Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Scandalized by Tara Frejas

SCANDALIZED
Author: Tara Frejas
Publication Date: May 5, 2016
Genre: NA/Contemporary/Romance

 

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SYNOPSIS

Fi Legaspi is living the dream working in Seoul as a road manager for one of South Korea’s hottest bands, East Genesis Project. Until she isn’t.

When she finds herself in the middle of a scandal and a hostile fangirl witch hunt, Fi seeks the comfort of home, and to her surprise, not the person she had been pining for for years. All too suddenly it’s no longer her career on the line, but also her heart. Will she walk away from everything that matters to her or fight to keep her dream alive?

GOODREADS

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BOOK REVIEW

Are you into Korean idol groups? If yes, you need to read this.

Are you a fangirl? If yes, you must read this.

Or just looking for a good book to devour in one sitting? Then better check this book out by Tara Frejas, Scandalized. This book is all that and more.

I’m sure you’ve encountered books out there with just by reading the first sentence of their synopsis and you’re thinking that, “Okay, done deal. I’m sold with this one.”, right? Scandalized was like that for me. “Fi Legaspi is living the dream working in Seoul as a road manager for one of South Korea’s hottest bands, East Genesis Project.” totally lured me in. Maybe this is also because of the fact that I’m currently hooked with the K-Pop group, EXO, and I badly needed a reading material that will feed off my Korean entertainment feels. Scandalized was just the perfect read for me. No-brainer, I breezed through it and enjoyed reading something that I have knowledge and feels to.

Within 18 chapters, Scandalized was able to touch base on a lot of things concerning the entertainment industry, the artists and the general public. Readers are given a quick and easy to understand run through on how Korean management works when it comes to nurturing their artists since trainee days. Road managers, hardworking PR people and other non-artist personnel were also highlighted. But beware, not everything behind all the glitz and glamour are real pretty. Scandals, manipulations, cover-ups and power-plays are things that sadly exist. Fi Legaspi and Jo Yihwan had a taste of that here in Scandalized.

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Books

Announcement and Cover Reveal: All Closed Off by Cora Carmack

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From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, ALL CLOSED OFF! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella’s story! ALL CLOSED OFF is coming your way May 1, 2017!

 

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ABOUT ALL CLOSED OFF (Releasing May 1, 2017):

Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

Vulnerable.

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In Photos

In Photos: Wang Eun (왕은), Foods and Friends

Friends meet Baby Wang Eun (와은).

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Remember this cute face of my lil fella because I’m quite sure you’ll be seeing a lot of him here in my blog and on my Instagram account. Baby Wang Eun is certainly a perfect companion and subject to my photos. Ha!

When I was kid, I remember collecting Barbie dolls but not much fascinated with stuffed toys. Even as a teenager. When it felt like everyone’s room is bursting at the seams with stuffed toys, enter my room and you’ll be proven wrong.

Well, until I became an EXO-L and knew about the existence of EXO dolls.

At present, I have two dolls. The Prince Baek doll which I prefer to be called as (Baby) Wang Eun doll (first photo) in reference to Baekhyun’s character in Scarlet Heart Ryeo. That’s the doll that I’ve been wanting ever since I learned about someone producing such doll. It was during Scarlet Heart’s airing when I became an EXO-L and ended up being a Baekhyun stan. So when I saw someone selling their Prince Baek doll, I immediately messaged her and reserved it. Thanks to her I now have my Baby Wang Eun who holds a very special place in my heart.

I also have a Kyunee Hyunee (above), which is currently in production and bound to arrive here in the Philippines by July or August. The waiting game for this doll is too strong and long. But it’s okay. I know it’s worth the wait. Just look at his cute face!

But what started as a meet and greet for my Wang Eun doll, this blog post is actually just me sharing some photos that I (my friends) took over the weekend.

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Korean Drama

A Classic: Goong (궁)

Can you believe that it has been 11 years since Goong (or widely known by Filipino viewers as Princess Hours) aired in Korea? Can you believe it?

Eleven years have simply flown by, yet Goong stayed very close to my heart. My fanaticism over it is still burning so bright and stuck deep in me.

You might be wondering and asking why all of a sudden I’m bringing this all up and blogging about it. It’s because I recently binge re-watch it and my feels are going haywire. So I thought, maybe writing a blog post might get all of my feels out or at least lessen this major TV series hangover that I’m experiencing right now. It’s also fitting because during the time when Goong aired in Korea and here in the Philippines, I’m not into blogging yet and all I ever did was to collect photos from the internet.

GOONG: Thoughts and Feels trip

Watching the series again, made me notice some things that my young self might have just shrugged off at the time and so crafting this blog post is a very exciting thing for me to do. I’ll be able to rehash my feels here and at the same time do some commentary. So win-win.

STORY AND CHARACTERS

Goong is a drama based on a manwha that delves into an alternate 21st century Korean royal family with a Cinderella and a power-playing royal family member arc in it. A commoner, Shin Chae Gyeong, ends up marrying the Crown Prince Lee Shin because of their grandfather’s pact. I know, you may say that this story is too cliché and you can obviously see episodes away that these two will just fall in love with each other. I’ve seen it too but there were elements in the story that made it more exciting to watch.

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KPop

A LOOK BACK to 02.26.17: EXO’rDIUM in Manila D2

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Six months ago, you’d possibly find me reading a book, surfing through the web for the next Korean drama that I would be doing a marathon over the weekends or just randomly tweeting stuff. Because that is how I usually spend my down time.

Six months ago, if you said that I’d be hauling my ass off all the way from Albay just to watch a concert of a Korean boy group – I wouldn’t believe it and I’d tell you you’re crazy.

But life loves to play games and to surprise us in crazy ways.

I’m weird. I have this weird thinking that Korean dramas are enough for me and I don’t need to involve myself with Korean music. So prior to this, the only recent Korean songs that I listen to and know by heart are the ones featured in Korean dramas that I watch. I don’t even dare to get to know more and follow the activities of those artists who sang whichever. I just know them by name and the drama they’re associated with. In a sense, Korean music felt like a no go and been there, done that area for me. I stanned Super Junior back in the days but my fervor for Korean songs little by little waned. I’m blaming my younger self for that.

I thought that was the end of it.

I thought I was fully done with fawning over Korean idols.

Well, I thought wrong.

In just a span of six months (or let’s say, three months since the deets for EXO’rDIUM were announced in mid-December 2016), a lot of things happened and changed. How I felt for EXO, was as easy as hook, line and sinker. There was something about their group that made me want to stan, protect, support  and love them.

From a non EXO-L, I became a full-blown “I need to attend their concert, oh god I’m gonna die if I don’t” EXO-L. Crazy. I didn’t expect to reach this level of being a fan of them in such a short span of time. But I remembered my Mother telling me over dinner, “Ganyan ka talaga noh, kapag naging fan ka hardcore. All in.” In my defense though, yes I easily become a fan of someone but what happened here with EXO – only happened twice in my fangirl life (for Jonas Brothers and One Direction). There are other artists that I listen to and appreciate but I can still pass up the opportunity of attending their concert.

With EXO, my want and need to see them perform live equaled to Jonas Brothers and One Direction. Now, I can proudly say that I’ve been to the concerts of my three faves. 

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