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Book Review: ‘Lord of Shadows’ by Cassandra Clare

“Break my heart,” he said. “Break it in pieces. I give you permission.”  – Me before reading every Cassandra Clare novel One thing I’ve always appreciated about Cassandra Clare’s books is how layered they are. The first time you read…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×11 Review: ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’

Oh, the joys of season (or in this case, mid-season) premieres. They’re always my favourite episodes of every season, because they hold so much promise. I haven’t been worn down by a full season of ridiculousness, bad CGI and cringey…

Anne With An ‘E’ 1×06 Review: Remorse Is the Poison of Life

We knew from the beginning that Anne With An ‘E’ was going to be a more modern take on the Anne of Green Gables story. Feminist themes have been made more explicit, and most of the additions to the story…

Anne With An ‘E’ 1×04 Review: An Inward Treasure Born

If there’s one thing Anne With An ‘E’ has gotten right in these first four episodes, it’s characterization. This version of Anne Shirley has all of the book character’s boundless imagination and stubborn pride. Marilla is every bit as layered,…

Anne With and ‘E’ 1×02 Review: I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me

It took me a very, very long time to sort out my feelings about the second episode of Anne. To be honest, I’m glad I got to wait awhile before writing the review, because I needed to figure out how…

‘Pitch’: The ABCs of Bawson

It’s a tough time to be a Pitch fan. Despite a stellar first season, the baseball drama has yet to be renewed by FOX, and with every passing day the chances that we will get to see Ginny Baker back on…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×10 Review: ‘By the Light of Dawn’

I never thought I’d say this, but watching the midseason premiere of Shadowhunters, I actually envied all the show fans who hadn’t read the books. As an episode of a TV Show, By the Light of Dawn was epic. It…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×09 Review: ‘Bound by Blood’

I’m not ready to give up on Shadowhunters. I probably never will, to be honest. I mean, I sat through all of season 1 and did not for one second lose hope that it would one day blossom into a…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×08 Review: ‘Love is the Devil’

If I had to describe Shadowhunters in two words, they would be “wasted potential.” For a show with so much good material to draw from, it seems annoyingly tone-deaf to which book elements will translate well on screen and which…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×07 Review: ‘How Are Thou Fallen’

Slowly but surely, Shadowhunters seems to be finding its stride. In this second season, the cinematography has been good, the acting has gotten much better, the script has improved considerably since the premiere, and the plot isn’t totally dumb anymore.…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×06 Review: ‘Iron Sisters’

I didn’t have high expectations for Iron Sisters, the sixth episode of Shadowhunters season 2. But as I’ve learned over my one year of watching and writing about this show, the lower my expectations, the better the show is probably…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×05 Review: ‘Dust and Shadows’

Shadowhunters is at its best when it focuses on its characters, and Dust and Shadows demonstrated that. The character moments were amazing: Jace and Clary’s chemistry continues to be amazing, Alec just about stole every scene he was in, and…

Shadowhunters Needs to Fix its Shapeshifting Rune

Of all the senseless additions to the Shadow World that Shadowhunters has introduced over its first two seasons, the shapeshifting rune – that useful little mark that allows all our nephilim characters to seamlessly disguise themselves as other people –…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×04 Review: ‘Day of Wrath’

I went into episode four, Day of Wrath, with more hope than I’ve had about Shadowhunters in a very long time. This was the first episode with the new show-runners, who I’d heard pretty good things about. I wasn’t expecting…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×03 Review: ‘Parabatai Lost’

Remember episode three of the first season? I’m not trying to bring up bad memories, I promise. I know nobody could ever forget the total shitshow that was 1×03, or the controversy and drama that arose from it. The point…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×02 Review: ‘A Door Into the Dark’

Is it too early to say I’m optimistic? It’s no secret that I was not a big fan of Shadowhunters season 1, aside from a select few storylines. And though the season two premiere showed a lot of promise, that…

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×01 Review: ‘This Guilty Blood’

I’m not sure what I expected from the Shadowhunters season two premiere. A small improvement over season one, I guess? I know what I was hoping for. I wanted good character scenes, better cinematography, more consistent world building and more…

BROTPs That Ruled 2016

As fans, we tend to focus a lot on the romance in movies, books and TV shows. But sometimes, it’s the friendships that provide the most heartwarming moments and, let’s be honest, the most solid relationships. Even if your OTP…

‘Pitch’ 1×10 Review: ‘Don’t Say It’

I don’t want this to be the end. Pitch has been one of the best shows on television this season. It’s relevant, it’s entertaining, and it’s so important. This show has a wonderfully diverse cast. Its writing is much better…

‘Pitch’ 1×09 Roundtable: ‘Scratched’

Here at Fangirlish, we are absolutely smitten with FOX’s new baseball drama Pitch. A hopeful, empowering story with phenomenal production value, lots of positive representation and an entire cast of relatable characters, it stole our hearts in episode one and still…

‘Pitch’ 1×09 Review: ‘Scratched’

I want to say that last night’s episode of Pitch was one of my favourites all season. It kind of was. I loved it, up until the very end. Scratched was emotional, it resonated with me personally, the characters were all…