This is it, dear readers. We have made it over the final hurdle. We have come to the finish line, and there were some bumps along the way, but we have made it.
6 months. 14 seasons. 2 brothers.
We started this journey all the way back in October, when we started watching the entirety of Supernatural in preparation for the final season.
It took longer than I thought, but with Season 15 in the final stretch, I can now say I have reviewed every season of Supernatural after today (until I review season 15 when it is over).
This is a short season, only producing 20 episodes to make up for the writer’s strike in the mid 2000s. To be honest, I kind of liked the shorter season.
It didn’t feel too long, it didn’t feel stretched out, it didn’t feel boring.
Sure it had its slumps, but there weren’t 3-4 extra episodes to make it worse.
We got to see Michael finally. He has been in the background of the story since the early days of the apocalypse, but we never got much from him.
He always took a backseat to Lucifer, which didn’t feel out of place at first, but it felt wrong when Lucifer kept popping up and we got not Michael.
His goal is still the end of the world, but he goes about it in an exciting way. He tries to use the regular monsters that the Winchesters see all the time, but he enhances them with his grace.
It might seem like a bit of a recycled idea, but it felt new. It gave the brothers a believable problem that didn’t have some bizarre explanation behind it. It was the monsters we knew. Vampires, werewolves, you name it.
Jack, who’s been annoying so far, also turns to the dark side. He loses his soul, and to sum it up, turns dark side.
He puts a spell over humanity, forcing them to tell the truth, before killing Mary Winchester.
The brothers obviously are broken over this, and after confronting Jack, they are face to face with God, who brings about the end times.
Though I am happy that Jack met his end, I know he is coming back.
Though I am happy that Jack met his end, I know he is coming back.
Overall, the season was good. Though I am still not a fan of the series as a whole at this point, Season 14 was a nice addition to the story.
It didn’t have the best parts of previous season; interesting characters, thrilling one-off episodes, and the brotherly banter that made the show what it is, it still felt closer to the original show than we had seen in a while.
“A man who trusts everyone is a fool and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
“You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyway.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
“Your body is only clothing. Your flesh will wither, but you are your heart and mind, and they do not change except to grow stronger.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
“Great captains earned their reputation not just for laying brilliant plans, but for still being able to find victory after those plans began to fall apart.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
“There was nothing a woman would not tell you if you kissed her enough.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
“It was a simple truth; the Creator made women so men would not find life too easy.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
“Women lied to get a man into bed, and they lied worse once they had him there.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
“Light, women would believe anything about a man so long as it was bad. And the worse it was, the more they had to talk about it.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
“Stories have power. Gleemen’s tales, and bards’ epics, and rumors in the street alike. They stir passions, and change the way men see the world.” ― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart
The world of the Hunger Games is a small dystopian nation split into 12 different Districts, each responsible for producing a certain resource. Meanwhile, each of the 12 Districts needs to give a tribute each year for the Hunger Games – a battle royale mainly used for entertainment, but also to make the Districts submit to the government.
Divergent on the other hand is a relatively happy society. People are sorted into one of five different factions based on their personality. There are outliers called “Divergents” that present multiple characteristics for the factions. We find out later that they are in a sort of experiment and are being watched and their memories reset if needed.
This Round Goes To: Hunger Games. Though I think Divergent has a better premise overall, it takes too long to learn they are being observed. We don’t get to find out till the final book. Hunger Game’s concept is going right from the start, so they take this round.
The Hunger Games focuses on Katniss surviving her hunger games, and another one, and then leading a revolution to overthrow the government. It has a nice progression to it, and there are only minor hints of the story being too ridiculous.
Divergent focuses on Tris as she trains to become a member of the Dauntless faction, her living with her Divergent nature, and then fighting in a civil war, before finally discovering she has been living in a social experiment.
This Round Goes To: Divergent I loved the thrill that was the Hunger Games, but it didn’t explore the grittiness enough, and Katniss was more along for the ride than being a key player. Tris was a key player from the start, and though she had a lot of help along the way, she was never a background character in the story.
The Hunger Games had a lot of interesting characters, some with some captivating backstories. We didn’t dive too deep into them, but when we did they were some of the best parts of the story. They were often damaged, hardened characters, and they played a key role in the story.
Katniss herself was a great protagonist in my opinion. She had a good depth to her, and I think she was a nice perspective for a YA Dystopian novel. She wasn’t the perfect protagonist that we too often get from YA novels. She had her flaws, she had her emotional struggles, but we got to see her get through them.
Divergent didn’t have a broad character list. Yes, we got to see a lot of different people while Tris did her thing, but they all felt like the same person. To me it felt like you could mold a few characters together and the story wouldn’t be lost at all.
Tris was Divergent, so we got to see her struggle with that reality, and her need to hide it from society. She had some depth to her, and she was a strong part of the entire story. She didn’t really take a back seat and let others tell her what to do.
This Round Goes To: Hunger Games There was more diversity to the entire character list. Though both protagonists were a great part of both stories, the range of characters was what put Hunger Games through to win this round.
I’ll be honest. I hated the end of the Hunger Games. I felt like it was too rushed, and we didn’t get to flesh it out fully. I don’t think the characters got the justice that they deserved (Finn). I will admit that I am glad it wasn’t an entirely straightforward ending. With Prim’s death and Katniss killing the District 13 leader, I don’t think a lot of characters were expecting it to end that way, but it felt like the ending wasn’t true to the story, and the characters were just sort of left to deadlines and publisher’s demands.
Divergent wasn’t much better for me. Another series where I didn’t like the ending. I was fine with them all being a part of an experiment, and Tris dying in the end, but again the ending didn’t feel complete. Tris ends up dying, which isn’t common for YA novels in my experience, but she did have a change of perspective which is even more rare.
This Round Goes To: Divergent The only reason Divergent wins this round (just barely) is because of Tris’ death and her change of heart. I liked that Katniss didn’t live happily ever after, Tris dies when she finally realizes she was in the wrong. I liked that a series wasn’t scared to kill its’ protagonist, so Divergent takes this round.
The Hunger Games was immensely popular with a lot of audiences, and the series seemed to take the world by storm for a few years.
Divergent, though seemingly popular with a younger audience, didn’t seem to get as much hype, though I think it was deserved.
This Round Goes To: Hunger Games
The Winner: Hunger Games!!!
I think this was a close battle, despite Hunger Games taking the crown. They were both great YA series, and both had good and bad things about them, but Hunger Games pulled through because of the worldwide popularity it seemed to gain.
Do you think Divergent should have won, or is Hunger Games deserving of the crown? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media. Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
We were all kids at one time, right dear readers? Or did you just hatch from some egg as a full grown adult. If that is the case, we should be friends!
I loved reading as a kid, and even as an adult I have thought of some awesome kids books. There are so many that I remember being really good, whether it was for their story, their message, or just how much I loved them.
Some of these books will be picture books, some will be chapter books, and some will be a part of a series.
I hope that these books give you some fond memories, and who knows, maybe we can talk about how good they were in the comments, or on social media! Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
The Magic TreehouseSeries
The epitome of traveling to other worlds. Jack and Annie would go to a new time period, a new moment in history in each book, and experience it for themselves. What more could a young reader want in a book series?
These books were my favourite thing as a kid. Knights, fantasy, epic battles, all mixed with animal characters. It was probably my first dip into the fantasy world, and one I still remember well to this day.
Love You Forever
I don’t need to say anything about this book. If you don’t know about it, all I am going to say is you need to read it. If you have read it. then you understand completely why it is on the list.
Bridge to Teribithia
This was a book I read in school, and it really stuck with me for a while. I felt like I really connected with this story because I always had such a wild imagination as a kid, and reading about two other kids like me was awesome.
I’m a bit mad that I never got to the end of this series. It came out when I was a little too old for it, and I never stuck with it. I really liked it though, because it was an adventure. Readers got to go on an adventure with a magician that had a pet dragon. I don’t think things could get much cooler than that.
