Throne of Glass Series TV Show Reactions | What to expect?


The infamous Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is known to many many many readers worldwide. It's one of the most popular series to date and has taken the world by storm... literally. However, it has come to my attention that this wonderful series has fallen under a long list of other books that have been turned into TV shows and movies. On that list are other popular books and series such as The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I don't know what I'm more upset about, the fact that this wonderful series is being turned into a show or that it's only going to be on Hulu. Hulu?? Who uses Hulu? I'm not going to go out of my way to buy a Hulu account to watch one TV show.

Although one could argue that this series is finally getting the air time it deserves, I can't overlook the fact that most book to movie adaptations (not all) have destroyed books in the past. But if there's one thing I'm glad about, it's their decision to turn it into a TV show instead of a movie. Oh boy, what a disaster that would have been.

I can't deny that this is an incredible feat for Miss Sarah J Maas. It has proved how much work she's put into her writing and the production company saw great potential in a series that is backed by so many loyal fans. Well done! Before going into this post, please acknowledge that I am in no way hating on the author of the book series. This post is simply regarding the fact that my favorite book series is going to be turned into a TV show.

This GIF is literally most of the Throne of Glass fandom...

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Book adaptations that have made me want to flip my shit... 

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However, on the other hand, there have been some good turnouts...

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It's hard to tell this early on whether Hulu will do Sarah J Maas' series justice. My main concern with the adaptation, in line with my concerns about the TMI TV show adaptation, is that they're taking quite a large series and condensing it. During the Shadowhunters season premiere, the entire fandom was shitting about how much they changed from the books. Of course, I know that the directors can't take exactly what's inside the book and translate it on the screen. Changes are necessary. We get that. I watched the first season of Shadowhunters and it was subpar, to say the least. Most of the show's focal point was its delicious cast of characters, rather than the plot and Clary's self-discovery. It would be an understatement to say that I didn't like it. 

And maybe I'm comparing the TMI TV show adaptation to how their going to make the Throne of Glass one, but I can't help but have this irrational fear that they're going to destroy one of my favorite series of all time. Now, we haven't seen the casting yet but if there's one thing this announcement can do to redeem itself it would be through the casting. The cast will make or break the show. We've already seen how bad casting can go through Shadowhunters. They've got the two leading characters all wrong! Clary, or Katherine McNamara, is a real kicker but she adds no depth to the Clary Fray the fandom knows so well. We barely see any of the emotional baggage she's supposed to carry after she realizes her mom is in danger and she's a part of an ancient race that keeps demons from wreaking havoc on the human world. Jace, played by Dominic Sherwood, although very very very good looking, doesn't do the brooding and mysterious Shadowhunter justice at all. Did the directors and producers think they could just put teenagers in leather and skinny jeans and they'd magically become Shadowhunters? 

The truth is... I'M TERRIFIED. I honestly think I have a right to be since Hollywood doesn't have a particularly great track record when it comes to adaptations. The TV show in the making has been titled 'Queen of Shadows'. All we know so far is that is has been picked up by the Mark Gordon Company, one I'm not familiar with. Kira Snyder, who is set to write the adaptation, gives me all the hope in the world to be happy about the show. Kira was the writer of 'The 100', one of my all-time favorite shows. I have no doubt that she'll do good on yet another action-packed series. 

Things 'Queen of Shadows' Must Get Right To Appease the Fandom

  1. Casting - The casting of Celaena, Chaol and Dorian must be done right, down to the last detail. They must find that golden actress that can handle Celaena's snark without trying too hard or Chaol's indifference to Celaena without being too forced. They must find the actor with soft features and the kind face of Dorian, but still regal-looking. 
  2. Portray Celaena's inner struggles - The assassin part of Celaena doesn't make up her entire character. That's one part of her life she can't change or fight. I don't want this show to turn into some YA love fest where the producers only care about getting the two characters together. I really want to see Celaena carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. From the death of Sam Cortland, the shit Arobynn put her through and to the year she spent in Endovier, I want to see the scarred and beat up person that Celaena is. I definitely think this is the most challenging part for the creators because the only way I can think of them sufficiently putting in Celaena's past is with the use of flashbacks. I have sort of a love hate relationship with flashbacks, especially in TV shows. 
  3. World building - The immense world-building and creation of Erilea is 70% of what makes up the Throne of Glass series. I imagine vast open spaces with mountains, deserts, and jungles. They can't leave out the hint of magic that is in the atmosphere of the world. I expect most of their budget to be well-spent on world-building and sets.
  4. Wicked action scenes- The fandom loves how Maas never shows her characters mercy. The fight scenes are pretty brutal and the characters barely make it out alive in the book. 
  5. And please please please don't change the plot on us! 
So I may not be this show's number one supporter, but I can't not be excited about my favorite series coming to life. At this point, I can only presume from what I know about adaptations in the past. I'm ready to see Celaena and Chaol spar, Fleetfoot, Manon and ALL THE FREAKING FANCY-ASS DRESSES CELAENA IS GOING TO HAVE. 

