Monthly Archives: May 2016

TV Show Spotlight: Shadowhunters

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Name: Shadowhunters

Seasons: 1

What It’s About: A young Shadowhunter named Clary learns to cope with a whole new world that was kept hidden from her her entire life. Shadowhunters are half angel, half humans who protect the world from demons. In this world there are all sorts of paranormal creatures, including vampires, werewolves, and zombies. There are your typical evil villains and all the great twists you can think of.

My Thoughts: Although I have not read the Mortal Instruments series, nor do I plan to, I found this world to be completely captivating. I loved the characters and their interactions. There were strong female friendships from the start without any boring rivalries. Most of the main cast is POC, which just warms the cockles of my heart. I loved that there are so many mythical creatures without creating complete chaos. I must admit the special effects can be cheesy, along with some of the romantic storylines *cough, cough, Clary and Jace* but there was still so much to love. I think my love for the show is rooted in the wonderful existence of Magnus, but it evolved into more when I fell for Izzy and Alec and Simon. I think people should see this show as an entirely separate entity from the books. I think this is such a great show, and I cannot wait for the next season.

Rating: 7.5/10

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The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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         The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

          The Iron Trial is the first book in the Magisterium series. The Magisterium series is a five book fantasy series. The third book, The Bronze Key, will be coming out August 30th of this year. The series follows Callum Hunt from when he is twelve to seventeen years old through his years at his magic school.

            In The Iron Trial Call is twelve and goes to take the Iron Trial, which is a test to get into the magic school. The twist is he wants to fail because his father has renounced magic ever since his wife died in the war. He passes, of course, and goes onto school. In this universe, they draw magic from fire, earth, air, water, and the void, or chaos. The rest is pretty generic. Call wrestles with the prejudice his father instilled in him, he struggles to make friends and to learn magic, and he has to deal with some stuff relating to the war and his mother dying, basically.

            I did not like this book. The magic school was interesting. But it showed maybe four magic lessons in all, and three were all of the same lesson. It just took them a long time to get what the mage was trying to show them. There was one twist that surprised me, and that was good. There were two others that either didn’t have the right build up, or simply bored me. That’s pretty much all I can say that was good about this book.

            Telling and summarization ran rampant in this book. Character development was done so poorly. The prejudice that Call had to struggle with? Never affected him in a negative way, and he got over it after two months at the most. The book tried to drag it on, to the very last page, but it was unbelievable. His friends’ development was basically, “After a while, Tamara started to smile more.” It was neither shown that she was uptight before that or that she was more relaxed after. That sentence was all the reader got. The resident bully, Jasper, only existed to insult Call randomly, and fail at magic. There was no real rivalry going on, and Call had no real struggle with him.

            The only thing that was shown in detail was the school itself. Every room was talked about in detail, and honestly, it all sounded the same. It was very annoying.

            There’s a lot of talk about this book being a Harry Potter rip off, and I can see where they are coming from.  I know not every magical school with a trio of friends is like Harry Potter, but there are a lot of other elements very similar that you will see if you read the book. With Cassandra Clare’s past, I don’t feel like giving her the benefit of the doubt.

            I don’t like giving books one star. I typically feel very guilty about it. However, this book is a one star out of five. And I won’t be giving the other books in this series a chance.

Writing Playlist-Happiness

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One More Time-Daft Punk

We’re gonna celebrate

Dog Days are Over by Florence + the Machine

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back/Struck from a great height by someone who should know better than that

I Gotta Feeling-The Black Eyed Peas

I know we’ll have a ball/If we get down/And go out/And just lose it all

Happy-Pharrell Williams

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

Best Day of My Life-American Authors

I’m never gonna look back/Woah, never gonna give it up/No, just don’t wake me now

Beautiful Day by U2

You’re lovin’ this town/Even if that doesn’t ring true/You’ve been all over/And it’s a beautiful day 

Blue Skies-Blue October

I want to smile so big my daughter jumps into my lap/And I want to tell her daddy’s fine/And always plans to be

Beauty in the World-Macy Gray

Stop and smell the flowers/And lose it/In sweet music/And dance with me

Ama be Happy-ArchDuke and Jenee Jones 

Yell out your blessings and wait on your gifts/Stardust will harbor the carbon you give

Alive-P.O.D.

I’m thankful for every breath I take/I won’t take it for granted

Happy Song-Bring Me the Horizon

If I sing along/A little fucking louder/To a happy song/I’ll be alright

We are the Champions-Queen

And I just need to go on and on and on and on