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Saturday Stars – 07 Aug 2021 – Nikolai Lantsov (King of Scars & Rule of Wolves)

Well, peeps I’m watching The Suicide Squad (2021) on this tiring Saturday evening and the movie is so bad, it’s like being witness to a train wreck and unable to look away. Lol.

But let’s not digress. Today, I give to you Nikolai Lantsov—privateer, prince charming, demon king.

Saturday Star: Nikolai Lantsov
Book/Series: Siege & Storm, Ruin & Rising, King of Scars, Rule of Wolves – Leigh Bardugo

When I first met Nikolai in Siege & Storm (The Grisha trilogy), I was totally charmed and he became one of my favorite characters in this series. I hadn’t thought it possible to like him even more. Then I read King of Scars and I fell deeper for him. And in Rule of Wolves, there was no resisting him. I was done for.

Reading his POV in King of Scars, there was so much depth to him I couldn’t help but love him. There was a surprising sweetness under all that charming swagger of his. The deeper exploration into his character left me awed and fascinated. You think you understood him but there was so much more to him than he let anyone see.

In Rule of Wolves, flawed and complicated and so brave, he became the best version of himself. Wah, I just love him! I can’t wait to see who they cast as Nikolai in the Netflix’s Shadow & Bone for season 2.

∼Lyn

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Posted in TV Show Reviews

TV Show Review: Shadow & Bone S01

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

Review:

So I finally watched Netflix’s Shadow & Bone! It took me a while to get in the right frame of mind to watch it, but I’m glad I waited until after my re-read of the Shadow & Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology.

First off, I have to address the issue of racial discrimination in the show. I figure the producers might have wanted to add another chip on Alina’s shoulder along with her being an orphan, but this did not sit well with me. I found myself getting annoyed over this every time I came across it in the show. This was a major unwanted change from the books and I did not appreciate it at all.

From the books I previously did not like Alina and Mal much. But I ended up loving Mal in the TV show. The actor, Archie Renaux, did a great job. He was so authentic, he made Mal look far better than in the books. As for Alina, I still don’t like her. It’s not a stab at the actress, Jessie Mei Li’s performance because she portrayed Alina well. I always emphathized with Alina’s situation in the story – as an orphan, then being alienated, the burden of responsibility but still I just couldn’t warm up to her.

Now, the Crows! Kaz, Jesper, Inej, Nina & Matthias were my favorite part of the show. God, I loved them! The cast selected for the Crows were perfect, absolutely flawless. Watching them come to life in the show was like a dream come true. I had hearts in my eyes like a heart emoji in every Crow, Nina & Matthias scene. I can’t wait to see more of the Crows.

The show stayed about three-quarters true to the books. In my opinion, the changes that were different to the original Alina-Mal-The-Darkling storyline were quite unnecessary and to be frank, a bit irritating. The only change that I appreciated and loved was how seamless the addition of the Crows to the storyline of Shadow & Bone was. They fit in like they had been part of the original storyline from the beginning.

The Darkling. This review wouldn’t be complete without an opinion on him. I loved the Darkling in the books but Ben Barnes wasn’t quite whom I pictured as the Darkling. That said, I can’t find fault with his portrayal as the Darkling but I feel like some of that Darkling intensity was missing. However, that ending scene in the finale was fantastic.

The special effects were pretty good and the depiction of the different Grisha powers and the Volcra was excellent. One thing that I enjoyed a lot was how the opening credit for each episode was different, especially the one with the crows.

Another favorite scene of mine was Leigh Bardugo’s cameo. That was beautiful to see—the author amidst her beloved characters. It wasn’t just touching but felt like a tribute to the author and I loved that.

For a first season, Shadow & Bone showed great promise and potential. I can’t wait to see more, especially the Crows and I am happy the show was renewed for a second season.

Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.
[Adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse novels.]

∼Lyn

Posted in Book Blog, New Releases

Cover Love – Shadow and Bone & Six of Crows

Hola, Book Dragons. I just saw that Shadow & Bone and Six of Crows got new covers based on the Netflix upcoming show. How cool is that? I am so loving these new covers. Gimme, gimme!!! *grabby hands*

Have you guys seen these awesome covers? I think maybe I’m one of the last people to have seen them lol. I figure April will probably be the Grishaverse month now. 😉

∼Lyn

Posted in Book Blog, New Releases

New Book Releases – 30 Mar 2021

Hola, Book Dragons. Who’s excited for… *drumrolls*:

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2) – Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis:
The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology.
The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.
The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.
The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.
King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

What about you guys? Any other new releases you were anticipating today?

∼Lyn

Posted in Book Blog, Miscellaneous

Cast for Shadow & Bone series!

Guess what? The cast for the Shadow & Bone series has been revealed and do they look cool, or what!

netflix_shadowbone_cast

I’m sure most of you already know about the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. (If you don’t, go check out the books, they’re pretty awesome!)

So Netflix will be releasing a new TV show based on Shadow and Bone (the first book in the Grisha trilogy) and this show will also incorporate the Six of Crows duology, including the famous characters in the Grishaverse.

I’m really looking forward to the show but I do hope it won’t be a disappointment like the Shadowhunters series, whose cast definitely did NOT reflect the characters from the books. (Case in point – I only stomached the first 4 eps of the series before dropping it and I’ve never been tempted to go watch it).

The cast for Shadow and Bone seems more or less perfect for the characters in the Grishaverse but only when the show premiers that we’ll know.

Thoughts, people?

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Book Review: King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) – Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

I tried not to have a lot of expectations when I started this long-anticipated book. Back to the Grisha world – Nikolai’s story at last. From the first chapter, I was taken in by Nikolai and his troubles. A king fighting to save his people, from poverty, from enemy countries. Fighting to find ways to make Ravka persevere, especially after the destruction the Darkling caused to it. Continue reading “Book Review: King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) – Leigh Bardugo”

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Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult

Review:

Eliza was an interesting character at first. But as I read on and went deeper into her personality, I began to get annoyed. I understand anxiety and wanting to be on your own. I understand privacy and needing to keep things to yourself. But what annoyed me was how she went on and on over how she no longer knew her family or what her brothers did but she didn’t even try to make an effort to get to know them. Continue reading “Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia”

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Book Review: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been wondering how to write the review of Six of Crows and Crooked Kindgom, to do justice to the wonder of these two books. The prompt for Oct 21 for my bookstagram challenge – #song4abooktober2017 solved that for me. It’s the song Superheroes by The Script and it fits SOC and CK to a T. Continue reading “Book Review: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo”

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Book Review: Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3) – Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

This trilogy wasn’t good for my heart or my health. My heart did a heartbeat marathon and I couldn’t sleep from the suspense of not knowing what would happen next after that explosive ending in the previous book. Continue reading “Book Review: Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3) – Leigh Bardugo”