Thursday, December 29, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #174

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 
Harry Potter Moment of the Week was created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and is hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote or memory  from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hello all! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas! Some of you might have noticed that I've fallen behind on my blog-hopping - I plan on catching up from this point until next week...I always fall behind during the Holidays.  In any case, I hope you're ready to talk Potter with me today because we've got one of my favorite types of topics in store: we're renaming the books from another character's perspective again! This week? Ginny Weasley:

Rename the books for Ginny's Perspective

Ginny Weasley and The Year Before Hogwarts


Ginny Weasley and The Diary of Tom Riddle


Ginny Weasley and the Dementor

Ginny Weasley and the Yule Ball


Ginny Weasley and the Possession Reminder


Ginny Weasley The Boy Who Lived


Ginny Weasley and the Battle of Hogwarts

How would YOU rename the books from Ginny's perspective?


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #61

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 I Read in 2016



The Raven King - I reread so many passages, so many times, I basically reread the entire thing. Feels! So many feels!  And PYNCH. It'S a thing and it was perfection ♥

A Court of Mist and Fury - The new direction the series took turned the story from awesome to life-ruining.  I still dream of the Night Court by the way, just in case anyone is wondering.

Mistborn: Secret History - This novella rocked the entire Mistborn series, in such a fucking brilliant way, I'm reeling all over again just thinking about it.

Illuminae - This book wasn't perfect, but the format, storytelling and suspense were incredibly well utilized, so it made up for it. If I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about it. Constantly.

Empire of Storms - When your least favorite book in the series still makes your top book list for the year, it says a lot about the series...and the author. Long live Maas! #StillNotOverThatEnding




The Bands of Mourning - I hadn't been loving the Wax and Wayne books as much as the original Mistborn trilogy but this book ended with such a mindfuck, it changed everything.

The Golem's Eye - This series has some of the best world-building and magic I've come across this year. I love the gritty atmosphere and the demons of course!

Clariel - This is by far and wide the least well received book in the Old Kingdom but I enjoyed it more than most. It isn't my favorite but it still delivered where it counted for me.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - To me, the first book here is by far the strongest book in the series and when you factor in the the audiobook is narrated by the incredible Stephen Fry? Magic.

The Harry Potter Series - I reread the series for the first time in five years so (obviously) it made the list. This series gets better every time I read it.

2016 was clearly the year of blue-ish/gray-ish books (with a few exceptions)
What were your favorite books of 2016?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Fandom Mashup #85

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 Holidays everyone!  I wanted to post this yesterday since it was still Sunday but the Holidays got the better of me :)  I hope everyone is having a perfect Holiday and well if anyone is bored today, I hope you'll enjoy my Fandom Mashup post, even if it is one day late:

Free Week 

Since it's a free week and Christmas, I thought I'd have a little fun:

Which characters do you think would be most out of place celebrating Christmas?

Crowley

Thinking about Crowley celebrating Christmas literally put a HUGE smile on my face! I hope the #SPNFamily makes this happen someday because it would be gold!


Sherlock Holmes

I know we already saw Sherlock doing Christmas but it was still wonderfully weird like only he could make it - even though he was with his friends.  I'll never get sick of it!


The Doctor

The Doctor doesn't do stuff like this, which is exactly why I want to see him try. And I know usually Ten is my go-to Doctor but in this respect, Nine seems even more alien...and Nine *is* my 2nd favorite Doctor (You NEVER forget your first Doctor)


Bartimaeus

I've said many times how Bartimaeus is basically Crowley as a Djinni, so having Bartimaeus doing something as normal as Christmas seems like it would be brilliant! Especially since Crowley will be there too :D

Holly Short

And as a fairy, Holly always seems out of place among humans.  I'd like to see her attempt to keep this crew under control^^ Hey - if she can wrangle Artemis, Butler, Root and Foaly, girl's got this covered.

Which characters to you think would be SUPER out of place celebrating Christmas?
Happy Boxing Day!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #173

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week was created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and is hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote or memory  from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hi everyone!  Christmas is soooo close I can almost taste it :D  I'm still heading out to work today and tomorrow though but before I do, we seem to have an 'early Christmas for Micheline' topic going on today. Ok so the topic might not be Christmas-y but my answer is the best gift of all LOL!

