The Final Battle

I just watched the season finale of Once Upon A Time entitled The Final Battle and I think that it was perfect. They ended this season pretty well. I’ve heard that they are planning to add one more season which will be more like a spin-off. I think it’s completely unnecessary. The Final Battle would have been a perfect season finale. I don’t think there can be a better ending. If they want to focus on the adult life of Henry, just make an entirely different show and make it a spin-off. I don’t think they should continue it as Season 7 of Once Upon A Time. Does it even make sense that there will be Once Upon A Time without Emma and Regina?

All the Bright Places

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You have been in every way all that anyone could be.… If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.

All the Bright Places is about two broken teenagers- Violet and Finch- who met in one of the most unusual ways- at the top of the bell tower where Finch had to talk Violet off a ledge and save her. From then, Violet becomes Finch’s reason to stay Awake and not fall into the Asleep, a metaphor for his depressive episodes. Finch also helps Violet come to terms with her sister’s death. This book is about two people who wants and needs to be saved.

In many ways, I see this book as similar in other young adult contemporary books that I have read- two broken teenagers, adventure and a rollercoaster of emotion. Violet is a girl who belongs to the “popular” crowd but doesn’t really feel like herself around her peers. This kind of girl is actually repetitive for several young adult books. On the other hand, Finch is an “outsider” who doesn’t feel like he belong with anybody at all. Again, a typical boy in a young adult book. Violet and Finch also gets to go on an adventure for a school project. Another typical element. What’s different here is how mental disorders are depicted. What I find different here is how mental disorders are depicted. I don’t think I’ve ever understand mental health the way I did in this book. Another thing that’s different for me is that I desperately longed for a happy ending. In these kinds of books, I accept that the story may end tragically from the beginning or middle of book to save myself from more pain. In this book, I couldn’t do it. I let myself believe that this story may have a  happy ending after all.

In this end, this book left me heartbroken. It is a good read for it opens your eyes of the reality of some other peoples’ lives. Yes, Finch is a fictional character but there is someone out there who might be fighting to stay Awake just as Finch does. Maybe there is someone out there who is desperately searching for something to live for. Maybe that’s why the story ended the way it did. It’s not telling us that there’s nothing to be done. It’s telling us that we need to act for something to be done. It makes us think about all the ways things could have turn out differently. So maybe, in our real lives, we can be more attentive. We can seek more help. We can try harder not to give up on other people. Some say that this book does not focus on hope. And yes, I do agree. This book focuses on regrets. And for some, this is  a better fuel to act.

Historical Fiction Romance

Recently, I have been reading historical fiction romances and I may be obssessed with it now.

One of the reasons I like these kinds of books is the setting. I like getting a glimpse of the society back then where getting a woman married is a necessity and getting ruined seems to be the end of the world. I think I like it because it is so very different from what I see in our society today. It’s also refreshing – the dialogues are very different and so is their humor.

Also, let’s admit it, the men in these books are really swoon-worthy. The books I have been reading lately have rakes as the center of interest of the main character. I guess I like that these guys fall in love really hard with their girl. My favorite so far is Rhys Winterborne of Lisa Kleypas’ Marrying Winterborne.

I guess I also liked the premise of the stories. Most books have almost similar plots – innocent girl meets experienced rake. There will be courtship or flirtations and then the girl might be ruined after a kiss or maybe they have slept together. The rake will then marry the girl but in the end he will realize that he is so lucky because he is indeed in love with the girl.

So far, I’ve only read Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas and I’ve enjoyed their books immensely. Needless to say, I haven’t had enough yet and will keep reading the Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn. I’ve only read The Duke and I, the first book of the family series, and I want more.

I highly recommend historical fiction romance for people like me who are hopeless romantic and wants something different from contemporary fiction today.