Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fandom Mashup #17

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 and happy Sunday! In a surprise turn, I'm actually off today and I won't be working Sundays anymore - cause I got a new job, which I'll be starting tomorrow :D I don't know how many of you have worked Sundays but my feeling is that it should be illegal. For everyone. We should all have at least one day a week where EVERYONE is off work. Anyway, that's another discussion for another time. Here's this week's topic:


You've found a time machine. Yay! Who do you take with you to travel through time?

Ha! If anyone is surprised by my first choice - and if it's not all of your first choices, I'll eat my slippers XD

The Doctor
*reaches out hand* OK!!!! (♥.♥)

If I found a time machine, it would be the TARDIS and let me just tell you that if I found the TARDIS, I am never, ever getting out...until The Doctor agrees to take me along that is. Travelling through time has been forever altered for me and now all signs point to The Doctor and his Tardis - which is coincidentally the name of my Doctor Who board on Pinterest XD

Hermione Granger

Hermione handled time-travel like a pro. She followed all of the rules (naturally), she didn't use the power for any selfish reasons and she promptly realized how dangerous it could be in the wrong hands. Hell, she used it to take MORE classes at Hogwarts. The Doctor approves and I do too.

Castiel

Castiel is the only character on Supernatural powerful enough to allow Sam and Dean to time-travel, but only briefly while greatly depleting his powers. He obviously knows that time-travel is serious business and he'd be a huge asset to the group if ever we got separated from the TARDIS, as one does from time to time.

Spock

Spock has some experience with time-travel as well, and we all know he'd do just fine following all the rules, and pointing out new ones we might not have thought of. He's brilliant after all, so he's a must on this adventure.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow is well travelled, PLUS he got sent to World's End, where time didn't move forward, or backwards... or any which way - that's kind of like time-travel, right?! Sure, he'd probably get us into all kinds of trouble, but hopefully the rest of our crew could keep him in line. Or, you know, fix his mistakes as they happen. If all else fails, hell we'll just be stuck together somewheres for that much longer! And all I can say to that is:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #105

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.


Would you rather be locked in a room with Voldemort or Bellatrix?

O_O


Holy hell. Can we just go with neither and leave it at that?! I would never, ever be want to be locked in a room with EITHER of these crazies. I have a feeling that I'd be a half-blood at best in the Wizarding World, so I wouldn't be safe either way.  Both are formidable villains in their own way but let's face it: both of them give me nightmares too.  In the books, Voldemort has those creepy red eyes, and he's definitely not giving out hugs to anyone - Malfoy or otherwise.  And then there's Bella, who as Dumbledore put it: 'likes to play with her food'  *shudder*  Seriously, I really don't want to answer this week because it's an impossible choice....but, that wouldn't be much fun would it? So, if I'm forced to choose, I'll go with:

Voldemort

And, looking at this image is already making me regret my choice D:  Ok so, Voldemort is the Dark Lord, but I figure that since I'm NOT Harry Potter, he'd probably just kill me and be done with it. Which sucks, sure but it would never be that easy with Bellatrix. She'd want to torture me, laughing all the way. She's like a female Joker and well, who wants to be locked in a room with that?! Worst case with Voldemort: I end up dead. Worst case with Bella? I end up like Neville's parents, and that's as bad as it gets. Plus she killed Sirius, and despite everything, I'd want her to pay for that and likely end up dead. Granted Voldemort is the one who gives me nightmares and Bellatrix doesn't, but this was an impossible question and that's the best I can do with it LOL!

So who did you guys pick?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #31

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 That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Fantasy 101

*Since we're operating under the assumption that this is my class, we'll be studying full-series instead of just single books. Clearly, my class would last 2 semesters (at least!).*


  • ALL of the Brandon Sanderson! - We'd start off with Mistborn naturally, but I'd want to dive into The Stormlight Archive as well too.  The world-building, the magical systems, the characters arcs,  the magic powers and abilities, EVERYTHING.
  • Lord of the Rings - Clearly. You can't study fantasy without exploring Tolkien's classic to the fullest extent. Without LotR the face of modern fantasy would be vastly different indeed.
  • Throne of Glass - You all know I adore ToG and SJM, but the reason it made the list is that the series starts off on the lighter side of fantasy, but with every new installment, the fantasy world expands and the magical system evolves. It's a great example of fantasy-light morphing into full-fledged fantasy.
  • Harry Potter - Of course: it is my favorite series after all ;)  The world-building is incredible, the magical-system is brilliantly thought out and detailed with rules, and limitations. Think of the studies and discussions we could have about the Philosopher's Stone, the Sword of Gryffindor, the Marauder's Map, the Time-Turner,  It's a new classic but it's a classic all the same!
  • Chronicles of Narnia - Another classic bit of fantasy literature that can hardly be ignored. In this case, it's the creatures that are magical while the world is relatively normal - other than being able to travel between worlds of course. It also has some examples of 'what not to do' in fantasy, in my humble opinion, especially in the later books.
  • Sabriel - I might be new to the series, but Nix's take on necromancy, spirits and magical powers in general blew me away. Plus the way the lead female is portrayed and developed as a character would make for some great feminist discussions. I could totally see studying it in greater depth. It'd be awesome!
  • Warriors - This might seem like an odd choice, especially to those who consider the series to be exclusively for children, but hear me out: The series shows how you don't have to limit yourself to writing books with human protagonists. Animals can carry a series. Animals can have magical powers. In a fantasy world, animals can build a society, elevate leaders, fight wars...all of it! I think it'd be a great way to think, and read outside of the box (and no, not the litter box LOL)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic - Parallel Londons. Magical powers. Unique worlds that sort of mirror each other at first glance but are really as different as can be. Kell's coat! All of it is gold.  This might be a newer book but it's totally going on the syllabus.
  • His Dark Materials - This is another newer classic but it has so much potential in terms of study and discussion materials.  The portal world premise for one. And then there's the host of magical items to deconstruct, like the compass, the knife and the spyglass. Finally we could probably spend one entire semester on daemons :)
  • Alanna: The First Adventure - Finally, I think Alanna would be fun to study, It's a fantasy with a feminist bent, plus it has tons of awesome classic magical objects as well. Swords, amulets and a witch's familiar, not to mention knights, healers and sorcerers!


So what do you all think of my Fantasy 101 study materials? Would you want to take my class?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fandom Mashup #16

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 a very happy Sunday to you all! I hope the weekend has been good to you so far. I had the whole weekend off which has been a real treat - and it's not over yet :) Let's check out this week's topic:

You come face to face with an actual ghost. It seems friendly but you're not sure what to do next. Who's going to help you figure it out? 

Luna Lovegood

Luna has shown herself to be exceptionally accepting and open to all magical beings, ghosts included. If I want help deciding if a ghost is friendly or not, I want Luna on hand! She'd be sure to give the ghost a fair shake by approaching it and trying to befriend it. Plus, if ever the ghost isn't friendly, well, she has magic ;)


Bobby Singer

Bobby is undoubtedly a pro when it comes to any and all supernatural beings, ghosts included. My only concern is that he'd insist we vaporize the ghost before knowing if it's dangerous or not, but I'm willing to risk it for his expertise. I figure the rest of the team could keep him in line in any case.

Charley Davidson

Charley Davidson is THE grim reaper. Ghosts are kind of her bread and butter. She'd be able to talk to the ghost if we couldn't and if need be, she could send it on it's way in no time flat.

Blue Sargent

Blue not only makes other people's paranormal gifts stronger, but she's well attuned to spirits and all things within the spiritual realm. She'd be a total asset here, helping to fuel their magic and contributing her own knowledge all the while.

