Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fandom Mashup #29

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 all! What's everyone been up to this weekend? I had your typical quiet affair, catching up on my shows last night after work. Today will most definitely be a lazy, blogging/reading kind of day, since I have a big week coming up. In more exciting news, I'm excited about our topic this week:

You've found a map that seems to lead to hidden treasures (Pirate Booty!) Who's part of your swashbuckling team?

Captain Jack Sparrow

I'm sorry but I can't even think about Pirates without my mind going straight to this guy^^ If we're on the hunt for pirate booty, we need Captain Jack Sparrow leading our expedition.  He might not always get it right straight away, but he always ends up where he means to be!


She may not be a pirate, but Catwoman is a world-class thief - and pirates and thieves sort of go hand in hand don't they?  If the hidden treasure we seek is booby-trapped (and it almost certainly will be) Miss Selina Kyle will be the one to fetch it for us. Me-ow!


Does this one even need explaining? Hook is a pirate and a badass. Oh, and he's also charming and fiercely determined.  I would LOVE to see him and Captain Jack Sparrow together. And you can read 'together' any way you want *wiggles eyebrows suggestively*

Celaena Sardothien

Sigh. I tried ok?! I really, really tried to give her a break this week^^ But girlfriend went toe to toe with and honest to god Pirate Lord! And she WON.  If ANYONE can reign in this crazy bunch of misfits, it's my girl Celaena.

Captain Jack Harkness

Beyond the name, Captain Jack Harkness strikes me as a Space-Pirate.  When we first meet him on Doctor Who, he's working outside of the law...with stolen goods. He's reckless, determined and an adventurer. He'd make a perfect addition to our swashbuckling crew ;)  Also? I'd give my right arm to see Captain Jack Squared HA!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Forever

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Published July 12th 2011 by Scholastic


When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love transformed from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.


That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be hunted in one final, spectacular kill.


Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future will all collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.
Buddy read with Lee @ Rally the Readers

Forever is the conclusion of The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and OMG I don't want it to be over! Despite my hesitancy to get into another YA Paranormal Romance series, these books have managed to completely win me over and surpass any expectations I might have had.  Leave it to the brilliant goddess that is Miss Maggie Stiefvater to completely turn the genre around for me. I laughed. I cried. I feared. I drowned in feels.

So Forever picks up right after the events of Linger and I was glad for it. I knew that this was the last book of the trilogy proper and definitely the last one set within Mercy Falls, so I didn't want to miss a single moment going in. The tables have completely turned for our star couple Sam and Grace, but they still managed to adapt, to grow, and to make me swoon in the process.  There were a few moments between them that literally made me ache, they were so beautiful. The romance is a testament to what YA romances can be, and what they should all strive to be. These two are officially one of my all-time favorite literary couples...and Sam for his part, is now one of my top book boyfriends ever. Yup, this is serious stuff my friends.

As individuals, both Sam and Grace have come an incredibly long way from when we first met them in Shiver.  Sam finally seems to have laid at least some of his past traumas to rest, and seeing him make efforts to face his demons made me want to hug him through the pages and never.ever.let.go. Grace for her part, still has issues with her parental units, but she's become a young adult now and despite how she feels about them, she refuses to back down and her maturity in dealing with them made me proud. Her parents will never win ''Parents of the Year'' but it's clear that they love their daughter and it was refreshing to see their relationship evolve, especially since YA parents are so often absent, for whatever reason.

Our other two protagonist, Isabel and Cole did a lot of growing up here too.  I feel like Isabel was put on the backburner a bit this time around, so it's a good thing that we have Sinner to fall back on now because I need to know more!  Cole, on the other hand, turned into the star he always could have been.  His progress from when we meet him in Linger is astonishing and hell, just thinking about his heroics in Forever make me want to stand up and applaud the handsome devil. I remember wishing right from the start that he and Sam would end up with an epic bromance so needless to say, their solidified friendship here made my heart smile ♥  I should also mention the Wolf Pack, which still and always will hold a special place in my soul.  I absolutely revelled in reading the Wolf bits their scenes made me feel as though I was one of the pack myself!

