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George R.R. Martin Kinda, Sorta Reveals Whether His Books Will Match The Show’s End

According to CNN George R.R. Martin has broken his silence on The Winds of Winter. He’s revealed when the next book is coming! Rejoice, everyone! Or…not? As Martin, as usual, was very coy in his statement and revealed things while also not revealing anything at all.

George R.R. Martin confirmed that the next book ‘will be’ complete but refused to say when it can be expected, only that he promises he will finish it, along with A Dream of Spring. Will the ending will be different? He had this to say:

 

“How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”

 

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Thanks George, that clears that up. George continued in his statement by noting books are a wholly different medium than television and his novels will explore characters in detail that never appeared on the show, such as Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny, Darkstar, Aegon VI, and more. But that’s all he goes into. In any case, it’s safe to assume his books will be quite different than the show’s ending but of course, all we can do is theorize until he finally, finally releases the next book.

Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait!

 

 

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Introduce New Readers to the World of Literature With These Young Adult Picks!

Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent young adult books for your reading pleasure. Young adult novels are generally written with a twelve to eighteen age bracket in mind but over half of the audience for YA novels are adults (as Bookstr readers can attest!) Young adult novels are often just as sophisticated as their adult contemporaries, often exploring themes self exploration, coming-of-age, relationships, trauma and love. Below, are some of our favorite recently published YA must-reads!

 

5. THe Haunted by Danielle Vega

 

A young girl lit by psychadelic neon stands in a dark void

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The Haunted is a spooky new novel filled to the brim with ghosts. A teenage girl named Hendricks moves to the small town of Drearfield. Hendricks wants to a start a new life, trying to forget her dark and traumatic past, but things don’t work out as planned. She learns from her new friends about the notorious Steele House, a dark house, said to be haunted. And then, Hendricks ends up moving into Steele House with her parents. Here, she finds herself dealing with, whispers in the night, doors that lock on their own, and frightening apparitions that torment her with her own memories. Hendricks now has to grapple with the hauntings and take down the ghosts, if they don’t get her first!

 

4. Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

 

A young African-American girls stands amidst a group of sunflower seeds with a parrot flying off her shoulder

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Dealing In Dreams is a dystopian thriller following a young woman called Nalah, leader of a gang of girls who roam the fierce streets of Mega City. Nalah, however, wants more out life than violent showdowns with the other gangs that prowl the streets at night. She wants a life in the esteemed Mega Towers, where only the elite get to go. To prove herself, Nalah must journey beyond the bounds of the city in search of a mysterious gang. As she journeys, she encounters peril, both outward and within, and begins to lose sight of everything she cares about as she grows closer to her goal.

 

3. Let me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

 

A group of street kings sit around a graffiti strewn wall listening to hip hop

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On the streets of Brooklyn in 1998, hot on the heels of the murder of Biggie Smalls, another musically talented kid, Steph is murdered. But his friends, Quadir and Jarrell plan to make sure his music lives on. Promoting his music under the name the Architect, Steph becomes huge. As everyone listens to the Architect, a hot new music exec wants the Architect’s mixtape for himself. And as they become more famous, they must confront Steph’s past and figure out what happened to him, revealing secrets they kept from each other along the way as well.

 

2. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

 

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The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, head of the once great Grisha Army, is leader of a country threatened by a bloody civil war. Nikolai must forge new alliances and stop an army gathering at his country’s borders. But inwardly, Nikolai is facing his own struggle. Dark magic rots him from within and slowly but surely, he’s struggling to beat the darkness that threatens to overtake him. Nikolai must journey across his country to conquer the darkness, even as the rising tide of the country’s war threatens to engulf all.

 

1. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan 

 

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The Love & Lies Of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan tells the story of seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali who is secretly a lesbian. Unable to come out to her conversative Muslim parents, she can’t wait to go to college and escape her family. But her parents catch her kissing another girl and drag her off to Bangladesh for an extended vacation. In isolation, Rukhsana is met with her worst nightmare as she faces religious intolerance, bigotry, and homophobia. But she finds allies in this world and may even find strength within to forge her own future. This heartfelt novel showcases an aching portrait of isolation in your own culture and shows that love is love, no matter where it comes from.

 

 

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The Top 10 Most Evil ‘Game of Thrones’ Villains

In the morally ambiguous world of Westeros, separating the good guys from the bad guys is hard, owing to complex characterization of the cast and crazy situations each and every character is plunged into. But when the bad people are bad, they’re really bad. Few villains can elicit such reactions from the audience as the Game of Thrones antagonists manage to pull off, making them truly hatable. Here are the top ten best Game of Thrones villains, each one making an impact on the audience. Let’s meet the bad guys as we count them down from number ten!

