Shadowhunters – Speed Review 

This was meant to be posted yesterday, but things happened, and now here it is.


Ok so, Shadowhunters was nice, though too fast-paced… It didn’t give the viewer (and the characters) the time to fully process what’s going on.
I mean, you get the idea, but I bet it mustn’t be easy for the non-readers to follow without getting a bit of a headache (I’ve read the books, as you may have noticed, and even to me it seemed a bit too rushed).

According to many, the Lightwoods and Magnus seem to be the best part of the show so far, and I have to agree.


But honestly, even though the acting could have been better at times, I liked everyone else too.

I might be biased, since I was a fan of Dominic way before this, but still… I honestly think he IS the perfect Jace.

Just give’em a chance, people!
Almost nobody liked Jamie and Lily when the movie came out, and now all I’m reading is how much better they were… Just. Chill.

It’s okay to have personal opinions and preferences, but come on! Don’t be mean or know-it-all.
It might not be a masterpiece, and everything is a bit different from the books – as we knew it would be – but I’m really excited to see what’s in store for the rest of the series.

Could it be better? Sure. Could it be worse? Definitely.

But for now, I’d say it’s a worth-watching 40 minutes of television for the fans of the saga.


The Book Corner – Current Readings

Good Morning, World!

This post is merely an update on my current readings, as the title says… So let’s get it over with!

The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

And this is my fancast…

  • Jemima West as Kelsea
  • Jack Falahee as The Fetch
  • Josh Duhamel as Lazarus/Mace

I know they already picked Emma Watson to play the protagonist, but well… I disagree.

I just don’t see her as Kelsea.

Now, Jemima is undisputably beautiful, so it may not be that easy to think of her as Kelsea either, especially since the author often remarks how plain her mc is when it comes to looks, but at least she has the right features.

Also, I think she’s extremely underrated as an actress; I loved her in City of Bones, and I honestly believe she WAS Izzy.

And yes, this is a completely different role, but I’m sure she would have been great in it as well.

As far as the book goes, according to my kindle, I’m halfway through it (48%)  so I won’t say anything yet.

I know what you’re thinking now: then why writing this post?

Honestly, I just was in the mood for it.


By the way, a couple of days ago I finished Cruel Beauty.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

And here it is my usual fancast:

  • Alycia Debnam-Carey as Nyx
  • Thomas McDonnell as Ignifex

This was an odd, odd retelling.

Like, really odd.

I did enjoy it, though I didn’t exactly love it.

I particularly dug the whole mythology + folklore thing, and I really appreciated the fact that she wasn’t flawless to begin with. I also liked Ignifex, though I would have liked to see him a bit more active in the story. Honestly, I didn’t really care for Nyx’s family; I understand it was an important part of her personal journey, but I kinda got bored reading so much about it.

At first it was indeed a bit of a slow read, maybe we would have been better off without the umpteenth reminder of her supposed task, but oh well.

All in all, it was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon: I gave it 3 stars on goodreads.

But what do you think? Did you like Cruel Beauty? And what about The Queen of the Tearling? Am I being too obnoxious about the casting? Let me know 😉

The Book Corner – YA Series

Welcome to the first, extended edition of TBC! 

Today I’m gonna talk about some of those YA series that have kept me glued to the page/screen. 

Since I liked some better than others, or I still haven’t had the chance to read all the books in a series (mostly because of university or cause not all of them are out yet), I’ll be as brief as possible with the comments.

As a matter of fact, I’ll use colors to indicate how much I liked them. 

  • Red: I Loved It! Like, A LOT.
  • Pink: “It’s So Fluffy!!!” =  A bit cheesy, but definitely well done.
  • Purple: Very Good. 
  • Orange: Good.
  • Yellow: Mmh, it works, but it could be better. There’s potential, therefore plenty of room for improvement. There are some issues, though. 

Of course, I’ recommending these books to you, so there won’t be (completely) negative feedbacks, hence the lack of other, less complimentary colors/grades. 

One last thing: This post is absolutely subjective. It’s just my opinion, my take on things. Feel free to disagree.


Let’s start! 




I loved it.

Though The Elite didn’t live up to the expectations created by the first book, The One caught up to it, and overall it was a great read. Not too shallow, not too heavy. And say what you want, I love America: she’s a badass. I know many find her annoying, but I don’t. I might not agree 100% of the time with her decisions or actions, but I think that only makes her human. I know I’m biased on this; it’s probably just a purple or an orange.  But please, try to bear my unconditioned love for it.

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi



Warner. X-Men-like powers. Warner. Juliette going from a whiny, scared little girl to a powerful and empowered woman. Warner. Good characterization. Warner. Action, comedy, romance. Did I say Warner? 

ANGELFALL by Susan Ee 




I know, I know. You’re seeing Red (see what I did here), and a bit too much of it. But I can’t help it.

This series is not only well written, but it has great main characters (plus, the twins! Who doesn’t love the twins?) and the right balance of humor and drama. Definitely a must read.





Ok, here’s the thing: I can’t stand Tessa, and I barely stand Clary. And let’s not talk about Simon. I know many of you will hate me for saying this, but I had to. On the other hand, I adore Will, Magnus, Sebastian and, most of the time, Jace. Izzy is totally the best female character in TMI. I’ll say no more, I don’t want to spoil you any more that I already have. The purple is more on a I-can’t-really-stand-the-main-character-sorry-can’t-help-it level than anything, because I love Cassie’s writing. 

THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie Stiefvater



I’m only giving it a Purple because I still have to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue and, of course, The Raven King. It will most likely turn into a Red pretty soon after that, because these books are so brilliant. Maggie knows how to confound you with class. Yep, that’s what this series does: it gives you a bit of a headache, but it’s like, the best feeling ever. Though to be fair, I still have to decide if I like Blue or not. I sure love the boys, especially Gansey, Ronan and Noah. 




I’m way behind with this one, so I can’t be more specific. But I can tell you: so far, so good. 

THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken



If you’ve read this, you’ll get the irony of classifying it as red. If you haven’t… Well, what are you waiting for? 

This series completely destroyed my feelings. I admit I had prejudices at first, but then I started it. All it took was 3 days,  and there I was, crying after reading the first two books and craving In The Afterlight like an alcoholic craves his bottle of Jack. 

RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard



Look, I’m not doing this intentionally (not always, at least) but colors have their way of being funny, so I give an Orange to the Red Queen. (See…) 

The thing is, after reading The Selection and Shatter Me – also after The Jewel, which has next to nothing to do with it, but I still associate the two of them for no apparent reason – I kind of expected more from this. I really liked it, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t love it. But I am indeed incredibly curious about what happens next. 

THE WINNER’S TRILOGY by Marie Rutkoski


Oh my God, I absolutely worship this book. 

The Winner’s Curse is basically perfect: Kestrel is one of the most likable and less annoying mc you’ll find in YA series, the world-building and storytelling are amazing, and you kind of wish you could play Bite and Sting instead of Poker like they do. I’m waiting for The Winner’s Kiss to be published before continuing with The Winner’s Crime, cause I’ve accidentally spoiled myself how the 2nd book ends, and I think I’ll need therapy if I read it before the 3rd one is out.

REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins



“On Wednesdays, we wear pink”

I had to do this, sorry. 

So, I didn’t label this books Pink just because it is indeed pink, or cause I wanted to quote Mean Girls. I did it because it’s so odd… But at the same time so likeable. It has a lighter vibe than other ?fantasy? series, but still concvincing, though the premise may seem totally absurd. it’s fresh and funny, and a pleasant read. Although truth be told, I didn’t enjoy Miss Mayhem as much as the first one. 

VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead


I even surprised myself giving a Red to yet another vampire book. But here’s the thing: it’s not just another vampire book.

To get what I mean, please read this series. You probably wouldn’t believe my reasons otherwise. I promise, it’ll be worth your time. 

P.S. Adrian. 

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas


Ah, the reason this category was created. 

This book could have been so much more. The prose here it’s so conceited and so unnerving. “Celaena here, Celaena there, she’s so beautiful/strong/amazing/breathtaking/incredible1!111! She’s the center of the universe, and everything and everyone revolves around her.” And it’s in 3rd person! I don’t wanna think about how it could have been if it was told from a 1st person perspective! It’s almost a miracle that it manages to deliver a good story, but it does. The story is interesting, it’s impossible not to like some of the characters, though it’s evident who the author’s protégées are. And that’s probably the thing that bugs me the most: the author presence is all over the place. I do like these books, and I do recommend them to those who love fairies, magic, assassins and whatnots. But be warned: the writing might get on your nerves.

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore



I’ve only read the first book in the series, but I can already tell how good this is. 

Honestly: that’s how Throne of Glass should have done things. And I’m not talking about content, because the two of them are very similar on that matter; I’m talking about characterization and prose, as I’ve widely explained a few lines ago. Katsa is much more relatable (and human) than Calaena, and she clearly doesn’t need to be pushed by the author in order to seem more likeable. I look forward to read the next books in the series. 

THE LONE CITY by Amy Ewing


I really liked this book.

There’s a weird concept behind it, but it certainly works. And I’m so thrilled about The White Rose coming out in October.

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins



Yes, I’m The bitch who gave a Yellow to one of the most popular series ever. Boo-ooh.

But yeah, not sorry. 

Listen, I appreciate this series, the story and even the world-building. I just disagree on some of the choices the author has made throughout the book. I just find it really heavy, especially compared to other dystopians I very much enjoyed. And I don’t really care for Katniss or/and Peeta. I like Gale better, but that’s not the reason I have issues with these books. If you really wanna know, I adore Finnick. I actually ship him with Katniss. And Catching Fire is one of my favorite books/movies ever. So, see? It’s not that I want to criticize because it’s fun. It isn’t. It’s much funnier when you like everything. But I don’t, and that’s how it is, unfortunately. So, Yellow for now (I do need to re-read the series to confirm it though).

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth



You know, I still have to read Allegiant.

I just couldn’t. I accidentally found out about the ending just a few days after the book had been published, and since then I just… Left it there. Anyway, now that I don’t have to worry about university deadlines I will definitely have a readathon of the series. All in all, it’s a solid read, and I’m perfectly fine with an Orange rating (or even Purple if you will).  

SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch



A lighter read of what you would usually expect from a fantasy book, but very pleasant nonetheless. I really dig the season-centered world. 



Nothing screams Pink more than this contemporary romance. 

Cute, quirky (if you read this, you’ll get the reference), funny and catchy. Lots of feels here. 

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins



I’m not sure this completely classifies as a series, but oh well.
I love Perkins’ writing style, and I enjoyed her books very much so. Warning: You will inevitably fall in love with the main male characters of the 3 installments, so brace yourselves.


A.K.A. Those instant classics that we love to read over and over again. 

HARRY POTTER by J. K. Rowling 









A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George R. R. Martin