Now we all know that a Stiefvater book is a solidly character-driven affair, but the plot is worth mentioning too. I won't go into specifics to avoid spoilers, but needless to say that the stakes are much higher than they've ever been in Forever. The threat is ever present and it looms all around Mercy Falls, waiting to strike. Despite that fact, Stiefvater manages to infuse the final installment with sweeter, lighter moments that linger on long after they've passed by.  The climax is a harrowing affair, that seemed like it was over a bit too quickly for my liking, but that's probably largely due to my NOT WANTING THE STORY TO END.  The ending itself is quite open ended, and even though I don't always get along with their kind, I found that it worked here. All things considered, I am so happy to have finally given this series a chance! My heart is bruised but when it heals, I'll be heading straight for Sinner. Fans of YA paranormal romances and Maggie Stiefvater: you should seriously check out this series - if you haven't done so already!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #118

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.

Rename the books from  Hermione's point of view

Hermione Granger and the Horrible Mountain Troll

Hermione Granger and the Polyjuice Potion

Hermione Granger and the Time Turner

Hermione Granger and the House Elves Liberation Front

Hermione Granger and Dumbledore's Army

Hermione Granger and the Potion Master (a.k.a. Harry this year)

Hermione Granger and the Tales of Beedle the Bard

Have I mentioned how much I love renaming the books for other characters?! Because it's the best :D

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday *120*

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 the pretty I'm waiting on this week:

The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
The Wrath & The Dawn #2
Expected Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Putnam

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
LOOK AT IT^^ I can not wait to set this gem right next to her sibling and bask in their radiance ♥.♥  Of course, that will only come AFTER I dive into it and return to the gorgeous and enchanted world that Renée Ahdieh has created here! Can't it be May already?! The wait for this one has been long my friends.

Thoughts on my pick?
What are you all waiting on?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fandom Mashup #28

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! How has the weekend been treating you all? I had a rough week last week, what with being incredibly busy with work, but this week was back to business as usually and I was thankful for the extra downtime :)  Here's our topic this week:

You've stumbled onto a portal that leads into a parallel world, but you have no clue what dangers lurk on the other side. Who do you bring 'through the rabbit hole' with you?

Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials)

Lyra is someone that I automatically think of when I think about portal worlds.  For someone who learned it all on the fly, she was incredibly smart about it all. Any mistakes she made were corrected in the end, and bottom line: she did the right thing. She'd certainly be an asset here^^

Lucy Pevensie (Narnia)

Dear sweet Lucy. She really understood Narnia and it's magical creatures.  She was kind hearted, brave and she had just the right sort of adventurous spirit!  I like to think that she and Lyra would be the best of friends too :)

The Doctor

Now I'll admit, Eleven isn't usually my go-to Doctor, but he did have more of a Fairytale feel to him, which I think works with my current ensemble here.  I think that Eleven would get along swimmingly with Lyra and Lucy especially...and he'd be good at showing us the ropes when it comes to Parallel world-hopping.

September (Fairyland)

Here's yet another clever and spirited girl who travels to a parallel world and becomes its heroine.  September is as sweet as can be but she can also fight for what's right when push comes to shove. She also has this really cute Wyvern friend whom I'm hoping might just tag along ♥

 Rumplestiltskin (OUaT)

Ahh Rumple.  Sure he'd be all kinds of trouble, but the man knows a thing or two about Parallel worlds! Plus, he'd be SO.MUCH.FUN.  He's tricksy, but he's brilliant too and I think he'd be more of an asset than a hindrance.  And hey, if I'm wrong, The Doctor will reign him right in ;)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Lirael

Lirael by Garth Nix
Abhorsen #2
Published April 5th 2004 by HarperCollins Children

When the future is hidden, who holds the key to destiny?

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. She doesn't even have the Sight - the ability to See into the present and possible futures - that is the very birthright of the Clayr. Nonetheless it is Lirael in whose hands the fate of the Old Kingdom lies, while Abhorsen Sabriel is engaged in conflict elsewhere.

As an ancient evil casts its shadow - one that opposes the Royal Family, blocks the Sight of the Clayr, and threatens to break the very boundary between the Life and Death - Lirael undertakes a desperate mission.

With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, to help her, Lirael sets out upon a perilous journey and comes face to face with her own fate...
Lirael is the sequel to Sabriel, which I read for the very first time this year and it instantly became one of my all-time favorite books.  I was a bit hesitant to start with Lirael though, after I found out that there would be a different main character. I adore Sabriel fiercely, so I wanted to spend more time with her on new adventures. I was worried that Lirael couldn't possibly live up to Sabriel as well; I'm always weary when a series switches up the protagonist this way. It turns out though that I needn't have worried at all. As with Sabriel, Garth Nix weaves an impressive high fantasy adventure that is richly atmospheric, overflowing with darkness, intensity and fantastic new characters to boot!

