KDRAMA REVIEW||THE LAST EMPRESS

Hello and welcome to another kdrama review, where I introduce you to a drama that I completed recently. If you are looking for a drama to watch and where to watch it, this is a perfect for you. This drama is currently available on Netflix, so do check it out.

Title

The Last Empress

Genre

Mystery, Action, Comedy, Romance

Year

2018- 2019

Cast

Jang Na-ra

Choi Jin-hyuk

Shin Sung-rok

Lee Elijah

Shin Eun-kyung

Episodes

26 episodes

Synopsis

The Last Empress is set in a fictional constitutional monarchy in 2018 and it follows the life of a small time actress who is conned into marrying the emperor of the Korean empire. While trying to adjust to living in the palace, she is faced with a new truth that, all isn’t as it seems, when she becomes entangled in murder and her safety is not guaranteed in the imperial family.

Review

It is time for me to gosh about how absolutely amazing this drama was. This is one of the few dramas I can say is on my top ten Korean dramas of all time. This is a mystery thriller wrapped up in a romantic comedy. there is just so much going on in one drama, the perfection of the cast is underrated. They each performed their roles so well that I couldn’t tell who I was rooting for.

I do have to point out the few parts of this drama that just plainly annoyed me and this really had nothing to do with the characters, it had to do with the plot, there were so many plot holes and jumps that it just pissed me off, although I have to say that it wasn’t all that bad. For example, when we finally find out why the former empress was killed, we, the viewer couldn’t really decipher the gravity of the situation. I believe the gravity of the situation wasn’t well portrayed and I believe it was because the last few episodes felt a bit rushed and it just got lot in the chaos.

Another is one of the very first scenes, where the body of the dead empress was found with the necklace which was supposed to be with the new empress, this part of the story wasn’t really explained we just had to accept that maybe there were two or one was fake.

That is just one of the few of many issues, although not that relevant but it was noticeable, it didn’t really affect my viewing experience because I was so into it.

Little Spoiler

Telling you who the murder is who be a huge spoiler because in the first half of the drama you cant really tell who killed the former empress, but I will tell you this, don’t trust anyone.

Rating

I gave this drama 8.9 out of 10 stars (this is subject to me watching the drama again because I felt I left out a lot)

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Thanks for reading. Have you watched this drama? did you enjoy it?

2020 BOOKISH GOALS

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This year I decided to reduce the amount of books I read but at the same time try to improve my reading. Last year I read a lot of romance and just plainly popular books that caught my fancy (not saying that this is bad), this year I want to try to incorporate different genres into my reading plan which is why I came up with a list of 52 books I want to read in 2020. I get the feeling that I won’t be reading all of them but I want to try to at least read the majority of them.

I was able to narrow down a few books in each category that I have decided to implement in my plan.

Before you continue, if you can check out www.theeuphoriczat.com which is my new website, that would help out s lot.

I am try to make new move this year.

Historical Fiction :- This is a genre that I have been trying to get into more since I read Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reed. So this year I am planning on finally reading the Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Fountain of Silence by Ruta Sepetys, and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. These are the two books I have for now, I will be adding more to that list as time goes on.

Murder and Mystery :- I just recently in the past 2 years started reading this genre and it all started with the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco and that series was just so mind blowing. So this year, with the same high hope that I find gems like this, I am hopefully going to read Truly Devious books by Maureen Johnson and The Diviners series by Libba Bray (so this one is also a historical fiction, so yeah ). These are the two book series I have for this category, hopefully, I will enjoy the first books which will propel me to read the rest of the books in the series.

Science Fiction :- This is one that I really tried to get into but just can’t enjoy. I have gotten a few recommendations that I think I might actually enjoy. I am hoping that I will finally read the Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.

I also plan on completing the series that I have started and this is just for series which I actually enjoyed the first book, for example, Scythe by Neal Schuterman (really want to read Thunderhead and Toll), Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Legendary and Finale) and Legacy of Orisha by Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Virtue and Vengeance).

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I am trying not to bombard myself with too many goals which is what might make me not keep to my commitments. Let me know if you are also planning to read any of these books, maybe we can read them together, to encourage each other.

Thanks for reading.

Blitzed- The Review

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First book review of the year. This book is on my January TBR and I can’t even believe I finished it already.

Synopsis

According to Brynn Larson, Maxwell Lewis is more trouble than he’s worth. She doesn’t care if he’s a football god with a rock-hard body that brings most women to their knees. After an encounter that ends poorly, she’s not interested in giving him a second chance. The last thing Brynn expects is for him to turn up at her bar months later, hat in hand. It doesn’t matter if he brings more customers to her business–she’s still not going on a date with him.

Maxwell knows he made a mistake. He’d been waiting to make his move on Brynn since the day he laid eyes on her and he was finally ready to go for it until he screwed up. He wishes he could tell her the truth about what happened that night, but he just can’t. He can’t tell anyone, so he’ll make amends and hope she’ll forgive him.