Imagine you’re a book reader. Like you’re reading a book every few days/weeks, and then you come across a book character that can literally bring books to life. Sounds like it would be an awesome time right? Yeah, you can imagine why I loved these books.
I won this book in a contest in the 6th grade over the rest of my class, and I loved it. I read it right away, slightly to spite the other classmates, and slightly because I loved dragons when I was a kid.
They were funny, a little bit dumb, and had a dude in his underpants running around saving the world. For a pre-teen, I thought these books were the epitome of hilarity.
This book made me nearly cry when I was a kid. It was really sad imagining some of my toys going through the same thing. It has a good message to it, but it definitely won’t make you laugh.
Where the Red Fern Grows
I’ve mentioned this book before. I had to read it for school, and stayed up late one night to finish it. It was an adventure, a book about determination, and sadness. It really covered a lot of bases, and it is one of the few books on this list I’ve thought about re-reading again.
Title: Winter’s Heart Author: Robert Jordan Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 / 5)
Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand’s destination is, in fact, one she has never considered.
Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to?
Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna’s sept.
Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed “army” of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan. The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel’aran’rhiod and the wolfdream.
In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives–and Mat, who had been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?
There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is a beginning….
Synopsis found on Gooreads
Hello my dead readers. With production on hiatus for now, we are all craving some Wheel of Time content. I know you’re all excited about the upcoming TV show in the works, so I am hopefully going to have most of the series read and reviewed by the time it comes out.
There were good things and bad things about Winter’s Heart, and I’m sure a lot of you felt the same.
One thing about The Wheel of Time books is that they happen over a very short period of time. There’s often a “time jump” in each book, whether it’s a straight jump a few weeks later, or a few weeks go by in a matter of paragraphs.
I think this is both beneficial and a detriment to the story at times.
It’s good, because we are really getting the whole story. We are on an adventure with our beloved characters from the start right to the end, with everything in between.
This can also be bad, because if we follow the story in such a tight timeline, we might miss out on people…Perrin and Mat for example.
They each have a book so far that they are not in. They both are recovering from injuries, so they are left out of a book.
In Winter’s Heart, we get a bit of Perrin, as he is trying to find Faile and his allies that were captured by the Aiel. His part is sort of boring, because all he does is worry and get angry at people. His minimal moments of interest go too quickly, and then halfway through the book he is gone. We don’t see him again for the rest of the book, and it’s disappointing.
This book did help me fall in love with Rand again. I liked him at the beginning of the series, but I quickly lost interest because his chapters became so bland and boring.
He has slowly worked his way back into being a likable character, and I think Winter’s Heart finally solidified that for me.
Perrin has been a bit disappointing lately, even though he is my favourite character.
Mat is amazing as always, and we get to see him in a pretty interesting situation. It definitely develops his character more, and I think his future events will be a great adventure for him, and it’s probably the part of the story I am most excited for.
Though there was nothing too memorable for the most part in this book, I wasn’t overly disappointed with Egwene, Elayne, Min, Aviendha or Nynaeve.
Obviously there is the big moment at the end of the book, where Nynaeve solidifies her role as my favourite woman in the series.
Egwene’s story has been building up for a while, so I hope it comes to a climax soon. Elayne has a few interesting moments, but her story gets a bit boring now.
I’ve always sort of been disappointed with Min’s story. She’s sort of just a loyal dog to Rand, despite having a lot of interesting possibilities for her story. Aviendha has become too wrapped up with Elayne, so she’s gotten a bit bland too.
As we come closer to the end of the story, there are a lot of story lines that are building up. I can think of a few dozen just off the top of my head. Many overlap and intertwine, but with only five books left, things are getting really interesting!
Based off of other people’s opinions, “the slump” that is infamous for the Wheel of Time series should be over now, so I’m expecting a lot out of the next two books before the final three-book ending!
What did you think of Winter’s Heart? Did your favourite character get a story that they are worthy of? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media. Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram