Shadowhunters Series Review

*** This will probably contain spoilers!***

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this series, I was really excited but also apprehensive for another adaptation of one of my favourite book series. I was very happy with the cast aesthetically, in my opinion they looked perfect, but my main concern was whether they would stay true to the characters and whether they could actually act!

With the first few episodes I was a little worried with the casting choices, I felt Dom and Kat as Jace and Clary were showing weaker performances than the rest of the cast, however I feel this was partly due to a mediocre script. Nevertheless I was compelled to keep watching week after week and it started to become such a guilty pleasure! But, I was really pleased to see that with each episode the script got stronger and the acting got stronger, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out if they filmed chronologically because I could see them settle into their characters and explore them more and more! Some of the performances I was really impressed by was Alberto who played Simon, I really felt as though he completely captured the heart of Simon and acted him so beautifully! Also I felt Mathew’s performance as Alec was also was superb as well as Alan Van Sprang’s portrayal of the evil Valentine! However, I have to give Dom and Kat credit for their emotional performances, especially towards the end of the series, they looked really tough but they did amazingly and I felt they have really grown grown as actors throughout the show! I also thought that Dom’s American accent was really good, but to be honest I wouldn’t know a lot about that because I have an English accent myself and I’m shockingly bad at the American accent, so I’ll probably think anything sounding remotely like an American accent is good! (If you know more about accents than me, please comment your thoughts on his accent!)

I quite liked where the show writers took the events of the books, it kept me on my toes and gave me a few surprises which I really liked! But I was mainly happy because the story was still recognizable and wasn’t completely different to the book. Some of the added bits that I really enjoyed was how they interpreted Malec and the whole wedding with Lydia, not going to lie it had me a little worried, but I should have had more faith in the writers and in Cassie that Malec will always prevail! Although saying that, I really liked how the wedding brought out the conflicting emotions within Alec and how he wants to have alliance with Jace but he also wants to impress his parents and the Clave. I also really liked how Valentine disguised himself as Micheal Wayland, it gave all of us book lovers a great cliff hanger and left us all completely confused as to how this major plot point in the book would be played out in the show! It left me tense and excited and I love that!

Overall I really did enjoy this show and I’m so glad things picked up and that they stayed faithful to the characters and to (most) of the book! I’m going to award this 4 out of 5 stars, I cannot wait for season 2! Hazaarr!

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Righty ho, before we get started with this mammoth review (trust me it’s going to be a long one!) I just want to disclaim that the first half of this section will be SPOILER FREE, but after a big warning, the second half will be a SPOILER review because I can’t not talk about what happened, but there will be ample warning so if you haven’t yet read Lady Midnight and don’t want to be spoiled, leave at that point.

OH MY GOODNESS! I am actually so excited to write this review also emotions are still very high so if this review isn’t very coherent I do apologise! So, this Shadowhunter book is set approximately 5 years after the last Mortal Instruments books left off, it follows the lives of Julian Blackthorn and his family and Emma Carstairs in the Los Angeles Institute. This book is an absolute Shadowhunter classic with action, adventure, love and loss, but it’s also a bit of a murder mystery with Emma trying to find out who killed her parents, as we found out in the last Mortal Instruments book.

I was SO excited for this book it’s unreal, anyone who has followed our blog for a while knows that I (Eleanor) adore the Shadowhunter novels, it’s one of my favourite worlds to live in! However, this did mean that I had incredibly high expectations going into this book, which is usually a bad thing for any book. Although this book absolutely did not disappoint, it was everything I was hoping for AND MORE! The characters in this book were so strong, I cared for them so much and felt their pain with them. The characters that I’m going to talk about in this half of the review are going to be Julian and Emma, because I’m so scared of spoiling it for you guys and they are the main characters… Anyway, lets start with Emma, I loved Emma so so much, her character was really quirky and she had some amazing one liners, she kind of reminded me of Jace. She is also an amazing Shadowhunter, she’s an amazing fighter and is so determined, anything she sets her mind to will get done, she’s just a great character! Now onto Julian, oh Juilian, he is another amazing character, he kind of reminded me of a combination of Will and Jem, he’s very thoughtful but he also feels emotions very deeply and you can’t help but feel pain for him! All the characters in this book though are so incredibly written and the emotions you feel for them are so powerful, you just have to appreciate Cassandra Clare’s talent, she is awe inspiring!