Favorite Draco Moment


Now generally speaking, as much as I adore Tom Felton, I am not a fan of Draco. Sure in the movies he's cute and quietly in love with Harry but in the books he's a ginormous tool who I constantly want to punch him in the face.  Naturally, thinking up of a favorite moment of his, I went with whenever he got exactly what he deserved for being such a ginormous tool. Case in point:

The Amazing Bouncing Ferret

Much like Ron when he saw this all go down in GoF, I have this moment imprinted in my memory and in times of despair, I like to recall that Malfoy was turned into a fluffy white ferret and forced to bounce around like an idiot while onlookers cheered and rolled on the floor laughing. Indeed, I would have been one of those onlookers. And I never would have let Malfoy forget it either! 

"Twitchy little ferret, aren't you, Malfoy?"

What's your favorite Draco Malfoy Moment?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #61

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 Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree 




Goldenhand - Even though I'm waiting for the paperback to come out - so it matches my lovely paperback collection - I wouldn't be mad if it showed up under the tree :D

The Bartimaeus Sequence - I'm listening to these on audio right now but I'd LOVE to get this^^ edition of the series to put on my shelf! I just love them!

This Savage Song - I've been kicking myself for not pre-ordering this since before it came out -  Santa, save me the trouble and send it my way!!

The Rose & The Dagger - Much like my comment directly above^^ I REALLY wish I'd pre-ordered this back when I had gift cards at my disposal. I needs it.

Pawn of Prophecy - Even since Faith recommended this during #HarryPotterMonth this Summer, I've been pining for it. And Santa, I've been mostly good this year, I swear!




Adulthood is a Myth - I know that this one isn't my usual genre but man, I adore Sarah's Scribbles.  I have her comics pinned all over Pinterest and I'm dying to read her book!

Pottermore Presents #1-#3 - Santa I know that these aren't expensive and I should own the already but I'm poor!  Car troubles a few weeks before Christmas has forced me to wait to even buy stamps to send out cards D:  And you can't go wrong with Rowling

Batman Classic Graphic Novels - It doesn't have to be The Killing Joke! I also want The Long Halloween, Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. I just need some classic Batman in my life ok?!

His Majesty's Dragon - Dragons and Naomi Novik? Yes please! I'll probably listen to the audio soon Santa but it's so pretty, I'd love to display it on my bookcase ;)

Arcanum Unbound - And finally Santa, if you're not sure, Sanderson is always a safe bet! Especially a collection of short-stories about the Cosmere. Eeek!

Have you read any of these^^?
What books are you hoping Santa leaves under your tree?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fandom Mashup #84

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! It's been a busy month for me so far as I'm sure it's been for many of you, what with shopping, decorating, work and the usual engagements...and the added Winter weather complications a.k.a. the polar vortex and it's frigid temperatures. Brr!  All the better to get us into the Christmas spirit I suppose?  In any case, today we're kicking that Christmas spirit thing up a notch:

Christmas is nearly here and you're decorating a massive tree! Which fictional characters do you chose to help you decorate? 

Harry Potter


Because his shock at getting presents his first year at Hogwarts proves that Harry never had a decent Christmas. I intend to give him one.

Bruce Wayne

Before his parents died, I'm sure there were lovely Christmases at The Waynes. After? Not so much. The guy deserves some normalcy from his nightly activities too!

Aelin Galathynius

I know that Aelin doesn't have our version of Christmas in her world but I think she'd enjoy decorating a tree, listening to Christmas music and eating and drinking chocolate XD

The Doctor

The Doctor likes to pretend that he doesn't do human things but it seems to me that deep down, he craves humanity and well nothing would get him in the spirit like preparing for Christmas with humans.

Sabriel the Abhorsen

Obviously, I have a thing for characters who've lacked a proper childhood. Sabriel was duty bound far too young and even though I don't think they have Christmas where she's from, I think the normalcy and peace of the season would appeal to her.

Bonus:

The Winchesters

Speaking of lacking a proper childhood. -.-  Sam and Dean could REALLY do with some lighthearted festivities.  Dean could have a drink or twelve and Sam could don moose reindeer antlers LOL!

