Shadowhunters, episode ten season two – discussion


episode ten of Shadowhunters aired well over a week ago and I am so sorry for posting this discussion late. As I have been saying for the past month, I have been really busy with school and I still haven’t figured out a plan for managing my blog and education.

I was not expecting what happened to happen like it did in this episode.I was very shocked (in a good way) at what they did and how they did it. I really loved this episode and I think it was a perfect way to end the winter season.

I was just very happy with the episode as a whole, I felt a lot of feelings and I can honestly say that I’m enjoying the show.

This discussion will have (minor) spoilers for the Mortal Instruments series as well as for this episode, there will be spoilers for the entire plot of this episode.

During the recap of the last episode, we have them mention the vampires that Valentine has experimented on. They brush over this and don’t really discuss it, other than the fact that almost all the shadowhuters are out taking care of them. I think it’d be very interesting to see more of Valentine’s experiments as I really liked the way they’d incorporated it.

The episode starts and there has been a breach anyone running around the Institute. The elevator doors open and Madzie is standing there and there are four unconscious or dead shadowhunters lying around her. All I could think was what! This little thing really showed her power and how even though she’s a small child, she’s still super powerful.  Madzie takes off her scarf and uses her gills which are able to suck the oxygen out of the room and suffocate the people around her. I was kind of confused by this, I didn’t think that Warlock marks do anything other than telling others that they’re warlocks.

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We have Clary and Jace at the abandoned circus. Clary states that the only reason why Valentine has taken Simon is because she cares about him, she continues by saying that he’s innocent he hasn’t done anything and he doesn’t deserve this because he hasn’t done anything. I really liked this. I can’t put my finger on why, but I just like it.

Luke arrives and we find out that there is no one else left in the Circus and that Cleophas can’t be found. I’m wondering if we get to see her in the second half of this season or in later seasons as we didn’t see her later on in this episode.

Clary gets a video call from Valentine. He has Simon tied to a chair and I really liked this. I didn’t really like how it was filmed (when we see the video on Clary’s phone while she’s holding it). I liked it when we got to see it just on the screen, full. I don’t know there’s just something off about seeing Clary holding the phone watching a video.

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Clary is being her reckless self and is going on about how she needs to rescue Simon. Luke, as always, is telling her not to be so reckless. I love seeing Clary being so reckless and the annoying character I enjoyed reading about.

We find out that “every Institute is powered by an angelic core.” I’m really sick of these really convenient plots that don’t feel like something from the books. Luke says that this angelic cores can somehow produce enough energy to create lightning. I didn’t like this, it was weird and just didn’t sit right.

Clary still wants to go get Simon and she says she won’t activate the sword. Somehow Dot is there and was listening to their conversation and decides to tell them that Jace can destroy the sword. I really don’t like how they have involved Dot in this season, it’s random and her character is all over the place.

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As Luke believes that this probably just another trap, they go to Magnus to get more information. They tell/show Magnus about the vision they got from Ithurel and we find out that the sword can be destroyed by a demonic Morgenstern, but they will be destroyed as well. I had so many things running through my head when this was said, I was thinking about how they would use this to reveal that Jace has extra angelic blood in him not demon blood, and possibly introduce Sebastian! Sebastian is one of my favourite antagonists, so I’m really hoping that they portray him well in the show.

Jace believes that he is the demonic Morgenstern and says that he will go touch the sword and destroy it, obviously destroying him at the same time. Clary goes on about how he is being so reckless and she tells him he can’t do it. Jace’s response to this was amazing, “says the girl who is about to destroy yourself for the down world, what yesterday” I loved this it was just great because we know that Clary would’ve done the same thing if she was in Jace’s place.

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We have Raphael and Isabelle together on the couch. Izzy is complaining about Alec which then turns into a conversation about how Raphael feels about Isabelle. She goes to kiss him and he turns away. We find out that Raphael is asexual, which was super exciting because I’ve never seen an asexual character on a TV show/movie before. Something I really appreciated was when Izzy asked it, “being a vampire made you this way?” I loved how he said he’s always been like this.

I was really disappointed by what they did next in this scene. Izzy asks him to turn off her phone, or something like that because Alec keeps calling and texting her (which we know is because of what is happening at the Institute). Raphael sees, because of Alec’s text, that the Institute is under attack and that Alec needs Isabelle’s help and he ignores it and hides her phone. I think this really took away from the positive things that’s happened in this scene.

We have Luke and Jace in the car together. Jace is on the phone to Alec and they’re talking about what to do and if they’re all ok. Jace says that he’s worried and Luke brings up the fact that Valentine’s his parabati, again. It’s really bugging me how this is something that comes up all the time, it’s losing its meaning because of they bring it up all the time, just like they do with the Falcon story.

We have Aldertree and Alec team up to shut down the power core, which they don’t end up doing. When they’re up on the roof trying to shut down the power core but Aldertree can’t because he doesn’t have access to it. Alec asks him why he’s trying to help because he hates downworlders. Aldertree tells a story about how he was once in love with a werewolf, Eva, and that one day a demon killed all of her pack and because he was so upset and couldn’t control her emotions, Eva tried to kill him so he killed her. He went on about how it “was her nature” and how this was when he realised that “a shadowhunter could never be with a downworlder.” I honestly didn’t care, I thought this was all fake and was Aldertree trying to gain Alec’s trust. In this episode, I felt that Aldertree was really dodgy and I didn’t like it. I did like him as an antagonist but not as a protagonist.

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We have Magnus and Clary on the balcony and they both can’t do anything and we have Magnus say that he feels so powerless and I thought this was a nice little play on words. Valentine then video calls Clary again and we have him slit Simon’s throat because he thought she needed more incentive. I was love with this, not because Simon got hurt, but because we got to see Valentine actually do something. Clary then gets really angry and tells Magnus that he’s going to portal her to the institute now.

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we go back to Luke and Jace and Maia comes out of nowhere and stops their car. I really don’t like her character on the show. She’s very hotheaded and reckless, she’s quick to hurt other people because of how she feels. I’m hoping that they change this but they might not.

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Magnus portals Clary to the institute. I really liked how we had Clary tell Magnus that he’s not going to activate the sword, I loved that he tells her that Simons going to be okay. I thought it was a really nice moment.

Raphael goes to attack and kill Clary as she could kill them. Jace tells them that he has a plan. We have all the downworlders join together like we see in City of Glass but not. I was expecting you know that was such an important and Powerful scene in the books of a session important and I feel like it just wasn’t as great the show.

Clary goes into the institute and Simon has lost a lot of blood, she feeds him her blood so that he doesn’t die. All I could think was does Jace actually have demon blood? will Clary now be addicted to vampire venom like Izzy? One out of two of those questions were answered. It was actually Jace using the shapeshifter rune! I hated the shapeshifter rune in previous episodes. I absolutely loved how they used it here, it was shocking and was just so good!

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We go back to Alec and Aldertree and a bunch of Circle members come and go to attack them. Isabelle appears and kicks ass and I loved it! Afterwards, she collapses into Alec’s arms and we see her and Aldertree share this look. I don’t know if this is because he feels guilty because of what he’s done or not but I’m assuming that they’re going to go into this more in the next part of the season.

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Clary and Magnus are inside the institute. Clary goes off to find Simon while Magnus is looking after Madzie, he decides to look after her, like he’s done with other downworlders, and help her.

Jace and Simons’s relationship was so good during this episode! Their banter was great. They took this straight from the books and my little heart sing. Simon is apologising for drinking so much of Jace’s blood and says, “I could’ve killed you” Jace says, “I would’ve let you” I’m just going to leave you with that because I don’t know how else to explain my love of this.

They walk in and Valentine has Clary and is trying to force her to touch the sword, this took so much time and I was kinda getting sick of it. Valentine is pushed away thanks to Simon and everything seems fine. We then have Jace go up to touch the mortal sword. Clary’s telling him to stop, she is tearing up, I’m tearing up. He touches the sword and it shocks him and he goes flying back. I was shook. They did this so well! The way the revealed that Jace doesn’t have demon blood, very well done.

