Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fandom Mashup #77

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 :)

Happy Halloween Eve!  My favorite holiday is (almost) upon us so today there's mischief and fun on the agenda:

It's Halloween and you want to go out and cause trouble! Who do you pick to cause mischief with?

The Winchesters

The Winchester brothers might not have fun often, but they still know how to kick back and cause trouble!  Besides they could use a night off!

Celaena Sardothien

When she's not kicking ass and assassinating, Celaena can party with the best of them!  She likes to dress up and cause a scene and that's exactly what I'm looking for on Halloween.

The Doctor

The Doctor is always inadvertently causing trouble so why not give him an excuse to do just that. Besides, we've all seen how he parties with the best of them :)

Sabriel

Sabriel isn't ever really shown letting loose and having a good time - which is exactly why I think she deserves some fun! As one of my favorite characters, I want to hang out with her on my favorite holiday :D

Harry Potter

Harry is like the original trouble maker. The king of sass with a map to get into anywhere and track anyone. Causing mischief on Halloween just wouldn't be the same without my Harry ♥


Bonus - because it's Halloween and we're breaking some rules:

Bruce Wayne

Bruce Wayne has the money to get us into anywhere and the means to get us out of any sticky situations we might get into. Plus look at him^^

Anne Shirley

Anne was known for getting into all kinds of trouble as a kid. Her intentions were always good though :) She's a sweetheart and I think she'd be really fun to hang out with!

Ronan Lynch

Another born and bred trouble-maker. Ronan will likely lead the pack, pretending to be bored all the while but he'd still end up having a blast! 

Halloween won't know what hit it this year! Muahahahaha!!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #2
Published January 1st 1980 by Pan Books

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability and desperately in search of a place to eat.
Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android who suffers nothing and no one very gladly. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.
Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that the Hitchhiker's Guide deleted the term "Future Perfect" from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is the sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and picks up right where the first book left off. I was pleased with that because the first book left off with a promissing new destination being put out - namely heading out to this restaurant at the end of the universe - and I was really curious if the characters would indeed go and what would happen once they got there.

Plot-wise, this instalment was similar to something you'd see on Doctor Who - something that didn't come to mind when I was reading the first book. I know that Douglas Adams penned some Classic Who episodes so it makes sense.  There was a trip to the actual end of the Universe, time-travel, lots of different alien races and a fair share of hijinks with some good old fashined nonsense mixed in for good measure.  The plot tends to be quite random in this series so you just kind of have to go with it and have fun with it, which I did for the most part!

Character-wise, the story seemed more focussed on Zaphod Beeblebrox, instead of Arthur and Ford -especially for the first half. I actually prefer Arthur and Ford so I found myself missing them in this instalment, even though Zaphod is fascinating in his own right. It's just that Zaphod is incredibly alien, even more so than Ford so it's a challenge to relate to his character. The commeradery between Arthur and Ford seemed overlooked too during the first half but then it went back to being front and center for the last half and I was glad for it. They're an unlikely pair, a true odd-couple but I enjoy their dynamic.

For some reason, I felt less invested in the story this time around - I'm not sure why but it might have been a mood thing. I've been on a pretty serious book hangover these past few weeks and I haven't been able to pick up a single physical book. If it wasn't for this book^^ I wouldn't have been reading at all. Lukily, these books are relatively quick reads so I didn't feel like I was struggling at all, just the connection to the story was a bit lacking.

However, this instalment was narrated by Martin Freeman and usually I'd bitch about the narrator switch but it's Martin-fucking-Freeman.  He actually played Arthur Dent in the film adaption of the first book so naturally, he had Arthur's character down perfectly.  I liked how he did Ford, Trillian, Marvin and all the new characters, but I wasn't a fan of his take on Zaphod - mostly because I got used to and really liked how Stephen Fry portrayed him but I got used to the change quick enough :)

Despite a few minor issues which were mostly personal preference things, I'm still having a lot of fun with this series.  It's still laugh-out-loud funny, it's still deliciously random and it's still one hell of an adventure!  I can't wait to see what's in store next for this bunch of misfits.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #165

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 and happy almost-Halloween!  This is my absolutely favorite time of year and the only thing that could make it better is talking about Harry Potter with you all :D

How did Dean Thomas add to the overall storyline?


It seems like we've been talking about Dean quite a bit lately but I don't mind at all  - although I do wish I'd have thought to come up with a more Halloween-themed topic for this week LOL!


To me, Dean showed us that not knowing one of your parents can be dangerous - especially when Voldemort is trying to take over. Dean never knew his father and because he couldn't prove that the man was a Wizard, he had to go in hiding. I never knew my father either so I found that detail particularly fascinating.  

Beyond that, Dean grew up as a Muggle so he was into Muggle things just like Harry and I think that helps us as readers remember that so many students lived Muggle lives before heading to Hogwarts and having their minds blown.  

Dean's bravery and loyalty deserve a shout-out too. He was open to accepting 'half-breeds' as Umbridge put it once and he rose to defend Professor Lupin, calling him ''the best DADA teacher'' they'd ever had.  He also didn't hesitate to befriend Luna despite how different she is which always gives a character bonus points with me ♥

Of course, Dean also eventually hooked up with Ginny and I think that aspect helped develop both his and Ginny's character...as well as clue a means for Harry to his own feelings towards Ginny. Knowing that Dean was into Ginny and Ginny was likewise into him helped both of their characters to be appreciated more!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #56

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Top Ten Books/T.V. Shows To Get You in the Halloween Mood

*If you're kind of a scaredy-cat like me*



It's the Great Pumpkin Charley Brown - Ah! Nostalgia - I live for it. All of the Peanuts Holiday specials make me happy but you can never go wrong with Halloween and the Great Pumpkin!

The Darkest Powers Trilogy - Every time I give this trilogy a shout out, I'm reminded how much I loved it. Ghosts, vampires, magic, werewolves, creepy asylums, experiments on teens...this has it all.

Treehouse of Horror - Nothing beats The Simpsons (especially seasons 1-12) and Halloween wouldn't be complete without the corresponding Treehouse of Horror episodes.

Wolves of Mercy Falls - This trilogy isn't super scary but it's deliciously atmospheric and that fits with Halloween in my book!  Plus: werewolves that are affected by weather and the change of seasons. Yes!

Batman: The Animated Series - To me, Batman and Halloween go hand in hand. Costumes. Darkness. Creepy clowns, scarecrows and an unholy assortment of freaks in masks. The movies work but the animated series is deliciously dark and creepy so it gets my vote.



Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Again this one is here largely due to the dark atmosphere. Oh and there's tons and tons of monsters, violence, wars and death.  If that's not Halloween, what is?

Supernatural - Supernatural should be THE show to represent Halloween, am I right?  Ghosts, hauntings, demons, witches, vengeful spirits, murders, vampires, werewolves and Lucifer himself. I actually just embarked on a series rewatch and the timing is perfection!

The Old Kingdom - When a series centers around necromancy, death and the spirit world, you can't help but associate it with this time of year.  The Old Kingdom is deliciously dark and wholly atmospheric - it just screams 'Halloween'.

Doctor Who - There are some truly dark, disturbing and downright creepy episodes of Doctor Who. The Empty Child, Blink, Silence in the Library, Midnight, Water on Mars, Night Terrors and Listen come to mind... *shudder*

Harry Potter - You had to know that this was coming right? Magic, Witches, Wizards, Ghosts, Monsters, DEATH, Halloween murders...the list goes on. Harry Potter is my perfect Halloween go-to.

What are your favorite books and shows to get into the Halloween mood?
This is my favorite time of year so I'd love the recs :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fandom Mashup #76

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 :)

Happy Sunday fanboys and fangirls! Are you ready to pack your bags, climb into a spaceship and boldly go? I hope so because:

You're on a spaceship headed to The Moon! Who are you hoping is onboard to accompany you on your space adventure?

Sailor Moon

Exploring the Moon with Sailor Moon sounds like a plan to me!  If we happen to find any castles, kingdoms or lost queens, Sailor Moon will know what to do!

The Doctor

Judoon platoon upon the Moon!  Any alien life-forms wanting to zap us off the Moon will have to face The Doctor's wrath...and we all know that is serious business.

Cinder

Cinder and Sailor Moon ON the Moon. Excuse me while my head explodes. Moon Princesses UNITED!  Whatever trouble there might be on the Moon, I feel like I'm in safe hands :)

Spock

Spock and The Doctor. Wouldn't that be a treat?  Watching them be all clever, out-logic everyone else. I'd be as happy as anything to sit back and watch them go at it.

Obi Wan Kenobi

Just in case that when we get close we come to find out that ''that's no moon'' LOL! Also because The Doctor, Spock and Obi make up my favorite sci-fi dudes :D

Who are you taking up to the Moon with you?



Thursday, October 20, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #164

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 friends and happy Thursday! Today we're talking about my favorite fictional father of all-time: Arthur Weasley. I want to know all about your

Favorite Arthur Weasley Moment


This is a tough one because honestly, I enjoy every single moment that Arthur is around.  He's kind, strong, funny and just generally a great man. I love how he genuinely loves and is curious about ALL THE MUGGLE THINGS.  I think he's a wonderful father and a great human being. So I have a favorite quote, a favorite aspect of his personality and a favorite moment!

Favorite quote:
''Now Harry you must know all about Muggles, tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?''

I adore this quote on the basis of sheer novelty. And then David Tennant said it in an interview while he was still on Doctor Who so basically now this quote makes me geek out, hard.

Favorite personality aspect: 
The fact that Arthur is so welcoming to Harry, right from the start and without question. Arthur welcomes Harry into his home, his family, his life. He basically adopts Harry  but at the same time he doesn't impose a 'father figure' personality onto Harry. He never treats Harry like a child. He respects him and speaks to him like an equal...while still trying to guide and protect him as much as he could.

Favorite moment:
Molly: "Your sons flew that enchanted car of yours to Surrey and back last night."
Arthur: "Did you really? How did it go?"

That just cracks me up^^ Instead of being shocked, or upset, he's genuinely excited and curious to find out how his enchanted car did with that kind of a trip. I can't even XD


As you can tell, I love Arthur - and the Weasley's for the matter ♥ Tell me:
What are some of your favorite Arthur Weasley Moments?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fandom Mashups #75

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 :)

Hi everyone and happy Sunday funday! Or maybe it isn't really a 'fun day' today since it looks like we've run into a fair bit of trouble here. Eeeek!


You've been framed and sent to a notoriously harsh prison for a crime you didn't commit. You manage to escape! Who's going to help you plot your revenge on those who framed you?

Edmond Dantès

This scenario was inspired by poor Edmond who rocks the revenge plot like no one else. Really though, look at him strut LIKE A BOSS after the hell he went through. The Count of Monte Cristo will show me the way!

Celaena Sardothien

Celaena was thrown into the salt mines, beaten and tortured but she sure got her vengeance. Needless to say, her cunning and ruthlessness would come in handy in this scenario! Teach me your ways oh fire-breathing bitch-queen!

Sirius Black

Poor Sirius fits the bill perfectly but he never fully got his revenge...or at least, he wasn't around to enjoy any of it *sobs*  So I'd like to put him on my team and give him the chance to make things right.

Kaladin Stormblessed (Stormlight Archive)

Kaladin was stripped of all his titles and honor to be made a slave. He then slowly and painstakingly lifted himself up within the ranks and earned his honor right back. The hard way. He then faced those who wronged him and showed that what's what. YEAH!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles)

Granted she's not really the revenge type but Crescent Moon was wrongfully imprisoned and kept against her will. Through it all she's shown herself to be crafty AF when it comes to working her computer skills so she'd be dead useful.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1
Published October 12th 1979 by Pan Books

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. 
So this is the first time I've ever read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - a classic sci-fi book if ever there was one. Apparently it started off as a radio comedy broadcast on BBC before being adapted into plays, novels, comics, a television series, a video game and a film. Colour me surprised - I had no clue!  In any case, this came highly recommended a few years back by one of my few real life bookish friends and so it's been on my tbr shelf since then. I felt like as a sci-fi fan, this was one book I needed to read...and it turns out, I was right. Man, I had a blast with this book!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is like no other book I've read before.  The overall plot is creative, silly and even absurd at times but I wouldn't call it a plot-heavy book. Likewise, the characters are funny and likeable, while being simultaneously wholly unique and familiar....but I would call this a character-driven story.  And despite being a character and plot-driven reader, I loved this. Why? Because this book is an experience. The humor, the tone, the adventure strike a balance with the plot and characters that just works. This book made me think and it made me laugh. It immediately lightened my mood no matter what state I was in. I'd burst out laughing at the strangest things all of a sudden and instantly, I felt relaxed and content. It's the strangest experience I've had with a book but honestly? It was kind of perfect.

It didn't hurt that I listened to this on audio. Why? Because this was narrated by Stephen Fry, the guy who narrated the British editions of Harry Potter. Also know as my favorite of life!! He was as perfect in either stories which says a lot about his narrative style if you ask me. He perfectly captured the irreverent humor, the sense of wonderment, as well as the human and alien characters here. Slartibartfast almost had a Dumbledore-ish quality to him, which didn't hurt in the least!

Now I know I haven't said much about what actually happens here but I think that this is one of those books that needs to be experienced and not described. I didn't know any more than what's described in the blurb going in, other than my friend telling me: READ THIS. So I'm paying it forward: if the blurb sounds like something you'd enjoy and like me, you're still in the dark: READ THIS.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is witty, humorous adventurous and compelling. Yes, it's all of those things and it does them perfectly.  I know it won't be long before I continue the rest of the series :D

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #163

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! We're recommending books to Harry Potter characters again and you all know I loooove these topics so let's jump right in:

Which Books Would You Recommend to Ginny?




