Korean, Korean Drama

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: How This Drama Bulldozed Its Way To My Heart

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Remember my recent Korean drama related post in which I have mentioned that I’m doing a marathon for Strong Woman Do Bong Soon? Well, I’m back and fresh from finishing the said show. Aside from I was itching to know what happened next after I paused on Episode 9, the main reason why I was keen on finishing it was because of my mother. She’s been bugging me to continue it because as she said, “It’s so good, especially Episodes 15 and 16”. Also, she just won’t stop talking about it and watching Youtube videos. I even have to shush her to stop her from spoiling me. It’s weird, cute and I’ve created a monster. She’s actually new with Korean dramas and SWDBS is the second one (after WFKBJ) that she finished from its first episode up until the last one. Enough about her, though.

I’ll walk you now through the things that made this show so dear to my heart. If you still don’t have any idea as to what this drama is about, here’s the synopsis as posted on its Wikipedia page and read it first before proceeding:

Synopsis

“Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a willowy and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Gook-du (Ji Soo), a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets the job of a bodyguard, to a rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft. Contrary to Gook-du, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, and has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen. He has recently received anonymous threats, blackmails, and has even been stalked at an occasion.

One day, a series of kidnapping cases break in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit after her friend was targeted. Under the help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes.”

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon has a solid plot with a balanced mix of fantasy, suspense, action and romantic comedy. I do think that they did well in dealing with the kidnapping arc of the plot. With the mind games, creepy-looking suspect, hair-raising sound effects and clever camera works, they were able to capture it with a very disturbing and eerie vibe. I don’t fair well when it comes to shows with suspense but the romcom in it made it bearable for me. I enjoyed Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s characters so much. I’ll talk more about them later. 

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Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized

Book Review: When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

WHEN I’M GONE
Author: Abbi Glines (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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SYNOPSIS

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

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BOOK REVIEW

I don’t care if there were parts in When I’m Gone that were predictable because I just love (love, love, love) Reese and Mase together, the Rosemary Beach series and the other characters in it. It is nice to go back from time to time to a world that I love, seeing the other characters from the previous books interacting and knowing what their life is now after their particular books have ended. If I have to compare it to the Sea Breeze series, I have to say that the story lines and characters in RB series are more complicated and has more depth than SB. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy my time reading books from SB series and that I don’t care about the characters because I genuinely did have fun and I do care about them. It’s just that for me, RB series digs deeper into the characters and character-related conflicts than SB.

Here in When I’m Gone, we are introduced to Reese Ellis who has a whole lot of complications happening with her character. She has a case of untreated dyslexia and a dark past which involves her family. Her problem isn’t fully resolved here but we see her dealing with it and witness her easing herself away from the cloud of darkness that seems to always come along with her. Knowing about her situation, it is always a joy to see her happy and being excited about the changes (even the small ones) that are happening to her. She really deserves happiness in her life. But then, Glines managed to throw in a curve ball. Oh god, the sequel will surely be a roller coaster ride for her character. It feels like she’ll be completely thrown off with this very huge development in her life and I don’t know how she’ll react on this. It could go two ways. I don’t know. I guess, I have to read the next book to find out.

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Korean, Korean Drama

4 in 1: Feast on Korean Dramas

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been blogging more about books and Kpop these past few months and you may seem to think that I’m completely neglecting the other quarter of what this blog is for – Korean dramas. Well, no. I haven’t. I do watch Kdramas whenever I have free time but just didn’t have enough time to write a blog post or reviews about it. But now that I have, you might just be in for a treat. In this post, I’ve decided to talk about dramas that fit into four of my categories: 1) Finished, 2) On-Going Dramas, 3) Currently doing a marathon and 4) Highly Anticipated Dramas. So you see, this is bound to be an explosion of Korean drama titles that you might want to list down some and watch it for yourself.

Let’s get started, shall we?

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Finally, I was able to finish MBC and Naver’s Three Color Fantasy series. It’s actually a three-part series with a total of six episodes each. It consists of the titles: The Universe’s Star, Queen of the Ring and Romance Full of Life. Based on its series title, Three Color Fantasy, the genre of this drama is fantasy and so things deemed impossible to happen – happens and brought in the excitement in all three stories. I knew about this drama because of Kim Jun Myeon’s (Suho of EXO) involvement in the first part, The Universe’s Star. Even watched it when it started airing and just decided to catch up on the other two on a latter date.

