Fan Review: Shadow and Bone TV Show – Mostly Spoiler Free!

I have now watched the first season of Shadow and Bone twice all the way through and guys, I have a lot of feelings, And a lot of those feelings are so good.

As I mentioned a few days ago, Leigh Bardugo is easily one of my favorite authors and the Grishaverse means so much to me. I have been so excited, on the edge of my seat, waiting for it to be adapted at some point in time – its been optioned in one way or another ever since it was released in 2012. But I was also incredibly nervous. While YA contemporary adaptations seem to be consistently successful, YA speculative fiction – fantasy, science fiction, dystopian and so forth – seem to do not so great. So while I was really excited to see this world I love so much come to love, I was also incredibly nervous.

I honestly had nothing to worry about.

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Three TV Shows I’ve Binged and Loved During Quarantine

If there is one thing that I’ve learned during covid quarantine, its that I will definitely NOT use all my newfound free time to read. To be fair, I’ve been in a reading slump long before I was forced to stay home, but I just can’t seem to read more than a couple books here and there. But what I HAVE been really great at doing during all this free time – besides working on Benched, which is getting better and better by the minute – is binging a LOT of television.

And I do mean, a lot. A lot of it has been stuff that I’ve already seen before because I have found that when I’m feeling particularly anxious, like during a global pandemic, I tend to prefer watching things I’ve already watched before. So I totally rewatched the entirety of Greek and Avatar the Last Airbender.

But I did decide to finally give some new shows a try and some of these are shows that I’ve had recommended to me in the past, even if the past is just the past couple months lol, and I’m SO glad I gave them a try!

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TV Show Review: Get Even

I’ve been reading Gretchen McNeil’s books religiously since I met her in 2013 and when she started talking about this series, she pitched it as John Hughes with a body count. I grew up on John Hughes’ movies and Gretchen is one of the few people on this planet that can get me to read murder and horror, so I was IN.

When I found out it was going to be developed into a TV show by BBC, I was SO excited and I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival on Netflix. It was just released this past Friday, July 31st and the second I got home from work, I turned on Netflix and settled in, refusing to go to bed until I had finished the show. I am SO insanely proud of Gretchen and SO happy for her because I thought the show was AWESOME.

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TV Show Review: The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix

I can’t remember the first time I read a Baby-Sitters Club book because I was seriously young. My aunt – who is only six years older than me – passed along her books to me when I was young and I built my collection from there. I have all the books, including the mysteries, super mysteries, super specials and more. I grew up on these books – they inspired me to start my own club with my friends when I was thirteen. I’m pretty sure my early “novels” were just basically BSC fan fiction, even before I knew what that meant haha.

The Baby-Sitters Club series was instrumental to who I am, as a person, as a reader and as a writer. I was lucky enough to meet Ann M Martin, the creator and writer of the first 36 novels, six years ago and it honestly is a highlight in my life.

When I heard Netflix was doing a show, I was SO excited. I love the old TV show and I love the movie but I think its awesome to do it again so that this generation’s young girls can benefit from the awesomeness that is Kristy, Mary Anne, Dawn, Stacey, Claudia, Mallory and Jessi. It released on Netflix, ten episodes, on Friday July 3rd and after I watched the Hamilton premiere on Disney+, I binged the entire season of the new BSC show.

Here’s my review. I’ll do my very best to keep it as spoiler free as I possibly can, but, as you’ll read, this show does a GREAT job sticking to the original material – so it would only be spoiling books that came out 30 years ago lol.

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TV Show Review: Love, Victor

Yesterday was the Hulu premiere of the brand new show, Love, Victor. Only ten episodes long, I spent most of day binge watching this show. I absolutely love everything written by Becky Albertalli and I loved the movie, Love, Simon so I was definitely ready to watch this show. There are so many things that I absolutely loved about this show and I’ll say it –

Disney+ totally messed up by letting this gem go.

Here’s my review. I’ll do my very best to keep it as spoiler free as I possibly can, especially since it JUST came out yesterday and is a brand new story that has never been told before.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Animated Shows

The Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly challenge post previously hosted by The Broke and Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. You can follow along for each weekly post here. This week’s post was not really something that I was into – books that you liked but don’t talk about much. I didn’t think I could even come up with any – I literally blog and ‘gram about books haha.

My family and I, since we can’t spend time together right now, have been texting a lot more and take turns coming up with a top ten prompt for the day and its been kind of awesome. I’m learning a lot about my siblings and dad that I didn’t know before and I’m really close with all of them. The other day my brother suggested top ten animated shows and I thought, okay that’ll work for today!

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