My Thoughts On…Shadowhunters TV Show | Episode 1: The Mortal Cup

Shadowhunters. The time has finally come! After months upon months of waiting for its release, the first episode of the Shadowhunters TV show, based off of the bestselling The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, came out on Netflix—and naturally I had to watch it! I’ve seen tons of posts lately from other bloggers sharing their thoughts on the first and/or second episode, so I decided, why not? I have a lot of thoughts to share on it, so let’s get started.

Thoughts on Shadowhunters

Let’s start with the best and good parts, shall we?

Castings and Characters

  • Simon WAS PERFECT. I must admit, I wasn’t completely sold on Alberto Rosende (the actor) at first, but after seeing him in the first episode, I gotta say, he’s great. Fingers crossed that the great acting will continue!
  • Simon and Clary’s friendship was sweet! Simon and Clary got along really well, and I really liked how the two actors pulled off their friendship.

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  • Alec‘s portrayal by Alexander (CORRECTION: Matthew) Daddario was really great. Mostly it’s just that Alec was basically everything I imagined him to be like! Protective of Jace and Isabelle, hostile to Clary. Can’t wait to see more of him as the show continues.
  • As for Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia), I have to admit that I was expecting her to be more, I don’t know, hostile and more angry. I feel like the show tamed her down a bit more in comparison with the books. I really liked the actress who played her, though! And although some of her lines were terrible, I liked her parts well enough. (She could still kick butt, that’s for sure.)

  • Alan Van Sprang shone through as Valentine! He wasn’t exactly how I pictured him, but he turned out to be pretty good.
  • Jocelyn (Maxim Roy), too, was alright. I was kind of? skeptical of both her and Valentine’s casting, but she turned out to be alright as well. (But why on earth did she give Clary a stele??)

Plot

  • The Pandemonium scenes were really good! Not horrible, at least. Especially the part where Jace, Alec and Isabelle was hunting down the demon (though what was the use of Isabelle’s wig when she takes it off anyway?)
  • To be honest I’m not quite sure how I feel yet about the inclusion of the mundane blood thing going on, but for now I’m just gonna place it with the good parts of the episode, because, well, it wasn’t necessarily a bad addition. Obviously there has to be some changes where the plot’s concerned to not make it identical to the book.
  • Having Luke as a policeman was an interesting idea! I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, when I first heard of it, but now it doesn’t seem to be that bad.
  • I feel like there’s more I have to say about the storyline and everything, but… my memory kind of sucks right now?

Where things became ‘meh’

  • So.. Maureen is friends with Simon and Clary, and is the same age as them now? Not sure how I feel about this either. I suppose it’s not exactly a bad thing, but it has me questioning as to where it will lead.
  • The special effects. More specifically, the portal. I’ve been seeing talk about how the show’s on a low budget and everything, but really? Was that the best they could do? Again, it wasn’t BAD persay, but it could’ve been better.
  • Magnus Bane… what even happened? I’m not even sure how to explain this one. His character just seemed so.. wrong somehow? Maybe? I don’t know. (I seem to be repeating ‘I don’t know’ really often, but oh well…)
  • The institute is now full of people and really modernized… not sure how I feel about this?? 

Reasons for angry stomping and lots of frowns:

  • DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE DIALOGUE. Gah. Sometimes I was able to ignore it, but there were several times where the dialogue became cheesy and clichĂ© as hell. I cringe just thinking about some of them.. PLEASE MAKE THIS BETTER, I BEG YOU. (Don’t ask to whom I’m begging… I don’t know, maybe the gods of TV shows?? #Totallymakessense)
  • The acting. NOT ALL of the acting, mind you. Most specifically I mean the delivery of lines from Dom Sherwood and occasionally other actors. But mostly Dominic, who plays Jace. I swear, the way he says his lines makes me cringe. Don’t ask why, because I can’t really pinpoint the reason… but let’s just say right now I can’t seem to fully accept him as Jace. I really hope he improves as the show goes on…
  • No chemistry between Kat and Dom. Dominic looked like he’s in pain half the time anyway and had terrible lines, but still. None. Nada. If there was any, I was oblivious to it. Which is quite a shame! There was a lot of places where the movie went wrong, but on-screen chemistry wise, Movie-Clary (Lily Collins) and Movie-Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) were great. Or at least, pretty decent. So it was kind of sad to see that the show lacked this. Having said that, I’m not too sad seeing how this is only the first episode. BUT STILL.
  • What happened to the weapons?!! Those seraph blades look like cheap plastic lightsabers.. and just… no. What happened to the naming and all of that? Grrrr.

Phew…I think that’s mostly it! At least, that’s all that currently pops into my brain. The show has been getting some mixed opinions as far as I’ve seen, but to me, it wasn’t horrible. It didn’t follow the book page-for-page, but it did keep some of the main events and key details, and it still was entertaining despite the meh and the bad parts—so I will definitely be continuing the series! Plus, it’s just the first episode, right? Plenty of room for improvement and second chances.

Do let me know what YOUR thoughts on the show are! I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to continue to write a post for each episode… maybe I’ll do one post at the end of each month with comments on each of the episodes released during that month? Whatever the case is, right now, let me know whatever thoughts you may have about the first (and/or second) episode, or just this show in general. Discussion is always fun! 😀

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ❀

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Book News | ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show Casting Updates

Hi there! It’s been a while since I did a casting update for the ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show, so today I decided to post an update on all the additions to the cast, which are more of recurring and minor characters than main characters.

So, we now have:

All joining the cast of:

Quite a lot of cast members! I think I’m mostly good with all the new castings, and while they’re important characters, I suppose my opinion on them can be easily swayed as they’re recurring characters and even if I don’t like them, I won’t be seeing much of them (for most of these castings anyway).

However, I am wary of Lisa Marcos’s casting as Captain Vargas and Mouna TraorĂ© as Midori, not because of the actors themselves, more of their castings. Captain Vargas and Midori aren’t characters from the book, so I’m quite hesitant when it comes to them.

Also, Dorothea is being aged down, and is given the name Dot, and apparently she isn’t going to have the same role as in the books. Wonder what that will be like…


 

So there we have it! An update on the Shadowhunter TV show cast. What do you think of these castings? Like ’em? Dislike ’em? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Exploring My Bookshelves: June

Hi! It is the last Friday of June, which means a Exploring My Bookshelves post is in order! This is a weekly meme created by Victoria @ Addlepates & Book Nerds, adapted into a monthly meme here at Book Snacks following Summer, who originally came up with the monthly idea over at her blog, Xingsings. Make sure to check out both of these lovely blogs, for they are quite wonderful!

Anyway, on to it. The rules for this meme are the following:

1. Post a picture of your bookshelves (preferably literal, but e-book shelves work too)

2. Follow the theme/question about the books on your shelf that Victoria will have set out for us for that week. (Eg. favourite author, cover, etc.)

3. Include the cover and what you thought of it (if it’s read).

4. Link your post!


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EMB #8: a book you were gifted (June 5th)

I actually realised that I don’t really get actual books as gifts, I mostly get Indigo gift cards or something. But I do have a few books I was gifted, one of them being The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m planning to!

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EMB #9: a book you regret buying (June 12th)

My first answer for this would be Flash Point by Nancy Kress, but since I already used that book for another Exploring My Bookshelves post, I’m going to say Since Last Summer Summer by Joanna Philbin, sequel to Rules of Summer. It’s not that it was a bad book or anything, but I could’ve easily done with reading it from the library or something, instead of actually buying it.

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EMB #10: an author you can’t stop reading (June 19)

So many for this one! But I’ll go with three: Cassandra Clare, Jennifer Armentrout & Sarah J. Maas. I absolutely love all the books I’ve read from these authors!
Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices series is addicting, and I love both of them, especially the Infernal Devices.
I have yet to read Jennifer Armentrout’s New Adult books, but I love her Covenant series, her Lux series & Dark Elements series! They were all amazing. I also really loved her stand-alone novels, Don’t Look Back & her novel on Wattpad, The Dead List.
As for Sarah J. Maas, I love her Throne of Glass series & A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in a planned trilogy. The world-building is just great, and her writing is great!


There is technically supposed to be one other EMB post, as there is 4 Fridays in June, but as Victoria is on vacation, there is not another topic set.

So, that concludes this month’s Exploring My Bookshelves! Feel free to comment on the above topics or link your posts!

