Book Reviews, Contemporary YA, Mystery Element, Paranormal

Gardenia, 5-Star Mystery

Ivy can see glowing countdowns. She knows exactly how long everyone has until they die, including herself, which is one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds from now, much shorter than she would like it to be. She's already missed saving her best friend from her countdown and a misjudgment doomed another girl. Is it possible to save anyone from what will happen? If she can't save herself then she's bound and determined to set what she can aright before she passes on.

Book Reviews

Chimera: A Narrative Dream

Chimera is a colony ship that transported colonist from earth over 200 years before, put in stasis orbiting the planet to watch over them until their lives are in danger. The time to wake up is now, as the last exchange ship bringing necessary supplies from earth was over 15 years ago. Theo, a 16 year old hacker with a gift for speaking to machines, and 15 year old Selena, a brash but talented pilot with a dark secret in her past are the colonies only hope to bring them aid.

Book Reviews

The “Confused” Story Traveler

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Book Reviews

It’s All Fun and Games Until Arrows Fly

“NetGalley delivers digital galleys, often called advance reading copies, or ARCs, to professional readers and helps promote new and upcoming titles. Professional readers–reviewers, media, journalists, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and educators–can join and use NetGalley at no cost.” Netgalley is a special section of my book discussions where I post reviews of the digital books I… Continue reading It’s All Fun and Games Until Arrows Fly

Asian Fangirl, Korean Drama Reviews

The Gender Confusion in Coffee Prince

Coffee Prince is your typical romantic-comedy. The two leads are your stereotypical rich guy, poor girl. There's a clichéd love triangle plus an overused trope: girl poses as boy and falls in love. Where the story gets good is when it goes modern! Any family business big enough to need an heir is going to put said heir under… Continue reading The Gender Confusion in Coffee Prince

All About Movies

Goodjob, Oldboy

It's been fun participating in the Blind Spot Series blogathon over at The Matinee during 2014. Exploring Asian and foreign films as well as modern and not so modern classics has been eye-opening. As a Korean cult classic Oldboy blindsided me with its visual spectacle… How can a filmmaker review Oldboy by Park Chan-Wook and think 'I need to remake this movie?' I… Continue reading Goodjob, Oldboy

Korean Drama Reviews, Purely Production

The 14 Superstars of Coffee Prince

A stellar actor can elevate the worst tripe, while special effects tend to plasticize story, yet the right art direction will add to not only the world but the characters as well. Purely Production is a monthly post where I explore the different elements that affect a finished media, for good or ill. We’ll forget about writing for a… Continue reading The 14 Superstars of Coffee Prince

Asian Fangirl, Hallayu Wave Fandom

The Families of Coffee Prince

Coffee Prince is a 2007 romantic comedy that epitomizes what everyone wants from a romantic comedy. A television show, even one from South Korea, is made up of two equally important parts: story and production. When these elements come together well we have a winner and when they don't we adjust our expectations accordingly. I'm here to… Continue reading The Families of Coffee Prince

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Z = Zaraki

Using Zaraki Kenpachi is kind of cheating. That's because the shingami known as Zaraki Kenpachi really doesn't have a name. Yup, Zaraki is a district in the soul society, in other words it's a place, not a name. He doesn't really have a last name so they used the place he's from. Kenpachi isn't really his… Continue reading Z = Zaraki

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Y = Yong-ha

How to introduce Gu Yong-ha? I love him! He's amazing! Adorkable! Even conniving! So, so happy he went good! That won't work. It doesn't really tell you anything. He is that amazing though. First I should explain that Gu is his last name. In Korea they put family first so it stands to reason last names… Continue reading Y = Yong-ha

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X = Xander

X is such a lovely letter. I find it mysterious, powerful and kinda sexy. It fills the space it's been given and can represent an infinite amount of anything. On the other hand I don't believe many other writers share my opinion of the loveliness of X. Luckily, I was blessed to have read the young… Continue reading X = Xander

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W = Wah Sing Ku

Villains. Ugh. While I need my antagonists to be as strong or stronger than my protagonists when it comes to characters, at most, I love me some reluctant heroes. So there's a lot of pressure on Wah Sing Ku, the vicious high-ranking Chinese Triad negotiator from the 1998 film, Lethal Weapon 4. I loved that he was… Continue reading W = Wah Sing Ku

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V = Valek

You have been awaiting execution for killing an abuser. A stay will be put into place if you willingly become the Commander's food taster. You'll be putting your life on the line to make sure the man who conquered your country won't be killed by poison. You are Yelena. Valek is your keeper. Infamous for his… Continue reading V = Valek

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U = Uriah

When a minor secondary character impresses a reader you know you've hit on a special magic that makes characters into people. Uriah Pedrad from the Divergent series is one such character. Tris, our point of view character first meets Uriah during a joint Dauntless born and other faction initiates activity. Up to this point both groups… Continue reading U = Uriah

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T = Thorin

Richard Armitage wowed me with his portrayal as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It wasn't his acting. It wasn't his bearing or his costuming. No, it was his voice. Thorin is a king, specifically King Under the Mountain, Thorin II Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór. Those titles are thrown around the movie… Continue reading T = Thorin

All About Movies

The Twisted Usual Suspects

When I heard about the Blind Spot Series blogathon over at The Matinee I knew I would participate this year. I loved the idea of concentrating on 12 foreign and classic movies that every movie lover must see. My list for 2014 is here and I've included some modern misses and Asian films from my watchlist as well. As a modern classic… Continue reading The Twisted Usual Suspects

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S = Singer

Shut up ya idjit, I'm talking about Bobby Singer, the Winchester brother's go to demon hunter. Talk respectfully now, he's just like family to those boys. Whenever Bobby opens his mouth you aren't sure what's going to come out of it but you know #1 it'll be fun and #2 whatever it is will make you laugh… Continue reading S = Singer

Japanese Manga & Anime, Memes and Tags, Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Characters Who X

Are there Characters you'd Follow Anywhere?

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R = Rudy

Dr. Rudy Lom is not your normal police procedural doctor. No, he's in charge of keeping the mandatory android partners in working order on Fox's Almost Human. Much is made of destroying as many MX models as possible in each episode so we can get some Rudy action on the murder scene. In such an advanced… Continue reading R = Rudy