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
ASIN: B0096SYACG
Rating: 


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
Rating: 

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
ASIN: B00AOTGI08
Series: Fallen Too Far #1
Rating: 

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
Rating: 

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 11, 2012

International Giveaway: Box of YA Books

Hello there guys. A blog I am following has reached 1000 followers so she's having an international giveaway. Here's the link: The Hollow Cupboards

There will be two prizes, one for a follower in US or Canada and one for an international peep. Anyone can join the contest. Better visit her page now. It's still on going. You might have the chance to win a large box of YA books. How large is large? Well, she managed to fit 16 books inside. Isn't that a little exciting? The books are mixture of 2012 released and a surprise 2013 release paperbook signed plus 2 signed hardcovers. 

One US/CAN winner will receive a LARGE box of (mostly) YA books.
How large is LARGE? Well, I've managed to fit 16 books inside. I won't tell you what all of the titles are, but you can see a few in the picture below. Of course, Water for Elephants isn't a YA book, but it is the only adult title in the box. Inside are a mixture of ARCs (released in 2012, with one surprise 2013 release), paperbacks (one signed) and hardcovers (two signed). Excited? Me too!

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
Rating:


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.