5 K-pop en K-drama boeken die verschijnen in 2022

Gepost op 28 december 2021 door Katja in Boeken / 0 Comments

Mijn liefde voor boeken, K-pop en K-drama’s kan ik dankzij de boeken op deze lijst combineren. Lees je mee?

The Red Palace – June Hur | 25 januari
Joseon (Korea), 1758. There are few options available to illegitimate daughters in the capital city, but through hard work and study, eighteen-year-old Hyeon has earned a position as a palace nurse. All she wants is to keep her head down, do a good job, and perhaps finally win her estranged father’s approval.
But Hyeon is suddenly thrust into the dark and dangerous world of court politics when someone murders four women in a single night, and the prime suspect is Hyeon’s closest friend and mentor. Determined to prove her beloved teacher’s innocence, Hyeon launches her own secret investigation.
In her hunt for the truth, she encounters Eojin, a young police inspector also searching for the killer. When evidence begins to point to the Crown Prince himself as the murderer, Hyeon and Eojin must work together to search the darkest corners of the palace to uncover the deadly secrets behind the bloodshed

We beginnen met een historisch boek. Net voor mijn vertrek las ik van de auteur haar eerder verschenen boek, The Silence of Bones, helaas kreeg ik het boek net niet uitgelezen. Maar wat ik las vond ik super goed. De research die de auteur heeft gedaan om een deel van de geschiedenis van Korea te vertellen, heeft ze onwijs puur gedaan. Al schuwt ze ook zeker niet weg om het rauwe gedeelte te vertellen. Daarom kijk ik enorm uit naar haar nieuwst boek die in januari uit gaat komen.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea – Axie Oh | 22 februari
Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.
Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.
Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.
But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…

XOXO geschreven door dezelfde auteur is een van mijn lievelingsboeken die ik las in 2021. Ze schrijft heel prettig waardoor je als lezer steeds verder wilt lezen. Tegelijkertijd weet ze karakteristieke elementen van K-drama’s in haar verhalen te stoppen. XOXO ging over K-pop, maar in februari komt de auteur met een boek die is gebaseerd op een Koreaanse mythologie.

The Noh Family – Grace K. Shim | 3 mei
When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high school senior Chloe Kang doesn’t think much of trying it out. She doesn’t believe anything will come of it–she’s an only child, her mother is an orphan, and her father died in Seoul before she was even born, and before her mother moved to Oklahoma. It’s been just Chloe and her mom her whole life. But the DNA test reveals something Chloe never expected–she’s got a whole extended family from her father’s side half a world away in Korea. Her father’s family are owners of a famous high-end department store, and are among the richest families in Seoul. When they learn she exists, they are excited to meet her. Her mother has huge reservations, she hasn’t had a great relationship with her husband’s family, which is why she’s kept them secret, but she can’t stop Chloe from travelling to Seoul to spend two weeks getting to know the Noh family.
Chloe is whisked into the lap of luxury, but something feels wrong. Chloe wants to shake it off–she’s busy enjoying the delights of Seoul with new friend Miso Dan, the daughter of one of her mother’s grade school friends. And as an aspiring fashion designer, she’s loving the couture clothes her department store owning family gives her access to. But soon Chloe will discover the reason why her mother never told her about her dad’s family, and why the Nohs wanted her in Seoul in the first place. Could joining the Noh family be worse than having no family at all?

Dit verhaal doet me een klein beetje denken aan De erfenis. Al heeft dit boek natuurlijk een geheel eigen stem en dynamiek, maar verhaalconcepten zoals De erfenis vind ik zo leuk om te lezen.

Once Upon a K-Prom – Kat Cho | 17 mei
Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged.
So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven years ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love.
Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?

Van Kat Cho las ik eerder dit jaar Wicked Fow en ik ben heel benieuwd hoe ze een contemporary verhaal schrijft na haar eerdere mythische verhalen.

Flip the Script – Lyla Lee | 31 mei
As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the producers a contract romance, and that’s all they’re going to get from her.
But when showrunners bring on a new girl to challenge Hana’s role as main love interest—and worse, it’s someone Hana knows all too well—can Hana fight for her position on the show while falling for her on-screen rival in real life?

Terwijl ik deze blog aan het schrijven ben, luister ik naar de auteur haar eerder verschenen boek, I’ll be the one. Al is dat boek een audioboek, ik kan niet stoppen met luisteren. Zo luisterde ik op een dag drie uur non-stop naar het boek. Dat maakt me super nieuwsgierig naar het boek die in mei verschijnt die ook nog eens over een K-drama gaat!

Welk boek uit deze blog ben jij van plan om te gaan lezen?

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