Friday, October 30, 2015

Review: The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Heroes of Olympus #1
Published October 12th 2010 by Hyperion

Jason has a problem.
He doesn't remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn't understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn't recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
The Lost Hero is the first book in The Heroes of Olympus Series - a spinoff of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I think that the main reason that I didn't jump into these straight after I finished with Percy Jackson and the gang was because I knew that we were getting a host of all-new characters here - and that always makes me nervous. I'm also one of those people who feel like spinoff series are usually weaker than the original material, so it was with a cautious mind that I finally bit the bullet and checked out The Lost Hero.

First of all, I should say that even though I've owned a physical copy of this book for years, my recent audiobook kick made me want to give this a try on audio.  When I first started listening, I had a brief moment of ''uhm, maybe audio wasn't the best idea''. The reason? The narrator, Joshua Swanson sounded great and all, but the way he put emphasis on certain words, with heavy pauses in between other words, reminded me a little too much of how William Shatner speaks. o.O I really wasn't sure if I could get used to it but luckily, I gave him a chance and it paid off. I can't tell if it either got better as the story went on or if I stopped noticing as much, but I ended up really enjoying the narration! Joshua Swanson did amazing voices for all of the characters;  not to mention the mythological beings, like Cyclopes, Giants, Gods and Goddesses alike! It was brilliant.

Back to the topic at hand, The Lost Hero picks up soon after the events of The Percy Jackson Series, but with a bunch of new characters and new mythology to boot!  For whatever reason, I thought that we'd get straight into the new aspect of Roman Mythology, but those details were slow going. Without getting into specifics, not all of the new characters are Roman Demi-Gods - so most of the mythos here remains a mystery.  Despite that, I had a lot of fun getting to know Jason, Piper and Leo! I was worried that they couldn't possibly live up to Percy and Co., but I have to say that these new heroes grew on me throughout their adventures here and now I want to hang out with every single one of them. Jason was a bit tricker because of the issue with his memory, but I still grew to admire and root for him. Piper was the one I thought I'd have the most trouble relating to at first, but she surprised me with her abilities and her personality eventually shone through and won me over. And Leo? Well, I think Leo is my favorite out of the bunch. I might even totally have a little crush on him ;)

The plot is the usual Rick Riordan fare - I remember complaining that certain Percy Jackson books felt repetitive and formulaic, but I didn't notice it as much in this instance. It might have been the combination of the nice break I took in between the two series and the addition of new characters and mythology but I was totally feeling my return amongst the Gods, Goddesses and Demi-Gods alike! Much of the details of the overarching storyline still remain mysterious by the end, so I'm already looking forward to unraveling the secrets within the rest of the series.  The pacing was mostly solid, with the exception of the last 10 chapters. I don't know if it was the multiple quests and goals, or that the resolution afterwards was slow going, but things was dragging by the end there, which is weird because the ending is where the pacing usually picks up drastically.  I have to say that this book is much thicker than the previous Percy Jackson books are, so it might have benefited from some trimming here and there.

Minor issues aside, I definitely enjoyed coming back to Camp Half-Blood and going on a quest with our new heroes! I think that I probably would have benefitted from a Percy re-read, since some of the past moments that were alluded to at times felt a bit foggy. Nonetheless, I had a lot of fun with The Lost Hero and I know I won't wait too long to get started on The Son of Neptune!

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #114

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 new bit of information since the series has been over? From Pottermore or JKR herself...

Ok so, ALL of the new character bios from Pottermore have been beyond precious to me. I relish every single bit of added information that we can get. I especially loved getting backstories for Lupin and  McGonagall, who are both favorites of mine ♥   As far as from JKR herself, I have to say it's a recent one where she randomly gave us Sirius Black's birth date:


I know that you're all aware of how much I ADORE Sirius, so finding out his birthday was a pretty big deal for me...I just wish that he was still around so that we could wish him a happy birthday. :*( I'm not crying, I just have something in my eye!

What about you guys?


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #37

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!

