KPOP Music Mondays: Red Velvet – ReVe Festival Day 2 (Umpah Umpah)

Hey K-Poppers!

Welcome back to KPOP Music Mondays, a weekly feature on the blog where I highlight a recent release and share my thoughts! This week is a fan favorite; one of the biggest girl groups in Korea and on the global scale. It is none other than Red Velvet, and they are back with the sequel EP to their ReVe Fesitval Day 1, Day 2!! I was so excited back in the first half of the year when it was announced that we would be getting a Red Velvet trilogy! The first the group has ever put out (correct me if I’m wrong). 

So let’s break it down!

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RED VELVET - ReVe Festival Day 2

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MUSIC VIDEO:

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I am going to start off with a controversial comment … dont kill me … but Zimzalabim was not the jam of the summer we have come to expect from our summer comeback Queens. It might go down in history as my least favorite Red Velvet title track. Much to my surprise and everyone else most likely, they announced ANOTHER summer comeback.

I thought to myself, this is a chance for my girls to redeem themselves and gives us a track that is summer ready. Bless the Kpop gods, because we got just that. Umpah Umpah is by far 1000000% better than Zimzalabim and you can fight me on that. We can an addictive hook and equally as addictive chorus, the girls ALL shine in their solo lines, and that dance is adorable. I also low-key love the music video.

Some of the other personal highlights from the album include Jumpin’, and Carpool. Both are solid tracks with more of the summer music vibes I was craving. Mix it all together and we got a pretty bumping EP. I will say that it didn’t surpass let’s say, Red Flavor and the Red Summer EP, or even the Summer Magic EP, but it comes very, very close!

I cannot wait for Day 3 and I have my predictions ready! Since we got two Red releases with Day 1 and 2, I am expecting Day 3 to have a Velvet title track along the lines of girl crush/RnB. My life needs another Bad Boy! Also since these two were EP’s, I’m anticipating Day 3 to be the groups 3rd full length album. BRING IT RED VELVET! I am not ready…. but I am. HA!

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ReVeluvs unite! Let’s keep spreading the Red Velvet love ~

Until next time,

Tuesday Book Releases: 7 Books You Should Look Out for This Week

Hey Bookworms!

Welcome back to another exciting week of book releases! Sometimes I feel like Tuesday’s are even more exciting than Fridays! (Shhhh… don’t tell my boss that or they’ll expect me to come into work with a smile on my face).

I have another exciting 7 book release this week among the many many releases. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

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  • When She Reigns by Jodi MeadowsThe final installment in a series that features strong empowring characters and dragons!
  • Frankly in Love by David YoonI’m really excited to see what David has in store for us as a writer. I wonder if his writing style is similar or different that his wife’s!
  • Treason of Thorns by  Laura E. Weymouth
  • This one checks off quite a few boxes for my reading taste and I can’t wait to dive in!
  • Rebel Girls by Elizabeth KeenanI love a good female empowerment story, and those are the kind of vibes I’m getting with this one!

7 young adult book releases of september 3rd (3 OF THEM)

  • Stormrise by Jillian BoehmeDRAGONS! I will never get over them. Sorry, not sorry! (Update: was notified by author that the release date was pushed back to September 24th. Please keep that in mind!)
  • Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan
    • Definitely some pretty important subject matter in our current political climates. Interested to see how the authors tackle it.
  • The Lady Rogue by Jenn BennettJust your all around classic fantasy filled story with and interesting twist. I cant wait!

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Are you excited for any of these releases as much as I am? I hope I was able to add a new book to your TBR. Happy reading ~

Until next time,

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SEPTEMBER 2019 RELEASES


SEPTEMBER 3rd


There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool (Age of Darkness #1)

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle #3)

Permanent Record by Mark H.K. Choi

Rated by Melissa Gray

We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar

Red Skies Falling by Alex London (Skybound #2)

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #4)

Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan (Ignite the Stars #2)

Dear Haiti, Love Elaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai

American Royals by Katherine McGee (American Royals #1)

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (Serpent & Dove #1)

Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer (Market of Monsters #2)

Caster by Elsie Chapman

Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl

The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos

She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna (The Celestial Trilogy #2)

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron


SEPTEMBER 10th


When She Reigns by Jodi Meadows (Fallen Isles #3)

Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4)

A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks & Ted Caplan

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler


SEPTEMBER 17th


The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams (The Babysitter’s Coven #1)

Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker (Seafire #2)

The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Break in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis

Suggested Reading by Dave Connis

It’s a Whole Spiel edited by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman

The Survival List by Courtney Sheinmel


SEPTEMBER 24TH


Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis (Give the Dark My Love #2)

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (Simon Snow #2)

A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney (The Nightmare-Verse #2)

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions #1)

SLAY by Brittany Morris

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole by Andrew Smith (Grasshopper Jungle #2)

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Verify by Joelle Charbonneau (Verify #1)

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

September Monthly TBR

Hey Bookworms!

How’s it been going? As you can tell I am back… again. This past year has been a whirlwind and I found it hard to keep up with my reading and the blog. But as of recently, I have been sparked with some new creative juices and felt like it’s time to make a come back to the reading community. It probably won’t be at the capacity that I used to (I used to read A LOT), but I’m hoping to keep this going since I love it so much.

So let’s start out fresh this month with a new TBR that I will most likely not stick to, but it’s always fun to create lists, am I right?


Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Rise by Ellen Goodlett

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon

The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R. Zamora Linmark

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch


This seems like the month of sequels! I have this habit of starting a series and when the next book finally comes out… I just don’t read them. I know it’s so sad because the first books are usually so good. But to right those wrongs, I have 3 sequels, Rise, Soul of the Sword, and These Divided Shores, to books I have read last year.

I also included the first book in a new fantasy, Spin the Dawn, with one of the most absolutely beautiful covers. The synopsis grabbed my interest even more!

And lastly, I have included 2 LGBTQ+ contemporaries as I want to read more books that I can relate to being part of the queer community, Ziggy, Stardust and Me and The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart. The synopsis’ sound very intriguing to me and I can’t wait to dive in!


Wish me luck!

#CoverReveal: September Highlights

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Hey, Bookworms!

Here is the cover reveal highlights from all of SEPTEMBER! Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big month for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

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