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Shadowhunters Season 2 Episdoes 1-3 Review

Hi guys, today I want to have a chat about the brand new season of Shadowhunters!

For those of you who don’t know or are stopping by my blog for the first time, I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s books and have been hoping so hard that the Freeform adaptation is going to be a success. This isn’t going to be a negative review but it’s not going to be a glowing one either, it’s just going to be a quick discussion about, which for me are the highs and lows of season 2 of Shadowhunters so far.

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The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Let’s start with the good,  since season one the actors seem like they’re really getting a handle on their characters and coming together as a unit. My problem is not with the actors, I think they were well cast and are it seems a talented lot, my issue is how the writers have chosen to portray the characters from book to screen (but I’ll get to that).

The show is enjoyable with highs and lows and it has something that a lot of shows don’t have, a built-in fan base. If I was watching it having not read the books I would say it had a bit of a Vampire Diaries feel to it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing it just the way Shadowhunters is shot, the ‘iffy’ dialogue and the interaction between the characters stinks of a teen drama and The Mortal Instruments book series is so much more than that. After all, children’s/young adult literature that can only be read by children is pretty poor quality literature and the same should be said of adaptations of its works should it not? The book series is a hard hitting gritty saga with some seriously mature content, done differently I think the show could have received a much wider audience and I feel the show runners and writers did the show a disservice by putting it in such a pigeon hole.

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Now for the not so great, hardly anything that’s currently happening in the show actually happened in the books. I do not understand, do the writers think they can do better than the author? The author who sold millions of copies of her books, who is beloved by her fans because her world actually makes sense.

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Look, the Shadow World like all the best words out there (Narnia, Middle Earth, The Wizarding Word and so on) has rules, break those rules and everything around you starts to crumble. I laughed out loud watching episode three, Clary all of a sudden having a rune that gives her the same powers as Tessa Grey? Come on writers, there is no such Rune that’s one of the reasons Tessa (A character from The Infernal Devices for all who don’t know) is so special, she is unique and all of sudden, what she isn’t unique, she isn’t special? And don’t get me started on the whole Stele swipe thing, what is that seriously?

I am not opposed to writers changing a few things when books are adapted for the big and small screen, look at A Game of Thrones and Outlander they are both fantastic examples of book to television done really, really well and changes have been made in both shows without damaging the integrity of the core material.

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I also want to talk about the character of Magnus, what the hell have they done to him?!Book Magnus is funny, sexy, sassy and full of one-liners, t.v Mangus is sooo serious and a bit needy for my taste. For me there is no comparison it’s like the writers have sucked all the life out of the character. Harry Shum Jr who plays him does a good job but the lines he is given are not a lot to work with.

Overall I am giving Shadowhunters a 3/5 stars it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I believe the show runners are changing for the second half of the season so we will see what happens going forward.

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Mild Spoilers for Lady Midnight and Episode 3 of Shadowhunters ahead

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I don’t want to end this review on a negative note to I would like to mention something that I loved. In Cassandra Clare’s most recent book Lady Midnight she talks a lot about Parabatai and what they mean to each other and at one point explains how the Parabatai ceremony is almost like a wedding. When Jace saves Alec I really felt that we got a good idea of just how bonded Parabatai are and how if one of them dies a part of the other would die too, it was a beautiful scene.

That’s it for today I hope you enjoyed my Shadowhunters chat! I’ll be back with more Shadowhunters later in the season, see you next time!

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Let’s Talk About Reading Snobbery and Why All books are Okay!

So, I’m currently reading a book that I am really, really loving (That’s Voyager by Diana Gabaldon just so you know) but it got me thinking we love the books we love.

The books that make us stay up till the early hours till our eyes feel try and can’t stay open for another moment, the books we think about when we’re away from them, desperate to be back in that world, with those characters, those are the special books.

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But it got me thinking, reading is personal, and our favourite books they can become part of us and influence us and in some cases stay with us always. What matters to you or me may not matter to the next person. For example, I like the Harry Potter books, I enjoy them I am a fan but they did not affect me in the way they did others of my generation and those who came after me.

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I didn’t read the books until I was an adult and there fore some of that magic was lost but not all of it, because some magic  can only touch a child and that’s why some of our childhood favourites can become so important to  adults. (But in case you were wondering I’m a Hufflepuff). I did read the Twilight books and did love them but didn’t suffer from Twilight fever (Thankfully) but why thankfully?