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Valentine gets up and says  “you and nothing but predictable son” and just as all the downworlders come in and are about to attack he lifts the sword and kills all the downworlders in the room. Simon is still alive because he’s a daylighter but every other downworlder in the world was dead (I thought). It turns out the blast was “contained within the Atamis in the walls”  The only character that we actually knew that died was Alaric, who isn’t super important, and convienently all of the main characters got out just in time which took away from how awful it was.

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Jace and Valentine are outside fighting and Valentine reveals that Jace is not Valentine or Jocelyn’s son and that he’s not Clary’s sister. I didn’t like that this was so early in the show. It could’ve been done at a better time. Jace is about to stab and kill Valentine but Clary stops him because she says he’s only one who knows where the mortal Cup is. The sword has then disappeared. Valentine is then taken to the Institute and he says that he doesn’t know where the sword is.

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Magnus and Alec have such a beautiful scene. Alec tells him that he was so worried and thought he’d died and they end up telling each other they love each other. It was such a beautiful scene and I was so happy.

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Simon finds out that he can go in the sun and runs to go tell Clary. They’re outside and they’re hugging and it’s so cute and I loved it. We have Jace come outside, as he’s going to tell Clary that they’re not siblings but he doesn’t because her and Simon are having a moment and he doesn’t want to ruin it for her and he wants her to be happy.

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The episode ends and we have a hooded figure walking with the mortal sword on their shoulder. We know it’s Sebastian. The way he walked it was just so good. I thought this was a perfect way to end the winter season!

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Overall I really enjoyed this episode. I’m pretty sure it’s my favourite out of all of them.

let me know if you disagreed or agreed with anything I said here in the comments, also tell me what your favourite part of the episode was

Yasmin xx


February 2017 library checkout


I only read a few books this month and didn’t get too many out either, I think I had a nice ratio of books checked out to books read

this meme is hosted by Shannon from River City Reading.

Library Books Read

Checked Out, To Be Read

Currently Reading

Returned Unread

On Hold

That is what I got out from the library this month, let me know what you got out in the comments!

Yasmin xx


Shadowhunters episode nine season two – discussion 


I think this week’s episode of Shadowhunters was pretty good, not so much a memorable episode, but still a good episode. There was a few things that weren’t so great but I pretty much had no problems with this episode.

this discussion will have spoilers for this episode and for the entire Mortal Instruments series.

The episode starts and we have Clary and Simon in the canoe making out. It honestly was such a funny scene, I loved it! We have Jace come in, as he said in last week’s episode that he won’t let Clary out of his sight. Jace is worried that she’s not safe here in Simon’s ‘house’ we have Clary say, “it’s okay, I’m safe here.” Jace wants her back at the institute and Simon’s says that  “I’m not sure that’s how hiding works, the whole point is to not be what everyone thinks you are” I love their banter, I think they’ve gotten a hold of their relationship and I like what they’re doing with it.

Honestly love seeing the two of them than being protective of Clary, before we would get to see him attempt to but as Jace had the ability to look after her better, as he is a Shadowhunter, Simon was kinda brushed off. Now that he is a vampire he has that advantage and I hope that we get to see Simon argue that. Simon’s lines, as usual, are so funny and just great.  I love how he says, “I’m not afraid of them [The Circle] I’ve been working on my fighting skills” I thought it was really funny and it reminded me of the scene in the first season with Simon says something along the lines of, I can handle a rune, I thought this was just so funny and just like that little connection.

We then see Clary’s hand start to go black and she’s in a lot of pain. No one knows what’s going on and what’s happened. They go to Magnus’s and he tells her that this is happening because of the blood oath and that she needs to go find Madzie or this ‘infection’ will continue to grow and once it eventually reaches her heart she’ll die.

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Aldertree is back at the Institute and Isabelle goes to him, he says that he is glad that she looks well and that she was able to ween herself off Yin Fen so quickly. This really bugged me because you can’t ween yourself off Yin Fen, that’s made very clear to us in The Infernal Devices. We then have Aldertree ask Izzy on a date. I was just sitting there thinking to myself ‘what the heck is going on! this is really weird!’ Looking at it now I can kind of see Sebastian in his character, maybe he works for Sebastian and/or Valentine or maybe they’ll use the shapeshifter rune. I hope they don’t go with the latter because that rune can create a lot of plot holes and it’s just an easy fix to almost everything.

