By Zach Peace

Winter is Coming, we were promised all year. Well, winter has come and gone in just three episodes and now we’re fighting in a desert. Looking towards the finale, it’s not winter that concerns us however, it’s fire. Specifically, dragonfire is the main focus, after an explosive episode 5 that set the stage for one final conflict against a “villian” no-one expected. Finally fulfilling her long foreshadowed turn towards ‘madness’, Daenerys Targaryen, the Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons, has transitioned into a sort of anti-hero after committing genocide against the million citizens of King’s Landing last episode; as she promised at the beginning of the episode, “let it be fear.”

Two reviews by two of our staff members.

By Tyler Cramsey

Avengers Endgame was an amazing spectacle of a movie. It was a thrilling ending to the Infinity Saga of Marvel. Without spoiling anything the way it ends brings almost everyone’s story arc back full circle and give an agreeable conclusion to each character (that will no longer continue). This movie really helps to emphasize the end in Endgame.

By Haroula Barbounis

Adapted into a movie on Netflix, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy is a book that addresses many insecurities that girls grapple with today. Self-confidence and being true to yourself are the two of the many themes in the book, which causes it to be engaging as well as empowering. The main character in the novel, Willowdean Dickson, is our plus-size heroine, who enters the local pageant in hopes of taking a stand in her small Texan town. Which oh-so-happens to be run by her beauty queen mom. Friendships are formed and tested as we see Willowdean, aka Will, show her town that it’s not all about having a Barbie-like body.

By Haroula Barbounis

One of the most popular and influential books this year and last year has been Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, which has recently turned into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg. It touches on many significant issues we have today, such as racism and police brutality. A best-seller, it talks about a girl named Starr Carter who copes with many hardships in her life, such as fitting in at her rich white prep school and balancing that with her life at home in her low-income black neighborhood. This alone is relatable in everyday life, when trying to balance two completely different lives. She witnesses her best friend from childhood get shot by a police officer, even though her friend was unarmed. As Starr deals with the emotional trauma, she must decide if she will speak out about her friend’s undeserved death.

By Haroula Barbounis

If you are in love with romantic comedies, then you will love To All the Boys I Loved Before. The main character Lara Jean Covey, played by actress Lana Condor, writes five love letters, one for every boy she’s ever loved, which includes the most popular boy in her grade and her sister’s ex-boyfriend. That alone just tells us how messy this situation could get if these were ever read. Now, Lara Jean has no intention of sending her letters and keeps them in a hatbox in her closet. However, one day, the letters somehow get sent, and they turn Lara Jean’s life upside down.