Review: My Girlfriend is an Alien (2019)

My Girlfriend is an Alien 2019

This was such a fun drama and despite some flaws, is one of my favorites of 2019.

The summary I’ve seen for My Girlfriend is an Alien makes it sound so bizarre but the basic premise is: the female lead, Chai Xiao Qi, is an alien who gets stuck on Earth unintentionally and needs to get her homing device back from the male lead, Fang Leng, a CEO who happens to suffer from a specific kind of amnesia that causes him to forget the women in his life when it rains.

Wan Peng and Hsu Thassapak were so great as the leads and had a lot of chemistry. I thought Wan Peng really pulled off the clueless boy-crazy alien without being annoying. (Maybe a hint of cringeyness at times, but overall I thought she was endearing!) They had plenty of cute moments and kissing scenes, and I laughed so hard when Xiao Qi kept trying to touch his chest. I really loved that this story wasn’t instalove for her (just instalust, lol), and she approached everything with a positive attitude.

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Chinese Dramas on Amazon Prime Video: September 2019

Chinese Dramas on Amazon Prime Video

I’ve seen a lot of Chinese dramas added to Amazon Prime Video this year, but it seems difficult to actually find them so I’ve put together this list of some notable dramas I’ve stumbled across on the site. There are a good number of dramas from this year & the past three years! (Please note: all Amazon links in this post are my affiliate links.)

Heavy Sweetness (2018)

More commonly known as Ashes of Love or Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost, this very pastel-heavy & hugely popular fantasy romance drama stars Yang Zi, Deng Lun, and Luo Yunxi.
» Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Princess in the East Palace (2019)

This popular historical drama from earlier this year is more commonly known as Goodbye, My Princess. If you’re looking for a tearjerker, you’re in luck.
» Watch on Amazon Prime Video
» Read My Review

Legend of Fuyao (2018)

This fantasy adventure drama spans multiple kingdoms & a very large cast of characters. Yang Mi was great as usual, but I found Ethan Juan a real scene-stealer with his cunning & charm.
» Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Love Me, If You Dare (2015)

Wallace Huo plays a criminal psychologist with a very high IQ but low EQ, who falls in love with his assistant, played by Sandra Ma, while solving some very violent cases. A must-watch for fans of crime thrillers!
» Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace (2018)

Another Wallace Huo drama! I actually haven’t watched this, because it came out around the same time as The Story of Yanxi Palace, which kind of tells the same story but from a different perspective. I loved Yanxi Palace SO much that I just can’t root for Ruyi.
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In Youth (2019)

Here’s a 2019 modern drama for you, about a group of young adults pursuing careers and love. The two leads, played by Zhang Yun Long and Qiao Xin, work at a PR firm. I loved the male lead’s tight-knit group of friends but I did skim through the middle portion of this drama. (Aside from Qiao Xin, the main cast are all rising stars in Yang Mi’s entertainment company, Jaywalk Studio.)
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The Legend of Haolan (2019)

If you fell in love with Wu Jinyan after The Story of Yanxi Palace, this is her follow-up historical drama which I have heard great things about! I haven’t watched it yet because when it came out, I was still recovering from Yanxi Palace.
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Legend of Dragon Pearl (2017)

I confess that I’m not a huge Yang Zi fan but I actually liked her in this drama! Qin Jun Jie stars as the male lead and I thought they had great chemistry (also, they dated in real life).
» Watch on Amazon Prime Video

The Flame’s Daughter (2018)

I didn’t finish watching this drama and I can’t remember why, but I was very intrigued by the pairing of Dilraba Dilmurat and Vic Chou (who I will always think of as Hua Ze Lei from Meteor Garden). The supporting cast is great and includes Vin Zhang and Liu Rui Lin (a lot of Jaywalk Studio faces here).
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Review: Conspiracy of Love (2019)

Conspiracy of Love 2019

Conspiracy of Love is a 2019 iQiyi web drama consisting of 24-episodes. I previously wrote a recap of episodes 1-3. This is a suspense/mystery drama with a twist.

My immediate reaction upon finishing this drama was: wow, what did I just watch?? But not in the good way.

I really liked the first 9 episodes. When the story seemed to be about the female lead trying to uncover the truth/get revenge using all kinds of methods and entering a partnership with the male lead, it was enjoyable. They were an even, balanced match—both smart and driven, with their own goals. I thought they were a pretty cute pair. The male lead’s best friend is also a fun, kind-hearted character.

