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The Monthly Recap: August 2020

Posted September 2, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books, movies, and Korean dramas. From what I read, what I watched, what I got, and the books, shows, and movies that I need to get to. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read, what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit.

Something amazing happened at the end of the month. I started reading again and I’m hoping that I keep that same energy going into September. Everyone pray for me, please. 🙂 I finally had a mix of all the things last month so here’s what I’ve been up to in the month that was August 2020.
Monthly Stats

Books

Books Read: 2 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 1 | Books Received for Review: 0 | Reviews Posted: 0
Highest Grade: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews | Lowest Grade: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Dramas

Dramas Watched: 13 | Dramas DNF’d: 1
Dramas Reviewed: 2 | Boyfriend of the Month: 2
Favorite Drama: Suspicious Partner | Least Favorite Drama: One More Time

Movies

Movies Watched: 6 | Movies DNF’d: 0
Movies Reviewed: 2
Favorite Movie: The Witch: The Subversion | Least Favorite Movie: On Your Wedding Day
What I Read


Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
What I Watched

Dramas



Suspicious Partner | 4.25 out of 5
My ID is Gangnam Beauty | 3.5 out of 5
Save Me | 3.75 out of 5
Tempted | DNF
One More Time | 2 out of 5
Dr. Romantic | 3.75 out of 5
Dr. Romantic 2 | 4.25 out of 5
While You Were Sleeping | 4 out of 5
Something in the Rain | 2.5 out of 5
Vagabond | 3.25 out of 5
Still Seventeen | 4.25 out of 5
The Hospital Playlist | 4 out of 5
Train | 4.25 out of 5

Movies



The Witch (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
The Great Battle (2018) | 4 out of 5
On Your Wedding (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
Tune In for Love (2018) | 3.5 out of 5
Miss Baek (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
A Company Man (2012) | 3.75 out of 5
Eye Candy Friday


Go Yeon Woo from Suits



Ko Dong Man from Fight for My Way
What I Reviewed

Dramas



My Country: The New Age | 3.5 out of 5
Love Alarm | 3.75 out of 5

Movies



The Beauty Inside | 4.25 out of 5
The Gangster, The Cop, and The Devil | 2 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (149)
The Monthly Recap: June & July 2020
The Weekly Recap (150)
The Monthly Plan: September 2020
The Weekly Recap (151)

And there you have it…the month that was August 2020, in all of the things. How was your month? Did you read or watch anything good? Did you read or watch anything bad? Share in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

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Review: The Suspect

Posted September 1, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 0 Comments

The Suspect

Male Lead: Gong Yoo
Also Starring: Park Hee Soon, Jo Sung Ha, Yoo Da In, Kim Sung Kyun, Jo Jae Yoon, Park Ji Il, Kim Min Jae
Year Released: 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Action, Suspense, Thriller
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Gong Yoo
Once one of the top special forces agents in North Korea, Ji Dong Chul (Gong Yoo) never thought he’d see the day when he was betrayed and hunted by his own country. But when his government abandoned him in the middle of a mission, that’s exactly what happened. Suddenly forced to run for his life, Dong Chul has no choice but to abandon his position but he refuses to flee without his family. Desperate to find his wife and daughter before it’s too late, Dong Chul tracks them down, only to find they’ve been sold as slaves to China.

Following their trail to its bloody end, Dong Chul soon learns that one of his ex-colleagues is responsible for the death of his wife and daughter. Vowing revenge, Dong Chul defects to South Korea, the pursuit of his family’s killer, his only objective.

Settling into a life of anonymity, Dong Chul spends his days searching for his nemesis while he spends his nights working as the personal chauffeur of a business executive with ties to the North. When the chairman is attacked by an unknown assassin, he passes a pair of particularly special glasses on to Dong Chul, leaving his chauffeur with a mission to recover top-secret materials, with his dying breath. Now framed for murder and hunted once again, Dong Chul must find a way to prove his innocence or die trying.

A non-stop thrill ride, “The Suspect” is a 2013 action thriller film directed by Won Shin Yun.
This was the action thriller that I was hoping The Gangster, The Cop, and The Devil was going to be. I’m not sure if it’s because of my personal bias because the main character in this movie is my #2 boo thang, Gong Yoo, or what but I was heavily invested in this movie from beginning to end.

