Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1)

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In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?


 

Rating: 2/5

CAUTION: RAGE AHEAD. SWEARING AND SPOILERS TO BE EXPECTED.

FUCK. ME. THIS WAS SO BAD. I WAS BOILING WITH RAGE AND FRUSTRATION THROUGHOUT 50% OF THE BOOK. Also, I WAS DUPED INTO READING THIS BOOK, BECAUSE THE BLURB ON THE ACTUAL BOOK DID NOT MENTION NO GODDAMN LOVE TRIANGLE (OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T READ THE GOODREADS BLURB DAMMIT).

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(HERE’S PROOF JUST IN CASE)

THEY MENTIONED ‘HEART BREAKER’ ON THE FRONT COVER, BUT I ASSUMED IT WAS ONLY ONE HEART GODDAMMIT ALL TO HELL. URGH. But it’s not the romance that got me the most worked up, because the romance is, in fact, hardly there (apart from the MC casually checking the guys out). Ohmygod where do I even begin.

I guess I can start with HOW THE BLURB (OR MAYBE BOTH THE BLURBS) FUCKING LIED. I WAS PROMISED A “FIERCELY INDEPENDENT” “TOUGH GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN DOWN HER FAIR SHARE OF BAD GUYS”, AND APPARENTLY SHE’S “ARMED, DANGEROUS, AND READY TO KILL FIRST AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER.” INSTEAD, I GOT A CRYBABY WHO CAN’T DO JACKSHIT WITHOUT SCREAMING AND KNOWS ABSOLUTELY ZILCH ABOUT HUNTING.

OHMYFUCKINGGOD. I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD, SHE SCREAMED EVERY TIME SHE FIRED A SHOT, AND SHE CRIED AT LEAST ONCE EVERY 5O. FUCKING. PAGES. And oh ya, HUNTER? WHAT HUNTER? She has a closer relationship to plants than a fucking hunter. Although, to be fair, she did manage to defend herself a little at times. But considering how badass she was supposed to be, the little amount of “hunting skills” that she portrayed was DEFINITELY not enough.

Oh yes, yes, and one other thing that bothered me about the whole hunting shit. NOBODY FUCKING HUNTS DEADLY SHIT WITHOUT DOING THEIR RESEARCH FIRST, DUMBASS. Normal hunters (i.e. hunters in other books) spend YEARS reading up on ALL their monsters and making sure that they know EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT ALL OF THEM BEFORE THEY GO OUT TO HUNT THEM. YOU KNOW WHY? CAUSE THEY’LL FUCKING DIE IF THEY DON’T, THAT’S WHY. YOU CAN’T BE A FUCKING HUNTER AND NOT KNOW WHAT A FUCKING DJAMPIR IS, OR WHAT A LOUP-GAROU IS. WHAT IF YOU MEET ONE AND GOTTA KILL IT? WHATCHU GONNA DO THEN, HUH??? It’s literally sheer dumb luck that both Dru and her father managed to survive that long.

The blurb needs to be changed to “Daft father and teenage daughter hunted monsters using their incompetent skills and survived for a long time through sheer dumb luck, until one day, he turned into a zombie. Daughter tries to find out why, but her general lack of skills and her river of tears prevent her from being anywhere near productive. She might end up dying, but she probably won’t because she has two handsome men to save her. Also, she’s supposed to save the world or something.”

Now that my general rage about the blurb is done, I am going to proceed to raging about the plot, more accurately, certain parts of the plot.

First up, WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THE VIRGIN SHIT??? Apparently, if you’re a virgin, you don’t get turned into a werewolf??????? What the hell??? What kind of lousy ass “praise the virgins, damn the others” bull is this? And they gave some half-assed explanation of the whole virgin thing too -.- Like if you’re a virgin then certain chemicals are not activated blah blah blah or something like that. That makes… Zero sense. I don’t even know what to say.

Next up, let’s just listen to this sentence.

A lady the size of a pickup truck in a massive blue parka – so large she looked practically square from the back – manhandled her kid up to the counter.

Way to add to the stereotypes about overweight people in society *rolls eyes so hard*

Also, this book is like borderline racist.

His cheekbones were going to come out and he was going to be one of those pretty half-Asians.

For the record, there are a shit ton of half-Asians in my country, and they are ALL GORGEOUS. WHAT DO YOU MEAN “ONE OF THOSE PRETTY HALF-ASIANS”. And let’s not discount the number of times I read “ethnic colouring/skin”, like what is that?????? Asians are not all one colour, you know that right? I’m Chinese, so I’m pale as fuck, and I look like a goddamn ghost. My best friend is Bengali, so she’s dark as fuck and she looks like chocolate. We have friends who are Malay, and their skin tones range between hers and mine. WE ARE ALL ASIANS. So no, “ethnic colouring/skin” doesn’t cut it.

OKAY, RANT OVER. I’M DONE. THE ONLY REASON I’M NOT GIVING THIS BOOK 1 STAR WAS BECAUSE I HAVE READ WORSE BOOKS AND BECAUSE THERE WERE OCCASIONAL MOMENTS WHERE SHE KICKED ASS. I NEED TO STOP BEFORE I GIVE MYSELF AN ANEURYSM.

The First Time She Drowned

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Cassie O’Malley has been trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie is finally able to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.

But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage. As Cassie plumbs the depths of her new surroundings, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is real? And more important, whose life must she save?

A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.


 

Rating: 5/5

It was when I discovered that there are two kinds of death. There is ceasing to exist, usually accompanied by a funeral and loved ones in mourning. And then there is emotional death born out of necessity and measured solely by the absence of grief it causes: the turning off the lights of oneself in order to shut down the feelings of being alive.

This book HURT. It hurt me so bad, because I have felt all the things she felt in the story. I actually finished it January, but now, in late JULY, I still remember how I felt while reading the book. I am still left absolutely speechless by the sheer force of the book. The author depicts the MC’s struggle to stay alive so perfectly, and while our experiences differ, I can empathize with what she is feeling. I still feel like that sometimes, and the author describes those feelings much more eloquently than I ever could.

“Were you a good girl for Dora?” she asked.

I nodded yes, but the sadness found its edges and gathered into the shape of arms that groped desperately inside my chest, reaching as if through prison bars, unable to break free. I felt there was something I wanted to tell my mother, but I couldn’t remember what it was.

“Your daughter is such a good girl!” is what my relatives used to always tell my parents when I was young. Over time, it just became an expectation of me – that I’ll be the one whom my parents never had to worry about. And so, the fake smiles, laughs and cheeriness began. Yes, I’m a good girl, but sadness and tears will always be hidden underneath it all.

I spend the next hour in a dirty gas station bathroom changing out of my clothes, blow-drying my wet hair with the hand dryer, reapplying my makeup – trying to make myself perfect so no one will be able to guess what’s underneath, see the girl who can’t stay afloat.

I arm myself differently, through clothes and masks, but the feeling is the same. We are both struggling to stay afloat.

I love this book. It will be difficult for some to read, but I highly encourage you to be swept up by the emotional roller coaster that this is.

This Is Our Story

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Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.


 

Rating: 5/5

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URGHHHHHHHHHH THIS BOOK IS SO GOODDDDDDDDDD. I’m such a sucker for murder mysteries, and this is, by far, one of the BEST mysteries I’ve ever read in a while. It is also so, so close to real life. Bunch of rich dudes shutting up and closing ranks, their parents using their influence to get what they want – we see this wayyyyy too often in reality.

So the gist of the plot is that Grant gets shot, and one of the four other boys did it, except that no one knows who it is. Kate, the main character in this story, is determined to get to the truth of the matter, because she had certain connections to Grant (or so she thought). As she gets deeper and deeper into the matter, and closer and closer to the truth, her life just might be in danger. It’s actually pretty simple, to be honest.

The writing was clear and extremely easy to follow. There were no/barely noticeable grammatical/spelling errors that jarred me out of my reading stupor. It was also pretty funny at times, because of how relatable it was.

It does look like they’ve had a good day. A dirty one, but good. I scroll down and accidentally “like” the image.

