Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Kpop Reading Playlist


Summer is flying by!  It's already week 4 for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour and after having our usual phone call meetings, we realized that we share a love for Kpop.


So with that in mind, of course Tiffany and I had to do something Kpop related and with that, the Kpop Reading Playlist idea was born.  Therefore, today's post will feature our own Kpop Reading Playlist which essentially just means the top Kpop songs that we listen to while reading.  I love to multi-task and when I commute to work, I can't just read, I have to also listen to music as well.  And usually, more often than not, I would select my Kpop playlist.

And because Kpop isn't only known for their super catchy songs but their dance moves as well so for today, I will also be including the MVs (if applicable) below.

STEPHANIE'S KPOP READING PLAYLIST
(not in any particular order)
1) Blood Sweat Tears by BTS

 
I apologize in advance because after compiling this list, I noticed that this Kpop Reading Playlist is more like BTS Reading Playlist 😅  I JUST CAN'T HOLD DOWN MY LOVE FOR THEM, OKAY

But this was one of the first songs that I really liked from BTS and their choreography is amazing.  I love intense songs when reading especially if it's a likewise super intense book.

2) The Truth Untold by BTS

This song is so, so, SO pretty.  Completely in love with it.

3) I Wait by Day6

Don't worry guys, I am not done with my BTS songs on this list!  Just taking a break and sharing other fabulous songs by other Kpop singers/groups.  This was the first song from Day6 that I ended up falling in love with.

4) Nostalgia by Nam Woo Hyun

Prior to my BTS Army days, I was absolutely obsessed with this other boy group, INFINITE.  In that group, there were two main vocalists - Nam Woo Hyun and Kim Sungkyu - and this song was part of Nam Woo Hyun's first single album.  Such an amazing voice.

5) Bad by INFINITE

Man, this song brings back so many good memories.  I used to listen to this song all day because I was obsessed - this song was just so good.  

6) Talk Love by K.Will

This song skyrocketed in my heart after listening to it countless of times while watching Descendants of the Sun.  If you haven't watched this drama already then do so immediately because that show was AH-MAZING.  💖 Song Joong‑ki.  PS. It's on Netflix!

7) MIC Drop by BTS

LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SONG.  The choreography and the song is just so catchy.

8) A Little Braver by New Empire

I feel like this drama is a bit underrated but I found it enjoyable and found some amazing songs in it.  This song is definitely my favorite out of the soundtrack.

9) True Love by Kim Sungkyu

As mentioned earlier, Kim Sungkyu is the other vocalist from INFINITE.  I love his voice and this song was recently released earlier this year.  SO GOOD and full of emotions.

10) Be Opposite by Beige


This was another soundtrack song and it's from Trot Lovers.  I really liked that show and this song really stood out to me.

Anyways, these are my top 10 Kpop songs that I typically listen to while reading.  I made sure to include a mix so depending on your mood, you can certainly find a song that suits the book you're reading!

LET ME KNOW IF ANY OF THESE SONGS STOOD OUT TO YOU AND IF YOU ADDED THEM ONTO YOUR OWN READING PLAYLIST 💕!  AND IF YOU HAVE A FAVORITE SONG TO LISTEN TO WHILE READING, PLEASE SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW 💕! - Stephanie

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Generation Next by Oli White

Generation Next by Oli White
Published May 31, 2016
Summary on Goodreads

Buy Links:
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Review:
So I am almost positive (or at least, very suspicious) that most of the ratings for this book on Goodreads came from Oli’s YouTuber fans because after reading some actual reviews, they were almost entirely negative.  And to be fair, I agree with a lot of their points.

This book was all over the place.  The characters felt very amateur and there was no real development throughout the book.  The plot was also very slow and incredibly predictable.  There was a slight plot twist in one part but that was it. 

I also didn’t like how the book didn’t really focus on the entire group of kids because that was what was hinted in the synopsis.  Instead, it focused solely on Jack which kind of sucked because he is a terrible person.  He’s very douche-like and very insensitive.  He’s also incredibly selfish and very self-absorbing. In a way, I found him to be very too-faced.  For example, he was bullied in this old school yet when he first came to this new school, he was so judgmental to the people around him and it also felt that he was very shallow because it seemed as if he was only into Ella because of her looks. Even with his new group of friends, he constantly judged their looks and how nerdy/geeky they were.  He just wasn’t the greatest character.

I think the biggest problem with this book is that is geared towards YA but I honestly think that considering the plot and the characters, I would recommend this for MG readers instead.  The only issue though is that there is a scene where sex is involved in which case MG wouldn’t really be suitable.  This is why I’m conflicted because some of the topics seem much more serious but with the writing level and the plot/characters, it’s hard to consider this as an actual YA novel.

