I really enjoyed this book. There were definitely times where I was cringing at some of the descriptions used. I am not Korean, but I have watched quite a few Korean Dramas and Korean Variety Shows and personally have never heard anyone describe their face turning as red as kimchi - not to mention that not all kimchi is red but that's besides the point. Thankfully those descriptions were only in the first portion of the book and did not carry through the entirety.
I was not familiar with the legend of Haemosu and Princess Yuhwa before reading this, but the way the legend is intertwined within this story really kept my interest. I found this story to be very entertaining, but I wouldn't say this story was very Korean in nature. If that's the type of story you're looking for, I don't think this one is for you. It does take place in South Korea, there's some Korean words throughout and the mention of other Korean Gods, as well as the legend itself, but that's about it. That didn't bother me personally, but I know it may bother others so I figure I'd mention it.
Though this book is the beginning of a series, the end does have a finality to it and you definitely could read it as a stand alone, I feel. I was able to listen to a copy of the audiobook that is narrated by Greta Jung and I highly recommend listening to this one, especially if you're not familiar with the Korean language. I'll definitely be continuing with the audiobooks for the other books in this series and look forward to seeing what Jae Hwa has in store for her after the events of this book.
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I really enjoyed this one! The magical elements were kept to a minimum in this installment, but I do look forward to hopefully seeing more of that in future installments of this series. The things I have been cringing from in cozies I've read recently did not pop up in this story, which was much appreciated. I had no idea who the culprit was until pretty close to the end of the story. All in all a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
I have to say that I am disappointed in this book. I heard so many great things but for me, this was just ok. I didn't find it suspenseful in the least. Maybe it's because I read so many mysteries that this wasn't as intriguing for me? Maybe I just don't understand what the point of this was? Whatever the case, this story didn't grab me at all, I wasn't attached to any of the characters, and will probably never think about this book again.
I would say that the character of Hopper was probably the one I was interested in the most. I did enjoy the articles, documents, and pictures that are spread throughout the book. That made the read more entertaining for sure, but not enough for me to say that I liked this book as a whole.
Truthfully, if I were the type to DNF books, I probably would've DNFd this one. I kept reading because I thought maybe there was something revealed at the end of this that would redeem the hours that I put into reading this story. Unfortunately that wasn't the case for me. Again, maybe I completely missed the point or the point just didn't wow me like it should've, but this ended up being just ok for me.
I will give the author's other book a shot to see if maybe that one sits with me better, but this one just left me disappointed.
My feelings on this book are pretty much the same as how I felt about The Hobbit: glad that I finally read it, will probably not ever read it again, and I enjoyed the movie more than the book. I listened to a lot of this on audiobook, as I did with The Hobbit, and the amount of singing bothered me yet again. I'm going to try to avoid the audiobook of the next installment and see if that helps my enjoyment of the story, but I have very little hope as the next movie is the one I enjoyed the least...