I’ve Started a Bookstagram!

FINALLY! This has been one of my goals for a while now and believe it or not, but it was my Dad who finally convinced me to step out of my comfort zone and go for it! I follow so many wonderful accounts that post stunning pictures, and I’ve been eager to try it myself, so here goes nothing! Yay!

As many of you know, I am quite an organised person, and have spent the past couple of weeks taking lots of pictures and trying my best to make reels all ready for the big day! I’ve already seen growth and change in the way I take pictures, and it’s been such a fun learning process, so I’m excited for what the rest of this journey has in store! I’m so proud of some of the content I’ve created, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone and to get involved with another wonderful community!

I want to say a HUGE thank you to my Mum and Dad for encouraging me to try something new, and for letting me go mad picking flowers from the garden to help bring these posts to life! I also want to say thank you to my sister and her endless supply of cosy blankets, and finally to my copy of Atonement by Ian McEwan whose pages I had to destroy to get the perfect shot!

It was a no brainer when it came to choosing the name, I’ve built a mini brand around my blog, and I want my bookstagram to be an extension of this platform, so I’ve gone with the classic @afangirlsopinion! This is another exciting step in my blogging and bookish journey, and if anyone’s got any tips for new bookstragramers and how to balance multiple platforms then please let me know!

My first post just went live, and it’s a little introductory post about me and my reading habits, and it would mean the world if you guys checked it out! I’m always searching for new bookish accounts to follow, so if you’ve got a bookstagram then please leave your username in the comments below, or if you want to then head over to Instagram and give me a follow, I’ll be sure to follow you all back!

So many of you have already been so supportive, and I wish I could reach out of my screen and give you all a big hug! All your kind words and love have been my motivation over the past couple of months, and I can’t express how grateful I am to be a part of such an incredible community!

Anyway, here’s to another adventure!

Amy X

My Most Anticipated YA Books of 2021 – Part 2

As if my TBR wasn’t long enough, I thought I’d add to this overflowing chaos and emotionally prepare myself for all the incredible books that are being released later this year! A lot of these were already on my radar but there’s a few that slipped through the cracks and I audibly gasped when I spotted them on Goodreads!

Us readers are in for a treat this year, and this list has definitely given me some much needed encouragement to get through some of books on my TBR before it gets too overwhelming! I’ve definitely missed a few so let me know in the comments what new releases you’re looking forward to reading soon!


The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (August) – Not only am I’m obsessed with this cover but this synopsis is everything! I don’t usually read thrillers but I’m excited to see what mystery and spine chilling moments are lurking behind these pages.

The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad (August) – Another cover that I’ve fallen head over heels for! The Wild Ones is a brilliant feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all.

Fresh by Margot Wood (August) – There’s so much pressure to ‘discover yourself’ when your first start university or college, and Fresh sounds like the perfect and truly realistic coming of age story!

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee (August) – Another sappic dark academia adventure that sounds super dark and twisty! A Lesson in Vengeance is mysterious thriller about a boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao (August) – Dark academia + murder mystery + Asian American representation = the perfect thriller!

The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith (August) – My TBR has been lacking in historical fantasy and Sasha Peyton Smith has come to my rescue with an immersive and magical adventure about a young woman who discovers she has magical powers and is thrust into a battle between witches and wizards.

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson (September) – I really enjoyed Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns, but I my only problem was that it was over too quickly, so I look forward to experiencing more of her incredibly imaginative adventures!

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber (September) – One of my most anticipated reads of 2021 and I was beyond excited when I received the email saying that my request has been approved! I’m beyond excited to dive into back into the wonderful world Stephanie Garber has created and for opportunity to get to know Jacks a little better!

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (September) – I wasn’t a huge fan of Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely series, but this book sounds epic and striking similar to our own! Defy the Night focuses on a kingdom divided by corruption, a prince desperately holding it together, and a girl who will risk everything to bring it crashing down.