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Why? Because our peers have a terrible habit of making us feel bad about liking what we love. For a lot of people, The Harry Potter or Twilight books were responsible for creating life-long readers and it begs the question does it matter what you read? Well NO! Of course not, reading is reading,

Well NO! Of course not, reading is reading, whether you’re reading Goosebumps, Tracey Beaker, Harry Potter, Twilight, Chick lit (I hate this term but  I feel that is a whole other post, Historical Fiction, only Young Adult or books like Fifty Shades! Who cares you’re a reader, and one book leads to another and another and another. Stick to your favourite genre or don’t explore the classics, or don’t (Pride and Prejudice is a great first classic if you’re looking  for recs) but

Stick to your favourite genre or don’t, explore the classics, or don’t (Pride and Prejudice is a great first classic if you’re looking  for recs) but whatever you do whatever you read, who cares what other people say right?

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I remember to trying to explain The Mortal Instruments:City of Bones book to my friends back when it wasn’t a thing and most of my close friends are not fantasy lovers, so it was like banging my head up against a brick wall. In fact I seem to have a lot of people in my life who like reading non-fiction, not fiction which is cool because it works for them.

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But Fantasy from Epic or High, or Paranormal whatever is just as valid is any other genre, all books have been crafted and loved and come from an author’s desire to write and a readers desire to read them.

I guess what I am trying to say is no book is bad and neither are readers, we are all different and should never be made to feel bad for reading what we love – Whatever that maybe.

I hope you enjoyed my Let’s talk about… see you next time and happy reading!

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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare Review

Mild Spoilery content For The Mortal Instruments Books 1-4 ahead

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After reading The Mortal Instruments books 1-3 and The Infernal Devices 1-3 a couple of years ago almost back to back I have been on a bit of a Shadowhunters hiatus I think I was over loaded by Shadowhuntery goodness (if that can be I thing?) That was until the series began on Freeform (Netflix for me as I am in the UK) the show reminded how much I loved the books and that I need to catch up on the  rest of the series.

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For those who haven’t read The Mortal Instruments or aren’t caught up on the rest of the series City of Fallen Angels focuses quite heavily on Simon, Clary’s best friend and Vampire and since the Mortal War is newly marked with The Mark of Cain. Simon is doing his best to live as a vampire/human/daylighter he’s playing in his band and dating two amazing girls including beautiful, badass Shadowhunter Izzy although two timing them might not be the wisest of life choices. Soon the mark that was a lovely (if not miss guidedly) bestowed upon him by Clary starts to cause him trouble and he has several attempts on his life and soon he sees what bearing the Mark of Cain really means. Protected by comedy double act Jace and werewolf Jordan what could possibly go wrong?

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The City of Fallen Angels is definitely a bridge book between the end of the first three Mortal Instruments books that I believe were originally only meant to be a trilogy. It’s really interesting seeing the beginning of what is now not just Clary and Jace’s story; Simon is now not just a side character he is so much more than that and I really enjoyed being back in the Shadowhunter world with all its usual witty diolague and angsty romance (I’m looking at you Clace!)

My only problem with this book would be, City of Glass was a book that felt very much like a finale and City of Fallen Angels was almost starting from the beginning again in terms of pacing. But by the time it was over I was hooked and in love with the world again and I am already flying through City of Lost Souls, it’s great to be back in this world one of my favourite series of all time.

Side note: Magnus ❤

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I gave this a Paint and Butterflies Rating of 3/5 Stars!

Happy reading everyone!

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Let’s talk about Shadowhunters!

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Disclaimer these are just my opinions and are not meant to offend anyone!

I think  I should say before I begin that I am a big fan of The Mortal Instruments/ Infernal Devices (I am yet to read Lady Midnight) and ever since the terrible but I think we can all  say well-meaning film adaptation I have gone into this series with trepidation and LOW expectations. I think it’s fair to say that the casting is just better than the film but my only real issue is Magnus but I’ll get there- one thing at a time.

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I did want to wait until I watched the whole series and do a series review but… I thought it was okay to have a chat about Shadowhunters before season 1 wraps. I was watching Youtube today and I heard PolandBanana Books say something which made sense to me, (I am power phrasing here) but basically she said when it comes to fantasy there are rules and you have to stick to those or no one knows what’s going on. I think she makes a really good point, the great thing about Cassandra Clare’s books is that she has created the Shadow World weather reading about Shadow Hunters in Victorian London or Modern day New York us as readers know the rules. We know how a Stele works, what Runes do what a Parabati is (lets all pause for a Will and Jem moment) but the show has blundered in and broken a lot of these fundamental rules which for me when watching the show play out is problematic. The biggest ‘rule break’ for me in the show so far is Alec and Jace and their Parabati bond.

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Spoilers from here on guys!

When I think of Parabati I think of Will and Jem the ultimate Parabati they were in love with the same woman from crying out load and they still loved each other just as much, their bond was that unbreakable the only thing that can break a Parabati bond is death, death! It is not so easily broken by one Parabati ‘searching for the other’ or being angry at the other.

