Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fandom Mashup #55

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 :)

Hihi! Happy Sunday :) I love Sundays because they're inherently lazy and chill but today we're going to have an especially fun Sunday:

WooHoo! You wake up in the morning to discover that you are now an animated character in a cartoon world :D Who's going to show you the ropes to surviving this strange new reality?

Homer Simpson + Lisa Simpson

I'm cheating again this week so might as well get it out of the way^^ Homer and Lisa are both my favorite characters in The Simpsons and among my favorite animated characters of all time. Lisa because she's a kindred spirit and Homer because he makes me laugh like no one else can.

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob cracks me up. I remember before familiarizing myself with the show, I dismissed it as juvenile. How wrong I was. Don't get me wrong, it's totally juvenile but it's also witty, silly and hilarious. I want to be friends with Spongebob!

Spider Man

Spider Man was my first superhero obsession back when I was a kid. I loved the old animated series for it's sass and retro vibe. I think Spider Man would be a great ally^^

Avatar Aang

Basically, I want to be friends with Aang and his gAang so I had to include him. He's an amazing hero with amazing powers and a very kind heart. I love the guy and he'd be the perfect person to teach me how to survive being animated.

Batman

You all know me and my love for Batman so obviously he was going to make the list. The animated series that aired in the 90's is how I became a Batman fanatic. Batman could keep me safe, show me the ropes AND just be awesome.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Once Was A Time

Once Was A Time by Leila Sales
Published April 5th 2016 by Chronicle Books

In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte's scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty's fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.
*An ARC was provided by Raincoast Canada in exchange for a honest review.*

A middle-grade story about time-travel: that was literally all I needed to know about Once Was A Time to know that I had to read it. I've always loved middle-grade reads once and awhile, especially after a heavy book and/or an especially emotional one so the timing was definitely perfect to start this! Many of you are aware of how much of a big fan of time-travel I am, so i was especially excited to see what was in store for Charlotte and her best friend Kitty... 

This isn't a book about time-hoping though, like one might expect (or at least, that was my initial thought) There is only one jump through time but despite that, there is a lot of talk of time travel, as well as dealing with the consequences of traveling through time.  Since it's a middle-grade story, I felt there was adequate information here to make it plausible, without feeling as though the concept was being dumbed-down for a younger audience. I really appreciated that because I think it would have been easy to make things overly simple because of the target audience's age.

Once Was A Time is a story about an incredible friendship between two young girls, Charlotte and Kitty. It is a truly beautiful friendship that survives many obstacles and tragedies.  It warmed my heart to see how Charlotte and Kitty loved each other and how they would do anything for one another.  I wish that more YA and adult novels focused on developing friendships like these! It's so much easier to accept characters going to any lengths for their beloved friends than for a boy they just met...but hey, maybe that's just me.

I read this book in two sittings but could have easily done so in one, if life hadn't gotten in the way. I adored the references to classic books such as A Little Princess, A Monster Calls, The Book Thief and yes, even Harry Potter ♥ The main character Charlotte was sweet and resilient. The friends she made throughout time were assorted but the most memorable were obviously Kitty - but also Jake and Miss Timms.  Once Was A Time was a lovely story about time-travel, love, loss and friendship that stands the test of time, as it were. The ending felt a little bit rushed though and throughout I found myself hoping for more time-travel, but that's just the geek in me taking over. The bottom line: this story is about friendships that last a lifetime.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #144

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts  and 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!  
To join up and for upcoming topics here.

Hello my friends! I hope this week has been good to you all so far.  If not, hopefully thinking about potential crushes in the Wizarding World will help?

Who Would Be Your Professor Crush?

Oh I think this one is fairly obvious: LUPIN!

