GOODREADS REVIEW // DID I MENTION I NEED YOU?

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
















DIMINY is the second book in the DIMILY trilogy. I thought this book was a good follow-up to the first book, and there were great character developments with fantastic writing from Estelle Maskame.

This story was interesting with lots of drama within, but became a bit frustrating in some areas. We find our main character, Eden, visiting Tyler (her step-brother/love interest) in New York for the summer. She leaves behind California, her family, boyfriend, and her friends all to spend 6 weeks with Tyler. Let me say that I liked Eden in the last book - even with her many flaws.. but in DIMINY I found myself not relating to her in any way. She became incredibly selfish and made horrible decisions that hurt everyone around her including herself.

When she arrives in New York, there is immediate tension between the both of them. It’s clear they both still care about each other more than step-siblings. We get to know a new Tyler, who I didn’t like in the last book but easily fell in love with in this one. We see how much he has grown up and he’s become more kind and thoughtful. Yes, he still has flaws and needs to work on his issues still but I really liked getting to know him in his new life in New York.

All of the characters really developed in this book. We get to know the supporting characters (new and old) throughout this story and I really enjoyed that. It was nice to see more of other character’s stories even though ultimately it was still Eden and Tyler’s story.

As the story continues, Eden and Tyler continue to make dumb decisions that ultimately lead up to the heartbreaking ending. The one thing that frustrated me about this story was the cheating that takes place because it left me feeling disconnected from both Eden and Tyler. It’s always hard for me to read any book that deals with cheaters since I find it to be such a selfish act. Especially in Eden’s case because it was so easy for her to break up with her boyfriend, yet she continues to ignore him and tells herself how horrible she feels.. but she must not feel that bad if she can’t even break up with him before moving forward with Tyler. It made for good drama, but I think the story still could’ve been interesting and told without it.

The ending was a bit heartbreaking, but in the end I felt happy about it. It showed how much more growth both of these characters still need. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of Eden and Tyler’s story in DIMIMY. I am confident that Eden will redeem herself in my eyes, and that we’ll see even more growth from Tyler and all of the other characters in the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The writing was still fantastic! When I read DIMILY I said I was confident that Maskame’s writing would only approve, and I was right because it did. Her storytelling is brilliant, and I enjoyed reading the great world building surrounded in New York. I think the message of this story was strong by the end of the book when Tyler confesses that he needs Eden in more ways than she knew, and how he felt like he needed to want to change for him instead of her for once. I think this is such an important piece of a good relationship, so I was happy to see this in theirs.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read DIMILY, or if you love a good contemporary with lots of romance included!




xxo


THE BITTERSWEET STAGE



My children are growing older.
I have to admit that everyone who told me, "enjoy the days they are little because it goes by so fast," were not joking. Time has managed to go by quickly. When I go back to look at old photos/videos I can't believe my children were even that little!

I just enrolled my last baby in Kindergarten.
I remember writing about how hard it was for me to enroll and begin letting go of my oldest. Two years later - here I am finding it even harder to let go of my youngest. I even asked my boyfriend if we could let him stay home another year.. I lost that argument.
And losing that argument helped me realize that I probably should just let go of my need to control everything in my life. There is no way of avoiding the inevitable.

Of course my children still need me.
They don't need me as much as they always have though..
The other week I realized that my oldest daughter doesn't like how I style her hair anymore. I style her hair the way I would wear it. I never thought to ask her how she likes it. Then I began to notice that she would come home from school with her hair styled a little differently every day. It wasn't a huge change, but I saw more of her than me when I looked at her. This probably doesn't seem like a big deal to most people, but I felt a little sad seeing this. It made me cry because she's becoming her own person all on her own.

It's scary.
As a parent I just want to protect my children for as long as I can.
I don't want them to see the evil in our world.
I don't want them to get hurt.
I just want so much for them - all of the good things our world offers.

Watching them grow up is scary because I know with them becoming their own people, they are bound to make mistakes and I won't always be there to help them. The other day I had to tell my oldest that she had to figure out a way to fix her mistake, and even when it broke my heart to tell her this, there wasn't much I could do to help her.
My children are still young, but they make those little mistakes while at school - like telling their friends something mean. That's where I can't do much but tell them what I would do, so that's what I do now and hope that they make the right decision on how to fix their mistakes. Luckily my kids have been making the right decisions when it comes to solving their own problems.. and that warms my heart.

So, as you can tell this whole stage in my life is incredibly bittersweet.
I'm not with my children holding their hands during the day anymore, and it's scary for me to let go of this. I have to say that watching them grow up to become better people than I will ever be is something really special though.. And that is what makes this bittersweet stage in my life worth all the scary parts.


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THIS MOMENT

This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.




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THE 100 // SEASON 3 "HAKELDAMA" RECAP

Simply Nicollette's recap posts for The 100 will contain spoilers.



Wow! This week's episode was beyond intense.
There is so much to talk about today! Maddi and I are excited to be sharing our thoughts about each episode throughout this entire season with you. You can read our recap of "Watch the Thrones" here.
Now - let's talk about that crazy episode!



Hakeldama Synopsis:

"Clarke's hope for peace are dashed by a new threat. Raven becomes a target. Meanwhile, Murphy is running a dangerous con."




Maddi - The 100 begins with Clarke and Lexa traveling on horseback, and behind them a cart carrying a body is being drawn. Clarke is returning home to Arkadia with the body of the Ice Nation Queen, bringing her people justice as Lexa expresses, "We bring them peace." Which is ironic as we all know what has been done, and that the Sky People may have just destroyed their only chance or hope for peace.

Kristy - Did we actually see both Lexa and Clarke smile genuinely? No one stays happy for long on this show.. And it's finally happening, Clarke is going home. She's right though she was a different person back then as she tells Lexa, "When I left it had a different name. I was different."


M - We see Pike, Bellamy, and the rest of their group returning to camp. I know that I was still clinging on to hope that they didn't do what they had plan to.. The first thought that came to my mind was did no one else try to stop them.. try to change their minds.. try to intervene, do anything? Are they telling me that out of all their people, no one said or did anything to stop them, to make them see reason, that they just stood there and let it happen? Even if there was nothing that could have been done..

