Top 5 Wednesday: Settings I would like to see more of

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Here is another Top 5 Wednesday, and this week it is Top 5 Settings you would like to see more of.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

The Ancient World

As a history buff, the ancient world was always fascinated me, in particular ancient Egypt with it being one of the first civilizations, so it has large potentials for a series. I always would like to see an Egyptian version of Game of Thrones

A Desert Island

As a fan of both Lost and Lord of the Flies. A desert island has a multitude of possibility for a compelling story. Having to deal with how humans have to survive on an island with limited resources.

A Galaxy Far Far Away…. or Space

No it is not Star Wars. But what I always felt was lacking in most YA books is a good space opera set across the galaxy Space also has endless possibilities for compelling stories thanks to TV shows like Star Trek, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. It could also introduce political and social commentary.

The Wild West

Growing up I always loved Westerns. I believe that Westerns shouldn’t just be reserved for TV Shows and Movies. I think there is a possibility for a great series set in West, dealing with lawmen and robbers. Also seeing lawless town and how they survive.Not all westerns need to be set on Earth.

Victorian London

As a fan of Sherlock, this is one I would love to see. Everything about Victorian London fascinates me, and could lead to a great murder mystery series. I think it could also introduce some Steampunk elements as well.

There’s my list. What settings would you like to see more of. Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Game of Thrones Season Six Review with Spoilers

Yeah, I meant to do an episode by episode review of the season but than I got really bust and didn’t have time to watch the episodes live, so this is me doing a season six review of Game of Thrones.

This season, in my opinion is seriously the best season the show has put out since season three. I really liked that this was the season in which stuff was getting done, story lines are moving forward. Also as a book reader I was excited for what the season had to offer because since the last two books Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring hasn’t been released yet I really didn’t know what was going to happen.

Lets discuss some story lines. First Bran’s story line in sort of flashing back to when Ned Stark was fighting in the war. He was finding out some family secrets with the help of the Three-Eyed-Raven and also learning the significance of the White Walkers and where they came from.

One of the key parts is in the episode The Door in which he was flashing back to when Ned was a child and met Hodor who could actually speak, but while he was there he may have led to Hodor’s sanity and maybe Bran is manipulating time, especially when Hodor was told to “Hold The Door” which led to him saying Hodor, and also his death.

Another key story line was Arya in Bravoss. When working for the Faceless Men she is tasked to killing an actress, who basically stars in a Westeros version of the Ember Island Players from Avatar: The Last Air Bender. After she fails her tasks, she ditches the Faceless Men, but soon after she confronts Walder Frey in the best way possible; killing him after letting him know she killed his sons and baked them in a pie.

While Maisse Williams and the Arya story line was pretty brief within the episodes it did make an impact on her character and her development.

In the Iron Island, after the death of Balon Greyjoy, Euron takes control and willing to kill both  Yara and Theon to take his power. Yara and Theon leaves to make their way to Meeran in order to meet Dany, and start an alliance with her. While it was also a brief story line it did lead to Yara and Dany shippers.

After Daenerys, manages to leave the Dothraki army she finally returns to Meeran and trying to maintain control from the Slavers with the help of Tyrion, and in Battle of the Bastards she succeeds by using her dragons. Also with the help of Yara and Theon finally manages to maker way to Westeros while also naming Tyrion, Hand of the Queen.

At the wall, Jon Snow coming back from the dead is now dealing with the fact that Ramsey Bolton has Rickon and using him as a bargaining chip in order to get Sansa back. Snow is trying to form an alliance with other house in order to have an army to fight Ramsey Bolton to back back Winterfell. The Battle of The Bastards episode was such a great episode, with great visuals and Ramsey Bolton being the bastard that he kills Rickon by making him run towards Jon and killing him right when Jon gets to him.

When it felt that all hope was lost, Sansa with the help of Littlefinger brings to Knights of the Vale in order to fight the battle with Jon Snow defeating Ramsey in a hand-to-hand combat. It was so great seeing the the Stark banner back in Winterfell and seeing the Starks reclaim the North. Also the Ramsey Snow death scene was so good to watch especially seeing Sansa feed Ramsey to his dogs.

Finally in Kings Landing, Cersei is dealing with the power struggles in regards to her sin, King Tommen and the Grand Maester who basically took over Kings Landing and his ruling by proxy. Cersei is spending most of the season trying to gain power back at Kings Landings and it comes to a head at the finale when she is suppose to be on trial, she doesn’t show up and in her absence burns the trial room and all inside including the Grand Maester and Queen Margery. King Tommen then kills himself which leads to Cersei becoming Queen once again. But not before killing most of her enemies including the Nun who “shamed” her.

What a great season it was and it took so many twist and turns. It really pushed the stories forward and you could tell that the show is coming to close. Dany, and her crew is on their way to Westeros. Cersei is on her way to becoming the Mad Queen and the Starks took back the North. It was truly one of the best seasons the show has done.

Grade: A+

Season MVP: Kit Harrington and Lena Heady

Season Best Episodes: The Door, Battle of The Bastards and The Winds of Winter.

 

Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Fantasy Novels

Happy Friday all,

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

For this weeks Hype or Like Friday, it is favorite fantasy novels. I love fantasy novels, especially ones that transports you to a different world where you would love to live in.

Here are my favorites:

A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

I got into the series after watching the first season of Game of Thrones, and since I was very impatient and couldn’t wait a year for the second season, I decided to start reading the book, and loved the series.

The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Willaims Chima

This is a series I recently got into after many recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers. I like that it is still set in the modern world and still does a good job on handling the fantasy elements. I love the all the characters, and it reminds me a lot of Percy Jackson meets Harry Potter.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I was originally was a fan of her Legend series and I was surprised that her follow up series is a a fantasy series, since Legend was a a dystopian. I instantly loved the first book and I currently reading the Rose Society and love what I am reading. Adelina is one of my favorite characters despite all what she has done. She is a great anti-hero, and I love how Marie Lu is creating a persons descent into villainy.

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The one that started it all. I know its redundant but the Harry Potter series is amazing, and got me into reading. I love everything about this series. At 11 years old I wanted to go to Hogwarts, that’s how much I love the series.

Those are my favorites. Let me know what yours are.

Top 5 Wednesday: Fathers/Father Figures

Hello everyone,

Sorry I haven’t done a Top 5 Wednesday in a while. The previous two topics I couldn’t think of anything to write and I apologize for not getting one in.

For this week it Top 5 Fathers/Father Figures in honor of Fathers Day. They also did one for Top 5 Mothers/Maternal Figure. Here is mine.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Ned Stark from a Song of Ice and Fire

In the terrible world that is Westeros, where everyone is scheming, killing, and deceiving to get what they want. Ned Stark is one of the few noble men in Westeros. He is also a good father to is children and wishes to protect them from the dark world that is Westeros. He is also willing to do the honorable thing even though it has dire consequences.

Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter series

I put Molly Weasley on the Mother list, so why not put Arthur Weasley on this list. Like Molly, he is a good parent to his children and also to Harry and Hermione. He is also a key member of the Order of Phoenix.

Haymitch Abernathy from The Hunger Games Trilogy

While he isn’t a father, he is a mentor to both Katniss and Peeta during their time in the Hunger Games. Even if he doesn’t show it he is a father figure to them both inside and outside the arena.

Dr. Erland from The Lunar Chronicles

Okay, Dr. Erland will not be played by Martin Freeman, but he is who I pictured as Dr. Erland. He is a great father figure to Cinder in the first book and acts as a “fairy god-mother” to Cinder. He is also the father of Cress, the title character of the the third book. You can tell he really cares about both Cinder and Cress.

Jack Salmon from the Lovely Bones

He is a father who is obsessed with trying to figure out what happened to his daughter. In the book you could feel his loss and of course like most fathers he would want to know what happened to his daughter.

That is my list. Let me know who your favorite fathers are.

Happy Wedneday

X-Men Apocalypse Movie Review

Hello everyone,

Sorry, that I haven’t posted in a while. I was extremely busy being away at several graduations including my own so I haven’t had time to read or post.

For this post I am reviewing the latest X-Men movie X-Men Apocalypse.

For my history with the X-Men, I grew up reading the comics and watching the 90s animated series, I do know about a lot of the characters and story-lines. Now lets talk about the movie.

The movie picks up 10 years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Brian Singer back in the directors chair. The Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters is back in session with Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) leading the school. Mutants aren’t seen as a viable threat thanks to Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) role in saving the president from the last movie. Also what has happened back in Egypt was that what was said to be first Mutant has reawakened and wants to take over with the help of his Four Horseman. Angel (Ben Hardy), PsyLocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexanra Shipp) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

The X-Men has to use some new students which include Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheriden) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in order to stop Apocalypse from destroying the world.

I really liked this movie. While it wasn’t as good as First Class or Days of Future Past, it still did a good job at adapting the Apocalypse story, but also gave us a sense of danger on how Apocalypse was such a threat and needed to be stopped. I thought the new X-Men or the younger versions of Jean, Scott and Kurt were very good, especially if it was their first mission.

I also loved that they brought back Quicksilver (Evan Peters) from the Days of Future Past and used him again for this movie by having him actually join the team. If you liked his scene from Days of Future Past, you will defiantly love his scene in Apocalypse.

While I did like this movie, it wasn’t without flaws. I think it had some pacing problems in the beginning which was basically playing catch up from the characters of the last movie. Another weak aspect was how Mystique spent most of the movie in “Jennifer Lawrence” mode. I thought Jennifer Lawrence did a good job, but if you read the comics the aspect of Mystique is that she doesn’t hid who she really is, it also defeated the purpose of her arc in First Class.

I also felt the the Four Horsemen, aside from Storm and Magneto didn’t get their fair share of development as I thought they should have. But that would have made the movie 3 hours long.

In the end, I enjoyed X-Men Apocalypse, while not as good as First Class or Days of Future Past, it was still an enjoyable X-Men movie.

Grade: A-