Books · Discussion · TV/Film

Review/Discussion: Shadow and Bone TV Show

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I have many many many thoughts.
There will be (minor) spoilers.

Let’s talk casting first:
Alina – Decent casting. Okay actress. Wasn’t blown away, didn’t hate either. I wasn’t a fan of Alina in the books and kind of expected the same for the show but I don’t hate her…yet…

Mal – I still don’t like Mal. The casting is good. He’s more likeable in the show for sure. I still don’t buy into Mal x Alina ships. *vom*

The Darkling – Perfection. Ben Barnes is everything. His performance was incredible. So dark, evil and manipulative. He did it so well. Ben Barnes really captures the essence of the Darkling. The name change though… Kirigan. No. Just no. I get that the Darkling gives away that he’s going to be the villain but still.

Zoya – Can I just say NO. I don’t like Zoya in the books at all. But her casting was just blehhh. I didn’t like her portrayal at all.

Genya – I like her but she was done DIRTY with that wig. What an attrocity.

Now for the Dregs:

Kaz – I liked the dude playing him. He could’ve been more sadistic/morally grey. I wanted a bit more, but I overall think he was good.

Jesper – PERFECTION OMG. Like just *chef kiss*
He was amazing. I loved the portrayal. Kit Young really captured Jesper’s character and charm. I loved it.

Inej – Almost perfect. Casting on point. However, she was too soft.

Nina – Great casting, I liked her portrayal.
I understand the sadness for the lack of plus size casting. It’s not really my place to comment on that aspect as I am not plus sized. It’s a shame they had an opportunity for rep taken.

Onto the story:

Firstly, what the fuck was that racism.
I found it so jarring. So unnecessary.
The show runners/makers adding diversity to the very white characters was amazing. Adding the racism, not so much. Right from the first few minutes too.
I’m super sick of fantasy worlds having racism, like it’s fantasy. The world can be anything and yet they always have racism, sexism etc. etc.
I’m not Asian so I will not commented on the use of slurs towards them, as it’s not my place. However, the ‘half breed’ slur hit me. It took me out of the story for a moment. So so gross. I don’t even know what to say. *shudder* This is not the representation mixed people want!

*deep breath*
Let’s move on.

It was an interesting decision to combine the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. I’m not really sure what to make of that aspect. It kind of worked and didn’t work for me all at the same time.

It’s no secret that I prefer Six of Crows (doesn’t everyone?) to the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I couldn’t help but be a bit more interested in the Dregs than Alina and Mal. However, I was very interested in the Darkling. Man, I wish he had more air time because *swoon*.

The story was engaging and definitely binge-worthy. I watched it over two days, but if I’d had the time I would’ve binged it in a day. I was gripped from episode one all the way to the end. I don’t think there was a bad episode. They were all really (surprisingly) good.

I had low expectations going in. I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I think I actually enjoyed this more than the books. I enjoyed Shadow and Bone, the first book, but the series went downhill from there for me. I’m excited for the potential second season of the show. (PLEASE NETFLIX) Obviously, I know where the story goes. I’m interested to see what changes they make and how the Dregs will slot into the story still…

Nina and Matthias’ story was odd, I get that’s their back story but it makes absolutely no sense to the people who’ve not read the books. I like Nina, but I feel like this could’ve been cut. It would’ve been better to have those scenes as flashbacks when Nina and Matthias have an actual part of the Six of Crow timeline.

The main problem I had (aside from the racism) was that it seemed a tad rushed. Everything seemed to happen too fast. I like fast pace, but I feel like there were areas that could’ve been a bit more developed. Such as Alina ‘training’ – that barely seemed to happen. Baghra was barely in the show. I don’t know, maybe it’s me. I feel like they could’ve added in an extra 2 episodes to develop certain parts more.

Will I watch Season Two: Hell yes!
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Chat with me!
Who was your favourite character? / What was your favourite part?


Most Anticipated 2019 Movies!

Happy Monday! 
Though today is ‘Blue Monday’ – which is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Err. No thanks.
Thought I’d changed it up a bit for today’s post, I want to expand my blog a bit and include Movies/TV too! Since there are loads of movies coming out this year, I decided to share the ones I’m looking forward to most!

