Part two of the four part book overview of 2019. If you haven’t taken the chance the look at the first post, which I display my favorite books and honorable mentions of the 2019, check it out here.
In this post, I listed some of my disappointed read of 2019. Oddly enough there was a lot and that could be due to me following the hype because one of my personal goals was to read more newer releases to keep up with the trends and hot topics. This caused expectations to be through the roof, which sucked.
But here is my list. What did your year look like?
Inkyard Press TBP Jan. 7th 2020 448 Pages
Mary HK Choi new book cover reveal Credit: ohgigue
What if you can restart your life with a different setting just like a game? DONG TAE always get bullied by his classmates, but TAE BIN, sits right next to him, is handsome and popular at school; and now, TAE BIN suggests DONG TAE to play a little game.- Webtoons
This was good. Like really good and I am very happy it is still an on going series.
First and foremost, Dong Tae is a tool. I didn’t like him before the Dice and after the Dice and that is just personal. However, he keeps the story going and is perfect for this world and environment.
You can look at this comic like entering a video game because it is slightly based off that. Dong Tae’s environment doesn’t change but he is able to “level up” in real life by completing quests. As a semi-gamer, I loved this idea and the creativity the author puts into this.
However, when you first initially begin the story, you think that it will be creepy but it really isn’t. The story moves pretty fast and goes pretty deep with good, evil and of course the abuse of power. I do appreciate the growth of Dong Tae throughout the storyline. He doesn’t realize what he bargained for but at the end of the day he goes through a battle of what is right and wrong within himself. He redeems himself a bit but it took a while for me to enjoy his presence.
What I didn’t like about this was the love triangle or actually the motive for why Dong Tae does what he does. Getting bullied sucks.. alot but why Dong Tae decides he want to change or go through with the Dice is bull and I kind of wanted more from that intent.
Other than that artwork is amazing and in full color. There are a bunch of Easter eggs in it as well and the author proves not everything has to be so serious. I was surprised with how much I liked this comic. I was expecting the usual character enters the game world, either decides to fight to go back to real life or decides to stick around. This is not that.
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