Chloe Saunders (Darkest Powers Trilogy)

Chloe also sees ghosts, but without the whole grim reaper deal like Charlie. She's about as powerful a necromancer as they come so naturally, I thought of her as soon as this topic came up. Any team taking on a ghost would be lucky to have her!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: In the Hand of the Goddess

In the Hand of the Goddess
by Tamora Pierce  (Song of the Lioness #2)
Published September 1st 1984 by Atheneum

"I don't want to fall in love. I just want to be a warrior maiden."

Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend -- and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a mysterious sorcerer threatens the prince's life, it will take all of Alanna's skill, strength, and magical power to protect him -- even at the risk of revealing who she really is...

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's second adventure continues the saga of a girl who dares to follow her dreams -- and the magical destiny that awaits her.

In the Hand of the Goddess is the sequel to Alanna: The First Adventure, one of my new favorite classic fantasies from this year. Naturally, I was anxious to keep going with this series and see what adventures Alanna would get up to this time around.  I listened to this one on audio and despite the fact that I'd read the first one, the transition from book to audiobook was easy. The narrator did a really good job voicing Alanna as well as all of the secondary characters so that was a plus. I will undoubtedly be listening to the rest of the series on audio!

In the Hand of the Goddess picks up not too long after the events of The First Adventure. Alanna, still posing as a boy in the hopes of becoming a knight is now officially a squire to none other than Prince Jonathan himself! With everything that Alanna went through on her way to becoming a squire, and she's become quite the force to be reckoned with, which means two things: 1. she's grown a lot, become stronger and more confident. And 2. she's made some enemies along the way. Powerful ones at that.  Soon Alanna is tested even further as a war looms and she must protect her Prince and her Kingdom from its destruction.

Right from the first chapter, I was brought back to what makes this series great.  We're introduced to Alanna meeting her very own animal familiar, a magical black cat with matching violet eyes to her own.  Instantly, she adopts the sweet thing and names him Faithful.  Faithful and Alanna quickly learn that can communicate with one another and that Faithful can sense when Alanna is in danger. Knowing how much I love magical animals and cats in general, I think you all can guess how over the moon I was about this new development.  In addition to Faithful, there's the usual variety of unique magical items that seem to the a staple in this series. This time around, there was an enchanted amulet to go along with Alanna's epic sword but I won't divulge what the amulet does, because: spoilers ;)

Despite it's impressive beginning which also included a Goddess, as the name would suggest,  I found that In the Hand of the Goddess couldn't quite escape the dreaded 'second-book syndrome'.  The war was an engaging twist, but it failed to deliver as much battle-action as I would have liked.  Then, there was the new romantic development.  As much as Alanna vows to never fall in love, she becomes a young woman in this installment and begins to have feelings for...someone. The focus on the romantic side of things was a little surprising, considering how insistent Alanna has always been about not falling in love. The romance itself wasn't unpleasant. In fact, it was downright believable but it never really successfully made me swoon like the best ships do. Even the final showdown with the main villain (so far)  fell a bit flat for me, which was surprising considering that the tension had been building since the first book.

I also have to share about a personal pet-peeve: when authors age up characters up very quickly and/or time jumps ahead by increments for no clear reason. I don't know why, but it bugs me. When I become attached to a character, I like to see them grow/mature in a normal progression. Alanna seemed to go from a young squire to a woman in the blink of an eye. I found myself wishing that Tamora Pierce had slowed things down considerably, even if it meant that Alanna had stayed younger for longer.  I feel like she was aged up quickly just to add romantic tension to a story where the heroine didn't really need romance to begin with. At least not straight away. I just wanted to see my girl grow up normally!

Regardless, In the Hand of the Goddess was a solid follow up, even if it fell short of its predecessor. I enjoyed being reunited with Alanna, returning to Tortall, and watching the wonderful magic grow and evolve anew.  I cheered along with all of Alanna's friends as she made the journey into Knighthood, which was filled with it's fair share of exciting ups and downs, not to mention a few good twists thrown in for good measure! This series is a must for classic fantasy readers and I'll definitely be reading all of the rest of the books by Tamora Pierce.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #104

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 the first film, what would it be? 

