Meeting the Cast of Shadow and Bone (Netflix Virtual Fan Event)

I’m still a bit in shock, but last weekend I had the honour of attending a virtual fan meet & greet with the cast and creators of Shadow and Bone! WHAT?! It’s no secret that I’m utterly obsessed and head over heels for this show, so the chance to meet the cast was an experience like no other and one that I will cherish.

I was very fortunate enough to be one of the hundreds of lucky fans around the world who attended the exclusive Q&A, and it was lovely to interact with the cast and learn more about their filming experience. The love and enthusiasm this cast has for each other and this show is so wholesome and heartwarming, and I’d give anything to be a part of their little inner circle! So Netflix, if you want to fly me to Budapest to interview the cast for season 2 or hire me as an extra, then hit me up! I think I’d look good in a Kefta!

I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much in my life, and I will openly admit that I fully fangirled when each cast member appeared on screen, so I was quite glad that there was a lot of us! And then, when Leigh and Eric joined us, I died. The Q&A was over zoom, and you were broken off into different rooms where you waited for the magic to happen and for your chance to submit questions to the cast. The first session was with the Crows (Freddie, Amita, Danielle, Kit and Calahan), and the energy these five brought with them to the call was contagious.

One of my favourite moments of the call was when the cast was asked what skills they had that would convince Kaz (Freddie) to hire them for a heist. If I was Kaz, then I’d hire Amita! She argued that her height would allow her to squeeze into small spaces, that her long hair could hide different things and that she could also speak lots of languages, I mean, what more could you want! Kit revealed that he had a great memory, and Danielle shared that she was an expert when it came to Instagram stalking and finding information about people!

The cast were also asked to share their characters favourite line, and I couldn’t agree more with their choices! Danielle’s favourite line was ‘Were you born a prick, or was it a choice?’, a quote that encapsulates Nina’s personality and relationship with Matthias. Freddie chose the line that I’m sure many fans were waiting for, ‘no mourners, no funerals’ and Amita picked the brilliant line that was ‘in that case, I’ll take my knife back.’ I agree with Kit when he said that Jesper has too many iconic lines to pick just one, and it surprised me to learn that Calahan’s favourite lines were when Matthias and Nina revealed their names to each other!

The second call was then with Ben, Jessie, Archie, Leigh and Eric and, it was here that we got to learn more about the cast and their antics outside of filming! The cast and crew are like one big happy family, and they revealed the cast regularly hosted game nights. One of their favourite games to play was the wine box game, and if you’ve never played the aim is to pick up a wine box with your teeth without putting your hands or knees on the floor. Each round you then cut off a piece until it’s just a bit of card on the floor. I don’t like to brag but I am a CHAMP at that game and would give anything to challenge the cast to a round!

I’ve been to a few meet-and-greets, but this one takes the win for a most unique one, so when it came to getting our ‘pictures’ I had to use a little bit of editing magic! This was such a fun experience that I’m very grateful to have been apart of so thank you again to Netflix and the incredible cast and crew of Shadow and Bone!

Booktube-a-thon Wrap Up

Apologies that this post is late but recently my life has been manic! This years read-a-thon certainly wasn’t as successful as last years but nevertheless I managed to complete a few of the challenges and read some books that I’ve been dying to read for ages!

Day 1 of the read-a-thon was a success and I read the whole of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and a bit of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo which I was really proud of and believed that the rest of the week would be as successful but I was wrong. Day 2 I spent the day working but when I got home I carried on with Six of Crows but that is a big ass book! Day 3 Eleanor and I went to London (blog post coming soon…) so little reading was done as we were too busy enjoying the sun, landmarks and just catching up with each other. Day 4 and I finished Six of Crows which was just amazing and I completely agree with Eleanors review which you can find here! Day 5 I started Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch again another fab book which I will be reviewing soon and by Day 7 I had finished it and started Champion by Marie Lu!

Overall, I read 3.5 books which wasn’t as good as last year but I’m still pretty pleased and I also managed to complete some of the challenges! My total page count was 1,319!

  1. Read a book with yellow on the cover – Snow Like Ashes
  2. Read a book only after sunset – Girl on the Train
  3. Read a book you discovered through Booktube – Champion
  4. Read a book by one of your favourite authors – Six of Crows
  5. Read a book that is older than you
  6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
  7. Read seven books

What did you think of the booktube-a-thon? Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments bellow!

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

I always love it when I’m buying a book and cashier sings its praises, it always makes me want to read the book even more. So this book started off well right from the beginning in Waterstones!

I’m just going to jump right into this, this book is set in the same world as the ‘Shadow and Bone‘ series but is in a different time period, has different characters and is a completely different story. This book is based in the country of Kerch instead of Ravka and follows the rag tag gangs within Kerch but mainly the Crow Club (gang) and it’s most prominent members. This gang gets contacted for a massive mission which is to break into the most well guarded and notorious prison in the Kingdom, The Ice Court and rescue a prisoner. It is clear this is a suicide mission, but with the prize of 30 million Kerch, Kaz and his team cannot resist.

Whilst browsing the shelves, this book intrigued me, mainly because I’d read the Shadow and Bone series, which was good but it wasn’t my favourite. Because of this I really wanted to know what it was like because I did like the world and was interested in learning more about it and exploring new areas and new characters. This book did not disappoint, it was so exciting and intense. The characters were strong with intimate and complex backstories which beautifully intertwined with the story line. I actually preferred this greatly to the Shadow and Bone story, I feel as though the story was a lot stronger and the characters were much more complex and likable.

What I really loved about this book was that it was so gripping! Right from the start it was interesting and I kept wanting to know more, there was no faffing they got straight into what the story was about and the main premise of the story. I just wanted to keep reading, but the best thing was that you never really know what was going on, you never knew if the gang are genuinely in trouble of if Kaz Brekker or the gang had something else up their sleeve! Because of this it was literally impossible to predict and I never knew what was happening and the ending was always so up in the air, even two pages from the end!

I don’t want to say too much about the characters because there is a lot you learn about each character and I want to keep that as a surprise. But I will say a tiny bit about the 6 main characters… Firstly there is Kaz Brekker (Dirtyhands) he is very high up in the gang and will do anything for money. Secondly there is Inej, known as The Wraith, she has silent feet and can climb anything. There is also Nina a Corporalki Grisha from Ravka and Matthias from Fierda who was trained to kill Grisha. Finally there is Jesper a good friend of Kaz Brekker but also has a slight glambling problem and Wylan who is always made fun of for being young and inexperienced. The characters were each so unique and different from each other, also each chapter was from a different perspectives so you got to know all of them really well!

I really did love this book, I would recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of excitement in a book. There are so many twists and turns I promise you that you won’t get bored! I’m going to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, I really did love this book and it lined up perfectly for a sequel so I seriously cannot wait for the second book!!

Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

The final instalment of one of my favourite series and what a final book it was, Bardugo knows how to end a series with a bang! And I mean seriously, it was so dramatic! I laughed, I cried and I freaked out a lot thanks to the storyline and Bardugo’s wonderful characters who I love so much.

The capital has been overthrown as the Darkling now rules Ravka. Alina and her team of survivors must now hurry to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers before it’s too late and save whats left of Ravka. However on their journey Alina discovers many secrets about the past and everything she knows and loves.

The storyline, I thought was really well paced, at times it was quick and fast which left me on the edge of my seat however there were also times where the story slowed down for a bit which enable me to catch up and take in everything because there was just so much going on!! Behind every page, I swear there was another battle or fight which I loved because you can’t have a final book of a series without a heck load of action. The final battle I enjoyed reading and I was satisfied with the ending though there were some outcomes of characters (I won’t say whom) which I was a tad disappointed with but I have to admit everything else was very dramatic at the least.

Alina was brilliant in this book and really shone (pardon the pun!)! She proved she could be a could be kick-ass, strong, manipulative and the no-bullshit-type character however I was disappointed to see when the final battle came she wasn’t as badass as I’d hoped. I really loved her ending even if it was particularly plain and ordinary but it shows that she didn’t need a dramatic ending to be happy.

Mal, I also began to like more and his relationship with Alina is just so cute! He finally realized how Alina’s power is a part of her and that she doesn’t need changing. She’s special for who she really is and her talents bring out exactly that. He definitely became the main brick of support for Alina.

Baghra, was a character I never thought I would grow to love, she was brilliant. She finally shared her secrets with Alina and I certainly wasn’t expecting anything. From there her secrets began to learn more and by the end of the book it all became clear. There was a scene in the book between Baghra and the Darkling which really saw the dynamic between them and I have to admit, I did shed a tear. The Darkling was gorgeous as ever but even after all of his actions, I can’t seem to hate him!

The secondary characters like Nikolai, Zoya and Genya were also brilliant and helped bring humour throughout the story through their sassy, arrogant and badass personalities!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am very disappointed that this series has come to an end, as it a wonderful and unique series I recommend everyone reads and I am happy to award it 5/5 stars! On the other hand, I can’t wait to read Leigh Bardugo’s next masterpiece ‘Six of Crows’! I just read the synopsis and it sounds amazing!