Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #142

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight an upcoming book release we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #6
Expected Publication: September 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
Tower of Dawn is set parallel to Empire of Storms but will follow Chaol Westfall - who was woefully absent from EoS - instead of the usual MC Aelin.  I guess now it makes sense that he was MIA if he's going to get center stage in this one.  I've always adored Chaol even though I've come to accept that who I first shipped him with simply wasn't meant to be.  As Bec of Readers in Wonderland once said: I'm Maas thrash so naturally I'm eager to get into Chaol's POV...especially since this started out as a novella and turned into a full-length book. What the hell happens in Antica?!

What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fandom Mashup #114

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 :)

Happy Sunday all!  I hope you're enjoying the weekend thus far? It's nice and sunny in these parts but we've been so busy packing for the big move (10 days!!!) that I haven't been able to go out and enjoy Summer much.  It'll be worth it though ♥ and they're will be plenty of Summer left once we're moved :)

"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure" Pick 5 characters from other fandoms who you know would be a perfect fit in Ravenclaw

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock instantly comes to mind when I think of Ravenclaws from other fandoms.  He's the quintessential Ravenclaw, being as intelligent as can be and seeing patterns and clues others would miss.

The 10th Doctor

Out of all the Doctor's regenerations, the 10th is the most Ravenclaw in my opinion.  He's brilliant, he has a clever sense of humor, he loves reading (and Harry Potter) plus he's got the brainy specks ♥

Gandalf

Gandalf could be a Gryffindor yes, but I think he'd fit in nicely with the Ravenclaw bunch.  He saw the signs of Sauron returning before anyone else and he isn't scared of doing a little research 


Sailor Mercury

I always had a soft spot for Sailor Mercury growing up and not just because she likes short hair like me XD Sailor Mercury is the smartest girl in her school and she isn't afraid to show it!

Lisa Simpson

And finally, there couldn't be a character better suited for Ravenclaw than Lisa Simpson.  I think she'd get sorted there before the Sorting Hat even touched her head. Like. A. Boss.

Which characters would YOU sort into Ravenclaw?



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Harry Potter Moment #197

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

Hi everyone!  I hope you're all having a great week so far? At least it's Friday tomorrow ;)  But before we get to the weekend, let's talk quotes from the 5th book in the series :

Favorite Quote from Order of the Phoenix? 

^^ This scene perfectly showcases how sassy Harry had gotten but it also is a surprising side to McGonagall and her true inner self. I loved getting to know her better in OotP and watch her go head to head with Umbridge.


And I've always had a soft spot for:

We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.” ♥

What is your favorite quote from Order of the Phoenix? 




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fandom Mashup #113

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 :)

Happy Sunday Wednesday ! Wait...what?  Sorry guys, in the midst of packing, cleaning, running around for our new house this past weekend, I totally flaked on my Fandom Mashup post. I was going to skip this week altogether but then I saw some of your posts and I just had to put mine up...even though  I'm super late!

The Moon is full, bright and it's making you feel dreamy so you've decided to stay up all night and gaze at it.  Which characters do you think would want to enjoy this evening with you? 

Serena/Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon literally comes FROM the Moon and I remember scenes of her gazing up at it longingly. I'd love to stare up at the Moon with her and here all about her life there.


Luna Lovegood

It's right there in her name: Luna. I know it's because she's a bit Moon-y but I can't think of anyone better suited to spend a night with gazing up at the sky ♥


Rhysand

Rhys is the High Lord of the Night Court so he seems ideally suited to admire the Moon with - plus he's pretty dreamy too so there's that XD


Bruce Wayne/Batman

Batman IS the night. He said so himself.  I think the guy spends too much time kicking butt at night and he could do with a relaxing one spent dreaming about the moon and stars.


Katara/Sokka


Katara is a Water Bender and is thus ruled by the Moon. She probably admires the Moon plenty but I don't think she'd mind doing it a little more :) And well...Sokka's girlfriend turned into the Moon so i doubt he'd mind spending more time gazing up at it.

Which fictional characters would you enjoy a Moonlit night with?


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Harry Potter Moment #196

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

Hello Potterheads and happy Wizard Thursday!  I hope everyone's week is going brilliantly and that a little magic today is just what the Doctor ordered:

You can have lunch with 3 people involved with the movies, Who are they and why? 


Dude...only 3?! This is going to be a tough one but I'm going to try to make it work without cheating - like always - let's see...


Emma Watson - Bringing Hermione Granger to life was quite the feat but Miss Watson came through with flying colours! I'm not going to pretend that I wasn't a little annoyed when movie-Hermione got some of Harry or Ron's lines/moments instead but that doesn't take anything away from Emma Watson and the amazing woman that she is. I have so much respect and admiration for her as a person it would be a dream come true to meet her!

Richard Harris - MY Dumbledore, through and through.  I adore Richard Harris' take on Albus Dumbledore more than anything, but I've loved that man in every movie I've seen him in from Gladiator to The Count of Monte Cristo and everything in between. R.I.P. Richard Harris.

Gary Oldman - Sirius Black AND Commissioner Gordon? That's 2 of my top 3 fandoms of life so there is no list without this man.  I mean, sure he's been in a million amazing movies besides that but....SIRIUS BLACK AND COMMISSIONER GORDON. That is all ♥

Bonus:

Daniel Radcliffe

Of course I *had* to cheat because I had to include the boy who brought ''The Boy Who Lived'' to life.  He wasn't the Harry Potter I imagined in my head when reading the books but that person doesn't exist irl. Daniel Radcliffe did a phenomenal job bringing Harry Potter from page to film and I have tons of respect for him as an actor and a human being.


Those are my top picks but that list could also include Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis and James + Oliver Phelps. See I knew I was going to have to cheat. As usual. 

Which people involved in the films would you like to have lunch with?


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Fandom Mashup #112

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 :)

Happy Sunday! It's nice and sunny here today (finally) but also.ridiculously hot and humid so I've been trying to stay cool all day - and failing miserably.  I hope you've all enjoyed your day thus far and if not well let's have some fun:


Unlikely duos: Pair up 2 characters from different fandoms that you think would would NOT go well together (this can be romantic or otherwise - think along the lines of The Hulk and Severus Snape LOL)

Harry Potter/Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn would be way to crazy for Harry in the way that Bellatrix Lestrange is crazy.  Harry would want to get rid of her as soon as possible.Likewise, Harley would probably think Harry is too goody goody and I can see her trying her best to drive him to distraction.

The Doctor/Severus Snape

While both of these men are tortured souls, I think that The Doctor would have no time for Snape's sullen and abusive ways. Snape would probably want to snark The Doctor to death for ''trying to be a hero too and snark the hell out of him - luckily The Doctor is well equipped to deal with snack!


Sherlock Holmes/Castiel

As much as I would love to witness these two meet up (#SuperWhoLock ftw!) I think Castiel's mere existence would be an affront to Sherlock's intelligence. He simply could not accept Cas. Castiel would have no time to waste trying to convince Sherlock of what he is so he might just angel zap him


Batman/Bellatrix Lestrange

Speaking of Bellatrix...her madwoman antics would be an automatic take-down notice for Batman. He'd want to take her out of commision a.s.a.p. Bellatrix would do her best to torment Batman since he's so incorruptible and his inflexibility would me her crazy(-er)


The Winchesters/The GAang

These two fight for the same side but The Winchesters bend the rules on a regular basis and they don't shy away from killing and torture when they need to. That sort of stuff would not fly with Avatar Aang who lives by tolerance and mercy. Sparks would fly for sure!

What are your ideas for unlikely fictional duos?



Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: A Court of Wings & Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
A Court of Wings and Ruin was obviously going to RUIN me...I mean, it's right there in the title. Despite the fact that I have now read 9 books by Sarah J. Maas, this was the first series conclusion from her so honestly, I was a little worried because I didn't know what to expect. Would Maas destroy us? Clearly. Could she close off such a powerful series in a satisfying way? Likely. Was everyone going to die?  Likely.  Would I be rolled up in a ball at the end crying and screaming? Probably. So with all of those things in mind, I started ACoWaR with a mix of excitement/anticipation/anxiety that is now the norm when reading a Maas book and I hoped I'd survive to share my thoughts by the end.  And I did!

So, if I could describe A Court of Wings and Ruin in one word, it would be INTENSE. The stakes were already killer by the end of A Court of Mist and Fury. We knew what Feyre was walking into. We knew that there was a deadly war looming ever closer. We knew that some of our favorite characters had suffered horribly, and were likely to suffer much more by the end. You wouldn't think that things could get any more unbearable but Miss Sarah J. Maas was like: Oh yeah?!  Watch this! And then she proceeds to take things up a notch. And then another. Aaaand then another. Multiplied by a million. I didn't think I'd ever say that a book might be too intense but honestly, there were parts in ACoWaR where I just couldn't deal. It was all too much to bear.  The suspense truly felt like it was killing me.

As usual, beyond the crazy intensity of the plot, characters are where Maas shines, as well as the relationships that these characters build with one another. You end up loving EVERYONE in the heroes corner. You ship EVERYONE with EVERYONE and you WILL go down with ALL of the ships!  I actually ship some of these characters with more than one other character. Yup, I'm that messed up about these ships and I don't even care! #Iregretnothing

Plot-wise, there were plenty of surprises to be had in A Court of Wings and Ruin, plenty of twists that I didn't see coming...and a few that I did see coming but it didn't make them any less satisfying when they went down.  As far as the ending goes well, it was indeed explosive and harrowing but parts of it also fell flatter than I was expecting. I wasn't really underwhelmed but I feel like there was more potential here that ended up being wasted. I also could have done with a few extra chapters at the end - I didn't quite get enough closure for my liking.  I know that Maas is planning more books for the series but that doesn't mean I didn't want the events of this trilogy to have a more concrete conclusion.

The bottom line is that A Court of Wings and Ruin was a solid, explosive, thrilling and satisfying end to the trilogy, but it didn't quite live up to A Court of Mist and Fury for me, which remains my favorite out of the three books in the series. I'm ok with that though because I know we have more books to look forward to and hopefully at that point, the series will culminate into an ending worthier of these characters and their world.

Previously:

A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Mist and Fury

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars