Sunday, 18 March 2018

People Like Us by Dana Mele: review.

People Like Us
Mean people doing mean things. This is what this book is about. Calling names, bullying, mocking and even killing people seems to be the bread and butter of the elite boarding school Kay is attending. But don't be mistaken, Kay is no angel. She'd rather eat than be eaten and talks about murder with such an ease that makes you wonder what skeletons she may have in her own closet. The rest of her classmates, including boyfriends, are not better. In fact, there isn't a single good character in this novel, all of them are deeply flawed and therefore you won't guess until the end who the killer is.
It's an interesting novel, but not a pleasant one.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson: opinion.

The Friend
I found it entertaining but I wouldn't say it's a must-read. It focuses mainly on the friendly and sometimes not so friendly relationship of a group of women, the secrets they keep and the lies they tell to protect themselves. All of them are strongly influenced by the men in their lives, for the better and for the worse. I think the female characters should have been a bit more independent.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: review

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)
The plot was so interesting and the first chapter so intriguing that my expectations were really high, however, as I continued reading this book turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.

Unfortunately, I didn't find the characters attractive, some of them were not well developed and the pace was too slow sometimes with many irrelevant events going on and suddenly too fast with surprising revelations that came out of nowhere.

The book was just OK, I liked many parts, but it could have been wonderful. Anyway, this is just my humble opinion and I am sure that many readers will find it great.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Live Constantine

The Last Mrs. Parrish
I spent the first half of the book disliking a character, then the second half of the book loathing another one and the final part admiring the strength of a third one. If you like reading about bad people and how they get what they truly deserve, this book is definitely for you.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea : how to get there and more.

It's also called The Northern Palace or The Royal Palace and it's the biggest of the five palaces in Seoul. In summer, it is open from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and closes on Tuesdays.

 You will need at least half a day to see it completely and good walking shoes which you can take off easily.
 I strongly recommend checking the official website in English and buying an Integrated Ticket that will allow you to save some money and to visit four palaces and a shrine. The ticket is worth 10,000 won. You can book it online and pay for it when you go into one of the palaces.

 In order to get there, the best way is to go to  Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 5 or go to Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 1.  You can also take buses  No. 1020, 7025,109, 171, 172, 601 or 606 and get off at Gyeongbokgung Palace Bus Stop

If you want to visit this palace with a tour, there are three tours in English every day. We decided to do it on our own at our own pace but we went on tours in other palaces and the guides are usually great and very professional.

The most beautiful part was a temple in the middle of a lake.


You will see people dressed in beautiful traditional Korean clothes called Hanbok. We mainly saw young groups of friends and couples. All five palaces waive admission fees for visitors wearing hanbok and there are shops that rent them. Mind you, we never saw a foreigner wearing a Hanbok. For more information on renting Hanboks click here.

There was a small café in the palace and we had to sit there to have a drink and eat something because we were exhausted.

All in all, this palace is a must and no matter how tired you end up it's totally worth it.

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