Overall, this book needs a lot of work and I actually contemplated DNF-ing it but I was already halfway through and it was a quick read so I decided to just finish it.  I definitely won’t be picking up book two though.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Weekly Author Fridays featuring Colleen Oakes - Author Spotlight

It's that time again!  This time I will be featuring Colleen Oakes, author of The Black Coats.



About Colleen
Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including The Queen of Hearts Series, The Wendy Darling Saga and the upcoming YA novel The Black Coats. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling or immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. 

She currently at work on her third YA fairytale series and two YA fantasy collaborations. You can visit her webpage at: www.colleenoakes.org, find her on Facebook under Author Colleen Oakes or follow her on Twitter @ColleenBlooms.

About The Black Coats 
Roses are read, violets are blue, if you hurt us, we’re coming for you.

The deeply secretive Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. And Thea has just received an invitation to join them. This is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to finally get justice for her cousin Natalie, whose killer went free.

Thea dives head first into the group, training every day with other girls whose stories rival hers. Together they carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. With every predator threatened, every blackmailer exposed, and every date rapist punished, Thea can feel herself getting closer to avenging Natalie’s death.

But then the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, and Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be. Thea must confront just how far she’s willing to go for justice—and what kind of justice Natalie, and Thea herself, deserve. Because when the line between justice and revenge is razor thin, it’s hard not to get cut.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker

When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker
Published May 1, 2018
Summary on Goodreads

Buy Links:
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Review:
This book started out a bit slow but once things started to pick up, I got completely immersed with the story and with Mira.  I really, really enjoyed the book and loved how it really got into the details of the DJ-world plus Mira’s own love for jazz.  I never thought the two worlds would ever merge but somehow Anna, the author, made it work.  In fact, I got so engaged in the book that I was even debating if I should learn to DJ, LOL (but seriously, imagine that).

Anyways, I really enjoyed Mira as a character.  I admired her intelligence and her ability to simply pick things up when they’re music-related.  I can definitely see why Shay was kind of jealous by her in the beginning but was glad to see her put that feeling aside because they were such good friends.  Another aspect that I enjoyed was the dynamic between Mira and her sister, Britt.  The journey they went together throughout the book was real and it also touched on a lot of serious issues such as drug use and sex. 

For me, the best part of the book was how the author discussed about music.  She really brought things to life with that world and I could feel myself drawing closer to the DJ world and even the jazz world which are two worlds that I never thought I would really be into. 

The writing style was also done really nicely.  Other than the slow beginning where the author took her time to introduce the characters and the setting, the rest of the book was very engaging and complex.  The author also did a good job with introducing bits of secrets throughout the book and it was done expertly.  The plot was definitely a bit more intricate than I had initially imaged so I was glad for that.  It definitely made the book stand out more.

Overall, I really liked the book and thought it was a great debut novel.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath by Clara Kensie
Published November 1, 2016
Summary on Goodreads

Buy Links:
Amazon | Book Depository
Review:
This is definitely an underrated novel and I believe more people need to go read it because it’s actually incredibly good.  There are so many emotions involved; the plot is so intense; and the characters are all wonderfully crafted.

For me, I can’t decide if I like the characters or the plot better because I honestly think both were amazing in their own ways.  The characters: Charlotte, her twin sister, Alexa (or Lex), and her parents all played vital roles throughout the book.  However, I especially loved the dynamic and the relationship Charlotte and her sister had.  How they felt for each other and how Charlotte survived day after day with abuse (mental, physical and sexual) with the knowledge and hope that at least her sister escaped this horrific turn of events was heartbreaking.  And then, of course, at the end, when Charlotte is finally made aware as to what really happened and that feeling of betrayal was as real as can be.  Another aspect of Charlotte that I really enjoyed was how determined she was especially with the girl from before.  Despite there being little to no evidence, she preserved with finding out truth.  At the end of the day, I really enjoyed these two characters.

As for the plot, I really enjoyed it.  I loved how realistic the author made everything seem to be especially with the aftermath of Charlotte’s disappearance and the impact it had on her family.  Rather than moving on and living their lives, their lives came crashing down and when Charlotte managed to return, she found out that her family life was completely devastated.  I just feel like that is something that is genuine and very real.  The one part that scared me was the Keeper and his sister.  It was crazy to think that at the end of the day, you never really know someone.  His sister came over a few times and never once even thought that he was hiding a girl in the attic and was completely shocked to learn that her brother was the one who kidnapped and raped this girl (and many others). 

Another aspect that I thought the author did a great job on was keeping this book clean.  I thought that this book would focus more on the sexual abuse and rape more but she managed to keep things very clear but at the same time, at a distance, so it wasn’t in your face.  Rather, the author focused more on Charlotte’s mentality and her family life which I appreciated. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for sure.
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