Tag: TV Shows

Review: Chicago Justice, Season 1

Posted June 7, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 7 Comments

TV Shows have wrapped for the season and I wanted to write down my thoughts on the shows that I’m watching. You’ll be seeing a lot of that in the coming weeks as I watch a lot of shows. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Starring: Philip Winchester, Jon Seda, Joelle Carter, Monica Barbaro, Mark Jefferies
Creators: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Matt Olmstead, Dick Wolf
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Run Time: 1hour
TV Type: Crime, Drama

The State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city’s high-stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system, and their unwavering passion for the law.

Chicago Justice is the fourth installment in the One Chicago franchise and since I watch all of the other shows, I knew that I was going to watch this one. The first season kicked off a little later in the fall season than the other shows but I thought that the show really hit the ground, running.

So this show follows the State’s Attorney’s team as they go to battle day in and day out in the courtroom. The lead prosecutors are Peter Stone and Anna Valdez and they work with a familiar Chicago PD face, Antonio Dawson and his new partner, Laura Nagel to battle the bad guys in court. Every week, there’s a different case and the case’s that they’re working are really ripped from real life stories and I really enjoyed the entire season. This is one of the shows that I watched faithfully every week and I don’t see that stopping next season. The cases they worked this season were interesting to me. There was a case where an innocent girl was killed in a war that started on social media. There was another case where a developer is killed in a crane accident that was actually intentional and his wife had a part in planning the “accident”. Lots and lots of interesting cases were worked.

If I had a gripe, it would be the way that the season ended. There’s no cliff hanger that leaves us wondering what’s going to happen next season. The finale was just another regular episode with one case that was worked and then solved. I’m sure that was done because it hasn’t been picked up for another season but dude…whoever is in charge of making those decisions, RENEW THIS SHOW ALREADY!! I want to see these characters get another season.

Favorite Ship: Peter, Anna, Antonio and Laura make a great team and the romantic in me is trying to figure out who is going to start pairing up. The only couple that I’m shipping is Peter and Anna. I enjoy seeing them on camera together and like the chemistry between them. Sorry Nagel, I’m still low key shipping Antonio with Sylvie Brett from Chicago Fire.

Favorite Episode: I don’t really have a favorite episode because I enjoyed them all. The episode where Anna’s integrity is called into question was an interesting one. I still have loads of questions about that one. Are we going to find out what Anna’s real connection with the judge was? Was he her lover or her father?

Favorite Character: I don’t have one. I like them all. I like that they’re all flawed and yet, trying to do right by the people in their cases. I have a big ol’ crush on Peter though. He’s hot.

Overall, this is an interesting show with a great cast that I want to see more of. I want to see these characters grow and interact more with the folks from the other Chicago shows. I want to see more Gabby Dawson on this show. She should be more involved in his life and he in hers. I also want to see more of the different characters backgrounds. I want to meet Laura’s daughter, see what’s going on with Dawson and his kids, meet Peter’s friends and Anna’s family. I want all of that.

ETA: So I just found out that NBC cancelled Chicago Justice. I’m so mad that I just might stop watching any new NBC shows from now on. I hate getting hooked on a show and they cancel them. It’s happened too many times. Grrrr.

Season 1 Trailer

My Rating

4 out of 5

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Monthly Recap: May 2017

Posted June 6, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Personally, I’m so glad that May is behind me. It started off great but then it kind of went downhill for me. Some big ass truck hit me on my way into the office and then I suffered from a reading slump and I just wasn’t in the mood for much. My nephew RJ came into town for Memorial Day weekend and that was a lot of fun and now it’s June. Woot! Summer is close.

What I Did

Road Trip to Utah: May started off with a road trip to Utah for Baby Caiden’s blessing. As a family, we set off on Thursday and returned home on Monday. It was nice to get away from home for a little bit and just relax with the family. We met Chance’s girlfriend Emily and hung out with Chloe and Markus and had a fun weekend away.

RJ came to California: May ended with a visit from my nephew, RJ. RJ lives in Colorado but is attending BYU Idaho so he drove into town with his friends from school and we hung out with him over the long weekend. I love spending time with family and RJ is one of my favorites!

My Work Moved: Another reason I’m glad that May is behind me is because I spent a huge chunk of the month packing up my entire office by myself. That was not fun but we’re in our new space, everything is accounted for and I have set up the new office the way that I want to set it up so I’m happy about that. I also love that my boss built us an employee lounge, complete with couches and bean bags and we’re getting a TV so woo hoo!! We’re a social office and a lot like the staff on The Office (the US one) so the lounge is perfect for us! I seriously love my job when I’m not packing up everything. Ha!

