Thoughts on Game of Thrones Season 6

I was really looking forward to write this article, but now that I’m actually doing it I don’t even know where to start or what to say… Anyway, this season was my favourite so far (at least I think so. I liked it much better than the previous one!) and though I was getting tired at the end of S5 now I’m totally back on track and I can’t wait for the next season! If I muster my courage I will also try and finish the books by next year… But anyway, back to business!

WARNING: SPOILERS

I really like the fact that this season is finally giving some true power to our ladies instead of having them raped. Of course, we had Daenerys but her plot was getting boring, and now she finally got some action (that did not include ride her dragons or survive a fire). The alliance with the Greyjoys was totally unexpected, and I totally love the idea, especially since I totally love Yara as a queen. Though yeah, she has not been chosen by her people, but that’s only a matter of time. At least I hope so. And it’s also good to see Theon getting his mind back, but back to the ladies.

We have Dany and Yara totally ruling their job. Margery was also awesome this season, though we didn’t see her much. I was really looking forward to see what her plan was with the High Sparrow and everything, but someone had other plans in mind… And that’s a waste if I have to be honest. I already despised Cersei (though not that much with that season) and now I just plainly hate her. I can’t stand her. I’m totally disappointed by this. However that was still an interesting plot twist, because we all have to admit, Tommen was not a really strong king. Though I totally didn’t see his suicide coming. But I guess the writers had to make the story move on…

But back to our ladies, because I am not done with them. We saw Melisandre getting weaker, until she left, and I couldn’t help but feel sad, even though part of me still hates her because of all the people she killed supposedly for the lord of lights. She is still a very interesting character and I hope we will see more of her, because now that we know she is an old lady, it cannot be the end of her! And once again, we got our strong Northern ladies. Arya is finally coming home and getting through with her revenge. That episode with Lord Frey was totally amazing, it’s really good to have her back… and mastering the art of the faceless gods! I’m totally excited for what is awaiting her, and I really want her to be back with Sansa.

Speaking of Sansa, she was extremely awesome this season. She has always been one of my favourite characters, and this season totally overpassed my expectations, with what of finally being back and and at peace with Jon, getting the Lords of the Vale to fight Ramsay, and then killing Ramsay, and finally rejecting Littlefinger. I was totally ready to have her crowned Queen in the North in the season finale, and I have to admit I’m a bit bummed by what happened. The fact that they accept Jon, a bastard, as their king is great. But really, I wanted Sansa to be crowned, she completely deserves it. Jon was supporting her and suddenly BAM he becomes king… I totally didn’t see that coming.

But anyway, we will get to see more of Sansa Badass Stark in the next season, or at least, we better. The last awesome lady I wanted to mention is Lyanna Mormont. We have all noticed that kid who can talk better than grown men, and supported the Starks without second thoughts. I really like the fact that we have some more Mormont characters introduced on the show, because they are definitely interesting, and oh boy, this kid is just amazing!

More stuff I liked:

* Davos becomeing Jon’s right hand just like that
* Arya killing the blonde bitch
* Jaime and Brienne
* Lady Olenna getting her shit together even though she has no family left that we know of and forming an alliance with the Sand Snakes because why not
* Tyrion swearing allegiance to Daenerys and becoming the Hand of the Queen
* Pod is still alive
* Jon finally cut his hair
* Bran’s plot omg how could I forget that! First of all, I’m so glad we have him back this season, and I totally love his plot. He learns so many interesting things, and so do we which is great. He is not the three eyed raven which I supposed is pretty badass. We finally learned who his true parents were. We finally confirmend that Benjen Stark was not dead, and I expect we have not seen the end of him. And Bran is going home!

* Daenerys has finally managed to form strong alliances and is finally sailing to Weteros. There are more and more interconnections between the characters and I just love it. Team badass is going to take the Iron Throne, and Tyrion is going to get his revenge on his sister! (oh and I just love the friendship between Varys and Tyrion)

Now, a few things which broke my heart I disliked:

* Hold the door
* Rickon’s death
* Bringing back (supposedly?) dead character like Edmure and the Hound for no reason when there are already so many things happening
* Margery and Loras were totally wasted in that last episode

Overall, so many things happened, I loved it, and I can’t wait for next season! (And I finally managed to get a proper article together, damn , I was planning on writing this on Monday so I could post other things this week…) Anyway, feel free to comment with your opinion below, I would love to discuss the show! Have a nice day!

Teaser Tuesday #24

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme is hosted by MizB from Books and a Beat.

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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This week I am rereading Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan! I reread the first book last summer, it feels so good to dive into this world again…

Genre: Children Book, Mythology Retelling

My quote:

“I said nothing. Despite the javelins pointed at me, it wasn’t the bear twins who scared me.” – p.120

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Sunday Recommendations: Plays

Today I’m making a special edition of my Sunday Recommendations, and I’m going to share a few plays I really enjoyed that you might want to check out if you are curious!

I know that reading a play is not usually an obvious pick, but on the birght side, they’re a quick read, and usually enjoyable and easy to understand… Here are some I really enjoyed!

*****

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream

I couldn’t go for plays without mentioning a Shakespeare! I have read and studied several of his plays, and I know he wrote many tragedies, but this one has to be my favourite! If you have never read it, you should definitely check it out!

Antigone by Jean Anouilh

Antigone

A modern retelling of the myth of Antigone, the daughter of Œdipus.

Andromaque by Jean Racine

Racine's Andromaque

17th century retelling of an ancient tragic myth of love and death, this one is a classic in French literature.

Tiger at the Gates by Jean Giraudoux

Tiger at the Gates

This one is another modern retelling of the Trojan War, and what may have happened inside the walls to try and avoid the conflict… It is really a wonderdul work by a wonderful author.

Dirty Hands by Jean Paul Sartre

Dirty Hands

Fictional political drama written during times of war, it questions things such as responsibilities and such, and it’s a fascinating text.

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House

On of my recent reads, this one is about women and independance, how they should be treated, and the fact that they should be able to get independance in order to be whole human beings… At least that’s how I read it, and it was a really interesting book!

The Cid by Pierre Corneille

The Cid

One last French classic to conclude my list! This one is probably one of the most studied books here in France, but I remember it vividly and I really liked it. It takes place in Spain during medieval times and is the tale of star-crossed lovers, a tale of revenge, duty, honour and impossible love… Which may seem ridiculous since it includes many long lost traditions, but it’s more than this, and it’s a really great story. Really.

*****

And that all for this week! I’m really lazy and tired so I won’t write any more, but I hope you enjoyed! Have a nice Sunday! (And now I’m thinking of more books I could have recommended… That will have to wait for another article I guess.)

Rainbow Booktag

Hello lovelies! I was nominated by MrsCarrowl for the Rainbow Book tag, here is her post if you want to check it out! Thank you dear ♥

Here are the rules:
1. Must be the dominant color of the COVER, not the spine!
2. If you do not own a book of a certain colour, just choose one that has the colour on it somewhere
3. It has to be a book you own and/or has to be the exact edition you read (I always chose the edition that I own, and it turns out that sometimes, it’s not the actual one I read)
4.TAG some people to do it! Whether they be Bloggers, Bookstagrammers or BookTubers!

So without further ado, here we go!

RED
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

ORANGE
One Day by David Nicholls

One Day

YELLOW
More than this by Patrick Ness
(that’s the best I could do…)

More Than This

GREEN
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

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TURQUOISE
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
(This one was not included at first but I figured I would add it since I have so many turquoise books!)

The Beginning of Everything

BLUE
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

PURPLE
The Weaver’s Riddle: Mist & Whispers by Claire Marie Lucas

Mist & Whispers (The Weaver's Riddle, #1)

PINK
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline

WHITE
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

BROWN
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

BLACK
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Tag, you’re it!
Jen from Jen’s Bookish Journey
Ally from Reading in the Rain
Norah from Bookish Fever
And whoever wants to do it, obviously! This was really fun!

Have a nice day everyone ♥

Scarlet: My Review

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Genre: YA, dystopia, retelling, fantasy
My rating: ★★★★★
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication year: 2013

Warning: As much as I tried not to involve spoilers for Scarlet in my review, I couldn’t avoid including spoilers for the first instalment, Cinder. So if you haven’t read that one yet, read at your own risk!

The story:

In this second instalment of the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder is on the run, and must at all cost avoid getting caught by the Lunar Queen Levana. She is trying to find Michelle Benoit, a woman who could know more about her and how she ended up here.

On the other side of the world, Michelle is missing, and her granddaughter Scarlet is doing everything she can to find her, even if that requires the help of street fighter Wolf, whom she doesn’t trust at all. But the dangerous young man seems to know more than he lets him, and Scarlet is willing to risk everything if it can help her find her grandmother, and find out about the secret she has been hiding her entire life…

My opinion:

First I wanted to say that it took me a little while to get into the story, so I thought I would be disappointed, but then all the action and the things I loved it Cinder came back, and I couldn’t help but love it. I heard so many great things about the Lunar Chronicles, and I thought the series might be over-praised, but really, it’s totally worth it! And yes, some things might be a bit predictable, but really, it doesn’t matter because all the unpredictable things compensate!

It was a pleasure to find again all the characters I grew attached to in the first book, well especially Cinder, Kai and Iko. And I also quickly fell in love with the new additions: Thorne, the runaway convict who is gorgeous and charming, even if that doesn’t affect Cinder at all, and of course, Scarlet and Wolf.

