Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Shadowhunters | By the Light of Dawn | 2x10 | Review & Discussion | Faith


THE MIDSEASON FINALE OF SHADOWHUNTERS AIRED ON TUESDAY AND MAY I JUST SAY THAT THIS WAS THE BEST EPISODE YET.

This was probably the first episode of Shadowhunters where I had very few problems with the events that occurred in the episode---like WHAT? Although, what I will say is that it's so hard keeping in my giddiness from non-book fans of Shadowhunters. I want to so badly to be like "SIMON STILL A VAMPIRE BUT HE IS NOW A DAYLIGHTER," but I can't because they haven't revealed that and non-book fans wouldn't know what that is... I'm also restricting going "READ. THE. BOOKS."

There were so many amazing things that happened, and I think one of the reasons on why I'm so excited over this particular episode is because things from the book were showcased in this episode, and those were things I didn't think we would be seeing at all in Shadowhunters if I'm going to be honest with those of you who are reading this.

Alright, so from the very moment Jace and Clary were revealed to be "siblings," I had been itching to see the moment it was revealed that they weren't. AND---I was so not disappointed. Yes, very different from the book, but what matters is that they included an aspect that's so important in the story and episode. To be honest, I was not expecting it to be revealed to soon---I mean only Jace knows but still. There were so many great moments in the show that were leading and hinting to the true nature of the two and it all flowed together really well.

The first moment we see of Jace is when he touched the soul/mortal sword. Most people are probably expecting it to be destroyed because of the whole demon blood thing but NOPPEEE. Throughout this entire scene, I had this HUGE grin on my face because I knew what was going to happen. Jace was going to activate the sword revealing that he too had angel blood. 

I thought that the whole backstory behind this was very interesting. It was all part of Valentines plan or maybe back up plan. It was just super clever because he knew that Clary would most likely refuse to activate the sword, leaving Jace to destroy it and he knew HE KNEW that Jace would sacrifice himself for the down world. Honestly, in that moment I was just so impressed with how that plot was developed and how it was pieced together.

Those plots/sub plots are the kinds of plots I want to see from Shadowhunters---Not stupid shapeshifting rune ones!

The aftermath of that scene really reminded me a little bit of The Infernal Devices in the sense that Jace wants to tell Clary the truth but he sees her happy with Simon. It hurt my heart to see Jace in that sense of mind, and he was so hopeful to. Thinking about it is tugging at my heart. I freaking love Dominic Sherwood as Jace.

Another concern that some book fans have been worried about is the Seelie Court scene as this was confirmed to be in season 2B.  I thought about it, and I think that scene is going to be a sort of revealing scene if you know what I mean. Clary will still be with Simon, and Jace is still keeping the secret of them not being siblings. The Seelie Queen will be like "Kiss the one you most desire," and Jace is gonna be like "Oh it's totally SIMON," Simon and Clary will kiss but it won't work. Then, it will be revealed that it's Jace and Jace will be all like "WHATTT?" and during all of this, Clary still thinks they're siblings and this will reveal that Clary still has feelings for Jace despite what she believes. And this will reignite the fire that's inside of Jace.

Shadowhunters has this trend of wanting to surprise book fans and while that usually never works, I still was on the edge of my seat. However, whenever a major/main characters life was threatened I knew they'd be okay so they never go me there. Yet there were still moments where my jaw did drop just because of the way things were put together which I believe to be a very good thing.

Like, it's not a coincidence that Maia, Luke, Simon and Meliorn didn't die from the blast. It's not a coincidence that Meliorn got slashed by a rogue Shadowhunter. You get me? Those characters still have a purpose and role in the show, therefore they cannot die.

An interesting trait or aspect of a character was revealed in this episode, very briefly but this was another thing I never thought they'd mention in the show. And honestly, Shadowhunters has been doing a pretty decent job with including things that aren't typically and regularly discussed in the fandom. The revelation that was made was Raphael's asexuality. Emeraude Toubia revealed that there would be a sexuality that has never been talked about on the show, so I'm assuming it's Raphaels. When this was revealed, it was like a boulder had been dropped within me. I was so, so shocked---it hit me like a ton of bricks I was like WOW. For me, as a book reader, his sexuality was always a very important aspect of his character in my opinion and I love how they incorporated it in the show and kind of broke the stigma that asexual people cannot have romantic feelings for others. However, I will say that the whole "Rizzy" relationship is a little sexualized at the moment and I'm not the biggest fan because of Isabelle's addiction.

Since Sebastian is coming in, in the second half of the season I'm a little concerned for Max and not in the way you might think. We've barely spent enough time with Max to really form that emotional connection to him. And in my opinion, every single time we've seen him he's been very cute but unlikeable. Although he is a minor character, he still needs depth and his character is currently lacking that at the moment. We've barely seen anything memorable about his character, while Max in the book did have those memorable traits even though we only saw him for a very short period of time. 

The reason why I'm bringing this up is become of a young warlock child named Madzie. We've seen Madzie in maybe three episodes, and I've already become so attached to her. And yet she's barely spoken... The reason why I care for her is not only is she so adorable, it's the fact that she has motive, she's so lost and innocent yet so incredibly powerful. And all of the other characters interactions with her make me want to care for her, we get the feeling that she shouldn't be involved in this. So if she were to die in the next episode, I would most definitely be impacted.

Just a side note, I wouldn't be mad if Madzie was the warlock child Magnus and Alec adopted. 

With Max, we need to be spending so much more time with him and getting the sense and his place in the Lightwood family as well as the institute. Where are his comic books? You know how much more depth would be given to him? Because right now, he's kinda annoying because he absorbs way too much from his parents. I only mention this before we are going to see him die very soon. And I'm not saying that I will not be impacted by his death whatsoever because I'm sure I will, but the fact is that I get this feeling that his death is going to be played out just as big as Jocelyns. And right now, we are not seeing enough of his character to get that major impact we should be having when he does eventually pass.

ALEC SAID I LOVE YOU TO MAGNUS. I literally jumped out of happiness when I heard those words come out of their mouths. It was done so well, and wasn't cheesy in any shape or form. It fit the moment really well, and I could really feel the love between them and I couldn't be happier for Malec.

Clary in this episode really felt like book Clary for me, in my opinion. All of her actions felt very true to her character in the books, you know we saw her bravery and her stubbornness which was so nice to see.

Maia is a character that I love more and more with each and every episode she appears. You can really tell that she has this really dense and intense backstory, and it is a story that I am so looking forward to seeing as the actress who portrays her is so incredibly amazing with playing Maia.

Not long ago, there was a theory going around that Aldertree is Sebastian which wouldn't really make sense considering Sebastian was a disguise for Jonathan and----um... With this episode, I can't help but believe that theory even MORE. They're really trying to play out Aldertree as this good and trust worthy character, but they are still building that suspicion... Honestly, if they use the same plot twist as last season many fans will be so pissed---myself included.

Alright, so Simon to become day lighter Simon he needed to drink Jaces blood and for a second I thought it was gonna be Clary which I was fine with considering she has angel blood too. I don't really know how vital and important the shapeshifting rune was in that particular moment, it honestly felt a little out of place because we didn't really get a sense of the teams plan before going into the institute. It was weird, however I was very happy with the fact that it was Jace's blood and not Clary's. Not really for any other reason than it's accurate to the books.

That was the last moment (or one of them at least) we saw in this episode, it was Simon in the sun! There were so many little scenes in this episode that put a huge grin on my face because it reminded me of the book and I truly felt like I was watching the characters come to life in front of my eyes.

Those were all go my thoughts on the winter finale of Shadowhunters, I'd love to know what you think! To me, this was the best episode out of the two seasons!

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Shadowhunters | Bound by Blood | 2x09 | Review & Discussion | Faith


We are so close to the winter finale of Shadowhunters, and this episode I felt was very solid and had some great things in at as well as some things that weren't as fantastic. There were a lot of high points of this episode however, like always there were points where I couldn't help but disagree with the decisions that were made.

The first thing I would like to discuss is Izzy's addiction to Yin Fen. Yin Fen is something very powerful in the books, highly addictive and it had the ability to kill you. They completley downgraded Yin Fen to simply be vampire venom which is something I was a little disappointed with. They could've taken Isabelle on this really painful journey but instead turned it into some sort of weird romantic and sexual relationship between her and Rafael. It isn't really the romantic relationship between the two that I have a problem with, it's the way they're portraying addiction.

I think Emma, from EmmaBooks describes it perfectly and would highly suggest you go and check out her review and discussion of this weeks episode on Youtube.


