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F Is For Friday – 04 Jun 2021

Well, it’s my first post for June. What better way to start it than with some gratitude, right?

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

I’m in the mood for some romance lol.

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F Is For Friday – 21 May 2021

It’s finally Friday and I have a long weekend ahead of me. Yay! After the head cold and feeling unwell and crappy since last Saturday, I’m looking forward to just staying in bed and hoping I can read.

So post #9 of May. Ah well, these blog memes seem to be all I can do these days. *sigh* But I have a lot to feel grateful for.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

OMG, Margaret Rogerson will have a new book out on 28 Sept!!! It looks amazing! 😍😍😍

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F Is For Friday – 14 May 2021

Hey, peeps, can’t believe it’s already Friday and the week’s over. I got vaccinated on Tuesday – Pfizer, first dose. What about you guys? Are you taking the vaccine?

So post #8 of May. Was too bushed this week with stressing over the vaccine and then going through the side-effects so I couldn’t post at all.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

I just came across this book, has anyone read it yet?

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F Is For Friday – 07 May 2021

Hey, peeps, I’m binge re-watching S04 of 12 Monkeys. I had a hankering to watch it today though it’s been kind of a weird Friday. What about you guys, how’s your Friday going? Any plans for the weekend?

So post #5 of May. I wanted to do a post yesterday but couldn’t think of anything to write about. I really need to catch up on my reviews but for today, it’s time for FIFF. 🙂

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

Just saw this book on Instagram. Love the cover!

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Kdrama Review: Vincenzo

Synopsis:
The story of an Italian mafia lawyer who came to Korea due to the betrayal of the organization, wiping out the villain in a villain’s way with another lawyer.
At the age of eight, Park Joo-hyung (Song Joong-ki) went to Italy after being adopted by an Italian family. He later joins the mafia where he is subsequently adopted by Don Fabio, head of the Cassano mafia family. Park Joo-hyung was renamed Vincenzo Cassano and became an Italian lawyer, a consigliere for the mafia, and Don Fabio’s right hand man. After Fabio dies, Paolo, Fabio’s biological son and the new leader of the Cassano Family, attempts to kill Vincenzo. Vincenzo flees to Seoul and sets out to recover 1.5 tons of gold that he helped a Chinese tycoon secretly stash within the basement of Geumga Plaza. However, a real estate company under Babel Group has illegally taken ownership of the building and Vincenzo must use his skills to reclaim the building and recover his fortunes. Vincenzo becomes involved with lawyer Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-been), the type of attorney who will do anything to win a case.

Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

Genre: Comedy, Legal, Revenge

Review:

I first came across the actor, Song Joong-ki, in the Kdrama, Descendants of the Sun and I loved him in it. His acting was excellent and let’s not forget the main thing, he’s so cute! 😉 So I had high hopes for Vincenzo.

He’s so cute!

Alas, that was not the case. Vincenzo is supposed to be this cunning, badass, consigliere for the Italian mafia and at first he seems to be just that at the start of the first episode. But as I kept watching, there were so many scenes where he wasn’t the super-cool badass anti-hero which dimmed my enthusiasm about the drama. There were many moments where a real consigliere would have been more ruthless and clever but Vincenzo just didn’t rise up to the occasion.

Hong Cha-young now, she started as this unscrupulous lawyer but things happened that caused her to change and fight for justice. I loved her style and her attitude. She wasn’t just feisty, she was snarky when needed. She became one of my favorite characters in the drama.

The overall plot-line had so much potential but scenes which should have had a more serious impact lacked a certain depth that rendered them inert and flat. In addition, the humor was too much at times and instead of appearing humorous, felt ridiculous.

That said, there were some scenes that I really enjoyed and gotta love the ending scenes with the comeuppance delivered with absolute ruthlessness, though the climax felt kind of rushed. The one thing that kept me going was how some of the scenes were so emotionally-charged, you couldn’t help but feel them. They made watching the Kdrama worthwhile.

So peeps, this makes post #4 of May. 😉

∼Lyn

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F Is For Friday – 09 Apr 2021

Hey, bookdragons. It’s finally Friday. I love Friday evenings, mostly because the weekend is full of potential, when it hasn’t even started yet but at the same time it has, when you can think of all the possibilities, all the things you can do.

But just like that the weekend’s also over in the blink of an eye.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

I loved The Downstairs Girl by Stacee Lee and I can’t wait for this one. 😍 Release date: 04 May 2021

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Kdrama Review: Start-Up

Synopsis:
Set in South Korea’s fictional Silicon Valley called Sandbox, Start-Up tells the story of people in the world of startup companies.
Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy) is a bright and ambitious young woman who dreams of becoming Korea’s Steve Jobs. Dal-mi doesn’t have a fancy background but she’s passionate about her work. She has bright energy and is a person of great vitality, having experience in a wide range of part-time jobs.
Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-hyuk), is the founder of Samsan Tech. A ‘math genius’ as a young boy, Do-san was once the pride of his family but became their shame now, as his business has been going down for the past two years. He finds out that Dal-mi mistakenly remembers him as her first love, so he decides to work his way up in hopes of turning that misunderstanding into reality.
Air date: 17 Oct 2020 to 06 Dec 2020

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Love triangles, Romance

Review:

If you guys have been following my blog for a while you know I’m not a fan of love triangles. In fact, I tend to avoid stories with love triangles. But I still remember when I checked out this Kdrama. I’d had a tiring and stressful day travelling to and from work and I was feeling pretty low. I only decided to try this Kdrama because of the actor, Nam Joo-hyuk, whom I loved from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo in which he was awesome.

I started watching episode 1 of Start-Up and I told myself if it sucked, I would just drop it. By the end of episode 1, I’d cried my eyes out, I was hooked and it wasn’t even because of Nam Joo-hyuk. No, it was the storyline that drew me in.

I continued watching and somehow I don’t know when it happened, I fell in love with the second lead, Han Ji-pyeong—played by the actor, Kim Seon-ho. I loved the young, prickly Han Ji-pyeong a lot but I have no idea when the actor, Kim Seon-ho snuck up on me and made me fall for him.

I was now stuck with classic second lead syndrome and I continued watching the Kdrama because of him and the delightful grandmother, Choi Won-deok. They were my favorite characters in this Kdrama and I believe the heart of Start-Up.

The storyline is a good one, about the reality of starting a company from the ground up—all the blood, sweat and tears, living with the pain of disillusionment, the crushing blow of failure. Just for that one tiny miracle of success.

The first lead, Nam Do-san, was a bit disappointing (played by Nam Joo-hyuk – the whole reason I wanted to watch Start-Up) but I found Kim Seon-ho, who’s now one of my favorite actors. Start-Up was a good Kdrama though it was the secondary characters who made it worth watching for me.

∼Lyn

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F Is For Friday – 02 Apr 2021

Hey, bookdragons. I just created a monthly blog meme/tag. So I treated myself to mint and chocolate ice-cream lol. Yay me! It felt really good to do it and I had fun. Hope blogging stays fun. The day off today also felt good. Wish I could stay at home every day.

But since I did my chores today, I have the weekend free. Here’s to hoping it’s a productive weekend.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

I thought the covers of the first 2 books were amazing but man, this one trumps them. 😍

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New Book Releases – 30 Mar 2021

Hola, Book Dragons. Who’s excited for… *drumrolls*:

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2) – Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis:
The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology.
The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.
The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.
The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.
King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

What about you guys? Any other new releases you were anticipating today?

∼Lyn