Monday, May 18, 2015

Shadowhunters Turning to the Dark Side: We've Got Our Magnus and Valentine! ....Holy Fudge! Mama Fray too?



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to report that we now have our Magus Bane and Valentine Morgenstern! The new actors on the Shadowhunters show are Harry Shum, Jr. and Alan Van Sprang!

Wow... Just as I'm writing this, Jocelyn Fray has also been cast! Maxim Roy is our Mama Fray! So I guess I'll be talking about the three new actors in this post. So let's get to it!

I have to start with Harry Shum, Jr. because he is the one I'm most familiar with. I know him mainly from Glee, which I was a big fan of. I enjoyed his character on that show, and he had some sick moves. But, I also know him from some short videos on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel. He's funny, and I think his resume show off his acting chops. I also got a good look at some of the new fan-made edits of Harry as Magnus, and I have to say that I can't wait to see him actually play the character.

Next up is Alan Van Sprang. To be honest, I've never heard of this guy, but with a quick look up of IMDb, I see he has been in a few things I recognize. One show that everyone has been commenting on is Reign. Everyone seems to love him in Reign, and it's a pretty popular show. He's a bit scary, and a bit of a badass in that show. So, I'm going to be expecting great things for Shadowhunters.

Lastly we have Maxim Roy as Jocelyn Fray. This is another actress that I'm not very familiar with. Which means, I went straight to IMDb. However, I didn't see many things that I had seen or heard about. But she does seem well versed with action scenes, which may not mean a lot for the first part of the series. However, I'm hoping for some really cool flashback scenes, and she'll have more to do later on. Maxim was also nominated for two awards, which isn't too shabby. You know, coming from someone who hasn't had any. Plus, I saw some of her pictures with Katherine McNamara, and I can totally buy a mother/daughter relationship.

So that's it for this casting news. Comment down below on what you think Shadowhunters TV will do next. More casting news? Behind the scenes photos? Heaven forbid they show us some of the sets. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason: Book Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to review The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason. In this book, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker solve mysterious crimes in a Victorian Steampunk London. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!

Let me just say that I went looking for Young Adult Victorian mysteries when I finished Jackaby and didn't have the sequel to fall back on. The premise blew my socks off. The niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker solving mysteries for the Princess of Wales? Count me in. Sign me up. I'll be waiting in line. It sounds absolutely magical. And it was magical...

For the most part.

I did have my grievances in this book. First, there is a lot of exposition in this book. There's a lot of telling and not enough showing. I would read a sentence and then go through the many different ways I could have seen the information rather than being told. Maybe it's because of the many writing workshops I've been involved in, but it definitely got on my nerve. It also made it harder for me to get into the story. When I got through half of the story, things started to pick up. That's a problem.

Another problem I had was that the book was purposefully keeping information from me that the main characters knew. Specially, I'm talking about the identity of Mina's mother. Mina clearly knows who her mother is, and she has no qualms about telling us everything else. That seems like a pretty important detail.

Along those same lines, there is one scene where a character does something completely ridiculous, with no build up, and I'm just expected to believe it. I could have gotten it in her point of view too, so the author really doesn't have an excuse to not give me a good reason. If you're going to switch back and forth between characters, at least let me follow the one that's in the midst of the action.

I do love the characters in this story. They all have their ups and downs, but that makes them human. Evaline is beautiful and charming, but abrasive and impulsive. Mina is intelligent and a bit socially awkward. She wants for love even when she doesn't think she deserves it. There's drive in the characters that compels me to keep reading.

There's also a lot of room for world building. We only get one slice of the pie with this book, and I think it's only going to get bigger. There are new fantasy elements that I didn't expect, and I think I'll be keeping up with this series.

With everything said and done, I'm going to give this novel three horseless carriages out of five and hope for future books.



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Shadowhunters TV: Alec and Luke Have Arrived!



Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to report that Matthew Daddario and Isaiah Mustafa are our new Alec Lightwood and Luke Garroway! The news was announced via twitter last Friday.  It was a little surprising for me. There was a build up for Clary's announcement. The suspense lasted for several days, but for this announcement, I graduated, took a nap, woke up, and found out that we had two new actors for the television show. Now, let's take a look at our new cast members and see if they fit in their new roles.

Let's take a look at Matthew Daddario.  Well, we have another handsome gentleman to join the cast. Since we have our Isabelle we can put them up against each other and see if we can accept them as siblings. To be honest, I can go for it. So he looks the part, but does he have the acting chops. After a quick look up on IMDb, I can honestly say that I haven't seen any on his work. So I looked him up on YouTube, and the first thing that pops up is his scene in Delivery Man. It shows him going about his day, hitting on/dating three different guys, and he looks confident and flirty. It's not really Alec's style, but it shows his experience. I would love to see how he reacts with Jace and Magnus, but I'm hopeful.