I was tempted to consider my beloved Harry, since you all know how much I adore him AND he was technically a teacher during OotP...but I gush about Harry all the time so I calmed my fangirl heart and used my head (shocking, right?!) I adore Lupin and did from the moment he appeared in PoA.  I could totally see how being in his classes and seeing his kindness firsthand could cause a teenaged (or adult) me to develop a crush on him.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday *130*

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 Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill
Expected Publication: August 9th 2016 by Algonquin

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.
That cover is too stunning for words. Honestly, look at it^^ The main character kind of reminds me of my beloved Sabriel. Then there's a huge moon there, glowing paper cranes and even a tiny dragon ♥ What more could you want?  Surprisingly, it's not even the cover that made me add this to my tbr shelf...that was thanks to the blurb! There was no way I could resist witches and magical moonlight leading to extraordinary magic. This book needs to be in my hands, pronto!

Thoughts on The Girl Who Drank the Moon?
Let me have 'em!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fandom Mashup #54

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! Happy Sunday everyone! I might have another tough topic here, considering we can only choose one character from each of our fandoms but I don't care because:

The force is strong with you. You've been told that you have the potential to be a legendary Jedi...or a badass Sith. WHO's going to train you up for the task?

Obi Wan Kenobi

Naturally, my first pick is my favorite Jedi^^ Obi might not seem as wise as Yoda but he learnt to communicate with Qui Gon Jinn after he'd crossed over, he successfully taught Luke all about the Force before and after he himself crossed over. PleaseBeMyMentor!!

Gandalf

Anyone else think Gandalf would be badass at using the Force? Cause I do!  He would have been the best Jedi around...so naturally, I want him teaching me all his secrets!

Dumbledore

It had to be a gif of THIS Dumbledore^^ because if anyone had The Force, it'd be the real Dumbledore. I picture him being a Yoda-type Jedi. Calm and serene but packed with power and able to kick everybody's ass!

The Doctor

If you can snap your finger and open the door to the TARDIS, I'm pretty sure you're a Jedi already XD  Plus, I love him so of course he needs to be my mentor! His Sonic is kind of a Saber...right?!

Kelsier

The kind of magic Kelsier weaves reminds me of The Force so I automatically thought of him!  Considering what good Kelsier did to Vin, I can only imagine learning from him would be EPIC.

So I guess my Force Training is mainly male dominated!  Plus it looks like I'll be a Jedi...I hope.
Any thoughts on ladies who might be up to the challenge? 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: A Court of Mist & Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.
A Court of Mist and Fury is a beast in every sense of the word, clocking in at 200+ pages more than it's predecessor, A Court of Thorns and Roses. The page count isn't the only thing that makes this book a beast though. The unrelenting plot, the host of new characters, the Night Court in all it's glory - all of it is BEAST.  While I loved enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses when I read it, it now pales in comparison to the awesomeness that is A Court of Mist and Fury.

Every single thing has changed this time around, so you should be prepared for that going in. Yes Feyre has changed but more than you might realize. Her reality has changed, her surroundings have changed but more than anything, the world has changed around her.  And if you loved Feyre in ACOTAR, be prepared to have your socks knocked off this time around. Watching her grow from the shambles of her current state, dealing with PTSD (realistically, I might add) and emerge as her true self was nothing short of spectacular. I am in awe of Sarah J Maas' skills, especially considering how she basically rewrote this book from the ground up and crafted it into the EPIC story contained within these pages.

At over 600+ pages, I would not remove a single word from A Court of Mist and Fury. It never felt slow, never faltered, never failed to sink its hooks into me.  This book started out intense and then floored it into something frantic, dark and decadent that consumed me body and soul.  The darkness grew into something wholly unique here, and I again have to praise Maas for throwing life and love into the darkness. The slow build of passion, of magic, of a world being fully revealed is almost too much to comprehend. I am honestly swimming in a sea of night and stars as I type this...and I never, ever want to come back down.

I was a little worried when Maas spoke about the changes she had in store for this installment, and the series as a whole, but I should have known better. I should have known that SJM is one of those few authors who can do no wrong with me.  The new direction gets my wholehearted support, as does this book in general. The characters were phenomenal. The pacing was tight. The setting was absolutely stunning. (I WANT TO GO BACK THERE NOW!) The romance, for its part was beautiful and hot as all hell. Spoilers: I am 100000% on team Rhysand now. The way he treated Feyre as an equal and gave her time to heal was STUNNING. He's dark tortured but also caring, strong and just beautiful. Basically, a dream come true! And as much as I had liked Tamlin in ACOTAR, his behavior at the end always irked me. Honestly, his evolution here, considering what they all went through Under the Mountain makes total sense to me. In a word? This book was intoxicating.