Another thing I really love about this book is that it touches on so many real issues in life, things like young carers, body image, learning difficulties like Autism and mental health issues. The book in no way focused on these issues but they were always in the background and were hinted at, because of this, it never felt like they were being thrown in your face. They were subtly obvious, which I thought was incredibly clever, it must have been hard to obtain that balance.

Finally, for this section at least, I want to talk about the pace of this book, because this isn’t the first or even the second shadowhunter book, it wasn’t necessary for there to be so much description about the world. The story jumped straight into the plot, why they where there and what they were doing. This made the book feel a lot faster paced without having to stop for extra description and the pages just kept turning!!

Well that’s it for the non spoiler section of the review, I truly, truly LOVED this book, so please if you’re a fan of this world I implore you to read this, it is incredible! For that reason I’m going to award it a massive 5/5 stars! If you have read the book and wish to read on then please do, I will be talking about some of the events in the book and my thoughts on them. If you don’t want to be spoiled then please click off now, I really don’t want the responsibility of you being spoiled because that is literally a crime!






HOLY SMOKES! Okay, in this section, I’m just going to give a run down on what I thought were the best/most shocking/ most emotional moments of the book, I will also give my opinions on them and what I was thinking when I was reading them!

First of all let’s talk about the forbidden love story between Emma and Julian. I honestly don’t think I have ever shipped a couple so hard, but it was also so painful because at the back of my mind I knew they could never be together because of their Parabatai bond, but you know what, that didn’t stop my feelings and all I want is for them to be happily in love with no limits! What was also interesting is that they didn’t really declare their love for each other until about 400 pages in, so all this time we’re building up to them eventually being together which just builds the emotion even more, and made me ship them even more, well played Cassandra Clare! But lets talk about that beach scene! HOT DAMN! At first I didn’t think they actually went all the way, because in The Mortal Instruments, it took like 5 books for Jace and Clary to finally have sex. It only really dawned on me that Emma and Julian had sex when Julian was talking about contraceptive runes and stuff and I was like “OH, OH! THEY DID IT!” and it just made me so happy! Although, I’m not gunna lie, the last couple pages when Emma was trying to ‘break Julian’s heart’ because of the repercussions of Parabatai falling in love LITERALLY KILLED ME. I know it was necessary because I don’t want Julian and Emma to get all power hungry and destroy their family, but jeeeze, those pages were so hard to read!

On to the next thing, Mark. I was SO HAPPY that Mark was in this book, he added another dimension to the whole story. He was such a good character as well, he was so childlike because he had essentially been indoctrinated into faerie. He also turned out to be incredibly loyal to his family and eventually, we saw a cheeky side to him, especially in the last line of the whole book when he said ‘Why lie’. I took this as Mark wanting to ‘do stuff’ with Emma, so they didn’t have to lie to Julian and the rest of the family. This was so cheeky, I was a little dumbfounded by this as first as I didn’t really see Mark as that kind of character, but once it sunk in I thought it was funny and quirky and just showed how Mark had developed throughout the book.

Okay, now let’s talk about the main plot and plot twist of this book. I loved the whole murder mystery element to this book. I was totally involved in the plot, and I’ll be honest I had no clue who The Guardian was, I had a sneaky feeling that maybe it was Dianna but I wasn’t 100% sure. So when we found out it was Malcolm was completely knocked for six! Initially I really liked Malcolm, he was funny and intelligent, and I was like YES ANOTHER MAGNUS! But noooooo no no no! The little git, I felt genuine fear when he took Tavvy, holy moley! But I was glad Emma finally had closure on who killed her parents all those years ago and no one I cared about died, I was so pleased and thankful that Cassandra Clare didn’t kill anyone!

Some of the new characters were amazing, I loved Christina, Perfect Diego and the whole Blackthorn family, I also had so much respect for Julian and all he’s done for his siblings, effectively becoming a single parent at 12 years old! But most importantly I was so intrigued by Kit, I couldn’t get my head around who this boy was, especially as as he effectively starts off the whole series! I knew he was important but I just couldn’t figure out why, so when we found out he was a Herondale I was like “WHOA WHOA WHOA! WHAT THE F*CK!” Cassandra Clare is so clever because even though I thought the main plots were out of the way, something else comes flying out of the woodwork!

I am SO excited about the next book, even though it’s going to be so painful to read with the whole forbidden love thing! But this series has completely sucked me in and I just can’t wait! If you’ve stuck with me through this whole review, well done because insanely long (1500 words!) but also thank you, and I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did, and also please be considerate in the comments for people who haven’t read the book and keep the spoilers to a minimum! Thank You!