I won’t get into a rundown of the movie since the summary provided above does the job for me. So Ji Dong Chul is searching for the people that killed his wife and daughter and he’s doing all of that while based in South Korea. He defected from North Korea after he was abandoned by his government while on an active military mission. He lives a solitary life in South Korea, keeping his head down because he’s a wanted man. Not that he cares. All he cares about is avenging his family so when his boss is attacked and he’s given a mission to recover some top secret materials, he’s got no choice but to accept the mission because now he’s running from every damn body and my guy is just trying to stay alive because he’s still got his family to avenge.

This movie was the kind of thriller that had me at the edge of my seat, trying to figure out what Dong Chul was going to do next. The fighting scenes were fantastic and the action was pretty dope too. I really enjoyed the adventure that Gong Yoo took us on during this movie and I’m super glad that I watched it. Gong Yoo is a fantastic actor and he is sooo easy on the eyes that it’s really not hard to watch the stuff that he’s in. Luckily for us, this was a great action story, filled with lots of thrills, some heartwarming moments and a really satisfying ending. So all in all, you can’t go wrong with this movie. The romantic in me wanted Gong Yoo to have a love interest in this movie so while I was watching it, I was trying to pair him up with every damn body but in the end, I was like duh….my guy was hella in love with his wife that he dedicated his life to avenging her…a love interest wouldn’t have made sense for this movie. So yeah, while that was a bummer for my romance-loving heart, I still definitely recommend it.
Final Rating


4.5 out of 5

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The Weekly Recap (151)

Posted August 31, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


It’s been a quiet week for me. Work kicked my ass because I was covering an additional 4 offices for my work best friend who was out on vacation all week. I’m so glad that she’s back to work today because gah…my region alone is a lot of work but her region was extremely busy this past week so she can have her region back. 🙂 I did manage to get out and hang with my friends for a little bit before our bestie, Mulu, went back to Utah. And then I hung out with my friend B Nice and we took a trip to Fountain Valley to try the brown sugar milk tea from The Alley, that I saw in my Korean drama, The King: Eternal Monarch. It was super tasty even though I hate boba. I can’t wait to try something new next week with B Nice. Our weekly night drives are always full of adventures.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (151)Iron and Magic
by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Iron Covenant #1
Published by NYLA on June 18, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Point of View:Third Person
Pages: 394
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2020 A-Z Challenge, 2020 Goodreads Challenge

No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work.

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?
As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”

Hugh and Elara may do both.

So far, this one is pretty good so I’m hoping Hugh and Elara keep the party going. I’m pretty anxious to see the link between the beginning of this new series and the Kate Daniels series. I haven’t gotten to that part yet, it’s still early days but I’m definitely interested in where this book is going.
What I Read


Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5

I read a book, yall!

I heard that Julie is going to get a book and that Derek is in it so I’ve got some catching up to do because I WANT THAT BOOK! So I dug back into the Kate Daniels series so that I can wrap that one up and be ready for Julie and Derek. Kate Daniels is such a bomb ass character and even though she scared me from time to time in this book, I still completely adored her and already jumped into the next book in the series, or actually, I started Hugh’s book because that’s what I was told to do.
What I’m Currently Watching

Train

Starring: Yoon Si Yoon, Kyung Soo Jin, Shin So Yul
Year Released: 2020
Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama

A hard-hitting detective who fearlessly dives into his work, Seo Do Won (Yoon Shi Yoon) is relentless when it comes to bringing criminals to justice. Willing to take on any case, no matter how hard, Do Won has made a name for himself as a man who gets the job done. But when the woman he loves becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, his world completely changes. Literally.

Mysteriously able to move between parallel universes, Do Won now lives in both worlds as a man who must pay for the sins of his father in one, and as a man forced to live a precarious life because of those sins in the other. As if the duality of his life wasn’t hard enough to deal with, he soon learns that his deceased love may be gone in one world, but she’s very much alive in the other. Vowing to track down her killer in one universe, while simultaneously trying to protect her in the other, Do Won is quick to acknowledge this is not something he can do alone.

