Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #60

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 to Gift the Fantasy Lover in Your Life




Sabriel - My newest fantasy obsession - I can't believe I waited until last year to finally experience The Old Kingdom with it's inherent magic and darkness. Classic fantasy readers of all ages should enjoy this one!

The Amulet of Samarkand - I might have only gotten into these books this year, but I know a quality fantasy story when I see it. The Bartimaeus Sequence features a unique and elaborate fantasy world paired with an eclectic mix of shades-of-gray characters.

The Way of Kings -  Epic high-fantasy at it's finest but this one is mostly for mature readers, because of the page-count and the complex world-building and character development. Beyond that though, The Stormlight Archive is my favorite Sanderson story to date.

Harry Potter - Obviously. If you know a fantasy-reader that has yet to meet Harry Potter (seriously? WTF.), please do me a favor and push the series on them until they cave in and read it. And then send them my way so I can tell them: You're welcome.

Throne of Glass - This is a more mature fantasy series due to violent and sexy content - also because it might just irrevocably destroy more innocent souls. Nevertheless, fantasy readers need the Throne of Glass Series in their lives.



Alcatraz VS The Evil Librarians - We're talking fantasy so there will be multiple Sanderson references from this girl - did you expect anything less?  Alcatraz is a middle-grade series that could double as YA. It's also clever like anything Sanderson writes while being irreverent and snarky!

A Darker Shade of Magic - Any fantasy reader should read some Schwab but Shades of Magic is her most overtly-fantasy offering.  Her world-building is mesmerizing, the characters are memorable but most of all: elemental magic and a magic coat!

Artemis Fowl - This is a MG/YA series that reads like an adult action movie. If adult action movies had fairies, leprechauns, centaurs and teenaged criminal masterminds. I might be new to the series but I know what I like and I like Artemis Fowl.

Mistborn: The Final Empire - My last Sanderson rec, I swear. Mistborn is where I recommend Sanderson-newbies start. It's a quick read. It's dark AF. It's an adult fantasy that has YA-crossover appeal. It's epic fights, war, revolution and feels.

Cinder - I know that The Lunar Chronicles is sci-fi BUT it's also fairytale. And the futuristic world-building, ships (the romantic kind) and kick-ass characters are sure to please most fantasy readers, provided they don't hate sci-fi or fairytales LOL!

What other books would you gift a fantasy reader?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fandom Mashup #81

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 all and happy Sunday funday! I hope that you're all well?  I've been working hard this past month so I'm feeling especially lazy when my days off roll around - but that won't stop me from going out adventuring:

In your frequent time travels - you know, the usual - you've miscalculated and ended up in prehistoric times. Who do you think would be best suited to help you adapt and survive? 

The Doctor

You all read it: ''time travels'' and you all know that requires a Doctor! Now usually, I automatically go with the Tenth Doctor (because ♥) even though I love all his incarnations but today I have to go with Twelve because of one simple fact:

LOL! We have a winner!


Kaladin Stormblessed

Kaladin's world might be magical af, but it has the craziest prehistoric beasts you never even dreamed of. I'd feel safer with Kaladin by my side here, not just for his powers but for his experience. He'd definitely keep his head on straight in this situation and that is saying something!

Rubeus Hagrid

This man-giant thinks dragons are cute and misunderstood!  I feel like that kind of behavior would usually be dangerous, but in prehistoric times it might be the key to everyone's survival. I just hope that Hagrid doesn't get eaten by a dinosaur in the first 5-minutes...


Spock

Spock's logical mind might be annoying sometimes but in this kind of environment, it'd be worth it. Spock is as clever as The Doctor but he's much less emotional about it - I need his cool head to survive in this kind of reality. 

Obi Wan Kenobi

None. Obi Wan has zero fucks to give.  And that's way I want him on my team. Obi Wan not only keeps in cool in a crisis, he has a way of looking at any crisis with humor and lots of chill. Plus with the creatures he's faced, dinosaurs shouldn't be a problem!



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #169

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.

Hey all and Happy Thanksgiving to my American Potterheads! So how many of you have seen Fantastic Beasts already?!  I am going next week so if anyone wants to chat about it, please keep it spoiler free ;)  In any case, we have a particularly daunting 'would you rather scenario today:

Would you rather break into Gringotts or the Ministry of Magic?

Well, seeing how both break ins went for Harry and Co., I think I'm going to go with Gringotts. Here's why: both ventures are ridiculously risky, that goes without saying.  With the Ministry of Magic break in, our trio seemed to cause a lot of havoc but also got a Horcrux out of it, whereas with Gringotts, they cause havoc, got a Horcrux but ALSO saved a Dragon. And that poor dragon deserved it's freedom so much. I still can't read or watch that scene without my heart breaking. So I'm picking Gringotts because I WANT TO SAVE A DRAGON!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #59

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!


