Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Manga: My Thoughts on Pandora Hearts, #2

Pandora Hearts, #2 Pandora Hearts, #2 by Jun Mochizuki
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am probably not going to continue with this series. The story is still confusing to me and I'm just not feeling any kind of connection to any of the characters. I may still try to watch the anime though.

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Manga: Recent Reads


Chatting about some of the manga I've read recently. Goodreads links to the series mentioned can be found after the break.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot #1)

The Mysterious Affair at Styles The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5 for me. Read as part of #MarchMysteryMadness

This is my second Agatha Christie read, the first being And Then There Were None. I was surprised to discover that this book was not narrated by Poirot as I had presumed going in, but it was narrated by another character named Hastings. Though I did find the case interesting, I found Hastings to be a bit annoying. Poirot on the other hand, I really enjoyed.

Though the story in itself wasn't spectacular in my opinion, I did find myself thinking about it and who the killer might be in my last few days reading this book. I didn't really have a solid suspect in mind for most of the story, but I can tell you that I was quite surprised when I found out who actually committed the murder. I did feel like I was led to believe it wasn't the character it ended up being, which made it even more surprising when the reveal was done.

I listened to a majority of this on audiobook and was fortunate enough to pick the one which was narrated by Jeff Woodman. He narrated the accents quite well and the dialogue was clear and understandable. I had tried another version read by David Thorne and I could not understand Poirot's lines at all.

I will definitely be continuing with the series and look forward to more of Poirot's cases.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

KDrama: My Thoughts on Oh My Ghostess


16 Episodes
tvN, 2015
Romantic Comedy, Food, Supernatural, Mystery
Watched on DramaFever
☆☆☆☆

Wow, it has been a while since I finished a Korean Drama. MyDramaList tells me that the last drama I completed was Bride of the Century back on August 24, 2015, I started Oh My Ghostess on the same day and watched 6 episodes before I put it on hiatus. I decided to finally pick it up again on March 20, 2016 and marathoned 8 episodes in one day.

At the peak of my Korean Drama Addiction, this was the norm for me. Every weekend we would have drama marathons where we would watch between 8-10 episodes of a drama in a day. In the last couple years though, this has died down quite a bit. Life, other hobbies, and my daughter's extra curricular activities kept us pretty busy. Busy enough that I stopped watching Korean Dramas all together for a time. As I had mentioned in my 2016 Goals post, I did want to kick up my drama watching again this year, and I've finally made a step towards that goal.

My first drama completed in 2016 was Oh My Ghostess (or Oh My Ghost) with Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Suk.

Synopsis (from DramaFever): Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) may be a skilled chef, but she lacks the self-esteem to shine professionally and socially. Beyond her cooking talents, however, is an uncanny ability to communicate with ghosts. One day, her mystic senses go out of control when the seductive ghost of Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi) possesses her. Imbued with a fiery new "personality," Bong Sun starts turning heads, including that of Kang Sun Woo (Jo Jung Suk), the hottest chef in town and Bong Sun's secret crush!

I do have to say that one reason I put this drama to the side for so long, is that I did not think this drama was going to end well. Here you have someone who has a crush on a guy, but is too shy to act on it. She becomes possessed by the ghost of someone who is very aggressive in pursuing the same guy. Said guy falls for the girl, but is he falling for the girl or the ghost? It just wasn't a story I was interested in seeing played out, because the obvious answer to me was that he falls for the ghost.

I won't say if I was wrong or right, but this scenario is played out well in the drama and I was pleasantly surprised. Once the question gets answered, a mystery becomes the more prominent story line including other characters that we get to know throughout the prior episodes. This caught my interest as I do enjoy myself a good mystery. It's definitely not a spine chilling mystery like God's Gift - 14 Days (at least not in my opinion), but it did have a little suspense, which I appreciated.

The final episode wrapped everything up well in my opinion. If I had to compare this to other dramas I've watched, I would say this is a mix of Pasta and The Master's Sun. If you enjoyed those dramas, I do not believe you'll be disappointed with Oh My Ghostess.

If you've seen this drama, let me know what you thought! Or feel free to leave me a drama recommendation. I hope you are all doing great!

Until Next Time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always

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Image credit to DramaFever

Monday, March 21, 2016

TV Shows: My Thoughts on Body of Proof


3 Seasons
42 Episodes
Watched on Hulu
✰✰✰✰ 1/2

This weekend I finished the final episode of Body of Proof. I was drawn to this show after finishing my re-watch of Crossing Jordan last year, as I was looking for a show that was similar. I was not disappointed.

Synopsis (from Hulu): Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) was in a class of her own, a brilliant neurosurgeon at the top of her game. Her world is turned upside down when a devastating car accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. Megan resumes her career as a medical examiner determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed the victims. Megan’s instincts are sharp, but she’s developed a reputation for graying the lines of where her job ends and where the police department’s begins. It turns out her career isn’t the only thing that will need to be rebuilt; Megan’s family has taken a backseat to her ambition, and now she’ll discover there’s a lot of work to do when it comes to dissecting her relationships with the living.