Oh crap.

I’m four years deep into his account and I “liked” his picture. Will he get an instant notification? Should I hit it again to “unlike” it?

Yes. I hit it again and the red heart goes away. Did I undo it in time?

And then I see I have a new notification.

Shep Moore is following you

I could die.

We’ve all done this and nearly died of a heart attack while frantically trying to “unlike” it.

Besides the writing, I actually thought that the romance was cute…?!?!?! I rarely ever say this, because of how much I actually dislike romance in books, but this romance was really, really cute. They definitely didn’t fall into insta-love, the romance was not getting in the way of anything, she wasn’t just mooning over him half the time. A+++. I can’t believe this, but I REALLY WANT MORE OF THE ROMANCE.

Overall, READ IT. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.

I throw the lid on the box, then kick it. I hate the legal system. Hate it. I’ve learned that not all who should go to jail do. And not all who should walk free will. The facts of a case and the innocence of the accused are only as strong as the person presenting them. And if you have enough money and connections, there’s little to no chance you’ll ever get in any real trouble. A slap on the wrist, some community service, and it’s back to life as usual.

 

Confessions of a Murder Suspect (Confessions #1)

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James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family… and the dark secrets they’re keeping from one another.

On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: She was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. She can’t trust anyone — maybe not even herself.

Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud’s intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents’ affairs is a dangerous — and revealing — game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?


 

Rating: 2/5

I seem to be in the habit of expecting great things from pretty crappy books. It was the same for ‘Crescendo’ by Becca Fitzpatrick, for ‘Fallen’ by Lauren Kate, and for ‘The Forever Song’ by Julie Kagawa (though the last one wasn’t my fault because the first two books in that series were actually good). How can James Patterson, such a famous and widely loved author (the ‘widely loved’ part is an assumption, but I’m pretty sure he’s well-known in the book lovers community because of his ‘Maximum Ride’ series), write such a subpar book? By the end of the first 100 pages, my feeling towards this book was really just ‘Meh.’, and it remained that way for the rest of the book. How did it turn out this way.

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The biggest problem I had with the book was its constant “telling instead of showing” type of writing style. The readers ain’t dumb, we KNOW that something like “quaking in my boots” means that you’re scared! You don’t have to explicitly say “I’m scared” for us to get your meaning.

The cartons were labeled in Chinese. And it might not surprise you at this point to learn that I can actually read Chinese.

You don’t have to tell us this explicitly goddammit, just read the damn thing. URGH. Furthermore, I know that it’s supposed to be written in a confessional style, but the language and the sentence structure belong to an average 13 year-old, not a super smart, what, 17 year old??? Maybe I just didn’t click with the writing, I don’t know, but it annoyed me to no end.

Another problem I had with it was that it was so… boring. I had already figured out that their parents had genetically altered them, and how their parents had genetically altered them, long before they did. And when they did, it was like some mind-blowing crap for them, but it really wasn’t that exciting. Seriously. Also, the investigation of the parents’ deaths was just… lame. Man, I love murder mysteries. They always ALWAYS draw me in. I love the investigation and the piecing together of clues. But this investigation felt like it was just… haphazardly put together. Gods, I also felt like a lot of it was by luck, which is honestly just ridiculous. A murder mystery shouldn’t be like that. DAMMIT I WANTED TO LOVE IT SO BAD. (And let’s not even mention the ending)

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In conclusion, you shouldn’t read this book. It was boring and really not worth your time. I’ll still read the second book cause I’m a big believer in second chances, and HOPEFULLY *fingers crossed* it’ll be much better than the first. Please be better.

P.S. I’m still giving it a 2 star rating because it’s definitely not one of the worst books I’ve read. I didn’t want to throw it against the wall, so at least there’s that.

So, you might be wondering why I wasn’t bawling, screeching, or passing out from shock and horror. Or why I wasn’t running to the bathroom to vomit or curling up in the fetal position, hugging my knees and sobbing. Or doing any of the things that a teenage girl who’s just seen her murdered parents’ bodies ought to do.

