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The Weekly Recap (152)

Posted September 7, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 4 Comments


Utah is here in California and the house is noisy again. It’s been really quiet with everyone out of the house but Bren’s back from Colorado and the kids were home for the long weekend and are getting ready to head back to Utah but it’s been nice seeing everyone again. RJ and Kaleo came to town with the Utah crew (they’re from Colorado) and it was super funny to catch up with RJ. He is so full of life and so happy, you can’t help but be happy right along with him. I was able to get some reading done, along with some dramas and movies watched so I have stuff to report.

Let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…shall we?
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (152)The Perfect Rake
by Anne Gracie
Series: The Merridew Sisters #1
Published by Penguin, Berkley on July 5, 2005
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Third Person
Pages: 361
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2020 Goodreads Challenge

She ran from a brute...

Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters' chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke...But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.

...into the arms of a rake

Aristocratic Gideon, handsome, rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence's game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry...

In preparation for another friend’s zoom call this coming weekend, I need to get this book read. I started it yesterday and I haven’t gotten very far into it but I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m going to power through.
What I Read


Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5

I’m finally reading again and that makes me happy. I finished two books and I caught up on the serial that Ilona Andrews is writing on their blog. The Aurelia Ryder story, which I think is going to be Blood Heir that will release in January. DEERRRREEEEKKKKKK!!! That’s all I’m going to say about that one. Well, that, and I LOVE IT!
What I’m Currently Watching

Prison Playbook

Starring: Park Hae Soo, Jung Kyung Ho, Lee Kyu Hyung, Ktystal Jung, Jung Hae In, Kim Kyung Nam
Year Released: 2017
Genres: Drama

With only days before his major league baseball debut, pitcher Kim Je-hyeok unexpectedly lands himself behind bars. He must learn to navigate his new world with its own rules if he wants to survive.

I’ve been very curious about this show ever since I found out that my boy Jung Hae In is in it. I love that guy so when I found out about this one, I looked it up and it sounds like a good one so I started it. So far, so good. I’m enjoying what I’m watching so far and I’m hopeful that it’ll keep my interest throughout the rest of the episodes as well. Fingers crossed, anyway.
What I Watched


Train | 4.25 out of 5
One Spring Night | 3.5 out of 5
Mulan | 4 out of 5
The Table | 2 out of 5
Eye Candy Friday


Noh Ji Wook
Suspicious Partner
What I Reviewed


The Suspect (2013) | 4.5 out of 5
She Was Pretty (2015) | 4.25 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (151)
The Monthly Recap: August 2020
Eye Candy Friday: Noh Ji Wook
What I Got


Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews
Yours to Keep (Man of the Year #2) by Lauren Layne
What’s On My Radar for Next Week


Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews
Forgotten
My Shy Boss
What Made Me Laugh

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

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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 Weekly Recap (150)

Posted August 24, 2020 by Rowena in Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


This week’s post is coming to you a little (okay, a lot) late because I forgot to schedule it and then I’ve been so busy at work since I’m covering for my coworker this week that it totally slipped my mind. Ehhh.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to in the last couple of weeks…
What I’m Currently Watching

30 But 17

Starring: Yang Se Jong, Shin Hye Sun, Ahn Hyo Seop
Year Released: 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

A life can change in an instant.

Woo Seo Ri (Shin Hye Sun) was a 17-year-old violin prodigy who is getting ready to study abroad in Germany. But a serious car accident leaves her in a coma.

Gong Woo Jin (Yang Se Jong), who caused the accident, is traumatized and plagued by the guilt of what he has done. Thirteen years later, he works as a set designer but is emotionally cut off from everyone around him.

When Seo Ri wakes up unexpectedly from her coma 13 years later, she is in the body of a 30-year-old woman but is mentally still only 17. Can Woo Jin help her adjust to her new world and learn to live and love again?

“Thirty But Seventeen” is a 2018 South Korean drama series directed by Jo Soo Won.
My boys Yang Se Jong and Ahn Hyo Seop are in this show so I had to check it out. I’m really enjoying it right now and I’m glad for that since the last couple of shows and movies that I watched didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m hopeful that this show will continue to entertain me so fingers crossed.
What I Watched


Dr. Romantic | 3.75 out of 5
Dr. Romantic 2 | 4 out of 5
Save Me | 3.5 out of 5
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay | 5 out of 5
One More Time | 2.75 out of 5
The Witch | 4 out of 5
While You Were Sleeping | 4 out of 5
Something in the Rain | 2.75 out of 5
Vagabond | 3 out of 5
Miss Baek | 2.5 out of 5

I watched a handful of shows and movies in the last couple of weeks and my favorite of the bunch is It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. This show was so stinkin’ good that I’m super sad that it’s over. Man, I adored this show to bits. Already, I miss Gang Tae, Sang Tae, Ko Moon Yeong. They were such a great group.

