NOVEL REVIEW: DR. ALPHA MALE BY ANJELL (PLUS FAN CAST)
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For today's post, I'm going to share my review of a novel I just finished reading last two weeks. The novel is titled Dr. Alpha Male, and it is written by Anjell. Now let's check out Anjell's bio...
Anjell is a pen name chosen by a Malaysian novelist. Anjell is Malaysia's no.1 bestselling novelist now. All of her novels, from Eksperimen Cinta to King Haidar (just released early this year) are listed as bestsellers and everyone's favorite read. All of Anjell's novels belong in the contemporary romance genre and they all have modern-day fairytale vibes. Two of her novels, Tundukan Playboy Itu and Hero Seorang Cinderella have already been adapted into a TV series drama.
ABOUT DR. ALPHA MALE
Dr. Alpha Male (DAM) is Anjell's fourth novel. This novel belongs in the contemporary romance and romantic comedy genre. This novel is written in Bahasa Malaysia. DAM was first published in 2018. It is Anjell's most famous and no.1 bestselling novel. In fact, this novel is now listed as an evergreen read in Bahasa Malaysia modern literature.
The story followed a girl named Tristin Hazel. Hazel was pretty, spunky, and funny. Hazel's distinguishing feature was her two hazel eyes. In Malaysia, having hazel eyes is a rare thing. Not many Malaysian people have hazel eyes.
On one fine day, Hazel bought herself a Magnum ice cream. Magnum was her favorite ice cream. She was excited to eat the ice cream. But unfortunately, Hazel did not get a chance to eat it. When Hazel was just about to leave the convenience store, a tall masculine man accidentally hit her. And the Magnum ice cream fell on the floor. Oh, dear! What a waste!
Hazel was devastated. She scolded the man. The man scolded Hazel back. They marked each other as rude. Later in the story, Hazel met the same man again. And to Hazel's surprise, the man became one of her new lecturers. Yikes!
The man's name was Hilman Ukasyah. Hilman was an almost perfect man. He was handsome, charismatic, intelligent, and very confident. Hilman was also known as an alpha male. Hazel and Hilman were enemies in the early chapters of the book. They quarreled and argued a lot. Hilman sometimes scolded Hazel for being so clumsy and childish. Plus, Hilman also made Hazel cry.
But as the plot evolves, Hazel and Hilman became friends. Hazel found out that Hilman was her neighbor's son and he wasn't that mean after all. Hilman's parents were separated. Hilman lived with his father. He only visited his mother's home sometimes. That's why Hazel never met him in her neighborhood before.
On one dark spooky night, Hazel returned to her parent's home alone. Something bad almost happened. Hazel was almost sexually assaulted by an unknown man. But luckily, Hilman came to the scene and rescued Hazel. Hazel was saved. But this was not the only assault Hazel received.
After the dark incident that almost happened, Hazel became a damsel in distress. A stranger broke into Hazel's apartment. Hazel received a threatening note from someone she did not know. Plus, she was almost assaulted again. And later in the story, Hazel found out that someone has been stalking her. Oh no! It made her feel unsafe and scared.
Hilman decided to become Hazel's knight in the shining amour. He proposed to Hazel. She accepted his proposal and they were married in the middle of the story. Hilman and Hazel later fell in love. But the stalker was still stalking Hazel. Who was the stalker anyway? And why was he stalking Hazel?
The stalker gets creepier and creepier as the plot evolves. The stalker doesn't want any guy to come near and touch Hazel. He attacked every guy who comes near Hazel, except for Hilman. But why doesn't the stalker attack Hilman?
MY REVIEW OF DR. ALPHA MALE
I believe DAM is the most enjoyable Bahasa Malaysia contemporary romance novel I ever read. The story has romance, comedy, modern-day fairytale vibes, mystery, and action. Reading this novel makes me happy.
I was also excited before I read this novel. DAM was a novel I've been wanting to read for the past two years. But I never got the chance to read or even grab it. It's because this novel is always sold out every time I visited the bookstore. Thanks to my BFF, Maddy, I got a chance to read this novel. The Dr. Alpha Male novel was given to me as a birthday present from Maddy. Thank you so much, my dear best friend. You made my dream to read Dr. Alpha Male come true ^_^
I like Anjell's writing style in this novel. Her writing is simple. Anjell's writing style in DAM makes it easy for me to visualize the whole story and scenes. It makes the story sound so alive. Besides the writing style, I also like the way Anjell plays along with the enemies-to-lovers trope. She made this traditional trope sounds enjoyable and not cliche at all.