Lirael starts off by introducing us to our titular character, aged 14 residing with The Clayr, a collection of people from one of the five magical bloodlines, who possess The Sight.  Lirael grew up with The Clayr, but she never really fit in. Where the Daughters of the Clayr are blond, tan and possess the gift of foresight, Lirael is pale with black hair and Sightless.  The mystery of why The Sight alludes her takes up the better part of the book, but fans of Sabriel should see some subtle hints early on as to her true calling.  To distract her from obsessing about her lack of apparent magical abilities, the head of The Clayr suggest she take up a job. Lirael suggests working in The Great Library, largely because of the privacy it offers - as a loner and an outsider, she feels at home amongst the impressive collection of books.  I like this girl already!  The Great Library doesn't simply house books though: there are forbidden magical objects,  dangerous artifacts, enchanted weapons...and a fair share of terrible free-magic creatures to be found. It's basically equal parts library and adventure. I loved every second that Lirael spent there and, as you can imagine, it isn't long until our girl gets into all sorts of trouble ;)

Lirael is divided up into three parts, and the second part flashes forward about four years and reintroduces us to Lirael, now 18 and, still Sightless.  It isn't long though until she finds a secret passageway, seemingly meant just for her. Once she follows the path, her true calling becomes a bit clearer. Soon after, she gets sent on a special quest. Eeep!  Part two is also where we meet our other protagonist, Sameth, who happens to have some rather famous parents, which ties him into the previous book nicely.  Finally, part three largely consists of our two protagonists finally meeting and joining forces.

Character-wise, Lirael has a lot going for it. It's a relatively small cast, but they all shine in their own way. Lirael was quite different from Sabriel, but she struck me as having certain compatible traits with my favorite heroine.  I quickly grew to love Lirael almost as much as I did Sabriel. Lirael for her part, is the definition of an introvert.  She prefers to be by herself, even though she's terribly lonely at times but she soon makes a friend for herself in the form of a magical, talking dog, appropriately named: The Disreputable Dog. I adored their back and forth and how loyal and helpful that the dog was for Lirael. Considering that my beloved Mogget is largely absent for the better half of the book, the Dog filled the void nicely because she's just as mysterious and powerful as Mogget. Of course, I was thrilled when Mogget finally showed up, meeting with Sameth almost as soon as the boy sets off. Speaking of Sam, for his part, he caught my interest straight away. When we meet him, he displays impressive heroics, that end up costing him dearly throughout the rest of the book.  I felt for him.  He was quite compelling in his own right, but I admit that I still preferred Lirael's chapters to his...possibly because her character felt more relatable to me.

Where Garth Nix's writing especially shines though, is in his world-building and his skill at setting a dark and delicious tone.  As with Sabriel, we're dealing with Necromancy as well as Magic, both Charter Magic and Free Magic. There are magical items, and the magic itself can be conjured by sound (like bells, pipes or whistling) and by marks, called Charter-marks.  The Abhorsen is charged with sending the dead back into Death, but there are evil Necromancers, hell-bent on bring back the dead and forcing them to serve, to hunt, to spy and to kill for their cause. The usage of Necromancy and 'living-dead' is already eerie enough, but Nix's way with words makes you feel like the danger is ever present, constantly lurking around every corner.  Once again, I was blown away by how the story is so completely immersive, I felt totally submerged in this world, no matter what else might have been on my mind when I started reading. I have nothing but praise for this series!

On a final note, I listened to Lirael on audio and just like Sabriel it was narrated by the incomparable Tim Curry.  I don't know if it's because he's an actor but his narration is a performance through and through and it works incredibly well with the material at hand.  Audiobook and fantasy fans should listen to this series based on his performance alone! Honestly, I feel like there is not enough words in the world to express the love I have for this series. Highly recommended for fans of dark and detailed high-fantasy!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #117

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.

Favorite JKR Moment

Wow.  There is no way that I'll be able to narrow this down to just one moment when it comes to Miss Rowling.  I mean...the fact that she answers tweets about the series, after becoming this huge dishing about which House James Sirius was sorted in... or asking us to have a moment of silence when the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts rolls around... or more recently, telling us Sirius Black's birth date. I won't pretend that I'm a fan of every new detail she's divulged, but I appreciate that she's still so immersed in that world; right along with us!

