Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fandom Mashups (60)

Fandom Mashups is a feature hosted by Lunar Rainbows Reviews. There's a different scenario each week, and you choose a "dream team" of five characters from five different fandoms whom you think are best suited for the situation.

This week's topic is:
FAE! In an enchanted forest, you've stumbled upon a magical realm of the Fae. 1 - Who are the Fae you hope to meet there? And 2 - Who are you travelling with to help you survive amongst this immortal and cruel race?

  1. RHYSAND (A Court of Thorns and Roses): Yep, nothing less than all caps for the High Lord of the Night Court, and my #1 Fae I'd like to meet! ♥
  2. Aelin (Throne of Glass): I would also LOVE to meet the Fire-Breathing Bitch Queen herself! XD
  3. MacKayla Lane (Fever): If there's someone I'd want watching my back while we're in the realm of the Fae, it's Mac!
  4. Julian Blackthorn (The Dark Artifices): Julian would be an ideal guide to have while we're on Fae turf. He wouldn't rush into confrontation with them, having half-fae siblings himself, but if things got dicey, he could go all Shadowhunter in a heartbeat.
  5. Grimalkin (The Iron Fey): Grim is a wise cat and has very good advice about surviving the Fae. That is, if you can ever get him to appear. Maybe I could bribe him with some yummy cat treats?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Discussing Game of Thrones: Waiting for the Season 6 Finale

Tomorrow is the sixth season finale for Game of Thrones, and seriously—where did 10 weeks go?! As much as I'm looking forward to the episode, "The Winds of Winter," I dread the wait for Season 7, which is also supposed to be fewer episodes. :/

With the show now having surpassed the books, tuning in every Sunday has become one big guessing game as to what's going to happen next. I love speculating, and I also love how anything really is possible in both the show and the books. No theory is too farfetched!

Going into tomorrow night, here are some of the things that are on my mind:

  • What's going to happen to Cersei and Loras? In the finale preview, it looks like Loras is going to stand trial before the seven septons. Tommen torpedoed Cersei's plan to have the Mountain fight for her in trial by combat, so what's she going to do? Does it have something to do with that rumor she and Qyburn were talking about a few episodes back? My curiosity has been killing me!
  • Will Daenerys finally set sail for Westeros? She has an army, ships, and three badass dragons. The time seems right.
  • We saw Varys leave Meereen on some mission; will he surface where he did at the end of the last book, A Dance with Dragons?
  • What's next for Bran? The Three-Eyed Raven is gone (and so is Hodor, *sniff* Still not over it.), so where will Bran go now? I'm also curious if we'll see any more of his vision of young Ned outside the Tower of Joy.
  • Sansa and Jon retook Winterfell, but as Jon says in the preview, they still have lots of enemies. It also looks like Littlefinger tries to collect on sending the Knights of the Vale to help in the battle against Ramsay. Creeper.
  • Are we going to see the Night's King and His Merry Band of the Frozen Undead? Are they going to knock on Winterfell's door? If so, please take Littlefinger with you. XD
  • Arya checked out of the House of Black and White and said she was going home. Does that mean Winterfell, which is totally plausible considering how fast everyone has managed to travel this whole season, lol.
  • Have we heard the last from Dorne? That story line seemed to wrap up early on in the season with Ellaria and the Sand Snakes taking over, but was that really it?
  • I have to say, I'm really not invested in Sam and Gilly's arc at the moment, and I have no idea how they're going to figure into the finale, if at all.
  • Now this arc, I am utterly invested in: the Riverlands. The Freys, the Brotherhood Without Banners, and the Hound are all back. From the preview, Jaime is at the Twins, and Walder Frey looks to be celebrating retaking Riverrun. Brienne and Pod are likely still around. What does this mean?! Every time I watch that clip where Walder Frey says, "The Freys and the Lannisters send their regards," I think of the Red Wedding. Is there going to be another massacre at the Twins, with the Freys on the wrong side of it this time? How awesome of a finale would this be if, like, Lady Stoneheart waltzed through the doors with the Brotherhood? OK, that's a lot of wishful thinking on my part, lol, but . . . how awesome would it be?! I find it very intriguing that Beric and Thoros have returned after quite a long absence. Or maybe Brienne will have a run-in with Stoneheart, like in the books?

Whew—that's no small number of story lines that are out there, and even with an extended finale, are they all going to fit in the episode? How are you guys feeling about the season finale—thoughts? Theories?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Book Loot (24)

I have been most spoiled in the past few weeks, first by the lovely Braine at Talk Supe, who presented me with these pretties when we got to meet in person last month:

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Storm Siren by Mary Weber

And I was gifted these pretties by the lovely Micheline of Lunar Rainbows Reviews for my birthday:

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The. Gansey. Mug. GAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Um, yeah, I obsess over sort of like Gansey. XD

So I've officially caught Hamilton fever thanks to Ally, lol. The family gave me the Alexander Hamilton biography on which the musical is based, and thanks to an Amazon gift card I received from one of my awesome co-workers, I was able to get the Hamilton book, which is about as close as I'm going to get to the musical for the next millennium. (Fingers crossed the touring production makes a stop here!)

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

My co-workers know what a book geek/planner geek I am and gifted these amazing goodies:

Another of my co-workers is a fellow Game of Thrones fan and knew I'd love this badass lunchbox:

She also knows how much I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, lol. And yes, the lunchbox was quite a bit fuller when I first got it. XD

My family lavished all of these prettifuls on me as well. I wasn't joking when I said that I was extremely spoiled recently!

Finally, the family also gave me a mystery Disney Tsum Tsum keychain, which Daisy the puppy apparently tried to eat before Ally had a chance to wrap it, lol. There's a hole in the outer wrapper on the left, and on the right, you can see teeth marks on the cardboard that was inside the package.

THIS is the face that tried to eat the Mad Hatter! Don't let the cuteness fool you! XD

Much love and thanks to everyone; you all know how to make this geeky girl feel very special. ♥

Monday, June 20, 2016

Discussing Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards

* Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “Battle of the Bastards.”

Holy seven hells! First, I got this recap posted for today! Second, was this a crazy episode or what?! "Battle of the Bastards" promised to be a full hour of must-watch television, and was it ever!

But First Let's Check in on Meereen

I wasn't sure if the entire episode was going to focus on the North, and it did not. We open with Meereen still under siege by the masters. Tyrion has some serious explaining to do to a displeased Daenerys. He tries to point out that the city is actually on the rise, despite the ongoing attack. His queen is ready to destroy the masters and their cities, and Tyrion reminds her that her father had a similar plan in mind for King's Landing if Jaime hadn't killed Aerys. She argues that this is entirely different. Outside of the pyramid, the two sides face off. The masters tell Daenerys and her entourage to get out of Meereen and never come back, but they're interrupted by Drogon, making yet another appearance at a most opportune moment. He takes to the skies with his mother, and they're soon joined by the other two dragons. The Dothraki, led by Daario, charge against the Sons of the Harpy, while Daenerys and the dragons light up the fleet.

The Warm-Up Before the Main Event

Jon and Sansa come face-to-face with Ramsay, who says bloodshed can be avoided if they surrender. How fierce did Lyanna Mormont look in the background, staring Ramsay down as he spewed his BS? Jon challenges Ramsay to a one-on-one fight, which gets declined. Ramsay is almost giggling over his army's numbers vs. his opponents'. Sansa asks for proof that Ramsay has Rickon, and he hurls Shaggydog's head. The battle is set to commence in the morning!

Jon and his allies hold a strategy meeting later that night. When they're alone, Sansa tells Jon that he doesn't know Ramsay at all. She fears that Rickon will be killed before the battle is over because he's a trueborn male Stark heir. Jon and Sansa resume their previous argument about the number of men they have to fight, with Jon stating that it's not as though they didn't try to gather more. Sansa tells him that if Ramsay wins, she's not going back to him alive.

Outside, Tormund and Davos talk about how they both put their faith in fallen kings. Tormund points out that Jon is not a king.

Jon goes to see Melisandre in her tent and notes that she wasn't at the war council. He asks her for advice, and she tells him not to lose. Jon in turn tells her that if he dies, not to bring him back this time. Melisandre says that she serves the Lord of Light, and it's him she answers to.

Out walking, Davos sees a pile of old wood. In a find nearly as "coincidental" as when Jorah Mormont discovered the ring Daenerys had dropped in some grass, Davos spots the toy stag he had given Shireen Baratheon. Davos is a smart man, and if he hasn't figured out what really happened to Shireen already and who was behind it, he will very soon. I've been waiting for this to happen since the beginning of the season!

The Iron Fleet Must Have Had Some Awesome Winds!

Because Theon and Yara have already reached Meereen! Tyrion reminds Theon about the last time he saw him, at Winterfell, and the jokes Theon made at Tyrion's expense. Tyrion isn't completely buying into Theon being a changed man because of his recent experiences, but Daenerys is quite digging the idea of a woman ruling the Iron Islands. Theon tells Daenerys about Euron's plans, including the one where he marries her in exchange for his ships. Daenerys is a bit skeptical of Yara and Theon's plans, but Yara insists that she only wants the Iron Islands back. They reach an agreement, but the Ironborn must basically give up their way of life. So maybe now they'll have to start sowing?

It's Battle Time!