The answer is complicated, but here’s the simplest way to say it: I’m not a whole lot like most girls. At least, not from what I can tell. For me, having a meltdown was seriously out of the question.

(urgh)

The Impossible Knife of Memory

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For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.


 

Rating: 2/5 (Max 2.5)

I went into the book, fully prepared to be enraptured and completely heartbroken. Unfortunately… I was not. (It was actually surprisingly put-down-able) This will not be the first (or the last) time that I’ve been really let down by a book that I’ve been DYING to read. In fact, I was reading a book halfway when I decided to hop over to this book because the other book was a bit too boring for the stunning reviews that it got.

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Let’s just break the characters down a little. We’ll start with Hayley.

She’s not one of my most hated book MCs, but I still disliked her a lot. I wanted to sympathise with her so badly. A father with PTSD that she has to constantly take care of, a mother who died when she was a child, a ‘stepmom’ who left her when things were bad – no one should ever have to grow up in these conditions. So I would understand if she had some bitterness in her. However, she took the “I hate everything and everyone” attitude a tad too far. She was mean and cruel to people who were nice to her (especially Finn), and that is just unacceptable. Again, I would understand a certain degree of wariness towards others, but she pushed that too far too. She was basically the stereotype of the emo-goth-life-sucks-people-suck person, and I really, really, REALLY did not appreciate that at all. Just look at her attitude!

Dear gods above, Michael has hooked my father up with a skank piece of trash.

HOW DO YOU KNOW SHE’S A ‘SKANK PIECE OF TRASH’ IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHO SHE WAS.

No wonder the zombies were crazy. They thought they were supposed to practice breeding before they learned how to do their own laundry.

First thing, she calls everyone a zombie or a freak. Except for herself. Because she’s so much better than them. Second, she says that high schoolers practice ‘breeding’.

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Are we wild animals? ‘Breeding’? Like, are you kidding me. So apparently, we’re all wild animals just randomly fucking each other and making babies. Okay. Gods I hate her.

Now, let’s move on to Finn. He’s the sweetest. I LOVE HIM. He made the book much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, I have nothing else to say about him, because he was kind of one-dimensional. He was nice, yeah, but like, not much else? I wanted to know how living in such a family, where you always always come in second, will impact someone’s personality, and I didn’t get that. Instead, I got a fluff ball which had the occasional thorn. And that’s pretty much it.

Finally, I’ll talk about Hayley’s dad. His depiction feels very clean. Like yeah, we see the big things, where he loses control and gets violent and stuff like that, but it tends to be the accumulation of the little things that break you. Without being able to see the little things, I really just cannot quite believe in the pain that her father supposedly feels. I might sound like a heartless bitch right now, but I was just recently diagnosed with PTSD. So I know exactly how it feels to break apart. This just, didn’t feel real to me.

Overall, the characters were meh (the 2 people I thought was slightly more real were Gracie and Trish), the romance was meh (I didn’t even talk about it cause it was a bit weird), the writing was okay, and I wish that there was a lot more emotional depth and exploration. There were some good moments, but the bad outshone the good. Wouldn’t recommend it.

“… And then she felt awful, because she really, really loves him, you know? She felt bad because she hurt him,” she sniffed, “and then she felt worse because it doesn’t matter how much she loves him, he’s not going to change.”

Dark Places

In my head, I have multiple friends. Well, not friends really, but my head is their home, so why not just call them friends?

This first friend is called Liz, short for Lizzy. She has frizzy hair. She gets anxious easily, because Worry is her last name. She likes to hop around and scream when she feels that way. When I don’t do what she wants, she shrieks even louder, until I give in. Lizzy is the most obnoxious one out of the three there. Always asking for my attention. Tsk.

The next friend is called Cat, short for Catherine. She’s always dressed in black. Such a goth, I know. Maybe because Sadness is her last name. She’s really quiet as she’s always tired. Cat is good friends with Liz, even though they’re complete opposites. She only raises her head when Liz is finally worn out or sleeping. She doesn’t ask for much, neither does she do much. She just sits there and waits for each day to slowly be over.