Hi everyone! I guess that I should introduce my chosen topic this week. See, I'm a bit of an oddball: I love Halloween, witches, magic, black cats and all that stuff, but at the same time, I'm something of a scaredy-cat.  I can't do outright gore or intense psychological torture stuff. Which leads me to struggle sometimes in finding books to read (or shows to watch) that are fit for Halloween, without keeping me up for weeks on end o.O  Which explains why this week's topic is:

Ten Best Halloween Reads for Fellow Scaredy-Cats



The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong - This one is always my favorite Halloween reads. It has EVERYTHING. Witches, Necromancers. Werewolves. Evil boarding houses. And of course, ghosts! It's suspenseful, but still YA so it's perfect for someone like me.

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier - A deliciously atmospheric Middle-Grade read about an evil tree that controls spectres around a haunted house. Don't let the fact that it's MG fool you, this one is wonderfully creeptastic!

Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones - Part Grim Reaper, Part Private Eye, Charley Davidson is all kinds of awesome. There's even some romance with the son of Satan himself. How fitting is that for this time of year?!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - Werewolves!  This actually isn't a scary read at all, but the setting and tone are wonderfully immersive and it *is* hauntingly beautiful, so I'm going to say that it works.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik - Ok so, there's an EVIL HAUNTED FOREST.  And I don't mean just a little bit evil. No, I mean full on, evil incarnate.  My nature walks while I was reading this were tainted with nervous glares at my surroundings O.O ...just in case.



The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe - It just isn't Halloween without The Raven! It's haunting and it's the kind of story that just stays with you. Poe sets an eerie tone like no one else.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - This one's self-explanatory right?! Especially coming from me ;) Wizards. Witches. Magic. Ghosts. Diabolical Dark Lords. Yeah, Harry Potter and Halloween go together all too well.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab - This one is another pick that might not be an ''obvious Halloween'' but it's an evil face-off between two villains! Diabolical schemes fit the bill for me.

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning - My other go-to paranormal romance for the spooky season.  Sure, the Fae might not ''sound'' Halloweeny (is that even a word?) but the Dark Fae of this world are seriously wicked, their world is dark like nothing else...and there are some *ahem* evil objects that fit the bill to a tee.

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver - Another MG read, although this one might be cuter and fluffier, it does feature a ghost prominently throughout.  Ghosts are my favorite supernatural creatures for this time of year!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fandom Mashup #25

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 is everyone doing on this fine Sunday? I love this time of year ♥ PLUS, Halloween is almost here! Eeeep :D I've been getting myself in the mood by rewatching the Harry Potter series and other witchy movies...that are light on the gore of course (self-professed scaredy-cat, right here!) Fittingly for this 'dark' time of year, here's our topic:

You've succumbed to the Dark Side (they have cookies!). Who do you want as your mentors of evil? 

Darth Vader

Obviously ;) Vader has his name written all over this week's topic. I can't imagine a Dark Side without him! He also had just enough humanity left in him to save the day AND bring balance to the Force. #win

Khan

Another shades of grey villain that has good, albeit misguided motivations. He's intense, charismatic, layered and lethal. Plus? Benedict Cumberbatch. That is all.

*side note: this dancing Khan gif^^ makes my life*

Moriarty


One of my all-time favorite villains. Moriarty is as crazy as they come, but I love him to pieces. If I'm going to be taught all about darkness, I want this guy around^^ He's basically made of awesome. Oh and insanity, but hey, what are you going to do?

The Master

Speaking of crazy...The Master is THE poster child of insanity. He's unpredictable, chaotic and to be honest, he both scares and fascinates me. He'd be a charismatic and terrifying dark arts teacher! Here's hoping that he brings The Doctor with him XD

Barty Crouch Jr

And speaking of The Doctor...we all know why this guy made the list right?! I wanted someone from the Magical World, but I'd rather die than get anywhere near the prime candidates like Bellatrix and Voldemort so this guy was really the only choice. Oh and David-freaking-Tennant.