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn O’Neil (September) – I love the story of Anastasia and the Romanovs, so when I saw this book on Goodreads, it went to the top of my anticipated TBR. Plus that cover is beautiful and I need it on my bookshelves!

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney (September) – Last year I fell head over heels for Sally Rooney, and she’s quickly become one of my instant-buy authors. I already know that I’m going to love these characters and I’m ready to be blown away!

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson (September) – Another instant-buy author, Tiffany D. Jackson knows how to create incredible stories and I’m eager to jump into this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story.

The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young (September) – I audibly gasped when I saw this book! We’re getting ANOTHER book set in the world of Fable and I’m beyond excited! When a letter from her uncle Henrik arrives on Bryn Roth’s eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz (October) – It’s been years since I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I can’t believe that we’re finally getting a sequel! Am I emotionally prepared for this book? No, but I can’t wait to be reunited with these characters!

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen (October) – I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for this book from NetGalley and I’m so glad I did because this book sounds intense! I’ve never ready any books by Margaret Owen but I’ve heard lots of good things about her Merciful Crow series!

The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker (October) – ‘Death is her destiny’, I’m sold! The Keeper of Night is a dark historical fantasy set in 1890s Japan, and follows Ren Scarborough, a half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami who has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. 

Bright Ruined Things by Samatha Cohoe (October) – Isn’t that cover gorgeous! I love the 1920’s and bit of Shakespeare so this book is right up my street!

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow (October) – If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you know that I love a good-old fairytale and the wonderful Alix E. Harrow has created the perfect feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty!

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper (October) – I’m getting all the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vibes from this synopsis! Three scorned witches who make a vengeance pact to take down the warlock who broke their hearts at different times…only for two of them fall for each other instead. YES!

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca (October) – Another series I need to start! This series sounds super adorable, and who doesn’t love an accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights!

Our Violent Ends by Chole Gong (November) – I still haven’t read the first book in this series but I planning to next week for my read-a-thon! I’m pretty confident that it’s going to be a 5-star read and that I’ll want the next book in my hands ASAP!

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody (November) – The Hunger Games with a bit of magic? Um yes please! I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a villain and I’m excited to get to know these characters! And as if by chance I’ve just logged onto my emails online to find a successful ARC approval email, yay!

Gilded by Marissa Meyer (November) – It was only last week when I found this book on Goodreads, and I’m beyond ready for another Marissa Myer’s adventure! The Lunar Chronicles were one of my favourite series growing up and that woman is a machine when it comes to writing books! Once again Myer’s has reinvented another classic fairytale and returns with a haunting Rumpelstiltskin retelling, and if anyone wants to send me an ARC of this book then please let me know! *wink wink*

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman (November) – I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for this book! I have so many questions that need answering especially after THAT ENDING!

You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus (November) – Karen M. McManus is the queen of YA murder mystery so I already know that this thriller will keep me on the edge of my seat!

This or That: Bookish Boyfriends Edition

I’m a single, book-obsessed, hopeless romantic who is no stranger to online dating, but after very little success, I think I’ll just stick to my fictional men! I know I’m not alone in my little obsession, and I will openly admit that these fictional men have left me with high expectations for future partners! I’ve mentioned before that I’m an indecisive Libra, so it’s no surprise that I spent way too much time thinking about my choices, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I 100% have a type!

I was worried at first that I wouldn’t have enough fictional crushes to fill this post, but that quickly changed as I went through my bookshelves. If anything, I’ve had to cut this list down, so keep your eyes peeled for part two! I’m curious to know if you agree with my choices and who your ultimate fictional crush is?

Two men who just want to be loved, but like Addie my heart will always Henry. Not only does he have the best job in the world but he’s such a kindhearted and adorable character who deserves to find love and happiness.

We’re only on the second question and I’m already stumped! It’s been three months and I’m still not over A Court of Silver Flames, and the sarcastic and playful relationship between Cassian and Nesta. Rhys is perfect but I think I’d have more fun with Cassian.

Probably one of the most controversial choices but I’ve got to pick Chaol, he was one of my first fictional crushes and there’ll always be a place in my heart for him. His friendship with Celaena is one of my favourites and although he’s made some mistakes and questionable decision, he’s still a brave and loyal friend.

1000% Rowan, but I wouldn’t want to steal him from Aelin. Their love for each other is incredibly powerful and moving and I can’t help but get a little emotional when I think about them, someone hand me the tissues!

‘I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time I need. Even when this world is forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.

I’ve just realised that this tag is quickly becoming a post dedicated to the men of Sarah J Maas, and I’m not sorry about it, I can’t help it she knows what I like! We still don’t know much about either character and I’m equally curious about each of their storylines but I think I’m going to pick Hunt. I’m a very passionate person when it comes to sport, especially rugby, so I think we’d have great fun chilling and watching the sunball games on TV.

One the one hand you’ve got my babyfaced flyboy, Ezra and on the other you’ve got our bad boy and resident funny guy, Nik. My ideal partner is someone who can make me laugh, and Nik does just that! I wouldn’t mind be stuck on a spaceship if Nik was there to make me laugh and have my back.

One of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make, how am I meant to choose between these two classic literary heartthrobs who are no strangers to rejected proposal! As much as I love Laurie, I’m going to have to pick Mr Darcy purely because of that scene in the 2005 adaptation where he walks through the field on a misty morning in his flowing coat to find Elizabeth!

These two are masters at keeping secrets so I wouldn’t want to trust either of them with my heart! Even when I was reading this series I couldn’t decide who I liked more, every time I fell for one of them they’d go and do something reckless and I’d end up disliking them. It was a painful and emotional cycle. I think I’d choose Legend purely so I could visit Caraval and experience all the magic and wonder!

These two blonde heartthrobs have left me with a very difficult decision. My younger self would automatically pick Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles but I think I’m going to choose West! I’m a sucker for ‘pirates’ and would happily be whisked away on an adventure aboard The Marigold!

100% The Darkling! There’s always been a part of me that has shamelessly loved the Darkling, and ever since Ben Barnes put on that black Kefta that obsession has doubled in size. I still love Kaz but there’s just something about falling for the villain that’s so enticing…

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to choose between these two!

My Favourite Books With Pink Covers | Spring Edition

I wrote a similar post a couple of months ago for St Patrick’s Day, where I shared some of my favourite green covers, and the lovely Elizabeth @just B more gave me the idea to turn it into a mini-series!

To celebrate Spring and the wonderful colours that come with it, I thought I’d dedicate a post to some fabulous PINK books. I had so much fun searching through Goodreads and my TBR, and I’m embarrassed to admit that my bookshelves are shamefully lacking in pink books, so it looks like I might be needing a trip to Waterstones soon!

I love writing these posts and creating these aesthetically pleasing lists, so I really hope you enjoy it. Also let me know in the comments which colour I should do next! I’m thinking yellow and gold to celebrate summer!


‘Burn Book’ Pink

One of the most iconic pink books from pop culture! Whilst I don’t agree with the contents or motive behind this book it wouldn’t be a pink list without it! There’s just something ‘mean’ and mysterious about magenta pink, so if you’re looking for a thrill then be sure to pick up Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins or The Mary Shelly Club by Goldy Moldavsky.

Magnolia Pink

From my desk I look out to the most beautiful magnolia tree which serves as the inspiration for this prompt. This soft pink is sweet and innocent but that’s not the case with some of these books!

Space Nebula Pink

I’m obsessed with space and constellations and these covers give me all the other-worldly and sci-fi vibes, I love it. The cover for The Infinity Courts is one of my favourites, it’s mysterious, mystical with that element of power and adventure.

Romance Pink

When I think of love and romance my mind jumps straight to this adorable bubblegum pink and some my favourite contemporary romance novels.

Sunset Pink

The other morning my sister and I went and watched the sunrise from the Hills and it was beautiful just like these book covers! The cover for In Deeper Waters by F.T.Lukens is hands down one of my favourites, the way they look at each other is so intense and I can’t wait to learn more about these characters and this story!

Passion Pink

A little different from our romance pink, the passion pink is hot, bold and captures the intensity of love.

Pretty in Pink

I’d give anything to have some of these dresses in my wardrobe, they’re all so beautiful!

Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons Pink

These books are bold and beautiful! They stand out in a crowd and never apologise for being confident and fabulous, a mentality we all should embrace. Dean Atta’s wonderful book, The Black Flamingo was the inspiration for this plot and captures the beauty of embracing your uniqueness and learning to love yourself. If you’ve yet to read it then I highly recommend that you add it to your TBR straight away!

The Magic and Mystical Pink

I usually associate pink with romance and contemporary genres, but these books prove that fantasy deserves some more pink love! These books are channeling their inner Scarlet Witch and are all thrilling adventures that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Elle Woods Pink

Elle Woods is the Queen of pink and these covers would be the perfect accessory to any pink ensemble! Traditionally, pink evokes notions of sensitivity, femininity, sweetness but these books highlight the power of feminism and the strength of women as they face personal and social battles of their own.

An Explosion of Pink

I am obsessed with all of these books, especially this stunning colour combination of orange and pink! These books are giving me some major sunset vibes and they’re covers just make me feel all warm and cosy inside! There’s just something chaotic yet calming about these covers and their absence from my bookshelves is heartbreaking!

My Favourite Books With Green Covers | St Patrick’s Day 2021

Happy Early St Patrick’s Day! ☘️

Usually the streets and pubs would be filled with parades, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green as we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. But sadly this year we’re unable to go-out and celebrate, so I thought I’d celebrate in classic bookish style by sharing a couple of my favourite books with covers in all shades of green! This list started off as a handful of books, but slowly grew into an entire post dedicated to the colour green and the role it plays on some of my favourite book covers.


The ‘I Look Good in Green’ Cover

When I think of green dresses my mind instantly goes to Kiera Knightly’s iconic dress from Atonement, that dress is incredible and I once spent an entire hour discussing it with one of my university lecturers! These stunning green outfits are a popular and reoccurring theme with book covers and all present themes of beauty, power and of course mystery! My cover favourites include the dress from from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, or Yeva’s cloak from Hunted and finally that masterpiece that dominates the cover of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin!


The Spring Green

This green is the embodiment of a beautiful spring morning, it’s fresh, hopeful and embraces the beauty of our environment. I can’t help but feel refreshed and excited for those warm, blue-skied days that these next couple of moths will bring when I look at these covers! I particularly love the new Graceling covers, they’re stunning and were in desperate need of update! This series is definitely on my 2021 re-read TBR because I can’t remember anything about these books, only that teenage Amy really enjoyed them!


The ‘In Your Face’ Green

These books are unapologetically green and standout beautifully on our bookshelves! When I gaze lovingly at my bookshelves these books always catch my eye! Green seems to be a trend-setting colour this year so hopefully we’ll see more green on our bookshelves soon. The neon green of The Perks of Being a Wallflower cover is iconic and holds so much meaning and symbolism that I never noticed until now. The small image of dress shoes in the top right had corner is easily missed in comparison to the striking green of the colour and plays on the books theme of anonymity.


The Hero Green

Fantasy books love a good-old green, don’t they? Green is a colour associated with ambition, growth, adventure and of course envy, which is true because I envy all these characters and the fictional worlds they live in! I think my favourite cover from this bunch has to be either Reaper at the Gates or Sorcery of Thorns, as not only are these covers beautiful but they both manage to capture the fantastical mystery and adventure that lies beyond their pages.


The Mysterious Green

This is the eerie, cold mysterious green that just screams trouble! The dark and dusty hues guarantees a storyline filled with deception, mystery and the unknown but these gloomy colours don’t take away from how glorious these covers are! I’ve yet to read The Kiss of Deception but just from the cover I know that this is going to be a typical YA fantasy filled with assassins, love triangles and an enchanting plot that I’m going to fall in love with.


The Elegant Green

Emerald green is probably one of my favourite shades of green! There’s just something so regal and elegant about it and then when you pair it with gold it instantly becomes a crowd pleaser! As soon as I saw the covers for The Gilded Wolves and The Gilded Ones, I knew I had to have them on my bookshelf because they are stunning!

Blog Posts I Loved This Month | February

February is a month dedicated to love and romance, so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with so many amazing posts, books and new blogs this month! Everyone’s got their creative juices flowing because the quality of posts again this month has been fabulous and I’ve enjoyed reading every single one of them. This is my longest list of favourites ever but I couldn’t resist including all these wonderful posts and celebrating some content that made me smile.

I mentioned in my wrap up post that I was struggling with my mental health last month, but the blogging community has always been such a comforting and lovely place to escape too. Sometimes what you need to do, is make yourself a big-old cup of tea and switch off by reading lots of different bookish posts and surround yourself with a community that is full of so much love and support. So go and get yourself all cosy and enjoy some of the posts I loved last month!


This month love was in the air and lots of bloggers shared some of their favourite romance reads and books that made their hearts flutter:

I loved Priyasha’s @Books and Co. list of 12 romance novels that are better than a candlelit dinner, because there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book!

It’s been a month and I’m still obsessed with Bridgerton. @Two Night Stands shared a great list of romance reads that are perfect for fans of Bridgerton and I could help but add a couple of these to my TBR!

I love book quotes, and this year I want to start writing some of my favourites down and keeping a note of all of them so I can look back on them when I’m having a bad day. Becky @Becky’s Book Blog shared some book quotes that will make you swoon and I’m obsessed with all of them!

Have you ever seen or picked up a book that you’ve instantly fallen in love with? I know I have! Kathryn @The Artsy Bookworm shared her list of books that were love at first sight.

Margaret @Weird Zeal shared 5 romance book recommendations based on sitcom couples! This was such a creative and fun idea and combined two of my favourite things!

We all have that list of books that got us into reading and without them this wonderful blogging and reading journey wouldn’t have happened. Amber and Samantha @Bibliomavens shared their list of 10 books that made them fall in love with reading and it got me feeling all nostalgic, I loved it!

I love it when book recommendations are organised by their tropes and the wonderful Pilar @The Bookworm Shelf did just that and shared 24 amazing, modern, standalone romance novels recommendations!

Love isn’t always romantic and usually takes the form of friendship. Kat @The Lily Cafe shared her list of books that have fabulous friendships and it’s so refreshing to find book recommendations that celebrates the strong bond friendship, instead of the classic friends-to-lovers trope. Ive yet to read any of the books on Kat’s list but there’s definitely a few new ones on my TBR!


Lots of bloggers also shared their lists of bookish things that every book lover needs. I don’t need anymore books or bookish items but these posts have convinced me that it’s good to treat yourself now and then and to get creative:

Em @EmandHerBooks made a list 10 things every book lover needs, and although I already have a couple of things off this list, I need more! I’ve been looking at getting a nice book sleeve for while and maybe this is a sign to treat myself!

Emma @The Bookworm Girl shared a great list of gifts to buy a book lover and I need them all! I’m a big tea drinker so the bookish mug is right up my street and I’m constantly using old tatty bookmarks so it might be time to invest in a fancy new personalised one!

Georgia @Lost in Neverland has inspired me to make my own book quotes jar and I’m obsessed! This is such a wonderfully creative idea that is perfect for keeping track of some of your favourite quotes and it’s lovely to look back on them when you’re having a bad day!

Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books shared her STUNNING Pride and Prejudice collection and it’s fair to say that I’m jealous! I didn’t think I needed any more copies of Austen’s classic but Kristin has convinced me that I have to have the Penguin Clothbound Edition on my shelf!