My least favorite of the bunch goes to Miss Baek with Something in the Rain a close second. Both of those drove me up the wall. Miss Baek took too damn long to help the little girl and Yoon Jin Ah drove me right up the wall with her immaturity, her know it all, lies too much stupid ass that I just couldn’t enjoy that one. Ugh. I’m glad to be done with those two.
Eye Candy Friday


Go Yeon Woo
Suits
What I Reviewed


The Beauty Inside | 4.25 out of 5
My Country: The New Age | 3.75 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (149)
The Monthly Recap: June & July 2020
What Made Me Laugh


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

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The Weekly Recap (149)

Posted August 10, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


I’m really late with this update but it’s been a pretty weird last week so it couldn’t be helped. But better late, than never right? I hope everyone is okay and that you guys are enjoying your weeks. I’m still not reading but I’m powering through these k dramas. I think I have a problem guys. I don’t actually see it as a problem since I’m really loving the heck out of all of these dramas. So let’s get to the last couple of weeks in what I’ve been watching.
What I’m Currently Watching

Dr. Romantic

Starring: Han Suk Kyu, Yoo Yeon Seok, Seo Hyun Jin, Kim Min Jae, Jin Kyung, Im Won Hee, Kim Hong Fa, Jang Hyuk Jin, Lee Young E, Byun Woo Min, Yang Se Jong, Choi Jin Ho, Kim Jung Young
Year Released: 2016
Genre: Medical Drama, Romance

As an emotionally charged, uplifting medical drama, “Dr. Romantic” probes into seemingly cliched values regarding what makes a meaningful life. The story centers around a once-famous surgeon at the top of his field who suddenly retired to a secluded, countryside hospital. Those who cross his path learn about the values of life and comforts of love.
So recently, I watched Abyss on Netflix and came across Ahn Yeo Seop. I really liked his character, Cha Min, and thought he did a great job portraying him. So while I was browsing for a new show to watch, I came across Dr. Romantic 2, which he stars in. I’m interested in watching that show but first, I thought I’d get to know the world that Dr. Romantic 2 is about so I started this one. I ain’t gonna lie, I wanted to beat the shit out of the two main leads (Kang Dong Joo and Yoon Seo Joeng) in the early days of the show but they’re coming around. I’m really, really liking their character growth and I’m really enjoying the main character, Boo Young Joo. He’s the best doctor ever!
What I Watched


Abyss | 3.75 out of 5
Life | 3.75 out of 5
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
The Witch | 4.25 out of 5
What I Reviewed


The Divine Fury | 4 out of 5
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim | 4.25 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (148)
What’s On My Radar for Next Week


Dr. Romantic 2
While You Were Sleeping
The Great Battle

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

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The Weekly Recap (148)

Posted July 27, 2020 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments


This week has been one heck of a week. Exactly one week from finding out that my cousin’s husband died from COVID-19 and that my cousin herself was recovering from COVID-19, we found out that my best friend’s uncle died from COVID-19 too. That’s three cases that are near and dear to me. This shit is real, no matter how much the naysayers say it isn’t. It’s really frustrating to me to see all of these Facebook posts about COVID-19 being a hoax and we shouldn’t be forced to wear masks out in public because when the hell did all of these guys become doctors and nurses? Where did they get their medical degree from? Wear a damn mask or stay your ass home. Pick one.

My nephew Chase turned 18 on Saturday and poor thing, nobody was here to celebrate his becoming an adult with him. Just all of us old folks. So his birthday green wall were with his family but none of his buddies in his family were here. They’re all in Colorado and Utah. He’s trying real hard to get himself to Utah but unfortunately for him, it looks like he won’t be going up until we all leave for our family vacation in two weeks. Still, happiest of birthdays to Chase. He’s one of the good ones and he finished his Eagle Scout project so he’s officially an Eagle Scout. All of the blankets were finished and delivered and his Scout book is complete so he can move to Utah for school with the knowledge that he wrapped everything up here in California.

That’s about it on the personal front so let’s get into what I’ve gotten into this week…
What I’m Currently Watching


It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
Abyss

I was a bit busier this weekend than I normally am, so I still haven’t watched this weeks episodes of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay though I will be taking care of that today. I’m probably watching it when this post goes live and after last week’s episodes, I’m super anxious to get them watched. This show is so stinkin’ good.

I will also be starting Abyss today too. My girl Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is in this show and I’m low key interested because I’ve been seeing such great reviews of this show so I’m going to start it after I finish this week’s eps of It’s Okay to Be Okay. Wish me luck.
What I Watched


Suits | 4.5 out of 5
Be With You | 4.25 out of 5
W | 4.5 out of 5
Touch Your Heart | 3.5 out of 5

My favorite watch of the week goes to Suits. Even though I watched the American Suits from beginning to end and the Korean Suits was a remake of it, I still really enjoyed the slight differences that the Korean Suits made. I liked the American Harvey and Donna but Korean Mike Ross was the bomb. He absolutely made this show so much better than I was expecting. His Rachel was pretty awesome too. What surprised me with Korean Suits was how much more invested I was in the everyday business of the show. The romances were pretty much background noise to everything else going on but the main romance that we got was super sweet and though it ended on a hopeful note, I still appreciated having it included in the show. Korean Mike and Rachel were a great couple!

My least favorite watch of the week is one that I enjoyed but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the others that I watched. It was a bit on the cheesy side and the female lead was super extra and ditzy and I rolled my eyes so many different times throughout the entire season. That show is Touch Your Heart. I watched this show because I really enjoyed both of the main leads secondary romance in Goblin so I was happy to see them in their own show, front and center. Like I said, this was good just not as good as the others.
Eye Candy Friday


Kim Shin
Goblin
What I Reviewed


Parasite | 4.25 out of 5
Crash Landing on You | 4.5 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (147)
K Drama Check
Eye Candy Friday: Kim Shin
What Made Me Laugh

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

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