Bonus: because this week could NOT be narrowed down to 5 - I do love my charismatic villains ;)

The Joker

I suppose that he's more chaotic that downright evil, but I think that if we're learning about being villains, The Joker is a must! Some men just want to watch the world burn and the dark side could use men like that. LOL!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: The Alloy of Law

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn #4
Published January 1st 2011 by Tor Books

In the three hundred years since the events of the Mistborn trilogy, science and technology have marched on. Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads, electric lighting, and even the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Yet even with these advances, the magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for those attempting to establish order and justice.

One is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at wi ll. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax must now put away his guns and assume the duties incumbent upon the head of a noble house--until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.
The Alloy of Law is  a continuation of the original Mistborn Trilogy - set three hundred years after the events that took place in the third book, The Hero of Ages. Needless to say, this means that our favorite characters from the original series are long gone.  Which would explain why I waited MONTHS after finishing the original trilogy to jump into this one. Well that, and I needed time to heal from what went down at the end of The Hero of Ages *sniff*

Given the fact that The Alloy of Law is set hundreds of years after the events of the original trilogy, it naturally features a lot of new elements. New characters yes, but also a new setting, new threats, new enemies...even new rules within the existing magical system - which means new power combinations!  Without going into details of the previous and current magical systems (Those who've read the series know what's up, and I don't want to spoil anything those who haven't ), I was fascinated by the fact that true Mistborns no longer seem to exist, and that now Mistings can also readily have Feruchemy at their disposal.  This seems to have come about with the rise of Harmony as a way of maintaining balance but it soon becomes clear that some individuals can still become nearly immortal with certain specific Allomantic and Feruchemical combinations. This new approach to the given magical system was an innovative twist and definitely kept things interesting!

With the new characters, there is  a lot to love. Waxillium or Wax is the main protagonist but there's also Wayne and eventually Marasi. I thoroughly enjoyed the lot of them, Wax with his enigmatic ways, mild paranoia, righteous motives and serious skills, Wayne with his disguises, wicked abilities and inherent humor, and finally Marasi with her charm, intellect and courage. All of them won me over in no time.  It was completely engrossing to see how they all came together and interacted with one another, and of course, the best part was figuring out how their powers worked and complemented each other. The main threat that our heroes face was a mystery from the offset but as the villain started to reveal himself, I couldn't help but be amazed by what he could do. However, his motivations did feel a tad bit underwhelming, but I have a feeling that as the series progresses, the bigger picture will reveal itself in a more satisfying way.

As far as the setting goes, The Alloy of Law has a Western/Steampunk style to it that is wholly new to the Mistborn Series.  I was a big fan of how this new setting complemented the magical system and the characters at play here.  Gunslinging, renegade law enforcement with the new combinations of Allomancy+Feruchemy work surprisingly well together and I can honestly say that I'm very eager to see how this new world will evolve from this point forward. Given that this story is set in the same world and that the magical powers are still at their basis the same as they've always been, I did find myself missing the usual world-building and magic-building that Sanderson does so well.  I know that we didn't actually need it, but I couldn't help but want it all the same.  Both the world and the magic simply grew from what they started out as, but I guess I could have done with more backstory on how things evolved the way they did, to make the story as immersive as the previous trilogy.

With that being said, I still had a great time with The Alloy of Law.  The new setting, fresh power combinations and engrossing characters were completely satisfying and worthy of the original trilogy. The ending pretty much left me begging for more so it won't be long until I sink my teeth into Shadows of Self!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #113

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.


The Quibbler needs a new headline story, what do you come up with?

Oh gods, this is a tough one. The Quibbler is so offbeat and quirky. I want to come up with something that's juuuust right, you know?! After wracking my brain for a good long while, I finally decided on:

Blast-Ended Skrewts: Friendly Pet or Monstrous Treat?

To which of course, the answer is: they're a nightmare, get them away!!!
(Seriously. what were you thinking Hagrid?!)

Since this topic is somewhat short and sweet, I decided to share some of my favorite covers for The Quibbler found on the web:





Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #36

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!

Ten Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

1.
I wish that ALL the Sarah J. Maas books would be out. Right now. That's right, I want Throne of Glass #5 & #6 and I want all of the ACOTAR sequels, in my hands.  After that all I need is like...a month vacation...to read, and subsequently drown in feels...and then reread ALL of the books all over again.

