My heart melted into goo. Lee Hyung-kim was kissing me. Lee Hyung-kim had dreamed about me, and I was officially in danger of becoming as starry-eyed as the girls in K-dramas.
Much thanks to NetGalley and Mascot Books for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
📚 Series: No.
📚 Genre: Young Adult: Romance
📚 POV: First.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
📖 BLURB via Goodreads 📖
Girl meets boy.
Boy falls for girl.
Girl discovers boy is a runaway K-pop idol in hiding.
Merilee Hart has been doing her best to keep things together since her mother left, her art a welcome escape from her depressing new reality. But things seem to go even more awry the moment her next door neighbor’s enigmatic and mysterious nephew arrives from South Korea. Lee is moody, cocky, and utterly infuriating. But when Merri’s closest friends betray her and her father crushes her dream of going to art school, Merri finds herself drawn to Lee, who seems to live within even greater shadows than her own. And just when she thought things couldn’t get crazier, Merri’s world is upended when she discovers Lee’s big and bizarre secret: he is none other than a runaway member of the K-pop mega-group Thunder.
🖋 About the Author: Kristen Burnham
KRISTEN BURNHAM knew that she was destined to be either a world-famous paleontologist or a writer. The dinosaur gig never took off, so it’s a good thing she had a back-up plan. When she’s not writing, she is hunting around for the best Korean BBQ food, reading, watching dramas (Korean, Chinese, British… if it’s dramatic, she’ll watch it), listening to music in foreign languages, and having arguments with her menagerie of imaginary friends (a.k.a. book characters). Find her at seoulofawriter.home.blog or on Instagram @seoulofawriter
⚠ Content Warnings: Mental Health Concerns: Anxiety. Family Drama. Betrayal.
⚠ Read if: you are a fan of: 1. K-Drama, 2. K-pop, or 3. Famous/Non-famous trope.
Oh my, what can I say? This was such a great read. I am normally a person who gets easily distracted and have concentration problems but I got through reading this in a breeze. 60% in one sitting, the rest in another.
Hart & Seoul is the debut novel of Kristen Burnham. And oh, what a fun debut it was. Merilee Grace Hart, aka Merri, is a highschool senior/artist whose world changed when her neighbor’s nephew arrives fresh from South Korea. Merri and Lee had an amusing first encounter where they definitely pissed each other off. But when Merri gets broken hearted from a cheater ex and friend, Lee went in for her rescue. But thunder rocks her world when she discovers Lee’s secret: he’s a Korean superstar and a member of Kpop group Thunder.
Again, I looooved this so much. This book was reminiscent of my favorite fan fics (the better written ones) and the few Kdramas I have watched.
At times, Merri may be found a bit annoying and insensitive in dealing with Korean culture. I cannot react on how bad it was since I am not sure how a Korean would feel about those things and how true some representations of the culture were.
My rating is a lot on how the romance made me feel and it was really giddy and cute and made me feel butterflies.
Looking forward to more of the author’s work!
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
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☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.36/5 ☁