Books I'm the Most Thankful For


I'm Canadian so Thanksgiving was in October for us but I still wanted to share some of the books I'm most thankful for. I went back and thought of the books that well and truly got me into reading as a kid, a teenager and as an adult:


Archie Comics - These books are what got me reading, when I was around 5 years old. A bunch my aunts, uncles and cousins loved these so they were all around. Picking one up was easy - I read thousands of them from childhood to adulthood. I wouldn't be the reader I am today without them.

Anne of Green Gables - This series was my first actual book series read-through. My childhood is inexorably linked to Anne and her childhood in meaningful ways. That little redhead own a significant piece of my heart.

The Secret Garden - Hello first successful required reading. We read this book for 10th grade English at my French High School - we even watched the television mini-series!  It warmed my heart then and it still does now.

The Little Prince - I read this for the first time in French, in French class and I just loved it.  It was my teacher's favorite and since he was one of my favorite, his love for it became mine as well. This is such a poignant classic.

Harry Potter - Cut to my adult life and to this book getting me back into reading for fun after I'd stopped completely due to University studies. Harry Potter not only made me fall in love with books again but it changed my life. I'm sooo thankful for this story.


The Hunger Games - I credit The Hunger Games getting me reading outside the fantasy genre, for introducing me to dystopian YA and because the girl on fire set me on fire right along with her. #TeamKatniss

Mistborn The Final Empire - The Final Empire introduced me to adult high-fantasy and forever changed my appreciation of fantasy books as a whole. Naturally this book is also responsible for me becoming a Sanderson-addict!

Throne of Glass - Thank you Throne of Glass for introducing me to a whole other kind of YA-heroine. A cocky, arrogant blond bombshell that proves women can act in ways usually reserved to men. And STILL be awesome.

Sabriel - I feel like Sabriel brought me back to classic the fantasy genre and made me fall in love with it in a way I never had before. Sabriel is such a strong and amazing character - made all the more impressive by how dark and terrifying her world - and her job is.

The Raven King - I went with all series-starters here, except in this case. Yes I'm beyond grateful for The Raven Boys but I'm more grateful that The Raven King wrapped the series up the way it did. It made me love the Boys and Blue even more!

What are some of the books you're grateful for?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fandom Mashup #80

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 friends and happy Sunday!  I hope everyone's November is going well so far? It's been fairly busy at work on my end so I've been falling behind on my reading, blogging and general geekiness. I'm back to scheduling posts in advance though so hopefully that'll help.  In any case, those of you who know me know that I enjoy being lazy so I've had more than my share of time to ponder our topic this week:

After taking it easy for too long, you've gotten lazy and out of shape...with adventure looming on your horizon, who's going to help whip you back into shape? 

Batman

Bruce Wayne didn't have to be in shape. He's rich and he's a businessman.  He chose to not only work out, but learn self defence, fighting, martial arts and the like because of his ambitions behind the mask. As a mentor, I think he'd be tough but fair!

Rowan Whitethorn

Rowan was able to make an assassin into a queen and a warrior to be reckoned with.  He'd be a real hard-ass for sure but his years and years of battle experience would give him insight few others would have.

Zuko

Here's a guy who could BEND FIRE but chose to learn how to wield dual swords.  You can't help but respect and admire that!  Zuko didn't start out patient, but he certainly worked hard and became someone I'd love to have as a mentor.

Kelsier

Kelsier took a helpless orphan and made her into a force of nature. He took random (though well selected) individuals and made himself an army. He just has a knack for making people into weapons and that's exactly what I need.

Green Arrow

Just.Look.At.Him.Go!  Tell me you don't want this guy as a personal trainer.  Go ahead. I dare you.  I know that the Green Arrow would be a tough mentor, but then I'd be able to do THAT^^ so I think it's worth it in the long run.



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #168

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.

Hi everyone and happy Friday!  So last week I mixed up our topic with this week's because they were posted out of order for those two weeks....and since I'm the one who posted the topics, let's just say the mix up rests squarely on my shoulders >.<  The worst bit? I visited Jaclyn's post and got really excited by how creative her 'choice' of topic was...LOL! #fail

 Anyway, this week's topic is really and truly a

Free Week! Your choice :)

which I did last week, so today I'm talking:

Favorite Common Room? Not necessarily where you'd be sorted or your favorite house but which one do you prefer in  terms of decor and location?

Le sigh. So yeah, I love this topic ♥ - haha  I truly adore every one of the different Common Rooms and I've often wish we could have explored all of them more fully. Let's look at them individually:

Slytherin

I really like that the Slytherin Common Room is underwater. I love all things to do with water so I can see really digging the view there. I used to think I'd be less than thrilled about them being next to the dungeons but come Halloween, that'd be cool! I'm also quite partial to the colour green so their decor speaks to me. It seems less cozy than some of the other Rooms though but that might be because it seems rich and foreboding like only old money can - and I'm not used to living like that.