The last friend is called Dave, short for David. He just joined them recently, but he fits in really well. Probably because his last name is Flashbacks. He doesn’t show his face very often as he prefers to lurk in the background. Cat and Liz treat him as if he’s always been part of the family. If I ever see him, he’s always with either one of them. He also always bring pictures with him. Pictures that I don’t want to see, but he insists that I look at them anyway.

In my head, I have multiple friends. These friends of mine want to bring me to places that I don’t want to go to. Places that no one should have to go to. Sometimes I can resist, but sometimes I don’t have the strength to. And so I’ll be consumed by those dark places.

Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends #3

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In a world at war, who can you trust?

The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are the handle and the blade. Desperate to outmaneuver the evil Alvar Kitsune, whose hold on the people grows stronger every day, Emperor Tatsu begs Moria to put aside past grievances and ally with Gavril—at least long enough to make an attempt on Alvar’s life. Meanwhile, reunited with her long-lost grandfather, Ashyn discovers that she is the key to a ritual that could reawaken an ancient dragon and turn the tide of the coming battle in their favor.

But with lies and betrayal lurking around every corner, Ashyn and Moria will have to decide once and for all where their allegiances are. And it may not be where their hearts would lead them…

In this breathtaking final book in her epic trilogy the Age of Legends, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong blends fantasy, action, and romance to give readers the unforgettable ending they’ve been waiting for.


 

Rating: 4/5

This series ended much better than I had expected it to. How did that happen.

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It was actually pleasant to read. I was sort of surprised.

The book starts where the previous book ends (in the woods). It goes on exactly as the synopsis describes, with occasional interesting events happening. Ashyn and Moria ended up saving the kingdom and blah blah blah. A few tears (or maybe a fountain) were shed, but it wasn’t anything that was too unpredictable. There are far more important things in the story. For instance, they got A BABY DRAGON INSTEAD OF AN ADULT DRAGON.

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ISN’T THAT JUST SO DARN CUTE. The dragon imprinted on Tyrus, so Tyrus became its mommy HAHA.

Moria was finally tamed, and Ashyn finally put on her big girl panties :OOOOOOO Moria wasn’t as reckless as she was in the previous 2 books, which was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING because she used to get herself into really dangerous and stupid situations. She did her part and didn’t go on random rage rampages anymore. It was honestly so unexpected that I think I’m more impressed than I’m supposed to be. Ashyn also finally grew a pair, holy mother. I usually viewed her as the slightly more annoying one because she always needed to be saved by someone. This time, however, she needed much less saving. She also FOUGHT. SHE. FOUGHT. HOLY. CRAP. ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ASHYN PLEASE.

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I think that me being so stunned by Moria’s control and Ashyn’s sudden strong personality says A LOT about how annoying they were in the previous 2 books ==

Many people had problems with the love triangle between Moria, Tyrus and Gavril as they felt like Gavril didn’t get the ending that he deserved i.e. they felt that Gavril should have ended up with Moria. I felt that the ending to their romance couldn’t have been done better. Moria seemed to have chosen Tyrus, but I still felt the tension between her and Gavril. The love triangle wasn’t exceptionally clearly resolved, but I think that that was the best way. Moria can’t just dump Tyrus for Gavril! Tyrus is such a sweetheart. I wouldn’t be able to bear it if he were hurt. But at the same time, I feel like she also has some unresolved feelings for Gavril. So the ambiguity in the ending was perfect.

In conclusion, this book is definitely the best of the series. Would recommend it, but that would mean that you’ll have to read the 1st 2 books so… Meh.

Ashyn had no desire to entertain court ladies. And certainly no desire to suffer through a late-night visit with those who secretly hoped someone more interesting would stop by. So she ignored the knock. But when it came again, Tova moved to paw at her feet, whining and looking at her questioningly.

“Yes, it is my duty to answer,” she said. “But I have decided there is more to life than obedience. I avoided death at the hands of a mad dragon-cult leader. I will not perish of dishonor if I fail to answer a door.”

Struggles of being alive

There are certain nights where I struggle with my sanity.

This happens to be one of those nights. Again.

I should be used to them, but I’m not.

I don’t think that I ever will be.