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The Universe’s Star

The Universe’s Star follows through the story of singer-songwriter, Woo Joo (Kim Jun Myeon), and Byul (Ji Woo) – a Grim Reaper.

When you think about Grim Reapers, you’ll probably picture them out as all serious and all business characters or be reminded of Lee Dong Wook’s portrayal in Goblin. But SotU injected its own fun spin to it. Can you imagine a Grim Reaper who fangirls as well? Yes, you’ve read it right. Before being a Grim Reaper, Byul is a typical student and teenager who fangirls over idols and Woo Joo is her ultimate love. On her way to school, she met an accident and died. UnLuckily for her, she wasn’t directly sent to heaven but dying resulted in to her being one of the Grim Reapers. Byul’s current status definitely didn’t diminish and change her fangirl ways. We are treated with hilarious scenes of Byul wearing her Grim Reaper attire going to Woo Joo’s location, holding a light stick and the production taking it further by incorporating a scene wherein they are participating in a concert ticketing. Fangirls can definitely relate to those scenarios.

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Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER
Author: Jamie McGuire (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: May 26, 2011

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SYNOPSIS

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

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BOOK REVIEW

Beautiful Disaster is told from Abby Abernathy’s POV, a freshman student at Eastern University. The story starts off with Abby and her friend, America, going into this top secret underground fight where people take a bet and watch fighters fumble around the place trying to land punches on each other’s faces. They had the knowledge about this because America is currently dating the cousin of Eastern’s infamous Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox. With Abby eager to witness the fight up close, she pretty much ended up in the front row of everything. Splotches of blood even graced her sweater, eeek! That’s when her presence definitely grabbed the attention of our bad boy Travis.

It may have taken me a couple of days to finish this one but I was only prolonging and taking in every single cheesy and swoon worthy line included in this book. Ignore the number of days, I can certainly tell you that Beautiful Disaster is quite a fast paced story which just completely and directly sucks you in to it. There may or may not be un/expected twists and turns in the story but it’ll just make you crave for more and make you want to fly right through the next pages.

This book sure gave us a lot. It dealt with friendship, young love, heartache, family, home and second chances. Our experiences may not be like how Beautiful Disaster exactly portrayed it to be but in one way or another we can still say that we had gone through those too – experiencing a friendship that you fruitfully cherish, someone sweeps you off your feet and made you swoon or on the flip side broke your heart. Now let’s do some talking about the characters.

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Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

THE ALLURE OF JULIAN LEFRAY
Author: R.S. Grey (Facebook | Twitter)
Publication Date: June 29, 2015

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SYNOPSIS

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…

XO,
Jo

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BOOK REVIEW

One of the things that I love the most about R.S. Grey is that the synopsis of her books doesn’t give away too much of the story. Just when you think you know what you’ll be dealing with nuh-uh, think again. Or should I say, carry along with your reading and let the story and characters surprise you.

The Allure of Julian Lefray follows the character of Josephine Keller, a small-town fashion blogger who knows what she wants in life and is set in stone to follow her dreams and aspirations. What’s the best place in the world to fulfill that and live the dream? Duh. NEW YORK, it’s basically the city where dreams are made of and a buzzing place for fashion events that would totally feed Josephine’s hunger and passion for fashion. But soon she would learn that nabbing a job in a very competitive and fast-paced city isn’t easy. She ended up applying for the position of executive assistant to Lorena Lefray at Lorena Lefray Designs. Well, that seems to be an okay job if she gets hired, right? At this point, anything will do as long as it will help her get her head above the water and it’s heading towards her inclination – which is fashion.

Here’s the part where Mr. Julian Lefray enters the picture. Boston-based Julian Lefray, a wealthy business man heads home to New York to help her sister’s company afloat during a very trying time. He doesn’t have any clue with regards to fashion but he definitely knows how to deal with business things. He just needs to hire the perfect person to aid him re-establish his sister’s company.

It seems like Josephine’s in luck.

I won’t talk more about the story and what adventures Josephine and Julian (oh yeah, they had several laugh-out-loud worthy adventures you’ll read here) go through in this book but I can definitely say that you won’t be disappointed and it just hits home to the point that R.S. Grey is the Queen of Rom-Com genre. She’s really nailing this genre to perfection.

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