TV Tuesday: Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 2

Posted April 23, 2019 by Rowena in Features, TV Shows | 4 Comments

It is the second week of Season 8 of Game of Thrones and we got another pretty fantastic episode from the writers and creators of our favorite show. There’s a lot of stuff that went down in this episode and I’m going to cover all of the things that I actually care about…which in this one, is pretty much all of it.

Jamie Lannister in Winterfell

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Last week’s episode ended with Jamie arriving in Winterfell with a jarring welcome from none other than Brandon Stark aka The Three-Eyed Raven. Jamie hasn’t seen Bran since he pushed him out the window in SEASON ONE! Jamie isn’t the same person that he was back then but neither is Bran and Jamie knows that he’s going to meet with a lot of animosity for the stuff that he’s put the Starks through and hell, now that Daenerys is in Winterfell as well, he’s going to get a lot of shit from her too but he still came because he’s there to fight for the living.

Dude, a lot of this episode was spent on Jamie’s apology tour. He made his rounds, apologizing to everyone that he hurt and the redemption arc of Jamie Lannister is almost to a close. Jamie’s character is one that has caused a lot of harm but has also grown quite a bit over the course of the series. There are still things that people will never forgive him for (that sex scene against Joffrey’s death bed being one of them) and I get it. I do like that he’s grown and he’s a much better person now than he was before. I liked the way that Brienne and Tyrion stood up for him and I even liked the way that Dany seemed a little unpleased that everyone wanted to spare his life. Haha, girl if you don’t cut it out…

Arya and Gendry Get Down

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Arya is a woman now, yall!!

She wasn’t going to die before she experienced the pleasures of being a woman with a man that she’s been eyeing since she was a wee lass. Haha, she went about divesting of her virginity in a way that only Arya can. By going after it. She went after Gendry with a determination that took me by surprise by I wasn’t surprised that Gendry would be all in because she is his lady, after all…haha. I’m glad that these two were able to find a bit of happiness on the night before the big war. They’ve both been through so much and they deserved that night. Awww, one of my ships sailed straight to Pound Town. Yippy!!

Tormund and Team Arrive in Winterfell

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I was so glad to see that our friends that were at Eastwatch by the Sea were alive and as well as they could be after surviving the attack by the white walker army at the wall. It was good to see them back and safe at Winterfell, reunited with Jon and the other brothers of the watch. I also loved that Tormund’s first question upon arriving at Winterfell was, “Is the big woman here?”

These guys bring the bad news that the White Walker Army took out Last Hearth and they’re on their way to Winterfell. The war is a lot closer than they thought and though they’re not ready, the war is here anyway. Gah, I love this freaking show! I loved how happy Jon was to see his brothers and friends back and I loved seeing them all reunited again.

Brienne gets Knighted

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Oh man, this scene had me all teary eyed. Tormund wanted to knight Brienne ten times over but since he’s not a Knight, he couldn’t so Jamie did it instead. The whole time that Brienne is trying to fake the funk like she don’t want to be no damn knight, I was like girl, if you don’t knock it off and get down on your knee so he can do his thing…and then he did it and I was over the moon about it because Brienne is a knight! She’s a freaking badass knight who is going to lead her own charge into the war! I so loved this scene so much! Jamie loves you Brienne, you are worthy!

The Last Night

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Most of the episode felt like a giant farewell pity party. It felt like Podrick should have sung It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye by Boys II Men instead of whatever song he actually sang. I liked seeing everyone bonding over drinks. We had a lot of people who have been through a lot together, on both sides of the wars they fought and we had a lot of family and friend bonding too. I was a little surprised at how cozy Sansa and Theon looked but then again, it makes sense since Sansa has forgiven him for the wrongs he did to her family after saving her from that monster Ramsay. After all of this bonding, stepping onto the battlefield with old enemies will be a lot easier, I think.

Jon Snow Tells Daenerys the Truth

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Toward the end of the episode, we see Daenerys find Jon Snow in the Winterfell Crypts. Jon is staring at Lyanna Stark’s statue and when Daenerys starts to talk about her brother raping Lyanna, Jon puts an end to that talk. He comes right out and tells her the truth about the love story between her brother Rhagar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark and then he finishes by telling her, his real name and title.

