Monday, September 26, 2016

Fandom Mashup #72

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hello and happy Sunday friends!  Hopefully your weekend has been good to you so far and it's not over yet. Sunday-funday is in full swing and to kick things off, we're going old-school fantasy:


You've discovered the Sword in the Stone! Who's going to help you free it?

Arthur

This was an obvious choice^^ Arthur literally freed the bloody Sword. He's the one the legends were built on so if anyone stands a chance, he does.

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo never really had an training with a sword, but he handled himself admirably with Sting. I think he'd be worthy of THE Sword as well!

Aelin

Speaking of someone who can handle a sword. Or swords. Aelin is like THE SWORD MASTER.  Anyone who can handle dual swords that effectively should have no issues - and if she does she'll just burn the stone to ashes and take the sword ;)

Sabriel

Sabriel isn't know for her sword skills compared to her skills with her magical bells BUT her personality makes me think that the sword would recognize her as worthy and bend to her will. Because she's amazing ♥

Zuko

Here's another one that can handle dual swords to incredible effect!  And Zuko's story arc makes me think that the sword would be just as impressed as I am by him so he could wield it too!

Bonus: Harry Potter 

I know, I know...but hear me out: At 12 Harry was able to summon the great Godric Gryffindor's sword. AND use it to kill and ancient and powerful monster. Nevermind the fact that to me, Harry could be the chosen Jedi, Ring-Bearer, Avatar, Abhorsen, King, Mistborn, Savior, WHATEVER.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #160

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hello beloved Potter-heads! How goes life?  Are you ready to reminisce about classroom antics at Hogwarts? Today we're discussing:

Favorite Classroom Memory

Oh where to begin? Well, I always chuckle during Snape's ''Turn to page 394'' bit. That just never ever gets old. McGonagall changing into her Animagus form in front of the entire class is a classic for sure ♥ Every single one of Lupin's lessons could fit under my favorites but especially the one where he teaches them about Boggarts of course!  And who could forget the long awaited one-on-one lessons between Harry and Dumbledore in HBP? I have to say though, my favorite classroom moments ever has got to be:

Harry teaching his students about the Patronus Charm

As Harry's #1 fangirl, is anyone surprised I went this route?^^ To be fair though, Harry teaching the DA is one of the few legitimate rays of light in that entire school year, what with Umbridge's reign of terror.  In those classes, Harry really comes into his own - he begins to appreciate the skill set he has and he becomes an exceptional teacher to boot!  He's able to teach his entire class all sorts of complex hexes, jinxes and counter-curses, most impressive of all being the Patronus Charm.  At Hogwarts proper, they would have only learned that Charm in their 7th year and many fully qualified Wizards and Witches within the Ministry couldn't even conjure one. If that isn't the mark of how amazingly gifted Harry is, I don't know what is!  


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #52

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Top 5 Audiobooks You Should Listen To



The Old Kingdom Trilogy - Sabriel was the first audiobook I listened to (other than Harry Potter) and I was blown away by how amazing actor Tim Curry was with the narration. He brought an atmospheric darkness that fit the world of The Old Kingdom perfectly.

Ready Player One/Armada - Wil-freaking-Wheaton. Enough said. The guy is a perfect sci-fi story narrator and the humor and sarcasm in his tone really bring out the lighter moments in Cline's work. Plus his acting skills definitely deliver when there's intense action going on!

The Amulet of Samarkand - My current audiobook listen and I don't even need to finish it to say that Simon Jones brings the perfect amount of gravitas to this dark fantasy world. I'm really enjoying the story and the characters thus far.

Artemis Fowl - I had so much fun with this story. The characters are Irish the use of an Irish narrator - Nathaniel Parker - really was a treat. More than his accent though, he really 'got' the story and the characters, acting out different voices for everyone involved beautifully.

Harry Potter - If you've never listened to the Harry Potter Series on audio, you're missing out! If you're like me, with beloved books, you tend to read to fast - especially during intense scenes. Audio forces you to slow down and really savor every word.  I've only listened to British narrator Stephen Fry both times I did the series on audio (I prefer British narration) and I adore him but I've heard great things about American narrator Jim Dale as well!

Top 5 Audiobooks I Want to Listen To



A Series of Unfortunate Events - This series is also narrated by Tim Curry so once I found that out I decided instantly that I'd listen to the series on audio, instead of reading it. Curry was truly phenomenal with Sabriel so I can't wait for him to tell me more stories XD

Howl's Moving Castle - This book is almost universally beloved by my GR friends and I think audio would suit the style and theme nicely!  Then I'd have to see the animated film as well of course.

