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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If You Loved That, You'll Love This - Korean Edition with Axie Oh + GIVEAWAY: Win 5 Copies of Rebel Seoul!

Another round of recommendations! This time I had the pleasure of hosting Axie Oh, author of the upcoming YA Sci-Fi REBEL SEOUL, pitched as Pacific Rim meets Korean drama. 

Hi everyone! Excited to share some of my favorite Korean American and Korean authors with you in this awesome Bookavid feature. I really enjoyed “f/f recommendations with Julia Ember”, so very thrilled to be invited! Here we go:




If you love Daniel José Older's SHADOWSHAPER
Then you'll love Ellen Oh's PROPHECY

Both of these books are fast-paced adventures with courageous heroines chasing after their destinies. They're rooted strongly in their settings—modern Brooklyn in SHADOWSHAPER and ancient Korea in PROPHECY. And each integrates culture into their world building in both a macro- and micro- level. For example, with PROPHECY, on a macro-level, it’s set in a fantasy Korea and has Korean names and places. But on a micro-level the details are distinct and specific. The rhythm of the language, the interactions between the characters, who the characters are—their desires and fears—all contribute to building a world that feels like ancient Korea (but with magic)!

If you love  Jenny Han's TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE
Then you'll love Maurene Goo's I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE

This pairing might be a little obvious, but I can't help myself! Other than having very long (adorable) titles, both of these books are feel good contemporaries with realistic high school experiences and just the right amount of K-drama flair to give it that extra *gochujang (this was a really bad joke, sorry). Both books were featured on the popular Korean drama blog DRAMABEANS, here and here, because of their fun homage to K-dramas. Definitely two books close to my heart.

If you love Neil Gaiman’s TRIGGER WARNING
Then you'll love Yoon Ha Lee’s CONSERVATION OF SHADOWS

CONSERVATION OF SHADOWS may very well be my favorite short story collection. Like Gaiman, Lee's writing is literary, weird, gorgeous and imaginative. My favorite short story in this collection, “Effigy Nights,” was a 2014 nominee for the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. The story itself is…indescribable, but in short, it’s about a city of artisans under attack by enemy starships. The only way for them to repel the attack is by summoning soldiers from books of legend by cutting them out from paper with scissors. Amazing, right? Other elements in his short stories include: mecha, necromancy, Korean history, mathematics and black holes.


If you love Lauren Oliver’s DELIRIUM
Then you'll love Gabrielle Zevin’s ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE

Both of these books are literary dystopias with great characters and writing. Like DELIRIUM, the world in ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is similar to our own but for one disparate element i.e. love is outlawed in the world of DELIRIUM and chocolate is outlawed in the world of ATTID. Both books are written like contemporaries, but that added element gives them a fantasy-edge to keep things interesting. I've been a fan of Zevin's work since high school, but ATTID is a personal favorite. It’s set in a run-down New York where chocolate (the drug of choice) is outlawed. The heroine of the novel, Anya Balanchine, is the heiress to New York’s most notorious crime family. At the same time, she’s juggling Catholic school and nursing a flirtation with the new assistant DA’s son.


If you love Erin Morgenstern’s THE NIGHT CIRCUS 
Then you'll love Ha Il-Kwon’s ANNARASUMANARA

ANNARASUMANARA is a webtoon set in Korea about Yun Ai, an 11th grade student whose hardships have left her embittered. Still, as a young girl, she used to want to be a magician. When she stumbles upon an abandoned circus, a mysterious magician appears before her and asks, “Do you believe in magic?” The story goes from there and it’s enchanting.

Both THE NIGHT CIRCUS and ANNARASUMANARA follow a loose plot with gorgeous imagery (visual and textual images in the case of ANNARASUMANARA). They both center in and around a circus and are told in vignette-like chapters. The main difference is that THE NIGHT CIRCUS is fantasy, while ANNARASUMANARA is magical realism.




Axie Oh is a first generation Korean American, born in NYC and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California – San Diego and is currently pursuing an MFA at Lesley University in Writing for Young People. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk tea. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her puppy, Toro.
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REBEL SEOUL, out on September 15th 2017 with Tu Books

"After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut."