Seeking the help of his colleagues in both universes, Do Won asks Han Seo Kyung (Kyung Soo Jin), an honest, yet reserved prosecutor with a big heart in one world, and a cold and emotionless detective in the other, to help him out. Together with Lee Jung Min (Shin So Yul), a tenacious member of the scientific investigation unit, they’ll do whatever it takes to track down the killer in one world and protect his love in the other. But will their efforts in either universe really be enough?

A suspenseful thriller with a sci-fi twist, “Train” is a 2020 mystery romance drama directed by Ryu Seung Jin.
This show came across my radar while browsing the selection on Viki. It looked interesting so I started it and I’m two episodes in and already I’m hooked. There’s so much going on and I’m so ready for the story to come together.
What I Watched


Thirty, but Seventeen | 4.25 out of 5
The Hospital Playlist | 4 out of 5
A Company Man | 4 out of 5
Eye Candy Friday


Ko Dong Man
Fight for My Way
What I Reviewed


The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil | 2 out of 5
Love Alarm | 3.75 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (150)
The Monthly Plan: September 2020
Eye Candy Friday: Ko Dong Man
What’s On My Radar for This Week


Prison Playbook
One Spring Night
The Table
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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The Monthly Plan: September 2020

Posted August 26, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 4 Comments


I’m changing up my Monthly TBR Pile feature since I want to add the movies and shows that I plan on watching as well. From here on out, The Monthly Plan will feature all of the books, movies, and k dramas that I plan on watching each month. I’ve always been the kind of person that plans out the stuff that I’m going to read and watch and I’ll continue to track all of that stuff here.

So, here’s my battle plan for the month of September. I’m super excited about all of these and hope that I actually get around to reading the books listed below. Check it out.
Books to Read


Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
Shine by Jessica Jung
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
The Perfect Rake by Annie Gracie
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

I’m in a three-month reading slump and I’m hoping and praying that September is the month that I kick the slump and get at least these five books read. Of all the books on my TBR Pile, these are the ones that I’m most interested in reading right now so wish me luck, yeah?
Movies to Watch


Miss Baek
A Company Man
The Table
The Wailing
Tune in for Love

I’ve had my eye on these five movies for a while now but I’m going to actually watch them in September. I’ve become a big fan of So Ji Sub, thanks to my friend B Nice and I’m making my way through his filmography so watching A Company Man is a must for me. I’m also a new fan of Jung Hae In so I’m definitely going to watch Tune in for Love since it stars him and my girl Kim Go Eun. Lots of great movies to look forward to in September.
Shows to Watch


Her Private Life
One Spring Night
My Shy Boss
Signal
Extracurricular

I’ve had these shows on my radar for the last few weeks and the more I think about it, the more I want to watch them. I haven’t seen anything with Park Min Young in it since What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim so I’m eager to dig into Her Private Life. And don’t mind if I do check out another one of Jung Hae In’s work in One Spring Night. Nick suggested Signal a little bit ago so I’m mighty interested in checking that one out and September is the month that I’ll finally get around to it.

There you have it, my plan for the month of September. What are some books, movies, and shows that you’re looking forward to? Share in the comments!

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Review: The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

Posted August 25, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

Starring: Ma Dong Seok, Kim Moo Yeol, Kim Sung Kyu, Yoo Seung Mok
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Contemporary, Action, Crime Drama
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Ma Dong Seok

After barely surviving a violent attack by an elusive serial killer, crime boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) finds himself forming an unlikely partnership with local detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to catch the sadistic killer simply known as “K”.
I came across this movie on Viki and was curious about it because of one of the main characters in it. Ma Dong Seok was my favorite character in Train to Busan so when I saw that he was in this one, I thought, “Why not?” and I started watching it immediately.

So this movie is about a gangster who almost died at the hands of a serial killer and the cop that join forces to catch the devil serial killer who is running rampant around the city. I thought that I would enjoy this movie a lot more than I did but for a huge portion of the movie, I was bored. I freaking hated the cop and was okay with the gangster (that’s probably cause I’m biased. I loved the gangster’s acting) and didn’t care one way or the other about the devil. There’s a lot of action going on so that was a plus but again, for most of the movie, I was bored and it was easy for me to dose in and out of the movie so when it finally ended, I was glad. I didn’t hate the movie and there were parts of the movie that were good but not enough of the movie was good enough for me to give this movie a higher grade than a 2.
Final Rating

2 out of 5

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