I also like all the characters Anjell created for DAM. They are believable characters. They are not perfect and prone to making mistakes, especially Tristin Hazel. And besides the characterization, I also like the way Anjell blends her characters with the story plot. It makes this novel so enjoyable to read. And before I forgot, Hilman Ukasyah is a very dreamy hero, girls. He is every women's dream guy. Trust me, if you read Dr. Alpha Male you will definitely have a crush on Hilman. Oh wow... I wish he is real ^_^
Since DAM is a very enjoyable and fun novel, I rate it 10/10. I highly recommend this novel to my fellow bookworms, especially ladies who are into K-dramas, and modern fairytales. Trust me, you ladies are going to love DAM. I wish that DAM will be translated into the English language one day. It's because I would like to introduce this novel to some of my fellow international bloggers, especially Izzy Matias. I'm sure you're going to love this one, Izzy ^_^
DAM is the first Anjell novel that I read. Again, all thanks to Maddy for introducing me to the Anjell fandom. I'm now an Anjell fan and looking forward to read her other novels. I just got Dheo's and King Haidar on my shelf. I can't wait to read them ^_^
Ok, so this is my review for Dr. Alpha Male. Now let's check out my fan cast for the novel...
MY FAN CAST FOR DR. ALPHA MALE
#1 GO ARA AS TRISTIN HAZEL
Anjell describes Hazel as a girl with a petite figure and fair complexion. I believe South Korean actress Go Ara will be the most suitable to play Hazel. Like Hazel, Go Ara also has hazel color eyes. So she's perfect.
#2 JI CHANG WOOK AS HILMAN UKASYAH
Hilman was an aplha male. He was handsome, charismatic, intelligent, confident, and well-dressed. I believe South Korea's alpha male hero, Ji Chang Wook is the best for this role. Ji Chang Wook has the same aura and vibes as Hilman. Plus, he is devilishly sexy. Auwww...
#3 KANG HA NEUL AS ZAQUAN
Zaquan was a mysterious character in the story. Anjell first portrayed him as an innocent guy with the boy-next-door image. But his character was actually more than just that. Therefore, I believe this role must be played by a versatile actor. So I choose award-winning actor, Kang Ha Neul for this role.
#4 JIMMY O' YANG AS MUIZ
Muiz was one of Hazel's classmates. He had a crush on Hazel. Muiz tried to win Hazel after he found out that Hazel was no longer engaged to Iwan. But Hazel rejected him. And Muiz was not happy with that.
#5 JEONG EUN JI AS SABIHA
Sabiha was Hazel's BFF. She was tall, pretty, funny, and very cheerful. I believe A Pink's Jeong Eun Ji is the best actress to play Sabiha. They share the same vibes.
#6 ROSS BUTLER AS HARIZ
Hariz was Hilman's half-brother. Hariz was masculine, tall, and good-looking. He was a popular college dude and also the captain of the soccer team. Hariz became Sabiha's boyfriend later in the story. Since Hariz was tall and masculine, I believe this role must be reserved for Malaysian-American actor, Ross Butler. Yeah, he is perfect to play Hariz. Plus, I believe Ross Butler will have dazzling chemistry with Jeong Eun Ji. Oh yeah, I want to see them as an on-screen couple.
#7 CHRIS PANG AS IWAN
Iwan was Hazel's ex-fiancee. He cheated on Hazel with her cousin, Safura. After Hazel was almost sexually assaulted, Iwan broke off their engagement. He believed that Hazel was no longer pure. And later in the story, Iwan married Safura. But they did not live as a happily married couple. I believe Crazy Rich Asians' Chris Pang will be the best to play Iwan.
#8 SONOYA MIZUNO AS SAFURA
Safura was Hazel's bitchy cousin. She was also the girl who stole Iwan from Hazel. Safura became Iwan's wife later in the story. I fan cast, model and actress, Sonoya Mizuno for this role.
Ok, this is all for now. I hope you guys enjoyed this review and fan cast. So has anyone read Dr. Alpha Male by Anjell? If yes, what are your opinions of this novel? And what are your opinions of Hilman's character? Hehehe ^_^ Please share your opinions in the comment box below.
Thank you for reading. I'll see you guys again in my next post. Take care.
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