Chocolate K-Drama Review | Choose My Next Watch

Good evening everyone. And by evening, I mean night. Because it’s most certainly nighttime here.

It’s 7pm and I just finished watching the Korean drama, Chocolate. Now I’m here to review it for you all. This will be completely spoiler-free. All thoughts are my own and just because I felt a certain way, that dosent mean your way of thinking is wrong.

Synopsis

This drama follows two people who keep meeting up in life unexpectedly. It deals with a lot of trauma and heartbreak. So be weary if you’re not prepared to ball your eyes out every episode. This one is definitely a hard hitter. He has become a doctor and she is a chef.

My Thoughts

I shared my thoughts on the first half in a separate post. These are my thoughts overall including those.

I feel like, for the most part, the drama was good. It wasn’t anything that will necessarily stick out in my mind like some others, but it was well worth the watch. I do recommend it, especially if you like hard hitters.

On the other hand, the ending was rushed. I feel like the last two episodes stuffed too much into it and should have been dragged out a bit more. It seemed like a lot of buildup and not enough time to round everything off.

I would recommend watching this either way. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it as a first kdrama for someone new to reading captions, but I would if you’re used to being able to watch and read them at the same time.


Now time to choose my next watch. I currently am watching a couple kdramas week to week (well, best I can), but this will be between a kdrama, an American tv show I’m behind on, and an anime. Choose one of these three and that’s the next thing I will watch and review!

All of these are on Netflix. Click the title to view more about it.

K-Drama: When The Camellia Blooms

This is a single mother story and about a man falling in love at first sight. It looks really cute and I could use that after Chocolate.

TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Im on season like 13 or 14 of that and I really want to catch up again.

Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School

This one I know is about siblings but I’m not sure what else. It’s been on my to-watch list for so long I forgot why I was interested. But I know I was so I’m interested in watching it sooner rather than later!


So comment down below with your vote. Or message me on Instagram if you can’t comment. Voting will close Feb 4th at 11:59pm and I’ll probably start watching sometime after that!

Thanks so much for joining me and happy watching!

Bye!

K-Dramas First Impressions: Chocolate Episode 1 & 2

Good morning everyone! I want to start incorporating my love of Asian dramas, anime, and tv shows into my blog, so I’m going to do just that here.

I currently have the current show I’m watching along with the next one that I’m going to binge. But after that, I’m going to allow you all to choose what I watch next.

Right now is the Netflix Korean drama, Chocolate.

Next up will be the show AJ and the Queen. I’ve watched the first episode and I really want to continue.

But right now, we’re discussing Chocolate.

This drama seems to follow two characters and their continuous crossing of each other’s paths. It’s a dark story and there are a lot of trigger warnings for death and war so know that going into this if you decide to.


Story

So, I’m enjoying the story the most of anything. It’s gotten me intrigued and also crying on multiple occasions. I went into this hoping for a cute romance. I didn’t get that. This is heart-wrenching and I love it. I definitely will have to start reading synopsis more.

Hard-hitting K-dramas seem to be the ones that stand out the most in my mind, so they are ones that I tend to enjoy the most. I’m really hoping that this is the case with this one.

There are points where I have gotten confused. Whether that was just me trying to get back into the flow of the language or trying to understand the characters and storyline, I don’t know. The timeline is the main things that’s been confusing me, but I think I’m getting it now.


Characters and Actors

Okay, here’s the thing. I don’t think the acting is that great. Some points have been so poorly done I have wanted to laugh when I really shouldn’t. I don’t know if that’s just me, but I just can’t get past some of the acting. For the most part, it’s not an issue, but certain actors in certain scenes that are supposed to be dramatic and emotional just aren’t because of the poor acting.

It does take away from the story a bit, but I wouldn’t say for me personally that it’s something that will cause me to not be able to watch it. But if having good actors is something you really need in a K-drama (which I would recommend if you are new to them), then I would probably shy away from this one.


Overall

Overall, I would say that this is going to be a mediocre K-drama for me. If it continues the way it is, it’s probably going to be one that I would recommend if someone is asking about it, but not one that I would think of if someone is asking for K-drama recommendations in general.

The emotion that it pulls from me is really what’s going to get it for me. If I continue to cry and feel for these characters every episode, that’s going to be a good sign. But if the emotion tapers off, that’s not going to bode well.


That’s really all I have to say for now. I hope to do more of these and get a better hang on them. I’ll let you all know my final thoughts when I finish it. I’m going to try to watch another episode today before I take my nap (I’m writing this on Monday so hopefully I did just that).

Let me know anything you would like to me talk about in another first impressions, whether it be for Asian dramas, tv shows, or anime. Also, recommend some of each that you think I would enjoy.

Preferably if I can watch it on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Viki, or Amazon Prime. And by preferably, I mean only if I can watch it on one of those. Crunchyroll is more for anime and Viki is for Asian dramas if you don’t know. And if you don’t know if I can find it, still recommend it. I’ll take a look.

Thanks so much for joining me! I hope you all enjoyed this and join me for more First Impression posts!

When’s the last time you changed your passwords? Take today to make a list of all the accounts you have that have passwords. Change them if you can. It’s good to change your passwords every once in a while to deter identity theft. So make sure you all do that.

Bye!!

Torn by Harper Phoenix Release Blitz & Spoiler-Free Review

Good morning all! Today I’m back with my first release blitz since I started posting here again. I’m sorry that I’ve been gone this past week. I just got behind on everything, but I’m going to get better this week!