The first films are a bit trickier to gripe about because the books were much smaller, and so adapting them into films without gutting them was much easier. Of course, when you're obsessed with the books, it's easy to think of little moments that got missed XD

One of my favorite such moment from Philosopher's Stone that was cut from the movie:

Snape's Potion Riddle

When you know that every teacher in school was protecting the Philosopher's Stone, and the producers of the movie decided to keep every single task, except for Snape's, it seems a bit odd.  And just having Hagrid say that Snape was one of the teachers protecting the Stone wasn't enough. It's not like that scene was especially long or would have been challenging to film. Plus, I think riddles are fun and this was another clever challenge for Harry and Hermione to get through!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #30

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 Auto-buy Authors 

J.K. Rowling - Naturally. Even though I haven't caught up on all of her books, I will always add them unto my tbr and wishlist and I vow to read absolutely everything she writes - eventually.

Brandon Sanderson - Again, obviously. When your fandom becomes an army (#SandersonArmy) you know things are legit serious. I will read every single story the man writes if it kills me - and at the rate he writes, it might just do so.

Sarah J. Maas - Right?! So far, I own every.single.book. she's written. In MATCHING hardcovers, even though one had to be ordered in special and the shipping cost as much as the book itself. Yes, I'm THAT devoted obsessed.

Maggie Stiefvater - Hello captain obvious.  Granted, I haven't read everything she's written (yet!), but I own most of it, and that's halfway there, right?!  In my defence, I'm planning a Wolves of Mercy Falls buddy read in the near future :)

Laini Taylor - This woman's prose makes me swoon for ever. I will always want to read what comes out of that magical gothic fairy princess head of hers.

Karen Marie Moning - Granted, I haven't gotten past the original five books in her Fever Series, but I own the rest and even though I'm scared, I WILL read them.

Darynda Jones - I'm still working through her Charley Davidson Series, but once she finishes it, I just know I'll continue to check out whatever she comes up with next. Her humor is gold!

Suzanne Collins - IF she ever writes anything else, that is.  I'd read it for sure, even if it had nothing to do with the Hunger Games. Come on Miss Collins, give us SOMETHING!

Victoria (V.E.)Schwab - I'm playing catch-up with Schwab work since I discovered her last year but I will read ALL of the things. And then, whatever else she writes from there :)

Kelley Armstrong - So.Many.Books. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface! And girl is still writing like crazy O.O Regardless, I always want to read what she comes up with...so I will!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fandom Mashup #15

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! I hope your weekends are all going wonderfully and that you're ready for another edition of Fandom Mashups:

You've decided to set off on an adventure across the world.  Who are your travel companions?

*I should mention that since this is my fantasy scenario, I'm exploring each of these worlds with their respective heroes LOL*

Avatar Aang

He basically travelled the entire world between the ages of 12-14, so he's definitely up for the task. Plus, the kid knows how to have F-U-N. 

Samwise Gamgee

Sam is also quite worldly but beyond that, he can cook and I'm pretty sure that his loyalty and devotion make him THE best travelling companion ever.

Harry Potter

Granted, Harry didn't do much travelling before Deathly Hallows - unless you count long train-rides and flying cars - but when he did set out to see the world in DH, despite how dark things were, I wanted to be there with him. I'd feel as safe as can be with my hero exploring the world ♥

Bruce Wayne

As a billionaire business owner, Bruce would have travelled the world for even before he set off to become a street smart ass-kicking machine. Either way, I think he'd be an asset on any exploration/traveling excursion.

The Doctor

You simply do not go travelling without your Doctor. Especially when your Doctor is not only world-travelled, but universe-travelled. The Lord of Time has seen so much and yet he still wants nothing more than to travel some more.

