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Monday, August 30, 2010

P.S. Man

Title: P.S. Man
Chinese Title: 偷心大聖 P.S. 男 (Tou Xin Da Sheng P.S. Nan)
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Amount of Episodes: 21
Theme Song: 我是誰我是誰我是誰 (Who am I? Who Am I? Who Am I?) By: Magic Power [Click HERE for the Eng Sub version]
Closing Song: 我們沒有在一起 (We Are Not Together) By: Rene Liu [Click HERE for the eng sub version]
Starring: Blue Lan as Xia He Jie, Sonia Sui as Ma Xiao Qian, James Wen as Meng Cheng En, and Bianca Bai as Amanda.
Reccomended For: Older Teenage Viewers

"I now officially announce, I will make you fall in love with me in these 158 community service hours."

Summary: As kids Xia He Jie would always bully and torment Ma Xiao Qian. Xiao Qian, whose biggest dream is to open up her own kindergarden, was bullied so much that she hated Xia He Jie. When she moved, Xiao Qian took her dream and hatred with her.

Now as adults, Xia He Jie is a bestselling author, a well known playboy, and "understander of women." While Xiao Qian is a teacher at a kindergarden and still dreams about opening up her own. The two meet again when Xia He Jie sees that Amanda, a model who he has his eyes on, is at a movie premiere that he wasn't invited to (because he angered the director), he decides to get a ticket from anyone that has a ticket. By conincidence he finds Xiao Qian outside of the premire giving out a ticket, she recongnizes him but he doesn't recognize her. She sells the ticket to him for a couple million of dollars and he goes in, ruins the premire and is sentenced to work at the kindergarden that (surprise suprise) Xiao Qian also works at.

XHJ is furious but when he realizes that XQ and Amanda are good friends, he gets very excited, excited to make a tiny bet, one that says that he will get Amanda to fall in love with him in the 158 hours of community service he has to do or else he will let XQ leash him up like a dog. Nothing could come out of that right? Haha...wrong....
Click HERE to watch the first episode!!

Wdebo's Review: I only started to watch P.S. Man out of boredom, because after I was finished with Autumn's Concerto (I still haven't reviewed it yet!! :O But it was AMAZING) there was a little preview for it, so I thought why not? When I saw the opening...I fell in love with the song right away, I know it seems random and weird to fall in love with the opening song before the drama itself, but when you listen to the song and read the lyrics you will understand :)

At first the drama seemed kind of blah, I did not like the character of Xia He Jie one bit I thought he was arrogant, annoying, ugly, and that he had bad hair. But after a while of watching it, I just got very addicted to it, though the storyline is very cliche there was a small part of it that was original. There was a lot of funny parts, which I always like in a TDrama. So that was a good thing.

But I was also angry how there seemed to be a lot less interaction between the two leads then usually. Usually there are a lot of awkward closeness and lovey dovey-ness in TDramas but there semeed to be lacking some, I had to wait impatiently for the last episode for the really intense closeness (21 episodes is a long time to wait!) And though the drama did drag for a long time, it was still pretty good. After watching it for a while, I really got into it, and really liked XHJ, because though he was pretty arrogent, but like all TDrama stars he had a good heart and after watching a while it turns out Blue Lan is pretty hot!

All in all, quite a great drama for older viewers, though it is quite addicting, at parts it feels like the viewer has to force themselves to watch it, but it is a pretty good drama.

Grade: A-

Wdebo :)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hey, Soul Sister-Train

Title: Hey, Soul Sister
Artist: Train
Language: English

Wdebo's Notes: I. Love. This. Song! Period (or exclamation point). Even though most of you know that I don't listen to English songs at all, but after the summer program I got addicted to so many English songs, especially this one.

I remember listening to Drops of Jupiter when I was really young and just being in love with it. Now Hey, Soul Sister is wonderful, addicting, and such an amazing song. Listen and love!


Hope you enjoy! And please comment!

Wdebo :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Twisted By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Twisted
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Amount of Pages: 250
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: March 20, 2007
Geared Towards: Older Teens
From: Library

"A lot of kids would tell you that being taken away in a squad car was the coolest thing I'd ever done."