 

10. The Night King

 

The icy visage of the Night King with horns and armor standing before an icy wasteland

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This might be a bit of a controversial start, as the Night King is often thought of the ‘big bad’ of the series, THE ultimate villain who surpassed everyone else in both scale and power. Well, at least until the latest season, where he surprisingly killed off in Episode 3 and leaving Cersei to take the role of ‘final boss’. But while he was a fearsome presence and one of the main focuses of conflict for the show that got bigger as the shoe went on, the Night King himself didn’t have much beyond the surface, unlike most of the other characters. He was just a fearsome, silent dark necromancer who wanted to destroy Westeros because he hated the living. Still, there’s no denying he was an intimidating figure, leading legions of zombies and being especially terrifying up close. There’s just the nagging feeling he could’ve made more going for him than ‘evil’ but what we got was still pretty good.

 

9. Ser Gregor Clegane / The Mountain

 

The hulking, muscle bound figure of the Mountain wielding a giant sword

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The Mountain’s appearances throughout the series could be counted on one hand but he’s left a huge mark since he first came stomping onto the scene in Season 1. From his actions before the series (murdering Elia Martell and shoving his own brother, Sandor, into a fireplace and scarring him for life), to his horrific actions onscreen such as rampaging through the Riverlands to torturing people to death at the Dreadfort to murdering Obeyrn Martell by squashing his head, the Mountain has cemented himself as one of the worst. He became less of a character after he was revived as a zombie by Qyburn to serve Cersei, being a silent enforcer of her will but at least he got a final showdown with his brother, Sandor, that ended with both their deaths. The Mountain will always have been a memorable, destructive presence that inspired terror whenever he was onscreen.

 

8. The High Sparrow

 

The High Sparrow stands tall before the huddle masses inside a castle

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This guy. This guy right here. The High Sparrow was a man we wanted to punch in the face as soon as he came onscreen. A fanatic who hid behind pillars of self-righteousness and acted like what he was doing was in service to his god, the High Sparrow does horrible things while preaching about how good he is to the world. His smug attitude doesn’t help matters either and its thanks to him the Seven Kingdoms are turned upside down overnight, with Margaery getting arrested. He even makes us feel sorry for Cersei after he puts her through the infamous walk of shame. It is very satisfying indeed when he gets blown sky high by an explosion of wildfire in a trap by Cersei. Still, he’s quite effective as an antagonist and all good villains make you hate them.

 

7. Roose bolton

 

Roose Bolton stands on a grassland dressed in black leathers and fur lined cloak

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Oozing icy menace, Roose Bolton was just as sadistic as his dastardly son, Ramsay, but exercised self-restraint to put on a mask of civility that still made him quite scary. Cold and calculating, Roose began as a vassal to Ned Stark but always had his eye towards taking power for his own. His sadism is on display, with his methods of torture and his House’s symbol being a flayed man but he keeps in the Stark’s good graces until the time is right to strike. And strike he does, stabbing Robb Stark personally at the infamous Red Wedding and putting the North under Bolton control. Until, of course, Roose Bolton was killed himself by Ramsay, as Ramsay’s ambition led him to take Roose’s position by force. Roose may not have the manic energy of his son but he’s far more controlled and intelligent with how he used his villainy.

 

6. Walder Frey

 

Walder Frey sits at a dimly lit dinner table

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Walder Frey may not seem impressive to look at but he’s one of the villains who had the most impact on the series. A slimy, disgusting man who abused his own daughters to produce more heirs to the Frey bloodline. His worst act, however, was betraying his allies, the Starks, leading to the infamous Red Wedding massacre where Robb, Catelyn, and many more are murdered. Walder Frey rightfully pays for his crime later on when Arya kills him but his impact on the series is huge despite his small amount of screen time.

 

5. Ramsay Bolton

 

Ramsay stands in a boiled leather outfit in his fort

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Oh boy. Of all the antagonists of the series, few inspire open contempt the way Ramsay does. And for good reason. He’s a complete and utter monster, with no redeemable traits at all. He’s completely insane, living not for politics or power but desiring to hurt people. His introduction to the series, where he brutally tortures Theon Greyjoy, is the stuff of nightmares. Not to mention his various other despicable acts including raping Sansa, killing his own father, taking over Winterfell, and his habit of feeding his victims to his pack of dogs. Fortunately, this piece of work meets his end in a suitably karmic fashion, as Sansa locks him in with his own dogs after his defeat at the Battle of Basterds and lets him get eaten alive by them. Ramsay deserved that fate and we sure won’t miss this lunatic.

 

4. Petyr ‘littlefinger’ Baelish

 

A man stands in a snowy field wearing a grey tunic

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Petyr Baelish doesn’t have the over the top antics of some other villains but he’s very dangerous all the same. Almost a Shakespearen figure who relies on his wits and intelligence to play the game of politics, he’s a sly weasel who worms his way into positions of authority through constant scheming. It was Baelish who started the War of Kings with his secret letter to Ned Stark and his true nature is revealed when he betrays Ned Stark, putting a knife to his throat when Ned attempts to confront Cersei over her actions, causing Ned to be killed. He was a man who profited from chaos and its most satisfying to see Sansa eventually corner him, resulting in him being executed in Winterfell.

