NOVEL REVIEW: DHEO'S BY ANJELL (PLUS FAN CAST)
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For today's post, I'm going to share a review of one of the best novels I've read this year. The novel is titled Dheo's and is written by Malaysia's no.1 bestselling novelist, Anjell. I also include a fan cast with this review. The fan cast will appear towards the end of this post. So please read this post till the end. Since this review is going to be a long post, let's not waste time and begin with Anjell's bio...
Anjell is a pen name chosen by Malaysia's no.1 bestselling novelist. Her novels include Eksperimen Cinta, Suamiku Paling Sweet, Tundukan Playboy Itu, Heronya Seorang Cinderella, Dr. Alpha Male, Dheo's, Dia Tetap Sempurna, and King Haidar are listed as bestsellers and everyone's favorite read. All of Anjell's novels belong in the adult and contemporary romance genre. All of Anjell's novels 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.
The novel Dheo's belongs in the adult and contemporary romance genre. Like Dr. Alpha Male, this novel also has modern-day fairytale vibes even though the story has a dark mood in beginning. The story has three romance tropes~ bad-boy-and-innocent-girl romance, forbidden love, and a second chance for love. The story is written in Bahasa Malaysia, but most of the characters' dialogues are in English and some are even in Italian.
The story begins with an innocent beauty named Nurissa Rose waking up from a one-year coma. Rose had a tragic accident one year ago. The accident put her in a one-year coma. When Rose woke up she doesn't remember anything that had happened to her. Poor Rose doesn't even know her name, who she was, and she doesn't even recognize her father. The doctor told, Mr. Nuriman (Rose's father) that his daughter is now suffering from amnesia.
Three years passed by. Rose lived a normal life with her father. She was happy even though she still doesn't have her memories back yet. Her mother passed away when she was only a child. That was what Mr. Nuriman told his daughter. But sadly, Rose doesn't remember a thing about her mother. She doesn't remember what her mother looks like, and all the sweet memories they had together. That's sad.
One day, Mr. Nuriman had a heart attack and the old man died on the spot. One week after Mr. Nuriman's death, Rose found out that her father was on the verge of bankruptcy and all of his properties were now given to a man named Dheo Han. Dheo Han? Who's Dheo Han? And what was his relationship with Rose's father? Why did Mr. Nuriman give his properties to Dheo Han?
Rose was not satisfied with the news. It made her curious more than ever. Rose knew that Dheo Han was a business tycoon and the owner of a luxurious hotel called La Prince. So without waiting any longer, Rose went to La Prince Hotel to meet Mr. Dheo Han.
Dheo Han was a cold-face handsome man with a mysterious and enigmatic aura. He was very tall, masculine, has dark hair and eyes, a unique style of talking, and a scar on his left forehead (but the scar did not ruin his handsomeness at all). Dheo was not like any other average guy. He had enemies around his belt. And a lot of people were scared of him.
At the hotel, Rose asked Dheo Han, why did her father give all of his properties to him? The tall mysterious man gave her a very simple answer. "Collecting properties is my hobby. So when there's an opportunity, I just grab it." Rose was not satisfied with his answer. But she doesn't respond to it.
Dheo also told Rose that Mr. Nuriman owe him something very valuable. And it was time for the old man to give him back that very valuable thing. Rose was shocked by the statement. What does Dheo Han mean by that? But she doesn't say anything about it. Rose only begged Dheo Han not to do anything to her beloved cafe (I's Cafe). And Dheo said ok to that. But he also gave her one requirement. If Rose wanted to save I's Cafe, she must become one of La Prince's employees. Dheo wanted Rose as his personal housekeeper. Rose was shocked. But to save her beloved I's Cafe, she agreed to Dheo's requirement.
As the plot evolved, Rose started to have feelings for Dheo Han. The man's aura seemed to have a magnetic force on her. And Dheo secretly had deep romantic feelings for Rose too. Rose also had a feeling that she knew Dheo Han before. He was someone close to her before the tragic accident happened. That was what Rose thought. Meeting and knowing Dheo Han was like a deja-vu to Rose. Could this be true? Did Rose and Dheo know each other before? Maybe...
But who was Dheo Han in Rose's life? Was he her lover? Or was he her enemy? And what was Dheo's agenda for having Rose his personal housekeeper?
MY REVIEW OF DHEO'S
Dheo's is the most romantic and beautiful Bahasa Malaysia romance novel I ever read. Everything in this novel is just so romantic and beautiful. The plot, storyline, and characters are all beautifully written and created by the author. Reading Dheo's give me the same romantic feeling while I was reading Tempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas. Both stories talk about love, kindness, sincerity, sacrifices, and the meaning of being with someone special.
Nurissa Rose is one of the best book beauties/heroines an author ever created. Even though Rose is innocent and gentle, she's still sassy and smart. Rose is the kind of girl who speaks her mind. She knows what she wants and what is right for her. She's not an easy girl for anyone to bully. Rose is also a kind-hearted person. She doesn't judge Dheo for his past and background. She accepts him for who he is and is always willing to face the storm with him. That's sweet! I believe Rose is one of the book beauties every girl must look up to as a role model. And she is now one of my top 3 favorite book beauties alongside Poppy Hathaway (Tempt Me At Twilight) and Beatrix Hathaway (Love In The Afternoon).
Dheo Han is one of the best book heartthrobs an author ever created. Dheo is not just the kind of guy I would date. But he is also the kind of guy I want to marry. Hehehe ^_^ He is such a sweetheart ^_^ Behind his mysterious and enigmatic aura, Dheo is actually a sweet, romantic, and loving man. He loves Nurissa Rose dearly with all his heart. After the author reveals who Dheo Han is in Rose's life, the character changed from mysterious to romantic. And it gives me a lot of Auwwwwww moments. Seriously, guys, I'm smitten by Dheo Han ^_^ And he's now one of my top three favorite book heartthrobs alongside Harry Rutledge (Tempt Me At Twilight) and Cam Rohan (Mine Till Midnight).
Chapter 48 is everything in the novel. It's the chapter where Dheo beautifully makes love to his beloved Rose. The lovemaking scene is very pure, romantic, beautiful, steamy, and also sexy. The author portrays the characters' feelings toward each other. That scene really makes me cry and blush at the same time ^_^
Besides the two protagonists, I also like some of the side characters in Dheo's. All of them are beautifully created by Anjell. Especially Dheo Han's hunky sidekick, Lucca. He's another sweetheart in the story. Reading Dheo's also make me learn some romantic Italian words and phrases such as 'mia Bella (my beautiful), 'Tesoro' (treasure), 'dolce cuore' (sweetheart), etc.
Besides the storyline, plot, characters, and romantic Italian words and phrases, I also like the novel's title, cover, and elevator pitch. I believe the novel's title Dheo's and the cover design are very imaginative and different from other Bahasa Malaysia romance novels. The title Dheo's does not sound very flowery. But it has a deep meaning. It symbolizes the female protagonist as the male protagonist's love interest.
The novel's cover is black in color with a red and white color font on it. The cover also shows two bloody hands holding a bouquet of white roses. It tells readers that Dheo's is a romance novel with dark vibes. The elevator pitch, "Sejuah Manakah Duri Sanggup Berkorban Untuk Mawarnya?" (How far a thorn is willing to sacrifice for its rose?) gives readers a very intriguing feeling. Rose and thorn are used as the symbol of romance in Dheo's. Rose means innocent, gentle, and beautiful. It symbolizes Nurissa Rose as an innocent beauty. And thorn means rough but kind-hearted. It symbolizes Dheo Han as a morally grey hero. I believe the elevator pitch suits the bad-boy-and-innocent-girl romance trope.
Overall, I rate this novel 10/10. I believe it's the best novel I've read so far this year. I will definitely repeat reading it. Btw, I still can't get enough of Dheo Han. I highly recommend Dheo's to my fellow bookworms who are into the romance genre. Dheo's is a novel you must not miss, guys. And trust me, if you love Hades and Persephone romance story, you guys will love Dheo and Rose too. However, I need to be frank that this novel has some romantic steamy scenes and adult dialogues. So I believe it is not suitable for teenagers under 16. Btw, I hope Dheo's will be translated into English in the future. So that my international fellow bookworms can read it too. I'm sure this novel can be a big hit in the international market.
Ok, so this is my review of Dheo's. And since I love this novel so much. I prepared a fan cast with this review. Now let's check out my fan cast for Dheo's...
