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Shadowhunters Season 2B: Episode 13 Review

Where We Left Off

So the preview last week told us that the basis of this episode would be about Shadowhunters being killed off by downworlders. The first is killed by a werewolf, then a warlock, and a faerie. It’s all going down and Inquisitor Herondale wants to create a way to track all downworlders so they can see who’s doing the murdering.

Episode 13: Those of Demon Blood

I still hate the intro sequence with Clary explaining who she trusts and crap. I wish it wasn’t there. I really do. But I’ll try to ignore that form now on since I can tell it’s not going anywhere. Continue reading “Shadowhunters Season 2B: Episode 13 Review”

Thoughts and Theories on Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare!

It’s that time again… A new Cassandra Clare book came out just a few weeks ago and of course it was on the top of my most anticipated list! Lord of Shadows did not disappoint! I have a ton of sticky notes stuck in my copy and some extra notes from after I finished. SO many questions, and such a long time to wait for the final book! Now comes the fun task of deciphering my notes and seeing if anything makes sense at all…

P.S. This post should be called “Katie writes a book about a book!” It’s almost 3000 words long… That’s like longer than most of the papers I’ve written in college.

Synopsis from Goodreads

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

My rating: 5 stars (duh)

If you haven’t read Lord of Shadows yet, you need to. Trust me, it’s great. But also don’t read any further on this post because there will be all kinds of spoilers from here on out! Continue reading “Thoughts and Theories on Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare!”

Shadowhunters Season 2B: Episode 12 Review

Where we left off:

Azazel is on the loose looking for the mortal cup and he cast a spell on Valentine and Magnus (he claim’s it is a good thing for Valentine) which causes the warlock and the villain to swap bodies. Now the real Valentine is running free while Magnus is stuck in prison and trapped in Valentine’s body. Oh dear.

Episode 12: You Are Not Your Own

There’s a new intro bit where Clary is explaining her story and where it’s going so far. I can’t remember if this was at the beginning of last week’s episode too, but I don’t like it either way. That type of recap/intro is lame and reminds me of when Doctor Who did it for like a whole season when Amy was the 11th Doctor’s companion (I’m probably rambling but fellow Whovians will know what I’m talking about). Basically, if they keep doing that to start off every episode, it’s going to get really annoying. Just in general, the organization of the first couple of minutes confused me. There’s Clary’s recap intro bit, then “previously on Shadowhunters,” then a little first scene w/ Magnus (Valentine) and Azazel, then finally the theme song? And then we’re just in bed with Simon and Clary who most definitely have done the nasty before hand. Like what? What is happening here I’m lost. It was two manic minutes and then things got into the right groove. Just an awkward start for me. Continue reading “Shadowhunters Season 2B: Episode 12 Review”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

I liked that a lot of the characters from the original trilogy were brought back. We had Will, Elizabeth, Barbosa, and the Black Pearl crew (minus a few), and they all had a role even if it was really small and insignificant for some. Barbosa played a pretty big part in this film because he was “leading” the undead pirates to find Jack Sparrow, but then he ended up being on Jack’s side in the end.

New characters

Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites)

Carina Smyth (Kaya Scoledario)

Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem)

The main plot was that Henry Turner wanted to break his father’s curse that bound him to a life below the sea after At World’s End (2007). I have to say, the timeline of these films is a bit confusing to me, but Wikipedia is helping (a little). At the start of the film, we see Henry, only a young kid at this point, looking for his father’s ship. He finds Will, who then tells his son to give up trying to find Will and save him. It’s a sad moment for little Henry, but he never gives up. Nine years after this encounter, Henry is working on a British naval ship that he notices is about to sail into the Devil’s Triangle, which is pretty much as bad as it sounds, but also kind of vague. I guess if your ship is wrecked in the triangle, you don’t die, but are cursed to live life as an un-dead deteriorating being. Enter Captain Salazar and his army of floating-limbed goons. Henry’s ship gets attacked by Salazar and Henry only escapes with his life as the one person Salazar leaves to tell the tale (he’s apparently famous for doing this since “Dead Men Tell No Tales” duh, and he wants his legend to live on or something, idk I’m pulling this out of this air as I type). So Henry is left alive with a message for Jack Sparrow: Captain Salazar is after him, dead is immanent. Henry has figured out that the Trident of Poseidon can break all the curses of the sea, but he doesn’t know how to find it (cue his quest to find Jack for help and taking on Carina since she has “the map no man can read” that will lead them to the trident).

My grade: B- (Sort of high score just becuase of the nostalgia factor) Continue reading “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review”

Let’s Talk About… Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (Spoiler-Free)

I am so excited to be back to reading hard copies of books for summer break! I have so much on my TBR list, and I love it. Modern Lovers is one that I picked up on a discount in Boston because I loved Emma Straub’s last novel, The Vacationers. I started this book on my travel day back to Vegas with my family, and finished it pretty quickly. The characters were all so sweet and intriguing. Modern Lovers is a s story about the complications of love and life, and the themes incorporate parallels between the way love is experienced in adolescence and middle age.

This is spoiler-free so you don’t have to be afraid to read on. I am also not going to include the Goodreads synopsis because what I’ve written is basically a glorified blurb! Read on and I’ll be back with another review (*teaser alert* Lord of Shadows) soon. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (Spoiler-Free)”