How do you get used to this feeling

Of wanting to rip your heart out

And wanting to shred it into a million pieces

Just so that you’ll stop feeling.

Stop feeling this horrible ache.

Stop feeling this paralysing sadness.

Stop feeling this mind-numbing, bone-crushing loneliness.

How do you live, when the world isn’t fit to live in?

When the world is a horrible, cruel place

That crushes everyone that’s different

That crushes everyone that’s good

That crushes everyone that hopes.

I don’t want to live in this world. Haven’t wanted to in a while.

Was going to say goodbye 3 years ago, but I decided to stay a while longer.

And I’m still not sure if I chose right.

But now that this is out, I feel better.

Just wanted to say that it is a struggle to be alive right now.

List of amazing Kpop songs

SM ENTERTAINMENT (You will have to resist laughing at their English but their songs are catchy)

TVXQ: Used to have 5 people, but 3 people sued the company and left. But their songs are still good. Fandom called Cassiopeia. Insanely good as a group of 5. Bias is Changmin.

  1. Mirotic
  2. Keep Your Head Down
  3. Catch Me
  4. Something

Super Junior: Used to have 13 people, but 1 sued and left and another just left. My first love. I like their odd numbered albums better than their even ones. Bias is Ryeowook.

  1. No Other
  2. Sorry Sorry
  3. It’s You
  4. Mamacita
  5. This is Love
  6. From U
  7. Mr. Simple
  8. Superman

SHINee: No one left YAY. Insanely good dancers, arguably best dancers in Kpop. Hilarious af. Cannot choose between Jongkook and Minho so no bias.

  1. Lucifer
  2. Ring Ding Dong
  3. Sherlock
  4. Married to the Music
  5. View
  6. Everybody
  7. Replay
  8. 1 of 1
  9. Don’t Let Me Go

SNSD: AKA Girls’ Generation. Kicked my bias Jessica out, so 8 now instead of 9. Known as the ideal girlfriend type for Korean men. Have a sub-group called TTS.

  1. Genie
  2. Gee
  3. Lion Heart
  4. I Got A Boy
  5. Mr. Mr.
  6. Mr. Taxi
  7. Paparazzi
  8. All My Love is for You

EXO: Most famous group in the company right now. Used to have 12, but 3 sued and left. Known for awesome choreography. Bias is Baekhyun.

  1. Monster
  2. Growl
  3. What Is Love
  4. Call Me Baby
  5. Overdose
  6. Lotto
  7. Ko Ko Bop

F(x): Used to have 5, but 1 left. Gets much less promotion compared to SNSD, which is a shame. One of the members is the sister of Jessica from SNSD. Pretty different from SNSD and Red Velvet (another girl group from SM).

  1. Nu Abo
  2. LA chA TA
  3. Hot Summer
  4. Electric Shock
  5. Danger
  6. Rum Pum Pum Pum
  7. 4 Walls

Red Velvet: No one has left yet because they’re new. Don’t listen to them much. Very cute most of the time.

  1. Russian Roulette
  2. Dumb Dumb
  3. Ice Cream Cake
  4. Rookie
  5. Red Flavour
  6. Automatic

 

YG ENTERTAINMENT (Very hiphop and weird, but the artists under this company are exceedingly talented)

Big Bang: Favourite group for the past 4 years. Hilarious af. All have their own solo careers. Known for bombastic music, crazy MVs and weird fashion sense. Bias is GD.

  1. Fantastic Baby
  2. Sober
  3. Bang Bang Bang
  4. Haru Haru
  5. Fxxk It
  6. Blue
  7. Let’s Not Fall in Love

2NE1: Most badass female group ever. Very different from the ones that debuted in the 2000s. Just disbanded last year. Cannot choose between Dara and CL so no bias.

  1. Fire
  2. I Am The Best
  3. Gotta Be You
  4. Go Away
  5. Come Back Home
  6. Can’t Nobody

iKon: Relatively new. Not as bombastic as Big Bang, but still pretty out there sometimes. Bias is BI.

