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My Love From Another Star

Title: You From Another Star/My Love From Another Star/You Who Came From The Stars
Episodes: 20
Plot: Do Min-Joon is an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty period. Do Min-Joon holds a cynical view to human beings, but he falls in love with actress Cheon Song-Yi.
My Thoughts on My Love From Another Star Episodes 1 & 2:
Okay, so I really like our alien hero Do Min Joon. I've seen the actor, Kim Soo Hyun, in Dream High (which I liked a lot). Clearly Kim Soo Hyun has matured a lot since then. Hehe. Yeah, he’s only gotten dreamier.

At first, my impression of Do Min Joon was he’s more on the cold, somewhat robotic side. But honestly, the more this story unravels him, the more we get to see him express himself and reveal who he is. And the more I like who he is: a no-nonsense, stubborn 400 yr old Alien just trying to live alone and undisturbed on earth. He doesn't want to connect to anyone; he's simply existing unseen on this world until he can go …

A Little Something About Myself...

Howdy ya'll!

Now if that sentence didn't just reveal everything about me, I'm not sure what will.

So, I am definitely new to the blogging scene. You probably read in the "About Me" tidbit that I am a Christian, a young adult, someone who likes to write, and watches a lot of shows/movies.

My personal life revolves mostly around my family and God. I've got four younger siblings who I get along with very well, thank you. It helps, probably, that we grew up liking the same things. Oh and we were home-schooled. When I'm not with them, I'm working my retail job, writing my stories, or just on the internet watching White Collar or some crazy K-drama.

On the subject of my siblings, my sister just got her own blog. We rarely use our names online, so I'll call her "Green Medallion" sis. She's really excited about her new blog. ( ) She also has a tumblr where she posts her own graphics or edits, whatever yo…

King of Dramas

King of Dramas (also known as The Lord of the Drama, Drama King) EPISODES: 18 STARS: 4 out of 5
PLOT: This drama revolves around Anthony Kim, a television drama producer with a “King Midas” touch. When he suddenly loses everything, Anthony must try to regain his place in the drama world with the help of a spunky, eclectic writer.
OPINION: The first 4 episodes of this drama didn't really get to me as the crazy circumstances (played to be funny and spoofy) seemed more on the zany side, but by the 5th episode, I found myself laughing a lot at the wit and harder-edged humor. I really enjoyed how it poked fun at the crazy business of entertainment. The characters were cute and funny, though not extremely deep. The ending wasn't quite what I was expecting (or wanting) but it was happy and tied things up, so in all, a good show.
CONTENT:occasional, brief cussing, including at least 2 abuses of Jesus name by an actor, a girl dreams of a man kissing her, a man declares he knows real love si…

The Crown

The Crown AUTHOR: Nancy Bilyeau STARS: 5 out of 5
PLOT: A Dominican nun risks everything to visit a relative condemned to burn at the stake - and gets caught up in a deadly mystery over a legendary relic.
OPINION: I was not expecting this book to be so good. But it was. The story was crisply written and held my attention from page one to the very end. I loved the heroine, Joanna Stafford, and her courage, faith in God, and humanity. There were so many good secondary characters, and the story itself smacked of excitement and tension.
CONTENT:adultery, incest, rape are referenced; a scene details a rape but not in-depth, torture, blood, violence are described; drugs are discussed/shown, some wives have abusive husbands, a girl has a veiled dream that symbolizes sex, a guy regretfully admits that he was tempted to sleep with a girl

Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes AUTHOR: Edgar Burroughs STARS: 3.5 out of 5
PLOT: An orphaned baby in the wilds of Africa is adopted by gorillas and learns to survive in the jungle while pursuing the identity of who he really is.
OPINION: "Tarzan" is Burroughs most popular story, and I had to say that I enjoyed it despite its many flaws. Burroughs writing style can be very repetitive and the story bordered on soap opera most of the time, yet the tale itself is still as intriguing and iconic as it was to me as a child. Personally, I felt the story really "began for me" when Jane entered and I loved every scene between the couple. The real heart of the story is Tarzan's journey to be a man, which i what brought out Tarzan's character to  me - someone trying to find identity. Is he merely a beast of the jungle or he a man capable of so much more? Again, Burroughs' story was sort of all over the place, which left Tarzan's journey being underplayed in my opinion. …