PLUS, this combination gives me The Boy Who Lived, The Dark Knight AND The Doctor. Win.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #103

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 in the series from Ron's perspective 

Ha! I had a blast with these and I'm already excited to see what everyone else came up with!  I debated doing all funny ones, or all serious ones...in the end, I went with a mix of both. I hope you all enjoy :)

Ron Weasley and The Boy Who Lived

Ron Weasley and 'Why Couldn't It Be Follow the Butterflies'

Ron Weasley and That Bloody Beast (Crookshanks LOL)

Ron Weasley and The Amazing Bouncing Ferret

Ron Weasley and the Quidditch Pitch

Ron Weasley and the Love Potion

Ron Weasley and The Evil Locket


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #29

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 Authors I've Read The Most Books From


Hi everyone! It's been a few weeks since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday post but I couldn't resist this topic! It was fun counting up which authors I've read the most and then seeing how many I still have to read from my favorites all at the same time. I was even surprised a few times along the way.

I've counted all the works I've read from these authors, including novellas and companion books. If the author published it, it counts as a book in this list.

Erin Hunter 33 - 'Erin Hunter' is actually 5 authors working under 1 pseudonym. When I first discovered my love for fantasy books, I stumbled upon her Warriors Series at my local bookstore. From the covers, they look like middle-grade books, but there's a lot of violence to them, so to me they're YA. There are 4 main series, each containing 6 books, then there are super editions which focus on different characters and even field guides. I love stories featuring magical animals so I gobbled all of these up!

J.K.Rowling 10 - The entire HP Series proper, along with the three companion books ♥ I look forward to reading A Casual Vacancy and 'her' Cormoran Strike trilogy and seeing my total grow up to 14 :D

Sarah J. Maas 10 - The Throne of Glass Series + novellas and ACOTAR ties Queen Maas with Queen JKR, which is pretty sweet in my opinion ;) Once both of her series are completed and out, her numbers will climb even higher!

Kelley Armstrong 10 - I've only read books and novellas pertaining to her Darkest Powers Series, and that's not even her biggest series! By the time I'm done with her, the total will be much more impressive :)

Brandon Sanderson 8 - I feel like this number should be much higher but I've only read the three original Mistborn books, the two Stormlight Archive books that are published at the moment, Steelheart + two novellas. Aaaand according to my tbr shelf, I still have five more urgent ones to get to and two novellas. Not to mention all the books that aren't out yet...

C.S. Lewis 7 - His entire Chronicles of Narnia Series which was totally worth it, despite the last two being a major bummer.

Angie Sage 7 - Her Septimus Heap Series, which I had my ups and downs with to say the least. I read them as part of my  'Post-Potter Depression' regime but I haven't gotten around to her spinoff series yet.

Karen Marie Moning 6 - This number includes the five original books in the Fever Series + one novella. I haven't gotten around to her newer books in the Fever Series though. I want to, but at the same time I'm kind of scared to

Lucy Maud Montgomery 6 - Which include her Anne of Green Gables saga, minus the last two which featured a new main character I just couldn't get into. I have yet to read her Emily of New Moon trilogy though but I want to!

Gene Luen Yang 6 - The first two trilogies of the Avatar:The Last Airbender spinoff manga, at three books apiece. The last one is on my wishlist as we speak and I'm hoping to order them in a.s.a.p.

*Honorable Mentions go out to: Jennifer L.Armentrout (6), Stephenie Meyer (5) and Darynda Jones (5)*

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fandom Mashup # 14

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 everyone! It's grey and looks like it might rain over here, but to be honest, those are my favorite kinds of Sundays ♥  I'll be snuggling up with a warm cup of tea and a good book very soon ;) But before I do, let's do up another Fandom Mashup:

You've encountered a new monster you've never faced before and you need to learn more about it in order to take it down. Who do you want on your research/fighting team? Keep in mind that ideally, these people are both book smart and able to fight.

Sam Winchester

We all know that Sam is the nerd of the Supernatural world. He was my first thought when I set up my team this week because not only is he a nerd, he's a pro a research and he can kick butt with the best of them!

Hermione Granger

We all know that Hermione is brilliant, but I feel like sometimes we forget how amazing she is with spells and in battle. Considering how brave, clever and skilled she is, she's the perfect fit for this team!

