Hello-Hello, fellow readers! Today is a perfect day for a book tag, a K-Pop inspired tag. I was tagged a while back by the amazing creator of this tag, Savannah, from @TheBookProphet. Thank you! If you are curious to check out her answers and blog, you can just click the link I put above.
As many of you know, K-Pop has entered the western culture and it becomes more popular each day. This book tag combines two amazing things Korean culture and books. Some of you might be newbies or you never heard of K-Pop. Now, there is a chances to experience something new. I, myself, am a Korean drama lover. If you are interested, here is the link to my Korean Drama Top Favorites post.
Without further ado, let us start this tag!
But first, here are the rules.
Rules for the K-Pop Book Tag
— Credit the creator of this tag, The Book Prophet, and link back to her original post;
— Thank the person who tagged you;
— Answer all the questions to the best of your abilities;
— Tag as many people as you like;
— Have fun!
BTS – A Book Everyone Knows About
For this category, I have more than one book. The obvious choice is the Harry Potter book series followed by The Game of Thrones, The Throne of Glass, A Court of Thrones and Roses, Lord of the Rings, and Cassie Clare’s books from the Shadowhunters universe. Oh! And Rick Riordan’s books too. How could I forget? Believe me, there is no place on the virtual and real world without these books. It is quite scary. Sometimes, I feel the pressure of reading them because everyone is talking about them. But as my official choice, I pick the Harry Potter book series by J. K Rowling.
EXO – Favorite Companion Novel
Hmm! Let me think about that. Can I choose a companion series? Of course, I can. The Falling Kingdoms companion series Spirits and Thieves, by Morgan Rhodes. The action takes in present Toronto, Canada, and Mytica, 1000 years prior to The Falling Kingdoms events. Some people prefer the original series over the prequel series. Honestly, I love them both. As readers, we get to learn what actually happened Mytica’s history. And, as for spoilers, there are a few although I do not think they are major ones.
NU’EST – A Book/Series/Author That Doesn’t Get the Attention You Think It Deserves
The Historians book series by Trisha Leigh. Both the book series and the author deserve more attention than they actually get. This book series has time travel, historical fiction, a love story, and futuristic space. What is not to like? Give these books and author some love, readers.
ASTRO – A BOOK that Gave You a Happy Feeling When Reading
Define happy because there are multiple types of happy. Happy as in “ha-ha”? Or happy as in feeling fluffy and cuddly with butterflies-in-your-stomach happy? Or happy as in positive vibes happy? Well, for that, I think I can put more than one book since it is unclear. (Shh! I am no cheating. Shut up! ^^)
- Fluffy-and-cuddly happy: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Funny happy: a recent read, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
- Positive-vibes happy: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
MONSTA X – A Book Containing a Diverse Cast of Characters
The universe created by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Trials of Apollo, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, the Kane Chronicles. Yeah, it is hard to choose only one book for this category.
A.C.E. – A Favorite Recent Release
BLACKPINK – A Book that Sticks Out from the Rest of Its Genre
While reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, I was highly impressed by it. Among the books I read so far, Sabaa’s book is an outlier. The story and the way it was written stayed with me for a very long time. An Ember in the Ashes stands out in the book world just like K-Pop stick out from the regular pop music.
SEVENTEEN – A Book with Multiple POVs
I feel like I am repeating myself here. Wait, I actually am repeating myself. Eh, well! I choose, The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.
BIGBANG – A Modern Classic
Hmm! I do not know… Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling? It is the first series that comes to my mind right now. I believe Harry Potter is the equivalent of PSY, the K-Pop singer, in the western culture. At least, it seams like it from my point of view.
SISTAR – A Series You Wish Never Ended
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, obviously.
RAIN – Favorite Stand-Alone
My pick is Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. This one is a colorful book just like K-Pop, only of a different kind. If you know what I mean. Wink-wink. Nudge-nudge. It is one of my favorite adult historical romance books I read so far.
