Thursday, September 29, 2016

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (144)

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! A list of upcoming topics can be found here.

This week's topic is:
If You Could Change One Thing from Book 4, What Would It Be?

Well, there is the whole Voldemort regaining his body thing, but if that didn't happen, the series would have probably been quite a bit shorter, lol. So I'll go with Harry and Ron not speaking to each other after Harry's name popped out of the Goblet of Fire. Up to that point, their friendship had been a given, and watching them fight caused me much pain. :(

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fandom Mashups (72)

Fandom Mashups is a feature hosted by Lunar Rainbows Reviews. There's a different scenario each week, and you choose a "dream team" of five characters from five different fandoms whom you think are best suited for the situation.

This week's topic is:
You've discovered the Sword in the Stone! Who do you want to help you free it?

  1. Harry Potter: He wielded Godric Gryffindor's sword like a pro, so I feel pretty confident that he might be able to help out here, especially since he can always try using magic!
  2. Aelin (Throne of Glass): Aelin wouldn't let something like a stone keep her from access to a weapon.
  3. Sabriel (The Old Kingdom): If this lady isn't deemed worthy to free the sword, I don't know who is!
  4. Gansey (The Raven Cycle): Gansey's search for the Welsh king Glendower always reminded me of an Arthurian quest, so I think that his input would be very valuable.
  5. King Arthur: The go-to guy for this task if everyone else fails. XD

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (143)

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! A list of upcoming topics can be found here.

This week's topic is:
Favorite Classroom Memory?

I have to go with a lesson from my favorite book, Prisoner of Azkaban, with my favorite professor—Lupin, of course! The boggart lesson quickly established the fact that Hogwarts had a legit Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher that year. Lupin was also very kind to Neville after Snape was mean to Neville, and who could ever forget boggart Snape wearing Neville's grandmother's dress? XD

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: Imprudence by Gail Carriger

Imprudence by Gail Carriger
Imprudence (The Custard Protocol #2)
By Gail Carriger
Publisher:
Orbit
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

To Sum It Up: Lady Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama and her beloved airship The Spotted Custard have returned home to England, but it’s not a happy welcome that awaits them. Rue faces a most displeased Queen Victoria and is promptly divested of her legal protections under the Crown. Life with Rue’s preternatural/werewolf/vampire family has never been tranquil, but when the situation takes a very serious turn, Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard undertake an urgent mission that is extremely dear to Rue’s heart.

Review: After having some pacing issues with the previous novel, Prudence, and just not feeling that the latter was on the same level as its parent series, The Parasol Protectorate, I wasn’t exactly in a hurry to read Imprudence. I changed my mind, though, after absolutely adoring Gail Carriger’s recent novella, Poison or Protect, which is also set in the same wonderful supernatural/steampunk Victorian world. I’d also seen a few reviewers on Goodreads with quibbles similar to mine regarding Prudence say that Imprudence was a much more satisfying read. Feeling optimistic, I picked up this book, and I’m so, so, so happy that I did.

Whereas the plot of Prudence never really seemed to gel, the sequel sports a well-developed story line that both brings closure for some Parasol Protectorate characters but leaves room for plenty of future adventures for Rue and company. This would probably be an opportune moment to mention that The Custard Protocol is truly a spin-off series, and you really do need to have read The Parasol Protectorate to follow what happens in Prudence and especially Imprudence.

I’m practically giddy writing about how much I loved the humor in this book. Imprudence just sparkles with wit throughout its pages, even in the midst of battle. Yes, battle! Rue’s poor ship finds itself besieged on multiple occasions, and the fighting is quite intense. Rue really steps up to her leadership role as lady captain of The Spotted Custard in this book, and it’s equally lovely to see the camaraderie that has developed among her plucky crew.

While all of the characters feel more fleshed out in Imprudence, Rue’s growth is perhaps the most striking. She actually turns twenty-one in the novel and is officially an independent woman, no longer under the protection of her parents and, thanks to the fallout from The Spotted Custard’s recent escapade, no longer afforded protection by Queen Victoria. Attaining her majority isn’t the only life change Rue faces in the book, either. A family crisis rocks the world she’s grown up in and alters it forever. Although certain events in Imprudence had been foreshadowed even back in The Parasol Protectorate, I still found myself getting quite emotional, and my heart broke for Rue. She gathers her courage, though, and leads her crew through not one but two missions. I really loved this lady by the end of the book and her quirky but endearing companions, too.

Overall, Imprudence was a heap of rollicking good fun that often made me laugh out loud, a very common occurrence when reading Gail Carriger’s works. Imprudence was also deeply poignant at times, and a frenzy of action at others. It appears that The Spotted Custard won’t be lifting off again for some time while its ingenious creator concentrates on some more novellas, so I’ll just savor these adventures in the meantime.

All in All: Everything just clicked into place in Imprudence—it was sweet, it was thrilling, and most of all, it was HILARIOUS!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fandom Mashups (71)

Fandom Mashups is a feature hosted by Lunar Rainbows Reviews. There's a different scenario each week, and you choose a "dream team" of five characters from five different fandoms whom you think are best suited for the situation.

This week's topic is:
Brainy is the new sexy! Pick your five favorite nerds to geek out with 8-)

  1. The Tenth Doctor: He NEEDS to wear the glasses for this!
  2. Hermione Granger: We can talk about books, books, and more books!
  3. Lisa Simpson: I feel like once we started chatting, we'd never run out of things to fangirl over.
  4. Daria Morgendorffer: I freaking LOVED watching Daria on MTV back in the day. We could watch a Sick, Sad World marathon and provide our own snarky commentary.
  5. Gansey (The Raven Cycle): Brainy, you say? Look no further than this guy! Just thinking about his brilliant mind makes me swoon. ♥
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