Hufflepuff

The Hufflepuff Common Room is basically a Hobbit Hole. WIN. I just adore how cozy, warm and inviting it seems. I guess my inner GryffinPuff-hybrid self is showing because even though I don't tend to love the colour yellow, the warm tones have me wishing I could snuggle up there right now. Also, they're located close to the kitchen which is another WIN in my book. I'm less of a fan of the underground locale, but if I channel my inner Hobbit, I think I'd be OK!

Gryffindor

The Gryffindor Common Room is the room we're most familiar with. It's full of squishy armchairs and roaring fire. Both the fires and the tower view are among the biggest selling points here for me.  Well that and sharing a Common Room with Harry.Fucking.Potter.  Not to mention Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Fred, George...and knowing you live where greats like Dumbledore and McGonagall once lived. WOW.  I'm less of a fan of the colouring here but I could get used to it in a heartbeat.

Ravenclaw

Owing to the fact that I always thought I'd be sorted as a Ravenclaw, their Common Room is the most aesthetically pleasing to me. I'm a HUGE fan of deep dark royals and cobalts. I love the marble accents and the view of the night sky would make me dreamy like Luna.  The bookshelves are of course, an added bonus, Admittedly, it seems a bit less cozy and a bit more intimidating than Gryffindor and Hufflepuff do, but marble, the night sky and BOOKS? YES PLEASE.

Legit though? I'll take ANY Common Room. Just send me my Hogwarts Letter already! I'll sleep in a broom cupboard for fuck sakes.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #58

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!

Movie Freebie: Top Ten Twenty Favorite Movies of All-Time





The Count of Monte Cristo - This might just be my all-time favorite movie. I could watch it again and again and never get bored. What is it about a good revenge story that is so satisfying?

Gladiator - I love ancient Rome and I love Russell Crowe.  The story of Gladiator is one of the most engrossing and moving stories I've ever known. Also? Revenge!

The Prestige - Magicians. Illusionists with more secrets, lies and deception in their real lives than in their acts! This movie blew me away the first time I saw it and I thought about it for weeks afterwards.

The Dark Knight Trilogy - Batman has been my favorite superhero since I was a kid but I'd always been underwhelmed by his big screen adventures. Until this trilogy came around. I'm forever grateful to Director Christopher Nolan for these masterful stories.

A Good Year - This is a feel good story that revolves around a selfish, urban capitalist that finds himself again after he returns to his uncle's house in Southern France where he spent his Summers as a kid.



Stranger Than Fiction - A story about a book character come to life? What's not to love?  Even people who aren't a fan of Will Ferrell should check out this story ♥

The Hunger Games - My favorite book-to-movie adaption.  Take note movie studios, THIS is how it's done.  No huge, upsetting changes and phenomenal casting!

Zoolander - Comedies can be hit or miss for me, generally because I don't share the majority of people's sense of humor. My sense of humor is weird, random and unpredictable. I adore Zoolander though and to this day it still makes me laugh out loud!

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - While most people seem to prefer Anchorman (which I also love), Talladega Nights is my favorite of the two. I know they're similar in some respects but something about this story just cracks me up.

J.F.K. - I love the controversy here and I love the shock value but mostly, I love the conspiracy theory that comes with Stone's take on this American tragedy.



3:10 to Yuma - My all-time favorite western. Granted, I adore Bale and Crowe but I think the story is one that measure up beyond those two gifted actors.

Star Trek - I was never a Trekkie, mainly because my mom used to hate the old television series so I never got acquainted to it...BUT...this movie made me want to change all of that. Live long and prosper!

The Lord of the Rings - Another stellar book-to-movie adaptation. I got into these movies even before I read the Harry Potter books so I credit them with getting me really into high-fantasy!

The Hobbit - This series  might not be as epic as LotR but I still love it. I adore Martin Freeman, I think Bilbo is much more compelling than Frodo ever was and there's a badass dragon. WIN.

Titanic - I might not be big on romance but this movie was a defining moment for my generation. I went to see this SIX TIMES at the theaters and I'm not even sorry.  Oh and I may have a life-long crush on Mr. DiCaprio #notgonnalie



Inception - What can I say? I love Christopher Nolan. This movie was a mind-fuck like only he can deliver.  Dreams have always fascinated me and being able to navigate and manipulate dreams is trippy!

Fight Club - I love this movie for the controversy and social commentary.  I love Pitt and Norton's performances as well. If ever I feel frustrated or want to kick some ass, this is the movie I watch LOL!

The Sixth Sense - I remember being so utterly blown away by this movie the first time I saw it. I never even used to watch thrillers and scary movies, but I just loved this! It could even be responsible for my love affair with Supernatural!

Mad Max: Fury Road - The boyfriend was a fan of the original Mad Max movies so before seeing this new instalment, we rewatched the original trilogy which was fun. Needless to say, we were both blown away by this^^ Charlize Theron was a revelation! Also? Tom.Fucking.Hardy.

The Notebook - The second and last romance on my list. I've seen The Notebook a bunch of times and it always fills my heart and makes me cry.  I adore this story! Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are perfect.

What are your thoughts on my favorite movies? Do we have similar tastes?
What are some of your favorite movies?