Bellamy is clearly damaged after what happened, after what they did, you can see so much pain in him and I also see regret. Pike takes this moment to make a speech, in his eyes to inspire his people, but in the eyes of a sane person he's leading them to their ruin as he riles them up in their support for him. Pike tells the people that he paid tribute to those taken from them, that he sent the Grounders a message that, "This land is ours now." Pike obviously never learnt to share as a kid.

K - He sure didn't! I was completely speechless when I saw Bellamy leading the group back into Arkadia, and we did see both pain and regret in his eyes.. He couldn't even look at Octavia. All that blood on their clothes.. I still don't have enough words to sum up how I felt seeing that.

M - I couldn't help but wonder what would the people who lost their lives think of their family and friends and what they've done, what they've been a part of, and that they took those innocent lives as retribution for them.

Pike promises that resistance will be met by force and fighting will be greeted by death. A threat to those people that oppose him, his decisions, his actions, but most importantly his leadership. Abby points out a valid fact that there is no wounded. 10 people against 300 Grounders and not one of them got hurt, I know they had guns and the Grounders didn't but that still seems impossible. Something just doesn't seem right.

K - By that alone, we know that something suspicious happened out there. It isn't possible that no one would come back unwounded if it was truly a war they were fighting. They attacked these Grounders when they were there to simply help and protect them. I knew nothing good would come out of Pike becoming the Chancellor.


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M - We then flip back to Clarke and Lexa continuing on their journey, when they come across the fallen army of the Grounders. A field of destruction, of bodies and death, as Lexa looks over at 300 of her people slaughtered, their lives taken. They walk among the bodies and find a survivor. It's Indra.. I thought she wasn't going to live.

K - Before they find Indra - Clarke tells Lexa, "All bullet wounds" and it should be obvious to them who attacked these people. The Sky People. Indra doesn't even want Clarke's help when she tries to heal her wound, since Clarke is part of the Sky People.

M - Indra reveals that they attacked as they slept and executed the wounded. Clarke is confused because it was only 2 days ago at the summit when Kane took the mark of the Grounders and the Sky People became the 13th Clan. She learns that it wasn't Kane but Pike. Indra tells them that Bellamy helped her escape as a shocked Clarke struggles to believe that Bellamy could be a part of this. There is still hope that he hasn't completely lost himself, that he can still find his way back after he saved Indra and tried to get them to spare the wounded.

K - I agree that there is still hope for Bellamy to come back from this dark path that he is currently walking down.. Indra tells them that Pike wanted to send Lexa a message, "Skaikru rejects the coalition. This is their land now. We can leave or we can die."

M - It's pretty obvious what Lexa will do next. She immediately sends for the armies of the 12 Clans to lay waste to Arkadia as Clarke now becomes a prisoner of Lexa because of the actions of her people. Clarke pleads with her to let her fix this, to save her people. It turns out Kane gave Indra a radio, a way to signal him, Clarke asks her to use it so she can speak to him, Lexa allows this.

I saw someone point out a very interesting fact, if Kane had the radio why didn't he warn Indra and her people of the attack??


M - Kane uses Octavia and her talent of sneaking out of camp to send her to meet Indra, and to find out what happened as Pike is watching him. Octavia agrees to go and Kane shows her a secret exit using a crawl space, one similar to the space Octavia spent most of her life hiding and growing up in, as she references it when she says, "I was born for this."

K - Kane is putting all of his trust in Octavia as she goes to see Indra, and I love seeing this! I think Octavia was a little shocked, but she's brave and of course she wouldn't skip out on a chance to leave camp to help the Grounders.


M - Pike continues towards his goal, as they plan to create a perimeter around Arkadia, which will reach exactly where a Grounder village lies. Pike thinks this will be the stage for a retaliatory attack so clearing it will be his first order of business. You can see the horror on Bellamy's face as he's clearly against this as Pike asks Bellamy for the location of the village. A village full of innocent families, children, and people just trying to live happily, who have done no harm and Pike wants to demolish it and them.

I thought this might shake Bellamy back to his senses, would make him see what Pike is really like, and to get away from his madness, to choose the right side. Until Pike sees his hesitation and manipulates him again, giving him back his guard jacket, the jacket he gave up because he believed he failed in protecting his people. Pike uses that pain and guilt, showing him that he's done the right thing and he has now protected his people.. The one thing Bellamy just wanted to succeed in. Trying to get him to see that he finally protected his people, no matter what they did.

K - Did he really protect his people though? Bellamy is clearly torn as he tells Pike, "We went too far." You think Bellamy?! It's so hard for me to see Bellamy like this because he's come so far from the guy we first met, the one who told his people "Whatever the hell we want." He became a leader, actually more than that.. And I don't think he's this monster he believes he is.

M - You can see a part of Bellamy is not with Pike, he's not completely on his side. You can see the pain and regret he feels. Bellamy's a good person struggling with a torn heart. You can see that Bellamy sees what they did was wrong but the guilt and regret is too painful to accept so he delves deeper into himself, and his anger and grief. He needs to face it, with the courage we know he's capable of. I know he will do the right thing and that he'll try to fix the wrong he did.

K - Look at Bellamy's face while Pike is talking to him! How can Pike feel good about taking advantage of someone who is clearly so lost?

M - Pike brings up that war causes people to do things that they'll spend the rest of their lives trying to forget. To me this was another way to get to Bellamy, making him hurt over everything that he's done in the past and has been done since they landed on the ground, the pain, the mistakes, the bad things that had to be done. Pike gives him advice to think about all the lives they saved, not the ones that were lost.. I wonder if this is how Pike lives with himself.. forget the innocent lives you took, but remember your people that you saved from a non-existent threat..


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M - When Bellamy leaves he runs into Kane and Lincoln, as Bellamy averts his eyes from Kane unable to look him in the eye, Lincoln wants to know what happened out there as Bellamy answers, "We did what we had to do."

Kane tries to wake Bellamy up, to make him see some sense, which had me cheering for him. Someone needed to say it to Bellamy, the hard truth, and to get it through to him. I thought this might start to crack the walls he's put up, that reason might start to seep through. Until Bellamy refuses to listen, and goes on the defense as he struggles to see the difference between the Grounders who hurt him and his people, from the innocent ones.

