Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #26

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 Books I've Read So Far In 2015

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (1st 5-star of '15)
The Wrath and the Dawn
Alanna: The First Adventure

Dealing with Dragons
ADSOM (5-stars)
A Monster Calls (5-stars)
The Archived
Sabriel (5-stars)

Honorable mentions: Grave Mercy and Owl and The Japanese Circus

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fandom Mashup #8

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is a new original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews and it's basically my way of creating dream teams of all my fandoms and having some fun with them.  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 and whip up a post - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hi all! Are you ready for this week's Fandom Mashup?  Here we go:

In your adventuring, you've encountered a dragon :O  but you have no clue how to figure out if it's a friendly dragon or a human barbecue. Who do you take with you to investigate?

September (Fairyland)

I know...I know...September deals with a wyvern, not a dragon, but I feel like the skills could be transferable. In any case, her wyvern is brilliant so he could probably tell us if the dragon we're dealing with is friendly. Or not.

Harry Potter

Let's face it: Harry not only has experience in dealing with dragons (not to mention battling them), but he has experience with ALL KINDS of magical creatures. Downright scary ones at that. I'd want him by my side here for sure...but, then again, I always do ;)

Sam Winchester

Sam is a pro at research, so if we'd need to figure out what kind of dragon we're dealing with, he'd be the best choice. He'd go above and beyond too, telling us dragon-lore about our particular dragon and how to approach it as well.  Plus, if we did need to battle our dragon, Sam is brave enough to help us out.

Cimorene (Dealing with Dragons)

I mean, it's right there in the title^^ Cimorene learns all about Dealing with Dragons!  She's brave, unconventional and she was willing to walk straight into a dragon lair. WITHOUT knowing if they would be friendly dragons or if they would gobble her up!

Bilbo Baggins

An obvious choice I suppose but I can't think of anyone better suited to help us out here.  Bilbo willingly walked into the lair of THE MOST fearsome dragon of life.  And he lived to tell the tale!  Yup, Bilbo is coming with us. Just chalk it up to another adventure ;)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: Sabriel

Sabriel by Garth Nix
Abhorsen #1
Published 1995 by HarperCollins

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into the nine Gates and Precincts of Death. Though her journey begins alone, she soon finds companions: Mogget, whose seemingly harmless feline form hides a powerful-and perhaps malevolent-spirit, and Touchstone, a younger Charter Mage imprisoned two centuries in a wooden ship-head, still trapped by painful memories. With threats on all sides and only each other to trust, the three must travel deep into the Old Kingdom, toward a battle against vicious Hands, Mordicants, and the evil Kerrigor.
Sabriel is classic fantasy book that has been on my reading list since 2011 (according to my Goodreads). Basically, I knew I wanted to read it since I first read the blurb, but for whatever reason, I didn't give it the attention I knew it deserved. Until now.  Having finished the audio version yesterday - narrated by the fantastic Tim Curry - I find myself wondering: WHAT WAS I THINKING not reading this sooner? WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME? WHAT IS LIFE? Gah! Yes, this book is THAT good.  I officially have a new favorite on my hands, and that hasn't happened in a long time.

Sabriel is the kind of fantasy story I live for.  Why? Because it's brilliantly and realistically plotted. There are intense, edge of your seat scenes, perfectly mixed into those slower, more normal moments, which other people might find slow, but I found that it made the story feel more concrete and plausible, despite being a straight up fantasy read.  Let's face it: life isn't always action and suspense. Life is made up of moments. Some are intense and others are more ordinary but it's those simple moments that make the big, poignant moments stand out all the more!  There's a sense of urgency that's woven into every single aspect of this story and that builds all the more within those dark moments, until you feel like you're going to jump out of your skin. I won't go into the finer details here, because I want to let the story speak for itself, but to say that I was captivated from the word go would be an understatement.

Beyond the plot, Sabriel boasts an intensely atmospheric tone that wraps itself around you and takes you for one hell of a ride.  It's dark, dangerous and outright scary at times.  I know it's considered to be a YA book, but Sabriel is an 18 year old young woman and I found that the plot and tone both reflected that more mature YA-feel. Beyond the character's age, the magical system reflected a greater maturity as well, incorporating unique magic, psychic abilities and above all, necromancy. There are good necromancers who help usher the dead spirits into death (like Sabriel herself), and then there are vile necromancers who can do anything from possess dead bodies, spirits and even, in extreme cases, fashion themselves into immortal beings of pure evil.  Beyond the mystery of the necromantic aspects, the magical system works with sounds. A necromancer has special bells, whose sounds have different powers, but in a pinch, they can whistle the notes to the same effect.  I found this to be quite innovative and unlike most magical systems I've encountered in my fantasy reads.

Let's talk more about our heroine here. Sabriel is a young adult with a level head and a strong sense of what's right and wrong.  She came off as something entirely different from all of the other main characters I've ever encountered which seems increasingly rare nowadays.  She wasn't soft by any means, but she wasn't too hard either.  She had a warm heart but she never let it cloud her judgement or stop her from doing what needs to be done.  Sabriel, being one of the good necromancers, can sense death. She can travel from our realm into the realm of the dead, where the spirits reside. Since a very young age, her father, one of the most powerful good necromancers in existence has been teaching her the ways of the dead.  It soon becomes obvious why this girl seems so mature - she's obviously had much of her innocence taken from her at an early age by the sobering reality of death.  Despite that, she remains kind and caring of the people around her.

As the blurb above says, Sabriel sets off on her quest alone.  I admired the hell out of her for that, especially since you don't often encounter that in YA fiction, especially when the main character is a female.  She faces more than one harrowing ordeal before she finally gets herself a few traveling companions.  First there's Mogget, a magical white cart, who isn't really a cat at all.  Knowing me, I'm sure none of you will be surprised at my love for Mogget.  He was snarky and sassy and quite frankly, scary at times but he was a joy to get to know through and through.  Eventually, they meet up with a young man called Touchstone, who I loved as well.  Touchtone is something of a mystery but I like how he and Sabriel slowly warmed up to one another and became great allies.

As any quality questing story, Sabriel has quite a few twists and turns before the end, and I adored every second of it! This is a story surrounded by death, but it managed to carry a lot of light within it as well.  The story has a lot of darkness, but it was sweet and sad and clever all at once.  I laughed, I teared up on more than one occasion but through it all, I was hooked.  I know that I'm incredibly late to the party with this one, but I also know that a lot of fellow fantasy lovers have yet to read this one as well.  All I can say to that is: READ.THIS.BOOK.  You have no idea what you're missing! I honestly can't praise the story enough, and I know my words aren't doing it justice but nevertheless I want EVERYONE to read this book! This was my first experience with author Garth Nix, but I can assure you all that it won't be the last. In fact, I plan on diving into the sequel very soon.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #96

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.

If you had to use one, which Unforgivable Curse would you use?

Oh gosh.  All of the Unforgivable Curses are simply too, well, unforgivable to use. I don't want to torture anyone but taking away their free will sounds just as bad.  I can see though how, in certain situations, like when Harry used Imperius to break into Gringotts, or when he used Crucio against Bella and Amycus Carrow, that they were a bit more...forgivable.  I'd never ever use Avada Kedavra though, that's for sure.  I guess, when push comes to shove, I'd pick the Imperious Curse, but I'd ONLY use it to like, distract someone, or something bland like that.  Never to control them to do my bidding or anything of the sort!

More on the Imperius Curse:
The Imperius Curse (Imperio) is a tool of the Dark Arts and one of the three Unforgivable Curses. It is one of the most powerful and sinister spells known to wizardkind. When cast successfully, the curse places the victim completely under the caster's control, though a person with exceptional strength of will is capable of resisting it.
The fact that the curse can be defended against makes it unique amongst the Unforgivable Curses. -Source

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday *115*

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 what I'm waiting on this week:

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn #5
Expected Publication: October 6th 2015 by Tor

Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.

Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they’ve been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more.
I was sure I'd featured this one already, but apparently I hadn't. Which clearly needed to be rectified. If Brandon Sanderson has a new book coming out, you can be sure I'm waiting on it!  I'm planning on (finally!) reading The Alloy of Law soon, so hopefully the wait for this one^^ won't be too torturous, since it comes out quite early in the fall.  It seems criminal that I haven't read The Alloy of Law yet, but as I've said before, I needed time to heal when I finished the original trilogy.  Now I have, for the most part *sniff*, and this new trilogy is calling my name.  I'll be answering the call very soon, my precious.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week needs YOUR help!

Hello fellow Potterheads and happy Monday to you all! Ok so here's the deal: some of you may have noticed that our list of upcoming 'Harry Potter Moment of the Week' topics has gotten rather short. It's a concern O.O I chatted with Leah and we both want to keep the meme alive because we love it and we love Harry Potter (obviously) and it's a real treat to chat about our favorite fandom with each and every one of you!

And well, that's why we need you guys' help. I've got a bunch of potential topics lined up, but I also wanted to give you guys the opportunity to voice your opinions. I want to hear from you guys! What would you like to see in terms of topics? Are then any favorite characters that we haven't spotlighted yet that you'd wish we'd give attention to? Do you want more specific book moment highlights? Would you like to discuss the films at greater length? Do you want to talk about JKR some more? Is there anything you feel like we haven't discussed but you're dying to talk about? I'm open to any suggestions you'd have on how we can make this meme grow and improve it as a team :)

I'd love to get your feedback because you all are what makes this feature great. Without you, there would be no Harry Potter Moment of the Week.  As it stands, we have ONE topic left for this week. If no one has any suggestions, I'm just going to add my ideas to the list and hope that you guys will check in and keep going with your posts. I really don't want this meme to die, but at the same time I want you guys to want to keep it alive too!

So that's it I guess. I'm going to leave this open until next week, and then I'll compile any suggestions and add them to the list I've already got going.  I'll try to have new topics up early next week so you guys can schedule your upcoming posts as quickly as possible.  Thank you all in advance for your patience, for keeping this awesome meme going, and for all your help ♥

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fandom Mashup #7

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is a new original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews and it's basically my way of creating dream teams of all my fandoms and having some fun with them.  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 and whip up a post - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Happy Sunday fans! I hope your weekend is going wonderfully and that you're all set for another edition of Fandom Mashups :)  Here's this week's topic:

You've been approached to travel into space in search of new worlds and civilizations and you get to pick a team to take with you: who do you take?

Oh wow, I didn't realize that my topic kind of sounds like the speech from Star Trek 8-) With that in mind, here's my team:

Naturally right? He's brilliant, and a pro when it comes to anything to do with outer space. I'd feel much safer having him onboard with me.

Obi Wan Kenobi
I have so much love for Obi Wan's character and skills, plus I actually like the idea of having a Trek/Wars mashup of my very own.

The Doctor
If I'm going into space, I'm going to need my Doctor with me ;) *fangirls*

John Connor
Should there be any trouble, I like to think John Connor could get us out of it, with force, if necesarry. Plus Christian Bale :D

Captain Jack Harkness
I didn't want to repeat the same fandom twice, but let's just say Captain Jack is from Torchwood and leave it at that. Not to mention that good old Jack would provide some much needed comic relief.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #95

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.

Which Death Eater Would You Be?

Well, I should clarify: I'd never, ever be a Death Eater. Not in a million years. It's not entirely because I'm too righteous either. The fact is, Voldemort terrifies me. And, I am, at my core, a scaredy cat.  So, I could never join up with him because being in the same room with him would cause me to, you know...die. But, I guess, for the sake of this meme, I'll humor you all ;) If I were a Death Eater, I'd be:
Regulus Arcturus Black
*fancast here as Logan Lerman.

I would be the Death Eater who clued in on how terrible Tom Riddle was (albeit belatedly) and tried to stop him - in vain - but nonetheless.  If I ever went dark, I think I'd quickly change my mind and then try to make amends.  Plus he's the only one of the Death Eaters who showed even the slightest bit of remorse for, well being a Death Eater.

And as much as I love this guy below, I wouldn't want to be him. I'd settle for meeting him, and then staring at him...for ever. O.O

I love David Tennant. #sorrynotsorry

So there's my pick(s)! Which Death Eater would YOU be?
Let me know in the comments & don't forget to link up!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #25

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 Books on my TBR for Summer 2015

The Novice I've actually started this but haven't made much progress since I've been so busy lately. It's already captured my interest though so I'm looking forward to giving it the time it deserves.

Knight's Shadow I really enjoyed the first book and I've been wanting to get my hands on this one ever since.  This is another one I've started but haven't had the time to dig into properly.

The Lies of Locke Lamora I *just* started this one as part of a readalong that I was really pumped about, but with 3 review books on the go, BEA and then me getting sick, I've had to put it on pause. From what I've heard, I'd rather wait until I'm not as swamped so I can give it my undivided attention.

Uprooted This precious gem only just made it's way to my door last week. AS SOON as I clear up a few review books, I'll be diving right into this! And I can't wait because it sounds SO GOOD.

The Riverman This was an unsolicited ARC that the publisher was kind enough to offer to send to me.  I love a good MG read, so I'm really excited to see what it's all about!

Fairyland #3 I was lucky enough to score a finished copy of the 4th book, so I really must get caught up on September's last starring role here^^ before I can move on with the series. I almost don't want September's part to end, but at the same time, I'm curious as to how things will go down for her.

The Alloy of Law I have been CRAVING this book now that I've had enough time to heal from The Hero of Ages. It might have something to do with Shadows of Self's approaching release ;) And you all know that I can't go too long without a regular Sanderson fix.

Shiver Since The Raven King's release has been pushed back, I feel like I NEED me some Stiefvater, so what better time to finally get started on her other works?! I know this series has been hit or miss for readers, but I'm still super curious about it all.

Soulless Some light-hearted humor and adventure always sounds good to me, but it sounds even better during the warm Summer months.  Soulless should be the perfect fix for that!

The Winner's Curse I seriously must find out what the fuss is all about with this one, especially since the cover for the third book came out! If I hurry, I can be all caught up by the time it releases.

That's it for my Summer reading list^^
What's yours?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Announcing: Harry Potter Month!

Last July, the lovely Faith over at GeekyZooGirl hosted the first ever Harry Potter Month and since everyone had such a blast participating, we pretty much begged her to bring it back this year.  The only difference this year is that Faith invited me to co-host the event along with her - and of course, I accepted! :)

What is Harry Potter Month?

So for those of you who didn't participate last year, or in case you need a reminder, Harry Potter Month is a month long celebration of all things Harry Potter.  It's held in July to coincide with Harry's birthday on July 31st and there are two main ways to participate:

  1. Harry Potter related blog posts throughout the month of July.
  2. Participating in the House Cup, earning points for your house and trying to win the Cup.
You can participate in both of those ways, or pick the one you'd prefer to get into.  There is no minimum participation required, so you can post as little or as much as you'd like!

As far as post content, well you can post about pretty much anything, as long as it involves the Harry Potter Fandom in some way. Here are some examples:

  • Reviews for the books or films.
  • Comparisons between the books and films.
  • Favorites lists - characters, quotes, scenes or ships.
  • Harry Potter Moment of the Week posts will also count here, so keep those posts coming and/or feel free to join up! :)
  • Inspired by Harry Potter: fashion, make-up, tattoos, nail art.
  • 'If you liked Harry Potter you might like'... recommendation posts involving books, shows, etc.
  • Fanfic: sharing your favorites, or ones you've written yourself
  • Discussion posts, like why you love the series, how it changed your life or whatever.
  • Harry Potter crafts: art, wallpapers, recipes, drinks, etc...
  • Harry Potter parties: games, décor, events.
How does the House Cup fit into all of this?

You choose your Hogwarts House and from there, any post you share earns your house points. You can also earn points by rereading the books, rewatching the movies and commenting on other Harry Potter month posts on other participating blogs. If you craft any HP crafts or even if you play on Pottermore, you'll earn points! We'll have the complete list of tasks and points up on July 1st and I can tell you that the entire thing was a blast to participate in last year and we all had a lot of fun competing for the House Cup!

How to get involved:

If you're already sold on the idea and want to participate, you can add yourself to the Harry Potter Spreadsheet! And if you're not sure, well there's still time. You have a month to think about it!

We're not looking for anyone to send us their post ideas or schedules right now though and don't forget that there is NO minimum involvement, so if life gets busy come July we'll totally understand. It happens! If you do decided on any posts or dates to put up posts between now and July 1st, feel free to add them to the schedule workbook of the HP Month Spreadsheet. On June 30th, Faith and I will be posting a schedule for a month based on your choices. If you'd rather wait till July and see what happens, that's totally fine too.

We're also open to having readalong or watchalongs depending on interest, so if you're up for that, or even if you'd like to host a readalong or watchalong of your own, let me or Faith know so we can start planning. And if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, feel free to get in touch with us at any time :)

We hope to see all of you Potterheads in July!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Fandom Mashup #6

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is a new original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews and it's basically my way of creating dream teams of all my fandoms and having some fun with them.  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 and whip up a post - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of Fandom Mashups! This week's topic is a fun one:

You've decided to host a slumber party! Who do you want to invite over?

Luna Lovegood

Can you imagine what a hoot it would be to have Luna there?  The adorableness. The silliness. The laughter.  My stomach and my face hurt just from thinking about it. Luna attending would be a MUST.

Blue Sargent

I felt an instant kinship with her character from the moment I started The Raven Boys, so she'd be a VIP at any of my slumber parties.  Plus she could dish on my beloved Raven Boys...and maybe they'd even stop by XD

Rose Tyler

I freaking LOVE this girl^^ She's fun, silly, daring, bold and OMG the Ninth or Tenth Doctor might just show up if she came. At the very least she could tell us all about him...and hopefully she has pictures to swoon over ♥

Celaena Sardothien

Is anyone surprised here? I mean, seriously. She's been a staple on this meme since it launched. Naturally, I don't just want her around for ass-kicking. I love this girl to pieces. I want to hang out with her, chill, binge on junk food, have hours of girl talk, and generally just bask in her awesomeness.

Charley Davidson

I can't imagine ANYONE being more fun than this girl.  Her sass and snark would pave the way for endless giggles and sizzling conversations...especially if they veered in the direction of Reyes ;)

Note: I could have added boys into the mix, but most of the boys I'd want at a slumber party, I'd want there for erm...selfish reasons. *Ahem* So I decided to keep it clean LOL!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Stacking the Shelves 47 - BEA Edition

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've gotten a hold of (bought/given/gifted/trade/for review).

Hi guys! This is technically part two of my official Book Expo America 2015 recap: my book haul! (If you missed part 1 and want to check it out click here) Usually I take pictures of each individual day's haul, but this year due to lack of sleep, I neglected to take pictures my first and second day and now I have no idea which book I got on what day!  Also, this year I got less books overall than I did previous years, so a day-by-day haul might have been a little boring for some readers. In any case, here is a picture of my haul in it's entirety and the links to each books can be found below (in no particular order):

*Please note that I won't be linking up to the authors as well as the books here like I usually do, due to the sheer volume of books + lack of time on my part.  The books will be linked to their Goodreads pages so you can easily check out the authors from there.*

And here are the titles + links for the books, as the appear above^^

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (signed)
Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong (signed)
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (signed)
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
Smoked by Mari Mancusi
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (signed)

The Taken by Inbali Iserles
The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga
Soundless by Richelle Mead (signed)
The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver
Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce (signed)
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Fairest by Marissa Meyer (signed)
Knight's Shadow by Sebastien de Castell
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (not shown - thanks Giselle)

All in all, a modest but respectable haul this year.  I always try to exercise control by taking only what I *really* want, but this year more than ever, considering I still have books left over from previous BEAs and the fact that I'm currently running out of space to store ALL THE BOOKS.  I can't bear even considering taking a book that I think someone else might really want when I'm unsure about it.  I'm very happy with my haul this year, even though I'm still slightly depressed that I missed out on my top coveted item: Truthwitch, due to miscommunication on the publicist's end :*(
Hopefully the Canadian book publishing gods will smile upon me when I request it closer to the release date. I NEED THAT BOOK IN MY LIFE!!

And that's it for me this year.  I already miss NYC and all the blogger friends I've made this past year and all the previous years as well.

What books are you most excited about? Hit me up in the comments!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Harry Potter MotW #94

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.

You Have to Battle a Dragon in the Triwizard Tournament. Which one is it?

Hmmm, battling a dragon sounds tricky (and terrifying) on the best of terms, so I decided to go with the one that 'seemed' the friendliest out of the lot:

Common Welsh Green

Just a basic looking, classic green dragon. No spikes on it's head, no scary name like 'fireball' and no badass reputation like poor Harry's dragon, the Hungarian Horntail.  I'm sure my Common Welsh Green was much more intimidating in real life, as opposed to it's pocket-sized model^^ but all the same, I feel much safer going with this one!

Don't forget to add your links below all!
And let me know what dragon you'd pick in the comment section :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #24

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 Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

Queen of Shadows - in the top spot, naturally.  I need this book like air, like water, like food and love.  It's been preordered since the day it's got it's cover - on my birthday, no less. Hello. My body is ready. I'm not sure about my heart and my soul though, they're equal parts excited and terrified, considered how Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire destroyed them, but I'm counting down the days for this one all the same.

Shadows of Self -  I may not be caught up with The Alloy of Law but I vow to you now that I will be by the time that this one comes out in November. I needed to mourn after the end of the first trilogy but I feel the fourth book calling to me more than ever, so it shouldn't be long now! #SandersonArmy is serious business and I need my fix while I wait for the 3rd Stormlight Archive book to, you know, get written. O.O

The Raven's Prophecy Tarot - Ok, so I know that technically, this isn't a book. But I *had* to add it in here, in lieu of The Raven King which was sadly pushed back to next year. *sobs* No but seriously, I'm more than willing to wait for the perfection that the conclusion of The Raven Cycle will be...but at the same time, 2016 seems so far away. So I need to console myself with the Raven's Prophecy Tarot deck.

Winter - With all the pieces setting up for the big finale in Cress and with us knowing how twisted Queen Levana is thanks to Fairest, this one is sure to be an explosive ending to an imaginative and addictive series. I can't wait! It's a beast of a book though so I feel like we should all start getting ourselves mentally and emotionally prepared...

Every Word  - This one only releases in Canada in September, and well, mama needs the cover to match Every Breath.  The wait for it has been excruciating, especially considering that if I wasn't so hung up on matching covers, I could have ordered this one from TBD months ago! Sigh. I can't stop thinking about this book though, which says a lot considering it has no fantasy elements at all XD

Last Ever After - The conclusion to The School for Good and Evil is definite must-read for me. Despite the few issues I had with the series (especially the first book) I've whole-heartedly enjoyed Sophie and Agatha's adventures - especially considered that killer-ending in book 2.  I can't wait to see how everything will wrap up for these girls!

Circle of Stone - Granted, I read the first in this series, The Bell Between Worlds, when it came out in 2013, but I wasn't sure until recently if the planned sequel was actually going to come out. I reached out to the author on Twitter and he gave me the good news that it was in fact expected for July of this year! Now I'm counting down the days until I can continue on with this imaginative middle-grade story.

The Marvels - Admittedly, I have yet to read any of brian Selznick's previous works, even though I own The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck is on my tbr shelf.  Nevertheless, this new offering is really appealing to me and as always, it has stunning illustrations that just draw you in!

Walk on Earth a Stranger -  I still need to read Rae Carson's Fire and Thorn series but I own the first book and I WILL get to it soon.  That fact didn't stop me from getting rrreeeaallly interested in this one with it's unique take on magic and it's unique historical premise.

Soundless - Granted, I've only read one book by Meade, and I didn't have the best luck with it. It was good, just not as good as I'd hoped. Still, I was impressed with her creativity and writing style so I guess it's not surprising that Soundless caught my eye - it's about as unique a premise as they come! I'm really eager to dig into this one.

Are you dying to get your hands on any (or all) of these?
Let me know when you link me up :)