2. I wish for Brandon Sanderson to finish writing The Stormlight Archives before I die.  Those books are ALL beasts and he's only starting on book #3 as we speak. It's giving me serious anxiety guys so needless to say, I'd rest easy knowing that the series would be his primary focus so I'd know that I'd get to read all of the books before I die O.O

3.
I wish for an unlimited gift card to the bookstore of my choice. Ok, ok - if it's not unlimited, then I want a ridiculous amount on there...like a million dollars.  That should at least make a dent in my wishlist/tbr shelf.

4. I wish for the library/bookcase of my dreams to store all of these new books and my favorite books in style. Something along the lines of:


*Images taken from my Bookish Obsession Pinterest Board*

5. I wish that all my bookish friends could magically  have my favorite and most recommended books appear on their shelves.  But I guess this this wish could tie into wish #3

6. I wish that the book genie would grant me a TARDIS or a Time-Turner so that I could have more time to read all the books...as well as time to work on my own story.

7.  I wish that J.K.Rowling would write more books in the Harry Potter Universe. As much as I'd love to know more about Harry and Co. I'd be over the moon if she did a series on the Marauders!

8. And while we're on the topic of good ol' J.K.,  I NEED that Harry Potter Encyclopaedia that she promised us waaaay back. O.O

9. I wish that I had the ability to read super fast and still absorb things fully.  This, coupled with my #6 wish would be my best hope at making it through my tbr shelf in this lifetime.

10. I wish that I had the power to know if I'll like a book just by looking at it. It would save SO much time and it would also eliminate the draw of reading a book solely based on it's pretty cover (and avoiding those with ugly covers).

Monday, October 19, 2015

Owl and the City of Angels - Guest Post + Giveaway

Published October 5th 2015 by Pocket Star

The wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.

There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels...
Hi Everyone! I have a special treat for you today: After having a blast with Owl and the Japanese Circus and chatting with author Kristi Charish last time, I simply *had* to get my hands on the sequel - and chat with Kristi again, of course ;)

Owl and the City of Angels recently released (exactly 2 weeks ago in fact) but I'd had it on my wishlist/tbr shelf since before it had a title or a cover. Due to real life time-constraints, I didn't finish reading it before it came out but so far, I'm really enjoying being reunited with Owl and the rest of her crew!  Anyhoo, today I have the privilege of welcoming Kristi to the blog again to chat. So without further ado, I'll toss it over to her:

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Inspiration 
Micheline was kind enough to have me back on Lunar Rainbows! Since Owl came out in January lots of things have been happening. My second urban fantasy series, Kincaid Strange, was picked up by Random House Canada and the first book, The Voodoo Killings, will be coming out May 10th. As far as Owl goes, I just signed on for two more books, Owl and the Electric Samurai and Owl and the Tiger Thieves, and audible picked up the rights for all four and has signed on Christy Carlson Romano (Kim Possible) as the voice of Owl – which is amazing. Hectic and busy equals awesome. 
So for today’s post? I’m taking a request from Micheline. Two topics she’s asked me to talk about are the inspiration for the series and what’s in store for Owl in City of Angels. Enjoy!

Series Inspiration
80s action/adventure movies often top my list of writing inspiration and for good reason. I grew up watching Indiana Jones movies and the like and those have had a big influence on my writing. I wish more fun Indiana Jones type adventures were made- it’s become it’s own genre. 
But there were also the Jim Henson fantasy movies (Labyrinth, and Dark Crystal), copious piles of comic books, old pulp sci-fi novels and two beat up copies of James Clavell’s Tai Pan and King Rat – both of which I read no less than five times during high school. 
And then there’s my science background that serves as odd inspiration – I tend to think about my plots like science experiments, the characters the subjects and environments the setting. 
The action/adventure movies I grew up watching are absolutely a major influence on the stories I write, but of course they aren’t the whole picture- things are never that simple. They’re just a part of the things my brain filters through as it comes up with stories to tell.
  