I realize that there's very little detail in my review, but A Court of Mist and Fury is a book that's best experienced with a clean slate. Know that if you love Maas and you loved ACOTAR, you are in for a treat! The Night Court is easily my favorite court of them all now.  If you haven't read this already - well, you need to fix that. NOW. But be warned: the wait for ACOTAR3 will be a long and painful one...

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #143

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.

Happy Thursday my friends! Thursday is a good day, first because it means Friday's just around the corner and second, because it's HARRY POTTER DAY!

Free Week!

When I'm coming up with topics, a free week always sounds like a good idea, but when I get to coming up with a post on a free week? I want to kick myself. I never know what to talk about that hasn't been discussed before...I used to go back and check out topics from before I joined up with this meme... but I'm pretty sure I've done them all now. So, this week, we're going to chat:

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them

As any hardcore Potterhead, once I had read through the series and subsequently reread the entire series multiple times, I quickly nabbed all the little extra books from the Wizarding World penned by JK Rowling, which included Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I know I'm not the only one who thought that the book had lots more potential than what we got at first so when they announced a film trilogy based on the book, it was like a dream come true. You mean we get to spend more time in the Wizarding world?!  


Getting to explore new territory, a new setting, new characters and plot set in the Wizarding World, written by JK herself is like the next best thing to getting more actual Harry Potter books - or a Marauders prequel!  


Tell me you didn't get chills at least one time during this^^

The cast is stellar, the plot seems promising and magical, and as much as nothing will ever beat a London setting, I'm excited to explore America in the 1920's and see what trouble Newt gets up to. If Dumbledore vouched for him, then I'm sold!

There's also a book version of the Screenplay coming out but I'm going to wait and see the film before I decide if that one warrants a pre-order too. Odds are it'll become part of my collection as well!

Share your thoughts on the Fantastic Beast Movie Trilogy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday *129*

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:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #5
Expected Publication: September 6th 2016

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
Was there ever any doubt? You guys had to know that the moment Empire of Storms got a cover it was going to find it's way here.  Granted, I don't think it's my favorite cover of the series, but I love the fire + sword combo and the Eye of Elena Amulet. The title just sounds amazing EPIC and the blurb brought on a wicked combination of chills and feels. I have no doubt that what's inside will be equally impressive...and life shattering. Fresh off of my A Court of Mist and Fury hangover, I think I can vouch for it.

Anyone want to fangirl about this one with me?
Bring it on!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fandom Mashup #53

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 :)

Hey everyone and happy Sunday! I hope you're all ready for the return of my cheating ways when it comes to making lists. Considering my fandoms, both bookish and otherwise, I was at a loss for how to narrow things down to just five characters - especially from five different fandoms. So I said fuck it, I'm listing them all:

Boys! Boys! Boys!  Whip up a team with your 5 favorite leading men!

Harry Potter 

Might as well get the obvious out of the way right? I'm not even going to say anything. You all knew he'd make the top of my list.

The Doctor

Just thinking about the Tenth Doctor teaming up with Harry Potter gives me chills. Again, another one of my hero of heroes was clearly going to have a top spot.

Batman

Batman was my first hero obsession back when I was 11-12 years old so naturally he had to have a spot here. Batman+The Doctor+Potter? YES.PLEASE.

Kaladin Stormblessed


With just a glimpse of what Kaladin went through, overcame and eventually becomes, I knew he would be a lasting favorite character of mine. If you don't know this guy yet, you need to fix that!

Sam Winchester

I know both Same and Dean share leading role responsibilities and though I love both of them, Sam won me over with his heart, shades-of-gray character and determination to do the right thing.


The Raven Boys

And here's where I break my rule about only 5 characters and my rule about only 1 character per fandom. Yup, now I have 9 characters and 4 from the same fandom. I CAN'T HELP IT OK?!  To me, all of the Raven Boys are leading characters and I LOVE ALL OF THEM SOOOO MUCH RIGHT NOW!  


Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: The Raven King

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle #4
Published April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey…and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.
The Raven King. Just sitting here to write my review brought on a crazy assault of emotions.  There is absolutely no way I could possibly do this book, or this series justice here. None. The Raven Cycle and it's characters have their own spot carved into my heart. This will live on as one of my absolute favorite series in life. I am quite literally still reeling from all of the feelings that the conclusion to this life-altering series has brought on, so bear with me please while I attempt to sort through them.

The Raven King did not disappoint in any.single.way.  In fact, considering how high the bar was already set by Miss Maggie Stiefvater, I'm bewildered to realize that this book exceeded my expectations in every.single.way. that mattered the most.  There are so many things that I already knew with absolute certainty going in: this was going to be heartbreaking. This was going to be emotional. The story wasn't as important as the characters. But the story was still going to be exceptional. The characters though; THAT was what was going to kill me.  I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I would finish the last word on the last page and be shattered. All of these things turned out to be true but I didn't realize that I would care about EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in this series even more than I already did. This is me, drowning in a sea of feels and very close to starting the entire journey all over again.

There is no way that I am even going to go close to spoiler-territory, but here's what I can say: If you've loved The Raven Cycle with every fiber of your being thus-far, you will absolutely adore The Raven King. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah all become something more...so much more than they already were.  Their character growth here was superb. My feelings for every single one of them as individuals has increased ten-fold. And the ships? Oh the ships have stolen every single fiber of my heart, and from someone who rarely reads for romance, that is the highest of praise I could offer. Every relationship in this book is heart-breakingly, soul-crushingly etched into my soul.  Was it bitter-sweet? Yes. Was it perfect? YES.

I released more contented sighs during The Raven King than I've ever done before. There were many moments where I just stopped reading so I could bask in the heavenly prose, or in a moment too perfect to move on from. I felt feelings too intense to put into words. Stiefvater has a less-is-more way of writing relationships, romance and moments that are so poignant. She sprinkles her magic sparingly with meaningful words, select moments and perfect tone. The result is an assault on your emotions unlike anything else. It will forever be perfect and I will forever want more.  I love these all of these characters and their stories passionately.

Am I being dramatic? Possibly. Probably. But I have been affected by The Raven Boys + Blue in a way that I can't fully describe.  It's only happened to me with a handful of books/series/characters. When I read the first word on the first page of The Raven King, I wasn't ready for it to be over and as I read the last word on the final page, I was wholly unprepared to say goodbye.  I may very well reread this series shortly. I was certainly reread it again and again. Thank you Maggie Stiefvater for writing such a fitting conclusion to beautiful and lasting series. ♥

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #142

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 dear Potter-heads! How goes it? I hope that you all are having a great week so far and that you're bright eyed and bushy tailed to answer this burning question:

If you could change one thing from book three, what would it be?

You'd think that this would be a tough one to answer, since Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my absolute favorite books in the series, but it ended up being ridiculously easy: 

I want Harry and Sirius to be a proper family and for them to be able to live together and be free ♥



The teeny, tiny moment in PoA where they both believe it could happen is so precious to both of them, and to me because all of us NEEDED it to happen. Even if it would only have been one single Summer, it would have been better than nothing. The fact that it didn't will forever make my heart ache.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday *128*

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:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer #1
Expected Publication: September 27th 2016 by Little Brown


Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men.
a mysterious city stripped of its name.
a mythic hero with blood on his hands.
a young librarian with a singular dream.
a girl every bit as dangerous as she is in danger.
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.
Basically ANYTHING by Laini Taylor is an auto-buy. Her prose makes me swoon for days ♥ I'm really interested in what her crazy-brilliant imagination will lead to this time! The blurb is equal parts vague and alluring...so all I can say is: I want!

Are you excited for Strange the Dreamer?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Fandom Mashup #52

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 friends :) How is everyone's weekend going? I'm still dealing with the aftermath of my The Raven King book-hangover...what is life?!?  Well, I know what might make things easier:

You've awoken in a strange place with no memories of who you are or why you're there. Total blank slate.  Who are you hoping to run into to help you survive AND put the pieces together?


Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne is the leading pro on operating without his memory.  And since I woke up in a strange place, if there's danger afoot, Jason Bourne will make quick work of it.

Percy Jackson

Percy lost his memory right at the start of the Heroes of Olympus series so he knows how to deal. Plus his powers with water and as a demi god should really come in handy!

Hermione Granger

Hermione would be able to help me retrace my steps and maybe piece together what I might have lost.  I think Hermione would be really helpful here.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock's detective skills would likely help job my memory as well, since he always notices even the smallest details. He could probably help me pick up the pieces in no time.

Castiel

Castiel's powers would be perfect in case of trouble. And with them he could explore all around and probably pinpoint what happened to me. Also? He could probably return my memories to me with just a flash of light!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light

Fifth Grave Past the Light
by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #5)
Published July 9th 2013 by St Martin's Press

Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high. - T-shirt 

Charley Davidson isn't your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She's more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth...but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason. When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma is the serial killer's next target, Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help. Arsonist or not, he's the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.  
I started this series years ago and really, I've been dragging it out because I know if I'd binged on the series the hangover would have been severe.  This happens to be the perfect kind of series to draw out since it's ridiculously easy to fall back into the world; reuniting with the characters as effortless as getting together with an old friend. That being said, now that I've read Fifth Grave Past the Light, I'm feeling a strong urge to marathon all the rest of the books! In case you couldn't tell, I had a blast reuniting with Charley and following her on yet another adventure.

Before I go further with my review, I have to say that Darynda Jones does a wonderful job catching the reader up on what went down previously, without it feeling like repetition.  It's a beautiful thing!  I was effortlessly reminded of all the key plot points and was able to settle back into the flow of the story with ease.  Alright, moving on: I felt like Fifth Grave Past the Light was a particularly strong offering in the Charley Davidson Series. It's not that it was perfect, more like it was the perfect book for my mood.  I laughed out loud, as I always do with these books - Charley's snark entertains me like you wouldn't believe.  As a grim reaper/private investigator, her life is always interesting to say the least.  As before, I love the mix of mystery and paranormal and how they seamlessly blend together in a wholly believable way.  The plot is always solid because there's so many aspects to explore. Ghosts seeking Charlie's help for some unfinished business or simply to befriending her, human clients seeking her out for her investigation skills.  Oh and the smoking hot son of Satan, who happens to live next door now.  Yup. Never a dull moment!

I think my favorite part of the series are the characters and the relationships they have with one another. Charley is a girl I could legitimately be friends with.  Beyond her hilarious sass, she's funny, gutsy and feisty as hell. Her friendship with her neighbor/assistant Cookie is one of the best friendships around. Charley's love/hate relationship with Detective Swopes and Taft is always good for a laugh. Not to mention her Police Officer Uncle ''Ubie'', her father, her sister....and Reyes Farrow. One word? SWOON.  The sexual content here is very adult...and smouldering but it's also all kinds of awesome.  *fans self*

So we've got mysteries, the supernatural, a fabulous heroine, amazing friendships, and steamy sexy-times with a bad boy supreme. Anything else? Oh yeah - lots of feelings. I teared up more than once reading about a certain character's tragic past, and when ghosts reveal what happened to them *sniff* All in all? The Charley Davidson Series has got it all!  Fifth Grave Past the Light was a solid offering in the series. The second climax (of the story -heh) could have done with a bit more development but I honestly can't complain because this book delivered what it does best: entertainment!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #141

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 friends! How are you on this fine Thursday? Well, Friday just beyond the horizon and I feel great because today we get to talk about books with everyone's favorite bookish character:

Which books would you recommend to Hermione?



The Hunger Games - I think Hermione and Katniss would get on wonderfully and the next best thing is for Hermione to read Katniss' story. I think she'd relate to Katniss but more than that, I think she'd admire her too.

The Old Kingdom Series - Honestly, I'd just want to chat about Sabriel, Lirael and the other phenomenal characters in this new favorite story of mine with a fellow bookworm. I think Hermione would adore the series as much as I did!

His Dark Materials - Lyra is another character I'd like to get Hermione's take on. Lyra is quite different than your usual heroine and I think Hermione could learn from Lyra's way of handling things.

