I didn't think this series couldn't get any better. But guess what? It was more awesome-r (if that is even a word)! This is the kind of fantasy storyI didn't think this series couldn't get any better. But guess what? It was more awesome-r (if that is even a word)! This is the kind of fantasy story that I longed to read. It was beautiful and very engaging. I love everything about it; from the characters, to the story, and up to their enemies.
The characters are definitely something you should watch out for. Thorn is a bad-ass heroine. She knows how to fight, she's strong, and definitely one of the best fighter - ever! I wouldn't want to fight with her if I were you. Then, we have Brand, who is soft hearted and a good man. Lastly, if you're a fan of Yarvi then you will be glad that he's still one of the character in this book. He might not be the main character anymore but the story will not move without his cunning schemes. ...more
It's been a long time since I indulged myself with Britt's story. I truly missed her and Merlin but I resist myself from reading this when it came outIt's been a long time since I indulged myself with Britt's story. I truly missed her and Merlin but I resist myself from reading this when it came out earlier this year because I know it will just torture me to wait for the next book to come out.
Embark started off a few weeks where Embittered left off. Guinevere is now in the court and so is the Round Table. I'm so excited with this additional character, unfortunately, Guinevere and Lancelot wasn't in the picture all the time. I am not complaining though because I love how the story move to the knight's quest and finally meeting Merlin's mentor, Blaise.
As for the characters, I still love Britt and she makes me laugh all the time. I guess that's one reason why I like this book. It is short but it still entertains me.
And for those who are shipping Britt and Merlin, this is our chance to shine! It's still complicated but at least it sheds some light for this ship and I'm happy where it is going. I can't wait for the next book and the rest that are still in progress. I just wish the next books will be much longer because I can't seem to get enough of Britt and her adventure in the Medieval time.
I never thought this day would come, the day I finally read the novel behind my favorite Korean drama of all time! I supposed that the only way for meI never thought this day would come, the day I finally read the novel behind my favorite Korean drama of all time! I supposed that the only way for me to read this book is if I learned how to read and understand hangul but I can't see it possible in my near future. So when I found this book - translated in English - sitting in a bookshelf, I can't believe it but I immediately grabbed it and went straight to the cashier to buy it right away. I can't even hold myself, I shared it with few of my Korean drama addict friends to inform them the good news!
To be honest, it's quite difficult to judge this book alone because even when I was reading it, I can't help but imagine Gong Yoo's and Eun Yoon Hye's sweet moments in the drama. So to be fair with this review, I will be posting two different version:
A. Novel VS TV Series I will start with comparing the novel to the series since I'm sure that most of us actually watched that first before reading this novel.
The TV series followed the story line quite closely to the original novel. It just removed a few characters, added more crisis but overall, it's almost the same. However, I think I like the version of the TV series compared to the novel especially with the blending of Han Sung/Yoo Joo's love conflict. Added to Han Gyul/Eun Chan, I'm also a huge shipper of Han Sung and Yoo Joo. Seriously, I was so happy when they finally reconciled and had their own happy ending. And I was equally horrified when my friend who watched the Coffee Prince Pinoy version told me that they made Yoo Joo a jealous bitch who stood between Han Gyul and Eun Chan's romance. That's so wrong! The book didn't even mention any progress of their reconciliation.
The novel focuses more with Han Gyul and Eun Chan. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining at all. In fact, I love seeing the development of their romance that started in meeting accidentally to working together. The progress of their blooming romance was really cute and I can't help but laugh when they're bickering all the time.
Also, the novel concentrated with the coffee shop's business strategies and the other employees too. So if you like Ha Rim, Sun Ki, and Min Yeop then you should read the book too!
B. Novel alone The novel was easy, light, and fluffy in a very cute way. However, if you're not a Korean or familiar with their naming convention and terms, it might take you a while to grasp the story. But once you get the hang of it, you will really enjoy the ride.
On some points, I don't know if it's just the way the book was translated but I feel like the tone of the narration was a bit bland. I feel like I was reading sentences straight from a Google Translation that sometimes I can't feel anything from it. I think it would have been better if the book was narrated by first person, switching between Han Gyul and Eun Chan.