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We then have Clary go to Luke and tell him what happened. We have and Luke blaming himself or what has happened to Clary because he wasn’t able to protect her straight after Jocelyn died. I wish we got to see more of Luke than we are at the moment, I realised that after Jocelyn died we have seen and less and less of Luke and I think I’m hoping that we get to see more of this character. Also because I feel like the only times we seem him is when there is a problem that directly affects him, for example, the issue with the soul sword in last week’s episode.

We have Jace’s  jealousy starting to show and I like how it’s going. He doesn’t want her to go get Simon and even though she wants him with her. Clary is going to get Simon from his place and a wolf comes out and tries to attack her. We find out that it’s Maia and she was trying to kill Clary because she knows what the soul sword can do. This didn’t feel like Maia at all, I think this all felt out of place. Maia wouldn’t make such an impulsive decision. Luke then locks Maia inside this shed because he doesn’t want her to hurt Clary. I had lots of problems with this, it just didn’t feel right and like something Luke would do.

We have Valentine at this abandoned Circus, and my first thought was this is really corny. I feel like in so many shows and movies when things go wrong they’re at an abandoned place, I know this adds to the creepiness of it and then you link it to clowns, which is something that is used quite commonly to add creepiness. We find out that Valentine needs Dott so that she can teach Madzie a spell from the spellbook they stole from Magnus.

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We then have a scene with Isabel and Raphael and we are beginning to establish a relationship between them. We have them cooking and it’s kinda cute. We find out more about Raphael’s past and his sister, which was nice.I do enjoy that we are getting to see more of Raphael and that we get to see more is past and more of his character, mostly because I thought they weren’t really going to really dive into his character too much just because it didn’t seem like they weren’t doing much with his character in the first season and in earlier episodes in this season.

I don’t like what they’re doing with Isabelle and Raphael’s relationship. I find it to be very toxic and unhealthy. Later on, in the episode, we do have Magnus address this when he and Alec come in and find out about Izzy of Yin Fen and their relationship. Alec is angry with Magnus because he had suspicions about Izzy being on Yin Fen but didn’t tell Alec as he wasn’t one hundred percent certain about her being on Yin Fen or not. Raphael says he has feelings for Izzy and Magnus tells him that it’s just his addiction talking and tells him to ask himself how he feels about Izzy when he’s no longer addicted to her blood.

Jace goes to make a deal with Valentine in order to get Madzie to Clary. While this is happening we have a really nice Climon scene. They’re on the roof of Simons van, as Clary said “if I’m going to die, it’s not going to be in this van” We have both of them become really tearful and emotional. I think this scene was done beautifully and it wasn’t over the top or super cheezy, it still felt like them and I think that’s what I really enjoyed about this scene.

At the end of the episode, we have Jace bring Madzie to Clary and she is healed. Madzie then creates a portal and takes Clary with her to Valentine. When Jace and Simon go to rescue Clary and Simon ends up getting taken by Valentine and the episode ends. Personally, this all felt rushed, it made sense as to why it was rushed because it does all happen fairly quickly. I think this was a impactful ending to the episode and I just really loved it.

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So those were my thoughts on episode nine in season two of Shadowhunters! Like always let me know if you agree or disagree with anything I said here in the comments

Yasmin xx


February 2017 – monthly wrap up


since you guys seemed to like last month’s layout for my wrap-ups I’m going to continue doing them like this. This month I read two books and started four, yes I’m reading a lot of books at once.

I’m surprised that I was able to read as many books as I did, as school has already hit me with a lot of work.

I read:

and I started reading:

I didn’t write any reviews this month, but I did post a few tags, Beauty and the Beast book tag and The Bookish Alphabet Tag. I also posted reviews for Shadowhunters, if you’d like to check them out they’re all in the TV show category on my blog.

So that was my February,

let me know how yours was in the comments

Yasmin xx