Brynn’s not like other women, though. Playing for the Mustangs doesn’t impress her and gifts make her scoff. Max will have to bring his A game if he hopes to win her over

My thoughts

Alexa Martin has the stuff. This is the third book in the playbook series and I love it.
This is a 3 star read for me just because I felt the story needed a bit more time to progress and it is rare that things just happen to sort themselves out.
Take, for example, the issue with her Brynn’s mother, who visited her father when he had a heart attack. the hospital scene with the mother was just too much and almost too bland, I guess we were supposed to just take it as it was but I just felt it needed a bit more.
Brynn and Maxwell’s relationship is very sweet, this part of the book was just amazing, he is so thoughtful and just the kind of gentleman we are all looking for.
I was hoping that the issue with Maxwell’s brother will be developed a bit more but the story just rushed to the end and we got the happy ever after part.

Rating

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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52 Books I want to read in 2020

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I feel like 2020 will be the year for fantasy for me. I will be trying to integrate as much fantasy books as i can. I would be reducing the number of books I read in a year. This year is going to be a really busy year for me and I don’t think I would have a lot of time to read but I want to integrate new genre into my reading plan. Here are the books that I plan on reading this year. I hope I get to all of them.

1. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

2. Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

4. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

5. The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

6. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

7. The Toll by Neal Shusterman

8. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

9. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

10. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

11. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

12. The Diviners by Libba Bray

13. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

14. Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

15. The King of Crows by Libba Bray

16. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

17. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

18. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

19. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

20. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

21. Finale by Stephanie Garber

22. Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey

23. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

24. The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas

25. His True Queen by Jodi Ellen Malpas

26. The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

27. The Gift of Pain by Paul W. Brand

28. Love Her or Love Her by Tessa Bailey

29. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

30. Fire by Kristin Cashore

31. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

32. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

33. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

34. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

35. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

36. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

37. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

38. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

39. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

40. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

41. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

42. The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty

43. The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

44. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

45. Autoboyography by Christiana Lauren

46. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

47. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

48. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

49. Irresistible by R.L. Mathewson

50. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

51. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

52. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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Thanks for reading.

JANUARY TBR

Hello and welcome!

Happy new year guys!!!!

I can’t believe it is 2020, this is the decade of change and I hope the wind of purposeful change will blow in your life.

To start this year, I will be point out that I was able to read 300 books last year but this year I have a goodreads goal of 52 books, reason being that I will be so busy this year, starting a business and doing my master research, get a job and hopefully apply for a PhD. Hopefully

So you will notice that the books I read this year will be significantly less.

So let’s get into it.

Blitzed by Alexa Martin : I already started this one and I am loving it so much

With Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward : I started this series last year and I believe it’s just a guilty pleasure at this stage

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
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Can’t wait to start.

These are the books I will be reading.

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Thanks for reading.

Book series I read in 2019- A list

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I read quite a number of series, some I started last year and completed this year, some I started this year, some I finished this year.

Let’s get into it

1. Rich Boys of Burberry prep by C.M. Stunich

2. Love at stake by Kerrelyn Sparks

3. Mount triology by Meghan March

4. Harbor city by Avery Flynn

5. The flower shop sisters by Iris Morland

6. Roommates by kendall Ryan

7. Mortal instruments by Cassandra Clare (reread)

8. The hartigan by Avery Flynn

9. Sinners of Saints by L.J. Shen

10. All saints high by L.J. Shen

11. Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout

12. Blood type by K.A. Linde

13. Fence by C.S. Pacat

14. Neighbour from hel R.L. Mathewson

15. The royals by Nichole Chase

16. Briar U by Elle Kennedy

17. Royally by Emma Chase

18. Manhattan by Katy Evans

19. The royals collection by Louise Bay

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Thanks for reading

BLOGMAS |My top 15 songs of 2019

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This year I really got into my groove with songs. I was able to identify the type of songs I love and the mood for each of them.

You might probably know by now my love for Korean songs, so quite a number of the songs will be by korean artist

Let’s get it


1. Mikrokosmos by BTS

2. 20cm by TXT

3. Good girls go to hell by Billie Eilish

4. Someone to love by Lewis Capaldi

5. Ideal by Zion.T

6. Hip by MAMAMOO

7. FEVER by J.Y. Park ft. SuperBee, BIBI

8. Love Poem by I.U

9. African Giant by Burna Boy

10. Call My Name by GOT7

11. Done for me by Punch

12. Kumbaya by Jacob Banks ft. Bibi Bourelly

13. Lion by (G)I-DLE

14. Money by DAWN

15. Chicken Noodle Soup by J-hope ft Becky G

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Top 10 Kdramas of 2019

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This year has just been a great year for me. The delicious amount of kdramas I watched this 2019…. oh…mercy.
Most of the dramas I watched this year had good ratings.
At the end of this list I will be adding a short list of Korean dramas I watched this year but were not released this year, that I think really have to be in this post.