As many of you know I’m obsessed with The Storygraph, and I’m always on the lookout for some good bookish apps! Estelle @The Bookish Garden shared some of her favourite apps that every bookworm needs on their phone/tablet and I’ve found some great new apps that I’m looking forward to trying soon!


The blogging community is a great place to find book recommendations and you never know whey you’re going to find your next favourite read:

I don’t know about you but I love reading underrated books on Goodreads, it’s like having your own little secret story that only a couple of other readers have experienced. Ally @Ally Writes Things shared her list of books with fewer than 5000 ratings on Goodreads that you should read, and I couldn’t resist adding a few of these to my TBR!

Alison @Alison in Bookland shared a great list of lesser know series by popular authors you need to read ASAP! I don’t need anymore books on my endless TBR, but I couldn’t help myself! Whoops! Anyway, she includes some great series, so be sure to check it out!

Caro @Book Cheshire Cat shared her list of books she’s put and hold and wants to pick up again soon! We’re all guilty of it and it’s encouraged me to take a look at my own list, and hopefully next month I’ll be able to tick a few off!


February 2021 will forever be know as the month A Court of Silver Flames DESTROYED me! So I had to share some reviews and celebrate this book a little more:

Becca @Toastie Books and Katie @Melting Pages shared their review on A Court of Silver Flames and I agree with everything they said! These are both great reviews and highly recommend you check them out!

I love it when people read ACOTAR and fall in love with it! Chiara @Heavenly Bookish shared her thoughts on A Court of Mist and Fury and even shared a few of her favourite fan-art pieces which I loved!


This month I also read some great discussion posts and features that I just couldn’t help but share:

Another feature I’m really enjoying recently is Riddhi @Whispering Stories blogger interviews, this is such a fun and unique idea and the perfect opportunity to discover more about the blogging community! When I’m reading these interviews I feel like I’m right there with them and a part of the conversation, I love it!

Bertie @Lumionsity Library always writes some of the best discussion posts and their recent post about women who write about gay men is brilliant. If you haven’t read it yet then I highly recommend that you do and also check out the comments for some great recommendations.

As an English Literature graduate classics have played a huge part in my life, and I loved reading about Zoë’s @Reading by the Moonlight developing relationship with them. It’s easy to fall out of love with classics and to be intimidated by them, but once you overcome that hurdle it opens up a world of beautiful and powerful stories!


And finally, lots of bloggers shared some super helpful reading and blogging tips that I had to share:

Shannen @Rekindled Bibliophile started a new series called ‘Breaking into Books’ that focuses on giving tips and advice to new readers or readers that have recently returned to books after a long break. I think this is a great idea and I look forward to following along!

It’s no secret that my TBR is way too long and needs cutting down ASAP. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who has an endless list of unread books! Chana and Malka @Paper Procrastinators shared a brilliant post on how to cut down your TBR that is guaranteed to make you smile and laugh out loud.

As I’ve mentioned earlier that I’m a big fan of classics but they can be intimidating. Shaniah @Books and Baking shared her top 10 tips on reading classics that are super helpful and perfect for anyone looking to dive into the wonderful world that is classic literature!

And finally the wonderful Sofii @ A Book. A Thought shared her tips on how to stay motivated as a reader & book blogger. I loved this post and I related to it massively! It’s only in the past couple of months that I’ve really found my blogging identity and passion and creativity for blogging again! Sometimes you just need to take a step back and focus on what you love and to keep it fun! 

‘Shadow and Bone’ (Netflix) Cast Reaction

This post was meant to be published a year ago, instead it’s been sitting all sad and forgotten in my ‘drafts’! My attitude towards this series however is the complete opposite. Words can’t describe how excited I am and I almost died when they released the cast photos! This is hands down my most anticipated TV show of the year so it’s only fitting that I finally share my reactions to all the casting and production news. Be prepared for lots of gushing and fawning.

Bardugo’s Grisha universe is a perfect example of stunning craftsmanship and unlimited imagination that is open to endless exploration and adventure. Transporting this world from page to screen isn’t a small feat but such responsibility has been embraced by executive producers Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box) and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Arrival), with Leigh Bardugo also on board as a producer. I have total and utter faith that this adaptation will stay true to the books and will successfully embody everything we as the fans cherish in this series. The show is being filmed in Budapest, a baroque city landscape that exhibits grandeur and dramatic beauty, all elements that we see mirrored throughout Bardugo’s Grishaverse. I look forward to witnessing the stunning architecture and filming locations when it is safe to do so, especially since my trip there was sadly cancelled this year.

When casting such a well-loved series there’s always a chance that some fans will be disappointed, but I don’t think this is the case for this show. The casting directors for this show have hit the nail on the head for every single character; it’s PERFECT.

Shadow and Bone

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Let’s start with the main man himself, The Darkling who is being played by Ben Barnes! *Swoon*. My love for him as Prince Caspian in Narnia has never died and now we get to fall for him all over again, but time as the villain! This is one my favourite castings, and to me he’s the perfect Darkling, he’s got that mysterious and cunning stare that would easily have me spilling all my secrets!

Alina Starkov: Jessie Mei Li. The decision in making Alina half-shu is brilliant and I love the fact that we are get to see a half-asian actress in a major role. I’m so excited to see what Jessie does with this character and I hope this encourages more biracial and multiracial characters to be represented in film and books. The more I look at her the more I see Alina, and I can’t praise this casting enough.

Mal Oretsev: Archie Renaux. Mal was never my favourite character in the series BUT I’m excited for this casting and maybe Archie might change my opinion on Mal? He’s another casting that I’m slowly falling in love with, I’ll happily be the first one to throw my hands up and admit that I was wrong to hate book Mal!

Genya Saffin: Dasiy Head. Another casting that I love and I’m eager to see how they transform and bring such a heartbreakingly loveable character to life. Sadly Genya’s casting has been getting a lot of hate but I want to say loud and clear that I think she is BEAUTIFUL!

Zoya Nazyalensky: Sujaya Dasgupta. Zoya is such a strong personality and renegade, so Sujaya has got some big boots to fill, but I’m quietly confident that she’s going to kill it.

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Kaz Breker: Freddy Carter. He’s got that chizzled, artful mastermind look about him, everything about him screams Kaz! This is probably my favourite casting of the entire series, Freddy Carter IS Kaz and I can’t wait to see him brought to life.

Inej Ghafa: Amita Suman. This cast is so diverse and I’m so excited to see all the different representation on screen and for others to fall in love with these characters and their story. Once again, another casting that I’m utterly in love with and plus I’m living for all the behind the scenes of her stunt training on instagram!

Jasper Fahey: Kit Young. He’s got that charming smile and cunning look and I’m just so excited to see one of my favourite characters come to life. I can’t wait to see his character on screen and all those epic fight scenes with his gunslinging skills.

Nina Zenik: Danielle Galligan. Just look at that headshot, if looks could kill! Another casting that sadly has been getting a lot of hate due to her not being ‘curvy’ or ‘big’ enough’. It’s evidently clear that the creators and actors of this show care a lot about these characters, so I’m choosing to focus on the positives and celebrate this incredible cast. Nina is such a strong and powerful character and I’m confident that Danielle will do her justice.

Matthias Helvar : Calahan Skogman. The longer I look at the cast pictures the more and more I see these characters come to life! Calahan you better look after my little Matthias!

Damn this is one good-looking cast! You can already see, how much thought, care and enthusiasm has been put into this show and I living for all of the cast behind the scene photos. Clearly they are just as excited and passionate about this shows and its characters as the fans.

Shadow and Bone will be hitting our screens on 23rd April 2021 and until then I’ll be re-reading all the books in preparation for an ultimate binge-sesh when it’s finally released!