Thursday, February 11, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #129

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 all! It's Thursday and you know what that means: it's time for some Harry Potter reminiscing! This week, we're talking about a very special character:

Favorite Hagrid Moment

Hagrid has had lots of memorable moments within the Harry Potter series: Delivering Harry to Number 4 Privet on Sirius' Flying Motorcycle, his pink Umbrella/Wand, giving Dudley that tail, gifting Harry with his very first birthday gift: Hedwig ♥, welcoming and escorting all the First Years to Hogwarts, all the gifts and rock biscuits he gave to Harry throughout the years. His endearing and often baffling love for all magical creatures...the list goes on and on up to carrying Harry in his arms at the end of DH *sniff*  but I think I have to go with THE BIG defining moment in the series:


Hagrid delivered THE LINE that forever changed Harry Potter's life - and set the entire series in motion.  It makes me sad that Hagrid is underappreciated a lot of the time...I mean, he's a HUGE (pun intended) influence on Harry's life and an often overlooked father-figure to our hero.  Hagrid loved Harry from the moment he carried him to Number 4 Privet that faithful night so it only makes sense that he was the one saying the words that altered Harry existence so completely up to that point.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #37

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!


This week is a Valentine-themed week, and even though I'm not big on Valentine's Day, when I saw one of the options was about Fictional Crushes...well, of course, I wanted in :) So here they are, in no particular order:

Top 10 Fictional Crushes


Ronan Lynch - Ok so I know Ronan likes Adam, but it can't be helped: I like Ronan. A lot.  I still ship him like crazy with Adam but nonetheless, he's one of my fictional crushes! I live for his snark.

-Source

Kaladin Stormblessed - I have a thing for the self-sacrificing hero (if that isn't obvious, this post should make it crystal clear) and Kaladin fits the bill perfectly. Plus look at him^^


Sam Roth - My newest fictional crush. A bookish musician?! Who could resist? I mean, that's pretty much THE dream, isn't it - or is that just me?


The Doctor - Ten will always be one of my all-time favorite fictional crushes.  Every damn thing about him appeals to me: eyes, hair, suit, coat, brainy specs. And he's oh-so-clever! *stares into his eyes for days*


Sherlock Holmes - I know, I know, Sherlock is a jerk.  I find myself not caring though because he's brilliant and that makes him dead sexy.  Those eyes are just something else!


Sam Winchester - Most girls prefer Dean, but I've been a Sam-girl since season 1. Sam's tragic, tortured and hot. Exactly my type. Plus with everyone going for Dean, I can have Sam all to myself XD

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Harry Potter - The Boy Who Lived. THE epitome of a true hero. I love him with all my heart, it's as simply as that.

-Source

Rowan Whitethorn - Granted, in CoM, I was a Captain of the Guard girl through and through - and I still am!! I just really grew to love Rowan in HoF...and then QoS sealed the deal. Fae Princes FTW.


Peeta Mellark - Another (apparently) unpopular choice but he made the list all the same.  When I first read THG, I was conflicted about who I loved more between him and Gale but CF turned me into a Peeta girl through and through.


Aragorn II Elessar - Yet again, I know most girls have a thing for Legolas - and I do too - but I've always prefered Aragorn...because, well...he's dreamy ♥.♥ I guess I'm just the black sheep when it comes to fictional crushes LOL, which is good cause that means I don't need to share!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fandom Mashup #39

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 :)

Hi hi! How is everyone? We got hit with a snow-storm on Friday in these parts, the snowfall amounts were pretty average but it was snow mixed in with freezing rain and it basically made roads a mess to drive in - luckily it's Sunday and I have zero plans to drive anywhere - though I might go out for a snowshoe adventure with the boyfriend later :)  After that, it's looking something like Netflix and chill:

Movie night! You're headed out to the theatre to take in a film. Who are your fictional dates (friends or romantic) and what movie are you seeing?

I went with Friends this week because if I went with dates, I'd end up picking the same fictional crushes I always do LOL!

Weasley Twins

I can just imagine the laughs and hijinks we'd get up to with this pair - they're just so.much.fun. I'm excited already!

John Watson

John's sass is worth it's weight in gold, which means I want to hang out with him all.the.time. I'd probably pay more attention to him than the movie!

Castiel

Picture Cas seeing a movie, not getting the references, saying weird things and generally just cracking everybody up without even meaning to.

Manon Blackbeak

Manon might not seem like a chill kind of girl, but I think some downtime would be good for her. Also, I'd love to see her unwind and have fun :)

Rose Tyler

I've said it before: I so want to be friends with this girl^^ Her go-with-the-flow attitude really appeals to me plus she definitely knows how to have fun!


We'll seeing Avatar: The Last Airbender the animated series. Though technically not a movie, it's long, so we'll get to spend a lot of time together and it has everything my dates would enjoy: humor, mystery, spirits, ass-kicking and amazing friendships ♥


Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Illuminae

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The Illuminae Files #1
Published October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
Illuminae is a book that everyone and their mother has heard about by now right? I mean, even if you're living under a rock, the buzz for this one has most certainly made it's way to your rock. I still remember hitting up BEA15 last year and this bad boy was EVERYWHERE.  It had posters, tables filled with copies...even the freaking staircase was done up Illuminae-style.  For real:


Upon getting my hands on the gorgeous hardback ARCs they were handing out, I remember thinking: there is NO WAY that this book could possibly live up to the mad hype. So I tucked it away for the moment and set my expectations as low as possible. That is...until the reviews started rolling in. Naturally, the ridiculous praise it was garnering made me weary, but I also knew that, yeah, I was going to have to read this one as soon as possible. 

And so here we are -  I've finally joined the hordes and read Illuminae.  As thick as it is, I read it in three sittings and in less than a week's time.  Granted, due to it's unique format, many of the pages have very little in the way of text, but the rate I read it should speak to one important aspect of this book: it is ridiculously addictive and compulsively readable.  While it's true that the found-footage-style of this book won't be for everyone - personally, I was slightly confused by it all at first...there were so many ship names + crew names + nicknames + computer names to remember at first - but I just went with it and eventually it all sort of fell into place...only to be blown apart, by one twist after another.  Reading this book, my eyes were constantly bulging out of my head.  I yelled HOLY SHIT and WHAT THE FUCK out loud to myself on multiple occasions.  Whenever I was forced to stop reading for things like sleep, food or to spend time with the boyfriend, my mind kept consistently going over what I just read - or wondering what the hell would happen next. This book is a mind-fuck, pure and simple and a brilliantly executed one at that!

I won't go into any of the finer plot details, because Illuminae is a book best left a mystery until you're ready to read it for yourself.  I didn't even read the blurb until after I finished the book, but if you're curious, I recommend reading the blurb, as it reveals nothing but the bare minimum of what to expect. The plot itself wasn't terribly confusing, you just need to allow yourself some time to get your bearings and to acclimatise yourself to the format at hand.  Taken separately, certain aspects of the story were familiar - the AI specifically was reminiscent of the one in I, Robot, some of its dialogue had shades of the movie Gladiator (''Am I Not Merciful?'')...similarly, the romance took a while to grow and develop, but the way every aspect comes together is what makes this book so explosive!

Illuminae features more twists that I can even count. When the first big one rolled around, I was completely floored.  And then the hits just keep coming.  The AI, the Virus, the countdowns to explosions, meltdown, destruction, death ...<error>, <error>...GAH!  This is a book that should be read for the experience alone: it is unlike any other book out there.  It will consume you, destroy you, scare the crap out of you, break you, and leave you begging for more!  Fans of sci-fi and wholly-original stories should absolutely check this one out.  Just be ready to have your entire life ruined in the process.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #128

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.

Hello all! I don't know about you guys but these ''Rename the books from ________'s point of view'' have quickly became some of my favorite topics. This week we're featuring Dumbledore and even though it was a tricky one, I still had a lot of fun :)

Rename the books from Dumbledore's point of view


Albus Dumbledore and The Untimely Exit


Albus Dumbledore and The Unfortunate Dismissal


Albus Dumbledore and The Return of the Marauders


Albus Dumbledore and Mysterious Goblet

I couldn't resist ^.^

Albus Dumbledore and The Army in his Name


Albus Dumbledore and The Chosen One


Albus Dumbledore and The Truth At Last (!!!)


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #36

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 Historical Settings I love/want to see more of

Ancient Egypt - Egypt has long been an obsession of mine but as far as being a setting in fiction today, it seems mostly ignored. I'd love me some adventures in pyramids with sphinxes and female leaders...and some cat worship LOL!

Ancient Greece - Another fascination of mine is Greece in it's prime.  The knowledge, the philosophies, the architecture.  It all seems like the perfect setting for a fantasy adventure...

Ancient Rome - Rome seemed to be ignored in fiction too but last year saw the release of An Ember in the Ashes (which I have yet to read) set in a brutal roman-like world.  And that's all it took for me to add that book to my wishlist ;)

Victorian London - *swoon*  What's not to love about Victorian London?!  It all seems so romantic and dangerous - full of endless possibilities!  London at it's height. Please take me there ♥

Regency London - And since I'm basically obsessed with London in general, I included Regency London as well. An era of fine arts, culture and change....along with a dark underbelly which offers lots of potential for fictional adventures...

French Renaissance - Known as a period of cultural rebirth, it was just such a rich and significant period, I think the setting and time period lends itself well to fiction.

Medieval France - Brutal yes, but as far as a setting for stories? Brilliant.  I've always enjoyed stories set in Medieval France and I don't think I'll ever tire of them.

The Roaring Twenties - SUCH an exciting period.  I've only read one book set in the 20's - Born of Illusion  - but I enjoyed the hell out of it, due in no small part to the ambience at the time.

English Renaissance - I know I already did the French Renaissance, but my obsession with London and France knows no bounds.  Basically I just want to have all the stories be set in Europe during the Renaissance XD

Mayan Civilisation - This is another ancient culture that fascinates me and seems brimming with possibilities from a fictional standpoint.  A story set in this era, with the Mayan and their culture would be amazing!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fandom Mashup #38

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 :)

Hi everyone! After spending a week of torture with the most annoying characters you can imagine, I'm eager for us to get rid of them, so let's get right to it:

Your team of annoying characters came through for you last week - but now you're stuck with them O.O  Which characters (heroes OR villains) do you want to come and get rid of them? (Part 2 of 2)

The Master

I'm ready to wager ANY amount of money that The Master could take care of our annoying team single-handedly...if he had his Laser Screwdriver or access to technology, or a TARDIS.  He's a crazy bastard but he's nothing if not effective.


Batman

Batman's got this. Just the thought of The Dark Knight hunting our annoying friends should be enough to get them to scatter. And if The Master gets out of control at least we know Batman can take care of him too. Because he's Batman.


McGonagall

McGonagall is a BAMF, she'd give our troublesome crew detention or expel them from our lives altogether. You don't want to mess with McGonagall and that's why I love her ♥


Smaug

It doesn't matter if a character is good, bad, grey or any combination of these traits, Smaug will BURN THEM.  I can't wait to see our team of annoying characters start running for the hills when they feast their eyes on SMAUG.


The Woman

The Woman. She took down Sherlock and almost took down the whole of London.  Girl's got skills.  I'm pretty sure she could make that cursed crew wish they'd never been born, and I'd enjoy every step of  her do her thing :D