The next aspect of the show I would like to discuss is Climon. I've never really been a fan of their romantic relationship, the only reason why I'm happy that it's happening is that it's one step closer to Clace. It's really nice how they're portraying it on screen, it's very cute and it's clear that the two of them do care a lot for one another but at the end of the day, it's weird. 

Something that's been bothering a lot of Shadowhunters fans is that Jace is clearly not over Clary, and supposedly Clary isn't either. Yet while her feelings still lingers, she's completely wound up with Simon and my opinion on that is that she's using Simon as a distraction (which she does in the books) because it hurts less to push someone or something away and pretend it doesn't exist.

So the whole premise of this episode is Clary's blood oath, and to be honest the thought of Clary dying did not really scare me considering she's one of the main characters. It didn't scare or surprise me in any shape or form, but it was really fun to watch the journey of undoing the blood oath.

A scene in this episode that really made an impact on me was the scene between Clary, Jace and Simon. So in this scene, Clary is asking Simon to kill her if she gets in the hands of Valentine and Simon being Simon, he doesn't want to but then---JACE. Jace promises Clary, and while the promise was very dark to me it showed how much Jace knew and loved Clary to understand what something like that meant. 

Madzie is one of the cutest little warlocks I have ever seen. I honestly just love her story arc in the show as of right now and she's barely in the show. It just amazes me how she's so little and has all of this power. And all of her interactions with Valentine were excellent.

Alan Van Sprang, as always DELIVERS A FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE! That's all I'm going to say because I'm sure if you're a watcher of the show, you know how sinister and perfect his portrayal of Valentine is.

So Valentine took Simon in this episode. That was the very last thing we saw in this episode, and I can definitely see how they're pulling things from City of Ashes. I hope this means that we're going to see day lighter Simon!

Those were all of my thoughts on this weeks episode! 

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Friday, 3 March 2017

February Favourites/Obsessions | Faith

So recently, I've been discovering a lot of things that I have been starting to enjoy a lot! I feel like it's very random but when have my favourites ever revolved around one thing? Let's get on with the post! 



So the first thing that I've been liking recently is FIFTH HARMONY. I was never really a fan of Fifth Harmony and for some reason was always strictly Little Mix. And despite me not listening to them, I never really had anything against them. So after Camilla left, I just started listening to the 7/27 album and found myself really enjoying the music. This was something I never expected to happen but did, and I still don't know if I would consider myself a fan. As of right now, I enjoy listening to their music and will continue to do so.


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The next person is Ivy Levan, maybe you've heard of her maybe you haven't. I didn't really know of her until the remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show aired and I heard her voice and was like "WOW". I randomly started listening to Science Fiction/Double Feature and that eventually led me to her Spotify page. Not really knowing if I was going to enjoy her music or not I selected one of the songs and found that I loved her music. There's something very unique about her voice that I really, really love and her voice matched with her music is just AHH---it's so good!

I highly suggest you go check out her music, it's so, so fantastic!


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Caraval was the one and only book I read in the month of February and BOY did I LOVE THIS BOOK! I honestly didn't really expect to love this book as much as I did. I have written a review on this book, so if you want to know all of my thoughts in full detail, you can go and check that out HERE!

Anyway, if you're thinking of picking this book and up and are skeptical, don't be! Honestly, go into it without reading any reviews are anything, because I believe that's the best way to experience the book. To just dive in and fully experience the story and it's world yourself without any influence.

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The first in this category is Riverdale, maybe you've heard of it, maybe you haven't. Anyway, it's a new hit show that's been airing on the CW, and if you didn't know already it's based off of the characters from the Archie Comics. You know, when you hear Archie comics you quite literally think of the comics so when you see what the show has to offer, you might be a little---surprised.

Riverdale has a very unique and almost supernatural take on the comics, and is quite dark when you compare the original to the adaptation. However, it's done so well. 

I will admit that when I first saw the trailer for the series I thought that it looks so stupid. I mean, there was so much angst and it looked super cheesy. One day, I saw that it popped up on Netflix, and thinking that it would be bad I watched and I was so blown away and now I cannot get enough of it.


Alright, so having an obsession and love for Superman I'm bound to love his cousin, Supergirl and I did love her from the pilot episode---not even like before the show even aired I was obsessed with the show. So from season 1, I have loved the show---I love all of the DC shows that are currently airing on the CW and very much believe that they are doing a wonderful job compared to the DC movies.

Anyway, for some reason season 2 is just so much better compared to the first season. I feel like there's a much better flow to the season and nothing is feeling forced (while some may disagree.) And in my opinion, the writers are doing an excellent job at writing these scripts. They real know how to tug at your emotions it's CRAZY.


THOSE WERE ALL MY FAVOURITES THIS MONTH! 

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Caraval: Stephanie Garber | Book Review | Faith




Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Shadowhunters | How Are Thou Fallen | 2x07 | Review & Discussion | Faith


This was a very interesting episode of Shadowhunters, as usual I found that there were things that I liked and there were aspects of the show where I was very unsettled, all which I will be discussing in this episode review! 

As mentioned in past reviews/discussions, they're including a lot of book content in the episodes. And while it's not from the book we associate with the season, it is still book content. And you know, as a book reader, I am very grateful because we are seeing a lot of stuff we never got to see in the first season. And because of this, I have a greater respect for the writers and show runners.

So, we see an angel in this episode---which was a very big thing that happened in the books. For the most part, I was quite happy with how they portrayed that aspect of the story. Ever since I was little, angels have always been very fascinating to me so to see it on screen and see a scene that closely resembled the scene from the book, it was very chilling in a way. I think that the way they expressed the angels pain and how they actors portrayed it---it all blended together to create a very unique, engaging and chilling scene which I thought was something very fitting for the show.

However, the actor they cast as the angel Ithuriel was an old man. At first, I thought that maybe this was just his "Human form" after being tortured by Valentine, and then once he was freed he would become this magnificent young being. This was something very minor but bothered me a little bit because I think the age of the actor took away from the beauty of what an angel is. I was very much expecting to see Ithuriel spread his wings and break into his true form which we did see, but he literally just sprouted wings and shot into the sky. The way it ended was very good but I was still bothered by the casting.

Regarding the whole Clary with angel blood thing---um there was a little bit of a plot hole. Jace has angel blood so why wasn't he reacting in the same way as Clary. What my brain is trying to convince me is that maybe Ithuriel knows about Jaces angel blood but just chose Clary to communicate with because of the runes. An angel wouldn't just show those visions (at the end of the episode) to anyone, so clearly he knows something and probably knows about Jace.

The concept and background of Yin Fen is a little bit different in the show which in a way I understand, but in the show it does not seem anywhere near as dangerous as it was in The Infernal Devices. I feel like since they downgraded it to being a form of vampire venom and the way it's scripted we don't really get the sense of what it can do to someone. It's highly addictive and can kill you, and while we get a sense of that, it's very mild in the show. However the writers could also just be letting this be a slow burn.

We were getting hints of Climon in this episode! I've never really shipped Simon and Clary, I honestly just want it to happen because of the sake of the books. What I will say is that I really enjoy how they're developing their romantic relationship, with each episode it's growing and growing and this way it won't be too forced.

I'm so not used to Jace being Jace on this show so whenever it happens---I'm always taken by surprise. I was honestly kinda fed up with him in this episode because of how cocky he was getting and then there was just this moment where I was like---WAIT, IT'S JACE.

There was also this great moment between him and Luke where he mentioned Clary and he got up straight away. #CLACE

And you know Shadohwunters kind of has a history of having some really awesome moments and they ruin it with a certain rune... YEAH THE FREAKING SHAPESHIFTER RUNE. I hate it, it's so stupid and it's such cop out. 

Let's talk about Maia, she's such a fun character and I absolutely love the actress who plays her. She's so, so wonderful and I'm so looking forward to see how Maia develops in the future upcoming episodes.

Valentine and Luke had a great scene together that really hinted at their history which we already know obviously. I cannot express how much I love Alan Van Sprang as Valentine, he's so sinister and so not right in the head but it's so much fun getting to see him bring this character to life.

The fight scenes in this episode were fantastic. A little unrealistic that Jace would lose his sword in the first ten seconds of a fight and Clary would take on two Shadowhunters...Yeah, the show still has to work on flow and consistency.

Those were all of my thoughts on episode 7, I didn't write a review for episode six because one, no time and I was very under whelmed by that episode if I'm going to be quite honest.

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