Webtoon Wednesday: No Scope First Impression / Review

I’ve read the first three episodes of the No Scope Webtoon. I’m not exactly sure what to make of it, but I am definitely interested in dedicating my time to read a few more episodes!

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The story is about a Korean kid named Suho who is amazing at this FPS game called No Scope. He sneaks away in the middle of school to play it in the computer lab, and meets this other mysterious Korean kid doing the same thing. This kid is a far lower level than he is, so Suho believes that he will easily beat the new kids in a few rounds. When he loses 0 to 10, he knows that there is something special about this kid named Doyoon. The more he learns about him, the more he wonders how Doyoon got to be so good at the game!  He doesn’t have a gaming computer, he was playing on laggy American servers and still managed to beat everyone, and he barely knows anything about the game. But Suho still trusts him and decides to enter the both of them into a gaming competition.

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Again, I’m not sure what to feel about this webtoon. I don’t even know if they are going to go with the route that Doyoon is somehow a natural gaming genius or he’s just a massive cheater. Will he even succeed in this gaming competition, who knows? I just have to wait until the next episode to find out.

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The one thing that I know I dislike in this Webtoon is the character Juri. She somehow has a big crush on Suho and will do anything to hang out with him, but he keeps blowing her off for Doyoon. She is literally the most popular girl in the school but she is remaining hung up on Suho, it doesn’t quite make sense to me. Many webtoons have this “annoying unwanted girlfriend” trope, and after reading quite a few of them, the trope gets kind of old. I hope that Juri finds someone who really likes her and stops nearly stalking Suho to hang out with him!

Overall, this webtoon seems interesting, but I am not sure if it is my favorite yet. I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a new Lit-RPG type of Webtoon to read.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 paintbrushes

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The War Between Us Blog Tour Plus Review

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The War Between Us
by Sarah Creviston Lee

Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Paperback & eBook; 330 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Editor’s Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society.

Alex Moon is not the enemy.

Six months after Pearl Harbor’s tragedy, Korean American Alex Moon is sent away from his home in California for refusing his father’s request to join the fight against the Japanese. On his journey, Alex is attacked and stranded in the small town of River Bluff, Indiana just for looking like America’s most hated enemy.

Unexpectedly, Alex is befriended by a local girl, Lonnie Hamilton, who comes to his defense, saving him from doubt and despair while placing herself in the cross hairs of prejudice. Alex falls in love with his ally—a love that is clearly forbidden. Torn between his dual identities, Korean and American, and grappling with how everyone sees him, Alex must wage the war within himself—of defending who he is, resolving his tortured feelings about the war, and fighting for the woman he loves.

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I knew that Japanese-Americans in the United States suffered abuse during World War II. Their entire country turned against them, treating them as if they were the enemy. That’s even without considering the fact that the citizens were eventually ripped out of their homes and placed into “internment camps.” It was definitely a difficult and dark time to live in. But I never considered how other groups could have been hurt by the discrimination against Japanese people. This book told me exactly how.

Alex doesn’t want to fight for America in the war. He hates what the country did to his Japanese friends, and he doesn’t see how fighting in the war will change anything. That makes his father send him away to live with his uncle. On the way, he starts to experience the racism occurring in other parts of America. Apparently, they believe that everyone that looks even remotely Japanese is Japanese, and so they assume that he is Japanese even though he is Korean. This discrimination causes him to be off the train, in a town far away from his uncle, and without even a fraction of the money that he was traveling with. He thinks that all is lost until a Reverand finds him and offers to help him, and then Alex decides to make the best of a bad situation. He will have to face the judgment of the townspeople, but he has to find some sort of work and lodging until he can contact his uncle. There he meets Lonnie.

Lonnie is not like most of the people in town. The townspeople, children and adults, all hate Alex simply because he looks Japanese. Lonnie finds out that he is Korean, and is immediately intrigued by him. She wants to learn more about his culture and tries to befriend him. Her uncle is the Reverand, so she sees Alex often, but everyone in town is warning her to stay away from him.

This “forbidden romance” novel is interesting because it is realistic. Now, we aren’t hearing about a prince and a princess from warring families falling in love. We do hear about people from different races or different religions falling for each other though, and facing adversity.

Both Alex and Lonnie are technically adults, but they are both under their parents’ control. Alex always had his mother to vouch for him, but eventually, his father got his way and sent him to live with another family member. Lonnie didn’t have her father to protect her from her mother, so she was subjected to her mother’s desires. Neither parent seemed that physically abusive, but they were definitely emotionally abusive and controlling.