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Parabati can angry, furious at the other but are still prepared to die for the other and that’s what separates the books from the show they are failing to show the love that should exist between Alec and Jace all because of that bond.
Following along the lines of rules or rule breaking we all know Shadowhunters heal, get their power from Runes so can someone please tell me why Jace was having a blood transfusion in the last episode? What? I mean huh? Seriously?

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I feel like it is necessary to mention the whole Micheal Wayland Valentine Glamour thing- (pulls exasperated face) the thing is it is these such plot holes/ unnecessary plot devices that give book adaptations a bad name. Is it necessary to once again dumb down material which has been so successful? But I should say that I am enjoying the show and I do want it to be successful but I think at the moment it’s a bit of a ruff and ready adaptation.

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I just want to briefly mention Magnus, Harry Shum Jr is a great casting choice but what is with all Magnus’ dialogue? It is all so beggy in regards to Alec, book Magnus is my favourite character and has so much wit and so much sass he is missing his Magnus charm and I hope we get to see more of the Magnus we know and love soon!

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Finally, I want to mention Jace and Simon (Jace) and the Jace Simon relationship is the biggest let down for me- book Jace has funny line after funny line, his sniping with Simon made me laugh out loud while reading I hope we get to see more of this hilarious relationship.

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But having said all that I am really enjoying this show so far and looking forward to seeing the rest of the season and super excited for season 2!

Hope everyone is enjoying Shadowhunters!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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Shadowhunters (The Mortal Instruments) TV Show vs Movie

I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan and love The Mortal Instruments books so way back when (2013) The City of Bones movie burst onto our screens I was filled with hope, excitement, joy but as we all know (or you do if you’re a fan) it didn’t work out so well.

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My big problem with any book to movie adaptation is when they don’t follow they book – it doesn’t have to be to the letter, I know something’s don’t translate from page to screen BUT with something as complicated as The Shadow Hunter Chronicles and having to keep in mind a prequel series like The Infernal Devices keeping the original text in mind, and sticking to it as much as possible is a good idea (it is popular for a reason).

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Lily Collins and Katherine McNamara as Clary

I do really like Lily Collins as Clary and I know this is controversial but I do like Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace so I wanted to briefly have a look at the new cast and chat about the teasers that have been released so far and THAT pilot  preview that’s been released online.

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Jamie Cambell Bower and Dominic Sherwood as Jace

I saw a preview of the up and coming Shadowhunters which is going to be broadcast on ABC family soon to be rebranded as Freedform. Which is interesting in it’s self- hopefully the channel will be less ‘family’ and will have the freedom to make its shows appeal to all audiences not just the family audience. I hope so, mainly because I think some of the later content of the Shadowhunters books requires some leniency when it comes to what is considered ‘mature content.’

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Robert Sheehan and Alberto Rosende as Simon

I think the casting choices are interesting, most people are going to be happy with Jace and Clary visually they look closer to how they did in the books which is a positive step forward. For me personally though Lily Collins is a talented actress and although the film wasn’t great she really did pull off a great Clary. When it comes to Jace, the most important thing for me is that his attitude is displayed correctly, he has such great one liners in the books and his back and forth with Simon is brilliant if they get that right that’s a real positive step forward to success.

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Matthew Daddario and Kevin Zeggers as Alec

The pilot snippet and two teasers have been released so far if you haven’t seen them they are all available on Youtube, I don’t want to make judgements because as a fan I would love Shadowhunters to be a long running success but from what I have seen it looks a bit Vampire Academy to me which makes me think they might be going for the funny, cringe, slap stick angle rather than dark with underlying humour. Just going to have to wait and see!

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Godfrey Gao and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus

So to round up casting, so far looks good, I have only mentioned and pictured my favourite characters in this post but may go on to do a full casting post. Harry Shum Jr. is my favourite casting so far I think he is going to make a brilliant Magnus and can’t wait to see him bring the wonderful Warlock to life! Basically I can’t wait and I’m going to have to re-read City of Bones before January 2016 to get Shadowhunters ready. What to you think of the Shadowhunters casting, love the movie? Hate the movie? Do you think a successful adaptation can be done? Fangirl in the comments!

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Happy Reading! x

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was: Series I am yet to finish.

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I am a real reading sinner when it comes to starting a series (good or bad) and absently ‘forgetting’ to read the rest of the series. So here are the top ten series I have started but erm… never quite made it past the first book (usually because I was distracted by other books) 🙂

  1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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I know, I know but I actually think I have a pretty valid reason for never continuing on with the Divergent series. I loved the first book but some internet person(damn you Divergent fandom), spoiled me for thing that we all know happens at the end of the third book. Ever since then I have never been able to pick up the other two, it’s the feels guys, I just can’t do it.