K - Can we talk about Lincoln in this scene? Wow - it is clear how angry he is at Bellamy! Bellamy has been his ally, no his friend for a long time now and he is looking at him like he doesn't know who he is anymore. As Bellamy tells Kane how Traikru killed 37 of his friends before he even got to the ground we see how upset Lincoln becomes when Bellamy says, "They started it." Lincoln gets in his face as Bellamy tells him he knows what he meant.. Lincoln simply tells him, "I used to" before walking away from someone he's always considered a friend.


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M - A furious Raven shows up to the infirmary to see Abby who hasn't cleared her medically for duty. Raven still insisting that her leg is fine but everything she's doing is making it worse. Abby wants to help her manage it and encourages her that she can still be something. Raven is still denying it, accepting it would mean accepting her disability, that she will live with it for the rest of her life, that it's not going away, that it's a part of her now and she's not yet ready to do that.

K - I think Raven feels like she's lost so much and being useful at Arkadia, by doing what she's good at, is all that she has left..

M - Thelonious arrives back at camp along with A.L.L.I.E as they begin with whatever plan they're up to. At the front gate Thelonious sees that Camp Jaha (named after him) is now named Arkadia and he lets out an "I didn't see that coming," which gave me a laugh. The guards greet him, their guns aimed at Grounder Otan who's traveling with him as Thelonius informs them he's with him, noticing that that doesn't matter to them.

They try to take the pack, that holds A.L.L.I.E's system, from Otan but he refuses to let it go. A guard takes it from him and he lunges, not for him but for the pack. The guard fires his gun, afterwards justifying himself by saying, "He was going for my gun," which is a nice excuse.. is that how you defend your actions and live with yourself after taking someone's life. I thought it was lucky that Emori wasn't still with them as Thelonious comforts Otan and Abby comes running to help but it's too late. Thelonious is completely unaffected by his death, no emotion, no care, as Abby stares at him unnerved and disturbed by this.

K - I would be unnerved and disturbed by this if I was her too! Every time I see Jaha on The 100 I literally roll my eyes because he's gotten so crazy since finding out about Well's death. Of course his crazy and A.L.L.I.E make this show more interesting, and I'm still interested to see how his storyline is going to intertwine with the Sky People's lives.. but I still think he's crazy.


M - We finally see Murphy again. He's lying on the ground. It's obviously a trick because we've seen it done before by Emori. A man falls for the trick and Emori puts a knife to his throat as they steal his stuff, while she shamelessly flirts with Murphy and then they surprisingly share a kiss. That escalated quickly between them as we last saw them riding off into the sunset.. well floating on a boat off into the distance. Their relationship is still new and growing, but I'm okay with it, they share a bond of dealing with horrible things they've done in the past and struggling to fit in and be accepted. I can't wait to see more of them.

K - I definitely saw Murphy and Emori's relationship going in this direction. I completely agree though because I seem to like them together. I think they are both lost souls and have found acceptance in one another.


M - Abby asks about the 12 other people Thelonious left with as Kane shows up revealing Pike relieved him of his command as Thelonious tells them he's been to the City of Light and that Otan is there right now. I have to say Kane's wtf face was just priceless as you can see both Kane and Abby thinking he's lost it.

Pike asks to see Thelonious, clearly threatened that everybody's former favorite Chancellor is back. It turns out the others cannot see artificial intelligence A.L.L.I.E, which just makes it more creepier. Thelonious says he's here to save and free his people of pain, as Pike joins in with the others thinking he's lost it.

K - Pike made an interesting point that I want to mention.. He tells Jaha that none of them are the same people they were on the Ark. He's right, they aren't. After talking to Jaha - Pike tells him he can save whoever wants saving as long as he stays out of his way.


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M - We watch as Octavia stands on the field, standing over the slaughtered. You see her heart breaking from what they did, for those who died, and at the fact that her own brother was a part of it. Octavia meets with Lexa, Clarke, and an injured Indra. Telling them Kane lost the election to Pike and that everything is different now.

K - That was such an emotional scene to see Octavia walk through all those slaughtered bodies. My heart was breaking as much as Octavia's was. There is still a lot of strain in Octavia and Clarke's relationship, ever since she found out that Clarke knew about the bomb that almost killed her. Clarke tells her she doesn't believe that their people would vote Pike as the new Chancellor, as Octavia tells her, "How would you know Clarke? You haven't been here." You tell her O! I'm with her on this one.. I don't think Clarke can speak in this way when she doesn't know what's been going on in Arkadia.

M - Clarke tells Octavia that the army will be here by tomorrow and that she needs to see Bellamy.

Clarke thought exactly what I did, get through to Bellamy, who's not 100% with Pike as he struggles with it all, and they can get to Pike. Pike cannot see that his weakness lies with a wavering Bellamy. His blindness stops him from seeing Bellamy's doubt and his struggling battle within himself.

K - Now flip back to Murphy and Emori.. It doesn't seem like they stay in one place for too long.

M - Murphy and Emori get ready to go on the move when Emori completely shocks us when she says she wants to go after her brother Otan, the Grounder that was traveling with Jaha.. the one who has just been killed. I had no idea that was her brother and I feel for her, she believes he's alive and one day she will eventually find out what happened to him. She has no idea that she's lost him. Murphy is against going back to camp as Emori asks him to wait for her. Murphy doesn't know what it's like to have someone, because he's never had anyone come back after they've left him.

K - He tells Emori, "It's not a survivor's move." I have to agree that it wouldn't be a good idea for them to go searching for Otan, especially with the way they left him and Jaha.. but we all know they are most likely going to search for him. Now I'm really interested to see where this leads the two of them!

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M - Pike gathers up all the sick Grounders from the infirmary to lock them up, not willing to share their medical supplies, as Lincoln comes up in a rage, and things tense up as they continue to treat innocent and sick people badly, and he loses it. Taking it out on one of the guards, hitting Bellamy as he tries to stop him, and then turning on him but stops when Pike holds a gun to one of the Grounder's head. Sealing his fate.. siding with the Grounders in the eyes of the Sky People, he to is locked up with the others.

K - What an emotional scene! If we didn't believe that Lincoln stopped trusting Bellamy before, well it's clear he doesn't now.. but in Bellamy's defense he tried to get Lincoln out of there so he wouldn't have to see them dragging his people out to be locked up. So, it's clear that we are still seeing how much Bellamy is struggling with doing the right thing and what he thinks is the right thing.