The first two seasons of this show focused on a different case in each episode as we got to know our characters. Megan did remind me of Jordan (from Crossing Jordan) a lot, especially with her strong-mindedness and stubbornness. Where Megan and Jordan differ though, is that Megan has an especially difficult time getting along with others. Once you're in her circle though, you're good, but it's pretty difficult to get there.

Where this show also was similar to Crossing Jordan, was in the cast of side characters and how they each played a part in helping the cases to get solved. I really enjoyed this cast of side characters, and I had not seen many of the actors who portrayed them in other shows previously (other than Jeri Ryan and Jeremy Nordling). Their quirks and the way they worked with Megan (and sometimes put her in her place) was very entertaining.

Season 2's finale was definitely a cliffhanger and at the start of Season 3, we find out that a lot has changed. We do get that conclusion to the previous season's finale, as well as an explanation as to what had happened since then to where we are in the first episode of the next season. The final season, though it does focus on individual cases as the prior two seasons did, has an underlying case that extends through the entire season, which was very interesting.

As sad as I was to see the series come to an end, I thought the finale wrapped up everything nicely. As a whole, I really enjoyed this show and I do highly recommend it if you haven't seen it. If you do decide to check it out, let me know what you think!

Until Next Time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always!

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Image credit to TV.com

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia #3) by C.S. Lewis

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book! I have to say I was concerned about how much I would actually enjoy it as I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about the story, but I was pleasant surprised by how much I liked it. Excited to continue reading this series!



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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Flesh & Bone (Benny Imura #3) by Jonathan Maberry

Flesh & Bone Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Probably more like a 4.5 but I need to think on it a bit. Buddy read this with the same friend I've buddy read the first two installments with. More thoughts later...

So, after some thought, I do have to say that I did not enjoy this installment as much as the first two. That's not to say that this book wasn't as entertaining as the prior two. It definitely started out with a bang and kept my interest throughout. I just had some issues with Nix's behavior at many times in this book, which took away some of the enjoyment for me. True, she did started showing this behavior in the prior book, but it wasn't to the extent as it was in this book.

We do get a cameo of a character from a different series the author writes, which I thought was interesting. Of course, I didn't put it together until it was revealed who the character was because I have not read that series yet. Again, I enjoyed the Zombie Cards depicted at the end of the book.

One more installment to go and I'm excited to see how the series comes to an end. So far, this has been quite a ride.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm #2) by Michael Buckley

The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm, #2)The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Really enjoyed the second installment in this series. Sabrina was a bit whiny and I'm glad I opted to read this one instead of listen to it on audiobook, as I did with the first book. I also realized that I missed out on all the illustrations the first time around! This one does end on a cliffhanger so have the next one handy if you dislike those.



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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Enjoyed this a bit more than The Magician's Nephew. Very similar to what I've watched of the story in the past, with a few extra nuggets of information I found interesting.



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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Books: February Wrap Up including #Rainbowthon 2.0


I completed a buddy read, a group read, and one read-a-thon in February. Eight books in total, though the picture above only shows 7 *:゚*。⋆ฺ(*´◡`)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Books: February Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

I mentioned in my January Wrap Up video how I did that month as far as my reading challenges went. This month, I thought I'd post about how I did instead of including it in my video (which should be up tonight hopefully). This is going to be very simplistic, showing just the challenge banner and the books I read towards that challenge. You can find my thoughts for books mentioned in past blog posts, on my Goodreads, or in my Wrap Up video. Here we go!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Books: March Mystery Madness Starts Today!

If you don't know about March Mystery Madness, it's a month long read-a-thon where we will be focusing on reading mystery novels. This read-a-thon is being hosted by LizziefayeLovesBooks and Troi Towel. You can see their announcement videos here and here for more information. There is also a Goodreads Group here.

There are nine challenges which you can opt to complete during the month, and they are as follows:

  1. Read a food/craft/hobby cozy mystery
  2. Read a mystery in which the main sleuth or detective is a person of color
  3. Read an Agatha Christie novel or one of the following Edgar Allen Poe short stories:
    • The Murders in the Rue Morgue
    • The Mystery of Marie Roget
    • The Purloined Letter
  4. Read a True Crime novel
  5. Read a paranormal mystery
  6. Read a pet mystery
  7. "Take a journey" and read a mystery set in a different part of the world from where you live
  8. Read an amateur sleuth mystery where the detective is a kid or teen
  9. Read 8 books. If you combine challenges, then read any type of mystery you want in order to reach this total
I will be participating this month, though I am not creating a TBR for this read-a-thon. I am too much of a mood reader and I have several options available for each challenge, so I want to keep my options open. Below is a sampling for what I'm thinking about to fulfill the challenges:


I will not be starting right away as I had buddy reads with Lee (totallee.net) and Raul (LatinLector) already scheduled before I found out about this event. I am looking forward to getting back into my cozy mysteries in particular as I feel like I've not been giving them enough attention as of late. Especially because I have so many sitting on my shelf!

I will be posting my progress here as well as on my Twitter using #MarchMysteryMadness if you want to follow along. Let me know if you'll be participating as well. I hope you are all doing great!

Until next time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always!

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