I liked the fact that this book was longer than the first one, and I have to say, I really loved the dynamic betwee Scarlet and Wolf, and how their relationship evolved through the book. They are so precious and so perfect for one another!

We learnt more about Levana’s secrets and about Luna, which was interesting. And by the end, even though Kai ends up in one hell of a mess, we know he still cares about Cinder, and interesting stuff is going to happen in the next volume… And I can’t wait!

One more thing I wanted to mention is how much I enjoy the writing style. Like, really. Marissa Meyer is basically describing an omelette cooking and I’m like, I wish I could write this. I wish I could write like this. So yeah, congratulations, you got me.

Overall, this book was amazing, and if you are reluctant to give this series a shot because of all the hype, what you need to know is that it is absolutely worth all this hype! The characters are amazing, and diverse, which is amazing, and the plot is never resting… You won’t be bored, and you won’t regret it!

Recommended for:

Dystopia and retellings lovers!

Teaser Tuesday #23

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme is hosted by MizB from Books and a Beat.

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

A Doll's House

This week I’m reading a play! You have probably heard of it, it’s called A Doll’s House and it was written by Henrik Ibsen.

Release date: 1879

Genre: Classic, Drama, Feminism

My quote:

“But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves.”
“It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.”

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Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose – My Review

Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose (Records of the Ohanzee, #3)

I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for a honest review. This doesn’t influence my review in anyway.

Thorn of the White Rose is the third book in the Records of the Ohanzee series. It was written by Rachel Smith, and published on May 29th.

Genre: YA, Fantasy

My rating: ★★★★☆

Warning: May contain spoilers for the first and second books in the series!

The story:

In this third installment of the series, Nerissa continues her quest for the mysterious books and the prophecy along with the members of the Ohanzee who still believe she is a man called Caeneus, who is heir to thr throne. She is indeed the heir, however not the one they expected since they believe she is dead.

The stories picks up exactly where book two left, and we also see Nerissa and Rian getting closer!

If you want to read more about this series, you can check out the following articles:
Book 1          Book 2          Interview with Rachel Smith

My opinion:

I read the first books a few month ago, it it took me a moment to immerse myself back into the story, however once that was done, I was absolutely delighted to be back into this fantastic world. My only regret is that I wish the book had been longer!

First of all, I have to say I really love the writing style. I just really enjoy how it’s written, and that makes reading the book extremely pleasant. And before I move further I also really love the cover of this book.

Now, on to the characters. Nerissa is still hiding under the disguise of Caeneus, and to be honest, she is doing it awesomely… Except there is trouble ahead on two sides: her voice-changing necklace is acting weird, and of course, there is Rian. I really liked what this book had in store for my favourite heiress, and I really like her character development: even though she wants to get back what is truly hers (aka the throne) she doesn’t want any blodshed, she wants to do and keep things right, etc. She is really honourable, and at the same time, we see in her relationships with Raysel, Rian or Desta that she is still a very human characters. She likes being treated as equal to the others, and is a protective “big brother” to Desta, and it’s really pleasant.

I also enjoy the fact that this book is not overflowing with romance, because it is obviously not the most important thing the characters have to do. At the same time, the change in the relationships between the characters (trying to remain spoiler free, that’s not easy) is discreetly introduced, and the romantic aspect of the story (which is grabbing all my feels and makes me act like a crazy fangirl) is just perfect, and in the right amount! Yes, that probably doesn’t seem really clear to you, but I wanted it to stay spoiler free. Let’s say that the plot is slowly introducing a little bit of romance, and I had been waiting for it so I’m delighted, and it is not in the central focus, which is really pleasant, because the rest of the intrigue is awesome and should not be overshadowed!

Through this book, we saw old characters like of course, the members of the Ohanzee, and Charis. We also read about Casimer and his family, as well as the Senka. And we met new characters such as Barr, who is a really great introduction to the plot! Overall, it was really pleasant to read about them, even though reading about Casimer and the Senka irks me since, you know, they’re the villain. My only regret concerning this aspect of the novel is that we didn’t really get to see Shae or Ildiko, and I really like both of these badass ladies, but hopefully they will be back in the next (and final?) installment!

Overall, it was a great sequel (though my favourite remains the second book!). The story keeps evolving, and it’s really refreshing. I just wish it would have been a little bit longer because I am extremely curious as to what will happen next!

Recommended for:

YA & Fantasy lovers obviously. If you like adventures and stories such as Red Queen you will probably like that one as well and it’s less bloody, if I may!

PS: You can follow Rachel Smith on her blog if you want to learn more about this series and have the news before anyone else! Her blog is called Records of the Ohanzee