  1. Dumb & Dumber
  2. My Type
  3. What’s Wrong?
  4. Airplane
  5. Apology
  6. Rhythm Ta
  7. Bling Bling
  8. B-day

Blackpink: Debuted in 2016. All gorgeous and beautiful. More dance-y than the rest. Only have 5 songs. Cannot choose bias because they are all stunning.

  1. Boombayah
  2. Whistle
  3. Playing with Fire
  4. Stay
  5. As If It’s Your Last

Akdong Musician: AKA AKMU. Indie vibes. Brother sister pair. Sister has angelic voice while brother writes music, produces music and raps.

  1. Re-bye
  2. How People Move
  3. 200%
  4. Give Love
  5. Melted
  6. Play Ugly
  7. Dinosaur

Winner: Relatively new. Used to have 5 but 1 left/was kicked out. More ballad style. No bias as don’t know them well enough.

  1. Empty
  2. Sentimental
  3. Really Really
  4. Food

Epik High: Really old rap group. Don’t really know them either.

  1. Born Hater

PSY: Most famous for Gangnam Style. Been in the industry for over a decade. Known for really weird MVs.

  1. Daddy
  2. Gentleman
  3. Napal Baji

 

JYP ENTERTAINMENT (Decent English, all the artists very pretty/handsome)

2PM: Used to have 7, but 1 left. Known as the Beast idols as they’re all ripped. Exceedingly good looking bunch. Hilarious af too. Cannot choose favourite so no bias.

  1. A.D.T.O.Y.
  2. Go Crazy
  3. My House
  4. Heartbeat
  5. I’ll Be Back
  6. Again & Again

Miss A: Used to have 4, but 1 left. Very focused on 1 particular person in the group. Don’t know them well enough to choose bias.

  1. Goodbye Baby
  2. Hush
  3. I Don’t Need A Man
  4. Only You
  5. Bad Girl, Good Girl
  6. Breathe

Got7: Relatively new. Talented, but haven’t found their sound. Cannot choose bias as they’re all too cute.

  1. If You Do
  2. Stop stop it
  3. Fly
  4. Just Right
  5. Hard Carry

Twice: Relatively new. Don’t really listen to them and don’t really like them. Heard that they’re not very good live.

  1. TT
  2. Like Ooh-Ahh
  3. Knock Knock
  4. Cheer Up

 

OTHER COMPANIES

4Minute: Under Cube Entertainment. Disbanded last year. Most famous member is Hyuna. No bias.

  1. Whatcha Doin’ Today
  2. Crazy
  3. Hate

BTS: Under Big Hit Entertainment. Very famous in the world right now. A lot of the people in the fandom are exceptionally annoying because they keep leaving comments everywhere. Really don’t want to be associated with them but I like BTS. Very talented, will probably last long. Very good dancers, but I still like Shinee. Bias is J-Hope.

  1. Blood, Sweat and Tears
  2. Spring Day
  3. Danger
  4. Run
  5. I Need You
  6. Save Me

Brown Eyed Girls: Under Mystic Entertainment. Love how they take charge of their sexuality.

  1. Abracadabra
  2. Sixth Sense
  3. Cleansing Cream
  4. Paradise Lost (solo)
  5. Fxxk U (solo)

Mamamoo: Under Rainbow Bridge World. Amazing vocals. All super cute and hilarious. Bias is Wheein.

  1. Um Oh Ah Yeah
  2. You’re The Best
  3. Piano Man
  4. Mr. Ambiguous
  5. Decalcomanie

Gfriend: Under Source Music. Very good dancers. Don’t know them well enough to have a bias.

  1. Rough
  2. Me Gusta Tu
  3. Navillera
  4. Fingertip

 

From way cool to way sexualised

Hi guys! I don’t think that I’ve said this before, but I’m an ardent Kpopper. For those of you who don’t know what it means, it basically means that I listen to Korean Pop music. A lot. I’ve been listening to it for nearly 7 years now, so I’ve seen the insane rise of Kpop in the world. But what is a 2nd Gen Kpopper, you may ask. Well, the 2nd generation of Kpop is basically the time period from the early 2000s to about 2012 (???), and I got into Kpop in May 2010, so that basically makes me a 2nd Gen Kpopper.