I wanna know, what are your thoughts?

ARC Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco + Fashion Sketches

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Pages: 336 pages
Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Source: ARC from Jimmy Paterson
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Horror
Rating: 5/5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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** DISCLAIMER: The publisher was lovely enough to provide me with an advanced copy of the book. This has not affected my thoughts and opinions in this review **

God damn JIMMY Patterson Books really knows how to pick 'em. Stalking Jack the Ripper is the first acquisition that this publishing company decided to print, and they should feel proud for making such a big splash in the water. This book is a new refreshing take on Young Adult historical fiction. I have to admit that I was a little reluctant about getting into this book in the first place. The whole historical fiction aspect didn't really sell me. It wasn't until Twitter blew up with early praise that I knew I had to request a copy from the publishers.

Audrey Rose lives a sheltered life under the eye of her father, who wants to preserve her innocence and give her the life a young lady should have. Tortured by her curiosity, she can't seem to stay away from her uncle's practice with examining dead bodies. She's not your average Victorian young woman. Along with the help of an unlikely ally who is rather charming, Audrey Rose thinks she can catch the killer responsible for the frequent murders. As blood is spilled and she is falling head over heels for her partner, Audrey Rose realizes that she might not want to find the answer at the end of the tunnel.

My favorite part was the writing style. Kerri was able to effortlessly mimic the accent and the way people talked in Victorian times. It was done so so well that from time to time I liked to go back into the book just to read the dialogue between the characters. If I could give you only one reason to read this book, the writing style would be it!

Extra points for originality! In the back there is an entire explanation of the creative liberties that were taken. The entire story was, of course, based off of the infamous killer. It was fun to see the author create her entire world around the real murders and events. If I'm not mistaken, the women murdered in the book were real names from history. She took many creative liberties to give these women a backstory and a life beyond knowing they were murdered.

It really bothers me that this book is labeled under horror on Goodreads. I think it's so misleading because this book wasn't scary at all! That's coming from a girl who's got an affliction with horror books and movies. I've already had some people say to me that they don't plan on picking it up because it's supposedly 'scary'. It was bloody, cringe-worthy and kinda nasty (if you don't like dead bodies and brutal murders kind of way), but definitely not scary! I've seen a lot of other people say the same thing, and I really wished it were changed.

I'm trying (trying is the key word) to keep this review short and sweet because I've got something else to show ya'll. I really think this book is worth a read! It's so unique from any other historical fiction on the market, and I commend Kerri Maniscalco for putting so much blood (haha, you get it?) and sweat into her work. It really does show from the effortless writing style, impeccable character development and swoon-worthy romance. She's got all the typical elements of a YA novel without it being too cliche. I had a fantastic time flipping through this title and only hope it's everything you've been looking for as well! 

5 bees for a must-read!

Fashion Sketches from Victorian England 

My sister has this dream of being a fashion designer. I'm her number one fangirl, and I really wanted to feature one of her pieces on my blog. She originally created these pieces for her school play as costumes, but I really though they fit this book's time period. Hope you enjoy and definitely be sure to give my sister a follow on Instagram (@kristina.ang). 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Book Review + Discussion (with spoilers)

Title: Illuminae 
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Pages: 599 pages 
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Source: ARC from Bookcon 
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult 
Rating: 4.5/5 stars 
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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On a scale of 1 to Kady Grant, how far would you go to save the one you love most? My answer would be probably closer to 0 and nowhere near Kady’s level, lol.

Illuminae is an excellently crafted collaboration between two ingenious authors, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Although I was at first largely intimidated by the sheer size of Illuminae (almost 600 pages, people!), the plot and the concept of an intergalactic space battle orchestrated by an animated artificial intelligence with some added romance makes it no secret that I ultimately gave in and tackled this beast of a “book” – actually, is it considered a book? It's more of a dossier of random, chaotic files.

Like everyone else, Illuminae will be one of the most physically and emotionally unique books you'll ever read. Besides the intriguing plot about two separated teenaged refugees, who are trying to figure out the secrets that the commanders of their spaceships are trying to keep hidden, while attempting to flee the enemy fleet and subdue a psychologically damaged artificial intelligence system, there is little that will keep any reader browsing the shelves away from considering Illuminae. Warning: this is in no way going to be a light adventure.

And within minutes of picking up the story, not only was I extremely indulged by the situation at hand, but I also found myself quickly at page 50 because the pages of Illuminae are not regular novel “pages”. The bulk of Illuminae consists of interviews, narrative reports, hacked messages, and love letters, and the alternating documents are little puzzle pieces that all end up fitting perfectly in a large puzzle, also known as the truth.

Yet, even though I would highly, highly, highly, praise Illuminae for its wondrously fresh new concept, and would recommend this book to any reader of YA, I give this book an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. The main reason for this is that it took me a rather long time to really get into this book and to start to care for the characters. Yes, I admit, at first, it was extremely difficult to connect with these two very different characters. I was confused by the first interview (partly due to the fact that I went into Illuminae blind without reading the blurb) but nevertheless I ventured forth. In the end, I loved Illuminae, and I have grown extremely attached to two of the characters (one of whom is Kady Grant). This universe that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff built is so diverse and truly yearns to be explored further.

