I’m stuck for blog post ideas so I thought I’d give a glimpse at some of my top K-pop title tracks of the year so far, I will of course post my full list at the end of the year. I feel like there have been so many great releases this year, deciding on my top tracks will be really difficult, especially ranking them!
Ateez – Hala Hala
Oneus – Valkyrie
KNK – Sunset
Taemin – Want
Stray Kids – Side Effects
Lost Boy by Christina Henry
GOODREADS – AMAZON
Released: 4th July 2017
Keywords: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, Horror, Gore, Peter Pan
“There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.
Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.”
I’m so glad that this book lived up to my high expectations for it, it was everything I wanted and expected it to be. A dark retelling of the story of Peter Pan, but from Captain Hook’s perspective back when he was Peter’s original Lost Boy. Peter is shown to be an extremely selfish attention seeker and thinks of the boys he takes from the real world as nothing more than amusing playthings to go along with his adventures and entertain him, if they no longer amuse him or become a nuisance he simply finds ways to get rid of them and replace them with more boys.
I felt truly sucked into this lost island and had a constant feeling of dread throughout reading, getting attached to characters and knowing more than likely at some point they will die. Plus the plains are filled with huge spider monsters called the Many-eyed which are just terrifying.
Peter’s idea of fun is ‘raiding’ the pirates which is effectively having children turn into vicious murderers or if they arn’t strong enough they will simply be killed themselves. Peter also likes the boys to partake in ‘Battles’ where they are pitted against each other to ‘practise fighting’ but ultimately some boys end up seriously hurt or he will even have them fight to the death while he watches.
I don’t want to go much more into the plot but this is a must read for any fans of dark retellings, it is gritty and gruesome and I loved it.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Disclaimer: I didn’t do my O.W.L.s but have decided to do the NEWTs magical readathon anyway cos why not? It is hosted by Book Roast and now that I’m a “Booktuber” and plan on filming casual reading vlogs anyway I thought that it would be fun to participate in a reathathon too.
I decided to choose the HERBOLOGIST career and here are the prompts I need to fulfill for that along with the books I chose:
A. Listen to an audiobook: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
E. A book between 350-390 pages: Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deidre Sullivan
O. A book with a flower on the cover: The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki
A. Friend’s favourite book: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
E. Hogwarts house colour (green): Lost Boy by Christina Henry
Care of Magical Creatures:
A. A book starting with A: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Books I Read and Finished in July
– S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett
– The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
– Wilder Girls by Rory Power
– Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
– Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
– Booktube Newbie Tag
– K-pop Tag
– Gut Me
Favourite K-Pop Releases in July
My reading during July plodded along nicely and as expected, I finished reading 4 novels and am currently reading Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.
I’ve started playing and streaming Minecraft again and I forgot how much fun I have with it, especially now that they have added loads of new stuff.
This month I made more of an effort towards my physical health and lost about 5lbs, not much but it’s a step in the right direction and I’m learning what works best for me.
I also took the scary step of making Booktube videos, I’m already really excited to post more and hope I am able to stick with it.
Spare and Found Parts
by Sarah Maria Griffin
GOODREADS – AMAZON
Released: 4th October 2016
Keywords: YA, Sci Fi, Prosthetics, Frankenstein, Dystopian, Steampunk
“Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. As her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary idea when she has none of her own?
Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.”
After reading Other Words for Smoke earlier this year and loving it I decided to read Sarah’s previous book! I obviously went into this with pretty high expectations and although I do personally prefer Smoke, this was a solid read and one I really enjoyed.
Sarah seems to have a knack for making her characters very relatable with the way she describes feelings and passions, I found myself relating to how Nell felt quite a lot and the other characters were very unique, each showing their personal strengths and faults.
It was fun and heart breaking slowly unraveling the worlds and Nell’s past, most of which I didn’t see coming. The character that comes into the story in the second half of the book I absolutely loved and seeing the unique relationship evolving with Nell, I was happy with how the story concluded.
A must read for fans of dystopia style settings and those interested in the evolution of technology, AI in particular, and the possible negative effects it can end up having on humanity.
My rating: 4/5 stars
I said a big F you to my anxiety and managed to film my first Booktube video, hurrah.
I really hope talking to a camera gets easier over time because this is something I’ve wanted to do for so long. I will still be posting book reviews and wrap ups e.t.c on my blog, nothing here is really going to change.
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
GOODREADS – AMAZON
Released: 2nd July 2019
Keywords: YA, Fantasy, Korean mythology, Romance, Drama
“Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.
Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.
With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.”
A book I was really looking forward to reading and I really enjoyed the first 1/3, it started out very promising and then, for me, got too lost and caught up in a bunch of drama that took away from the connection that was being established between the two main characters.
I think simply I’m too old to appreciate this book for what it is, if I had read it 10 years ago (when I read Twilight) that I would have liked this a heck of a lot. Alas the unnecessary drama was completely lost on me, although I did enjoy most of the characters, I found Miyoung’s decisions and behaviour as the story progressed to not make much sense.
It’s been a week since I finished this book and I honestly struggle to remember the finer points of what happened, I don’t see myself continuing with this series.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars