves whenever I see her around campus. It doesn’t help that she looks as miserable as I feel, and I wonder if she misses me as much as I miss her.

Short of putting a bullet through the skull of that gangster she’s married to, I’m stuck in a hellhole of my own making.

Until fate intervenes, setting us on a collision course we can’t avoid.

Evelina
When I was a little girl, I dreamed of falling in love. The all-consuming sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of love I swooned over in movies.

It didn’t take long for that fairytale notion to come crashing down around me. Now I’m trapped in a marriage I despise with no discernible way out.

The only light in the dark is Kaden Kennedy—the one true love of my life. He doesn’t know he is, because I’m forced to love him from afar, condemned to toss and turn at night, crying over everything I want and all I can never have.

Seeing him day in, day out, destroys me, but there’s no other choice; I had to push him away to keep him safe.

Because if my husband ever finds out I’m in love with one of my students, I won’t be the only one in danger.

While you don’t need to read the earlier books in this series to enjoy Seducing Kaden, it is highly recommended. This book is a contemporary new adult romance, and it is only suitable for readers aged eighteen and older due to mature content, sexual situations, and language.

[A student-teacher forbidden romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliffhanger. This story includes details of an extramarital affair, so if you don’t like cheating or controversial storylines, then this book isn’t for you.]


This booooook!! I was so eager to read Kaden’s story and forbidden romance is most top most favourite tropes. Though this book is not a light one and it deals with some important issues, I enjoyed it from the first till the last bit.

Kaden and Evaline have a chance encounter before Kaden discovers that she is her new professor in college. The attraction between them is instant but neither can give their feelings a chance because of their condition until both of them can’t resist anymore. Eva dropped her chance at happiness because of her husband who is aligned with illegal business and is a sadist but meeting Kaden for the second time brings back all the beautiful memories they had once shared together and this time Kaden doesn’t want to give up either.

Seducing Kaden was a second chance romance book which tells the story of Kaden and Evalina. The plot flashes back to the past and the present where it defines the start of their relationship and the present situation. Although the plot was predictable, the storyline flowed smoothly and the romance kept me engaged throughout the whole book. The attraction between Kaden and Eva is instant and both of them can’t deny the obvious attraction between them. One of the things that I loved about both of them was the mutual respect they had for each other. I felt really bad Eva’s situation, she was forced to live in a hell with no way out but after meeting Kaden, she began to hope for the first time in his life.

Although cheating is an element in this book, anyone would feel relief about this fact after knowing Eva’s bound condition. God, she had to go through so freaking much. Her husband was one hell of a onster whose clutches she couldn’t escape at any cost and even if she tried her loved ones would have to pay the consequences. It was actually quite difficult for me to read some of the parts. Anyway, Kaden treated Eva like a perfect gentleman, he was thoughtful and caring and did his best to protect her. The plot could have been a little more dynamic but it was still enjoyable.

Overall, Seducing Kaden was an engaging read. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there were some surprising elements, but the ending left me satisfied. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the whole book. It was a pretty quick read in fact which was an added bonus. I also loved the fact that how this book paved its way for the next Kennedy book! I am definitely excited to read that!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read any previous book in this series or any other book by this author?

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?

K-Drama Mini Reviews: The Contemporary-Romance Skimmed Edition // Where I have no Idea If I should Recommend or Not!

Drama Name: My Secret Romance
Episodes: 13

Cha Jin-Wook (Sung Hoon) is a son of a wealthy family who doesn’t like having long-term relationships but when his one-night stand who he hasn’t been able to forget, aka Lee Yoo-Mi (Song Ji-Eun) who mysteriously disappeared the next morning joins his company, things start to change for the both of them.

Okay, soooo this drama is hella cliched and predictable. But if you’re in the mood for something sweet and not complex then this is definitely the show for you. Despite the predictability, this was a cute watch actually. I liked how Lee Yoo-Mi never gave up on herself despite failing in her job almost every time. And she was pretty awkward around Cha Jin-Wook a.k.a her boss which made the situations pretty funny sometimes. The chemistry between them is definitely the number one thing that made me finish this drama!


Drama Name: The Heirs
Episodes: 20

My only reason to watch this ridiculous drama is because of Lee Min-Ho. Though I still had some expectations because of the cast. But this drama was kind of the father of melodrama. Anyhoooo, onto the review.

Cha Eun-Sang (Park Shin-Hye) belongs to a pretty poor family who goes to California to visit her sister but the visit turns out disastrous where a stranger aka Kim Tan (Lee Min-Ho) helps her in the end. She collides him with the 2nd time when she is admitted to the same school. This drama was the rags to riches kind of story which was extremely exaggerated. A love triangle was kinda forced, there were the cliched mean girl and the ultimate couple of the school. The plot was too predictable but I just wanted to finish this somehow. Like what even was the plot?