2. Mockingjay by Suezanne Collins

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This is one of those rare situations where I saw the films first. The books are great but I think the film goes into the world on a deeper level than in the books. By the time I got around to wanting to read book three I felt like I enjoyed the film world more than the book world which lets be honest is a rare thing.

3. World After By Susan Ee

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I loved Angel fall, it was so gross but brilliant. I read it in one sitting my eyes where glued to the pages, I was unable to move and I am going to be honest with you now it was a total cover buy so boy did I get lucky. I should have read World After by now, hell I should have completed the trilogy by now but… I can be turned off things so easily a friend of mine said Rafe (my favourite character) disappeared for the whole of the second book and that was literally all it took for me to add this to my TBR – at some point in the future just not right now pile. Read my Angelfall review

4. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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I absolutely love the first book in this series, I remember when I started it, it seemed so new and interesting. When I read the second book I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind for it/for fantasy and have actually given it a low rating. But I plan to re-read it soon and possibly re-review with plans of continuing on with this series. Siege and Storm (Grisha Book 2 Review)

5. The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rhees Brennan

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This series is brilliant, I love the main character Cammie an aspiring journalist and her and Jared’s connection between book 1 and 2 is great it’s on my TBR and I plan to get to it soon. Unspoken Review (Lynburn Legacy Book1)

6. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

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I am currently reading the second book in the series A Dragonfly in Amber so no spoilers pleassseee! Check out my Outlander Review

7. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

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I flew through the first three Mortal Instruments books and moved straight on to The internal devices (Will or Jem who can say?) But when I wanted to move onto the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments and I found it really hard to get into. It’s from Simons POV who was originally a secondary character and found it hard to make the Clary, Simon POV shift. I’m told the rest of the series is brilliant and well worth the effort and I’m sure sometime soon I will get back into the Shadow Hunters world. Really excited about the t.v adaptation that’s coming soon! The Mortal Instruments Review and my The Internal Devices Review

8.  Ladies of Lantern Street Trilogy by Amanda Quick

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Read the first book in this Historical Sci-Fi series a couple of years ago it’s just there are so many books so little time. Ladies of Lantern street review

9. Dublin Murder Squad Series by Tana French

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I have read book one Into the Woods and book two The Likeness The Murder Squad is an adult crime series that follows a different detective in the Murder squad in each novel. Next time I am in the mood for crime I will be picking up book three a really interesting series set in inner city Dublin, Ireland and completely character driven.  The Likeness Review, Into the Woods review

10. Saga Volume 3

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I have read volumes 1 and 2 I know that only volumes 1-4 are out I think volume 5 is just about to be released. These graphic novels are beautiful and tell a beautiful love story, I try to spread out my reading of these because I don’t want to read them too quickly THAT’S how good they are!

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Book Review (Book 1)

I had been meaning to get into this series for a while it seemed to be everywhere- Youtube, Goodreads, like it was waving at me telling me I was missing out on something awesome what I listen, er no.

Somehow I was still not convinced and City of Bones made it onto my, I will read it at some point probably (but probably not) list.

Then came the movie… it was, as most people know hailed to be the new Twilight, Hunger Games, Harry Potter type franchise but like so many Young Adult book to movie adaptations was a big old flop.

Now I saw this movie, and while it was a C- at best I couldn’t help but think Hmm… I bet this is just a really shoddy adaptation of a really good book. It was like I could see the book screaming with in the walls of this movie that had clearly been marketed at the Tweens and the movie makers had given much regard to the content. So thanks to dodgy directing and a Demi Lovato song that still begs the question WHY I bought City of Bones.

First of all I feel I should say for anyone who doesn’t own a copy of this books -the cover art (in hard cover) is just to die for, but I really should get down to the serious business with out spoilering for anyone who is still living a Mortal Instruments free life. (Mundane fools)

First Edition cover for the book, "City of Bones"

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City of Bones is about fifteen year old Clary Fray who, when visiting a club with best friend Simon sees, what she thinks is a murder. What she is actually seeing is the half human half angel beings called Shadow Hunters killing a demon. Shadow Hunters can not be seen by regular humans or Mundanes. So when Clary sees the Shadow Hunters are as shocked as Clary and start to wonder who this Mundane girl is. Soon after Clary meets her first Shadow Hunters – including the mysterious Jace Wayland her mother is kidnapped, and a serious of events unfolds that will change her life and her friends and families lives forever.

I loved this book, I am currently reading book two City of Ashes which is just as gripping if not more so.

The characters are so well developed and I constantly find myself laughing out loud which I love. The Shadow Hunter world is a world that I truly get lost in and I know that I am going to devour this series in no time.

Bring on book three – City of Glass!