How To Train Your Dragon 3
(Feb 1st)

Literally, have been waiting years for this film. I absolutely adore the HTTYD films. One of my all-time favourites. This trailer legit made me cry. I am such a baby. I am so sad these films are ending but I cannot wait to see it!

(April 5th)

Not the biggest DC lover. I do, however, LOVE Wonder Woman but this trailer actually looked good. Plus, Zac Levi!? Since WW 1984 got pushed back to 2020, this will have to suffice. Here’s hoping it’s good!

X-Men: Dark Phoenix
(June 7th)

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I LOVE the X-Men franchise. Probably my favourite of the Marvel films. (Sorry not sorry)
Even though I don’t think Sophie Turner is the best Jean Grey, I am still excited for this film. Can’t wait to see my faves, Eric and Charles, together again! *Swoons over Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy*

Spider-man: Far From Home
(July 5th)

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Star Wars Episode IX 
(December 19th)

Currently untitled and no poster yet.
Probably the most anticipated film of my life (since TFA anyways). Star Wars is my favourite franchise ever and I cannot wait for this conclusion. Praying this film can save the sequel trilogy. I loved The Force Awakens, but The Last Jedi was such a letdown.

What movies are you looking forward to this year?
Comment below!


Books · Top 5 Wednesday · TV/Film

Favourite Villains | Top 5 Wednesday


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Favourite Villains

*This is going to be a combination of book and film characters*

1) Victor Vale – Vicious + Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

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A new favourite of mine! Having recently read Vicious and Vengeful by V.E Schwab, I fell in love with Victor Vale. He’s such a cool character and as the series name Villains suggests, it’s all about villains!

2) Cersei Lannister – A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin/ Game of Thrones

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I know everyone hates Cersei but I love her? She’s such a complex and interesting character. Lena Headey plays her SO well in the show. She’s so underrated.

3) Loki – MCU

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Love of my love, Loki. Need I say more? He’s just amazing. By far my favourite MCU character. Would love to see a Loki solo film.

4) Magneto – X-Men

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I love a villain with a tragic backstory and who’s a bit misguided. I can totally see from Eric’s point of view and I totally sympathise with him.
Also, Michael Fassbender? Hello.

5) Darth Vader – Star Wars


For me, no other villain has ever compared to Darth Vader. He has such a presence about him, that remains unmatched. He just has something other villains don’t, it’s hard to explain but he’s definitely my all-time favourite and always will be.


Book vs Adaptation · TV/Film

Better Than The Book!? | Thoughts on BBC Pride and Prejudice


1) Faithful Adaptation

Like with all book adaptations they had to cut some of the book’s story out. With this, I feel it stuck to the book really well but cut out the unnecessary and boring parts – which made it more enjoyable for me, personally. There were many parts of the book I found myself getting fed up with reading, I ended up liking the adaptation much more!

2) Visually Pleasing

Aka aesthetic. I’m not a historian, I don’t know exactly what things would’ve looked like in this time period. The thing I struggle with, with classics (and historical fiction) is visualising how it’s supposed to look. Which brings me onto the next point…

3) It’s Historically Accurate

Again, I’m no historian but I did watch the 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation after this and couldn’t help noticing how different the costumes were. I did a bit of research and found the costumes in the mini-series were inspired by actual fashion from the time the book was written. I found on Frock Flicks they showed the inspiration behind the costuming, it’s a really interesting read if you’re like me and love the costumes in period dramas.

4) It was actually gripping

I ended up binge-watching the first 4 episodes, I would’ve watched them all if it hadn’t have been late! I really wanted to keep watching, I struggled to focus whilst reading the book and it was easy to put down for long periods of time.

5) AMAZING Casting

I think every character was perfectly cast and did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Everyone just fitted their part so well, it was really well done and I wouldn’t change any of them.
Obviously, Colin Firth steals the show, I mean look at him!?

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Books · Top 5 Wednesday · TV/Film

Favourite Friendship Groups | Top 5 Wednesday


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This weeks topic is; Favourite Friend Groups

1) Blue + The Raven BoysThe Raven Boys Art Print by Llstarcasterll | Society6Artist Credit

I adore The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, one of the best parts is definitely the friendship between Blue, Adam, Gansey, Ronan and Noah!

2) Rhys’ Inner CircleImage result for court of dreams sarah j maasArtist Credit

The A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas is one of my all time favourites. The first book is good but ACOMAF takes it to another level and the addition of Rhys’ friends is just amazing. I’d so love to be apart of their group!

3) Kelsier, his crew + VinMistborn: Vin and Kelsier by DjamilaKnopfArtist Credit

I think this is an underrated friendship group! I love Kelsier and his crew and the way they take in Vin! I will never get over the amazingness of these books!

4) Heroes of Olympus Squad
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An oldie but a goodie! I love Rick Riordan’s books but the friendship that stands out the most is the 7 demigods from Heroes of Olympus. I absolutely adore Percy and the gang!


5) Han, Luke, Leia + Chewie
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And finally, my favourite friendship group obviously had to be from Star Wars! (I seem to be mentioning Star Wars a lot on here lately) I literally love every member of the Original gang. The interaction and love between them is something I will forever love and I am still upset they were never all reunited in the new films.


TV/Film · Wrap-up

August Film + TV Wrap Up


 Hey Guys!
I thought I’d do a bit of a different post, I watched a lot more films and TV than I usually do, so I thought I’d do a wrap up of everything I watched! I have been wanting to incorporate more film/tv stuff into my blog and thought this would be a good place to start.


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Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – 
This was my first time watching this, Yes I am so late to the party. I’d already been spoiled like a week after it came out in cinemas and never bothered to go watch it. I honestly think it’s overhyped but it was still good.
Rating: 3.5 Stars



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Attack of the Clones (2002) – This is how my rewatch of the Star Wars saga with my mum began. They were showing the prequels and the original trilogy on TV, one film a week. I decided to give The Phantom Menace a pass, as I really didn’t feel like suffering through it!
Rating: 2.5 Stars



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Revenge of the Sith (2005) – As far as the prequels go, this is the best one. Not to say it’s all that great but it the most watchable one of the three.

Rating: 3 Stars




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A New Hope (1977) – Finally my suffering of the prequels was over and onto the good stuff. I adore A New Hope, although it makes me sad to see Leia.
Rating: 4.5 Stars




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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) –
I’ve been wanting to start The Clone Wars tv show for literally years now and since I was rewatching the Star Wars saga, I felt inclined to finally do it. I then realised you had to start with the animated film, which wasn’t all that great. It was pretty boring and kinda put me off the show, so that’s on hold once again!
Rating: 2 Stars


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The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – 
Everyone’s favourite, except me. Although I love Empire, it’s not my favourite but I still love rewatching it time and time again – as with all the originals.
Rating: 4.5 Stars





BBC Pride and Prejudice (1995) –  If you read my reading wrap up for August, then you know I read Pride and Prejudice. Obviously, I then had to immediately start watching the show. I freaking loved it! I have a review of it coming soon!
Rating: 4 Stars




Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Pride and Prejudice (2005) – 
I love Keira Knightley, so of course I had to watch her version too. It was a decent adaptation, not as good as the BBC mini-series but still enjoyable. This lead me to watch a couple more Keira Knightly films!
3 Stars



Jude Law, Keira Knightley, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Anna Karenina (2012)
Anna Karenina (2012) – 
I have never read Anna Karenina but I really liked this adaptation of it. I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading any Tolstoy, his books are massive and so intimidating. Plus, classics are not my thing, going on my previous experiences.
The costumes and set designs were absolutely gorgeous. I really enjoyed this, more than I thought I would!
Rating: 4 Stars


Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement (2007)


Atonement (2007)
Rating: 4 Stars




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Return of the Jedi (1983)

My favourite film of all time! I freaking adored rewatching it. It gives me so much nostalgia and so many feels!
Can’t wait to move onto the newer films now!
Rating: 5 Stars




This post is a bit of a different one from me, I might do these in the future! Let me know your thoughts, comment below!
Also, tell me what you’ve been watching lately!