The Raven Boys + Blue

This just seems like something that Blue and the Boys would actually do together - I mean, they're like a big family so why not include myself in the mix and get festive with them?!

Which characters would you want to decorate a Christmas tree with this year?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: The Golem's Eye

The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud
Bartimaeus #2
Published September 1st 2004 by Hyperion

This second volume of the brilliant, bestselling Bartimaeus sequence.

Two years have passed since the events of The Amulet of Samarkand and the young magician Nathaniel is rising fast through the government ranks. But his career is suddenly threatened by a series of terrifying crises. A dangerous golem makes random attacks on London and other raids, even more threatening, are perpetrated by the Resistance. Nathaniel and Bartimaeus travel to Prague, enemy city of ancient magic, but while they are there uproar breaks out at home and Nathaniel returns to find his reputation in tatters. Can he rescue it from his Machiavellian adversaries in the government bent on his destruction?

A thrilling sequel in which the relationship between the young magician and the djinni remains as teasing and complex as ever.
As soon as I got into The Bartimaeus Series I knew I'd found a story I could truly get into. Admittedly, I had planned to take a longer break between finishing the first book and picking up the second but I found that I couldn't stop thinking about the world created by Jonathan Stroud...so I went ahead and dove into The Golem's Eye.

Once again, I'm blown away by this world and magical system here. It's set in a more or less modern, alternate history version of London, and the world is dark, layered, atmospheric and wholly immersive. In this reality,the non-magicians or Muggles are fully aware of the Magicians living among them and willingly (or unwillingly depending on who you ask) allow the Magicians to govern over them. The majority of commoners believe that The Magicians keep the population safe but there is mounting unrest - and with it emerges a shadowy anarchist group known as The Resistance, who wants to destabilize the Magicians and their reign of power. In this instalment, we get a closer look at the Resistence, who feel mistreated and abused by magicians and who wish to...relieve the magical community of it's control.

To give you a better idea of what kind of story we're dealing with here, The Bartimaeus Sequence has been described as:
  A magical dystopia featuring a mix of modern and ancient, secular and mythological themes 1.
Basically every Magician worth his or her salt has various demons in their command.  They summon them and command them to do their bidding.  This is where magicians get their power as they are not inherently magical. Rather, they study long and hard, master various spells, incantations and summonings in order to gain control over the magical demons  The variety of demons, or spirits, is staggering, each with unique personalities and powers: there are djinn, imps, afrits, foliots, marids and more! Normally, the spirits reside in another dimension or plane but when a Magician summons them, they are forced to do their 'master's' bidding - so long as the summoning is done properly ;)

The combination of the magical system and the sociological reality here make for some really interesting scenarios - all of which Jonathan Stroud takes full advantage of. What you get is a thoroughly unique fantasy story that stands fully on it's own merits. I didn't see much of any similarities to stories I'd read previously - and we all know that fantasy is my bread and butter. This series also offers a rich variety of intriguing magical items. Last time we had elemental spheres, scrying glasses and a powerful amulet.  This time, we're treated to a possessed skeleton, a giant golem and a potent magical staff - just to name a few.

What impressed me the most here though, was the character growth. Our hero was always a gray character but here he seems to have lost much of his altruism.  The demon who ought to be the villain turns out to be much more morally complex than he might seem - even though I still wouldn't call him a hero either.  And then there's our hero's main antagonist Kitty, who we meet in the first book but is a newly added POV in The Golem's Eye. Initially her chapters alternate between her past and present, giving the reader valuable insight into her past as a commoner and developing her character. At first, it seemed like she was getting too much page-time, only because I didn't care for her character all that much. She quickly became compelling, then sympathetic, then admirable and finally likeable. Once the blanks are filled-in as to how she became the person she is today she becomes another of the deliciously layered, shades-of-gray characters that author Jonathan Stroud does so well.

