Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Boy with Words Review

**I received an e-copy for an honest review.

The Boy with Words by C.E. Wilson (The Boy with Words #1 & 2) 

White Frost has only ever known the darkness. Everything outside of her closed society is The Unknown – a strange and dangerous place accessible to only a chosen few. White’s only glimpse of the world beyond comes from her beloved cousin in the form of mysterious collections of words that hint at astonishing wonders. When an accident upends her simple existence, she’s given an unlikely chance to see the truth for herself. What she finds is greater and more terrible than she could have imagined, and before long she is forced to make the most important choice of her life: does she accept her safe, limited world that she’s known or take a desperate gamble in a world not meant for her with the Boy with Words?
 MY RATING: 3.5/5

The Boy with Words is weird. The good kind. I wasn't sure where it would take me when I started reading it-like the Unknown. At first, I thought it was a dystopian sort of thing, but who knew I was in a good surprise because the blurb doesn't really give out anything.

It was a little hard to get into with all the secret, vague information, and guessing in the first part, but once things took a sharp turn, I couldn't put my reader down especially after I got to the second part (book two as it appeared). And White. Such a strange name. Shade. Salt and Pepper. But it really fits well with the story. White is a very curious girl and stubborn, and there were times I hated her because of it, but she's definitely likable.

But out of all the characters, I liked Kes the most. It was fun discovering the meaning behind the title. His character is intriguing, odd in some ways (not the piercings, of course), brave, and open-minded. His relationship with White, even if it was beyond the norms, is more than interesting, and I admit it's a little cute. It's not that usual romance that I normally read and it turned kinda frustrating in the last part, but I found myself cheering them on the entire time.

Apart from that, I seriously had some trust issues with the other characters. I didn't know who to believe anymore. C.E. Wilson delivered the mystery part well. But there were also parts that I wish were elaborated more as there were still questions left and I thought there would be more adventure. I was also quite bothered and I ended up pondering about the papers and its size. It would be a spoiler if I explain further and I believe that you'll enjoy reading this book more if you know little about it.

The Boy with Words will take you to a world that's the same with ours but it wouldn't be what you're expecting. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Shoujo/anime fans, I think you will like this one. I can imagine it as a manga except the characters are of course American.

You can buy this book for $0.99 in Amazon Kindle. You can contact the author in Goodreads, her website: 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Shoujo Manga with Live Action Adaptation Pt. 7

61. Shitsuren Chocolatier by Mizushiro Setona
I tried watching this drama because of Matsumoto Jun because I haven't seen him act since I couldn't even remember how long. By the way, his latest drama is 99.9 Criminal Lawyer. I will watch that soon too.

Heartbroken Chocolatier was serialized first in Rinka then to Flowers. It was published in total of 9 volumes by Shogakukan. It is published in French by Kaze Manga and also in Taiwan.

The TV drama series was aired in Fuji TV in 2014 with 11 episodes starring Matsumoto Jun, Ishihara Satomi, and Mizukawa Asami.

Shitsuren Cholatier is a josei series about Koyorugi Sota who is the renowned Chocolate Prince of Japan. After he comes back from Paris, he turns their bakery shop to a chocolate shop. All of this is driven when he fell in love with a girl one year his senior, Takahashi Saeko during his high school year. Despite being the complete opposite of Saeko's type of boys, handsome, powerful, and popular, Sota confesses to her in Christmas after Saeko broke up with her boyfriend. They date and break up during Valentine's day with Saeko, refusing Sota's homemade chocolate. The two meet again, and Saeko is still the same as ever, still crazy for chocolates but already married.

I haven't read the manga, and I have only watched couple of episodes of the drama, but Matsumoto Jun in chef's uniform was something else. I'm still not sure as to where the plot is headed as Sota is still madly obsessed with Saeko, tempting her with his chocolates even though she's married. That girl is so lucky. I can't believe it. I'm curious as to how it ends, so I'll give it a try again someday. But if you've already seen it, what do you think? Is it good?

62. Good Morning Call by Takasuka Yue