Also, I posted a video on my YouTube! Make sure you check it out and let me know any books that you have read that deal with loss of innocence.

Speaking of innocence, let’s get to this release blitz!!

Just so you all know, the Amazon US links are for my Amazon Associates. In other words, by using that link, I will get a certain amount from the sale. It helps me out. You can use this link by clicking on the photo of the cover and the Amazon US link in the list of purchase links in this post. I will be eternally grateful!

I stopped doing release blitz for Give Me Books Promotions because they always seem very hit or miss for me. The books usually chosen aren’t one’s that I would normally pick up. They focus a lot more on the smutty romances rather than the more tame ones that I prefer.

This one was right in the middle. The sex scenes were hot, but tame enough. And THANK YOU Harper Phoenix for being very actively mentioning protection and the like.

Blurb

She was sworn off men…

… Until an accidental meeting changed everything.

Alissa sacrificed everything for her husband and child. While he climbed the corporate ladder, she made them a nice home and became the perfect wife.

Until he broke her trust.

Broke her spirit.

Since a tragic accident changed his existence, Luke has had to fight his demons on a daily basis. Despite the heartbreak that haunts him he is determined to live his life to the fullest.

A promise he can’t break.

No matter the pain.

When fate throws Alissa and Luke together, it’s the very last thing either of them are looking for. Is there a chance its could be everything they need?”

Be warned that this book does have trigger warnings for anxiety and the death of a child. So know that going into that.

My Thoughts

So, overall I really loved this book. I had read a book that I didn’t really love right before this one and I was really nervous going into it.

I started reading it and fell in love with these characters. I connected with Alissa and understood her anxiety. You could tell that the author has been through this themselves while reading it.

I truly fell in love with this couple and I wanted them to get their happy ending. After everything they’ve been through, that’s just what they deserved.

This tells the story of these two through heartbreak and their dark times and show that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if you just work toward it.

Definitely 5 stars from me!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a giveaway and an excerpt from the novel!

Purchase Links

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Get To Know The Author

I’m a born and bred East Yorkshire lass. Where I still live with my husband and our children.
A self-confessed night owl, that’s usually when I do my best work, lucky for me home-schooling my daughter gives me plenty of time to catch up on those late-night hours writing, although my irrational love of full sugar coke can help with that too—don’t tell the sugar police.

I wrote my first book when my daughter was born back in 2004, but it stayed on my laptop for years while I worked out what to do with it. Things were sure different back then, and to be able to publish a manuscript you’d poured your soul into seemed a far-off dream, one that I didn’t know would ever come true.

While my first book baby festered on my hard drive, I went on to study a Creative Writing and English degree, while also growing our family with not only children but more puppies and dog’s than a sane woman should have.

With a degree under my belt, those original characters, tucked safely far away from sight, still called to me like old friends. Using my new skills and knowledge I decided to give them the attention they deserved. Forbidden Love is the result of those long years of maturing and I couldn’t be prouder of how my first novel turned out.

What began as one story, fifteen years ago, grew to become a series and in 2016 I took the plunge and dove into the indie publishing world releasing Forbidden Love to feedback that blew my mind.
And here I still am, loving every minute, bringing characters that hold a place in my heart to life.
All I can do now, is hope you are here to join me for the ride.

Giveaway

Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarperPhoenix16 
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarpersStonePack 
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cXsxs1 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/harperphoenix1 
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/harper-phoenix 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16257486.Harper_Phoenix
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Harperphoenix2016

Thank you all so much for joining me. I truly hope that you check out this book. I really loved it and I hope that you do as well.

Keep reading for the excerpt from the book!

Excerpt

Prologue

Alissa

When your whole world implodes and in the matter of hours and your happily ever after turns to dust, life sucks.

I’m left holding the baby. Literally.

The baby being my eleven-month old daughter, Nora, who knows nothing of her father’s failure to be a decent husband… man… well human-being really. He’s a shitty person and that’s all there is to it. Our story started out like your typical fairy-tale. Goosebumps still prickle my skin when I remember the way he chased me throughout Senior school, and the years of romance that followed. And the proposal and wedding? Just call me Cinde-fucking-rella. But my perfect life came crashing down as quickly as that pink line appeared on the pregnancy test. Apparently a tired, puffy and hormonal wife didn’t exactly make my husband’s dick stand to attention. So, in a move I can only imagine was driven by his little head (and I do mean little,) he decided my ex-best friend was a better option.

That’s right I said ex because before she did the dirty with my husband she was the best friend. I told her everything, confided in her and cried on her shoulder about my non-existent sex life and all the while her own sex life was heating up with my husband. Weekends away on ‘business trips’ and doing all the things a wife should be doing with her husband. Except she was his slutty side piece with a big fat mouth and a huge spent pussy the whole football team had ridden so often they called her the local bike.

Yeah, I’m bitter and I don’t care. I’ve been wronged by the two people I trusted the most. Now I’m a single mother with no social life to speak of, and my only conversation is in baby gobbledegook. I actually look forward to the delivery woman ringing the doorbell when I order groceries online. Yeah, I have them delivered. Have you ever tried juggling a crying baby and a shopping cart while concentrating on what comfort food you plan to stuff your face with that night while crying over chick flicks? Yeah, I’m miserable, it’s obvious, right?