28 January 2014

Connor (Book 1)

Yosh! I be taking my vacation soon (very soon) so I decided before leaving to arrange and post my notes of Ms. Dormaine book that has probably collected a lot of dust in my kindle for being set aside. I’ve finished reading it for quite some time now but just didn’t have the inspiration to write my review.


CONNOR By Dormaine G
My rating: ★★★★

Summary:

Connor recently discovers she has the gift of invisibility among other gifts but what she doesn't realize is that her life is about to change for the worse. She is 15, sarcastically funny, at least she thinks so, and doesn't always like to face reality. Soon she meets five other teenagers who have abilities similar to hers but not everyone is so eager to find answers as to why they are different.

Sensing their lives are in danger, she is determined to figure out the truth by any means necessary, forcing her to grow up fast. Connor is slapped with the cold, hard, fact that the people she thought she knew are not who they appear to be and all human beings are not just that, human.

Through all of this, Connor and Tony, one other with abilities, start to develop feelings for each other causing jealousy in more ways than one. Then there is Ronin, he is young, smart, and breathtaking. He is set on taking his revenge out on Connor but she has no idea why.

*****

My Review:

The first thing I find out the moment I start reading is that I have an instant “dislike” of Connor because she called her parents' affection for each other gross, but then again that seem to be a fashion for kids now— to react so negatively on adults love. But okay, moving on.

I don’t really know what to make of Connors character; I can’t clearly grasp her personality. She’s a bit of a tomboy but awkwardly girly. On one side, she sounds friendly, but then I find myself feeling that she’s a fake, like how she secretly have negative things to say about everyone even to those who are normal and kind enough. She lack of consideration to others situation and called them selfish, when in fact she’s even worse, because she’s the one who often contradicts herself, making her a hypocrite in my eyes.

The book’s author might have intended to make me (the reader) feel intimately close to the heroine, but halfway through the story I found out that I couldn’t care less about Connor and just continue to read because of the other characters.

But for me to get so annoyed just prove that this book was good. Good enough to make a fuss about the character. But there’s something that bothers me about this book that stopped me from giving it a full five star rating and that is some time in the part after the young characters meet their mentors, there is time during the narration when I feel like the author was making me read Wikipedia, when she wrote one word then repeat it inside the parentheses. Ex. The author first mention then follows it up with an instruction of how its being pronounced, but by including it inside the parenthesis, such as “Renads (ray-nauds) Dianads (Dee-a-naud)” it’s not a big deal to see it once or twice but encountering it many times start to get annoying. In my opinion Ms. Dormaine should have just written as it was pronounced, right away because that really put a break (for me) to enjoy the story.

Another thing about the book—it wasn’t as bothering as the previously mention but the book could some dialogue rearrangement of the “diacritical mark” to the speech. Example:

“Bet it’s you, but what do I get in return?” he asked. “Huh, I don’t know. What do you want?” I asked.

Of course, it could have been intended that two characters spoke in the same paragraphs. But that kind of thing bothers me too.

The ending is kind of… should I say… cliffhanger, but it's fine as it is too. This book doesn’t fall into my favorite list but I wouldn’t say that I’ll discourage anyone from reading it. Give it a try, who knows you might enjoy it more than I do.
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09 January 2014

Protect the Boss (Korean Drama)

I haven't had any books to review lately and with still holiday fever in my system I've done so many other things than reading. Watching some Asian drama is one of them. So, I thought to post a series review on one them.

Title: Protect The Boss
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Action

Plot:
(From Wikipedia)
Cha Ji-heon (Ji Sung) is an incredibly immature young man who is useless at his job as a director at DN Group, where the chairman is his father (Park Yeong-gyu). Ji-heon has a longstanding rivalry in work and love with cousin Cha Mu-won (Kim Jaejoong), as Mu-won is a mature, hardworking, and seemingly perfect executive, and the two both have a romantic history with Seo Na-yoon (Wang Ji-hye). Spunky and tough Noh Eun-seol (Choi Kang-hee) is struggling to find full-time work because of her juvenile delinquent record and poor academic background. After giving the hiring directors a piece of her mind during a job interview at DN Group, she is surprised to find herself hired by Mu-won (who was captivated by her interview) to be the secretary to Ji-heon. Determined not to be fired from her first professional job, Eun-seol works diligently at putting up with Ji-heon's childishness and keeping him in check. As their working relationship progresses, they earn each others' trust and friendship, and Eun-seol helps Ji-heon deal with his phobias and prove himself capable of becoming DN Group's successor. Things get more complicated when Ji-heon and Mu-won both fall for Eun-seol, who doesn't want to get mixed up with either of them... or does she?
***
My Review:

It’s a very refreshing series. For a change it’s the woman who’s tough and protects the man. The story flow is great and not bored moment, there is always something that makes me want to continue to the next scene or episode ‘till the end. The female lead is admirable; I like how she fights back to those who’s tramping over her injusticely and how she face life straightforwardly and not just curl up and cry. And male lead is simply adorable. He’s seemingly fragile, coward but (except on some occasion, especially if his love is involve). His childish, annoying, spoilt yet so lovable, ‘cause even the way he is, he manage to show his masculine side even though he almost taken the role of a woman. I like how he naturally commits an act that really suits his character.
Even the antagonist is lovable in this series (though many still can't bring themselves to like because of her character from another series)
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