Game of Thrones Season Seven review (Spoilers)

Hello everyone,

With the seventh season of Game of Thrones coming to a close it is only befitting that I review this season. I was initially going to do an episode by episode review but I realized that would take up so much time.

The season sort of picks up where the last season left off. Jon Snow is King of the North with the Starks having control over Winterfell, but is now dealing with the threat of the White Walkers north of The Wall. Daenerys Targaryen, just reached Dragonstone with her three dragons and finally reached Westeros with her allies; Yara Greyjoy, The Dornish fleet and the Tyrells. Cersei being just crowned Queen is trying to make her moves in order to consolidate power.

This season was seven episodes long and everything was moving pretty fast. When Jon Snow went to Daenerys for help with the White Walkers it didn’t take long to reach Dragonstone from Winterfell, when in earlier seasons it would take episodes for a character to reach their destination it took just the same episode.

The meeting of Jon and Daenerys was something that fans have been hoping for. Many since the show started started shipping them, even though it was revealed last season that Jon Snow is actually the son of Rhaeghar Targaryen and Lynna Stark, so it makes Jon Snow, Daenerys nephew so their relationship is very incest. But hey this is also a show in which a twin brother and sister also have sex and produced three children.

One of my gripes with this season was how Daenerys had allies and then were lost within an episode. She lost Yara Greyjoy and Dorne to Euron’s fleet very easily and the Tyrells to the Lannister army. I think it was to speed up Jon and Dany.

 

Another plot dealt with the reunion of the surviving Stark children. First it was Bran who became the Three-eyed Raven and then Arya. The reunion plot line dealt mostly with Arya and Sansa, both reuniting after being through some shit. Both also wondering if they would trust each other, with Littlefinger trying to pull the strings. But in the end, they realize that Littlefinger shouldn’t be trusted and he gets executed which was a glorious scene to watch.

The end of the season comes in which a council meeting being set up with all of the kingdoms represented, in order to deal with the White Walker situation, and the tension was very high, with Cersei doing a little backroom deal with Euron, and Jamie finally telling his sister off, and telling her that is was a stupid idea.

While this season was a short season with seven episodes, it still told a lot of story. It also moved the plot even more forward with only 13 episodes left. You can tell from this season that the end or “Winter” is coming. Six more episodes and the show is over. It does fell weird that I am watching the show ending rather than reading it, but George RR Martin didn’t finish the books yet.

I felt this season was really good, while not as good as season six but still a great season. you see everything is coming to an end, and I am excited to see how the series ends.

Grade: A

Best Episode: The Wolf and the Dragon

Season MVP: Leanna Heady and Sophie Turner

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Now I Rise by: Kiersten White

Summary:

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.

The Review:

Last year, I read the first book And I Darken, and it was one of my favorite books that I read last year, so of course I was excited to read its sequel, and it really didn’t disappoint and was a really great sequel.

The book picks up some time after the ending of And I Darken with Lada trying to reclaim Wallachia. I like Lada in this book, she is starting to become a lot more darker in this book. I like that she has a bigger leadership role, she reminded me a lot of Adelina from The Young Elites. She is very blood thirsty, but what made it good was the fact that she was still sympathetic. She does a lot of awful things throughout the book, but in a way you see that there is a reason for her doing those awful things.

Radu, a character who I felt was very whiny in the previous book was a lot better developed in this book. He spends most of book basically torn between his allegiance to Mehmed and his sister, Lada. When asked to be a double agent for Mehmed he starts to learn about Mehmed’s dealings and wondering if there is more than meets the eye. I liked his relationship with Cyprian was really well developed and I liked his character. Radu was a lot more fleshed out in this book and is starting to become one of my favorite characters.

While the book wan’t was action heavy as other fantasy books it relied primarily on military strategy and forming alliances with kingdoms mainly with the Italians. I loved seeing the Italians, it was great that we were able to see other kingdoms within the series and it was nice to see it expanded upon. It also dives heavily into the political aspect of the world, which I always found was very lacking in other YA novels.

I would also describe this book as sort of a “bridge book”. While it isn’t as plot driven, it was very character driven. It also had a lot of build up that will hopefully pay off in the next book. I don’t know if this will be a trilogy or will there be more books, but if any of the first two books if anything I think the series should only get better.

In the end, Now I Rise was a fantastic sequel that expanded on both its universe and its characters. The two leads had a lot more development and had a lot more character progression. I really have high hopes for this series and I hope it gets better.

Grade: 4.5/5

 

Dividing Eden by: Joelle Charbonneau

Summary:

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

The Review:

This is a book I wanted to pick up, mainly because of the premise. I liked the Hunger Games mixed in within the fantasy genre and how both Carys and Andreus had to battle for a throne they didn’t know they would have to.

While the book does sort of start off a little slow, once the conflict starts, in which the king and crowned prince were assassinated, that is where the story picks up. In the beginning you the relationship that both Carys and Andreus has as twins. Also with the fact that they weren’t groomed for the crown.

You really see the relationship between Carys and Andreues. Carys always feels protective of her brother, and when hey are given the trials to determine who gets the crown, she immediately is against it and is trying to come up with deceitful ways in order to protect each other and put one over on the Elders.

Throughout the book they are put on trials to see which one will take the crown, but as the story goes on both of the twins are pushed to their limits. The Trials of Succession felt almost like a messed up Triwizard Tournament, and it tested how Carys and Andreus would be as leaders.

In terms of the Twins, I liked Carys a lot more. I feel like a lot of the development went to her character as she was the more critical thinker. While I did also like Andreus, I felt that his character lacked a lot of development. Maybe the next book will further devleop his character.

I also liked a lot of the side characters, in particularly Imogen and Erick. Imogen was betrothed of Andreus’s brother Micah, but was also having an affair with Andreus. She is a seer and could tell the future of the Kingdom. Erick is a sort of love interests for Carys, while yes there was a love element, it was developed well and didn’t distract from the story.

The book also had some really good twists that I really don’t want to spoil, while some you could see coming, others would take you by surprise. It also has some good magical elements which sort of surprised me but I enjoyed anyway.

In the end, Dividing Eden was a very good book. While it was a little light on the plot, the characters were very engaging and it had a great cliff hanger ending that makes me excited for the next book.

Grade: 4/5

August TBR

Hello everyone,

sorry for the lack of posts, I was in a bit of a reading slump and now I am hopefully back into reading.

I haven’t done this in a while. but I wanted to do a TBR for August, and hopefully I will actually read these books.

Dividing Eden by: Joelle Charbonneau

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Shadowshaper by: Daniel Jose Older

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Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “Lo siento” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future. 

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

The Upside of Unrequited by: Becky Albertalli

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Those are just the few books for my August TBR. Do you have any suggestions to get me out of my slump? What’s on your TBR for August? Let me know in the comments below.