Sherlock Holmes

Sure, Sherlock is a genius, but he's been known to use his intellect to defend himself, quite expertly I might add. Plus I just really want to see how he'd react to a beast from the fantasy-realm XD

Bilbo Baggins

As much as I like the idea of pairing up Sherlock with Bilbo, that's not my only reason for teaming them up. Bilbo is quite intelligent, he's proven that he's as bookish as the best of them and well, his adventures have made him into a seriously badass warrior.

Elend Venture (Mistborn)

Elend Venture is a giant nerd. He prefers reading at parties than socializing or trying to talk to/pick up women. He may not have been much of a fighter at first, but man did he ever make up for it by the end there!


*PS: I almost put Celaena again, because let's face it, she fits with EVERY damn scenario, but I figured she deserved a break this week.*


Friday, August 7, 2015

Let's Discuss...(3)

Let's Discuss...
Let's Discuss...is 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.

Audiobooks

Hi everyone! I'm back with another edition of my discussion feature and this time, I'd like to discuss audiobooks with you all. I've recently re-discovered audio books. To be fair, the first time I discovered them was over 5 years ago when I convinced my boyfriend to listen to the Harry Potter Series on audiobook with me. The poor misguided soul isn't much of a reader (sigh) so I figured this was the only way we could enjoy the books together. I mean, he loves the movies and this way,  he would finally get why I kept bitching about all the differences between the books and movies XD After figuring out who my favorite narrator was for the series between Jim Dale and Stephen Fry - Jim Dale, all the way! - we were soon listening to a few chapters every day until the very end and we both had an absolute blast! Despite taking a bit of a break with audiobooks after that, I was sold. I find that listening to a book can be even more immersive than reading one. The impression of a film playing out in your mind is all the more pronounced, especially when the narrator is up to the task!

And herein lies my issue. The audiobook narrator can make or break the book. Since I got back into audiobooks, getting them through my local library, I've had quite a bit of success. For the most part. I listened to Sabriel by Garth Nix, narrated by the bloody brilliant Tim Curry. I'm currently listening to the second book in the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce, In the Hand of the Goddess and it's quite delightful! I read the first book, so I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to switch over to audio but so far it hasn't been an issue. But then, there was the disaster that was Eleanor & Park. Granted, I don't think I would have had much more luck with it if I had read it, but the dual narrators were truly awful, both of them were flat and uninteresting, to say the least.

The thing is, I want to try and avoid that experience^^ from repeating itself. Audiobooks make my commute to and from work so much easier, and they allow bookish people to 'read' while doing mundane tasks at home. I love the idea of getting reading done when actually reading a book would be impossible BUT I don't want an otherwise great read to be tainted by poor narration.

And this is where you guys come in. Keeping in mind that I mostly read Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopians and Historicals, I'd love to get recommendations from you all! Which audiobooks were standouts for you? Have you ever had any bad experiences you want to warn me about? Give me ALL the dirt, because I have a lot of time and a ton of books that need reading/listening to!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #102

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 Ship


I'm excited about this question because as much as we talk about favorite moments, quotes and characters, our favorite couples from the Harry Potter books don't always get the attention they deserve. Now I know that the series wasn't romance heavy but I feel like we have a ton of solid ships to choose from!  One of our first examples of a wonderful pairing would be Mr and Mrs Weasley. Those two have got to be one of the cutest, sweetest and most beautiful relationships I've ever read about. THEY'RE JUST SO FREAKING ADORABLE OMG! *ahem* sorry about that >.<  Lupin and Tonks are another favorite because poor Lupin deserves love as much as anyone else and I was so happy that he let someone LOVE HIM.  And, I'm assuming that Ron and Hermione will be a popular pick this week, with good reason, theirs was a relationship 7-years in the making, and I don't care what anyone says, they make an AWESOME couple. O.O

Anyway, regardless of my love for these pairings, I really only have two OTPs in the series. My first one will come as no surprise to my fellow Potterhead bloggers: Harry + Ginny (do I need to specify that I mean their relationship IN THE BOOKS?! You all know, right? I thoughts so.) Since Harry is my favorite character, I wanted him to find a proper mate, especially after his disappointing interest in Cho. Ugh. And well, when Ginny finally allowed us to see the real her, I felt like no other girl could be a better match for my Harry. Their chemistry was ON FIRE and certain scenes with the two of the in HBP had me wishing JKR would break her rule and give us more romance so I could swoon over the two of them at length.  