Shadowhunters – Episode Reaction/Review


I went into this show with very low expectations but very high hope and I’m pleased to say that I really enjoyed the first two episodes and I’m looking forward to seeing what else they have in store. From the pilot episode, it’s clear they’re not sticking completely to the books but thats something that I like and means that somethings will be left as a surprise.

Let’s start with the positives. Character wise I really liked Simon and Luke the most which was a surprise for me as they were the two characters I was a bit worried about because I still loved Simon and Luke in the film adaptation. Alan Van Sprang as Valentine was perfect, which wasn’t a surprise for me as I loved him in Reign and I thought he played this evil and mad character really well. Mathew Daddario as Alec was also another highlight of the show for me; he’s gorgeous and even though we haven’t heard or see much from him yet but I’m sure as the show continues, we will see more of his character.

I understand that they didn’t have a huge budget for special effects but some of them I thought were a bit poor and didn’t fit in with the show. I also didn’t like how the institute looked like something out of a spy movie and that it was full of other shadowhunters  but this is something I’m sure I’ll get used to it as the show goes on. Again on the lines of locations, I wasn’t a huge fan of the fact that Valentines lair was situated in Chenolbyl; for me I found it a bit odd and unnecessary.

Apart from those two small bits I thought the show was really great and I can’t wait for the next episode!


It seems as though I have been waiting to for, for ages, but the premiere creeped up on me and I had a fit of excitement when Amy told me about the premiere date! I really didn’t want watch this show with high expectations because I was so worried that I would be disappointed especially as these books do mean an awful lot to me! Not going to lie though all of Wednesday I was really apprehensive about watching it… but luckily I wasn’t too disappointed and I actually enjoyed watching it, there were just a few things that I didn’t really like…

But let’s start with the things that I did like, some of the character portrayals I really liked, Simon, Jace and Alec I though were spot on. I also liked Kat’s portrayal of Clary, I wasn’t sure about her in the role at first but she grew on me throughout the episode, but I have to admit some of the ‘scared’ acting could have been better… I also thought that the aging up of the characters worked well so that the characters can mature a bit more, so there were lots of things that I did like!

However, there were elements that I wasn’t too happy about the main one being that I felt as though Izzy was really sexualised… I know she’s supposed to be stylish and what not but I thought that they went a little too far, plus, there’s no way she could fight in mini skirts that small without showing everyone her lady parts! Similarly, I wasn’t too happy with what they did with the institute, this is probably just be being protective over the books but I did love the fact that it was old, gothic and only contained the Lightwood family and Hodge, but i’m sure i’ll get used to it!

Overall, I did like it and i’m excited for the next few episodes and I hope my negative points will be less negative throughout the coming episodes!

‘ShadowHunters’ casting announcement – Luke and Alec


Sooo Mathew Daddario and Isaiah Mustafa have been cast as Alec and Luke in the new tv show ShadowHunters!

I haven’t heard of these two actors so it will be interesting to see how they portray these characters.
My first reaction a little bit mixed. The guy playing Alec looks how I would picture Alec i.e dark hair ect. But Luke on the other hand is really rather different (probably because I have Aiden Turner in my head). Nonetheless I am sure they have been cast for a reason and I’m still really intrigued as to how they will encapsulate these characters.
What are your opionions? Pop them in the comments!

‘ShadowHunters’ Casting Announcement – Clary


So we finally have our Clary! Kat McNamara has been cast to portray this beloved character!  (I know I’m a little late but it was announced at like 10 last night and I was in bed and at school all today…)
I’m really happy with this casting. She is pretty much how I pictured Clary! I’m sure her acting will be brill, according to IMDb she’s been in all sorts so she must have tonnes of experience she can use to her advantage!
So what do you think about this? Are you happy? Leave your opinion in the comments!

‘Shadowhunters’ Casting Announcement – Izzy and Simon!


So Emeraude Toubia and Alberto Rosende have been cast as Simon and Izzy in the new TV show ShadowHunters.

My first reaction to this was meh, to be honest I really don’t know how I feel I feel about this. Although that’s exactly how I imagined them the first time I read the books. I know it’s really horrid to say but I just can’t get Robbie and Jemima out of my head…

I am being a bit hasty to judge because I’ve never seen them act but ehhh, I dunno. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, I hope they can prove me completely wrong!
Please leave you’re opinions in the comments.