How to Train Your Dragon - This is narrated by THE David Tennant! And: dragons!  That's pretty much all you need to know because that's all I needed to know I'd be listening to this on audio. Hello gorgeous Scottish accent ♥

Seraphina - More dragons! I've been meaning to read this story for AGES but when I saw it was available on audio through my library I quickly added it to my wishlist. Chances are I'll get to it sooner this way :)

White Cat - I've had this on my tbr shelf for some time now but just recently Bec mentioned that it was narrated by Jesse Eisenberg which sounds interesting! I can't wait to experience his narration style.

I'd really appreciate any and all audiobook recs you guys can throw my way - specifically in the fantasy/sci-fi genres (naturally - hehe).

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fandom Mashup #71

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! It's a rainy, lazy, glorious day over here so I'm happy as a cat rolling about in catnip :) And to top it all off, we get to get geeky with our favorite nerds:

Brainy is the new sexy! Pick your five favorite nerds to geek out with 8-)

Sherlock Holmes

I probably wouldn't outright geek out WITH Sherlock - mainly because to him we're all idiots and he'd probably be a jerk about it. I just want to sit back watch that brilliant mind at work. He made brainy sexy after all ;)

The Doctor

I definitely would want to geek out WITH The Doctor though because he's less intimidating that Sherlock...and the sexiest geek (or non-geek) ever. His knowledge of all things basically would make him the perfect geeking out partner!

Hermione Granger

Hermione is one of my all-time favorite characters, brainy or not but man would I ever get a kick out of geeking out with her! Imagine her just letting loose and gushing about the things she's passionate about - without Harry or Ron to roll their eyes at her LOL!

Sam Winchester

Sam is so much more than eye-candy, he's the legit brains of the Winchester operation. He the reader, the geek, the researcher and the more conscious of the bunch. Let's crack open some books, healthy snacks and discuss Lord of the Rings Sammy!

Felicity Smoak

Felicity is as brilliant as she is stunning and that is saying something. She's adorable too because she always ends up saying the wrong thing at the wrong time -which is hilarious. Geeking out with her would be fun because she'd make me laugh all the while :)


Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl #1
Published May 2nd 2001 by Hyperion

Artemis Fowl. You've probably heard the name.
If Internet rumours are to be believed, he's responsible for every major crime of the new century. If you haven't heard of young Artemis, the you're lucky. You'll sleep better not knowing that someone like him is out there. But if you must know, if curiosity is eating away at you, as it did at me, then let's start at the beginning...

In this, the story of Artemis' first encounter with the fairy People, you'll find out how he hatched a plot to restore his family's fortune. You'll read how he discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous fairies, farting dwarfs and mind-blowing technology. And you'll learn how, by kidnapping Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police, Artemis almost triggered a cross-species war.

Still with me? Well, strap in, adventurers - you've never read anything quite like this..
Artemis Fowl. To reference the blurb, I've definitely heard the name but evidently, I had no clue what this story was about. I thought it was basically a MG/YA story about this brilliant, rich kid who stole stuff. And it is that, but it's also much, much more. I didn't realize there was such a strong fantasy element worked into the heists...nor did I know that it would feature such a mature plot and mature characterizations. When I saw that the author compared it to ''Die Hard with Fairies'' it all made sense LOL!  Obviously, my first encounter with Artemis Fowl has left me quite impressed.

While Artemis himself is the main character of his story, I was once again surprised by the focus on the host of supporting characters.  The story is told in third person omnipresent so you really get inside every important character's head. From Artemis, to his bodyguard Butler and even on the opposing 'fairy' or LEPcon such as Captain Holly Short, an Elf, Commander Julius Root and Centaur tech-guy Foaly. The alternating POVs are exceedingly well done though, never confusing or overwhelming.  In fact, I enjoyed being able to witness both sides of the conflict - a conflict that begins when our boy Artemis decides to steal 'The Book of the People' a sacred Fairy text. See, humans aren't supposed to even know about fairies, but as you probably guess, Artemis is far from  a regular human.  He's already breaking all the rules just knowing about the fairy people....let alone stealing their holiest of books for personal gain.

Artemis is a brilliant criminal mastermind at twelve years of age and if just that isn't enough to make you curious about this story, I don't know what will. Awhile back we sorted characters from other fandoms into Hogwarts Houses and Amanda sorted Artemis into Slytherin and it.is.perfect. I have to say that thinking about him that way while getting to know him was just brilliant. He'd make an exemplary Slytherin, one the entire school could be proud of. In fact, I wish we'd gotten to know Slytherins like him in the series. Likewise, Butler was a standout character as a strong and silent bodyguard. Loved him!  Holly, Root and Foaly were all truly solid supporting characters. I loved Holly's spirit which played off Root's hard, no-nonsense personality. Foaly offered a bit of comic relief but he's brilliant so his sass was on point throughout here.

Artemis Fowl read like an adult action movie, which is particularly rare in YA lit. There are military elements, heist scenarios, espionage...all combined with the fantasy elements of fairy. Now that I know the author went for Die Hard with fairies, I totally see it but man, talk about a unique combination!  The ''Fairy'' race here includes elves, leprechauns, trolls, goblins and dwarves (thus far) and Artemis' actions end up pitting the entire fairy race on the brink of a war against humans.  This first instalment is full of seriously amazing action scenes, and combined with a tight plot and fully-fleshed out characters what more could a reader want? There were a few throwaway comments that came off a bit sexist, but they fit the context and the characters speaking them more than the whole world view of this series so I let it slide.

I listened to the first book in the Artemis Fowl Series on audio and I will definitely be listening to the rest of the series that way.  Artemis Fowl is an Irish MC and the narrator Gerry O'Brien had a lovely Irish accent which was perfect. He did amazing and unique voices for all of the different characters that really fit each character's personality! It was my first time with an Irish narrator but I loved every second of it.

Why did I wait so long to read this?!  I had a lot of fun getting to know Artemis Fowl but after the first book, I hardly feel like we've scratched the surface. Luckily there are seven more books in the series to satisfy my curiosity.  Highly recommended for those who haven't gotten into the series yet and are looking for a wholly-unique, mature MG/YA read full of action and fantasy!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #159

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Happy Potter-Thursday everyone! Fall finally seems to have arrived over here so I'm basking in cooler temperatures, rainy days and no humidity. YAY!  And just in time too because we're talking Quidditch today:

Favorite Quidditch Moment? From the matches, practices or even the Quidditch World Cup

I enjoy Quidditch but I'm not a hardcore fangirl. It's a sport after all and I'm not terribly sporty... though I'm sure if there were magic, flying brooms and such I could get into it. Even I have to admit that every single Quidditch match was thrilling beyond any Muggle sport.  I can vividly recall Harry seeing 'the Grim' a.k.a Sirius Black at a match in his third year. The Quidditch World Cup was incredible, especially with Fred and George predicting the outcome. Every time Harry came out victorious I felt like I'd won right along with him - and every time he got banned from playing I was grateful that Ginny was around to save the day. (by the way, if Harry and Ginny's first kiss had been on the pitch it'd totally have gotten my vote here ♥)  

So what I'm saying it that it was hard to chose just one favorite moment but in the end, I had to go with this  little gem:

Harry catching the Snitch in his mouth in his very first match.


As special as it is that Harry won his very first match, that's not the reason I picked this moment. I picked it because of what that particular Snitch comes to mean for Harry in Deathly Hallows and how it proves that Dumbledore thought of everything to get our Boy Who Lived through the impossible.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #51

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books
*I almost went with Favorite SFF books but ended up with one historical and one UF...*
(I've counted some series as one book but the images shown are my favorite instalment in each series)



Anne of Green Gables - My very first fictional obsession. I read all seven books and then watched the television series - both of which I've revisited throughout the years. Anne will always have a special place in my heart.

The Fever Series - This series started me reading the Urban Fantasy genre and even though we got off to a bit of a rocky start, I knew the series was supposed to get better with every instalment...and it  SO did.

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings - How could I not include this classic fantasy adventure?  While it took me awhile to get used to Tolkien's style, it wasn't long before I was swept away completely by Middle-Earth.

Mistborn - Say hello to my very first adult epic fantasy, kick ass heroine included. The first book is my favorite of the bunch but this series is solid start to finish - and still blowing me away after 7 books - can't beat that!

The Hunger Games - Lots of firsts this week, this was my very first dystopian read and nothing has ever come close to comparing to the awesomeness that is Katniss Everdeen. This trilogy destroyed me but my love for it is undying.



The Raven Cycle - I'll never get over The Raven Cycle because this series is LIFE. It is perfection. It.Is.EVERYTHING.  My love for the boys and for Blue runs deep and true and nothing can lessen it. Stiefvater announcing a Ronan-centered trilogy nearly killed me.

Throne of Glass - My beloved Fire-Breathing Bitch-Queen had to make the list right. Never has a sassy, cocky blonde bombshell assassin been more of EVERYTHING I needed in a heroine. *bows down before the Queen*

The Old Kingdom - Being late to the party didn't stop me from being overcome by a love so fierce that I haven't shut up about it since.  Sabriel is PERFECTION. I adore her. Her story lives in my very blood. The Old Kingdom calls to me - and so does Lirael!

The Stormlight Archive - Where Mistborn ignited my love of adult epic-fantasy, The Way of Kings burned the world down for me.  This series is my favorite adult fantasy of life. I've been consumed with no hope of ever being freed. Kaladin is the best thing.

Harry Potter - Do I need to say it? Life-altering series right here^^  The Wizarding World changed me and that's not even slightly an exaggeration. I am a better person for having read, lived and loved Harry Potter. I adore this series with all of my heart and soul. ♥