This Week In Books (1/6-1/13) & Shadowhunters

Hi guys! As usual, I’m doing my weekly recap because it’s Wednesday, and I’m also going to be sharing my thoughts on the first episode of Shadowhunters. πŸ™‚

So, I’ll start with my recap.

This week I’ve read:

  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (my review)
  • Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (my review)

Both were great, but number-wise, I didn’t have a very good week. I was distracted with homework more than last semester, because I started this one off by moving up to an advanced class. It may or may not be this way for the rest of the school year. I hope not, but I don’t know. I’m not trying to be negative, just realistic. However, I will stop rambling. XD

I’m currently reading:

  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey // I’m 37% done (Goodreads)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee // I’m 26% done (Goodreads)

I’m really liking The 5th Wave so far, and I think I would be much farther if I hadn’t read Isla as well. However, I’m not liking To Kill a Mockingbird at all. It’s for school, and I despise it. I mentioned this in last week’s recap, but I originally planned to just speed through it and be done. Having read a bit of it, I now know I’d rather read it slowly than all at once. If that makes sense.

By next week I hope to have read:

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Goodreads)

I’m sticking to a small goal because I’m not sure how much I’ll be reading. At this rate, I might not get through my January TBR, but I’m still trying. πŸ˜‰

What are you currently reading? πŸ™‚

So now on to the other half of this post: my thoughts on Shadowhunters! πŸ˜€

I would’ve posted this last night after I finished the first episode, but I wanted to wait because I know people not in the U.S. couldn’t watch at least until it premiered on Netflix this morning. I wanted to give everyone a chance. πŸ™‚

But if you haven’t seen the first episode yet and you want to be surprised, don’t read any farther. There isn’t really anything in the episode that could be spoiled, but I will be going fairly in-depth. Just warning you. πŸ˜‰

First off I want to say that I think the cast did absolutely amazing. Already I like all of them more than the City of Bones movie cast, with the exception of Dominic as Jace. I liked him too, but at least currently I haven’t made up my mind between him and Jamie Campbell Bower. They’re tied, but that could change. One thing I noticed was that Clary’s hair was considerably more red-orange. In the movie, her hair was like a deep auburn, which really didn’t fit with the book description. I was happy that this was fixed for the show, because even though it’s not a major detail, Clary’s hair is supposed to be fiery (like her personality haha). Everyone played their part really well. Clary was emotional and determined, Jace was cocky but sweet, Izzy was sassy and epic, and Alec was moody. Luke and Jocelyn were great too, and I loved Magnus. I think one of my favorite parts was when he showed up. XD

There was a nice dose of humor in the episode too, and I really enjoyed that. I think my favorite was from Simon:

Who is this, your meth dealer?

There isn’t much else to say on that, so I’ll move on to the plot and changes made. For the most part, it was really accurate. I loved how epic Jocelyn was before she put herself in the coma, and the combat and CGI looked awesome to me (in and out of Pandemonium). I do wish that they hadn’t made Luke a police officer because I really liked him in the books when he worked at a bookstore, but I don’t mind. I will say, though, that I didn’t like Simon’s singing. I like him as a character and that he sings, but I’ve just never liked people singing in shows or movies (with a few Disney-related exceptions) and I don’t know why. Nothing against Simon, and it isn’t major. Also, I don’t remember Maureen appearing this early on, and I don’t remember Dot at all. I don’t see these as flaws though, because it has been almost a year since I read City of Bones and I could have forgotten.

From what I’ve seen so far, they did a great job on the Institute and Pandemonium. It was a lot like I pictured it when I read, so that was nice. And, on a random note, I learned that so far I’d been pronouncing everything correctly except “stele”. XD

Overall, I was super impressed with the first episode of Shadowhunters.Β A lot of people didn’t and I respect that (even if I don’t quite understand), but I do disagree. I’m looking really forward to seeing the second episode next week. My only issue is deciding whether or not I want to watch it now on the Freeform app or wait. I’m leaning toward the former, but I also know I won’t want to wait two weeks for the third episode. It’s a hard decision! XD

Have you seen it yet? If you have, what did you think? Will you be watching the next episode? πŸ™‚

Until next time- Olivia ❀

10 thoughts on “This Week In Books (1/6-1/13) & Shadowhunters

  1. I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird because it was never a must read in my school (England) but I will read it someday!! I just don’t know when that day is!

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