Dragon’s Loyalty Blog Award

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I’d like to thank Clemence @Word&Dreams for this award! It means a lot and I really, really appreciate it! 🙂

The rules:

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Announce your win with a post link the blogger who awarded you.
  • Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  • Write seven interesting things about you.

7 Facts About Me:

  1. EXO’s Call Me Baby is the song that got me into K-pop 😀
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I’m a proud EXO-L!!

2. My favourite YA series is The Hunger Games

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Fire is catching and if we burn, you burn with us.

3. My favourite Kdrama is and always will be Pinocchio ❤

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HOW. ARE. YOU. EVEN. REAL.

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aaaand another one because one is never enough!

 

4. Back in 8th grade I was so obsessed with Cristiano Ronaldo the football player that whenever there was an article about him in the newspaper, I used to cut it out and stick it in a scrapbook (LOL) aaand on top of that, my classmates used to bring newspaper cuttings of him and give it to me. 😛

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I was kinda crazy back then 😛

5. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey begins to play I WILL begin to dance. Its automatic.

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Its a great song and I get reallly pumped up when i hear it!

6. Bubbles was my favourite Powerpuff Girl when i was a child. Infact, I used to love her so much that my cousins began referring to me as Bubbles. Some of them still call me that XD

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I still hold a soft spot for her

7. My favourite anime is Hana Yori Dango. It has a special place in my heart and nothing can EVER replace it.

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Infact, it’s soo good that it has been adapted into several live-action dramas!

Now Id like to nominate some of my favourite blogs for this award!

 

Book Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

24644814Title and Author: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

Series: Embassy Row #2 

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, 2015 Release

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: 22nd December 2015

Ratings: download (1)


 

Summary:

Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions–from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace’s past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down. 

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.

Review: I was really looking forward to this book because All Fall Down was the first book I reviewed when I started this blog and also because I love Ally Carter. Her books never seem to disappoint me so I had high expectations for the sequel. Sadly, I ended up really disappointed.

“This is my big brother, the boy who slayed all my monsters. But just as soon as I’m back on the ground, I remember: The monster is me.”

In this book, we finally get to meet Grace’s brother Jamie who is on leave from his military academy back in the US and as come to spend some time in Adria. Grace, however isn’t too happy to see her brother because she feels that now that she knows the truth about what happened three years back, nothing would ever be the same again. Not even her relationship with her brother.

Keeping that in mind, Grace spends more than half of the book whining and hating herself for what happened. I mean, I get it. I understand anyone would feel horrible but I don’t need to be reminded about it on every single page.

“history almost always repeats itself. And it is almost always written by men.”

Then half way through the book, Ally Carter introduces a 1000 year old secret society which has been and continues to influence all events that take place in Adria. This was just too ridiculous and yet I continued to read the book. But then Ally Carter went ahead and did the unforgivable. She introduces to the plot, a story of the baby princess of Adria who got lost (in a way) during a coup which took place 200 years ago. Naturally, even after 200 years have past, people are still curious to know what happened to the lost princess. Or better yet, whatever happened to her descendants. And ofcourse this curiosity turned out to be the reason behind why a few had lost their lives.

As much as I love Ally Carter, this book was too ridiculous. And the lost baby princess plot was the last straw. The only reprieve was that we get to see a lot more of Alexei and both Grace and Alexei seem to be a lot more closer to each other than before.

Final thoughts: I don’t know whats going to happen in the next series and frankly I don’t even want to know. I feel like the author herself doesn’t know what to do with the series anymore and frankly, I’d rather read a sequel to the Heist Society than a sequel to this.

 

 

 

My New Love- Korean Dramas

keep-calm-and-watch-kdrama-14I haven’t read a YA book in a while. Well..i have but none that made me go “WOAH! I NEED MORE”

What I HAVE been doing for the past 5-6 months (If anyone out there is interested to know :P) is watch K-dramas like my life depends on it.

Let me give you a little back story.

It all started with this anime i watched last summer called Hana Yori Dango. After watching the first episode, i knew i was a goner. It was love at first site!! I knew nothing would EVER be the same again. Why? Well, you really have to watch that anime to find out for yourself. Usually, the main female lead in an anime is a submissive, weak, clueless girl. But this chick Makino Tsukushi was absolutely BADASS. She didn’t shy away from screaming, hitting and putting Doumyouji Tsukasa, the insensitive rich jerk who bullied the weak in his rightful place.

After the series had ended, i felt a deep void. I had no idea what to do next. Naturally i watched more anime but I just couldn’t get Hana Yori Dango out of my head.

After joining college, a new mate of mine told me that Hana yori dango had a Korean live action adaptation called Boys Over Flowers which I was aware of since I was a huge fan of the anime. But according to her, this show was “filled with awesomeness” and “boys to drool over”.

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Look how gorgeous they all are!!! ❤

After much deliberation, i decided to give it a try and dear lord, she was absolutely right. Watching Boys over Flowers was an absolute joy ride. I was so happy to see my most beloved characters come to life and Lee Min Ho’s portrayal of Tsukasa was on point.

Naturally, I couldn’t just leave it at that. I watched some of the more popular Korean Dramas such as Goong, You’re Beautiful, The Heirs just to name a few and then moved on to more recent dramas like Pinocchio, She Was Pretty, Reply 1988 etc.

I had been aware of how K-pop and Kdramas were gaining popularity outside of Korea but i never understood why until i began watching dramas and listening to K-pop. Apart from having adorable men and women as main leads, the stories themselves are such that you will inadvertently be able to relate to them. As an Indian teenager, i realized that i was able to connect with with the Korean teenager I was watching on my screen because the problems that we were facing weren’t very different. Korean shows also have a 16 to 20 episode format. It doesn’t have season and after season so its almost like a book. It has a definitive beginning, middle and an end. So basically you obsess with the show for 3-4 months and then you move on to another.

You would think that the language barrier would be a problem but there are dedicated people out there who work hard to make English subtitles so that people like me could watch the shows religiously without worrying about language problems.

My parents, brother and a lot of people don’t understand why I love Korean music and dramas so much. They think that its strange that i like it so much but these are the same people who love watching western TV shows and movies. One would argue that there is no language problem but the truth is that in our obsession with Western TV shows, movies and music, we tend to overlook what Asia has to offer. I was one of these people but im glad that I’ve begun to branch out. Overlooking the language barrier, one would realize that we aren’t very different from each other. We go through similar problems and have similar experiences regardless of which part of the world we live in.

So, my love for K-dramas will never fade but I’m going to try and read some YA books too. Cause i started this blog so I better see it through. So cheers to that and happy reading!