But after episode 9, the plot becomes increasingly convoluted and nonsensical. There are so many different people involved, their motives were murky (I never did understand Xia Yu Xuan), and a certain aspect was pretty far-fetched. From episodes 13-21, the plot just kept going back and forth with no progress, and then in episodes 22-23, the characters finally just flat-out explain everything. Even the final episode was disappointing; I was hoping for some fun scenes to reward me for getting through 23 episodes of ridiculousness. If you are watching for the romance, you’ll be especially frustrated. *sigh*

Note: On iQiyi, this drama is separated into two seasons of 12 episodes each.

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Special Book of the Month YA Offer!

Sorry for the lack of drama reviews/recaps recently! I’m still watching My Girlfriend is an Alien and considering Walk Into Your Memory and Nine Kilometers of Love. If you have a recommendation for a drama I should be watching, let me know in the comments!

In the meantime, I have a special offer for those in the U.S.!

Get your first Book of the Month YA box for just $5 (including shipping) with the code YALIT!

This offer is only available until September 30th so sign up now!

You can choose any one of the books pictured and my recommendations are Frankly in Love and Permanent Record!

Frankly in Love is a YA contemporary novel about a Korean-American high school senior and his struggles to date when his parents only want him to date a Korean. It explores identity, belonging, and complicated family relationships really well!

Permanent Record is also a contemporary novel, and has biracial main characters and a chance encounter in a bodega. I loved Choi’s first novel, Emergency Contact, and this one tackles love and social media, fame, and student loan debt. I have a copy of this that I am so excited to read.

I read The Girl the Sea Gave Back and while I didn’t personally love it, it’s a YA fantasy standalone with Viking influences. I loved the clans, the traditions, and the fierce loyalty and the female main character, Tova, was fantastic! I just thought the male main character fell a little flat. Overall, a fun and quick read!

I just started The Ten Thousand Doors of January and so far the writing is really beautiful! This is a historical fantasy novel, and according to the author isn’t actually YA but does have crossover appeal. The Stars and the Blackness Between Them is the only one I am unfamiliar with but I have seen some rave reviews for it!

Here’s the sign-up link again: Get your first BOTM YA box for $5 with the code YALIT.

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My Girlfriend is an Alien: Episode 1 Recap

My Girlfriend is an Alien Episode 1

I started watching the currently-airing web drama My Girlfriend is an Alien because I’m always curious about storylines involving aliens, and I am LOVING it. I have watched through episode 16 and despite things getting a tad repetitive in episodes 9-12, I’m still really enjoying it. The female lead is so charming, and since she’s not familiar with human norms you can’t really fault her for her behavior. There are so many scenes of her touching the male lead’s chest, lol.

The official translated summary is somewhat confusing, but the basic premise is that Chai Xiaoqi (played by Wan Peng) is an alien who gets stuck on Earth after she’s attracted by Fang Leng’s (played by Hsu Thassapak) hormones and saves him from a car explosion, becoming separated from her spaceship and losing her communication device in the process. In order to get the device back, she seeks him out. Fang Leng is a capable CEO who secretly suffers from a psychological condition that causes him to forget the women he’s met when it rains, and he enlists Chai Xiaoqi for help in treating his condition.

The other major characters include Chai Xiaoqi’s boss, who takes her in, and Fang Leng’s younger half-brother Fang Lie, who becomes a close friend of Xiaoqi’s. (If you watched Fall in Love, you’ll recognize Fang Lie! He’s played by the same actor who played An Yue Sheng. I feel like his acting has improved in this drama.) There’s also Fang Leng’s assistant and his doctor, his father and stepmother, and an old flame seeking to get back together with him. Oh, and Xiaoqi has a talking turtle.

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Review: Love Is Deep (2019)

Love Is Deep 2019

YIKES. After I wrote such a positive First Impressions & Episode 1 Recap, Love Is Deep turned out to be overwhelmingly disappointing. This drama is frustrating 40 episodes long because the same issues kept arising but the characters never seemed to learn and grow from them. I began watching half-heartedly in the second hand and the final storyline was awful. I can’t believe how they wrote the ending.

Ding Ding, the female lead played by Kang Ning, dreams of designing pet toys and finally begins pursuing her dream, facing the challenges of running an online shop and creating original designs. I loved that this was a major storyline that didn’t get pushed aside for the relationship. In fact, Ding Ding actually put her work first at times, which I really liked. That’s a valid choice! 👏

Ning Wei Jin, the male lead played by Hu Yun Hao, is a talented young surgeon, and although unexperienced with love, he is reliable, caring, and mature. I personally didn’t swoon over him but he was excellent boyfriend material. I liked his relationship with his younger sister Ning Wei Xuan and his best friend Gao Ren. He (and his sister) have a difficult relationship with their father.