I also got confused with the use of pronoun. Again, if you are not familiar with Korean language, you will get confused with the use of "he" and "she" throughout the book. Korean language does not really care whether subjects are male or female sometimes (source). So in the book, when they talk about Eun Chan, the translator used "she" which would have tipped the other characters that Eun Chan is really a girl. This part will sounds confusing to the first time readers.
Overall Oh, I was so glad I was able to read the novel! I hope someday, I can read it in the original language too. I would love to see the difference of tone if read in Korean language and sentences because you know, sometimes there are words that are difficult to be translated.
The ending was seriously cute and and fulfilling. Although the impact of the romance was not as awesome as the TV series to me, the novel still has it's own moments. I recommend this wholeheartedly with Coffee Prince fanatics. ...more
The book started out well and weird. The narration is kinda slow and dull. Most boring characters ever. Not enough plot twist. Found myself skimming paThe book started out well and weird. The narration is kinda slow and dull. Most boring characters ever. Not enough plot twist. Found myself skimming pages in the middle of the book. Skipped a lot of chapter just to get it done.
I know I have mentioned this a lot but just for the sake of this write-up, I have to mention it again: I don't normally read contemporary YA novels buI know I have mentioned this a lot but just for the sake of this write-up, I have to mention it again: I don't normally read contemporary YA novels but when I do, I usually pick the one with romance and comedy; something that is light to read with less drama and teen angst. Luckily, To All the Boys I've Loved Before is not one of them. It was romantic, indeed, but not enough to make me swoon over the guys or the romance, in general.
However, I think the story is cute and bubbly; how funny it was when her love letters was sent out to her crushes, admitting her feelings, and experiencing her first real love. (view spoiler)[The only thing disappointing was the cliched fake-relationship-ends-up-with-liking-each-other-in-the-end. Plus, I don't like Peter. Yeah, he's handsome and can be sweet sometimes but seriously, the foundation of their relationship is over a fake one? How lame is that?! (hide spoiler)]
Overall, the book was easy to read that I finished reading in less than 12 hours. I laughed, I smiled, I remember how it feels like to be young, teenager and writing love letters.
Will I read the next book? The ending was a cliffhanger but when I read the blurb of the next book, it made me feel excited for a bit. I want to read the next guy and I think I will like him more than Peter. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've seen the movie first. I know I'm bad, right? But you can't blame me, they only translated the book a few months ago so there's no chance for me tI've seen the movie first. I know I'm bad, right? But you can't blame me, they only translated the book a few months ago so there's no chance for me to read it first.
So, with that said, I recommend to watch the movie instead unless you know how to read Hangul and have the book on that original language, then maybe you can try reading it first. I can't say because the translated version sounds so dull!
The thing is, I didn't enjoy reading it. Maybe the translation was just bad or the narration is so shallow. This version has lots of grammatical error too. The editor clearly didn't do well. However, I like the cover art. That's one reason why I bought this book and the only reason why I finished reading it was because the movie did well! Seriously, if you haven't seen the movie then do it! It was amazing and Joong Ki's performance is unbelievably good!
I was entertained with all the pickup lines and political sarcasms compilation in this book but I mostly enjoyed reading her speeches. My favorite areI was entertained with all the pickup lines and political sarcasms compilation in this book but I mostly enjoyed reading her speeches. My favorite are Student Leadership and Dreams to live for. I am not a fan; I don't even know her well but after reading those speeches I admired her judgement, braveness, and wit.
It is also the perfect book to read by our Filipino readers. Especially now that the 2016 Presidential Election is on its way. It is something that would really give us a whole new perspective as to why we should vote as wisely as we can. We Filipinos should vote for a candidate based on their “Qualifications” and NOT because of their “Popularity”. For a real politician should not only be intelligent, but should also have the compassion and commitment to serve his fellow countrymen; putting their needs as their biggest priority, by giving them their 100% public service. [Jasmine]...more