Here Lincoln is, the guy who wants nothing but peace, getting treated horribly by people he thought he could trust. I think he feels more than just angry. Power has truly corrupted Pike, and that was clear when he held that gun to an innocent woman's head who couldn't even get up to walk by herself.

M - Thelonious is outside, getting busy propositioning and trying to convert some of his people. He reminded me of one of those old religious preachers, preaching on his stool in the town square. When he started talking of pain I knew immediately he would go after Raven, she's the perfect candidate from her suffering, so naturally she becomes his main target. One of the main scenes over-looked is when Raven stands up to Thelonious, calling him out on his bullshit, it was a bold thing to do and that scene deserves more recognition for what it is.

K - I agree! Raven has never been a follower, she's always had her own mind and that's part of what makes her so strong and brave. Her courage was truly shining in that moment, and I'm continuing to have hope for her because she isn't broken like she believes she is.. If she was then she wouldn't have stood up to Jaha like that.


M - Octavia faces her brother after seeing what he was a part of. Not bothering to coat the truth.

K - We continue to see the downfall of their relationship, as Octavia asks Bellamy what we all wish we could ask him, "What is happening to you?" She doesn't stop there, "What's wrong? You're not proud of massacring an army that was here to help us?"

M - Bellamy tells her not to do this here. It's obvious he's trying to protect her, they are already seeing her as a Grounder, if she sides with them, or is seen helping them, she will be in danger and there's no saying what will happen to her.

Which leads us to one of the most talked about scenes of the episode. I don't think I have enough words to go through this scene.


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M - Octavia leads Bellamy to a room to have it out with him but he walks in to find Clarke. The look on Bellamy's face was like he didn't believe it was really her that he didn't know if it was reality or if he was seeing things. Bellamy is clearly not yet ready to see Clarke as he struggles to hold onto his feelings. (The moment he walked in that room and saw her, something told me that he would not let her leave.)

K - Well Clarke is the last person that Bellamy expected to see, that's clear. My heart did not stop pounding during this scene and I realized just how much I've missed seeing these two work together towards their goals. They have a long ways to go though..

This is the first time they have truly gotten to talk to each other ever since Clarke left.. And Bellamy doesn't hold back on everything he's been wanting to say to her as she tells him, "We need to talk," and he replies with, "Oh? You've decided that. The mighty Wanheda, who chose the Grounders over her own people, who turned her back on us when we came to rescue you. Now you want to talk."

M - Time and time again Clarke has continued to hurt him, and he finally explodes and confronts her about everything with the brutal truth. He has a right to be angry with her. She left him and their people. He was left to deal with it all. She was willing to let his sister die, and then she made a deal with the person who left them to die and forced them to kill everyone who helped them, and then they risked their lives to save her and she wouldn't even come home. I think what hurt him the most was that she left and he couldn't make her stay.

K - I completely agree with that.. Does anyone remember what Bellamy told her before she left? It was the exact same thing Clarke told him when he was ready to give up. He told her if she needed forgiveness then he gave it to her, just as she told him.. He didn't walk away from her, but she walked away from him and I think that is why I feel like his anger is justified.

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K - Look at their faces during this whole conversation! We see how truly torn Bellamy is when Clarke confronts him about letting Pike ruin everything they have built. We see how Clarke can't believe what she is seeing when she looks at Bellamy. Has she let the old Bellamy come back to the surface by leaving? Then Clarke goes for it.. She tells him that she needs him which he questions and she replies with, "Yes. I need the guy who wouldn't let me pull that lever in Mount Weather by myself." Bellamy then spits back, "You left me. You left everyone," and tells her that people die when she's in charge. All the emotions! The two of them have always relied on
each other, and now it's almost as if they can't even let themselves trust one another anymore.

M - Clarke made Bellamy believe he could be better, that he was a good person, but three months without her and after losing Gina who also believed in him, he's lost that belief and the strength they gave him, so he regresses but not because he wants to but because he thinks that's the person he needs to be to save everyone, and to stop losing the people he cares about.

Bellamy turns his back on her and walks away but stops, not being able to leave her.

K - And that is when Clarke finally apologizes, "I'm sorry for leaving. I knew I could because they had you."


M - Clarke now crying and me along with her, Bellamy walks back to her, kneeling down and taking her hands in his. It was a powerful scene that was not about them as a couple but about who they are when they're together, it was about EVERYTHING they've been through together since first landing on the ground, when together they formed as the leaders of their people. When they're together, their walls fall. They're the ones that know each other best. They will always find their way back to each other because they are both better together then apart.

K - Exactly what Maddi said - this moment was not about them as a couple but about them as a team. I don't think Clarke deserved to be yelled at like that but I understood where Bellamy was coming from. They both had a lot of built up emotions that led to this talk.. Clarke shouldn't have left. Bellamy shouldn't have lashed out at her the way he just did. In that moment I think they both were truly sorry, and just overwhelmed by everything that has made them who they are now.. It's crazy to remember where they began to where they now are.

M - Bellamy ruins the moment when he handcuffs her, trapping her and shattering her heart. I knew he wouldn't let her leave but I don't know exactly what he was thinking here. Was it to turn her in? Or was he trying to stop her from leaving again, to protect her because he doesn't want to lose her again? Though I think she would be in more danger if she stayed there since she's been conversing with the enemy.


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M - Thelonious goes after Raven and her vulnerability, leaving her with one of those things (some sort of pill.. a drug maybe).

K - And we continue to see how broken Raven truly feels..


M - Octavia helps free Clarke as they escape from their own camp. Clarke reunites briefly with her mother before she leaves. Murphy gets ready to play another trick on the next fool but the people they try to trick have been trying to catch them for stealing, they go to kill Murphy when one of them finds the pill Thelonious gave Murphy, which he calls the "sacred symbol", and Miller sneaks Lincoln some medicine for the sick Grounders.

K - In The 100 fashion, a lot comes at the end of this episode like Maddi said.. My one question right now is what is the sacred symbol? It was as if they were scared of whatever it symbolizes..


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M - Clarke returns to Lexa to convince her not to kill her people, not to start another war, but to change the Grounder ways. Lexa makes the brave choice for change, for peace, for her people, "Blood must not have blood."

K - Can we talk about what a powerful moment that was? I'm not going to lie at first I thought it was just a moment of weakness for Lexa because this was Clarke trying to persuade her to do this.. But now that I have thought about it, I don't think that is the case. We have been seeing a different side to Lexa this season, and it's clear that she wants peace not war. Yes, Lexa is a ruthless leader but after everything we've seen this season it's clear that Lexa has a heart, too. So I understand her decision and I think it's brave of her because I'm sure her people are not going to be happy about this.

M - If Lexa doesn't retaliate she will be in grave danger, most of her people will not agree nor be happy about this, they may even turn on her, she's risking her life for a better future.


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M - Raven breaks down, I knew she was going to give in, and she does by taking that thing Jaha gave her. I don't think it's good.. whatever it is. We almost instantly see an improvement in her leg as Raven can now suddenly see A.L.L.I.E.

K - What was that ending?! Now we understand why no one could see A.L.L.I.E but Jaha.. And now I understand the City of Light - it's clear that they have to take this drug or whatever it is in order to go there and see it. Oh I can't wait until next week's episode because now it seems like everyone's storylines are finally going to be coming together.. I can't wait!

M - What an episode, I'm still not over it.. The nervousness, the unknowing of what will happen, the overwhelming feelings.. And who knows what will happen next week.. or if we will survive it.


Bitter Harvest Promo:




You can watch season 1 and 2 of The 100 on Netflix now! Remember to tune in every Thursday at 9/8c to watch The 100 live on The CW.
Join us that weekend as we recap episode six. We can't wait to discuss all things The 100 with you!


Kristy || Maddi


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GLASS SWORD

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard proved to be a strong sequel. Although, I found myself missing that excitement I had while reading Red Queen - the one that kept me turning the pages..



Goodreads Summary // Mare Barrow's blood is red - the color of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince - the friend - who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


"Of course I know others have died, for the cause and for me. But I've died too. Mare of the Stilts died the day she fell onto a lightning shield. Marina, the lost Silver princess, died in the Bowl of Bones. And I don't know what new person opened her eyes on the Undertrain. I only know what she has been and what she has lost, and the weight of it is almost crushing."


The story begins exactly where it left off in Red Queen, with Mare and Cal escaping alongside Farley and the Scarlet Guard. The beginning starts off great - with lots of action and we even get a great scene between Mare and Cal where they show how strong they truly are together.

After the action packed beginning, things quickly begin to slow down so we can truly see where our characters are at - mentally. It's clear that everyone has changed, especially Mare. Last year, I said the thing that I loved most about her was how she wore her heart on her sleeve. She trusted her heart above her head, and I felt she was so strong for allowing herself to be so vulnerable in a tough world.. Well, in Glass Sword that Mare is gone. She doesn't trust her heart anymore. She doesn't trust anyone.

I didn't like Mare in this book. She was completely selfish and thought she was better than everyone. I usually don't mind when characters become more ruthless, such as Adelina in the Young Elites series, but in Mare's case I just thought she was plain ol' selfish.


"I don't like it when you call them normal," he adds, catching my wrist.
His voice is suddenly low.
"There's nothing wrong with us. We're different, yes, but not wrong. And certainly not better."


Everyone has been affected from the fallout of Maven becoming king. My love - Cal - is suffering just as much as Mare is, and I was so happy to get more of him in this book. Honestly, if it wasn't for Cal balancing out Mare's obsession with herself then I don't think I would've enjoyed this book at all. He becomes a more complex character, as well as a lot of other characters do, like Kilorn. We get to know more about him, Farley, and Shade.

Every character, new and old, brings something to the story to help move it along. Like I said, the story starts to become a bit slow as Mare and her "team" (if you want to call it that) set out to find other newbloods like herself, all thanks to the list Julian gave her.


"He's hunting newbloods not to protect his throne but to hurt you. To find you. To make you come back to him."


Of course they run into multiple problems while searching for these newbloods, especially when they eventually run into King Maven. Unlike in Red Queen, we don't see a lot of Maven in this book. He's still very much on everyone's minds, especially Mare and Cal's but they don't have much interaction. But, don't fret Maven fans - he's still very much in Mare's heart. The romance really takes a backseat in Glass Sword, and it really becomes more of Mare and Cal - which I was perfectly happy with since I'm definitely team Cal.. But I will say that I honestly don't know who Mare will end up with by the end of this series.


"No matter how much I might want to feel him, I cannot. I must keep my eyes ahead, and away from the fire of a fallen prince. I must freeze my heart to the one person who insists on setting it ablaze."


As the story continues, we meet many more newbloods who have awesome powers. I'm a huge fan of X-Men and reading about all of these powers was a lot like reading a comic. I loved every minute of it. Eventually they meet my favorite new character, Cameron, who has a kick ass power and is so likable because she isn't afraid to tell Mare off. Soon after we meet her, the story begins to really pick up and I finally found that excitement I had while reading Red Queen - I could not stop turning the pages!


"Attend to your own fate, Mare Barrow."
"And that is?"
"To rise. And rise alone."


The conclusion to Glass Sword was epic! I felt a lot of heartache, along with Mare, but finally she redeemed herself with me. She broke but she rose to her true self by admitting to herself how wrong she has been, and pulling herself back together to continue the fight. I think through her journey in Glass Sword it was clear how easy it is for power to corrupt a person.


"I told you once that anyone can betray anyone. I know you remember."
"And I say it again. Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart."


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The beginning was strong, while the middle lacked a lot of spark, but the ending made up for all of the flaws I found. Victoria Aveyard loves to give us hell, and there were a few twists that will break your heart. Her writing continues to grow and shine with brilliance. I enjoyed the descriptions of every power while she continued to grow this world more. It did lack great dialogue that was really present in Red Queen though.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Red Queen and enjoyed it because I'm sure you'll enjoy this one as well. If you enjoy a good fantasy read though, with a dystopian feel to it, then you should try out this series!


"Once, he said I would rise alone. Now I know he was lying. For I have certainly fallen."



RATING:

4 out of 5 stars


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GOODREADS REVIEW // REBEL BULLY GEEK PARIAH

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
















I thought I was going to get an ordinary 'easy-going' contemporary out of this book, but instead I got a thrilling mystery. I'm definitely not mad about it though.

The story starts off with our main character (and the only POV), Sam, introducing herself to us and telling us how a regular day turned into one crazy night. This story was incredibly interesting. There were some flaws throughout the plot, but honestly it was really entertaining.

As the story continues, I found it hard to connect to Sam because she just made dumb decisions after another, and I didn’t like her at all. As we are introduced to the other characters, I couldn’t connect with them either. It was too bad though because I really felt for all of them at the beginning. I loved how all of them were so different and no one was who they seemed to be.. but as quickly as my interest came it was gone.

The whole book takes place during one night which made the story very fast paced. As the characters begin their thrilling adventure they begin to connect and rely on each other, and I did enjoy this about them. It felt real because I know if I was in their position I would let my shield down if I thought I had nothing left to lose. So, I enjoyed this part of the story even though the romance felt forced and was definitely not needed to tell the story.

The ending pulled everything together nicely though. I appreciated the twist - that I did not see coming at all! I think Erin Jade Lange is a great writer. I enjoyed her style of writing through this book, and intertwining the ‘before’ and ‘after’ parts of the story really brought everything together.

Overall, this book was enjoyable. The characters and their actions were a bit annoying, but their decisions helped make a very entertaining story. If you’re looking for a quick thrilling read then this book is perfect for you!




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QUANTA RESET COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY


I'm so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Lola Dodge's new book Quanta Reset!
I absolutely loved Quanta - you can read my book review for it here.
It was such a unique story with a great plot and fun characters - Quanta is a heroine you can easily get behind. There was romance, with NO love triangle, and everything we enjoy about YA fiction. It was the perfect blend of fantasy set in a dystopian world. I'm really looking forward to the next book!
Now - time for the cover reveal!



Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge
(The Shadow Ravens #3)


Publishers - Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date - October 4, 2016
Genres - Science Fiction, Young Adult


Synopsis


Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that's where the good news ends.

Life at the Shadow Ravens' compound is a disaster. She's drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to "train" and "participate in missions." Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she's positive that chemicals aren't the only things drawing them together - although chemistry is definitely involved.

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva's agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power. . .

Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.





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Meet Lola Dodge

Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University--and hasn't stopped moving since. When she's not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can't melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.


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How beautiful is that cover? I can't wait to dive into this book! Don't forget to add it to your TBR list on Goodreads, and pick up Quanta now to prepare you for the third book in the Shadow Ravens series!


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THE 100 // SEASON 3 "WATCH THE THRONES" RECAP

Simply Nicollette's recap posts for The 100 will contain spoilers.



I think last night proved that power is very important to the Grounders.
We have so much to talk about today! Maddi and I are excited to be sharing our thoughts about each episode throughout this entire season with you. You can read our recap of "Ye Who Enter Here" here.
Now - let's talk about that amazing episode!



Watch the Thrones Synopsis:

"Clarke discovers the mastermind behind a devious plan. Kane struggles to keep the peace. Meanwhile, Jasper's grief drives him to reckless behavior."




Maddi - The 100 opens with Lexa informing the war council in Polis, after the Ice Nation's attack on Mount Weather, bringing in the accused to be served their punishment and to get justice for the people they killed. The Ice Nation Queen doesn't hide the fact or defend herself of guilt.

The Queen uses this moment in front of the council to hurt Lexa's position. That's why she confessed and allowed herself to be taken in. She calls for a vote, to vote out Lexa as Commander. For this to happen it has to be a unanimous vote for it to succeed. The Queen's plan fails because it is not unanimous, because the Sky People are now the 13th Clan, and they do not agree.

Lexa is luckily saved. Was it by luck that they became the 13th Clan at the right time, or a plan, in case this ever came to happen?

Kristy - I like that idea, that making the Sky People the 13th Clan was to avoid de-throning Lexa was all a plan. The Sky People have an agreement with Lexa as the Commander and they know that this could all change if someone else replaced her. I was also a bit shocked to see everyone, except for Clarke, vote out Lexa as Commander.. Talk about betrayal! I can't imagine how she felt to be surrounded by such disrespect amongst her own people. You can tell Lexa was a bit shocked by this also, but she recovers quickly.

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M - The Queen goes back to her back up plan and issues the challenge to remove Lexa from Commander. A fight to the death, warrior against warrior. The Queen is up to something as she chooses Roan as her champion, and he is not pleased. I'm not sure if he agrees or not, or if he's in on it or not, but everyone knows that Lexa will fight for herself.. and so does the Queen.

K - "I'm the Commander. No one fights for me," Lexa continues to prove how strong she is. I wasn't surprised that she decided to fight herself because she's proven to be that type of person.


M - We then flip to Arkadia, as their leaders meet. They're discussing Ice Nation, and what happened at Mount Weather. Of course Pike wants to immediately strike back.. what's that going to achieve. All he cares about is the death of the Grounders.. no the annihilation of all Grounders.

K - I think it was Jason Rothenberg, who tweeted out that we should remember where Pike is coming from. He has lost almost all of his people, the ones who came down with him from the Ark, to the Grounders. So I can understand where Pike is coming from. I get it. He's having a hard time believing that any Grounder is good because he's suffered from so much evil from them.

M - Pike says, "In my experience Grounders understand one thing. . . strength. It's simple we need to hit them now, we need to hit them hard. . . leave no survivors." Yeah it is simple Pike.. The Grounders vastly outnumber you. There are thousands. They have armies and trained warriors. Where is your logic, how do you expect to win that war. The risk is far too great. The chance of winning that fight is so small that it's unthinkable, unimaginable, and unhopeful. You don't stand a chance and neither will your people.


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M - Thankfully Kane has some sense and understanding saying the attack was against Lexa not them, that they were collateral damage. It may be hard to accept that and sit there without acting but it's better than starting a war. The Ice Nation wanted to start a war and by Lexa issuing war or the Sky People answering with an attack you're giving them exactly what they want, and just helping along with their goals.

K - Again, I see the pain behind Pike's emotions and how he wants to retaliate against the Grounders.. There are things that are clearly going way over his head though. He doesn't understand that all the Grounders aren't the same, and how this was the Ice Nation and not the Grounders who are going to help them avenge their fallen people.

M - You can clearly see Pike is going to split the Sky People right down the middle. The people who have reason, who just want peace and live happily, against the people that don't want an alliance or to live or to work together with the Grounders. They pretty much don't want anything to do with any Grounders, which includes living on the same ground as them.

K - Which is ridiculous, in my opinion. Why wouldn't they want other people to co-inhabit with on Earth? If you go back and look at Polis, you can see how great of an ally the Grounders would be with the Sky People.

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M - Kane and Abby obviously disagree with striking back. Pike is angry and unsettled with this decision as Abby strongly shuts him down and he walks out.

Bellamy enters as everyone leaves. He hands down his guard jacket, signifying that he's resigning. Bellamy broken and clearly blaming himself for what happened. He was a part of the decision to leave the Mountain and for Gina to stay there. To him he has failed to protect the people he swore to protect. He no longer feels worthy to protect them anymore.

K - What a great moment shared between Kane and Bellamy. If you just look at their journey from season 1 to now, it's amazing to see how much they have grown, and how much trust has been built between them. It broke my heart to see Bellamy so completely lost. He's lost Gina, and he's lost Clarke.. again. He feels like he is losing Octavia because she told him she plans to leave, and I think he feels like he has no one right now. I just wanted to hug him.

M - Suddenly they have visitors. . . Grounders. Tensions are high as the people are not happy they're here. Octavia stands up for them and is labeled one of them. They're already starting to place her and see her as one of the Grounders. Just because she treats them as people, speaks to them, and follows some of their ways.

This frustrates me because people are people, no matter what they look like or where they come from. You can't hate everyone who's associated with people or someone or something that has been done in the past, or because you can't accept the difference.

K - I completely agree with Maddi. I think we are beginning to see that split you were talking about, where there are some of the Sky People who just want peace and others who don't want to live with the Grounders at all.

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K - As the Grounders are arriving, we also see Monty and Jasper arguing because Jasper doesn't want to go to the memorial the Sky People are going to have for the people lost at Mount Weather. He tells them, "It's kind of late for a memorial, don't you think?" My poor Jasper, who I completely understand where he is coming from but I still see how Monty wants him to sympathize with what's happening now, too.

M - Jasper sneaks out of camp as they're on locked down, and Monty follows.


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M - Clarke goes to visit Lexa. Lexa's instructing the Nightbloods, children, which one of them will become the successor of her if she dies. Clarke worries for her people if something happens to Lexa. Lexa reassures her as most likely successor Aden will, and he promises his loyalty to the 13th Clan.

This is the second time we've seen Aden and I noticed it last week that there's a dark feeling about this kid. I have a feeling he will soon succeed Lexa, and I don't think he'll be a friend of the Sky People. I think he's capable of more than we expect or can see. We will just have to wait and see..

K - Lexa continued to surprise me this episode. I've always found her strong and a great leader, even if her ways were brutal to the Sky People. During this exchange there was a part of her that felt afraid of a death to come, but a part of her that would do anything to defend her title and show her people how strong of a leader she really is - in case they forgot. I am enjoying getting to know Lexa a lot more than we did last season.


M - Roan calls out the Queen saying she's not doing this for him, and she encourages him to fight for his Clan. I think the Queen is threatened by her son, I know their people would easily see and choose him as their leader, and stand with him over her. Clarke also sees this. She tries to intervene, always trying to save everyone, as she tries to get him to kill the Queen and become King.

Of course Roan won't kill his mother but he wants to help Clarke do it. This had me concerned. I didn't think Clarke should do it. Has she forgotten all of this has been a plot all along, and it could just be another step in their plan.


K - Back at Arkadia we find the Sky People holding the memorial for the people lost at Mount Weather. I thought it was beautiful, especially when Bellamy gets up to talk about Gina. We continue to see how lost he is, and how much these deaths (especially hers) is weighing him down.

M - I admit I thought Pike was going to use the ceremony to get the people on his side, to use their deaths for his advantage and agenda. I was close, instead he uses the nearby Grounder army protecting them. The people don't see the army as help but as a threat. They're petty much just a giant pot that's ready to boil over.. at any second.

It does boil over as the people freak out that the Grounders will kill them all and of course they take it out on the nearest Grounder.. Lincoln. The guy is attacked but he doesn't fight back, he stands strong as they try to kill him. Lincoln deserves so much more, not many people could just stand there as people try to harm them, understanding that responding would make it worse, nor is it the right thing to do. After everything he's been through he's still not giving up.

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K - I absolutely love Lincoln. He just wants peace. He just wants to be accepted by the Sky People to show how the Grounders could easily get along with living side-by-side with them. He is such a strong person, he doesn't show any hate more like understanding as he tells himself, "get knocked down, get back up again."

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M - Jasper and Monty end up at the drop ship. A struggling Jasper is losing himself more and more, day by day. Yet Monty continues sticking by Jasper, no matter how much he pushes him away, or how much he treats him poorly. Monty finds that Jasper has taken Finn's ashes and confronts him.

K - Coming back to the dropship brings back a lot of pain even as a viewer of the show. I feel like the Sky People, especially the original 100, have lost so much since they first hit the ground and it breaks my heart. Finn is a part of that heartbreak, too because I remember how lost he became and I worry for Jasper because I don't want him to become that lost.

M - Jasper's making himself worse by doing this to himself, he's trying to hurt everyone involved in what happened at Mount Weather, by taking Finn's ashes, it's taking away Clarke's chance of forgiving herself and being able to let go of what she did. He's also adding more pain and regret as he makes more bad decisions. He needs to stop punishing himself. Monty gives him an ultimatum, telling him he's not fine either but going on like this and destroying himself and his life is not the way. It's time to start dealing with it and to get himself together.


K - Going back to how much I love Lincoln.. We continue to see how much he wants peace when he decides not to press charges against the person who attacked him.

M - Octavia wants to leave now that the kill order on Lincoln is gone but Lincoln knows that the only way that the Sky People will see them as different from the Grounders and the Ice Nation is to stay and show them they're not all the same.


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M - Clarke meets with the Queen and uses that she's changing her vote as a distraction to get to her. I knew what Clarke was doing and I couldn't believe it. Clarke's plan fails, she risked the safety of her people for Lexa, and now she's made the Sky People enemies of Ice Nation. Like Kane said, they were collateral damage but now it will be their war because of what Clarke did. Ice Nation wanted this, now they have a reason to attack and kill your people, a reason they can use against you, to break the treaty because you tried to assassinate their Queen. What was she thinking?

Then, we learn that the Queen has her own Nightblood, and it shows how all of her actions now make sense. It turns out they also have unique black blood that goes all the way back to the first Commander.. apparently it'll be explained more later on.

