December 29, 2012

Rooftop Prince Episode 1

It's just the first episode but I think the villainess had me hating her already. Oh man, she's a major bitch. She's very jealous of her sister. The little Bu Yong/Bak Ha is very adorable. Very very pretty and I love how she speaks. 

The drama shows an alternating setting of the 1800th century and the present. The main characters are the same for the two settings, only the names were different. It’s like the characters that live in the present were reincarnations of the characters in the past. 

This is the young Hwa Yong in the 1800 period. She's Bu Yong's unni. Due to the "accident" which marked an ugly scar on Bu Yong's face, she replace her name on the application for a Crown Princess.

This is the old Hwa Yong. She's really pretty but her face looks fake.

This is the young Se Na of the present. She's just the step sister of Bak Ha but pretty much became the real daughter since she let Bak Ha get lost by leaving her inside the truck.

This is the old Se Na.

The young Bu Yong and Ba Yak

The old Bu Yong and Ba Yak

I think this one maybe up to something. He's really up to something.  By the end of this episode, you'd be hating him too. (Isn’t he the one from Playful Kiss? He looks so serious and matured here. Nothing like he's playful and dumb character in the previous drama.)

The episode is very engaging. There are mysteries to be solved. I loved how the writers incorporated both the 1800 period and the present time. It's not boring because there are comic scenes among the characters especially the throwing of apple. The main characters were established. As a viewer, it gave me a peak on what I am to expect on the drama. I sense some extreme confrontations toward the end of this series. I'm guessing that the murder of the crown princess was done orchestrated by someone inside the palace - probably a close friend of the crown prince since thee Young Hwa in the future has a boyfriend already.

I think this character knows a secret. Who knows, he may be the one who killed the Crown Princess. 

You might be wondering what brought the guys from the 1800 to the present time. Well it's the eclipse. :D As they were hurrying their horses to run faster since their lives depended on it, they let their horses jump on the cliff with them and poof. They disappeared.

This drama looks very promising. It's a mixed genre obviously but I can see that there's a promise of more tear-jerking scenes. I know this was already showed in Korea. I just finished this episode. I should have done it sooner since classes are fast approaching.

December 26, 2012

Book Review: The Sea of Tranquility


Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Publication Date: September 5th 2012
Publisher: Antisocialite Press LLC

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

December 21, 2012

Book Review: A Song For Julia

Title: A Song For Julia
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Publication Date: December 5, 2012
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
ISBN: 0988273632
ISBN13: 9780988273634

Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy. 

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

December 19, 2012

Book Review: Fallen Too Far

Title: Fallen Too Far
Author: Abbi Glines
Publication Date: December 14th 2012
Series: Fallen Too Far #1

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter. 

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. 

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

11/22/63 by Stephen King | Book Review

Title: 11/22/63
Author: Stephen King
Publication Date: November 8th 2011
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 1451627289
ISBN13: 9781451627282

If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who teaches adults for extra money. One student submits a gruesome, harrowing first-person essay about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane — and insanely possible — mission to try to prevent the 11/22/1963 J.F. Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

Explore the Possibilities..

December 5, 2012

Book Review: The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Windows

Title: The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window
Author: Kirsty Moseley
Publication Date:  April 30th 2012
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 1469984016 
ISBN13: 9781469984018
Rating: (3.5 stars)

Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.

Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair.

Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.

December 2, 2012

Book Review: Just Remember To Breathe

Title: Just Remember To Breathe
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Publication Date:  November 12th 2012
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
ISBN13: 9780988273603
Copy: Ebook

Alex Thompson’s life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she’s focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.

Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he’s made of his life.

When Dylan and Alex are assigned to the same work study program and are forced to work side by side, they have to make new ground rules to keep from killing each other.

Only problem is, they keep breaking the rules.

The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love.

November 30, 2012

Book Review: The Witness

Title: The Witness
Author: Nora Roberts
Publication Date: April 17th 2012
Publisher: Putnam Adult
ISBN: 0399159371
ISBN13: 9780399159374
Copy: Ebook
Pages: 757 pages

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. 

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems--and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something--and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

November 27, 2012

Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Club

Title: The Lonely Hearts Club
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
ISBN: 0545140315
ISBN13: 9780545140317

Love is all you need... or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut.

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . . .

November 25, 2012

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks - Book Review

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Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heart-wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

November 5, 2012

Book Review: Chance Encounters

Title: Chance Encounters
Author: J. Sterling
Publication Date: April 2012
ISBN13: 9781463794385

Caroline Weber was a normal girl who thought she had her life figured out. After graduating from college in New York, she moved to San Francisco with her boyfriend, Clay. Everything in her life felt perfect. There wasn't anything she would change...

...until she met Jackson Parks.

Is it possible that a chance meeting with a stranger can make you question EVERYTHING you thought you wanted? Caroline tries to carry on with her life as if nothing has changed...but the truth is, nothing can ever be the same.

Book Review: Losing It

Title: Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
Type: Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Publication Date: October 15th 2012
ISBN13: 9780988393509


Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

November 2, 2012

Book Review: The Perfect Game

Title: The Perfect Game
Author: J. Sterling

He's a game she never intended to play. 
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.

The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day. 

They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together. 

Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...

November 1, 2012

Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere

Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
ISBN: 0803734956
Publication Date: March 9, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.