This is definitely a slow-burn romance and not an “insta-love” story. Alex and Lonnie were honestly just friends. They felt as if they could relate to each other, and they were both trapped in Indiana. The feelings didn’t even start until the book was about halfway completed, but once they began, I fell for their romance. It was a clean romance novel, but I could feel their honest love for each other.

Lonnie and Alex were such likable characters. Lonnie was innocent about the world, as she had never even left Indiana. She’d never seen the ocean and didn’t know how other’s lived in other countries. All she knew was her family and her town. She worked to support her mother and sisters, even though she never really felt as if she fit in with them. Alex always tried to do the right thing, but then his own country turned against him. Even though his country, Korea, was under siege by the Japanese, they were just lumped in with them as the “enemy.” He watched friends be taken away, friends that he knew he could trust, and he could do nothing about it.

This was truly an eye-opening read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new historical fiction novel to enjoy.

I received a copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books

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Praise for The War Between Us

“Sarah Creviston Lee crafts a smart, fast-paced, uncensored, and quite moving story of embattled love and obstacles overcome. Even her unsavory characters are warmly, believably drawn, and the character of Lonnie Hamilton herself is wonderfully authentic. I read hungrily as the story picked up pace. Highly recommended.” -Laura Fahey, The Historical Novel Society

“Lonnie and Alex are perfect renderings of their time, cultures, and upbringings. Anyone familiar with multicultural literature will find a new author to love, and readers new to a beautifully developed look at a culture unlike ours will find a new genre to love. Lonnie isn’t immune to her town’s prejudice against Alex, but she is able to think things through before reacting. Alex is a moving and heartbreaking picture of a young man caught between two cultures and hated for events not of his making. Together, they are remarkable.” -Julie York, InD’Tale Magazine

“Debuting author Sarah Creviston Lee bursts into the historical fiction market with The War Between Us, a distinctive glimpse at post-Pearl Harbor America and the Asian American citizens caught in the resulting backlash of heightened nationalism and fear. Her honest and empathetic handling of the issues, as well as her complex characters, make this a read that remains with you after the cover is closed.” -Laurie L. C. Lewis, award-winning author of the Free Men and Dreamers series

About the Author

Sarah Creviston Lee was born and raised as a proud Hoosier. She can usually be found tinkering in the kitchen with WWII ration recipes, haunting local antique shops, homeschooling her kids, clacking away on her laptop writing one story or another, or watching old school movies with her family.

She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, three children, and flock of feisty chickens.

In 2016, her book, The War Between Us, received the Editor’s Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society.

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The War Between Us

True Beauty Webtoon Review

True Beauty

Jugyeong is a college-aged girl who has created the “perfect look” for herself. Now people recognize her wherever she goes, and she has a famous Instagram account that is recognized even by Kpop stars! Secretly, she is just an average-looking girl who mastered the art of makeup at around 13 years old. No one knows when she was an unpopular girl, bullied by the “pretty” girls, and wishing that she was born pretty.

I love the fact that Jugyeong is secretly normal, and has “nerdy” hobbies. This is honestly the truth, a girl might look pretty on the outside but she that doesn’t mean she has to be an empty shell. So far in this comic, I am loving Jugyeong without her makeup because it allows her true personality to come out. She doesn’t have to be perfect, and she can enjoy what she wants.

One thing that I also appreciated is that this comic doesn’t go from Jugyeong not knowing anything about makeup to being a makeup professional. She had her experience with embarrassing makeup choices, and practiced over the break until she went to a new school and became the “pretty” girl.

To be honest, Jugyeong is not even harming herself in any way by putting on makeup. She didn’t starve herself to try to be “thin,” but instead used makeup as an artistic way to become the girl that she “dreamed” of being. She might have had to change her personality for her new friends, but she didn’t completely change herself. I hope more of these things are discussed later in the book, but there are only 5 episodes as of today. I wasn’t lucky enough to get to read the whole thing while it was still in “Discover” TnT

Hopefully, if she gets a boyfriend in this comic, the boyfriend will have a secret nerdy side and they can just chill together. I would hate for her to take her makeup off and then her boyfriend breaks up with her.

The one thing that confused me is the fact that the summary says she is in high school, but the first episode says that she is 21 years old. Then, the comic goes back to her high school years to talk about how she started with makeup. There aren’t really enough episodes to see what time the majority of the comic will be set in, but for now, I am going to say that she is college-age.

I would recommend this comic to anyone looking for a story of a girl who became “pretty” without starving herself or stripping herself o her personality. Very positive! Also fun for Kpop fans, as it references some pop culture and is set in Korea,

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

 

VAV Concert Experience!