The real highlight of this drama was Ding Ding’s best friend Xiao Feng, who gave the BEST advice. You could always count on him to call her out on her behavior. Basically, every time Ding Ding’s ex-boyfriend re-appeared in the storyline (which was way too many times), it would cause an issue between Ding Ding and Ning Wei Jin. It made Ning Wei Jin feel like Ding Ding wasn’t letting go of her ex, and Ding Ding never seemed to understand or care about how he felt. It seemed hypocritical on Ding Ding’s part given how she felt when she saw Ning Wei Jin with his close female friend.

As for the supporting characters, Ning Wei Xuan is a really energetic and lighthearted, and relentlessly pursues her brother’s best friend Gao Ren. Their scenes initially are so much fun—another highlight of the drama for me—and had me laughing out loud. However, there was a point when she really crossed the line and I no longer found her antics funny. I really wanted her to reflect over her actions and grow up a little. Also, while I loved Gao Ren, the introduction of the other doctor really showed how immature he was in comparison. (That other doctor deserved better.)

In conclusion: If you start to feel like you want to drop the drama, especially because of the storylines with the ex, then you should probably drop it before the last few episodes.

SPOILERS FOLLOW!

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Conspiracy of Love (2019): Episode 1-3 Recap

Conspiracy of Love (谋爱上瘾) is a 2019 iQiyi web drama that began airing on August 12. It’s a revenge drama; the female lead Shu Bei lost her parents at a young age and enters Sheng Shi Group and gets close to its successor Sheng Jun for revenge.

Having watched several dramas in a row with innocent, kind-hearted female leads, I wanted something different and I’m seven episodes into Conspiracy of Love and enjoying it immensely. Although sometimes Shu Bei’s calculating actions make me cringe, I admire her craftiness and determination. I really hope she’s able to find some emotional closure for what happened in the past. I like her relationship with Sheng Jun because he’s not her target and they use each other, so it’s not unbalanced. Their bickering is very enjoyable. I also like that other characters are formidable opponents so it’s not like Shu Bei’s the only person who is scheming.

Sorry, there are no screencaps in this recap. Maybe for the next post though!

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Review: Go Go Squid (2019)

I watched this drama as it aired in July, but I wanted to think about it more before writing my review. Surprisingly, I found Go Go Squid! enjoyable from beginning to end. It’s really Han Shang Yan’s story, a young man approaching the age of 30 who holds grudges and regrets, single-mindedly pursuing his dream of winning a cybersecurity competition for China. The romance storyline helps him let people into his life again and let go of the unhappiness he’d bottled up in his heart. There are much more flashback than I expected, but I loved all the team and competition scenes.

This 41-episode drama is available on Viki with English subtitles and YouTube.

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Book of the Month YA: August Selections

Note: I received this box for free as a BOTM YA affiliate. This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you purchase using my link. This helps keep my blog running!

Perhaps you’re already heard of Book of the Month, a monthly subscription box (U.S. only) that offers five newly released hardcover books for you to choose from for $14.99/month (free shipping!). I had to cancel my subscription I have a huge number of unread books on my shelf, but I love seeing their selections every month, which range from non-fiction to thrillers to fantasy—there’s bound to be something that interests you! You can add additional books for $9.99, which is such a steal for a hardcover.

Recently, Book of the Month launched a Young Adult subscription box as well! Previously, there were a couple YA selections every once in a while, but if you love YA or are looking to read more YA, this box is perfect for you. Sign up today and get your first book for $9.99 with the code FLEX!

August Selections

For August, I picked the YA historical novel The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, and I absolutely loved it! Set in 1890 Atlanta, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a maid by day and writes an advice column under the pseudonym ‘Ms. Sweetie’ by night. I immediately loved Jo because she’s witty and self-aware, and she explores race and gender in her column. I loved seeing the perspective of a Chinese-American girl in this time period in the South.

The other August selections are:

  • House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (fantasy)
  • Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry (thriller)
  • Mind Games by Shana Silver (sci-fi/dystopian)
  • Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (contemporary)

Past Selections

You can also add additional books from the current month & past months for $9.99. My recommendations from past selections are:

  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (fantasy) – see my review!
  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen (contemporary)
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (contemporary)
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (fantasy) – see my review!
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (contemporary)

If you’re a BOTM YA subscriber, let me know what you picked this month!

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