Anne of Green Gables - Being a Muggle-Born, I think Hermione would really appreciate Anne and her whimsy. Anne might even remind her of Luna XD

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #44

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Top Ten Characters I'd Like to Revisit as Adults

Harry Potter - You all knew it was coming, so might as well get it over with. Obviously the character I'd most want to revisit as an adult is the boy who lived. To hell with 'revisiting' I'll just take his ENTIRE life story please and thank you.  I'd be content reading about Harry Potter sleeping, eating and taking out the trash. All of it!

Lirael - I was going to go with Sabriel, who is my perennial favorite, but with Lirael's story, we do get glimpses of Sabriel as an adult - it's not nearly enough but it still counts. Lirael transformed so much through a short amount of time, I'd love to see the kind of woman she becomes!

Kaladin Stormblessed - Granted, Kaladin is already an adult but he's a young adult so I'm going to count him. I feel like I need to know what he'll become as he matures.  He's already transformed so much in a couple of books, I imagine his future will be EPIC.

Aelin Galathynius - Another young adult but still, isn't everyone DYING to know who she'll evolve into in the next two ToG books?! I mean, she went from assassin to slave, to champion, to rebel to warrior to queen! What's next?  I have no doubt that her entire existence will be mind-blowing.

Samwise Gamgee - Poor Sam suffers so much only to survive with some of the biggest losses of all. I just want to know that the poor guy is ok, that he was able to let go of what happened and move on with his life.

Blue Sargent - Granted, I could have picked any one of my beloved Raven Boys, but with some of their futures...uncertain...I opted to go with dear, sweet Blue. I hope she survives whatever's in store in The Raven King and that she gets to kiss her true love WITHOUT ANY consequences. 

Percy Jackson - Percy Jackson is the best thing. His sass is pure gold. I'd love to see what kind of adult he becomes! So far we've seen him age up from 12 to 16 years old so I'm hoping we can follow him into adulthood.

Lyra Belacqua - Lyra is such a unique kid! She's almost already a cross between an adult and a child. I'd give anything to see what kind of a woman she grew up to be. How she shaped her world...I'm sure it was entertaining to say the least.

Avatar Aang - Ok so we met Aang in an animated series, but I've read the graphic novels so it counts right?  Aang was an absolute brilliant hero and he was just a kid!  Those glimpses that we got of him in Legends of Korra just weren't enough! I want an adult Aang and the gAang series!

Katniss Everdeen - Poor, brave Katniss. I mean, I know there's no way that she could ever be fully ok after all she endured but checking in on her and Peeta would ease my mind.  They deserved so much better than what they got but at least they have each other!

So what about you guys? What characters do you wish you could revisit as adults?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fandom Mashup #51

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 :)

Hey! Happy Sunday everyone!  Ok so, I know I come up with these topics, but I had a really hard time coming up with five fictional magicians from different fandoms.  I'm not sure what I was thinking here... but I apologize for the tough topic. My bad:

You're a Muggle Micheline!  You've stopped crying over the fact that your Hogwarts letter never arrived *sniff*, so you decided to become a magician - the Muggle equivalent of a Wizard (kind of).  But: you need instructors. Who's it going to be?


Alfred Borden (The Prestige)


Abra Cadabra! Borden is my favorite magician of all time^^ If I'm going to learn the art of misdirection, I want him to be my teacher. Please.Please.Please.Please.Please. ♥

Eisenheim (The Illusionist)

Another favorite magician film of mine, Eisenheim steals the show with his skill and mystery. Plus I'd give anything to see him and Borden team up!

Howard Wolowitz (Big Bang Theory)

Howard is the resident magician within my favorite group of nerds. Sure, his tricks don't always go as planned, but it'd be entertaining to make fun of him in any case XD

Zatanna (Batman)

My initial though was The Joker (Wanna see a magic trick?!) but then I just creeped myself out o_O Luckily, I remembered Zatanna! I always thought she was cool as a kid so she's in.

Barney Stinson

Despite my issues with the latter seasons, I can't deny that Barney's magic tricks cracked me up. So long as he doesn't set me on fire -_-