The Hunger Games - I think that someone as fiery as Ginny would love THE Girl of Fire. Plus reading about Panem should make her feel better about dealing with Voldemort.

Throne of Glass - If anyone would fangirl over Celaena as much as I do, it'd be Ginny. Celaena doesn't take any shit and neither does Ginny.

The Old Kingdom - I got some of the same feels reading this series as with HP so I can only assume Ginny would get it too and feel the same way.

Mistborn - I feel like Ginny would relate to Vin quite a bit - it's not every girl that has to deal with an immortal dark lord right? These two would have a lot to talk about!

Charley Davidson -  Ginny has a lot of the twin's humor and mischief, so I just know she'd get a real kick out of Charley. The series would make her laugh and keep her interest for sure :)

What books would you recommend to Ginny?


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #55

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 Read Purely Based on a Recommendation




Twilight - I was deep (DEEP) in a HP withdrawal when my cousin Giselle said I needed to check out Twilight. Despite the film series and changing tastes, this series helped me get into the paranormal genre, as well as YA romances.

The Hunger Games - The very same cousin got my out of my Twilight withdrawal by turning me onto my very first dystopian read. THG remains one of my all-time favorite series to this day and my love for the series has only grown with time!

Divergent - After THG, I needed more dystopians in my life. Luckily there was Divergent. I enjoyed the first book back when I read it but have since fallen out of love with this series *cough* thanks to Allegiant *cough* but I'm still glad I familiarized myself with more dystopian fiction.

The Fever Series - This was my first adult UF series so I wasn't sure I'd get into it but friends told me to give it a try and to be patient with the MC for the first two books. I listened and it paid off big time. I have nothing but love for this series.

Darkest Powers Trilogy - Miss Armstrong came highly recommended by the few bookish family members I have so I gave her a try with The Darkest Powers trilogy and I am so happy I did! I loved these characters and their world.


Mistborn - Another cousin told me that if I liked fantasy I needed to read Mistborn. And Sanderson for that matter. She'd discovered the books by sheer coincidence and they ended up becoming of favorite of hers...as they did for me! #SandersonArmy

Charley Davidson - After loving Adult UF, I needed MORE. Luckily, a few friends had really enjoyed Charley Davidson so I took a chance and I'm happy to say I felt the same way :D Charley is the best thing.

The Lunar Chronicles - Despite my love of sci-fi and fairytales, I just wasn't sure if I'd love Cinder. It wasn't until every.single.one. of my blogger friends told me to quit stalling and READ IT that I found out how wrong I was...

The Raven Cycle - One of my best blogger friends Lee was blown away by The Raven Boys and her review and gushing made me add it to my wishlist. I'm forever grateful to her for pushing one of my now all-time favorite series on me ♥

A Monster Calls - Another blogging bestie Aylee gifted me A Monster Calls. Neither of us are big contemporary readers but she'd adored this and felt I would too. She was right. Lots of feels and a truly memorable story made this one a winner.

What books have you read purely based on a recommendation?

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fandom Mashup #74

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 :)

Hey everyone! I hope you're all doing well and taking full advantage of the weekend? It's Sunday which means it's time to mash-up some fandoms :D We've got a fun topic this week so let's get right to it:


You've become famous *hair-flip* Who's going to be part of your entourage?

Butler (Artemis Fowl)

I know I've only just gotten into the Artemis Fowl series (and only read the first book) but Butler instantly came to mind for this topic. If he can keep Artemis Fowl out of harm's way, he's good enough for me! This guy is a MACHINE and he's efficient as all hell^^

Samwise Gamgee 

Samwise is the friend I'd want to keep me true to my roots, the keep me grounded and to offer his unending support. He's truly THE best best-friend ever and I think his friendship would be priceless to my growing stardom. 

Ginny Weasley 

Ginny would be a multi-purpose friend! She'd keep my head on straight if ever I got to full of myself. She'd be a lot of fun if ever I needed a break from the demands of fame -and- she'd be the one I'd go to if I wanted to get into a little trouble and blow off some steam ;)

Celaena Sardothien

Speaking of trouble^^ Celaena would double as a bodyguard and trouble making friend LOL! She could also help me spend my newfound riches in excellent ways...plus she deserves a break from her bloody life by getting pampered right along with me!

John Watson

John would double as my blogger and publicist! Plus that sass would just make my life. Honestly though? If he can make Sherlock seem human and likeable, he could do wonders for my awkward, anti-socialness XD