Overall, would I recommend this book to you? It depends on who you are, really. If you like science fiction, intergalactic travels and warfare, mystery and deceit, and possibly descriptive gore, then by all means, go ahead, this may be your favorite read of the year! And if you have the book sitting around on your shelf, and have heard more than fabulous raves about it, and want a rather short-and-fast-paced read, also go ahead! It'll be an adventure. I'm extremely excited for Gemina and I can't wait to dive back into the world of Illuminae!

Spoiler-filled Discussion


Alright, so…getting straight into the nitty gritty, let’s talk about the characters in Illuminae. These are some of the most…physically diverse cast of characters I have ever read –when one of these characters is a literal personified artificial intelligence system, you're breaching diverse. However, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff also write ethnically diverse characters. There are Caucasians, Asians, blacks, Hispanics, and all any other ethnic group you could possibly name, who really make this character cast so colorful. But besides having diverse characters, the main cast of characters in Illuminae all have extremely vibrant personalities.

As I said previously, I found it difficult to really connect with the characters at first. From the opening pages, I thought Kady was going to be one of those typical “badass” YA heroine wannabes (let's be real, we’ve all read one of those). But boy, was I SO WRONG. I don't know when I started falling in love with Kady and opened my eyes to her story, but it was probably at the part where she was messaging CitB (Byron Zhang) and her sarcasm made me take a good long minute and laugh till I nearly rolled off the bed.

Kady Grant is not your typical pink haired, sixteen year old, who had just dumped her long term boyfriend, saved that now-ex-boyfriend’s ass from being killed that same day, and is now a refugee on a science vessel spaceship, trying to hack the main computer system for some hint as to what’s going on. Or maybe she is. All throughout Illuminae, Kady made me feel a roller coaster of emotions. Her texts with Ezra (and then with AIDAN) cracked me up, made me weep, and swoon a bit. Her courage –or recklessness and disregard for safety- is truly awe-inspiring. Even when she was on the verge of being attacked by psychotic serial killers and hit with radiation, Kady was still able to do more damage and have more success than the entire Alexander Fleet with the UTA officers. Give this girl the universe’s biggest cookie and a standing ovation. But in seriousness, did anyone else realize the irony that while Kady was never (and avoided being) scripted into the UTA as a computer specialist, she ended up saving the remains of the UTA Alexander Fleet.

Moving on to my second favorite character and possibly my favorite literary Artificial Intelligence, AIDAN. I think out of every character in Illuminae, the range of emotions AIDAN made me go through is larger than the distance from Earth to Kepler 2.0.  I had so many trust-issues regarding AIDAN, and I swear, I trusted AIDAN, and then AIDAN “betrayed” everyone and I thought it was the antagonist, and then it was an anti-hero, and then I felt betrayed by AIDAN again, and then I started to hesitate trusting AIDAN, and then I felt myself sympathize for this machine, and then at the very end, I just loved AIDAN, fully trusting it and seriously loving the Kady-AIDAN relationship. SO MANY EMOTIONS YOU GUYS, AND FROM A FREAKING AI!!!!

Byron Zhang is another character I was extremely intrigued by. Byron was such a good person, even at the very end. His relationship with being Kady’s mentor throughout the book and helping her learn about the truth of the Copernicus incident and Phobos A and B was so emotionally beautiful. The two characters were so humorous in their early encounters and when Byron was taken over to the Alexander, I cried so hard for him because it was just like imagining a father being ripped from his home, his family, his kids, and being forced to fight in the front line. Seeing Byron deteriorate and be utterly destroyed by the Phobos B virus really hit a hole in that wee little sentimental part of my small human heart. To see the strong, undermined Byron go insane and nearly kill Kady with an axe was heart breaking to read. But the most heart wrenching scene –when Byron surfaced for just a moment, saw Kady, and saved Kady and himself, from himself. I think if that moment hadn't occurred, the whole mission, the entire Alexander Fleet, would've been utterly decimated, by either the Lincoln or Phobos inflicted Byron. So in a way, Byron really did help –and not help- save the day.

These three characters are the ones who had the most impact on me throughout the entire read. It’s been a while (and I mean since ACOMAF’s release) that I’ve read such a heart-wrenching story. About the damsel in distress who didn’t need saving, but did the saving. And although I love Ezra very much, if AIDAN were a real person, I would 1000000% ship him and Kady (c’mon fanfiction writers, wya). But I also like that Kady and AIDAN have a friendship, that is so unlike your usual friendships- one that transcends dimensions and realities. All in all, my last comments on this book would be that I wished the censored parts hadn’t been censored; do you know how difficult it is to try to fit words into the sentences sometimes?! But I loved this story, and all I can hope is for more from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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