I, Claudia

I, Claudia AUTHOR: Charity Bishop PLOT: "The nightmares began in my childhood… Since then, they have grown stronger. Horrific dreams of blood and death, of dark specters and betrayal haunt me. Mother wants me to become a seer in the temple of Minerva. I would much rather marry the dashing military commander, Pilate, instead. Every augur that sees me, fears me. They know, as I do, that something is different about me, something I cannot control, and that will haunt me until a Jewish messiah takes my hand in Judea. Not even he can save me from what lies ahead in Rome, nor, I fear, can he save Pilate from a choice that will change the course of history forever. My name is Claudia, and this is my story."
OPINION: This was an awesome read! I, Claudia is a balanced work of historical fiction with straightforward writing, intriguing characters and a solid plot. Choosing to write this story through the eyes of Claudia, Pilate’s wife, was pretty much perfection. Claudia is completely hu…

The Merchant's Daughter

The Merchant's Daughter
AUTHOR: Melanie Dickerson
PLOT: A merchant's daughter is forced to work in servitude to the town's lord, a wounded, "beastly" man who evokes fear in the hearts of others.
OPINION: It's been a while since I've read a book this fast - which is a good sign. The story is pretty simple here, but I found myself really enjoying this fairy-tale retelling. Perhaps it was the early medieval background or just that Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy-tale. I really enjoyed the romance. My only negative critisism is there was no complexity to the story and no other characters, besides the main ones, that had any real bearing on the story. (I love the cover by the way. So beautiful.)
CONTENT: mild descriptions of physical attraction, a man tries to force himself on a girl several times (it is written mildly, i.e. veiled threats), a girl tries to coerce a man to sleep with her, a girl accuses a man of coercing her to sleep with him

Pompeii: A City on Fire

City on Fire: Pompeii
AUTHOR: T. L. Higley
PLOT: A Jewess on the run from an unsavory master disguises herself as a boy and becomes a gladiator in Pompeii, but a certain Roman senator learns her secret and becomes entangled in her life.
OPINION: This was a pretty cool, dramatic story. I don't often read books about ancient Rome, so it was a nice change of pace. My favorite aspect was the girl gladiator. There wasn't much romance simply because the hero and heroine didn't see each other that much. I did find the story dragged after a while - too much description on the city of Pompeii and other story-lines that were a bit boring.
CONTENT: the Jewess and many other women (and even men) are horribly abused by their masters, brothels are talked about (not in-depth though), incest is mentioned, a man thinks two men are in relations, two evil men are described as demonic cult followers who initiate others through horrible sexual rituals (not talked about too extensively)

Some Thoughts About the Modern Romance Novel

While writing up my book review for Ransome's Honor, I started thinking again about what romance novels have become today (and I'm mostly talking about Inspirational here, because I rarely read secular romance novels).
And let's just say things have really changed.
If you think about when romance novels really began to take form, I'm sure authors like Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte come to mind. These women not only knew how to write with style and wit, but they wrote some of the most endearing romances to this day.
If you have recently read a Jane Austen novel, you obviously noticed something: there aren't long making-out scenes or gushy descriptions of how attractive and sexy the love interest is. Instead, Austen tells a story, pure and simple. The couple rarely even touches and still we end up falling in love with this romance.
Don't get me wrong - I like romance. I'll read romance books - even those with endless paragraphs of a girl looking at a guy&#…

Ransome's Honor

Ransome's Honor
AUTHOR: Kaye Dacus
PLOT: A Georgian British woman's lover who broke her heart returns to England just as an undesirable cousin seeks to gain her hand and her inheritance.
OPINION: I love it when a novel hits all the right notes for me. And Ransome's Honor definitely did that for me. I'm a sucker for Regency era stories, and this brought that era to life for me. Add some Royal Navy to that, and you've got the icing on my cake. I loved both the hero, a no-nonsense Navy captain, and heroine, a genuinely sweet and bright woman. The romance was the kind that I would like to write. It felt real and touching without being ridiculously excessive like most romance novels are. The novel even took me for some twists I wasn't expecting.
CONTENT: a few mild allusions to roguish men and their interests in pretty girls
STARS: 5 out of 5

5 Reasons To Love “The Great Queen Seon Deok”

5 Reasons To Love “The Great Queen Seon Deok”

(FYI - QSD is a Korean drama.)

1.) Kim Nam Gil plays a troubled, eccentric martial artist with awesome hair. When he cries, you will cry.

2.) This isn't your usual royal court concubine politics. Princess Deokman is in it for the throne. And she sports freakin’ gorgeous gowns and jewelry while getting there.

3.) Not to mention, the princess is surrounded by hunky royal guards who would die for her without a second thought.

4.) The villain, Mishil, is a boss mastermind of political schemes as she connives her way to the throne.

