Thursday, March 31, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #136

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 my friends! How is everyone today? I'm a the middle of one of my busiest work-weeks since I started my new job last August, but I'm not complaining: more work = more money and more money = more books :D But have no fear, I will always find time to talk Potter with you all! And here's this week's topic:

Favorite Seamus Moment?

Well, it's NOT when he went all douchey on Harry and accused him of lying about Voldemort being back, THAT's for sure >.>  The reason I mentioned that particular moment, is because it ties it to my favorite Seamus moment: I really appreciated the fact that Seamus was big enough to admit he was wrong afterwards.  He openly apologized to Harry and was even humble enough to ask to be a part of Dumbledore's Army.  Way to sack up Seamus!


Naturally though, if we're talking movies, I loved watching the kid make even the most unlikely items explode XD

You blew up WATER. Well done son *slow clap*

Oh and bonus points for being best friends with Dean Thomas, who I think is especially awesome^^



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #40

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 Of My Most Recent 5-Star Reads

This year has been slow on the 5-Star front for me, but I still wanted to share my most recent 5-Star reads with everyone (any excuse to gush right?!)


Ready Player One Granted, I was a bit late to the party with this one, but nonetheless, it became one of my all-time favorite dystopian/sci-fi reads. I highly recommend the audio version, narrated by Wil Wheaton!

Abhorsen - The intense conclusion to The Old Kingdom trilogy delivered in every single way.  Nothing beats when a favorite series ends on a high note! I seriously cannot say enough positive things about this series.

Queen of Shadows - Naturally, if there was a ToG book released, it made it onto this list. Every single book in this series has been a game-changer.  I need Empire of Storms like air.

Lirael - Despite a change in the main character for the second book in the series, Lirael still managed to become a favorite of mine. I grew to love the new MC almost as much as my beloved Sabriel.

Uprooted - A stand-alone fantasy with a unique magical system where the villain is an evil forest?! There literally isn't another book like this one, which is what made it so great!


A Darker Shade Of Magic - Parallel worlds, alternate Londons with unique magical properties, an enchanted coat which the author herself liked to a wearable Room of Requirement?! What's not to love? Oh and there's a female pirate ;)

Sabriel - I had to include every installment in Garth Nix's trilogy for two reasons: 1. Every.single.installment became an all-time favorite of mine. And 2. If I hadn't done so, I didn't have any other 5-star reads to share!   My love for Sabriel as a character and as a book knows no bounds. ♥

A Monster Calls - Despite being outside of my usual genre, this book brought on a massive array of feels that do.no.let.go. My advice while reading this book? Have tissues close by.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Naturally the newest book from The Raven Cycle had to be on this list. The wait for The Raven King has been long and challenging, but we're almost there guys! *heavy breathing*

Every Breath - Some of you might be surprised that a straight up contemporary made the cut, but: it's a mystery featuring a teenaged Sherlock and a female Watson! AND a seriously swoon-worthy romance :D

Have you read any of these^^ share your thoughts with me!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fandom Mashup #46

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 my little fanboys and fangirls! How is everyone's weekend going? We've got a very promising and magical topic this week that I can't wait to get into:

You've discovered that you have the unique ability to learn and practice MULTIPLE different kinds of magic. Choose 5 mentors to teach you the ways of their world?

Harry Potter

You're damn right I'm going with Harry Potter again this week. The Boy Who Lived was in his fifth year and he was mentoring like 30 students, teaching them how to do magic they never even dreamed they could do!  Boy Wonder is my ideal mentor^^

Aelin Galathynius

I almost went with Rowan, the hardass and hotass responsible for unleashing Aelin's magic, but then I decided on the Queen herself. I want some of that crazy fire-magic she unleashed at the end of Heir of Fire and I'd love to see her in action firsthand!

Sabriel

Sabriel's awesome magic isn't necessarily fun - in fact it's most certainly falling into dark territory - but I'd feel safer knowing I can take care of myself if some dark necromancer decides to cause trouble! And Sabriel's skills would be brilliant to behold - and learn from!!

Kaladin Stormblessed

Kaladin's powers are nothing short of mind-blowingly epic...even before he begins to develop them fully! His spirit in the face of impossible odds is another thing that I admire about him that would make him an ideal mentor.


Gandalf

It's hard to think about magic without thinking of Gandalf, am I right?!  His powers consistently deliver and well, I would have LOVED to have seen them on display some more so with him teaching me the tricks of the trade? I'm golden!

*BONUS*
(I VERY RARELY cheat on Fandom Mashups but this week I HAD TO)

Aang

Given my love of elemental magic, Aang had to be included. Whatever my element would be (probably Water or Air - though I wouldn't mind Fire either) Aang would have me covered because: he's the Master of ALL Elements :D


Friday, March 25, 2016

Let's Discuss...(6)

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.

Hello friends and happy Friday!  I've decided to go ahead with another discussion post today, mainly because the topic struck me earlier this week and when I sat down to write my idea the post basically wrote itself!

Do you read older books or focus on new releases?  

Even before I started blogging, I had a tendency to read whatever I felt like. I never ran to the 'new release' shelf at my local bookstore. I'd hit the section with the genre I happened to be into at the time and work my way from there. Once I started blogging though I did feel the need to put more focus on ARCs. Indeed certain bloggers almost ONLY read recent releases - and that's totally fine! Personally though, I still consistently feel the need to pick up some older titles; must-reads that either I missed growing up or back when they came out for whatever reason. 

*My older books that is^^

One of my reading goals these past few years has been trying to get rid of those embarrassing books you feel like you're the only one who hasn't read yet. You know the ones. Especially the ones that just scream ''Micheline book!'', regardless of publication date.

Old books can turn crabby when you don't give them love.

This process has been very positive for me, in recent years, I've discovered all-time favorite books and series that I never would have read if I only read new releases.  Books like The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater, The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, The Warrior Series by Erin Hunter...just to name a few. Granted, I have discovered to new authors thanks to ARCs and the like, but it seems like older books have made more of an impact, compared to newer ones. 

Life-ruining books: I LOVE YOU!!

There definitely seems to be a higher demand ARC reviews, and bloggers who review a lot of new/upcoming releases seem to get more traffic on their blog and that's fine.At the end of the day though, even though I'm a blogger I have to read the books that I enjoy more than what I think I should be reading. In the past, when I've force myself to read only or mostly ARCs, I've found that I'm more likely to get into reading slumps. 

Sad but true.

A part of me does envy bloggers that can consistently read ARCs and not get burned out, if only to be part of the excitement that comes with reading a book before it's release date. But in the end, we all have to read and blog in a way that works for us. And for me, the need to read older books is strong. Whether it be a book that's a few years old or a few decades old, if it's a 'me' book, I'll make time for it!

Ten reading an old book with his brainy specs = perfection

That being said, there will ALWAYS be ARCs that draw me in and get me excited. But as I've grown as a blogger, I've become much more cautious of the hype with ARCs. In a bid to get my tbr shelf under control, I only shelf upcoming releases from unheard of authors IF they really fit the bill of what I'm looking for in a new book. And that works for me!

So now I want to hear from you: do you read older books or do you prefer new releases? Were you nodding your head through my post or all the while were you thinking: nope.nope.nope? I want to know! Tell my why older or newer books work for you. Maybe you prefer a mix of both? Dish: what kind of books get your attention the most!

*This post is part of the 2016 Discussion Challenge hosted by the lovely ladies Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & Shannon @ It Stars at Midnight*

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #135

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.

Hi hi! How is everyone today?  Did everyone celebrate Spring by being buried in fresh snow?  We sure did anyway!  We're about to warm things up though because today we're talking Harry Potter SHIPS!

Ship that you wish had sailed but didn't?

I have a few out of the box ships that never sailed in Harry Potter. Like, as much as I adore Lupin and Tonks, I also ship Lupin with Sirius because their bromance is EVERYTHING to me ♥ And as awful as Grindelwald ended up being, a part of me wishes he'd smartened up so he and Dumbledore could have their happily ever after. I mean SUPER POWER WIZARD COUPLE? Hello!  I love it. Bottom line though? My favorite ship that SHOULD have sailed:

Luna and Neville

I LOVE that they gave us a hint of this ship in the films because these two work perfectly together!! Just look at how adorably awkward they are^^ LOOK AT THEM! Gah!  


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #39

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!


Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About Enough/In A While

Obviously, this week I'm NOT going to be gushing about the usual suspects I'm constantly fangirling about today. It's time for other beloved books/series to get their moment in the spotlight:


Liesl & Po - This is one of my all-time favorite middle-grade books.  It's a quick read and it's surprisingly poignant. I highly recommend it to any and all MG readers!

A Monster Calls - This is different from what I usually gravitate towards, but it came highly recommended by the friend who gifted it to me.  LOTS of feels to be had and an incredibly memorable read!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone - My earliest followers will remember my gushing about this series, but it's been a while now. Gorgeous prose and a fascinating magical world! WIN. Also: lots of feels!

A Darker Shade of Magic - Schwab can basically do no wrong and we're talking about parallel magical Londons here^^ Oh and a seriously awesome magic coat!

The Warriors Series - Often dismissed as a children's series, this features magical cats living in tribes.  There's fighting, romance, war and more death than I can even describe. Animal lovers should definitely check this series out!


The Fever Series - I was hesitant going into this series and indeed I had issues with the first 2 books but I was still hooked - if that makes sense? By the time I read the 3rd book, I was hopelessly addicted and marathoned the rest of the series in a mess of swooning and feels!

The Hunger Games - RIGHT?! We all gushed about this when it came out but it bears repeating: this series is phenomenal. To this day it's still the best dystopian series I've ever read.

Every Breath - Fans of Sherlock Holmes and/or contemporary romances NEED this book in their life! I have yet to finish the series but it's coming up SOON. ALL the love for this one ♥

Anne of Green Gables - My childhood favorite!  I adored this series growing up, granted I got less invested as the series went on. I want to reread it in it's entirety soon to see if the adult me would get on better with adult Anne.

Ready Player One - A recent favorite of mine since I only read it at the end of 2015 but this book BLEW ME AWAY.  If you like dystopians and/or sci-fi, this book is for you!!

Have you read any of these? Let me know how you made out with them!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Fandom Mashup #45

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 friends: Happy first day of Spring!  After a long Winter of snow-storms passing us by (in Canada, if you can imagine - that NEVER happens) we got light snow that persisted from Thursday morning to Friday evening and now they're calling for a pretty big storm starting tomorrow morning! Eeeep! Have no fear though, I've got books and tea to keep me entertained ;) In the meantime though:


ZOMBIES!  The dead have risen and are trying to take over the land of the living! Who do you want to help you send them back to where they came from?

SABRIEL

Yes, my first pick requires all caps^^ Sabriel is a ridiculously powerful Necromancer and while she doesn't deal with zombies of the trendy variety, sending the risen dead back to where they belong is her job description and she's bloody brilliant at it!

Gandalf

Gandalf might not sound like an obvious choice, but he faced the most evil Necromancer of all: Saruman, not to mention all his horrifying minions/creations. I'd feel much safer with Mithrandir by my side here.

Harry Potter

Full disclosure? Zombies freak me the fuck out so I haven't read many straight up zombie books. This^^ might seem like an odd choice but my reasoning is that Voldemort was pretty much undead. Harry kept killing him and dude would NOT stay down. Harry kept at it though so he's in!

Chloe Saunders (Darkest Powers)

Chloe is another straight up good Necromancer and though she might not have captured my heart like Sabriel and Lirael did, she was pretty cool nonetheless. Once she mastered her powers, she could raise the dead and send them back in a flash. We'll be focussing on the latter this time though Chloe ;)

Sam Winchester 

Me beloved Sammy can not only kick major supernatural butt, he's also a whiz at research and setting up a takedown plan.  He'll figure out our best plan of action, give everyone their positions and jobs and then goodbye zombies. Those suckers won't know what hit them!


Friday, March 18, 2016

Review: The Mark of Athena

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
The Heroes of Olympus #3
Published October 2nd 2012 by Disney Hyperion

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare....
The Mark of Athena is the book where Annabeth finally gets her moment in the spotlight - and it was about time! After knowing and loving the character through seven books, I'd say she's earned it. Told in alternating points of view through four demigods, this installment finds the seven heroes of the new prophecy united and taking their quest to ROME where they face bigger dangers -  and more giants - as they work together to stop Gaea.

As the middle book in the series, The Mark of Athena was both thrilling and redundant at the same time. Told through Percy, Leo (my favorite boys), Annabeth (!!) and Piper's eyes, I really enjoyed how everyone interacted with each other and again, I found myself impressed by how Riordan tells the story so well throughout the switches in narrators.  I loved getting more time with Percy and Leo, because their sass, sarcasm and humor is THE BEST part of this series. I also really appreciated finally being able to get inside Annabeth's head.  Frank felt somewhat ignored in this installment which was sad because I grew to like him a lot in The Son of Neptune. Also, I'm hoping we get Jason's POV again eventually because I feel like I barely know the guy and it's hard for me to think of him as equally awesome as Percy when he still seems like a secondary character.

I am however, starting to get sick of the fact that every.single.final.villain. in this series has been a Giant. Oh sorry, this time it was TWO giants! Never saw that coming. O.O I get that it's Gaea's army and these are her choice minions but you can only encounter so many giants before it starts to seem...less than fresh.  I'm sure our heroes still see the challenge there though, but I couldn't help but wish that there were other baddies to be had at the end there. It's starting to feel repetitive, which was a complaint I'd had with the Percy Jackson Series back when I read it. Also, the installments in this series (still) seem needlessly long compared to the original series. I feel like the could have benefited from being trimmed down some.  Despite that, there are in fact other horrifying baddies to be found here (poor Annabeth) and well the various Gods and Goddesses always keep things interesting as well.

One of my favorite aspects of The Mark of Athena was getting to explore Rome, which is one of my earliest travel bucket list obsessions. But all the while, I found myself wishing that the heroes had done Greece in the previous series (since that one was all about Greek Mythology and since I adore Greece even more than Rome now) BUT, it looks like my wish will come true in The House of Hades, so I'm over the moon! Needless to say, that I jumped right into HoH after finishing The Mark of Athena - ESPECIALLY considering that cruel, cruel ending. Why Riordan?! WHY would you leave it there?!! Cruel authors and their awful cliffhangers...though it certainly was effective, which I'm sure was the point ;)

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #134

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 my friends! How is everyone's week going?  If anyone needs a pick me up, I've got just the thing: today, we're talking BFFs at Hogwarts!

Who Would Your Best Friend Be at Hogwarts

I doubt that I have to tell you all that I had the HARDEST time picking my bff this week.  I was torn between three fabulous girls, Ginny, Hermione and Luna and it felt completely impossible to pick just one of them.  On the one hand, Ginny is fierce, caring and fiesty. She was always really kind to oddball Luna in the books and was genuinely happy when her ultimate crush, Harry opted to take Luna to Slughorn's party.  Plus she's a Weasley so being friends with her means sleepovers at The Burrow ♥  Then there's Hermione, a know-it-all bookworm who is basically my spirit animal.  I get all warm and fuzzy inside picturing us both huddled together in the Hogwarts Library for days on end, reading magical books and fighting for House Elf rights!  But who can forget sweet, kind Luna, who otherness makes me relate to her on a base level.  She's also super kind and seems incredibly fun and entertaining to be around.  Gah!  HOW to choose?!  I genuinely want to be best friends with all three!


In the end though, I went with my most kindred spirit, Hermione.  By which I mean I asked my boyfriend and a few other friends and they all agreed that she was the way to go.  Books and cleverness? True story.  Plus Hermione seems like she should be in Ravenclaw but she ended up in Gryffindor -  I also always thought I'd be sorted in Ravenclaw (and indeed every sorting quiz I took before Pottermore placed me in Ravenclaw) but then I got sorted into Gryffindor too. #soulmates




Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #38

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Hi everyone! After a month's hiatus from TTT posts, I'm back just in time for this awesome topic:

Ten Books on my Spring TBR



A Gathering of Shadows -
This baby was a pre-order of mine so you can be sure I'll be reading it veeerrry soon! I need more Kell, Rhy and Lila in my life.

Stars Above - Another pre-order, and one that I would have read already if not for the fact that I DON'T WANT IT TO BE OVER *sobs*

Once Was a Time - I was lucky enough to be offered an ARC of this one: a MG read featuring Time-Travel? Yes please!

Clariel - It's no secret that The Old Kingdom books became all-time favorites of mine when I read them for the first time last year so I'm eager to read Clariel, set hundreds of years before the original trilogy!

Firefight - Now that I've finally gotten my hands on the sequel to Steelheart, it won't be long until I jump right in - you know me and Sanderson ;)



Fifth Grave Past the Light - In keeping with my goal to finish off series', I have too much love for Charley Davidson and I need my fix - bring on Fifth Grave!

Every Word - As much as I adored Every Breath, and pre-ordered the sequel here AGES before it released, I have yet to read it. I will be fixing this soon.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two - Another series begun far too long ago and not completed. I own books 3 & 4 and with the final book coming out this year, I know I need to catch up!

Angelfall - After buying a copy years ago because of all the crazy praise, this pretty has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. NO MORE.

Guile - Yet another ARC I was fortunate enough to receive recently, and one featuring a talking, magical cat no less! Must.Read.Soon.


*I would have included The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson, but I jumped into that one as soon as it arrived in my mailbox so it never actually had the time to be considered a tbr for Spring ;)