MY FAN CAST FOR DHEO'S
#1 REMY HII AS DHEO HAN
Dheo Han is a morally grey protagonist with Hade's vibes. He is a very handsome and charismatic businessman with a mysterious and enigmatic aura. The author describes this character as a cold and beautiful man. Dheo likes to show his dark side (cold face) to his enemies and those who don't know him that well. Only with Nurissa Rose, he can relax and be himself. Dheo is a Eurasian. His father is a Chinese-Malaysian, while his mother is Italian. That's why some of his dialogues are in Italian. I believe Malaysian-Australian actor Remy Hii is the most perfect to play Dheo Han. Like Dheo, Remy is also charismatic and talented in arts and music. Plus, Remy can write and do work with his left and right hands. And as a fan of Remy Hii, it's always my dream to see him playing a character with a dark, mysterious, and enigmatic aura. If any filmmakers want to make Dheo's a film or TV series, please cast Remy for this role. I'm sure he will carry the character well and make people love Dheo Han even more.
#2 IM YOONA AS NURISSA ROSE
Nurissa Rose is an innocent beauty with Persephone vibes. She is kind-hearted, sassy, and smart. The author also portrays Rose as a natural beauty with a beautiful smile that melts most hearts (especially Dheo Han ^_^). I believe South Korea's beautiful and talented actress, Im Yoona is the best to play, Nurissa Rose. Like Rose, Yoona is also natural beauty with a beautiful smile and innocent vibe. In fact, while I was reading the novel, I already imagined Yoona as Rose.
#3 ALEX LANDI AS LUCCA
Lucca is Dheo Han's hunky sidekick who looks like a Giorgio Armani model. This character is not just a handsome face. Lucca is also intelligent, quick-witted, and charismatic. I believe Grey's Anatomy actor, Alex Landi is the best to play Lucca. Like Lucca, Alex is also charismatic and has the looks of a model. So he is perfect for this role. Plus, Alex Landi is half Korean and half Italian. That's another point for him to be cast as Lucca.
#4 BEAKHYUN AS FAHIM
Like Lucca, Fahim is another lovable side character in Dheo's. Fahim is Rose's best buddy. He was first portrayed by the author as a soft dorky guy with glasses. But towards the end of the story, the author reveals that Fahim is actually one of Dheo Han's men. Dheo secretly hires him to become Rose's bodyguard. I believe South Korean talented actor and Exo's most charismatic member, Baekhyun is the best to play Fahim.
#5 YOSON AN AS ARRAYAN
Arrayan is also one of Dheo Han's men. He is also a charismatic and quick-witted character. Arrayan is not just an average side character. I believe Arrayan will become one of Anjell's heroes and has his own romance story soon. It will be awesome! I believe Mulan actor, Yoson An is the best to play Arrayan.
#6 YOO AH IN AS SHAHRIL (a.k.a SHARK)
Shahril is the villain in Dheo's. This character is so purely evil. Shahril has so much hatred and revenge in his heart. Seriously, I hate this character a lot. He is just too evil. I believe South Korea's talented, versatile, and award-winning actor, Yoo Ah In suits this role. He will make this character alive. But I also believe that Baekhyun's fans will love to hate Yoo Ah In if he plays Shahril. Shahril did something evil to Fahim at the end of this story.
#6 SEO HYE RIM AS NANCY
Nancy is Dheo Han's bitchy secretary who has an eye for him. But sadly for Nancy, Dheo only has his eyes on Rose. He's a one woman's man. I believe South Korean actress, Seo Hye Rim is the best to play, Nancy. After all, Seo Hye Rim already channels a lot of bitchy characters in K-dramas. And she played those characters well. I believe she will do the same for Nancy.
#7 PARK GYU YOUNG AS ARIN
Arin is one of the housekeeping staff at La Prince Hotel. She is Rose's best friend at work. Arin is another lovable side character in Dheo's. She's cheerful and quick-witted. It's so cute that she can guess Dheo Han's feelings for Rose and she is totally confident with it. I believe South Korea's adorable and talented actress, Park Gyu Young suits this role.
Ok, I believe this is the end of today's post. Before I say goodbye, I would like to ask my readers three related questions regarding Dheo's. Has anyone read Dheo's by Anjell? If yes, what are your opinions of the novel? And did you have a crush on Dheo Han while and after you finished reading Dheo's? Btw, the third question is only for female readers ^_^
Thank you for reading this review. I'll see you guys again in my next post. Bonne weekend.