5.) And for the shippers in all of us - a tragic romance between troubled warrior and abandoned princess.

The Redemption, Legacy of the Kings' Pirates Series #1

The Redemption, Legacy of the Kings' Pirates Series #1
AUTHOR: M. L. Tyndall
PLOT: A woman in search of her long-lost father encounters pirates and may be in danger of falling for their dashing captain.
OPINION: This was really a fun and exciting read. I love pirates (Pirates of the Caribbean anyone?) and swashbuckling tales and this story totally had that atmosphere down. My only complaint was the constant danger of the heroine being physically assaulted. I mean it happened so many times. And while I know a woman traveling alone back then was dangerous, it really become uncomfortable, even though she was always rescued before anything truly happened.
CONTENT: strong, wordy descriptions of physical attraction, a man feels tempted to sleep with a girl but resists, multiple near rapings (which come very close to almost happening), a couple men jest about incest
STARS: 4.5 out of 5

Cascade (River of Time Series, book #2)

Cascade (River of Time Series, book #2) AUTHOR: Lisa Bergren PLOT: Two sisters time-travel through an Italian tomb to medieval time where they fall in love and became warriors fighting for ancient Siena. OPINION: Oh how I love the River of Time series! Absolutely riveting and fun. This is story-telling that is pure fun. Where do I even start? This is probably the first 1st person POV about a teen girl that didn't feel like the main character was selfish, annoying, or brat-faced (lol. I think I just made a word up.) Gabriella is utterly relatable and yet totally boss. And her love interest, Marcello, oh my goodness! I'm a sucker for chivalrous knight dudes who love their ladies to the death - and Marcello is definitely one of those guys. Not to mention all the side characters are well-written and fascinating! Every part of this book is great. My only complaint would be that it is actually a bit intense in my opinion. I don't think that when I had been a young teenage girl …

Love's Sacred Song

Love's Sacred Song AUTHOR: Mesu Andrews PLOT: Solomon has just been crowned king but his nation is still on shaky legs as Judah and Israel continue to fester with jealousy and anger at one another. A Shulammite judge, though, believes he has an answer for peace with a treaty bride marriage for Solomon and his shepherdess daughter who has loved David's son since the moment she saw him. OPINION: This was an entertaining and romantic story, with a great message of Christ's love. I really loved how Mesu Andrews deftly put this story together and reading about ancient Israel was really interesting. I admit it was somewhat difficult to imagine an epic romance between the hero and heroine when Solomon has a massive harem of concubines. Yet the message of forgiveness and redemption is even more poignant when contrasted with the harsh reality of sin. CONTENT: many people including Solomon practice polygamy, consummation of marriage is referenced and discussed; a man visits a prost…

Happy Upcoming Holidays

So here's a Happy Excuse-to-Have-A-Costume-Party Day to you (that's seriously what it is, right?). I haven't been posting Mondays and Fridays for a good while now - partly because of work and life and partly because I have been spending my time doing graphic edits on tumblr.
Also, there's not really a lot of traffic on my blog (lol) so I haven't been so worried about keeping my commitments about posting.
But I want to start posting regularly again, so hopefully the chaos of upcoming holidays doesn't interfere too much with my intentions. ;)
My next few posts are short book reviews of books I like, or didn't like so much. Have fun reading.

Waterfall (Rive of Time Series, book #1)

Waterfall (River of Time Series, book #1)

AUTHOR: Lisa Bergren

PLOT: Two sisters time-travel through an Italian tomb to the medieval era. They meet and fall for two handsome knights while becoming warriors themselves fighting for ancient Siena.

OPINION: What a totally awesome, riveting engaging story! It can only be described as pure fun. This story defied all my expectations - I rarely like young adult novels especially in first-person POV, but I loved this. My only complaints were sometimes it did get intense (like the branding the wound scene. Ugggh. I'm a little squeamish, so I had to skim through that). Otherwise, I LOVED it!