Feel free to tag yourself if you want to do this book tag!
This is it my fellow readers, The K-Pop Book Tag. I want to hear from you in the comment section if you decided to do it. I know that for some of us on this earth winter holidays are coming thus I included the books’ Amazon links instead of the Goodreads ones. You know, in case of present ideas.
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Happy Reading Holidays, minna-san (=everyone)!
For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?
It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. The Edge of Everything
3.75/5 starts.This book stays at the edge of Contemporary and Fantasy (Paranormal). It was strange and a page turner. Jeff Giles succeeded to create something fresh and unique.When the blurb came out about this book, a lot of people – including me – thought this was a contemporary novel. Wrong. Alright, half wrong. It is so much more than that.You might want to read this book only for its beginning and end. There is so much tension and suspense that you want to grip something tightly. For a second, I got the impression I was reading a thriller/horror novel.There are two worlds in this book-universe: our world and the Low Lands – kind of like a hell type of dimension. Our main characters are star crossed lovers from these two worlds, Zoe and X respectively. Their life stories are very interesting so I will let the book to tell you more about them.The good romance loses same of its credibility due to the rushed start. It was like the author knew that they are going to be together and he was not quite sure how to deal with it so it happened quite fast. Don’t get me wrong some moments felt real and genuine.I feel like I am in minority because I preferred X’s part of the story even though we still need to learn more about it. Zoe was a weird character and I mixed feelings about her. In one scene I was liking her and in the next I was despising her. She was not too considered and responsible at times. I grew more sympathetic towards her at the end of the book when things started to get resolved – somewhat.I liked that the parent figure is not brushed off and be there just for show. That mother was involved. I am so glad. Lately, I see in a lot of YA books that the parent is portrayed as a villain or uncaring or dead or simply not there. And, my dear readers, I feel frustrated because it is not a good representation of how the parent-child relationship should be. In a lot of instances, I detected myself thinking, “That is not how my relationship with my parents is.” I am not saying that those instances are not real too… But as I got older, I realized these type of books can send a dangerous messages – directly or indirectly – to the younger audience. And it is not good. It took me a good junk of my life to realize that the adults in my life were also teenagers at some point. (That is a lot of time of my life since I just reached adulthood. Adulthood such a weird word to say about myself when I do not feel like and adult at all.)I was intrigued by the other bounty hunters (Banger and Ripper). I never thought I was going to feel sympathetic towards killers. I am telling you. This book is toying with your mind forcing you to see that things are not always black or white.As a Minor Spoiler – How the heck did those dogs are still alive by the end of this book? Don’t get it wrong, I am not complaining. It is just unbelievable among other things. – End SpoilerOverall, this book was my cup of tea. Although, something was off and I cannot put my finger on it. I am looking forward to the next installment. I recommend this for its story arc which overshadows the annoying parts. In my opinion, it is something unique because it uses things we have read before but in an unexpected combination.Give this book a try if you feel like it is something you would like to read.This is my sole opinion. ^_^Feel free to check out my post on The Edge of Everything – Booksplosion Book Pick and the book discussion, The Edge of Everything – Live Show, on polandbananasBOOKS YouTube channel.
I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Sexual content: moderate
Violence: moderate to heavy
By Jeff GilesHello-Hello! It’s February! Thus, it is time for the book of the month.Of course, you kind of figure out which book was chosen based on the title of this post.Without further ado, I present you…The Edge of EverythingBy Jeff GilesIt’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them. The Edge of EverythingIf this book seems appealing to you join the club, if you are not already part of it.Or, just read it for your own pleasure.This is the link to the Goodreads club page —> Booksplosion(Ups! I forgot to put it last month.)And, do not forget to check out the creators’ YouTube channels:Christine from polandbananasBooks
Jesse from jessethereader
Kat from Katytastic
The January’s book of the month was Wayfarer, book two in the Passenger duology.