I know that they're not a couple here but they have more chemistry here than they ever do after. *ahem*

My other OTP, isn't really a couple, but I ship them for having THE BEST bromance in the series. Sirius + Lupin. I.can't.even.they're.so.cute.together. and OMG THE NEEDED each other *cries*

Now Kiiiissss^^



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Harry Potter Month Special Awards

Harry Potter Month

Hi everyone! So here's the deal: Faith had the brilliant idea of giving out additional Special Awards and Achievement Badges for participation, in addition to the Annual House Cup, as a way to give special recognition to those who made the event the incredible success that it was this year by going above and beyond in terms of participation. Faith's already posted for Special Achievements part of it, so be sure to head over and check that out! I'll be doing Special Awards (for services to the School hehe) We wanted to share these before the House Cup Winners which will be made public later tonight!

So, let's get to these Special Awards! These awards are limited with the first one having one winner per house and all the rest going out to one or two Students, depending on the award. Here we go:

PREFECT BADGES
 This is awarded to the student in each house who earned the most points throughout the month. This comes with a bonus of 50 additional House Points.

 Hufflepuff: Alex, Gryffindor: Micheline, Ravenclaw: Lee, Slytherin: Faith

SUGAR QUILL AWARD
 This award is given to the student who has made Harry Potter Month a little sweeter by leaving the most comments throughout the month. This comes with a bonus of 30 additional House Points.

 Alex (Hufflepuff)

LONE WOLF AWARD
This award is given to the student who stood out within their House by earning an exceptional number of House Points throughout the month. This comes with a bonus of 30 additional House Points

 Lee (Ravenclaw)

GOLDEN QUILL AWARD
 This award is given to the student who has posted the most times throughout Harry Potter Month. This comes with a bonus of 30 additional House Points.

 Joint award, Alex (Hufflepuff) and Micheline (Gryffindor)

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Congrats to our Prefects and Special Award Recipients!! You guys made Harry Potter Month the incredible success that it was ♥♥♥♥  Oh, and stay tuned for the House Cup Winner later tonight!

Fandom Mashup #13

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 and happy Sunday :) Summer has finally found us again over here! The only drawback? This was my weekend to work so I haven't been able to soak up any rays yet. Gross. But, I'm taking comfort in the fact that tomorrow is a holiday over here so EVERYONE is off and it's supposed to be hot + sunny! Yay :D  In the meantime, let's get down to business:

You've just found a GIANT hidden library but you can only explore it for a day *the horror*  Who do you take with you to make the most of this trip?

Hermione Granger

Automatic choice, right? Hermione has a lot of practice with libraries so she'd have this thing down. She'd be ready with a plan, the proper spells and accessories *ahem* so we could make the most of our day!

Sokka

Last week, I mentioned how Sokka reminded me of Hermione, for wanting to vacation in a library. Well, case in point^^ He kind of went a little crazy surrounded by all that knowledge but he was a pro at getting the right books to save the day.

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo is a fellow book lover after my own heart and as the experienced and sneaky thief that he is, he could surely help us get a lot of loot :D

Celaena Sardothien

There may come a day when Celaena is not on my fandom mashup team, but it is NOT this day! Seriously though, books + a time limit = a quest. And Celaena would own this quest.

Sheldon Cooper

LOL^^ Ok so Sheldon might be annoying but he'd be helpful in this sort of scenario too. Plus he has an eidetic memory so anything we couldn't bring, he could read and remember off by heart. He's like a walking, talking book!