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- File size : 1302 KB
- Publication date : February 13, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 209 pages
- ASIN : B01N7ZL3F0
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1543150225
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #820,350 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The other thing I kept in mind while reading this was that it was a shorter novel, so I was more tolerant of the quick move from crush to love. If you can't check your realism at the door, this might not be the book for you. It kind of reminded me of my days of reading Harlequins...without any of the sexy times (seriously, this is a VERY CLEAN read). But it satisfied my need for a sweet romance you can root for, you know?
And I LOVE me a celebrity romance!! Especially when they meet up with a regular girl and feel that connection! I might have wanted a bit more connection at times, but there was enough to keep me happy. The other thing I kind wanted a bit more of was from Jenica -- why was she so insecure and down on herself? I needed a bit more background on her I think.
Honestly though, it was just kind of fun to be in a world where stars are kidnapped by evil corporate big wigs, and there is chases, and hostages, and possible corruption. And cute pop stars who just want to be loved for who they are.
AND it totally fulfilled my diversity requirement! I felt like I got to see a bit of what life was like for both Jenica and Woon, and it was fun to have it set in Beijing.
So yeah. I totally enjoyed myself. It was like a fun sugar-filled candy. Sometimes you just need a treat of uncomplicated fun.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 3.8 -- Plot mixes cliche/overly convenient with unique/interesting. Has some shaky bits and a slight lack of focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline is clear and consistent. If you're okay with some suspension of disbelief, this is an entertaining little story. And it honestly is a pretty good representation of K-drama stories in general, which I happen to like. Woon and Jenica run into each other by chance not once but twice, because of course they do. And they basically fall in love at once, without realizing the feeling is mutual. Then they do battle with a greedy corporate maniac, emerge victorious, and all is right with the world. It's a whole lot of action for a novella, plus most of the action is in the span of a few days. Not stellar literature, but entertaining.
Characters: 2.8 -- Main characters are mostly relatable, realistic, interesting, and/or dynamic. Minor characters and villains are almost exclusively stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed. I appreciate that Jenica and Blain are given unique personalities, but I wish there was more development of the other characters. Especially Woon. I'm not really clear on what makes Jenica fixate on him so quickly, and then fall in love. Um, he's handsome, and a talented performer. He helped with her sprained ankle, and drives a rickshaw like a maniac. What else does she really know about him? Not much, as far as I can tell.
Mechanics and Writing: 3.8 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<8/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Good use of POV. Average writing, with strong parts and parts that struggle. Errors include: compound/hyphenated word confusion, mild punctuation or formatting issues, occasional use of a word that is close but not quite the right one. POV is all first person Jenica.
Redeeming Value: 3.8 -- Incidental uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though there is some shaky ground. No explicit sex scenes. Implied moral guidelines for behavior. Very clean, with just one kiss at the very end. Several kidnappings/being threatened at gunpoint/hostage situations, but the good guys only resort to violence to protect themselves. Several characters are willing to risk their lives or their careers to help each other. Themes of friendship, and that money and fame isn't the ultimate goal.
Personal Enjoyment: 3 -- I liked it. It was enjoyable and entertaining. I wouldn’t mind re-reading it someday, but it’s not a priority.
For me the most bothersome aspect were the grammatical mistakes. Mostly where the wrong homophone is used in an idiom or common saying. Occasionally the MC just saying something that has no background and leaves the reader wondering if something got edited out somewhere that would have made this thought or statement make sense. Thankfully there were only about half a dozen of them, but it was still distracting from the story.