Up next is Isaiah Mustafa. At first, he look vaguely familiar, and I couldn't place him. Then someone on Twitter said that he was the guy from the Old Spice commercials. This tells us two things. One: he's handsome and fit. Two: he probably smells nice. Just kidding! It proves he's got some comedic timing. I would love for some of that to play into Luke's snarky character. I checked out his IMDb page, and while I haven't seen any of the movies he's been in. I have heard of some of the stuff he's in. His resume gives me hope, but It doesn't say much about the dramatic side. I guess we'll see!

Again, two strong and unexpected castings for the TV show. The execs really know how to keep the hype up. Between the castings and the constant stream of pictures from set, it feels like we're in the loop. I can't help but wonder who else will be in the pilot episode. 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It's Done! I've Finally Graduated! And Some Other Stuff...



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to update y'all on some of the stuff that's been happening, as well as explain my absence... again. I got a good excuse this time! It's official! I have graduated from college with a degree in English.

I'm both very happy and very sad to be done with this chapter of my life. I'm proud of all that I've accomplished, but I would love to go back and take a few more classes. It was fun reading books and talking about books. Everything from the metaphors about good and bad karma to absolute narrative ridiculousness that we couldn't wait to be done with was actually pretty fun. Those classes broke me out of my box and forced me to think about reading and writing literature in different ways.

Still, I'm excited and a little nervous to begin my next journey. There are some obstacles I need to push through, but I'm hopeful.

But that's not everything I wanted to tell y'all. I've got a few posts ready for y'all. So, come back everyday to make sure you're up to date. I've got book reviews and some more casting news/follow up that should be up later today. I'm hoping to get back on track with posting this week, and I hope to get some more Heroine posts done as well.

Also, Netflix is a dangerous, dangerous site. But that's neither here no there.

Well, that's it for this post check back a little later for my thoughts about the latest Shadowhunters casting. Comment down below on some Netflix shows you find to be the most dangerous. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find here. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shadowhunters News: Katherine McNamara is the New Clary Fray!


Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to report the new casting for the Shadowhunters TV show. That's right, we have a new Clary! And I'm here to tell you all about it, and what I think about it.

So it was announced yesterday that Katherine McNamara will be our new Clary Fray. Of course, after hint pics went out two days prior, the internet pretty much guessed that Katherine McNamara was going to be our new Clary Fray.

Firstly, I'll say that I definitely fan casted Molly Quinn for Clary Fray. So, I was disappointed to hear from Molly Quinn's official twitter that she would not be up for the role. However, I will say that I have come to terms with the decision, and I am now going to (hopefully) judge without any bias.

The first thing to judge was her look. She has a fabulous head of red hair. She's absolutely gorgeous. I can definitely see her fitting in with the rest of the cast. People keep calling her short, but being two inches shorter than her, I beg to differ. Really, I guess height is all relative. She's still seven inches shorter than Dominic. So that will be fine.

Then I looked up her past work on IMDb. The first thing I noticed was her work on the Disney Channel. I'll admit, that did concern me. Disney is known for its overacting, and not always in the best way. But then I noticed she was also Glee, Law & Order: SVU, and she is going to be in the upcoming Scorch Trials movie. Her pedigree makes me more confident in her acting abilities, but I will say that it's what I expected. Of course the Shadowhunters casting department is going to put its best foot forward for their leading lady, especially after all the incredible work they've done on the rest of the cast.

So she's got the looks and a good acting background. Where does that leave us. Well, I guess we're back in limbo until they cast Magnus and Alec, which I will definitely talk about the moment it happens.

That's it for this post! Comment down below on who you would like to see casted next. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

To Be Read - May 2015: List!

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to tell you what I will (hopefully) read within this month. I'm hoping to get further along in a few series that I've started as well as keep up with this month's Booksplosion book. So let's get onto that list!


I guess I'll start with the book I'm reading right now, which is The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason. This story is a steampunk take on murder mysteries with the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker. You can see the appeal for me if you've been a fan of this blog for very long.



Next up is the Booksplotion book of the month An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. According to goodreads, this is a high fantasy novel about a slave who, in order to rescue her brother, starts spying in a military academy. Can't wait to read it.



I also want to read Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. As many of you know, I read Throne of Glass last month, but I'm trying to spread out the series in order to get me through to the publication of Queen of Shadows, which will be out September 1st. So, I'm trying to limit myself to one Throne of Glass book a month. Whether or not that will happen is another story.



Another book I've been meaning to read is Doon by Carey Corp. A girl sees a kilted boy that no one else sees, and it rightfully freaks her out. She goes on vacation in Scotland, and guess what. Things get even crazier. Really, this book had me at "kilt."



Lastly, I'm hoping to get to Splintered by A. G. Howard. It's a take on Alice in Wonderland, and that's all it took for me to want to read it. And the cover. The cover is pretty fabulous and just a tad bit creepy. Perfect.

As you may notice, there are not any books for the School Edition of the blog's Book Reviews. That's because I have finished my last day of class and this week is both my finals week, and this Friday I'll be graduating. So, it may be a little while before Book Review: School Edition returns, but I may have an idea for it.

Well, that's all for now. Comment down below on some of books you're hoping to read this month. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'm see y'all next post!
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Shadowhunters Gets Its Simon and Isabelle: Fantastic Casting or PR Nightmare?



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to talk about the new casting for the Shadowhunters TV show. We've now got an Isabelle Lightwood and Simon Lewis. So we can now add Emeraude Toubia and Alberto Rosende to our cast. But how do they stand up to both critics and the fans?

As you can imagine, once the announcement was made, twitter blew up. Everyone had a opinion. From "I love them! Perfect!" to "OMG! Are you serious? They don't look like Sizzy!" This of course led to a debate that was basically shot down by our lovely queen, Cassandra Clare.

While some are very optimistic as to what Toubia and Rosende will bring to the table, others had a problem with the ethnicity of the actors. To be honest, I don't really care about an actor's ethnicity. Seriously, I would probably care more about hair color than I did about skin color. I don't know what that makes me (a hairist maybe?) but what I really care about (and really what everyone should be caring about) is if these relatively green actors can bring it in the acting department.

With that in mind, let's talk about the actors and their past works. For me, it was easiest to find Toubia and some of her work. Looks wise, she's definitely Isabelle. She's got an amazing figure, fabulous hair (again, back to the hairist), and she's not afraid to work it. She has both worked in telenovelas and conducted interviews. To me that means two things. One, she can portray attitude, with Isabelle has plenty of. Two, she can be flirty, which Isabelle also has plenty of. All together, I have high hopes for the new Izzy.

Next is Alberto Rosende. He's a little bit harder to track down. He's been on an episode of Blue Blood, but I haven't been able to find a clip of his part. But I did find a short film called "Turn Back the Clock" on YouTube. It's pretty good, and it shows him being heartbroken, which could come in handy for Simon. My feelings for him is not as strong as Toubia, but I'm still hopeful.

Now, those are just my opinions. Everyone is entitled to there own, but let's keep in mind that both the casting directors and Cassandra Clare chose to base casting on acting merit and not ethnicity. So as long as the acting is good and if the scripts are on point, we could be looking at a success. So let's not get into arguments about whether or not they're how the actors are what we envision.

So, who do you think they'll cast next? Comment down below with your predictions. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for ridiculousness about my life and up to date information on the blog. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Jackaby by William Ritter: Book Review



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Jackaby by William Ritter. This story is a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Lost Girl for children. In a small town called Fiddleham, Abigail Rook arrives looking for work and finds Jackaby, a rather eclectic detective who solves crimes... of the paranormal nature. Let's get onto the review!

I will say that I've been wanting to read this book for a while. The cover and the preface really drew me in. A mystery with the paranormal? Count me in! Now, was I happy with the experience? That's another story - kind of.

I was very happy with my experience. Well, minus the fact that the sequel doesn't come out until September. It was an enjoyable quick read that had interesting lore and brought me out of a depressive slump that finals has put me in. But I'm not sure how emmersive this book is. I never felt like I was a part of the story. It felt like watching a television show while doing my homework. I was paying attention, but I wasn't actively participating.

That's not to say the book is bad. In fact, I really like the book, enough where I was upset that I couldn't get a hold of a sequel. Let me give you a few reasons why you should give this book a shot.

The book is very quotable. For such a short book, or at least it is in my eyes, it says a lot of relateable things. I found myself highlighting quotes so that I could tweet them later, if my laziness doesn't prevail.

There's also some really cool mythical aspects. It was cool to see some that I recognized but hadn't seen much in other works, unless you count Lost Girl. The also didn't appear in a way that I expected and gave me hope for what I would see in the next novel.

Let's talk about characters. The story is narrated like the Sherlock Holmes in that the partner tells the story, not the detective. So we hear everything from Ms. Rook's point of view. I really connect with her and she breaks the mold considering the era she is in. She still has some room to grow, but I guess that will come in handy in later books.

Then there's our title character, Jackaby. He's coo coo for coa coa puffs. He is very much like Sherlock. He's antisocial, abrasive, and a know-it-all. But there is a major difference. Jackaby can see the supernatural, and while that helps with investigations, it makes other people see him as just being crazy. Sherlock is at least respected and sometimes called upon by police. In this novel, everyone who hasn't been affected by the supernatural just think he's crazy, which he still may be. The jury is still out.

But the jury is back on the rating of the book. I'm giving this book a solid three and a half ducks out of five.




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