The Legend of Korra Recap | Chapters 6 & 7

YOU GUYS. One of my favorite shows of all time is back for a hot new season and the lovely Amy and I are recapping the episodes! Weeeeee!

If you haven't watched The Legend of Korra, you need to do that immediately. GO NOW TO THE INTERNET AND FIND IT. 
If you need to catch up on the episode recaps of this season, please peep these two guys.

So now that you're all caught up on the what's what, let's recap the latest chapters, shall we? Okay!

We return to metal bender island aka Xaofu where Korra is still kinda training Opal, but mostly the drama between Lin and her sister Su is at maximum levels. I mean, Lin is kind of crotchety, and we kind of love that about her, but girl has some serious momma issues to deal with. Lucky for us, she finally airs it out in this episode! We find out through some metal bending acupuncture (which might be the coolest thing of all time) that Su and Lin were kinda of the opposites of each other - Lin was the dutiful daughter who tried to be everything her mom (Toph!) wanted her to be, while Su rebelled and was basically throwing all her cares in the air. Anyway, it all comes to a head when Su reminds us all - AGAIN - that Lin is a loner and it's no wonder that Tenzin broke it off with her. BURNNNNNN. Commence intense earth bending and sibling rivalry! 

Toph flashback! (she is disappoint) Source:
In the meantime, Korra starts learning how to metal bend thanks to Su. Bolin is crazy nervous that he won't be able to do it and is absolutely adorable and heartbreaking with his anxiety and tentative watching of Korra learning. In short, Bolin continues to be the best forever amen. He once again drops the best line of the episode when he gets busted peeping Korra training when he says "Just thinking about my body...and...mustaches I might have in the future." WHAT A BRO, Y'ALL. OH and also he and Opal kind of have this thing brewing and it makes me so very happy. Bopal? Bolopal? Whatever, it's the best.

Finally, Opal decides to go to the air temple to train because she is all empowered by her Aunt Lin and just needs to live her own life, you know? GET IT, GIRL. Old wounds are healed. People are moving on. Women are empowered to live the life they want. Much fistpumping! OH and Varek is still around making weird crap. I continue to not trust him. 

Also, the 4 big baddies are still on the search for Korra and somehow Zahir knows that she's hiding out at metal bender village so that's not going to go well. Not well at all, I'm afraid. 

see you in my nightmares, bro. source:

Since we were blessed with another double episode this week (wooooo!), that means a double recap. Holla! Let's do the damn thing.

We check in on Tenzin and the airbenders at the Northern Air Temple. Things are going not so great as they aren't quite as interested in the detailed history and discipline it takes to become an airbender. It kind of reminds of being a camp counselor, actually. All the questions about when will they eat, where's so and so, what are they doing next, why are we doing this (repeat for infinity). Tenzin struggles trying to teach this crop, and Korra has a great idea to incorporate the natural leader in his brother Bumi. It also doesn't go well because Tenzin cranks it up to 11 and drives everybody 
slow your roll, dude. source:
Meanwhile, Kai and Jinora kinda have their own little romance blossoming in the most adorable of middle grade ways. He tells her that she's a great teacher and definitely deserves to have her airbender tattoos. She blushes and acts like it's nbd. He takes her to see baby air bison and my heart explodes into a million pieces because BABY AIR BISON, Y'ALL.

Basically he empowers Jinorah to be like LISTEN DAD I'M GROWN. So more empowerment! Wee! Some baby air bison poachers come and snatch them up, taking Jinorah and Kai with them. It's terrible. And what makes it worse is that they work for the Earth Kingdom Queen! SHE IS THE WORST. I welled up. I MEAN LOOK AT THOSE PRECIOUS BABIES. Anyway, Bumi finally rallies the air benders and they have a grand rescue of Jinorah and Kai and the baby air bison! It's proven that they really are learning things, Tenzin is a decent teacher, Bumi is a great leader and Jinorah is the bad ass we all know she is what with her connection to the spirit realm. Tenzin vows to take her desire for airbender tattoos under advisement, which those of us with parents knows means "No" but she seems to be happy with that so we'll roll with it. 

I love that we learn more about Tenzin and Bumi's relationship and how Bumi never really felt like a part of the family until now. This show does an amazing job branching the original The Last Airbender series to this series, while maintaining the integrity of both shows. The family dynamics run thick and the relationships are layered and complex and just SO GOOD. 

Bros being bros. <3 source:

And just for fun. MORE AIR BISON BEBES. 

MY BOOS! source:
Now that the relationships seem to be back in balance, I predict we'll see more of the 4 big baddies. Hopefully more of Fire Lord Zuko (and his grandson Ihro) and his dragon riding badassery as well. Because dragons.  To Friday!

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Review: Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily
Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Pub Deets: 2012, HarperTeen
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Source: Purchased

A quiet, complicated love story set in a dramatic, dark Neverland where enemies lurk around every corner and changing times are not a welcome development. 

I was warned by everyone that this book would punch me in the face with the feels.
Everyone was right. 

And since this book isn't a typical book, I don't think a typical review will do it justice.

So instead of summarizing the plot or my reactions, I want to share with you the three emotions that I felt most predominantly while I read Tiger Lily. And you should know it wasn't easy to narrow it down to just three because this book PACKS IT IN, YO.
Yeah, basically the entire time. 
Apprehension over what would happen with Tiger Lily and her village.
Apprehension over what would happen with Tiger Lily and Peter because we know it doesn't end well.
Apprehension over what happens with the Englishman and his changing the values of the village.
Yeah so basically everything. 

I couldn't put this down. I never wanted to.
I felt like I was constantly on the edge of weeping, but I didn't want to stop reading.
I knew my heart would break, but I didn't want to stop reading. 

Anderson weaves so many elements into this story that fit together absolutely perfectly. 
The dynamics of Tiger Lily's village. Her reputation in the village and her relationship with Tik Tok was so well developed and authentic. Even her relationships with the other villagers were incredibly detailed and three dimensional. 
The quiet tone of the book lends itself to contemplation and that is exactly what I did. I didn't rush (although I did read it in two days), I savored. I pondered. I reflected on why Hook aged but Peter didn't. There's so much food for thought and social commentary and just LIFE packed into this little book. So very much. 


"An unspoken rivalry threaded their relationship, in which Tiger Lily thought that if she could keep up with him, she could hold tighter to him. It didn't occur to her there was anything in which Peter wanted her to fail. But sometimes I could see that, even for him, she was too fast, too sure-footed, and didn't see to need him quite enough."

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