Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #44

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 Characters I'd Like to Revisit as Adults

Harry Potter - You all knew it was coming, so might as well get it over with. Obviously the character I'd most want to revisit as an adult is the boy who lived. To hell with 'revisiting' I'll just take his ENTIRE life story please and thank you.  I'd be content reading about Harry Potter sleeping, eating and taking out the trash. All of it!

Lirael - I was going to go with Sabriel, who is my perennial favorite, but with Lirael's story, we do get glimpses of Sabriel as an adult - it's not nearly enough but it still counts. Lirael transformed so much through a short amount of time, I'd love to see the kind of woman she becomes!

Kaladin Stormblessed - Granted, Kaladin is already an adult but he's a young adult so I'm going to count him. I feel like I need to know what he'll become as he matures.  He's already transformed so much in a couple of books, I imagine his future will be EPIC.

Aelin Galathynius - Another young adult but still, isn't everyone DYING to know who she'll evolve into in the next two ToG books?! I mean, she went from assassin to slave, to champion, to rebel to warrior to queen! What's next?  I have no doubt that her entire existence will be mind-blowing.

Samwise Gamgee - Poor Sam suffers so much only to survive with some of the biggest losses of all. I just want to know that the poor guy is ok, that he was able to let go of what happened and move on with his life.

Blue Sargent - Granted, I could have picked any one of my beloved Raven Boys, but with some of their futures...uncertain...I opted to go with dear, sweet Blue. I hope she survives whatever's in store in The Raven King and that she gets to kiss her true love WITHOUT ANY consequences. 

Percy Jackson - Percy Jackson is the best thing. His sass is pure gold. I'd love to see what kind of adult he becomes! So far we've seen him age up from 12 to 16 years old so I'm hoping we can follow him into adulthood.

Lyra Belacqua - Lyra is such a unique kid! She's almost already a cross between an adult and a child. I'd give anything to see what kind of a woman she grew up to be. How she shaped her world...I'm sure it was entertaining to say the least.

Avatar Aang - Ok so we met Aang in an animated series, but I've read the graphic novels so it counts right?  Aang was an absolute brilliant hero and he was just a kid!  Those glimpses that we got of him in Legends of Korra just weren't enough! I want an adult Aang and the gAang series!

Katniss Everdeen - Poor, brave Katniss. I mean, I know there's no way that she could ever be fully ok after all she endured but checking in on her and Peeta would ease my mind.  They deserved so much better than what they got but at least they have each other!

So what about you guys? What characters do you wish you could revisit as adults?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fandom Mashup #51

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

Hey! Happy Sunday everyone!  Ok so, I know I come up with these topics, but I had a really hard time coming up with five fictional magicians from different fandoms.  I'm not sure what I was thinking here... but I apologize for the tough topic. My bad:

You're a Muggle Micheline!  You've stopped crying over the fact that your Hogwarts letter never arrived *sniff*, so you decided to become a magician - the Muggle equivalent of a Wizard (kind of).  But: you need instructors. Who's it going to be?

Alfred Borden (The Prestige)

Abra Cadabra! Borden is my favorite magician of all time^^ If I'm going to learn the art of misdirection, I want him to be my teacher. Please.Please.Please.Please.Please. ♥

Eisenheim (The Illusionist)

Another favorite magician film of mine, Eisenheim steals the show with his skill and mystery. Plus I'd give anything to see him and Borden team up!

Howard Wolowitz (Big Bang Theory)

Howard is the resident magician within my favorite group of nerds. Sure, his tricks don't always go as planned, but it'd be entertaining to make fun of him in any case XD

Zatanna (Batman)

My initial though was The Joker (Wanna see a magic trick?!) but then I just creeped myself out o_O Luckily, I remembered Zatanna! I always thought she was cool as a kid so she's in.

Barney Stinson

Despite my issues with the latter seasons, I can't deny that Barney's magic tricks cracked me up. So long as he doesn't set me on fire -_-

Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: The Blood of Olympus

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Heroes of Olympus #5
Published October 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
The Blood of Olympus is the grand finale of The Heroes of Olympus series.  The stakes have been rising steadily higher, the giants have been defeated, only to make a comeback - maybe Riordan should have called this series 'The Heroes of Olympus Battle Giants Over and Over and Over Again'?! Nah, that's not as catchy as The Blood of Olympus I suppose. In any case, this is the end of the line for Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Jason, Hazel, Frank and Piper. And let's not forget Nico, Reyna and Coach Hedge! After marathoning the entire series, the feels were strong as I began my journey to the end...

The Blood of Olympus is once again told from alternating POV's, this time being Leo, Piper, Jason, Nico and Reyna. The addition of Nico and Reyna almost made up for the complete lack of Percy and Annabeth. But not quite. It was a real joy to get to know both Nico and Reyna, with Nico being an early favorite and Reyna fast becoming a new favorite. Obviously I love both of them even more now!  I was also happy that we finally got to know Jason better. After being introduced to him sans his memories in The Lost Hero, the poor guy has largely been given the shaft. It always seemed like a waste to me so his growth and character arc here was quite satisfying.  Leo, another early favorite was a big plus too, and I have to say that it's a really good thing that we got that last chapter there at the end...otherwise, I would not have been a happy camper. I was less enthused with Piper's POV though. I never minded her really, but I never loved her either and I'm not sure why Riordan decided to make her into such a priority...but anyways.

The thing is: true heroes like Percy and Annabeth ended up taking a back seat to the likes of Piper, which seemed not only unfair but a disservice to the lead characters - not to mention all of their fans. It felt like getting a sequel Harry Potter series, only to have Harry take a back seat to a bunch of younger noobs. Uhm yeah, how about NOPE! Not cool. Never gonna happen. When you establish your main hero, you can't just then have him sit it out while others take over.  Needless to say, after how heroic Percy and Annabeth were in The House of Hades, it was a huge letdown to have their presence whittled down to virtually nothing here. Percy had temper tantrums, took idiotic risks and largely sat out the important quests while all the new characters stepped up. Annabeth was rendered completely hopeless while Piper saves the day single-handedly. Whaaa?! Yeah, I wasn't a fan of how my favorite characters were handled at.all. It was more than them not having their own POV; it was the fact that they didn't actively take part of the action like they should have.

Plot-wise, everything moved steadily, up to the climax.  That whole section left me unimpressed.  The action lacked a certain momentum at that point and when the big battle came around, it seemed like it was over before it even began. It was very anti-climactic.  In the original Percy Jackson Series, I thought the strongest installment was book 4 and the same holds true here.  If anything, The Last Olympian is a stronger series ender than The Blood of Olympus ended up being. The Last Olympian was an adrenaline rush, start to finish.  Here, the story lost a lot of steam at the end, especially considering how intense the previous installment, The House of Hades ended up being.

My issues with the conclusion aside, I had a lot of fun marathoning The Heroes of Olympus books.  I can't remember the last time I read a series straight through like that and it's something I have to start doing more of again.  I've grown to love all of these demigods and I already miss adventuring with them!

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #140

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme hosted by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and Me @ 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.

Hi hi! How is everyone doing? After a month of craziness at work, I'm back to my usual schedule and had lots of down time early on in the week...which was seriously welcome. I hope you're all hanging in, after all - it's Friday tomorrow! And if that isn't enough to get you all excited:

You accidentally did magic for the first time, where were you and what did you do?

This one's a thinker!  I've been trying really hard to consistently narrow my answers down to a single one, but in all honesty, it couldn't be done this week. There was no way. I think...I think I'd either be at home or outside somewhere in nature if I was to do magic for the first time.  Home is safe and as an introvert, I spend a lot of time there, and that held true when I was younger too. On the other hand, being in nature, in the woods or something has always felt magical to me, so I could see tapping into some latent magical powers that way too.

As for what kind of magic I did? I think I'd either fly, make myself invisible or talk to animals - specifically cats ♥ I kept thinking of the letter Lily sent to Sirius with the picture of baby Harry flying all over the house on his first broom. Which tugged at my heartstrings and made me want to cry. Again as an introvert, being invisible is really appealing to me, hence my fascination with Harry's amazing cloak! Then again, talking to animals would be a dream come true.  Riddle gave the skill a bad rap but I could bring it back...or create an army of cats. I haven't decided yet.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #43

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 Bookworm Delights

1. Pre-ordering books. That giddy little feeling when you check your favorite book site and see that you can officially pre-order a coveted new release or sequel. I get chills just thinking about it.
2. Discovering an older book and having it become a new favorite. There's nothing quite like going back to older gem that you've never read before and being completely swept away until you turn the last page and go: I finally get what the fuss was all about.

3.When a beloved author announces plans for a new book. Sometimes an author's style just clicks with you so you know that you'll love whatever they put out next!
4.When the next installment in a beloved series gets an official title/release date/cover. The thrill of realising that, with a release date/title/cover, the books release date is finally getting closer. Eeep! Fun fact: my past two birthdays have been marked with ToG news. In 2015 we got the cover for QoS and this year we got an official title for ToG5: Empire of Storms :O

5. Rereading favorite books/series. I've gotten out of the habit of this one, but one I've vowed to start up again this year! I plan on celebrating HP Month this July with a long overdue HP series reread :D
6. Getting an email notification that a coveted pre-order book has shipped out. Further to my first point, getting that long awaited email saying that a long-awaited pre-order is finally on it's way to you. Heaven. 
7. Becoming so engrossed in a story that you forget to do things like eat and sleep. Nothing quite beats the feeling of a book that consumes your mind, body and soul so completely that you cease to function as a normal human being. I am one with my book.

8. Finding a home for a new favorite book on your shelves. Making room for your new pretty. Setting it down in it's new spot. Staring at it in contentment. *Sigh*
9. Getting/organizing a new bookshelf/bookcase. I'm overdue on this one personally but I never forget the thrill of putting all your books on that crispy new bookcase and basking in it's glory.
10. Snuggling up indoors with a good book and a warm cup of tea on a rainy/snowy day. #bliss

What are some of your favorite bookish delights?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fandom Mashup #50

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

Hello friends! How is everyone doing today? My crazy stretch at work is finally over for the time being - the next one will be at the end of June so for now we're back to regular scheduling! Today is also my beloved kitty Nox's birthday ♥ Before we get to chilling and celebrating though:

WEREWOLVES! You've stumbled across an actual pack of werewolves. Unsure if they're friendly or deadly, you decide to investigate. Who you gonna call - to check things out with you?

Sam Roth

As a fellow werewolf and a good one at that, Sam would be well placed to scout out the werewolf pack and give us some insider info! He can be trusted whether he's in wolf form OR in human form, which would be a relief.

Remus Lupin

So long as it's not the full moon, Lupin would have lots of knowledge to share with us, as well as some tips as to if the pack is friendly or deadly.  Oh and hopefully he can brew that handy potion for us all too!

Sam Winchester

Sammy's had more than his share of experience dealing with Werewolves. He's level headed enough to give them the benefit of the doubt, but if they end up being trouble, he'll take them down in no time.

The Tenth Doctor

Fans of the show know that Ten has actually encountered a Werewolf and lived to tell the tale! He also put Rose's safety as his top priority so if I'm going to take down a pack of Werewolves, I want him there! Plus Ten will be sure to give these creatures a chance, should they be friendly!

Klaus Mikaelson

In the event that this pack isn't friendly, Klaus' status as a hybrid will most definitely come in handy.  We'll probably need the rest of this crew to keep him in line, but it'll be worth if if these wolves need to be taken care of. Just sit back and watch the fur fly!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: Mistborn: Secret History

Mistborn: Secret History
by Brandon Sanderson  (Mistborn #3.5)
Published January 26th 2016 by Dragonsteel

Mistborn: Secret History is a companion story to the original Mistborn trilogy.

As such, it contains HUGE SPOILERS for the books Mistborn (The Final Empire), The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages. It also contains very minor spoilers for the book The Bands of Mourning.

Mistborn: Secret History builds upon the characterization, events, and worldbuilding of the original trilogy. Reading it without that background will be a confusing process at best.

In short, this isn’t the place to start your journey into Mistborn. (Though if you have read the trilogy—but it has been a while—you should be just fine, so long as you remember the characters and the general plot of the books.)

Saying anything more here risks revealing too much. Even knowledge of this story’s existence is, in a way, a spoiler.

There’s always another secret.
Mistborn: Secret History. It's right there in the title: this is a SECRET history.  That being said, there is very little that can be discussed here, plot-wise because everything is a MASSIVE spoiler for The Mistborn Series. The blurb says that this novella contains major spoilers for the original Mistborn trilogy and only minor spoilers for the Wax and Wayne series, but like many other readers, I disagree.  This book contains MAJOR spoilers for all of the Mistborn books. DO.NOT.READ.this book unless you are fully caught up, up to The Bands of Mourning, otherwise that ending will not have the effect that it should. Which is: blowing your mindhole.

Moving on to what we can actually discuss here.  Secret History is the novella that Mistborn fans have been waiting for. The one they deserve.  This book changed everything for me.  I feel like I understand my beloved series on a whole other level now.  Sanderson has given us background for the entire series, complete with the logic that was behind certain key twists that might not have sat well with some readers.  Every single detail of this story has been transformed. My understanding for the series has deepened and been fully transformed.  I have this intense craving to reread the entire series all over again just to be able to fully revel in what I'd missed the first time around.

With a simple 149 page novella, Sanderson has broadened the scope of his entire universe tenfold. Lord Ruler knows, I've raved about the man's writing skills time and time again but now? Even I'm left speechless!  Yes, this novella is a MUST READ for fans of the Mistborn Series. You can not continue to exist without having this book in your life. I was completely swept away from the first page and remained riveted through the very end. The feels though!! I was not prepared for so many feels to assault me and leave me broken and crying in a heap.  Secret History is all that and more!

There is always another secret. And with Secret History, Brandon Sanderson has outdone himself in that respect. If you survive reading this, I'll be here to hug it out afterwards.Very rarely do novellas earn a 5-star rating for me but this one did just that. And then some. My first 5-star read of 2016!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars