Sunday, July 31, 2016

My Harry Potter Profile

Today I'm sharing my Harry Potter Profile with you all. Lee came up with this, then Faith, Alex, Jaclyn and Christina did theirs too. My post will be a combination of my favorite questions from everyone, with a few new ones of my own.

Name: Micheline

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor (GryffinPuff Hybrid)

Ilvermorny House: Horned Serpent

Year I Discovered HP: 2006 was the year I attempted the films for the first time. Funny/embarrassing story? I didn't care for them at first. I was in a HUGE LotR phase back then and I just found the first HP films too similar in some ways to LotR. Then a friend set me straight and told me to READ THE BOOKS - which I did in 2007 - and proceeded to fall hopelessly in love with them. As I read through the books, I'd watch the movies (up to OotP back then - I was able to catch it in theatres) and then continued with the books. As I started HBP, DH had just come out, and I was terrified of spoilers. I avoided ALL online sites, plowed through HBP and I remember finishing it around 8:45pm, and rushing to my local bookstore - which closed at 9:00pm to grab Deathly Hallows. I started reading that straight away and read well into the night...until I got to the scene where Voldemort FLEW WITHOUT a broom. I got spooked then that I might see red eyes hovering outside my window O.O  I proceeded to chuck the book on the couch and ran straight to bed LOL!

Last Time I Read the Books: I'm rereading them this year but it'd been since 2011 :O Oh and if anyone's wondering, this is my 8th reread 8-)

Favorite Book: Deathly Hallows. So many mind-blowing revelations. So.Many.Feels.  And Harry finally understanding EVERYTHING. ♥

Favorite Film: Prisoner of Azkaban. The tone of that film, the visuals, the trio maturing. Lupin, Sirius. Harry's gloriously messy hair...the map, the time-turner...ALL OF IT.

Favorite Character: Harry.Fucking.Potter.

Least Favorite Book: Chamber of Secrets (though I enjoyed it more during this current read-through)

Least Favorite Movie: It breaks my heart but Half Blood Prince. The book is one of my absolute favorites but the movie is almost like a romantic comedy. Hello, Voldemort is stronger than ever, Sirius died, HOW is this light and funny?!  I think I would have been ok if Richard Harris had still been Dumbledore because his scenes with Harry in the book are THE BEST, but in the film, they're just not the same...

Least Favorite Character: Umbridge. My current reread of OotP has reminded me how much I despise that woman and how much worse she is in the book, compared to the movie...Grrr!

Quidditch Position: Seeker. I'm not just saying that because of Harry Potter. (I swear!) I'm small, I have great reflexes and I'm quite quick, so I think I'd be ok.

Character I Most Identify With: Hermione and Luna are the girls I relate the most to. I'm definitely bookish and always loved school, but I'm not as overbearing as Hermione can be when it comes to pushing other people to study constantly...or agree with her. I'm not one to go hassle teachers for extra points and stuff like that either.  I have a lot Luna's empathy and oddness too - and I tend to believe in things that aren't always logical or proven. I think that I have a bit of Ginny's fire and temper, though I could do with more of her rebelliousness ;) Other than those girls, I also feel a strong kinship with Lupin - but that might just be because we share a birthday ♥

Character I Wish I Were More Like: Harry Potter. He's my hero and my constant inspiration. #WhatWouldHarryDo?

Spell I'd Use Right This Moment: Well I wish I had a Time-Turner right now so I could speed the upcoming busy work day/week on. As for an actual spell? Nox. 1. Because it'd turn off all the lights and 2. because it's my kitty's name and I like to think it would sort of summon him to me :)

Magical Career Path: Wandmaker, effectively taking over after Ollivander.

Magical Pet - I'd want a Cat obviously, especially since it'd be magical.  Like Faith, I can just picture cuddling up with a cat on my lap by the fire in the Common Room ♥ And calling my black cat 'Nox' at Hogwarts would go over so much better than it does in real life XD

Magical Sweet: Treacle Tart or Sherbert Lemon.

Magical Drink: Butterbeer. I know the Muggle version is said to be sickly sweet but in the books it's described as warming, salty butterscotch...and as a HUGE lover of butterscotch, I think that sounds heavenly.

Best Class: Transfiguration or Charms, I can never decide.

Worst Class: Potions if Snape is teaching because my nerves would get the better of me and I'd be worthless. Plus as a Gryffindor, he'd hate me on principal.  If Slughorn were teaching, I think I'd be ok...and then my worst subject would be History of Magic (only because of Binns)

Kiss, Kill, Marry (Marauders Edition): Well I can't Kill anyone else than Wormtail, I'm sorry it's just not going to happen. I hate that rat.  So I'll Kiss Lupin and James and Marry Sirius (of course!)

Today is Harry Potter's Birthday.  For the last two years, I've written gushy odes to Harry's character, which you can find here and here. This year, I figured I'd gushed enough so I'll just say: Happy Birthday Harry and thank you for changing my life. You will always be my favorite hero ♥ And Happy Birthday to our Queen J.K. Rowling for creating a legendary story that will live on for ever.

*Special thanks to Mel for sending me this on my birthday.*

Fandom Mashup #64

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a great Sunday?  It's still very hot and muggy here so I'll be heading out to the beach soon...but first:

You've been put to the task of assembling villains and (hopefully) showing them the error of their ways. Which villains are you going to try to convert?

I'm thinking it'd be best to aim for villains who are not wholly evil, but more shades or gray so that they might be tempted to leave their villainous ways behind. Let's see what we can come up with:

Loki (Thor)

Loki has always struck me as a bit misguided. I know he's the God of Mischief but he also just seems to want acceptance.  I think with some hard work, we could make an honorable man out of him...or at least, a lesser villain.

Barty Crouch Jr. (Harry Potter)

By the time we meet Barty Crouch Jr. he's already be hardened by Azkaban without much hope of going back.  I've always been struck though, by how much he pleads to his father when he's caught.  He might not have been innocent, but a part of me feels that given the chance (earlier on) he could have turned out ok.

The Master (Doctor Who)

We all know that The Master is crazy AF, but he's also constantly conflicted. He likes The Doctor, but he's jealous of him too. Acting out is his way to get attention. I wonder if The Doctor would be able to reach him...or at least, keep him in line, given the chance.

Ruby (Supernatural)

I mean this version specifically^^ when her character is recast, she seems to take on a much more manipulative persona.  Maybe it would have been the case regardless, but I still wonder if this Ruby^^ could have been saved.

Catwoman (Batman)

Catwoman is a purrfect shades of gray character because she doesn't seem to care which side she's on. I think that Batman could keep her on track though, if he wasn't always so know...saving Gotham.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: The Creature in the Case

The Creature in the Case by Garth Nix
The Old Kingdom #3.5
Published March 7th 2005 by HarperCollins

It is six months since the cataclysmic events of Abhorsen, six months Nicholas Sayre has spent recovering in the Ancelstierre. But he is desperate to return to the Old Kingdom, and at last has the chance.

All he has to do is spend a weekend in a country house as a favour for his Uncle Edward, Chief Minister of Ancelstierre. That seems easy enough, till he discovers that the house holds many secrets, and the worst of them is a relic of the Old Kingdom, too far from the Wall for any spark of its magical life to reignite.

Unless someone finds a way to unleash its power.... 
The Creature in the Case is a novella set in the Old Kingdom, taking place six months after the end of Abhorsen, the 3rd book in the original Old Kingdom trilogy. It's a short read but it maintains the inherent darkness that this series wears like a second skin. This particular story's purpose is to set up the upcoming new full-length Old Kingdom book, Goldenhand, which I think it does perfectly.  I am glad though that I only read this now because had I read it in 2005 when it was published, the wait for Goldenhand (set to release in October of this year) would have been both painful and cruel.

With The Creature in the Case, we catch up with sweet Nicholas Sayre more or less healed from his horrible ordeals prior and wanting to return to the Old Kingdom - and be reunited with Lirael.  Very soon, his quest to make it back becomes complicated - and deadly - with the discovery of that relic from the Old Kingdom the blurb references.  With the additional danger, we see the return of Nicholas as he was before the horrible turn he faced in the original series: he's brave, selfless and incredibly determined.  I'm glad that Nix took the time to remind us of Nicholas' true self, because the poor boy has been through too much...and his trials aren't over yet.

I have to say, I'm really happy I read Clariel recently too because there were parallels in this story - parallels that seem to be hinted at further in the blurb for the upcoming Goldenhand, so I'm hoping my suspicions are correct, because that is something that would be both epic and heartbreaking all in one. Sorry I can't say more, but if anyone is all caught up with the series and wants to chat some more, DM me! Suffice it to say that it would once again prove the genius that is Mister Garth Nix. Anyway, if I'm right, I suspect you'll all here about it in my review of Goldenhand :D

Obviously, this being a novella from a favorite author means that it seemed much too short!  I am so ready to head off on another adventure with Nicholas - and Lirael of course!  She shows up near the end here and it hit me like a punch to the heart how much I missed her, and the rest of the characters from the original trilogy of course.  Seeing as this book sets up the next instalment so well, I'd consider it mandatory reading, since I don't know if Nix will go over the important details again in the following full length book.  In any case, The Creature in the Case was a very enjoyable short adventure that left me wanting more. A lot more! Come on Goldenhand!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My previous reviews for the series:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #153

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.

Hello and welcome to the last official Harry Potter Moment of Harry Potter Month!  Had I known how the topics would fall, I might have tried to pick a more fitting or all-encompassing topic but I guess we'll have to work with what we have:

How did Quirrell add to the overall storyline?

I think that Quirrell is more of a causal character, meant to disclose things about Voldemort. Quirrell's presence reveals a lot about Voldemort's motives, his powers and his personality than it does about Quirrell himself  By the time we are introduced to Quirrell, he is already doing Voldemort's bidding and it isn't long before he becomes Voldemort's vessel which is very telling of Voldemort's power and ambition.

Quirrell as a character does a great job at showing what Voldemort is willing to do to gain a body back. It shows how the weak and those searching for power will constantly be easy prey for the Dark Side and it shows Voldemort's complete disregard for human life...even if they're on his side. He'll sacrifice them in a heartbeat. I think Quirrell also serves as a means of introducing younger readers to Voldemort and the danger Harry already faces without being as scary as Voldemort in the flesh!

What do you guys think?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday *137*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight an upcoming book release we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week: 
The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden
Expected Publication: July 17th 2017 by Del Rey

A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.
Russia! Snow! A Magical necklace! Wilderness! Darkness!- Gimme. Gimme. Gimme!!

This book sounds great even without knowing that it's inspired by Russian Fairytales, but that bit certainly was the icing on the cake for me. I'm not terribly familiar with Russian Folklore so this should be a treat. More than that though, I have a soft spot for stories set in the Winter, which makes this setting very appealing to me.  Oh and there's some kind of magical necklace. Eeeep! :D

Have you heard of The Bear and the Nightingale?
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hybrid Hogwarts Houses

Today I want to chat about Hogwart Houses and how sometimes expectations vs reality can lead to a minor identity crisis - for some people. *ahem*  Brace yourselves though, because I have a lot of ground to cover!

Hybrid Hogwarts Houses

I've mentioned previously how before Pottermore came out, I always thought I'd be sorted into Ravenclaw.  I adore reading (obviously) and was always at the top of my class in school.  Online quizzes had almost always sorted me in Ravenclaw (though I did get Gryffindor and Hufflepuff often enough) But then, the very first time I took the Pottermore sorting quiz, I got...Hufflepuff. Even though I love the Puffs, I was honestly stunned back then that I didn't get much so that I took the quiz again. And again. And again.  Finally, I ended up with Slytherin once, Hufflepuff twice and Gryffindor three times for the win. OCD much? Yeah.


And then, we started doing Harry Potter Month back when Pottermore still had virtual Hogwarts, I went to login to play but I had forgotten my login info... so I had to retake the quiz. Surprise, surprise I got... Gryffindor.  Finally, when they relaunched the Sorting Hat Quiz recently after the PotterMore redesign, I figured: what have I got to lose?  I took the quiz again. GRYFFINDOR!  So it looks like I really am a Gryffindor. I'm not complaining, hello I'm IN HARRY's House! My all-time favorite hero. Not to mention Hermione, The Weasleys, Dumbledore, McGonagall, Sirius, Lupin...Still, I never thought I'd be a Gryffindor and the fact that I got Hufflepuff and Slytherin before Gryffindor (and never once got Ravenclaw) led to something of an existential crisis.

I mean, before Pottermore, I never questioned that I belonged in Ravenclaw. I've been extremely bookish since I was 5 years old and I was always at the top of my class in school.  The bottom line is, I never once got sorted into Ravenclaw and my OCD tendencies led to different sortings, so I felt like I could never be sure where my home at Hogwarts really was. Sure, I got Gryffindor the most, but I also got Hufflepuff quite a bit...and even Slytherin.

Recently, I found out that JKR had spoken out on Hybrid Houses and it got me thinking how I'm clearly a Hybrid! Those who know me in real life wouldn't be surprised by THAT in the least. So I found a bunch of online quizzes to that effect and took them all. 

Basically all the combination of Houses exist. The way to combine them is that first you have your dominant (primary) House and then your secondary House, which gives you your Hybrid House.  Here are the possible options:

Gryfferin, Gryffinclaw, Gryffinpuff, Hufflerin, Huffleclaw, Huffledor, Ravendor, Ravenpuff, Raverin, Slytherclaw, Slytherdor, Slytherpuff.

In my case, I'd obviously be a GryffinPuff right?  Since Pottermore sorted me the most in Gryffindor with Hufflepuff coming in second.  Well, after taking (and let's face it retaking) the quizzes, I was sorted into GryffinPuff and Gryffinclaw equally.  The tie-breaker is that one time I got HuffleClaw...which might not seem like I tie-breaker but since Hufflepuff came up first, I counted it as such.

with the runner up being GryffinClaw

So I guess I do have Ravenclaw traits...I just have more Gryffindor and Hufflepuff in me. And you know what? I'm more than ok with that now!  I've always had a soft spot for Hufflepuffs and let's be honest, being sorted into Gryffindor is THE DREAM.  I just never knew I had it in me ♥

Here are the links to  Quiz 1Quiz 2Quiz 3 for you all because I'd LOVE for you all to take them and share your Hybrid Houses with me.  What House were YOU sorted in? Was it the House you were expecting?  What is your Hybrid House? 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Why McGonagall is a BAMF

I've been wanting to write a post about Minerva McGonagall for ages but to be honest, words fail me when it comes to her awesomeness.  She's underappreciated I think and truth be told, I wish she'd gotten more time in the spotlight.  I could definitely go for a book series dedicated to her!  So, since I can't find all the right words, gifs should help:

Why McGonagall is a BAMF


I will never forget when she took multiple stunning spells to the chest in OotP...LIKE.A.BOSS.  I hated every single person who stunned her though but I like that it showed how amazing she is.


Despite the fact that she's severe and no-nonsense, when people put all their cards on the table, she can be very sympathetic and understanding.


Defending the reputation of felines after that monster Umbridge tried to taint them McGonagall shows what it means to be feline. *high five**front paws up*

Loves and cares for Harry without showing favouritism.

McGonagall always had a soft spot for Harry...but she never let it show.  She always disciplined him when he needed to be but it was always clear that she cared a great deal for him.

Sports fan.
I adore how enthusiastic she is about Quidditch - breaking the mould for middle-aged women often seen in literature and the media.  GO, GO GRYFFINDOR!

Stands up to Umbridge
Among her best moments are when she stands up to that cow Umbridge, fearlessly, with class and with lots of attitude. The sass is strong with this one...


Her no-nonsense attitude ensures that you always know where you stand with her.  I've always loved people like that in real life so it's no surprise that I admire the trait in her.


Beyond being tough, McGonagall is an exceptionally gifted witch.  Her duel with Snape is proof of that! Ah! To have known her in her prime!


McGonagall may not wear her heart on her sleeve, but she truly has tons of compassion. Being tough on the outside and soft on the inside is a skill very few have mastered....especially as well as this lady.


Pottermore revealed some previously unknown history on McGonagall and her romantic past.  Reading through it all shows how fiercely independent she was, even at an early age.  Not to mention a feminist ♥


Through it all, McGonagall is FAIR. She may want Gryffindor to win but she'd never penalized other students other teachers did >.>  *ahem*

Share some of your favorite McGonagall Moments with me :)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Fandom Mashup #63

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 friends and happy Sunday! I hope everyone packed their bags because we're going on a fandom trip today:

You've been busy travelling into other realms in your adventuring - which characters are you hoping to run into?

Harry Potter

In the spirit of Harry Potter Month, I couldn't resist putting this guy first. (And let's be honest, I would have put him first regardless)

Sabriel (The Old Kingdom)

Sabriel is such a beloved new favorite of mine.  Sure her world is scary and she's a (good) Necromancer, but I still couldn't pass up meeting her!

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo is fun, brave and who wouldn't want to go on an adventure with him? Or, you know, just stay in with good food and good books :)

The Doctor

LOOK.AT.THAT.FACE.  Tell me you don't want to hang out with this guy. I dare you! *glares* No worries if you don't though really (more for me LOL!)

Rhysand (ACOTAR)

Gimme, gimme, gimme!  I love Rhysand for obvious reasons but also because his homeland is GLORIOUS and I want to live there!

Bonus (because let's face it, I couldn't stop at 5):

Kaladin (Stormlight Archive)

I FREAKING LOVE THIS GUY.  Like serious hero-worship LOVE.  He's just coming into his own but man or man, this guy is EPIC.


Couldn't leave my precious out now could I?  Sure her world is scary at the moment but when my fire-breathing bitch-queen is done with it, it'll be remade.  Oh and she's a BAMF.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Harry Potter House Cup Update

Our 3rd  week of Harry Potter Month is officially in the books so it's time for another House Cup Points update! All the points have been added to the main House Cup post and I've left a comment below so everyone can clearly see where I've added up to for the week.  Any points reported after my last comment will be tallied up next week :)

So for the third week (July 16th - 22nd), the points are as follows:

In first place: Gryffindor with 195 points (!!)
In second place: Hufflepuff with 188 points (!!)
In third place: Ravenclaw with 158 points
In fourth place: Slytherin with 99 points

Bringing our totals so far to:

In first place: Ravenclaw with 491 points(!!)
In second place: Gryffindor with 351 points
In third place: Slytherin with 350 points
In fourth place: Hufflepuff with 275 points

Where the points came from this week:
  • 18 posts
  • 137 comments (WOW!)
  • 4 books read + 1 novella = 5 total
  • 8 film watched
  • 3 years of Lego Harry Potter completed
  • 2 craft
The top point earners this week was Alex with 188 points proving that the Puffs don't need any help to get the job done! Way to go Alex - wow!  Second place was me (whaa?) with 145 points.  Congrats EVERYONE for such an fantastic third week :D

With 1 week left to go so there is still plenty of time to rack up some points for your House and change the game! By the end of previous Harry Potter Months, over 1000 points had been earned so anything is possible with the final standings. Keep on keeping track of your points over on the officially House Cup Post and good luck with the last week!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Calling on Dragons

Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Enchanted Forest Chronicles #3
Published March 1st 2003 by HMH Books

"We need to see King Mendanbar and Queen Cimorene right away. . . ."

They're back! Except Princess Cimorene is now Queen Cimorene of the Enchanted Forest, and she is on a very important mission with Kazul the dragon king, Morwen the witch, Telemain the magician, two cats, and a blue, flying donkey-rabbit named Killer. It's not going to be easy.

The wizards have become very smart (sort of) and have found a way to capture the most powerful source of magic in the Enchanted Forest --- King Mendanbar's sword. If the sword is not returned to the forest in due time, the forest will begin to die. And you can bet your last dragon scale that Cimorene won't stand for that!
Calling on Dragons is the third book in The Enchanted Forest Chronicles and once again introduces us to a new POV. This time though, instead of a wholly new character like with King Mendenbar in book two, we get up close and personal with my favorite character in the series, Morwen the Witch. Needless to say, I was thrilled to get to know her better, especially since it meant that this time, we'd also get to ''hear'' her witchy felines when they speak (since she's the only one who can understand them). This book sees the return of troublesome wizards, dragons, magic and a host of new characters - some of which were ok, but others, not so much...

Things start off at Morwen's and her nine cats on full display, all with unique and frankly hilarious personalities.  I don't think you need to like cats to enjoy their banter and sass they have on display here. They're not usual cats, they're magical which means they can get up to all sorts of mischief.  You all know me and my love for cats though, so magical cats with sass was the highlight of Calling on Dragons for me, along with Morwen and the dragons of course ♥

As it was with the second book, it isn't long until Morwen joins up with Queen Cimorene, King Mendenbar, Telemain and Kazul the dragon, only this time they're joined by a talking rabbit named Killer, that ends up on the wrong end of a spell and is turned into a donkey (I don't consider this a spoiler since he's right there on the cover.) I don't know if it's because the narrator had an annoying voice - I know Killer was meant to be annoying but his part of the story drove me to distraction. I could not stand him.  When the characters set off on their quest, Morwen leaves most of her cats behind but brings the rabbit/donkey along and I wished more than anything that he'd have stayed behind instead.  All the different cat personalities were enchanting but Killer was the opposite. Maybe reading his whining wouldn't have been as bad as listening to it... but I doubt he would have been pleasant either way O.O

My other issue here was that in this instalment our Princess turned wedded-Queen Cimorene is pregnant. And this might make me sound like a monster, but I don't like reading about weddings and pregnancies...I just have no interest in that. Luckily author Patricia C. Wrede made sure that Cimorene lost none of her feistiness because of it and she wasn't playing the poor helpless card either. She still set off on the quest, insisted no one fuss on her or treat her differently. Her pregnancy wasn't a big deal in the end and luckily, it was portrayed positively. 

The bottom line with Calling on Dragons is that while it still maintains it's humor - the cats were ALL brilliant and I loved getting to know Morwen better -  it seems less fun than the previous instalments. It also seemed more repetitive this time around.  The addition of Killer was a definitely hindrance too - I suppose younger readers might find him funny, but I doubt I would have felt any different towards him in my youth personally.  All in all the fact that these are short reads high on fantasy still make them worth the time in my opinion, but this one is my least favorite in the series so far.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

My reviews for the rest of the series:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #152

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and hosted here @ 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.

Hello Potterheads!  How is everyone doing today? We've got a really interesting topic lined up today - I can't wait to see everyone's answers:

You can have lunch with 3 characters from the series, Who are they and why? 

Harry Potter

Harry is my favorite character of ALL TIME so naturally, he's my top pick. I want to chat with him for weeks, going over his entire life (again) and having him tell me things that weren't in the book, what came after the books...ALL of it!

Sirius Black

It's no secret that I adore Sirius, have a crush on Sirius and will NEVER ACCEPT SIRIUS' FAITH (!!!) But I also would adore the idea of having lunch with him AND Harry, together ♥  

Albus Dumbledore

And well, Dumbledore would be fascinating. He knows all about Harry and Sirius' hijinx (for the most part) and he'd be brilliant to hang out with on his own...nevermind with Harry and Sirius in tow!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday *136*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight an upcoming book release we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week: 

The Reader by Traci Chee
Sea of Ink and Gold #1
Expected Publication: September 13th 2016 by Putman

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.
I love stories about survival. Especially if they have a mystery to them - not to mention a very special book.  It doesn't take much for readers to believe that a book could have wondrous properties, hold valuable secrets or be life-altering in it's own right. And than the last line of the blurb is the icing on the cake: revenge!  Yes. Please.

Are you interested in The Reader?
What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Book Recs for Potterheads

I did one of these posts during the first year of Harry Potter Month, but as I was looking over my old post, I realized that since then, I've read quite a bit more fantasy that have the same vibe as the Harry Potter Series.  Some of these will be repeats from my previous post because I still feel the same way about them, but there are a lot of new additions ~

If you love Harry Potter you might like:

The Old Kingdom  - My main inspiration for doing this kind of post again this year.  In my review for the final installment, I mentioned that this series brought on the same kinds of feelings that the Harry Potter had done...maybe not to quite the same degree, but close.  What's more: while I was listening to Sabriel on audio, the boyfriend goes: wow, this kind of reminds me of a Harry Potter-type story!

Alcatraz VS The Evil Librarians - The newest addition to this list. Alcatraz is one of a kind, while simultaneously reminding me of HP and poking gentle fun at the series and others like it.  The magic, characters and plot are wholly unique but the tropes and setup are so reminiscent of classic fantasy adventures.

Throne of Glass - This series doesn't remind me of Harry Potter all that much...other than the soul-crushing feels, the increasing presence of magic as the series progresses and the ever-climbing stakes. As two of my all-time favorite series, I think they go together nicely.

Mistborn - Here we see two villains grasping at immortality and becoming more wretched the longer they stay alive.  There's also a chosen one that rises from nothing to become a force to be reckoned with. YES.

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings - A repeat from two years ago...if only because so many people have yet to read these classics. Admittedly, it can take a while to get used to the tone, but once you get into the groove, these are well worth it!

The Raven Cycle - Boarding school, magic, prophetic dreams and friendships to consume your very soul. It might not be the same style of book but the important themes remain. I won't say more because I might just start gushing and never stop.

The School for Good & Evil - Magical boarding school in this instance, where young teens learn magic. The story definitely doesn't have the same depth, and nor do the characters but there are some important themes explored here. Plus the stories are good fun.

His Dark Materials - Hello modern classic fantasy for younger readers and adults alike...just like with Potter.  This trilogy has magic, magical animals, magical items and magical friendships. Hmmm, I might be due for a reread here.

Heroes of Olympus - For my first Potterhead book rec post, I went with the Percy Jackson Series but this time I wanted to feature the HoO books because the characters mature and behave more like Harry and Co. do in the later books.  The story and characters lack in complexity but they make up for it in humor.

Shades of MagicMagical Londons, dark and light magic and a coat that is basically a Room of Requirement.  How could this series NOT make this list?!  Oh and there's also intense feels, so Potter fans should feel right at home.

What books would you recommend to Potterheads?