Both the main leads fall for each other but their status comes between them as Kim Tan’s father can’t see his son with a poor girl and blah blah. You get my point. They sacrifice, they give up a lot but finally end up together. The end.


Drama name: Playful Kiss
Episodes: 16

I WAS PRETTY OUTRAGED WITH THIS DRAMA!!! I should have seriously dnf-ed this one because this deserves no love at all! Because of the goddamn egoistic male lead and the female lead with no self-respect.

Oh Ha-Ni (Jung So-Min) has had a crush on Baek Seung-Jo (Kim Hyun-Joong) forever but she gets rejected in front of the whole school. After an earthquake which destroys their house, they move to her father’s childhood friend’s house which is ultimately Seung-Jo’s father. (Like wow!)

I lost count of how many times Oh Ha-Ni got treated like a trash by Seung-Jo who is pretty much a douchebag but oh no! He likes her secretly!! What in the holy hell!! Are you goddamn serious!!! Why would you treat the person you like in the worst possible manner? And even after every single incident she still went around Seung-Jo wherever e went!! That girl seriously had no self-respect at all.

The only two characters I liked in this drama were Bong Joon-Gu (Lee Tae-Seong) and Seung-Jo’s mother. She was the biggest shipper of the couple but she definitely went overboard a few times. Bong Joon-Gu made his feelings about Oh Ha-Ni no secret and cherished her. He was always by her side. Yes, he was kind of funny and weird but he was 100 times better than the male lead. I was glad to see he got a happy ending in the end but he was the actual gem present right in front of Oh Ha-Ni’s eyes and she missed out on it.


Drama Name: Reply 1997
Episodes: 16

I had a looooot of high hopes for this one because I have only heard great things about this drama. But I found it not quite as engaging as I thought it would be. (Maybe it’s because I watched many clips on YouTube before? I dunno.)

The plot revolved around a female high school student Shi-Won (Jung Eun-Ji). The story unfolds in two ways. One, we get to see the present, at their high school reunion dinner in 2012 and the other part of the story is told in flashback mode (from 1997) where their journeys from high school to college and ultimately how they became what they are now.

Despite the drama being a little boring, I still enjoyed the story and the narration style. In every episode one thing was left up to the imagination of the audience, that is who did Shi-Won ended up with since Yoon Yoon-Je (Seo In-Guk, I looooove him asdfgljkgf!! Okay!!) and his brother both liked her. In the reunion, we see all 3 of them and the answer unfolds in the last episode. I think I didn’t enjoy it more because I already knew who she would end up with. (My ship sailed thankfully!)

This drama definitely had its moments. It was realistically depicted and I loved the friendships between all the characters. Despite everything, it ended on a sweet note which left me satisfied.


Drama Name: Innocent Man
Episodes: 20

Where the man is definitely, absolutely, 100% not innocent.

I still have no idea what and why I watched this drama. I am still in awe (I don’t know if it’s good or bad. It was that weird). This is makjang drama at its highest.

This drama was actually like the Hindi serials which go on an on or years without any solid plot where even the audience forgets why they started watching this in the first place. But as much as this drama was pointless, it was hella addictive as well. I couldn’t stop watching despite being frustrated!!

Basically, Kang Ma-Roo (Song Joong-Ki) kinda gets betrayed by the love of his life Jae-Hee (Park Si-Yeon) who is willing to go beyond anything to achieve her dreams of being rich. After a certain turn of circumstances when Ma-Roo sees Jae-Hee after a lot of years, married and living her dream, he decides to get revenge, using another woman, Eun-Gi (Moon Chae-Won) who is technically Jae-Hee’s stepdaughter. (Ho! hahahaha!)

Eun-Gi is a smart businesswoman, I don’t know why or how she fell for Ma-Roo, it was a bit insta-lovey. When she ultimately learns the truth, she loses her memory in an accident and the smart, amazing woman somehow becomes a blubbering mess and dependent where she again falls for him. Ma-Roo who first approached her with a different intention starts to develop feelings for her and when he is finally sure about his feelings, she gets her memories back!

Viola!

I hated Jae-Hee with all my heart. That woman was vile and only looked out for herself, though the ending tried to justify her actions but damn, how can a woman like that be forgiven? Ma-Roo was equally to be blamed, he actually brought all it on himself. The ending felt rushed too and basically, it came out of nowhere. I wanted to see the relationship between Ma-Roo and Eun-Gi develop slowly but instead, I got the melodrama with a plateful of petty revenge.


Have you guys seen any of these K-Dramas? What did you think about it? Did you enjoy any of these?