A New Frontier for YA Novels

Hello my dear online friends,
I just finished a great book that I want to tell you about. I reposted for it originally when they were writing it still, but this is about the fabulous book called “K-Love ……” by our fellow bloggers Devon and Cornwall.

 

Here is the description of the book from goodreads:

 

“Chase has been set up. She finds herself on a blind date with a Korean hottie, and all because her mom obsessively loves Korean romance dramas. It turns out that Daniel Bak is actually really dreamy, but things take a turn for the worse when Chase happens upon stolen research on her university professor’s laptop. It throws her into the arms of wealthy corporate heir Hyun Tae, who also happens to be Daniel’s best friend. 
Caught between both men, and hunted down by a vengeful CEO, Chase must rely on Hyun Tae’s protection. But when the drama settles, where will her heart land?”

 

Here is what I liked about the book: I liked that this was the kind of book that anyone would be interested in. Like, yes, it was inspired by a love of Korean dramas, but the main characters don’t actually watch dramas. Second, it was clean. Devon and Cornwall have mentioned before that it was difficult to get this published because it wasn’t a hot and heavy ROMANCE book. Well, I am glad they stuck to their guns and went with a nice clean romance. Just like the Kdramas that we love. 
 The last book based on Kdramas that I read was really cute, but had a bedroom scene that made it impossible to ever recommend to anyone.

 

I liked that they included some Romanized Korean in the book…but it was a bit difficult for me. Like seeing Korean written out in English is confusing. I am trying to learn Korean, but I am doing through the actual Hangul because the Romanization is too confusing for me. I have to actually say the word out loud to figure it out. However, it didn’t take away from the book because the main character didn’t understand most of the time either. So, not being able to understand everything made you feel more connected to her. Speaking of the main character…I really liked Chase. I wanted to see her drawings because they sounded amazing. 

 

There didn’t seem to be that many tropes. Except for a chaebol, a car crash, a love triangle, a makeover, disapproving parents, a super sweet second lead….okay maybe there were a lot of tropes.  
But they were so well done that they weren’t that noticeable. I am looking forward to the second book when the second lead will find love too!

 

 

Now for a bit of spoilery….the ending is more along the lines of Something About One Percent. In other words, the girl was forced into making a bit of a compromise in her life style in order to keep her love. That frustrates me as a person who has never been in love and doesn’t “get” compromise. However, it could be worse. It could be more like Flower Boy Over Ramen Shop where a rich chaebol gives up EVERYTHING to be with his love. I would rather have compromise than that kind of crazy. And most importantly…there wasn’t a super long break up that was dragged out just to give us the feels and there was no time jump or amnesia.  
So in conclusion, I loved this book and would highly recommend it. 
 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. kwenzqoatl says:

    Nice review, it sounds like a good read. 😀 I like that that they kept it clean since that is one of the biggest reasons I love kramas. No need to get people sleeping with eachother right outta the gate.

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    1. EXACTLY! Like I like a good romance. And I try not to be prudish. But come on. Let’s just have a cute relationship without the possible STDs. 😂

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