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I still can’t believe that I was able to go see VAV live.

I’ll admit, I am a new fan. I was only going to this concert so that a friend of mine would have someone to go with. I love all groups, but I just didn’t have the time to look into every single one, so I just catch concerts when I can. I knew all their songs, but I was still trying to remember names and I didn’t know any of the inside jokes.

I showed up to the concert around 4:30. I thought that they were going to let us in, but we ended up not even walking in till around 6 or 6:30. This was a standing concert so I just had to get used to standing up, but it was definitely tiring. Luckily, a woman in an ice cream truck came around to sell water, snacks, and ice cream! It also wasn’t too hot out, but I hope they get this situation straightened out at the venue before winter. I am not standing outside in below freezing weather for an hour and a half.

I paid 180 dollars for a free album, fansign, front area “space” to stand, hi-touch, and group photo. Honestly, for any group, this is a steal! I paid almost the same amount to sit all the way in the back and get a poster for Day6, and to sit all the way in the back and get a hi-touch for Astro. If this is the typical prices for this venue’s concerts, I don’t mind standing. Honestly.

The fansign went really smoothly. They gave us nametags and wrote our names in Korean while we were standing on line, so all of the members of VAV were able to read my tag and say my name as they were signing my album. It made it quite personal and sweet.

After the fansign, we got into our spots to stand for the concert. A really awesome group came and did dance covers to some of VAV’s songs! I was able to find a video of it, albeit not the best quality. One of the girls in the video, with the pink hair, is only 10 or 11 years old! She is in a separate group, and I found her Instagram. Please support them, they are really talented.

https://www.instagram.com/jamiethecute/

https://www.instagram.com/aurora.0fficial/

Also, the guy in the white shirt is part of a new group too! Here are links to support him:

https://www.instagram.com/jaychang63/

https://www.instagram.com/reimagineyourimage/

Then the concert started, and every time the group took a break from dancing to do an activity, they turned the spotlights on the VVIP area! All the group members were interacting with us, waving and pointing at the signs that some people had made. It was really sweet.

Then, the best thing happened! I got invited on to the stage! I was able to take a selfie with ACE  while on the stage, and that made me feel really special.

They performed a bunch of songs, and it was their first concert in the US EVER, so they were nervous about some things. In particular, Ayno rapped a song from his mixtape, and he said that he was really nervous about rapping in the US as it is kind of sacred rap ground. He did amazing though, so he really had nothing to be worried about.

Here’s a link to one of the performances, and if you go to the channel of the uploader, you will find videos of almost every single performance that night! I’ve been having phone issues so I couldn’t record myself, but I am glad that someone kept a high-quality record of the fun that night.

As they are a fairly new group, they didn’t have tons of songs to sing. They also covered quite a few American songs, which was a lot of fun as everyone sang along. The only sad part was that a girl got sick during one of the songs, I think she fainted and might have hit her head on the stage? The members of the group really care about their fans. One of them saw the girl faint even before the security did, stopped singing, alerted the security, and tried to signal for the sound people to stop the music. Eventually, other members joined in, and then the crowd moved apart so that the girl could be escorted to the lobby. One of the fans was even an EMT and ran to the front so that she could administer first aid. The entire time, the guys looked like they wanted to jump off the stage and help the girl themselves. It is so sweet how much they care about their fans, honestly.

Everything went smoothly after that, and the concert was over too quickly. Then, we all remembered that we still needed to get our group photos! The staff worked hard to keep things orderly, escort the GA people out so that they could get their pick a pose tickets, and lined up the VIP and VVIP people for the hi-touch and group photo. The bar even gave people free ice water, as some of us had been standing for 4-5 hours at this point.  It went by quickly, and then it was over.

I literally have nothing bad to say about this concert. Even the fans were supportive of each other! Most of us were multi-fandom, and so we stood in line talking about the other concerts we had been to. Some of us had gone to the same ones! Even the older fans were appreciated and included. It was just such a positive experience, unlike how toxic some fandoms of bigger groups can be. It almost felt like being in a big happy club.

I will definitely be supporting VAV from now on, and I will be going to their next concert when they come back to the US. They had best come back to the US, I miss them already  😦

The next concert I am going to is DPR in October! While at the VAV concert, Studio PAV teased that they would be bringing another KPOP group to America in December. I also saw on Twitter that ACE plans to come to America for a tour in December, so if they are coming, then I will definitely be going to their concert. I will keep you all updated! Thanks for reading 🙂