What I Read

1. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
2. The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn | 3.5 out of 5
3. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
4. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | DNF
5. Second Chance Season by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
6. Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker | 3.25 out of 5
7. Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

Total Books Read: 7
Total Pages Read: 2,391
Highest Grade: 4.25
Lowest Grade: 3.25, DNF
Part of a Series: 6
Standalones: 1


3 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 4
DNF: 1


Contemporary: 3
Fantasy: 1
Historical: 1
Paranormal: 1
Young Adult: 1


eBooks: 2
eARCs: 5


Bought: 0
Gifted: 2
Publisher/Author: 5

What I Reviewed

What I Bought

I only bought one book in the entire month of May. That should make my bank account happy. Ha!

What I Got for Review

Reading Challenge Updates

April and May have been terrible months for me, reading wise and it’s showing in my reading challenges. I’m on track for Goodreads but the others? Not so much. I really need to catch up this month and get back on track. Wish me luck!

What I Watched on TV

What Movies I Watched

1. Before I Fall (2017) | 4 out of 5
2. The Outcasts (2017) | 3.75 out of 5
3. Gifted (2017) | 5 out of 5
4. Table 19 (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
5. Date with Love (2016) | 3 out of 5
6. Summer of Dreams (2016) | 3 out of 5
7. Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016) | 3.5 out of 5
8. Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
9. The Perfect Catch (2017) | 4 out of 5
10. Love on Ice (2017) | 3.25 out of 5
11. Can’t Buy My Love (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
12. Love at First Bark (2017) | 2 out of 5
13. Before We Go (2014) | 3.5 out of 5
14. King Arthur (2017) | 4 out of 5
15. Lion (2016) | 4 out of 5

What I Listened To

Both of these songs got mad love on my Apple Music. I listened to them a lot all month long.

What I Loved

I spent a lot of time playing this game on my phone. It’s an old phone game that the kids used to play all the time but these days, I’m all by my lonesome playing it. I can’t stop playing though. I’m trying to get to 10K and I’m soooo close.

There goes my life in the month that was May. How did your month go? Do or see anything good? Read any great books? See any fabulous movies or watch any great TV Shows?

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Week in Review (58)

Posted June 5, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 9 Comments

If you’re visiting today, you’ll see that things look a little different around here. I needed a change and thought that changing the blog look up a bit was the way to go so I did it. I’m happy with it so it’ll stick for the next little while.

This week was for prom prepping and CIF Championship softball games and hanging with my besties in Temecula, at the prettiest wineries that I’ve ever been to. I’m so glad that I made the drive out (it’s an hour and a half drive for me) to see my Book Binge gals, Casee and Holly because the last time we were all together in the same place was back in 2005. That’s more than 10 years. Sheesh. Still, we came together like no time has passed and we laughed the day away and enjoyed eachother’s company. So much fun!

What I’m Currently Reading

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon

My book club is reading this sexy book for our June discussion and it’s been so long since I’ve read this book that it’s reading like a first time read. I forgot how sexy Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters series is and how compelling the world was. I also forgot the synopsis of this book and reading it again, a lot older than I was the first time I read it, it’s a different experience and one that I’m not yet sure how I feel. I’m not mad but I’m not much of anything else right now either. We’ll see how it pans out. I should be done with this book by tomorrow but haha, I’m having fun reaquainting myself with Julian of Macedonia…haha.

What I Read

Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean | 5 out of 5

My favorite read of the week is hands down The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean. Holy smokes that book was good. So stinkin’ good. Gah. I can’t even put into words how much that book wrecked me. *sigh* Malcolm was everything and going into this book, I never would have said that. Sarah MacLean’s redeem game is strong.

I liked all of the books that I read so I’m not going to pick a least favorite. 🙂

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven from The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

I honestly thought that this week’s book boyfriend would go to Drew Lawless from Revenge by Lexi Blake. I adored the hell out of him and loved the fierceness with which he loved his family and his heroine, Shelby but then I read The Day of the Duchess and was reunited with the punk ass dick head who broke Sera’s heart from A Rogue Less Taken and holy cow, I wasn’t prepared for Marcus. I wasn’t prepared for his story, for his history and for his reasons for acting the way that he did but most importantly, I wasn’t prepared for the scene at the end when everything comes to a head. I wasn’t prepared for all of the tears that I shed for him, for his love for Sera and for the sorrow he felt at their past. OMG, I’m tearing up again. Well done, Sarah MacLean. Well freaking done.

What I Reviewed

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

5/30: Week in Review (57)

What I Got

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

What I Watched on TV

I’ve been watching random episodes of Friends before bed and cracking up every single time. Brenna has taken to watching episodes with me and she had no idea that it was such a funny show. Before she had no interest but I’m glad to see that’s changing. I love and miss these guys!

What Movies I Watched

John Wick (2014) | 4 out of 5
The Art of Us (2017) | DNF

I watched John Wick again with my nephew Chance. Don’t mess with John’s dog. 🙂

I think I’m all burnt out on Hallmark movies because the last couple of movies I watched, I didn’t finish because I was bored. The guy in The Art of Us is hot stuff but even he couldn’t save my interest while watching that movie.

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

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