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M - Bellamy and Pike are having a drink, Pike clearly up to something as I noticed Monty's mum watching and waiting for something in the background. Pike uses Bellamy's pain and guilt and takes advantage of it, manipulating him with the blame he has already put on himself, like throwing fuel on a fire.

Bellamy made the decision to trust Echo and Pike uses that to turn him against all Grounders, but they're not all the same just look at Lincoln. They use Bellamy to get ammo for their guns so that they can go slaughter the Grounder army of 300 people nearby.

K - Everything about their exchange made me angry. It made me angry that Pike was completely taking advantage of how lost Bellamy is at the moment. It made me angry that Bellamy allowed someone to walk all over him and his beliefs because deep down he knows that not all the Grounders are the same. I think I understood then why we see Octavia beating Bellamy up in the season 3 trailer.

M - Pike's trying to save them, save them from nothing, there's no threat, the threat is the Ice Nation not every Grounder that exists. I hoped so much that Bellamy didn't agree, that he didn't do it, that he didn't give into those bad feelings leading him to a dark place. He's come so far since the beginning, but he does, he arms them, and they go marching as a vulnerable Bellamy loses his way.

They're running on anger and hatred instead of reason and logic. They're not seeing what's there but what they fear.. And to anyone hating on Bellamy remember how much he's been through, how much everyone's been through. Grief can turn you into something you're not.


K - Time for the fight! Clarke ends up showing up, and for a moment we see how vulnerable and afraid Lexa is. Just like before though, she quickly recovers and unsheathes her sword.

M - I know something unexpected will happen and neither Lexa nor Roan will die, but someone has to. When the fight begins and Roan charges at Lexa when her back is turned and she lands a clean strike on him. It was a fool's errand, he's one of the best, he's trained, and he knew better than that. Something was just not right. Long story short, after an epic fight, Lexa only just wins the battle and kills the Queen instead of Roan, who's now the King.


K - That fight was amazing. It was awesome to see how Lexa fights, and she is ruthless but so was Roan. We can finally see how much power truly means to the Grounders.. like we weren't convinced already. Things certainly become more interesting when Lexa kills the Queen and announces Roan as the Ice Nation King, "The Queen is dead. Long live the King."

Is anyone else surprised that the Queen didn't have a longer presence on the show? She was such an interesting character, and even though I didn't like her, I did enjoy the dynamic between her and Clarke. I would've loved to see more interactions between them.


M - Surprisingly the Queen didn't last long, for someone that's smart and with a plan in motion, we didn't see it coming.. or did she. It could be a giant plan with Roan. If she dies, he becomes the King and we all know they trust him more than her, and will even more now that she's dead. Also they're trained warriors yet she didn't see the attack coming nor did she even respond to move out of the way of the spear. I find that odd. There was enough time for a reaction.


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M - Pike, Bellamy, and the others head for the camp gates. Lincoln, Harper, and Monroe stand in the way. Bellamy asks them to trust him and they move but Lincoln stands firm. They say for him to prove himself as one of them he must move aside. Lincoln doesn't have to prove he's one of you by letting you kill his other people that would be like making him let you kill his own family. What they're asking is unforgivable. Lincoln was trying to do the right thing and to stop them from doing the wrong thing.

Kane, Abby, and the others stop them and arrest them. They find out Kane took the mark of the Grounders and this just makes things worse. Pike uses it against them, the pain and anger, the hatred, the want for revenge, the fear. It's easier to let it overcome you then to continue fighting it, or to move on, or to make peace with the people that hurt them. Everyone wants Pike's name on the ballot for the vote for the new Chancellor and we all know that this is bad and it will certainly not turn out well.

K - The Grounders wear their mark with pride and it's crazy to see that the Sky People look at it like it's a mark of betrayal from Kane. Bellamy can't seem to even look Kane in the eye as he shows off the mark. If Pike becomes the new Chancellor then I see a bad and scary future ahead for the Sky People.


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M - Lexa visits Clarke to thank her. Clarke says she did it for her people. Everyone knows you weren't doing what was right for your people, you were doing it to save Lexa (and almost kill your people in the process). I may not prefer Clarke and Lexa together but even I can see that!

K - I completely agree with Maddi, because I don't prefer them together either but I can see how deeply they care for each other. It completely shows in the way Lexa lets her vulnerable side show in front of Clarke. She comes to her room after dark, with no face paint, her hair down, and no armor. I saw it as Lexa maybe showing Clarke that she cares for her as well.


M - Pike is voted the new Chancellor and he will lead them to their doom, unless he comes to some sense, and he will regret it when his people die, and it's by the fault of his own hand.

The first thing Pike does is pardon himself. He can't see reason and he can't even accept his wrong actions, what will happen when it comes to his mistakes.. He foolishly removes the Sky People as the 13th Clan of the Grounders. Without the support or protection of Lexa they're in a lot of trouble. Pike is single handedly going to start a war. This also puts Lexa in a bad position, if she tries to help them now, a full on war might break out because she would be helping the enemy if they are no longer a part of the Coalition.

K - I might still be in a little bit of shock that Pike is actually the new Chancellor, and I'm not sure how this is going to play out. I'm nervous because I know what he wants, and that's revenge against all Grounders. He's definitely not putting his anger towards the right thing, and I think sooner or later he's going to realize this and by that time it might be too late.

M - I do believe that if Clarke and Bellamy were with each other, the events that happened may have been different. "Bellamy is the heart and Clarke is the head. One without the other wouldn't survive." - Jason Rothenberg

K - I completely agree, especially seeing what Jason said about them. He's obviously making that statement true by them being apart and making these reckless decisions without one another. Unfortunately, the Sky People are the ones suffering from these decisions because we all know how much power Clarke and Bellamy truly hold as leaders to their people.

M - The episode ends with Pike, Bellamy, and his group taking off to finish what they started. I hope so much that it doesn't happen but I don't think anyone can stop this one. . .

K - There is so much that is sure to happen in the near future. Like I said I'm nervous to see what will happen after Pike's plan goes through, and how it affects everyone not just him and Bellamy. I'm curious to see how Roan will be as the Ice Nation King. I'm also hopeful that this will bring Clarke back to Arkadia and her people.. so much death is ahead of us and it's only the beginning.


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Join us the following day as we recap episode five. We can't wait to discuss all things The 100 with you!


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