CONTENT: violence/mild gore, threats of torture, several long, disturbing scenes describing removing stitches from a wound/branding a wound, a girl is nearly raped but rescued before anything happens

(my) RATING: PG-13

STARS: 4.5 out of 5

Doctor In Petticoats

Doctor In Petticoats
AUTHOR: Mary Connealy
PLOT: A strong frontier woman with a background in doctoring becomes entangled with a traumatized doctor who can only help people when she is near.
OPINION: Now this was a fun and original little story. Honestly, when I read the description I knew I was going to love it. And I did. The idea of this traumatized doctor unable to help anyone unless this girl is with him is both funny and touching. On a side note, I ended up skipping most of the side-story of the heroine's sister. It was just too sad for me watching her marriage quickly dissolve because she married a loser.
CONTENT: a secondary character marries a man who manipulates and lies to her, violence/blood/surgery described
(my) RATING: PG-13
STARS: 5 out of 5

Faith/The Great Doctor: Reasons Why

Just a few reasons why I like this K-drama*wink, wink*

The Messenger

The Messenger
AUTHOR: Siri Mitchell
PLOT: A wounded soldier now Patriot spy must help Patriots escape from a British prison but the only person with access inside is a Quaker girl.
OPINION: Oh I Loved this story! So well-written, engaging, and intriguing. I loved the characters who I felt were very deep and deftly handled. I will say that this is not a "romance" novel, in that romance is not the primary focus of the story. This didn't bother me at all since I found the story so engaging, but I've read reviews of others that were disappointed about that.
CONTENT: a few kisses, a girl is mentioned to have been raped by a British soldier, two other girls were manhandled by British soldiers, a surgery scene is described, occa. talk of blood, death, etc
(my) RATING: mild PG
STARS: 5 out of 5

Dating Agency: Cyrano

Dating Agency: Cyrano PLOT: A romantic-at-heart girl joins three guys who run an agency that helps overlooked people win the love of their life. EPISODES: 16 OPINION: A fun, short and sweet show. It runs closer to the usual “American” television runtime – 45 mins (compared to the 1 hr and 10 mins that most K-dramas usually run). It was whimsical, silly at times, but always fun with great, consistent characters. The last two episodes took a sudden turn towards dark territory (let’s just say the villain was trying to bring some Lost creepy vibe on, lol), but things quickly get sunshiny by the end. CONTENT: A brief discussion between a girl and guy about how guys only want sex, occasional mild innuendo in conversation (but nothing that really comes to mind), a scary villain threatens people with violence, a couple guys get bloodied, kissing (my) RATING: PG
STARS: 4.5 out of 5

Protect The Boss

Protect the Boss(also known as The Last Secretary) PLOT: A down-on-luck woman, who can take out a guy or two with her martial arts she learned from her dad, gets a job as a secretary and P.A. for a paranoid rich-boy. Only, he’s decided he’s in love with her… EPISODES: 18 OPINION: So cute! Funny and more cute. I loved this show, which, IMHO, was almost a subtle spoof of all the office k-dramas. The show can be pretty crazy (not as crazy as Community or American comedy shows though, lol), but also at times dramatic or just plain fun. The characters were adorable and engaging. I thought the lead actor’s crazy phobias (played for comedy) hilarious and even at times touching. I loved his journey to become free of it all to win his love. Also, the girl power rocked; really enjoyed seeing a girl who stands up for herself but is also mature, compassionate and honest. CONTENT: a man makes an advance on a female employee, the heroine goes to the men’s bathroom and attacks the guy hitting on her…

K-drama Terms That May Save Your Life

Or not. But yeah, if you watch k-dramas, you’ll see these terms a lot, and you may start wondering what they mean, so here is just a few of them and their meanings.
K-drama – Korean drama Saguek – a historical Korean drama usually set before the 20th century. They are notoriously long, ranging from 50 to 120 or more episodes. Fusion saguek – this is not a true saguek, often because it is short, maybe 25-35 episodes long, or because it employs a storyline that is not truly historical (time travel, historical what-if twists) Makjang– the American term that comes close to this is soap opera. It’s where the storyline becomes increasingly dramatic and over-the-top, usually with birth secrets, long lost siblings, sudden terminal illnesses, constant car accidents, etc Chaebol- a rich businessman and his heirs, who are known as 2nd and 3rd generation chaebol. You seriously have no idea how many single, rich men who are heirs of vast fortunes there are until you watch k-dramas. Oppa, noona, hyung, …

Faith a.k.a The Great Doctor

Faith/The Great Doctor* PLOT: Eun Soo, a plastic-surgeon, is kidnapped by an ancient warrior and taken through a portal to the past where she must save the life of a dying queen. EPISODES: 24 OPINION: Okay, I have to admit - I really enjoyed this fun, romantic epic. Probably more than the show was worth, lol. It’s pretty obvious that the show could’ve upped the epic feel, fixed their sometimes choppy editing, and cut out some cliché plot-points (the first 2 episodes were especially slow). But I really loved the characters. My favorite was the heroine, Eun Soo. I loved her funny, spunky personality. The hero, played by the popular Lee Min Ho, was my second favorite, what with his I’m the awesome warrior persona. I’m kinda a sucker for the loyal, courageous warrior character. The romance between king and queen was what kept me watching during the beginning, though, as Eun Soo’s romance with the warrior doesn’t really begin until further into the story. I loved the tension between king a…

K-Dramas: Five Reasons Why

About two years ago, I had never heard the word k-drama before. Until I happened to stumble onto a show called the Great Queen Seon Deok, a Korean drama, or k-drama. I decided to watch it – and therein began my journey into the wonderful world of Korean television. Later on, I realized that what I watched was a historical Korean drama, or saguek, which are notoriously long (QSD was 62 episodes, people). But then I always loved period dramas, and I’d occasionally seen a martial arts movie, so I always knew I liked Asian stuff. I admit that QSD is not the most amazing drama out there (it is pretty slow, drags things out forever, has some cheesy actors, etc, lol) but I instantly fell in love with the beautiful costumes, fascinating historical culture, and the boss martial arts fighting (QSD, unlike other saguek, has fanciful martial arts, similar to that of Chinese movies). Initially, I thought I only wanted to watch saguek k-dramas. But then I watched My Princess, a run-of-the-mill K-d…

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1997 (Village Roadshow)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1997 (Village Roadshow) STARRING: Patrick Dempsey (Professor Aronnax), Michael Caine (Captain Nemo) PLOT: Young Professor Aronnax, tired of his father and colleagues belittling his gigantic sea creature theories, joins an expedition hunting for whatever thing is destroying cargo boats, only to be captured by the captain of the submarine Nautilus along with Ned Land and his friend Cabe Attucks. More strange mysteries await them there. OPINION: I think my expectations rose for this movie after watching the Hallmark movie made the same year. Unfortunately, this movie failed to meet any expectation. First off, as soon as I saw that Michael Caine was playing Nemo, I winced. It literally felt as ridiculous as Michael Caine playing Batman to me. He just doesn't fit the character. Personally I think Caine is a great actor, but he just wasn't able to bring the menacing power that was Nemo – that feeling that this guy was boss (my word for bad-a**) and wasn…

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1997 (Hallmark)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1997 (Hallmark TV movie) STARRING: Ben Cross (Captain Nemo), Julie Cox (Sophie), Paul Gross (Ned Land) PLOT: A professor and his daughter, disguised as his assistant, embark on a voyage to find a mysterious creature that is attacking boats, only to be captured by the inhabitants of a submarine, a technological marvel not yet dreamed of. OPINION: I rented this movie from the library with very low expectations. The horrible picture of a blurry submarine on the front cover of the DVD only helped encourage those low expectations. But this movie actually surprised me. It was a funny and cute, even though it suffered horribly from a made-for-TV budget, tolerable acting, and overall corniness. But hey, it’s a TV movie! I've always felt that 20,000 Leagues was missing something – specifically a girl in the story. I liked the idea of the professor’s daughter, Sophie, coming along with him and getting caught up in the Nautilus’ adventures. But the person who tr…

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954 PLOT: A professor of a French museum, his assistant and a Canadian harpooner are taken captive by the mysterious owner of a submarine – a machine not seen before in Victorian England. OPINION: I’ve loved this classic Disney movie since I first watched it; the movie a reminder of Disney’s bygone era when unforgettable classics such as Swiss Family Robinson were made. The acting is stellar in this movie. James Mason leads as the brooding, vengeful Captain Nemo and Kirk Douglas plays the irascible Ned Land. Watching these two vastly different men interact is one of the best parts of the movie (and my sister’s favorite aspect of this movie). I still get all the fangirl feels watching Nemo’s internal war when he gives into revenge and sinks the warship. The story's momentum occasionally slows, what with the long underwater hunting scenes. The biggest fault I have with the movie is the lack of girls. Altogether, it’s a fun adventure story that I can …

20,000 Leagues

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid watching the ‘50s Disney classic.      I remember reading the novel just because I wanted to see more of the mysterious, foreboding Captain Nemo. I admit I skimmed through the long scenes of technical jargon that Verne often employed, just so I could get to the scenes with character interaction. I even read Mysterious Island which had Nemo cameo at the end.

    Now I want to dedicate a couple of posts to some movies I've seen retelling the classic story of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – some I enjoyed, and some I doubt I’ll ever watch again.

Welcome to my blog!

Hi and welcome to my blog. I’m a first time blogger, so everything is new to me.  I’ll be doing book, movie, tv, k-drama reviews, and more. I plan to post on Mondays and Fridays, and extra days if I feel like it. So have fun looking around and I hope you keep checking back as I update.