Summary (From B.O.B):

High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer working outdoors to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father's boss's daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy-and Tyler's secret crush. Soon his life is a roller coaster, with fantastic highs, devistating lows, and no seat belt to protect him. He has no choice. He'll just have to ride it out...

Wdebo's Review: Ever since I read Speak, I have always been a Laurie Halse Anderson fan. I love how she can weave all of these stories and just keep pulling you through them with the fine touch of a great storyteller. Twisted, though not my favorite of all of Laurie Halse Anderson's books, but it was still pretty good.

The story, like all of her books, is a very good idea. The writing was good and it was pretty addictive. However, I was not the biggest fan of the whole, hormonal-teenage-boy writing. (It's always awkward to other books too), but she did create a good character and I do like how he matures and fights for himself and the whole dork to super bully stopper idea...nice! :)

Apart from being hormonal/perverted at times Tyler is actually a very good character. He embodies the confusion of being a teenager and trying to feel comfortable in your own skin and newfound "popularity." I was very happy with his relationship with his sister, they had a great brother-sister relationship, which is very nice to read about.

Cafe Cover Chat: The cover is cool, it shows the twisted side, of, well, Twisted (B+)

All in all, a good book that most Laurie Halse Anderson fans will enjoy and it posses great writing and it becomes very hard to put down.

Grade: B+

Wdebo :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fairytale-Michael Wong (光良)

Title: 童話
English Title: Fairytale
Artist: 光良 (Guang Liang/Michael Wong)
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)

Wdebo's Notes: The program I went to this summer in Taiwan, for our last week we went on a tour around Southern Taiwan. And on our bus, they would always sing this song (then I had never heard it) but it just got stuck in my head. So when I came back I started listening to it, now it is stuck in my head. It's such a good song and the mv is sad. But I still really love this song.


Hope you enjoy! And please comment!

Wdebo :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Yep it's that time of year birthday!!

I'm so happy...I'm finally seventeen and will be a senior :)

So what awesome gifts did I get this year?


-PLL Books #2-4
-Cute mini highlighters
-Braclet with my name
-Cute journal
-Wicked Lovely
-"Alice In Wonderland" Soundtrack
-Cold Stone gift card.

Hope this year goes well!

Wdebo :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) By: Kody Keplinger

Title: The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
Author: Kody Keplinger
Amount of Pages: 288
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Geared Towards: Older Teens
From: Publisher

"I needed something to distract me-anything far away from my parent's drama-just for a second. And when I saw my chance I didn't stop to think about how much I'd regret it later. An oppurtunity sat on the bar stool beside me, and I lunged at it. Literally.
I kissed Wesley Rush."

Summary (From B.O.B): Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie, Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Biance ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Biance realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Wdebo's Review: After I first saw the summary for The Duff I was so excited to read it, stories about falling in love with the wrong guy/the guy you hated have always been my favorite. So when I got it I was so excited and started reading it right away, and didn't put it down until I finished it.

At first glance The Duff seems like a total bubble gum, YA Chick Lit novel wannabe. From its all so cliche summary to the bubble gum on the cover (even though that wasn't the cover I got). But Bianca, the main character, was nothing like characters from other YA Chick Lit. She's loud, assertive, and loves to speak her mind. Bianca is a total commentor on life. Which, is quite refreshing, because she thinks like me, except sometimes she says "slut" and "whore" way too much. Though in the end she learns about lables that are apart of us but that don't define us, such as "duff."

This novel is way more complicated then other YA books, it shows the struggle to feel loved after being hurt so badly, the need of love but also the fear of it.
I did really enjoy the writing even though Bianca is a total anti-romantic (which can be pretty annoying at times for a total romantic like me) but she was totally setting herself up for a big time cliche moment. (So I loved the ending...because though clicheness can be annoying at times, it is still sooooo addicting

And might I also add that Wesley (or as Binca calls him, the man-whore) is soooo addicting and just well hot. He was such a good character! And I love how *Spoiler Alert* he doesn't run away after being pushed away by Bianca because he knows she loves (uh hum "strongly likes") him and he strongly likes her back *End of Spoiler Alert*

I finally need to add that it is so cool that Kody wrote this when she was so young, and almost the same age as me!! So her writing is very authentic and a true "teeange" voice.