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

10 Books I'd Buy NOW If Somebody Got Me a Gift Card - feat. Cyn Balog, Lauren Oliver, Danielle Vega & more | Top Ten Tuesday





This is totally not a (not very) subtle hint that I wouldn't mind a gift card. 10 books I'd totally buy right now:






ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill
Twins waking up 400 years in the future! Hell yeah! I love books that involve travelling to the future, bring it on!

GEMINI by Sonya Muheerje
I'm still bitter that I got declined for this on Netgalley. Two words: conjoined twins. Gimme.

A LONG LONG SLEEP by Anna Sheehan
Sci-Fi and fairytales! This is about a "sleeping beauty" waking up in the future. I need a physical copy of this masterpiece!




REPLICA by Lauren Oliver
I've read BEFORE I FALL and DELIRIUM by her and I've been meaning to give her other books a shot. BEFORE I FALL was the bomb and this is a flip book. I need this. Desperately.

THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega
I'm physically upset that I haven't read this yet. The book's ridiculously expensive in my country, twice the price of a regular paperback. But exorcisms!

THE BLESSED by Tonya Hurley
This is about a boy who thinks he's a saint chosen by a God. I need.



MARY: THE SUMMONING by Hillary Monahan
This is a bloody mary retelling and y'all know how much I love scary novels. I'm ready!

FURIOUS by Jill Wolfson
I love my Greek mythology retellings and I adore everything related to the furies. This retelling especially caught my eye because there are poc cover models. Hell yeah!

SLEEPLESS by Cyn Balog
Balog convinced me of her incredible writing skills when I read her most recent release, UNNATURAL DEEDS. Though that one missed the mark slightly, I want to give her another shot. I definitely think she could become one of my favorite authors. This is a story featuring the sandman, by the way.



BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke
I'm reading an ecopy right now and I already know I need a physical copy. Oh April, you're so fab.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] Delirium - Lauren Oliver




Lena lives in a post-apocalpytic world where love is a recognized disease and everyone gets scheduled to have the capability to love removed at age 18. She has no doubts that this is the right thing to do until she meets - surprise, surprise - a boy. 

What intrigued me: The fact that everyone loves this book. I liked BEFORE I FALL by her and was hoping for something similarly interesting.

Innovation? Not Found.

The idea isn't anything new, banning emotions was already a big thing in the 90s/00s, think of movies like Equilibrium, heck scratch that, this is basically a bad version of BRAVE NEW WORLD.

I know that Lauren Oliver is a great writer, but in DELIRIUM she seems to have forgotten all the basic rules of how to keep the reader’s attention. Every single chapter begins with pages and pages of reflective paragraphs about some kind of childhood memory or relationship to another character, that I as a reader, could not care less about. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was just every other chapter, if there was action that would justify these passages. But due to her talking and talking and talking I zoned out after a while. 

The big question is how Oliver is able to fill 400+ pages with nothing. Honestly, nothing happens in this novel. Lena meets Alex, they get caught, they find a place to make out, they get caught, they take daytrips into the Wilds, they get caught.

Unlikable Heroine

The protagonist Lena has such a weird way of thinking, it made my head hurt. If you're brought up in a society that stigmatizes and makes you fear a certain thing so much that it is said to KILL you, why would you then look out for it?

Because the boy is pretty? Because the boy is pretty. Sigh.

There are not many characters that I have left to rate, nobody is paid attention to besides Hana, her best friend, and Alex, her love interest. The entire world of Delirium seems to revolve around them. I liked her friend Hana, because she actually had a personality and opinions. Lena sucks up controversial topics like a sponge and copies the way of thinking of other people, she is a very flat character and absolutely not worth having her own story dedicated to. I’d rather have read about Hana. 



Rating:

☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

I had such high hopes and expectations. I wouldn’t recommend it, if you’re looking for a good dystopia. Lack of world-building, lack of plot, lack of character-depth.



Additional Info

Published: February 7th 2012
Pages: 441
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA / Dystopia
ISBN: 9780061726835

Synopsis:
"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."
(Source: Goodreads)


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