Fadima Mooneira ^_^
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What a beautifully written review. I do love a bit romance and mystery. I’ve never read a book by this author before but this one sounds like a great read.ReplyDelete
Yeah, it was an awesome read. And I plan to read it again soon. I’m still not over Dheo and Rose’s romance 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍Delete
Wow — this sounds amazing as you gave it the highest score and said it was the best novel you've read this year! Great review — it sounds really entertaining and full of great romance.ReplyDelete
Yes!!!!!!! Extremely super romantic 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍Delete
The novel as so much going on! Such a great review Fadima and I love your artwork and casting once again!ReplyDelete
This is interesting, the novel is going to be a good read. Thank you for this lovely review!ReplyDelete
You are welcome 💜💛💞Delete
Great review!! I like your illustrations and the fan cast too (your cast for Nancy is like, soo Nancy! 🤣). Btw you already know my answers to the three questions at the end of this post!! 😉❤❤❤❤❤ReplyDelete
Hehehe... But in real life Seo Hye Rim is a lovely person. I watched her in some reality TV shows. She’s cute 🥰🥰🥰Delete
Yeah, I know your answers for all three questions. We all are smitten with Dheo Han till now. But he only loves Rose. But the actor that I cast as Dheo Han is mine, eh 😜😜😜 hehehe... Just joking 😉😉😉
Your artwork is always unique and brilliant!ReplyDelete
I love the second chance at love trope. I also love fan casting lol. I do it all the time in my head. Thanks for the recommendation! -JulianReplyDelete
Fan casting your favorite celebrities is one of the best motivations ever to finish a book.Delete
I remember your review for Dr. Alpha Male, so it was great reading a review for another one of Anjell's books. Dheo's sounds like a wonderful romance book and Rose and Dheo sound perfect together.ReplyDelete
I also liked reading your fan cast!
Auwww 🥰😍❤️💖💕 i’m glad that you still remember my review of Dr. Alpha Male. Yeah, Dheo’s is a good romance read. I hope Anjell novels will be translated into English language in the future. So that you guys can read them too. We can share our love for Anjell novels together 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍Delete
I never read something from Malaysian author, sounds like an interesting story..ReplyDelete
Yeah, it was a good read. And I want to read it again. Hehehe 😁Delete
These sound like ideal reads for my daughter. A recommendation I'll pass on.ReplyDelete
This is such a glowing review, I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much! I love a good romance so will be sure to check this one out. I love your illustrations and fancast too! Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
You’re welcome and thank you for your compliment 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍Delete
Wow, that's amazing. I think she would do grerat international as well. Regarding to ranking. This is a great novel.ReplyDelete
So true! Her stories are very International.Delete
Great review. This book sounds amazing and something I would definitely read. I'm very intrigued about their connection now!ReplyDelete
Yeah true! This novel is a page turner.Delete
Beautifully written, detailed review. So pleased you enjoyed this so much :-) Sarah https://sarahcollinsbookworm.wordpress.comReplyDelete
I think this may be one of my favourite of your book reviews, Fadima. It's so detailed (gorgeous illustrations as always) and it's very clear how much you loved the book and characters. I'm so intrigued as to how Dheo and Rose knew each other now!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your compliment ❤️❤️❤️ The author is now working on the prequel. Hopefully it will be available in paperback soon. Dheo and Rose met in London whenthey were still in uni.Delete
Great review! It's awesome that you enjoyed it so much.ReplyDelete
Yeah! And I want to read it again and again 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍Delete
I've been trying to look for a copy of this in English because I'm so intrigued and want to read it!ReplyDelete
Ooohhh.... I need to contact the author and tell her that she needs to translate her books in English pronto. Miss Anjell, if you’re reading this... PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!Delete
Thanks for the review! Its been a while since a read a romantic novel and I wouldn’t mind getting a hold of this one. Also, your artwork is very unique, great work ❤️ReplyDelete
Thank you for your compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed this review ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Delete
Modern day fairy-tale vibes, sounds good! I love casting the characters in books I read - it really helps me visualise them.ReplyDelete
True! It also motivates me to read and finished the book. Oh I love casting my favorite actors as characters in books I read.Delete
Another amazing review lovely, very much appreciate you sharing this novel with us. It sounds very interesting! Incredible artwork, your so talented. Thank you so much for sharing XoReplyDelete
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Thank you for your compliment again, Elle. I also love the recipes you share on your blog. So keep on the good work ^_^Delete
I love that you did a little fan cast for this book you so loved! I find it very entertaining to see who you would picture in these roles xReplyDelete
Yeah, and it's a good motivation to read and finish a book.Delete
Outstanding book review. I usually don't read novels. I mostly read self help books. But it's good to learn about a Malaysian author. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed this review.Delete
Great review! I love the illustrations and fan cast.ReplyDelete
Thank you for reading 💋Delete