The much anticipated battle is about to begin. In between the two armies are burning crosses with bodies on them. Jon's army looks rather ragtag compared to the very organized Bolton lines. The tension is almost unbearable as you know that Ramsay is about to do something really, really twisted. Because he's Ramsay. Sure enough, he brings out Rickon. It appears that Ramsay is going to kill the boy on the spot, but instead he cuts the ropes binding Rickon's hands. When Ramsay tells Rickon that they're going to play a game, you know this isn't going to be good. All Rickon has to do is run to Jon, but of course it's not as simple as that. No. Rickon starts walking, and Ramsay reminds him that he needs to run. Because Ramsay begins shooting arrows at him. Jon spurs his horse into a run towards his brother, and just as they're about to reach each other, Ramsay's arrow kills Rickon.

Jon gets this crazy look on his face and rides for Ramsay. He loses his horse to archers' arrows and is right in front of the cavalary charge. Luckily for him and not for the last time during this epic, all-out, gruesome battle, he narrowly avoids death when his own men charge past him. The fighting is insane. It's complete chaos and bodies everywhere. Jon is in the thick of it, while Ramsay sits back commanding his archers.

The Bolton troops end up completely surrounding Jon, Davos, Tormund, and their men. They're literally being squeezed from all sides, and Jon gets trapped under the press of bodies. He gets free, but you don't need to peer into any flames to realize that this situation is dire. The Boltons just keep closing their circle, and there's nowhere for Jon and his companions to go. But, just as all hope seems dead, a horn sounds, taking even Ramsay by surprise. It's not that much of a surprise to viewers, though, when the Knights of the Vale ride in and turn this thing around. Littlefinger has turned up with Sansa, and the smug look on his face is gross. If Sansa thinks that he helped her out of the goodness of his heart or to somehow make up for marrying her to Ramsay, she doesn't know Littlefinger. There has to be some kind of price.

Ramsay, not calculating on the Knights of the Vale materializing at the eleventh hour, ditches the battlefield and rides back to Winterfell. Jon sees him getting away and pursues. Soon there's some knocking on the Winterfell gate, and it's Wun Wun. The poor giant is full of arrows and spears from the fighting, but he battles on. It's Ramsay himself who delivers the killing blow to Wun Wun. I swear, if Ramsay didn't die in this episode, I was going to rage quit the show. For like 2 seconds.

So now Ramsay is finally ready to fight Jon one-on-one. After shielding himself from Ramsay's arrows, Jon gets a hold of Ramsay and proceeds to beat him to a pulp. I actually thought Ramsay was dead. Jon looks up and sees Sansa, and he stops.


Rickon's body is brought back to Winterfell, and Jon says he's to be buried in the crypt. Sansa asks Jon where Ramsay is, and next we see Sansa pay him a visit outside of his cell. Ramsay is a bloody mess, which is just perfect for his hounds, which he himself boasted earlier in the episode hadn't eaten in 7 days in anticipation of Ramsay feeding his enemies to them. Ramsay, an arrogant bastard to the very end, sneers at the idea that his loyal hounds would eat their master. But they do, and at long last, justice is served to one of the most despicable characters ever.

In the Next Episode

IT'S THE SEASON 6 FINALE! NOOOOOOOO!!!!! I'M NOT READY FOR IT TO BE OVER YET! It's judgment day for Cersei and Loras. Walder Frey celebrates getting Riverrun back; wouldn't this be the perfect moment for a certain lady to crash his little party? Littlefinger acts like a creep. Davos calls out Melisandre in front of Jon. Daenerys and Tyrion have a chat—is it about sailing to Westeros? And dear gods, both the old and the new, please let us find out what that damn rumor Qyburn and Cersei were discussing in Episode 8 is all about!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fandom Mashups (59)

Fandom Mashups is a feature hosted by Lunar Rainbows Reviews. There's a different scenario each week, and you choose a "dream team" of five characters from five different fandoms whom you think are best suited for the situation.

This week's topic is:
In your adventuring, you've decided to take up Sword-Fighting, as one does, to help defend yourself against threats - and dragons. Who will teach you this noble art?

  1. Aelin (Throne of Glass): Hell. Yeah! A few lessons from this lady, and I'll be ready to take on anyone and anything!
  2. Brienne of Tarth (A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones): Let's hear it for another lady who knows how to swing a sword! You don't survive the brutal world of Westeros (so far, at least, haha!) without knowing how to fight.
  3. Emma Carstairs (The Dark Artifices): One of the two main characters in the newest Shadowhunter series, Emma's weapon of choice is the Carstairs family sword, Cortana. And you'd better believe she's highly skilled at using it.
  4. Valek (Poison Study): Another assassin, Valek can show me how to sword fight my way out of any situation.
  5. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars): Broadening the definition of "sword" here, but lightsabers have always reminded me of swords. And I'd love to have Obi-Wan as an instructor!
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