Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fandom Mashup #55

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 :)

Hihi! Happy Sunday :) I love Sundays because they're inherently lazy and chill but today we're going to have an especially fun Sunday:

WooHoo! You wake up in the morning to discover that you are now an animated character in a cartoon world :D Who's going to show you the ropes to surviving this strange new reality?

Homer Simpson + Lisa Simpson

I'm cheating again this week so might as well get it out of the way^^ Homer and Lisa are both my favorite characters in The Simpsons and among my favorite animated characters of all time. Lisa because she's a kindred spirit and Homer because he makes me laugh like no one else can.

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob cracks me up. I remember before familiarizing myself with the show, I dismissed it as juvenile. How wrong I was. Don't get me wrong, it's totally juvenile but it's also witty, silly and hilarious. I want to be friends with Spongebob!

Spider Man

Spider Man was my first superhero obsession back when I was a kid. I loved the old animated series for it's sass and retro vibe. I think Spider Man would be a great ally^^

Avatar Aang

Basically, I want to be friends with Aang and his gAang so I had to include him. He's an amazing hero with amazing powers and a very kind heart. I love the guy and he'd be the perfect person to teach me how to survive being animated.

Batman

You all know me and my love for Batman so obviously he was going to make the list. The animated series that aired in the 90's is how I became a Batman fanatic. Batman could keep me safe, show me the ropes AND just be awesome.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Once Was A Time

Once Was A Time by Leila Sales
Published April 5th 2016 by Chronicle Books

In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte's scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty's fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.
*An ARC was provided by Raincoast Canada in exchange for a honest review.*

A middle-grade story about time-travel: that was literally all I needed to know about Once Was A Time to know that I had to read it. I've always loved middle-grade reads once and awhile, especially after a heavy book and/or an especially emotional one so the timing was definitely perfect to start this! Many of you are aware of how much of a big fan of time-travel I am, so i was especially excited to see what was in store for Charlotte and her best friend Kitty... 

This isn't a book about time-hoping though, like one might expect (or at least, that was my initial thought) There is only one jump through time but despite that, there is a lot of talk of time travel, as well as dealing with the consequences of traveling through time.  Since it's a middle-grade story, I felt there was adequate information here to make it plausible, without feeling as though the concept was being dumbed-down for a younger audience. I really appreciated that because I think it would have been easy to make things overly simple because of the target audience's age.

Once Was A Time is a story about an incredible friendship between two young girls, Charlotte and Kitty. It is a truly beautiful friendship that survives many obstacles and tragedies.  It warmed my heart to see how Charlotte and Kitty loved each other and how they would do anything for one another.  I wish that more YA and adult novels focused on developing friendships like these! It's so much easier to accept characters going to any lengths for their beloved friends than for a boy they just met...but hey, maybe that's just me.

I read this book in two sittings but could have easily done so in one, if life hadn't gotten in the way. I adored the references to classic books such as A Little Princess, A Monster Calls, The Book Thief and yes, even Harry Potter ♥ The main character Charlotte was sweet and resilient. The friends she made throughout time were assorted but the most memorable were obviously Kitty - but also Jake and Miss Timms.  Once Was A Time was a lovely story about time-travel, love, loss and friendship that stands the test of time, as it were. The ending felt a little bit rushed though and throughout I found myself hoping for more time-travel, but that's just the geek in me taking over. The bottom line: this story is about friendships that last a lifetime.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #144

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts  and 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!  
To join up and for upcoming topics here.

Hello my friends! I hope this week has been good to you all so far.  If not, hopefully thinking about potential crushes in the Wizarding World will help?

Who Would Be Your Professor Crush?

Oh I think this one is fairly obvious: LUPIN!

I was tempted to consider my beloved Harry, since you all know how much I adore him AND he was technically a teacher during OotP...but I gush about Harry all the time so I calmed my fangirl heart and used my head (shocking, right?!) I adore Lupin and did from the moment he appeared in PoA.  I could totally see how being in his classes and seeing his kindness firsthand could cause a teenaged (or adult) me to develop a crush on him.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday *130*

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:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill
Expected Publication: August 9th 2016 by Algonquin

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.
That cover is too stunning for words. Honestly, look at it^^ The main character kind of reminds me of my beloved Sabriel. Then there's a huge moon there, glowing paper cranes and even a tiny dragon ♥ What more could you want?  Surprisingly, it's not even the cover that made me add this to my tbr shelf...that was thanks to the blurb! There was no way I could resist witches and magical moonlight leading to extraordinary magic. This book needs to be in my hands, pronto!

Thoughts on The Girl Who Drank the Moon?
Let me have 'em!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fandom Mashup #54

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! Happy Sunday everyone! I might have another tough topic here, considering we can only choose one character from each of our fandoms but I don't care because:

The force is strong with you. You've been told that you have the potential to be a legendary Jedi...or a badass Sith. WHO's going to train you up for the task?

Obi Wan Kenobi

Naturally, my first pick is my favorite Jedi^^ Obi might not seem as wise as Yoda but he learnt to communicate with Qui Gon Jinn after he'd crossed over, he successfully taught Luke all about the Force before and after he himself crossed over. PleaseBeMyMentor!!

Gandalf

Anyone else think Gandalf would be badass at using the Force? Cause I do!  He would have been the best Jedi around...so naturally, I want him teaching me all his secrets!

Dumbledore

It had to be a gif of THIS Dumbledore^^ because if anyone had The Force, it'd be the real Dumbledore. I picture him being a Yoda-type Jedi. Calm and serene but packed with power and able to kick everybody's ass!

The Doctor

If you can snap your finger and open the door to the TARDIS, I'm pretty sure you're a Jedi already XD  Plus, I love him so of course he needs to be my mentor! His Sonic is kind of a Saber...right?!

Kelsier

The kind of magic Kelsier weaves reminds me of The Force so I automatically thought of him!  Considering what good Kelsier did to Vin, I can only imagine learning from him would be EPIC.

So I guess my Force Training is mainly male dominated!  Plus it looks like I'll be a Jedi...I hope.
Any thoughts on ladies who might be up to the challenge? 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: A Court of Mist & Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.
A Court of Mist and Fury is a beast in every sense of the word, clocking in at 200+ pages more than it's predecessor, A Court of Thorns and Roses. The page count isn't the only thing that makes this book a beast though. The unrelenting plot, the host of new characters, the Night Court in all it's glory - all of it is BEAST.  While I loved enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses when I read it, it now pales in comparison to the awesomeness that is A Court of Mist and Fury.

Every single thing has changed this time around, so you should be prepared for that going in. Yes Feyre has changed but more than you might realize. Her reality has changed, her surroundings have changed but more than anything, the world has changed around her.  And if you loved Feyre in ACOTAR, be prepared to have your socks knocked off this time around. Watching her grow from the shambles of her current state, dealing with PTSD (realistically, I might add) and emerge as her true self was nothing short of spectacular. I am in awe of Sarah J Maas' skills, especially considering how she basically rewrote this book from the ground up and crafted it into the EPIC story contained within these pages.

At over 600+ pages, I would not remove a single word from A Court of Mist and Fury. It never felt slow, never faltered, never failed to sink its hooks into me.  This book started out intense and then floored it into something frantic, dark and decadent that consumed me body and soul.  The darkness grew into something wholly unique here, and I again have to praise Maas for throwing life and love into the darkness. The slow build of passion, of magic, of a world being fully revealed is almost too much to comprehend. I am honestly swimming in a sea of night and stars as I type this...and I never, ever want to come back down.

I was a little worried when Maas spoke about the changes she had in store for this installment, and the series as a whole, but I should have known better. I should have known that SJM is one of those few authors who can do no wrong with me.  The new direction gets my wholehearted support, as does this book in general. The characters were phenomenal. The pacing was tight. The setting was absolutely stunning. (I WANT TO GO BACK THERE NOW!) The romance, for its part was beautiful and hot as all hell. Spoilers: I am 100000% on team Rhysand now. The way he treated Feyre as an equal and gave her time to heal was STUNNING. He's dark tortured but also caring, strong and just beautiful. Basically, a dream come true! And as much as I had liked Tamlin in ACOTAR, his behavior at the end always irked me. Honestly, his evolution here, considering what they all went through Under the Mountain makes total sense to me. In a word? This book was intoxicating.

I realize that there's very little detail in my review, but A Court of Mist and Fury is a book that's best experienced with a clean slate. Know that if you love Maas and you loved ACOTAR, you are in for a treat! The Night Court is easily my favorite court of them all now.  If you haven't read this already - well, you need to fix that. NOW. But be warned: the wait for ACOTAR3 will be a long and painful one...

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #143

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.

Happy Thursday my friends! Thursday is a good day, first because it means Friday's just around the corner and second, because it's HARRY POTTER DAY!

Free Week!

When I'm coming up with topics, a free week always sounds like a good idea, but when I get to coming up with a post on a free week? I want to kick myself. I never know what to talk about that hasn't been discussed before...I used to go back and check out topics from before I joined up with this meme... but I'm pretty sure I've done them all now. So, this week, we're going to chat:

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them

As any hardcore Potterhead, once I had read through the series and subsequently reread the entire series multiple times, I quickly nabbed all the little extra books from the Wizarding World penned by JK Rowling, which included Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I know I'm not the only one who thought that the book had lots more potential than what we got at first so when they announced a film trilogy based on the book, it was like a dream come true. You mean we get to spend more time in the Wizarding world?!  


Getting to explore new territory, a new setting, new characters and plot set in the Wizarding World, written by JK herself is like the next best thing to getting more actual Harry Potter books - or a Marauders prequel!  


Tell me you didn't get chills at least one time during this^^

The cast is stellar, the plot seems promising and magical, and as much as nothing will ever beat a London setting, I'm excited to explore America in the 1920's and see what trouble Newt gets up to. If Dumbledore vouched for him, then I'm sold!

There's also a book version of the Screenplay coming out but I'm going to wait and see the film before I decide if that one warrants a pre-order too. Odds are it'll become part of my collection as well!

Share your thoughts on the Fantastic Beast Movie Trilogy!