Happy reading!

-A

‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show Casting Update: Hodge Starkweather!

As most of you know, ‘Shadowhunters’ started filming, and now we have another addition to the family – Hodge Starkweather has been cast!

Joining a cast of:

the role of Hodge will be played by:Read More »

Book News | ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show Casting Update: Jocelyn!

We now have another casting update, this time, the second Fray & recurring role: Jocelyn, Clary’s mother!

Previous castings:

Check out my thoughts on the castings for Jace, Simon & Isabelle, Clary, Alec & Luke, Valentine & Magnus by pressing HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE.

Moving on. It has been revealed that Jocelyn will be played by:Read More »

Book News | TMI & TID Covers Revamped & Ten Thousand Skies Above You Cover

Hey there! I recently found out that Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series’  and Infernal Devices trilogy covers will have all been given a makeover! Here are the former covers, alongside their revamped ones.

The Mortal Instruments

The Infernal Devices

What do you think of the new covers? I have to admit, they’re not that bad, but I’ll definitely still need time to adjust. Let’s just say I’m not the biggest fan of these covers… yet. Let me know your opinion on them in the comments below! ❀

Oh, and a little ‘Shadowhunters’ update-but-not-exactly-an-update: Katherine (playing our Clary Fray) hit the salon today to revert her blonde locks back to her natural red hair color! She look even more like a Clary now, don’t you think?


On a complete different note, I just found out about (thanks to a comment on my Shelf Candy Saturday post by fellow blogger, Alicia @ #Lovebooks) the cover and title for the sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray! It’s gonna be called Ten Thousand Skies Above You, and the cover is this stunning beauty:

Ten Thousand Skies Above You 

Isn’t it just gorgeous? Let me know your thoughts below!

That’s it for book news, have a happy Wednesday!

-A

Book News | ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show Casting Update: Simon & Isabelle

Hi there! I’m super excited to present this little casting update on The Mortal Instruments (series by Cassandra Clare) TV show, ‘Shadowhunters’ (check out my post on it here): they’ve casted Isabelle and Simon!

As most of you know, Dominic Sherwood has been cast as Jace, and now we have Alberto Rosende and Emeraude Toubia joining the cast!

Alberto Rosende & Emeraude Toubia as Simon and Isabelle
Alberto Rosende & Emeraude Toubia as Simon and Isabelle

I have to admit, Alberto Rosende is far from what I had in mind for Simon. I really liked Robert Sheehan as Simon in the City of Bones movie, and I’m kind of disappointed he’s not coming back for the show, although in the back of my mind I expected it. I’m definitely going to keep an open mind, and hopefully I’ll come to see him more of a Simon.

As for Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle, I can kind of see it, however again I feel like Jemima West (from the movie) did a pretty good job for Isabelle. I’m not against Emeraude as Isabelle, I just have not completely come to terms with it yet. I haven’t seen any of the previous movies she’s been in, so I can’t say what I think of her acting skills, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she is.

Overall, I can’t completely see in my mind these two actors as Simon and Isabelle, but hopefully that will change as I watch the show.

What are your thoughts on this little casting news? Agree with it? Disagree? Indifferent? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to know your opinions.

-A

Top 10 Tuesday #4 (April 28): Top 10 Books Which Feature Characters Who Have Parental Issues

Yay! Another Top 10 Tuesday (a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)! 🙂 This week’s theme is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____. I have decided to fill the blank in with “Parental Issues”. I was mostly inspired with this idea since parental issues (dead parents, abandoning parent, abandoned parent, distracted parent, etc.) are over-used in so many popular YA books, I just wanted to point them out.  Let’s get started. 🙂

Note: All ‘series/trilogy’ link to the series’ Goodreads page. If I have a review for any of the books in the series, the first book’s review will be linked on the name of the series. Otherwise, the series name will be linked to the Goodreads page of the 1st book in the series.

Note 2: There are a few books listed here that include SPOILERS. You have been warned. (I believe the books guilty of charge would be Divergent, Legend and the Mortal Instruments.)


In no particular order:

1. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan:

Percy’s lives with his mother, Sally Jackson, and hadn’t known his father existed (and was a Greek god!) until further in the first book. His parent problem would be an AWOL parent case I suppose.

Percy Jackson series
Percy Jackson series

2. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead:

There are several characters who have parent problems, however I’ll go with Rose’s ones. Rose’s father is dead, and she has a strained relationship with her mother (at least at the start). The dead parent, as well as the abandoning parent (since Rose’s mother has been absent in most of Rose’s life) is the case for this issue.

Vampire Academy series
Vampire Academy series

3. Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins:

Katniss’s father is dead, and her relationship with her mother is a bit strained due to the fact her mother became depressed and zoned out when Katniss’s father died (leaving Katniss and Prim to fend for themselves). This strained relationship does get better, however.

Hunger Games Trilogy
Hunger Games Trilogy

4. Hush Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick:

Nora’s father is dead, and Nora’s mother works over-time and is often AWOL, leaving Nora lots of free time. This particular type of parent is quite popular in YA I’ve noticed, along with the dead parent.

Hush Hush saga
Hush Hush Saga

5. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth:

(SPOILER) Tris’s parents died in the first book. Tris loved them of course, so there wasn’t any bad blood, this was simply dead parents issue.

Divergent trilogy
Divergent trilogy

6. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu:

June’s parents died when she was really young. (SPOILER) Day’s father was killed before the events in Legend and his mother is also killed in the first book.

Legend Trilogy
Legend Trilogy

7. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:

Harry Potter’s parents were murdered by Voldemort as you all [should] know, and he goes to live with the Dursleys, who hate him. The popular dead parent stereotype is used here.

HP series
HP series

8. Tiger‘s series by Colleen Houck:

Kelsey’s parents are dead, and she lives with foster parents who aren’t much involved in Kelsey’s life. Of course, Kelsey is 18 throughout basically the whole series, but still. Even before that, it didn’t seem like they made that much of an impact on Kelsey’s life.

Tiger's Curse series
Tiger’s Curse series

9. The Dark Elements trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout & the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

I’m kind of cheating here by putting two series but oh well. Layla has been living with the Wardens her whole life since her mother and father abandoned her. She believed her father was dead but later finds out he was alive and wanted her dead. Her mother’s been MIA.

In the Lux series, Katy’s father died of cancer before the events of the first book, and her mother is kind of the abandoned and distracted parent (which basically lets Katy do whatever she wants).

10. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare & The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare:

I’m cheating again, but too bad. 🙂 Tessa Grey’s mother and father (at least the man she thought was her father) are dead. Don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that.

Clary Fray has a mother, and the man she thought was her father is also dead. She only found out about her real father later on in the first book I believe. (SPOILER) Her actual father also dies in the third book.

Honorable mentions:

Cath and Wren have been living with their father most of their life since their mother left them when they were 8 years old and hasn’t been present as a mother figure in their lives.

Fangirl bookcover
Fangirl bookcover

Bella Swan goes to live with her father, who hadn’t remarried since he and Bella’s mom divorced. With Twilight it’s not a case of a dead parent or a parent MIA/AWOL, it’s more of the divorced parent case as well as the distraced parent/parent-who-isn’t-an-active-part-in-child’s-life case.

Twilight saga
Twilight Saga

 

This series (trilogy, more accurately) is a different parent-problem case, since they’re not dead nor divorced, simply estranged from their daughter (Della Tsang). Della is a vampire, and since her parents don’t know that they think she’s become a bad child and distances themselves from her.


So that’s it for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday! This one was more of an open-ended question and I’d love to know what you did for yours! Link your post below or comment! As always, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Tuesday! For more Tuesday fun, check out my Teaser Tuesday.

-A

 

Top 10 Tuesday #3 (April 21): Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

The time has come for another Top 10 Tuesday! This week’s theme is All-time favourite authors! This REALLY kills me and I just can’t decide so I’m going to narrow it down to authors in the Paranormal/Fantasy genre or Dystopia, mostly YA. (Press the images for a better, larger view of the pictures.)

As usual, in no particular order:

1. J.K. Rowling

Two words: Harry. Potter. ❀ There really isn’t much more to say other than that. Harry Potter was a thrilling ride that I loved, forever captivating me in the wizarding world.

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout

I love Jennifer Armebtrout’s writing! There’s always an awesome plot, with steamy romance and humorous charters which just makes me want to read her stuff more and more. These are only some of her works:

3. Cassandra Clare

She’s another author who’s writing I love. Her character are always alive and useful, and the world she’s created is amazing. Shadowhunters rule! I loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, can’t wait ’till The Dark Artifices trilogy comes out! ❀

4. Marie Lu

I’ve read only Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (although I’m planning on reading Her book The Young Elites as well) but her books have captivated me enough to put her on this list. If you haven’t already, you should definitely read Legend!

5. Meg Cabot

You probably heard of this author through The Princess Diaries, but she has several other works that ultimately made Meg Cabot one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed The Princess Diaires series, however I prefer The Mediator series. I also really enjoyed her Airhead trilogy. Her Heather Wells series was quite enjoyable, as well as her stand-alone novels Pants on Fire and Teen Idol. I have yet to start her Queen of Babble trilogy. I’m looking forward to getting to it! 🙂

6. Suzanne Collins

How could I not put the author of The Hunger Games on this list? The Hunger Games was awesome and one of the few movie adaptations other than HP done well. 🙂

7. Rick Riordan

I loved Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as well as The Heroes of Olympus series! I also enjoyed his Kane Chronicles trilogy as well! They were all fast-paced, adventurous, and best of all, involved mythology! I can’t wait for the first book in Riordan’s newest series, Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, which is named The Sword of Summer. 🙂

8. Richelle Mead

I’ve read a lot of vampire-themed books, but Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is the one most worth mentioning for this list. Richelle Mead’s writing is captivating, and I love her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series (what I’ve read of Bloodlines series, anyway.) Looking forward to reading her other series! Check out my reviews on the first two books of the VA series HERE and HERE. Definitely one of my favorite authors!

9. Kiera Cass

I loved Kiera Cass’s Selection series! Made for a sweet, romance with touches of dystopia flavoring, and an awesome read. Her books were all very well-written. Looking forward to The Heir!

10. C.C Hunter

C.C Hunter is a wonderful author who I feel is quite unrecognized. I have read all the books released in her two series; Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark, and I loved both of them! I definitely recommend her works, one of my favorite authors!

There are so many other authors I would love to put on the list, but alas, I must stop there. A few honorable mentions go to: Jane Austen (even though she isn’t a YA fantasy, paranormal or dystopia author), John Green, Veronica Roth, Marissa Meyer, Colleen Houck and Becca Fitzpatrick. They are very good writers and definitely should be recognized.

Anyway, that concludes this list! I don’t know how I would ever have stopped if I did a list on all-time favorite authors! 🙂 So what are your Top 10 All-time favorite authors? Or if you’re like me, All-time favorite authors of YA fantasy, paranormal, etc.? Comment your thoughts below! Or if you participate in this meme, post your link so I can come check it out!

Happy listing!

-A

P.S. For some more Book Snacks Fun, check out this week’s Teaser Tuesday!

Book News | The Mortal Instruments TV Show + Jace Casting

I wasn’t planning on posting today, but this recent news I found out about compels me to. If you haven’t guessed from the title of this post, the recent news in question is about The Mortal Instruments TV show!

Yep, you heard me!

Cassandra Clare’s worldwide best-selling YA series The Mortal Instruments has been picked up by ABC Family to be turned into a TV show.

Totally me at this moment! 🙂

Since the City of Bones movie was a disappointment in comparison with the book, I am super excited to see how the producers will be filming the show (which is being named ‘Shadowhunters’). I mean, the movie was okay, but it didn’t do the book justice at all.

There has not been much casting information yet except for the male lead of Jace Wayland: it will be played by Dominic Sherwood, previously seen in the film production of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters based on the book by Richelle Mead. Previous Mortal Instruments stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell-Bower do not seem to be returning for the TV show, presumedly because ‘Shadowhunters’ is to have a clean slate and distance itself a bit from the box-office flop movie released in 2013.

For more information about production, etc. press HERE.

I for one, am looking forward to seeing how the show will hit off! I really hope this time the producers will stick more to the books! I’m fine with a bit of tweaking here and there, but to change it up a lot results in a flop, and I do hope they realize that.

So, are you excited for this show, or do you think it’s not worth your time? What do you think about Dominic Sherwood playing Jace? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you. ❀

-A