Just to give y’all some background

I support many, MANY groups, so there is not just ONE particular fandom that I identify with. However, if I really had to choose, I’m a HOTTEST, a VIP & an ELF (these are all fandom names). I also am a SHAWOL, a BLACKJACK, an ARMY, a CASSIOPEIA and a BLINK. I also enjoy listening to songs from IKON, Miss A, Mamamoo and AKMU. And of course, I know many, many songs from many other groups (I used to be a SONE too).

As you can see, my knowledge of Kpop songs is relatively vast. And with the song, comes the MV. So that means that I watch a lot of Kpop MVs too.

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I got into Kpop mainly because it sounded different from English music. It helped that the guys were really good looking (they still are). In 2010, I think that the music and MVs in English pop were still rather tame, so I was still rather engaged with it. My time was probably split like 60% Kpop and 40% English music, which is still a relatively even ratio. However, as the years wore on, English pop started to become really, REALLY sexualised, so I slowly stopped engaging with it, and spent more of my time in the Kpop world instead. I didn’t like how uncomfortable the English pop songs and videos made me feel, which is a huge part of why I kind of stopped listening to it. I was really happy in the Kpop world for the first 3-4 years (2010-2013/2014) because there was so little sexual innuendo in mainstream Kpop (at least from what I know and listen to). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not conservative at all. I’m just uncomfortable when women are seen as tits and an ass. The music was also really, REALLY GOOD. Each group had their own sound and none of them were generic!!! They were all special in their own ways, and that, too, appealed to me very strongly. Good music with individuality and minimal sexual innuendo??? COUNT ME IN BRUH.

However, after those few years, influence from the West started to seep into Korean music. As Western music got even more sexual, so did Korean music. While Koreans are definitely more conservative than the West, that doesn’t mean that they can’t incorporate sexual innuendo and sexual objectification into their music and their music videos. Certain girl groups that debuted around the end of the second generation of Kpop (i.e. 2011-2013) incorporate certain dance moves or have certain scenes in their MVs that make me really feel like they are being treated as tits and an ass. For example, ‘Up & Down’ by EXID, ‘Like A Cat’ & ‘Miniskirt’ by AOA and ‘Something’ by Girl’s Day. These are all newer groups which I feel are going the more ‘sexual’ road. And by that I mean the ‘sexually objectified’ road.

But it is not just the newer groups that are going down that road. Some of the older groups are on that same path too. A good example of that would be SISTAR. One can argue that they were the ones who started the trend in the first place, and I am inclined to agree. One of their most famous songs, ‘Alone’, came out in 2012 and it is pretty sexually objectifying. Even their debut song ‘Push Push’ in 2010 had slightly sexually objectifying  dance moves. Y’all can just search for SISTAR if y’all are interested to see their dances. They are all pretty objectifying.

Another very, very good example would be Hyuna from 4Minute. She debuted in 2009 with 4 other members, but got a solo career in 2011 with the song ‘Bubble Pop’. Safe to say that is minimal bubble popping and maximum booty popping. Her songs have gotten more and more sexual over time, and the MVs make me more and more uncomfortable. She’s a pretty good dancer, but her company is limiting her to twerking and body gyrations. WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS. Furthermore, her songs keep sending mixed messages. Look at these two photos:

They’re from the same MV! So she’s portraying a cute innocent girl and a sexualised goddess in the same space??? What??? Let me just say that this is really unrealistic in real life and also really unhealthy. I shan’t go into it because then this post will be 1.5x longer than it is going to be.

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Kpop has come a long way from 2010 to now. I’m really glad that it has gotten really popular internationally, but at the same time, I’m sad that this new generation of Kpop is becoming increasingly sexualised. I will still listen to it, but I will stay away from all the sexually objectifying MVs. Hopefully, people become more aware that this is happening, and will try to prevent further objectification of women. I’d hate to have to stop listening to all the girl groups.

Anyway, to those of you who are interested, I’ll provide a list of songs which I think you should listen to in my next post under the same category! This post has finally ended! 😀