What’s in store for Owl in City of Angels?
This one is hard to talk about without giving something away so I’ll start with Owl herself. Alix Hiboux, one archaeology grad turned antiquities thief, is more complicated than she lets on. She’s loyal, clever, cares about her friends and would do anything for her cat, Captain. She’s also impulsive, abrasive, and often chooses to shoot her mouth off when she probably shouldn’t. But that’s been cultivated by her recent experience being thrown under the proverbial bus by the International Archaeology Association. Everyone reacts differently to traumatic events, and having your entire life ripped out from under you by the people you trust is traumatic. The typical heroes path when faced with adversary is to take the high road, but that doesn’t mean the path fits every hero. Owl isn’t ready for anyone’s highroad- she still needs to work out her anger and frustration and, at the moment, that involves stealing everything she can right out from under the IAA’s noses- the people responsible for pulling her life out from under her in the first place. Part of Owl’s journey in City of Angels is coming to terms with her past and accepting changes that can’t be undone. Somewhere in there she’s taking a good look at her own faults too but there’s only so much change and growth a character like Owl will stomach in the course of a book ;-) 

…She also learns that her impulse to flee and mouth off to the nearest supernatural is not in her best interest… 

And mummies. There are lessons to learn about mummies ;-) 


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Thank you so much Kristi for dishing on your inspirations - 80's geekfest FTW - and what's in store for Owl in the City of Angels...I can't wait to get to those lessons about mummies haha!

More on Kristi Charish:
Kristi Charish
Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment in the Owl series, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Oct 5th 2015, and the third and fourth installments, OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI, and OWL AND THE TIGER THIEVES, will be released in 2016 and 2017. THE VOODOO KILLINGS, book 1 in her second urban fantasy series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle, is out May 10th, 2016.
Kristi is also the Canadian co-hosting half of the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast and has a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.
Twitter: @kristicharish FB: http://www.facebook.com/KristiCharishAuthor
 http://www.kristicharish.com  http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com
Miss Kristi was also kind enough to offer up a giveaway of a set of her Owl books, both Owl #1 and Owl #2 to one (1) lucky winner!  The contest is open to U.S. and Canada only - sorry International followers!

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*Cheaters WILL have ALL of their entries deleted - I'll be checking every entry*

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fandom Mashup #24

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...oufff, sorry I'm super late to my own party: the boyfriend and I went to a concert last night and since I work on Saturdays, going out that night made it feel like 'my Friday' even more than usual, so this morning I was working under the impression that it was indeed Saturday today and that I still had an entire day before our Fandom Mashup.  The worst bit is that usually my posts are done up in advance but this time (of course) it wasn't LOL! Anyway, sorry for the delay - but here's this week's awesome topic:

It's your first day at a magical school (WooHoo!) Who do you instantly hope will be there to make friends with?

Harry Potter 

Naturally^^ I could go on all sorts of adventures, explore Hogwarts under the Invisibility Cloak and maybe borrow the Marauder's Map!  Plus Harry is my favorite literary character of all time so yeah, I want to hang out with him all.the.time.

Aelin Galathynius

Picture Aelin in a magical school just made my heart happy like you wouldn't believe.  She'd likely be a HUGE influence on me, and I think she'd be a blast to hang out with! Plus she'd have my back no matter what.

Ronan Lynch

Yeah. I pretty much want to hang out with Ronan regardless of the setting, but I think he'd be an EPIC friend to have in a place like Hogwarts. Imagine the sass and hijinks that would ensue....the mind boggles XD

The Doctor

Picture if you will, a TimeLord at Hogwarts. Yeah. Dream. Come. True.  And I'm sure that the TARDIS would come in handy during exams and stuff like that. And he's so clever you just know he'd be spouting off answers to tough assignments left and right!


Katniss Everdeen

Just the thought of putting Katniss in a much happier reality and setting brought on way too many feels to even get into here. Suffice it to say that she'd make an amazing friend anywhere but hanging out with her at a magical school? Too awesome for words ♥

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #112

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 McGonagall Moment

How could I possibly pick just one? From the moment she steps onto the scene Minerva McGonagall is a BAMF. First? She worries about leaving baby Harry with the Dursleys because they're the 'worst sort of Muggles imaginable'  Throughout the series she remains tough but fair, balancing wanting to win the House Cup with doing the right thing when she punishes Harry, Ron and Hermione- along with Draco for being out of bed after dark. Oh, and remember the time she went to defend Hagrid from evil Umbridge and got hit with FOUR Stunning Spells in the chest?! Yeah.  Then there was the time where she stepped in front of Harry and dueled Snape LIKE A BOSS. Woot!  Out of all of that badassness, I think my all-time favorite McGonagall moment is:


I remember thinking Harry was in for it. And then, she offered him a biscuit! She couldn't really be mad at Harry since she knew Umbridge was a crazy bitch, but she also needed him to understand that he needed to watch his back. And she did so perfectly ♥ This woman is my idol.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #35

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!


Ok. Ok.  So you may have noticed that it is not, in fact, Tuesday. Yup,  I totally spaced on the date yesterday.  In my defence, this past Monday was Thanksgiving Day in Canada, so my whole week is out of whack now. In any case, I had this AWESOME Top Ten Tuesday post lined up for you all, and I didn't want to let it go to waste...so I hope you don't mind me being late to the party ;)

Top Ten Author Duos You'd LOVE To See Write A Book Together

J.K. Rowling and Sarah J. Maas



I.would.die. And that's not an exaggeration. My body would legit cease to function if Rowling and Maas ever got together for a project. I envision a beyond-glorious magical world overflowing with ALL KINDS OF FEELS.  I would die!

Brandon Sanderson and Maggie Stiefvater



I literally got chills thinking of Sanderson's EPIC world-building combined with Stiefvater's atmospheric prose. And both of them shine when it comes to their characters and the ties that bind them together! Yup, this would be another life-ruining mess of feels^^

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis



What high-fantasy fan hasn't dreamt of what it would be like if Middle-Earth and Narnia collided?! These two famously chatted each other up while they were working on their respective masterpieces, but I can't help but wonder what they could have accomplished working on a joint project!

Arthur Conan Doyle and Ellie Marney


Ellie Marney brought Sherlock Holmes into the 21st Century with her addictive contemporary romance take on the famous detective. I'd love to see what Doyle's skills with mysteries and puzzles could have contributed to the mix if they'd had a chance to work together. Anyone have a TARDIS handy?

Karen Marie Moning and Darynda Jones


These two ladies are THE MASTERS of adult paranormals in my books.  Just the thought of both of them teaming up to bring us a new heroine, a set of high stakes to overcome..not to mention a new paranormal world to explore and conquer.  I can't even think of the potential swoony leading men and romances that would ensue without breaking into a sweat O.O

Laini Taylor and Victoria Schwab


Just let this combination sink in for a moment. Taylor's delicious prose and even more delicious romances combined with Schwab's addictive plotting and insane world-building skills.  The more I think about this pairing the more I NEED it to happen. And not just a trilogy mind you, I want a full series of this brilliance!

Marissa Meyer and Suzanne Collins


Yeah, I'm totally picturing some kind of insane futuristic sci-fi Hunger Games, with cyborgs and Lunars thrown into the mix with humans. And IT SOUNDS AWESOME.  Or even a fast-paced, violent and addictive fairytale re-imagining. I want it all!!!!


Rick Riordan and Catherynne M. Valente


Take Riordan's mythological penchant plus his wry humor and mix it in with Valente's whimsical stories and characters and I really feel like it would make something truly amazing. They both have a youthful yet wise tone that I think would combine perfectly together.


L.M. Montgomery and Tamora Pierce


I grew up with Anne of Green Gables and even though I only familiarized myself with Alanna recently, I can see my younger self loving her just as much and for just as long as I've loved Anne. I'd love to see what these two gifted authors would come up with if they put their heads together!

Garth Nix and Philip Pullman


Nix's Abhorsen series features sort of portals to cross between the world of the living and the realm of the dead.  And we all know that Pullman was a pro with portal worlds in His Dark Materials. I can only imagine what sort of trippy parallel worlds and magical items that these two geniuses would invent...but I NEED it like air!