Cafe Cover Chat: I like the cover, I love bubble gum and I love bubbly letters, so it's great! (A-)

All in all, a great debut book for teens that many are sure to relate to and can read with much amusment and addictive-ness, there is a wonderfully strong protagonist/narrator, that most teens should enjoy a lot.

Grade: A-

Wdebo :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Manifest: A Mystyx Novel

Title: Manifest: A Mystyx Novel
Author: Artist Arthur
Amount of Pages: 256
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Kimani
Geared Towards: Teens
From: Publisher

"No, what I need is another life, one where I'm not going insane and kids with marks and spirits with attitude aren't giving me grief."

Summary: Krystal Bentley is dealing with way more drama then her fifteen-year-old body can handle. Her parents have divorced and she is stuck with her mother and new, hated stepfather Gerald in her mother's hometown, Lincoln, Connecticut.

At first, the biggest drama that Krystal has to deal with is adjusting to the tight class structure of her new high shcool and to learn to live with her mother and Gerald, but soon something bigger comes up, and it has a name, Ricky Watson.

Ricky is cute and a great guy, except for one small thing, he's dead, and he needs Krystal's medium-like powers, that she's been denying, to help him cross over. So, Krystal needs to equip the help of two other students who have the same curious M shaped birthmark as Krystal to help fight a darker power that is coming towards them.

Wdebo's Review: I first decided to read Manifest because of the plot I really like supernatural stories that also have romance in it.

When I first started Manifest it was ok, but it was kind of hard to go through becase the writing seemed to try too hard to act like a "teenager." But towards the end the plot line got very addictive and was hard to put down.

I was hoping there would have been a bit more action at the end of the book, because it seemed to take a long time to build up then it seemed to end really fast. The ending ended in a cliffhanger, so I am actually looking forward to reading the next book in the series, but I hope it doesn't try too hard to act like a "teenager" again, because I am pretty sure I don't talk and think like Krystal and some of her friends.

I was not a big fan of the character of Krystal, she acted too much like a spoiled brat to be liked. Even though she did seem to mature a bit at the end she was still very annoying, but I did pity her a lot, her life was kind of sucky, to tell you the truth.

Cafe Cover Chat: I am glad to see someone of color on the cover :) It is a pretty good cover and it shows the essence of the book. (B-)

All in all, quite a nice book, even though it was not amazing, but it had a good idea and it did get pretty good at the end.

Grade: B-

Wdebo :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

North of Beautiful By: Justina Chen Headley

Title: North of Beautiful
Author: Justina Chen Headley
Amount of Pages: 373
Release Date: February 1, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Geared Towards: Teens
From: Library's Summer Reading Program

"Let the glossy spreads have their heart-stopping, head-truing kind of beauty. Give me the heart-filling beauty instead. Jolie laide, that's what I would choose. Flawed, we're truly interesting, truly memorable, and yes, truly beautiful."

Summary (From B.O.B):

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her small, stifling town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her lfie, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Wdebo's Review: When I first got this book, I wasn't really sure what it was about and what to expect of it. Though in a beginning I wasn't too found of Terra because she used the line "Not to brag or anything," and I just hate it when people say that because they are TOTALLY BRAGGING! But after a bit I started to quite like the book.

The writing was pretty good, it had a good idea and a pretty good storyline. Though there were some parts that seemed boring and cliche and, sometimes I just wasn't very captivated so I could just put it down and leave it for a while. But I do like how the novel had a very lovely message that showed just how all of us, no matter how we look on the outside, are truely beautiful on the inside.

I wasn't the biggest fan of Terra, she seemed too weak for my taste, and she only became stronger after she met Jacob, and it angers me that she couldn't use her own power to become strong, that she has to rely on a guy to become it. And it angered me also how she allowed every one to walk all over her, just because she felt "lucky" to be liked by these people. Jacob seemed quite cliche, but I liked him. He was Chinese and it made him even better ;)

Cafe Cover Chat: I think the cover is pretty good, and I know the compass is a big significance of the book and title, but I think it looks kind of meh on the cover. (B)

All in all, quite a nice book with a good storyline, that is a good read for everyone.

Grade: B+

Wdebo :)