 

3. Tywin Lannister

 

Tywin Lannister stands with regal authority in a red tunic

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Tywin Lannister was played to perfection by Charles Dance and it was almost sad to see him go after he takes a crossbow bolt to the chest by his own son, Tyrion, at the end of Season 4. Still, we can’t deny Tywin was a bad, bad man despite how awesome his presence was, a ruthless man who was controlling and spiteful towards his children while being ruthless towards his enemies. Tywin’s relationship to his children showed how each of them had evolved under his tyrannical grip. But despite all his power, Tywin was ultimately a pathetic figure, hypocritical and a complete liar, being both physically and morally bankrupt. No love was lost when he died in complete humiliation on the privy.

 

2. Cersei Lannister

 

Cersei sits on the Iron Throne, wearing a crown and her queenly dress

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Cersei had a tough life. Born to a domineering father and forced into a loveless marriage, her circumstances are understandable for molding her into a dark person but this still does not excuse her present behavior. Her ambition grew more and more as she left redeemable traits behind. She’s been behind the murder of Robert Baratheon and killing thousands with the blowing up of a section of King’s Landing. She became a tyrant Queen of King’s Landing and rose to power through nothing but her determination, grit, and sheer desire to take what she believed was rightfully hers. If only she didn’t have such a lackluster death in the final season, she’d be number 1.

 

1. Joffrey Baratheon 

 

Joffrey Lannister sits on the iron Throne with a smug expression

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The best villain of the show, Joffrey is a snivelling, cowardly, sadistic, arrogant, conniving, selfish, bratty, vicious teenage king. Joffrey was a vile presence whenever he was onscreen, a brilliantly realized sociopath who flaunted his position of power to do whatever he wanted. His villainy was very pretty but it was this pettiness which made him so hatable and not to mention, he was very, very stupid. He tortured everyone he met he could get away with, especially his uncle Tyrion, Sansa, prostitutes, and even animals. He was the best villain on the show, doing everything he did out of short sighted sadism. His death was very satisfying, as we saw him choke to death and die in pain during the Purple Wedding, to the cheers of viewers around the world.

 

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Varys Actor Conleth Hill ‘Disappointed’ With Last Few Seasons

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Varys actor Conleth Hill provided his thoughts on his time on Game of Thrones and not all were positive. Hill revealed he was ‘disappointed’ with the final few seasons of the show, and was upset about Varys’s death, specifically, he was saddened that Varys did not get to have a final scene with Littlefinger, as Littlefinger had been his nemesis.

Hill said he ‘kinda dropped off the edge’ after Season 6, noting Varys himself was also pushed to the sidelines and had not been focused on as much. Hill was frustrated by this but understood that, as a show about a great number of characters, he understood that not everyone could hold the spotlight. He said that though the last few seasons were not the best part of the experience, he thoroughly enjoyed his time on the show, over all.

 

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He noted his favorite Varys scenes involved talking with Tyrion as they traveled in the cart together across Westeros, but commented that he was “dismayed”  that Varys seemingly dulled a little in the later seasons, making mistakes he would not have previously made.

Still, Conleth Hill did say that his inclusion in the show was perhaps the high point of his career, saying it was surreal to be working on such on a huge show. His favorite moment was when they shot at Fair Head in Ireland, which is coincidentally where Hill grew up and where he first dreamed of being an actor.

Game of Thrones will air its final episode this Sunday at 9pm ET on HBO.

 

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Teaser for ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Arrives!

Exciting news for Disney fans! The trailer of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has arrived and it looks to be a darker tale than most Disney productions. Fan favorite Maleficent, the mistress of all evil, returns in this sequel to the 2014 version. The first film told Maleficent’s origin story, offering a different perspective on the classic Sleeping Beauty. The upcoming sequel will pick up a few years after the original, and will see the dark sorceress join with Princess Aurora to protect the kingdom from greater threat. The film will explore the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora, while crafting a beautifully realized fantasy world.

 

Maleficent stands side by side with Aurora, Maleficent wreathed in green flames and spreading her black wings

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The aesthetics for the film look on point, with Maleficent herself brilliantly portrayed by Angelina Jolie once more.  Jolie perfect embodies the role, with her pale skin, curved horns, wreathed in green flames and  imposing black wings topping off the look. Not to mention her smooth, yet almost mischievous, voice. Joining Jolie in the film will be Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, Harris Dickinson as Prince Philip, and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora.

The teaser doesn’t show much but it lets the viewers know this will be a darker twist on the source material, showcasing the moody interior of the towering castle in the kingdom, Maleficent attacking enemies to protect Aurora, and a glimpse of dark creatures flying down from the skies, as well as Maleficent spread her wings, looking like she’s ready for total war.

Are you excited? We sure are! Get ready to see the mistress of evil this October, as Maleficent: Mistress of Evil arrives October 8th.

 

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