Final Thoughts

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The episode ends with the White Walker Army in view of Winterfell. The battle is upon us guys. We didn’t see the Night King though I’m sure he’ll make his presence known pretty quickly. I can’t wait to see the biggest battle scene of TV history come to life. There’s much that still needs to be dealt with but nows not the time for all of that. We’ll have to wait to see how the battle between Sansa and Daenerys plays out. To see if it even does play out. We’ll have to wait to see what Cersei does while everyone is fighting for her to have another day to win the war for the Iron Throne. She needs to die. I can’t wait to see her die.

I’m low key salty that we’ve gotten hella reunions for every damn body on this show but we didn’t get a reunion between Ghost and Jon Snow. He just pops on the scene behind Jon like a ghost and nobody reacts….except me. I reacted. I cheered when we saw him so since we were robbed of that reunion, we better get an Arya and Nymeria reunion that will make me happy.

Gah, there are only 4 more episodes left. I’m not ready for this ride to be over. Wahhhh!

Until next week…enjoy!

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The Weekly Recap (128)

Posted April 22, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 7 Comments

It’s been a pretty quiet week for me so I was able to get some TV shows watched, some books read and still hang out with my bestie and my family. My friend, that died last year? We’re creeping up on the one year anniversary of his death and his birthday is tomorrow (he shares a birthday with my Mom) so over the weekend, my bestie Therese and I took some flowers and balloons to his grave because we were thinking of him. We ran into his parents at his gravesite so it was good for us to catch up with them and share some time talking about David with them. After we left the cemetery, we went to lunch and tried Susiecakes and meh, Susiecakes isn’t nearly as good as Miss Priss cupcakes across the street. They don’t have anything on Sprinkles either. Their banana pudding doesn’t hold a candle to Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding either. Meh.

Our Easter was spent going to dinner with the entire family at new to us Japanese BBQ place that was pretty damn good. They kept the food coming, the food was great and thought it was a little pricey, but I still enjoyed dinner quite a bit.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (128)Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #7
Also in this series: Silver Borne
Published by Penguin, Ace on March 5, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 TBR Challenge

Patricia Briggs's novel River Marked was praised as "an urban fantasy where our everyday world is believably twisted into the world of fey, werewolves, vampires, and myths made real." Now Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter's biggest fear as the realm she has embraced is thrown into chaos...

Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more...

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam's disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public - and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

I’m almost done with my read of this book but holy cow am I glad to be back in Mercy Thompson’s world. I’ve missed these guys and I can’t wait to see how things turn out for Adam, the pack, and Mercy. Man I love these guys!

What I Read

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks #1) by Tracy Goodwin | DNF
Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.75 out of 5
The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang | 4.25 out of 5
The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5

Eye Candy Friday

Lotus DuPree
Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan

What I Reviewed

Extra Credit (The Ivy Years) by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
Repeat by Kylie Scott | 4 out of 5
Anatomy of a Player (Taking Shots #2) by Cindi Madsen | 3.5 out of 5
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo | 4 out of 5
Mine till Midnight (Hathaways #1) by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (127)
TV Tuesday: Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 1
The Wednesday Post (11)
Throwback Thursday: The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen
Eye Candy Friday: Lotus DuPree in Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan

What I Got

Best of Luck (Chance of a Lifetime #3) by Kate Clayborne
Body Check by Elle Kennedy
Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #3.5) by Alyssa Cole
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs

What I Got for Review

Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckled Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Eye Candy Friday: Lotus DuPree from Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Posted April 19, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

Eye Candy Friday is all about the heroes that I’m loving and wanting to spotlight right now. Sometimes I’ll do full-on gush fest posts on why I love these guys, sometimes I’ll post pictures of what I think these guys look like and that’s it but if they’re featured here, the one thing that will be constant is I loved the hell out of these guys and want everyone to know. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Today’s Eye Candy Friday crush is Lotus DuPree from Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan.

I loved the book but I loved Lotus the most because of how strong she was and how imperfectly perfect she was to me. She worked through some pretty tough stuff over the course of her book and I was rooting for her from the jump but what cemented her place as my favorite heroine of the year (so far), and the main reason she’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday, is how strong she was to give up one of the good things in her life for someone else. She did the hard work so that Kenan didn’t have to and she did it with love for someone that Kenan loved. Gah, she’s just the best and if you haven’t read her book, fix that. It’s soooooooo good.

Heroine Casting

Hoops Series

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