Of you think there should be more dramas I should add to this list, then let me know.

I will just be listing the dramas and the ratings I gave them.

Let’s get into it


10. Search WWW 6.5 ⭐


9. Arthdal Chronicls rthdal Chronicles 7⭐


8. Melting Me Softly 8.4


7. Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung 8.5 ⭐


6. Doctor John 8.6⭐


5. One spring night 9 ⭐


4. The Crowned Clown 9.8⭐

I did a full bingeing of all of Yoo Jin Goo’s work, and this is still one of my favourite sageuk. Check out full review HERE


3. When the Camilla blooms 9.6⭐

This one is just amazing, I absolutely loved the cast, the storyline was good, story progression was amazing too. The side action and supposed mystery didn’t really do it for me (but I guess the story was trying to show the strength of mothers)


2. Hotel Del Luna 10 ⭐

Full review HERE


1. Sky Castle9.8⭐


That is it for the top 10 Korean dramas of 2019, remember that this list is based on the dramas I have watched and the fact that I have not watched all the drams released in 2019 should be taken into account. You can always check the list of all the dramas I have watched HERE


So this is the short addition, list of 3 dramas I watched in 2019 that was not aired in 2019 but still left an amazing impression.

3. My Golden Life

2. Goodbye to Goodbye

1. MR. SUNSHINE


Thanks for reading.
Merry Christmas!!!!!

Anticipated Books of 2020

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These are a few books that am looking forward to in 2020.

Merry Christmas!!!!


Not like the movies by Kerry Winfrey

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America…and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe’s cute but no-nonsense boss.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who’s Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After.

7 July 2020


A heart so fierce and broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

7 January 2020


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

3 March 2020


The Golden Cage by Camilla Läckberg

Faye has loved Jack since they were students at business school. Jack, the perpetual golden boy, grew up wealthy, unlike Faye, who has worked hard to bury a dark past. When Jack needs help launching a new company, Faye leaves school to support him, waitressing by day and working as his strategist by night. With the business soaring, Faye and Jack have a baby, and Faye finds herself at home, caring for their daughter, wealthier than she ever imagined, but more and more removed from the excitement of the business world. And none of the perks of wealth make up for the fact that Jack has begun to treat her coldly, undermining her intelligence and forgetting all she sacrificed for his success. When Faye discovers that he’s having an affair, the polished facade of their life cracks wide open. Faye is alone, emotionally shattered, and financially devastated–but hell hath no fury like a woman with a violent past bent on vengeance. Jack is about to get exactly what he deserves–and so much more. In this splashy, electrifying story of sex, betrayal, and secrets, a woman’s revenge is a brutal but beautiful thing.


The Girl with the louding voice by Abi Daré

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”–the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni’s father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir.

When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing.

But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can–in a whisper, in song, in broken English–until she is heard.

25 February 2020


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

3 March 2020


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How I read 300 books in 2019

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Today I will be telling you how I read about 300 books in 2019.
This was quite easy for me and yes, I am a student, I work part time, I love watching movies, dramas and I have a life even though it’s a boring one.
So yes, I don’t just sit in a hole and read all the time. I do other things

So I will be giving you a few tips and trick on how to read and retain what you have read (don’t be one of those people who read lots of books but can’t even explain the premise of the last book they read)


Tip 1 – DNFing
Get used to DNFing books, if you feel like the book isn’t your vibe, pick something else.
You don’t owe the author anything. Take for example, when I started read the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout I absolutely loved the cliche YA troupes and it was doing it for me in that moment but when I got further into the books, I got bored so I DNF the series.
And I picked up something else. Better that than driving myself into a reading slump.


Tip 2 – You don’t have to Follow the Bookish Crowd
This is where I repeat something I have said before. Read what you like!. I can’t stress this enough. Just because your favourite booktuber or bookblogger is reading and hyping a particular book doesn’t mean you have to read it too. You might not have the same reading taste and this would just put you in a slump.


Tip 3 – Read what you like
If you love reading fantasy, then read that, if it is romance then go ahead. Reading what you like is a sure way to read a lot of books. For example this year I realized that reading YA and Adult romance was my go to, so I read a lot of them.
Anyways reading what you like is key.


Tip 4 – Don’t hesitate to try something new
Now just because you are sticking with what you like doesn’t mean, you can’t try something else. It’s only when you try it that you know if you like it or not


Tip 5- Try out Audiobooks or even text-audio apps
I have issues reading for a long time. So audiobooks are the best for me right now. When I am on the train, when I am walking to school, doing chores, it’s the best way for me to utilize my time by multitasking.


Thanks for reading.
Let me know which tip you have used over the years that has helped your reading.

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