Then there's that time when she set the fandom straight when some were complaining that they'd never gotten their Hogwarts Letter

 'Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?' ♥

And then there's the massive donations that she's generously given out all over the years, losing her billionaire status because she has a heart the size of Hogwarts!

That right there^^ is easily one of my favorite things that any famous person has ever done.  But if we're talking about a favorite moment, I'd have to say it'd be THE MOMENT. The moment when J.K. Rowling thought up The Boy Who Lived.  THE moment that changed EVERYTHING...for her, for books, for us, for the entire world. Long live our queen!

So tell me, what are some of your favorite J.K. Rowling moments?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #39

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 Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”  The Wrath and the Dawn

“Don't feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” A Court of Thorns and Roses

''...What she didn't realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another. Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn't all-encompassing, that wasn't blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she'd had this kind, she didn't want the other.”  Blue Lily, Lily Blue

“You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”  A Monster Calls

“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?”  Sabriel ♥

“It takes at least three assassination attempts to scare me off. And even then, if there are baked goods involved, I might come back.”  The Archived

“Fire-breathing bitch-queen.”  Queen of Shadows

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing...'' Queen of Shadows

“You're beautiful and sad," I said finally, not looking at him when I did. "Just like your eyes. You're like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again." For a long moment there was only the whirring sound of the tires on the road, and then Sam said softly, "Thank you.” Shiver

“...she made her home in between the pages of books.”  Linger

BONUS for my shippers: “Adam was beginning to realize that he hadn't known Ronan at all. Or rather, he had known part of him and assumed it was all of him.”  Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Fandom Mashup #27

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 all! How's everyone doing?  I had an insanely busy stretch at work these past two weeks so I haven't gotten much reading done - other than audiobooks.  I am so thankful that i got into audio, it's such a relief to at least have that option!  Anyway, this week should be back to normal :)

The leader of an elite assassin group has seen you fight and says you have great potential as an assassin. Who do you pick to train you in the deadly arts?

Ra's Al Ghul

He trained BATMAN.  Yeah, that's pretty much all I need to put Ra's at the top of my list.  Watching him mold Bruce Wayne into The Dark Knight was pretty spectacular. His skill set would be a major asset to my assassin training!

Celaena Sardothien

My favorite assassin right here^^ I'm getting pumped just thinking about being trained in the deadly arts by the Fire Breathing Bitch Queen herself.  I'm sure she'd be tough as hell, but I'd come out of it a BAMF...or you know, dead O.O


This magnificent bastard was a no-brainer for me: he's brilliant, lethal and simply will.not.go.down.  That's the kind of mentor you want to have in this type of situation.  Just imagine the havoc we'd pull! I'm just hoping he wouldn't be *too* distracting ;)

Jason Bourne

Speaking of people who won't stay down, I give you Jason Bourne.  This guy doesn't even need memories to mop the floor with you! His instincts can't be beat, he's quick on his feat, and he survives time after time.


My beloved Vin^^ Oh she could teach me stealth, killer moves, speed, agility, and how to transform myself from a regular girl into a deadly force to be reckoned with. Hopefully having her and Celaena on the team would save some of my humanity too!

Who would you want to train you in the deadly arts?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #116

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 could change one thing in book two, what would it be?

Chamber of Secrets had a few cringe worthy moments for me - like Harry being an outcast...or Malfoy and his stupid taunting of Muggle-Borns; especially poor Hermione, calling her 'Mudblood' and what not - but I can't justify changing any of those, since they're important to the story itself. I suppose, that there is one aspect I could do without:

Gilderoy Lockhart

Because he sucks. He's just the biggest jerk and phony in the entire series. I enjoy how his storyline evolves and how the truth reveals itself, but I could do without his pretentious boasting throughout the better half of the book. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #38

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 Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To 
Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch 

This week's TTT is divided into two parts, with part one dedicated to the Top 5 Book-To-Movie Adaptations that I'm looking forward to:

Mockingjay Part 2 - Obviously this deserves the top spot. This series is one of my all-time favorite adaptations and I need the closure that the final installment will bring.
Alice Through the Looking Glass - Ok, so I wasn't the biggest fan of the source material but I adored the first movie! I'm hoping that the sequel will deliver too.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Duh. Even though this one is still a long way from being released, I know that none of you are surprised to find it here. ;)
Beauty and the Beast - I'm not always keen on every fairytale remake/retelling but I have to admit that I am looking forward to this one. The cast is stellar and it might just be amazing.
A Monster Calls - This book brought on serious feels and well, in the movie the monster is going to be voice by Liam Neeson! Yes please!

And part two is dedicated to the Top 5 Book-To-Movie Adaptions that I still need to watch:

The Maze Runner - I really want to read the books first and with every new film, I get more and more tempted to check out the movies and see if they're for me.
Divergent - Even though my love for this series died with every new book installment until Allegiant killed it completely, I'm still somehow morbidly curious about the movies. I'm not holding out much hope though...
The Book Thief - I have yet to read the book but as soon as I do, I'll be watching the movie.  This is one of the glaring holes in my bookish repertoire. 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Yet another book that I have yet to read,  and yet another film that tempts me to watch it before I read the book. This isn't my usual genre so maybe starting with the movie would make me want to read the book more.

Victor Frankenstein - I wasn't a huge fan of the original Frankenstein story when I first read it, but it's the kind of story that stays with you for a loooong time. I'm curious about the film, and clearly a fan of the casting here ;) 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fandom Mashup #26

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! So how's everyone's weekend going so far?  The weather has been kind of crazy around here, going from a mild and balmy +14 yesterday to frigid near-freezing temperatures today. I've got a busy work-week ahead though, so after taking a nice hike with the boyfriend, today will be dedicated to chilling like a villain ;) Moving on to our topic at hand:

You've discovered that your world has become a dystopia and you've been recruited by an elite anarchist group. Who's in the group with you?

Katniss Everdeen

I gave poor Katniss a break last week when we were facing a tyrannical leader, but I'm afraid that we really do need The Girl On Fire this week. Katniss saw here world go from terrible dystopia to something much, much worse in the blink of an eye. Through it all, she did what needed to be done to bring on a revolution.

Max Rockatansky (Mad Max)

I was sorely tempted to go with QUEEN FURIOSA because well, if you haven't seen Mad Max:Fury Road, well she's the QUEEN. (Also, what the hell are you waiting for, that movie is EPIC.) Anyway, in the end I decided to go with Max himself because when we first meet him, his world is slowly turning into a dystopia...and he watches it becomes one of the most brutal dystopias ever seen. The man is a pro for this week's setting.

John Connor

Here's another guy that has A TON of experience when it comes to Dystopias.  John Connor has been trying to make things right his entire life. He's a BAMF, he thinks on his feet and is brilliant under pressure. He also knows how to face impossible odds and still come out fighting. He'd be a serious asset for us here - and not just because of my obsession crush on Christian Bale

Lihn Cinder

Ahhh Linh Cinder, my favorite little cyborg that could...start a revolution. She DID start a revolution and that's why she made the list.  Cinder knows how to do what needs to be done. Even though she might not have wanted to get involved, she knew it couldn't be helped so she got on with it.  Cinder's clever and she doesn't give up.

David (Steelheart)

David knows how it feels when you watch your world fall, as it did for him when The Epics took over. He also knows what it's like when the odds are stacked against you, but he's brilliant enough to figure out a solution and he's incredible dedicated to the task at hand. David is going to be our man with the plan here, and he should give us the edge we need.

Link up your Fandom Mashup Teams below :)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Review: Linger

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published January 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press

The longing.
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

The loss.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of a human.

The linger.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?
*Buddy-read with Lee of Rally the Readers*

Linger is the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy and considering how impressed I was with the first book, I was dying to continue with the series! So I bet you're wondering if the sequel fell victim to the dreaded 'second-book syndrome' or if the goddess that is Maggie Stiefvater managed to avoid that altogether and impress me even more. Well, let's have a look shall we?

I have to apologize in advance here because this next paragraph will be on the vague-side but I want to avoid any major spoilers for the series. Ok. So Linger opens up with Grace and Sam, coming to terms with the big changes that went down for Sam at the end of Shiver.  Beyond that though, there are some not-so-subtle hints that there's something going on with Grace as well. I remember reading reviews where people complained that Grace's problem was too obvious but here's my take on it: I think it was supposed to be obvious. We were meant to guess what was up with Grace's predicament before she did. It seems clear to me that Stiefvater wrote it that way.  The true mystery here is the 'when?' and the 'HOW?!'. To me, that was just as engaging as anything because it opens up a whole other issue with the Wolves - not to mention the clear heartbreak that will no doubt ensue...when things finally hit the fan ...

After reading the synopsis for Linger, I was worried that a love triangle might have been looming here but Stiefvater deftly avoided that predictable outcome. Instead, she introduces two more POVs, one for Isabel, a character we met and that I grew to LOVE in Shiver. Win. Her friendship with Grace was unexpected but it's also like the best thing ever. We also get introduced to a new character: Cole.  Cole isn't what you'd expect going in and as the story progresses, he managed to keep surprising me. Needless to say, I adored the new POVs - I felt as though they very much added to the story and to the whole family within The Pack. The four of them all have page time with one another and seeing how they interacted with each other, for better or for worse was seriously enjoyable.

Beyond that though, each character has their own rich background, issues and heartache to deal with, which only added depth to an already richly layered story, with it's inherent sadness and atmospheric setting. Sam as always, has the soul of a poet and he made me swoon with the random song lyrics that run wild in his mind and pop up at random intervals.  We got to see a more rebellious side to Grace, which could have come off as petulant but instead, I felt that she was warranted in her behavior.  Together, Sam and Grace are the best. The way that they know each other so intimately is beyond romantic. ♥

Moving on to Miss Maggie Stiefvater's glorious writing style. Well, in Linger she literally showed that she can make breading chicken strips sound like a work of art. I kid you not. Her prose reads like air: effortlessly. The pages seem to turn of their own accord. There's a sort of wild, primal tone to this series and with Stiefvater, not only can you see the things she describes with crystal clear precision, you can also feel them, smell them...hear them as if you were right.there. Sigh.

Needless to say that by the time that the ending rolled around, I was pretty much covered in FEELINGS, which made those last pages all the more poignant.  Knowing how Linger was going to end didn't reduce its emotional impact - not by a long shot.  I was left broken, but cautiously optimistic. I'm crossing my fingers that Forever will offer up a happy ending for all of my beloved characters. It seems unlikely, but I don't think that my heart will survive if I don't convince myself that a happy ending is possible.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Let's Discuss...(4)

Let's Discuss...
Let's a new feature here on Lunar Rainbows Reviews, inspired by many of my fellow bloggers and their discussion posts.  For my posts, I'll be discussing random bookish and fandom topics.

Hi all! It's been a while since I did up a discussion post and since I was working all week and didn't have time to do up a review - or read for that matter o.O, I decided that it was time to chat with you guys about something that has plagued me all of my reading (and fangirl) life.

Comparing books to other books (or fandoms to other fandoms)

I can't help it, I've been a very comparative person and have been for as far back as I can remember. I'm always comparing books, television shows, movies and musicians and then picking favorites among them. It's like it isn't enough that I like something, my mind *has* to compare it to other things I like and then pick a favorite.  But it's more than that. Once I pick a favorite, I tend to look unfavorably at anything that I deem inferior.

Let's say book X is THE big deal of the moment and then soon after, a similar book Y starts gaining popularity. I'll either dismiss Y from the start, because NOTHING WILL EVER COMPARE TO X, or, if I'm feeling more permissive at that particular time, I'll read both X and Y but I'll automatically have a favorite. And then I'll basically bug everyone I know with: yeah, Y was good but it'll never beat X. Sigh...

And the same goes for television shows, movies, musicians and fandoms in general. If there are similarities between two things it's like my mind sees it as a competition.  There HAS to be a winner.  It's gotten me in trouble on social media in the past because I'd go on fandom forums and constantly compare a fandom to the other in favor of my favorite, much to the dismay of some of the other members. It's probably why I could never fully get into The Mortal Instrument series because it was so blatantly a Harry Potter rip-off in my eyes.  And why I stayed away from The Wolves of Mercy Falls for so long, since people were always comparing it to Twilight (unfairly in my opinion now that I've bit the bullet and read Shiver)...

I wish that I wasn't this way truth be told because I feel like it gets in the way of me enjoying lots of books. But nope, if there's a magical school, I'm thinking Potter. If there's an assassin, I'm thinking Celaena.  Vampires? Well, that used to be Twilight but now the only Vampires I like are The Originals.  Time Travel? The Doctor would have done it better. A mystery? Sherlock would have solved it. A ghost? The Winchesters would have that shit handled. And on and on it goes *groan*

Yeah. I'm a little bit crazy. So my question is: do you guys deal with constant comparing? If so, how do you cope?  And for those of you who have no clue what I've been rambling about and right at this moment are looking at your screen thinking:

Well my question for you is: HOW DO YOU DO IT?!  And before you ask:

I'm serious. I really want to know. How do you separate two similar books or television shows or movies or WHATEVER and allow yourself to enjoy both on their own merits? Share your wisdom and rational thinking with me please?