Plot-wise, I won't go into the finer details, but suffice it to say that Nathaniel, lauded as a hero at the end of The Amulet of Samarkand obtains a prominent job within the Magician's government - the youngest Magician to do so. Naturally, his promotion made him a fair share of enemies, so when something begins to destroy prominent magic shops, it's on his shoulders to figure out who, or what, is responsible.  If he succeeds, his position within the government will be justified but if he fails, all will be lost. He faces obstacles on every side, notable of which is Kitty, which he'd faced previously. Kitty was largely a mystery back then but her story truly here added a whole other perspective, not just with the story but with the world as a whole. As a commoner, or Muggle, she's faced with a whole other perception of reality. Watching the two sides come together was nothing short of impressive!

In case it isn't already glaringly obvious, I am loving the hell out of this series. The Golem's Eye is a worthy addition to the series that was every bit as good as it's predecessor.  This book delivers on nearly every front: the world/setting, the plot, the magic and the characters. My only minor qualm is that I wish I felt more actual love for the characters. I mean, they fascinate me but I don't feel as strong of an emotional connection to them as I do with my other all-time favorite books, which is likely due to their shades-of-gray personalities.  As it stands, my favorite character is the demon (oops Djinni) Bartimaeus, because he's basically Crowley from Supernatural as a djinn! Overall, this was a stellar fantasy read, one I'd recommend to any and all fantasy readers.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Previously...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #172

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week was created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and is hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote or memory  from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hi hi!  How is everyone today?  We're in the midst of an extreme cold spell around here - BRRR! It's a good thing that just writing the word 'cold' makes me think of Christmas and the word 'spell' makes me think about Potter because that falls right in line with our topic today:

What gifts would you gift your favorite character(s) for the Holidays?

Another Firebolt for Harry, which I'd sign as Sirius Black.


^^Make that two more Firebolts so Ron and Ginny can get one too^^

All my favorite books to Hermione and Dumbledore


A Quidditch Cup for Gryffindor for McGonagall :D


A 2nd Hogwarts letter for Hagrid so he can finish his schooling


Some sore of rare magical plant for Neville


All the mundane Muggle items for Mr Weasley


Muggle Astrology books for Luna


A Weasley jumper for Mrs. Weasley


You know, since I can't give her an actual Weasley (Fred) *sob*

What would you gift your favorite Wizarding World Characters?


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Fandom Mashup #83

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 hi!  Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend so far? I'm excited today because we have a topic I've been looking forward to tackling for a long time now - I don't know why really, I just like that it combines fandoms on another level from what we usually do for Fandom Mashups - and that it allowed me to pick a total of 10 characters instead of 5 LOL (You know me!):

Fandom Duos - team up 5 duos from different fandoms who you think would work well together if their worlds collided. 

Harry Potter - Sabriel the Abhorsen

After I'd read The Old Kingdom books it struck me how Harry and Sabriel would make an fantastic team! Both are duty bound and forced to grow up much quicker than they ought to.  Similarly, both take their burden in stride and never hesitate to do the right thing. Harry and Sabriel are both brave beyond measure ♥ and two of my absolutely favorite heroes.

Aelin Galathynius - Kaladin Stormblessed

Aelin and Kaladin both come from a world very different than our own, with rich magic, social structures and plenty of scary beasts. They've both been made slaves and they've both suffered a great deal but they've overcome ALL of the obstacles and come out stronger on the other side.  You can't hold either of them down and that's why I love them both fiercely.

John Smith/The Doctor - Bruce Wayne/Batman

Something about The Doctor and Bruce Wayne/Batman working together really makes sense to me. I don't know if it's because they've both lost so much and are both inherently lonely with their fair share of darkness and demons. I have a feeling they'd understand each other and have a deep respect for one another's cause and moral code.

Sherlock Holmes - Bilbo Baggins

This combination just makes my geek heart want to explode.  Obviously since Bilbo and John Watson are played by the same actor this just fits, nevermind the fact that Sherlock was the voice of Smaug! I just want to see these two worlds collide like so many fans on Pinterest do. The results would be memorable, to say the least...


Katniss Everdeen - The Winchesters

Sam and Dean could definitely do with meeting a woman that resists being killed so well, it'd be something new for them for sure *cough*  Beyond that though, I genuinely think that both Sam and Dean would like Katniss because she always keeps fighting, just like them. Katniss for her part would appreciate Sam's struggle and Dean' humor - doesn't everyone?

Which characters from different fandoms would you like to see team up?
And what do you think about my duos?