Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ten book recommendations for Star Wars fangirls

Ten book recommendations for Star Wars fangirls


I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with Star Wars, especially TFA, these days. Here's some books to tide us over until The Last Jedi!

Queen Emeraldas - Super wow. Mysterious space pirate chick tough as Captain Phasma but gentle as Padme? I was hooked. The illustrations of this graphic novel are beautiful.

Shatter Me Trilogy - An abandoned young girl with special powers, a new military order complete with a Supreme Leader, and soldiers who love her? Remind you of anything? So good, so thrilling. I couldn't read fast enough.

Shattered Warrior - (no relation to the series above) The.best.graphic.novel.I've.read.in.a.long.time! After her planet's invaded, Colleen works in the alien factory as a means of survival. With the aid of a rival warrior, her and friends start a makeshift resistance. Brief, but revealing, love scenes.

The Giver - If you're into a spiritual master teaching a young person lessons, i.e. Obi-wan/Yoda and Luke, this book was a page-turner for me. The novel is much better than the movie (although the movie wasn't bad, just different), IMO.

Ender's Game - If you're a fan of X-Wings vs. TIE Fighters, this book is all about YA military training and action against an alien race. A scifi classic that doesn't disappoint.

Dune - Hands down, the influence of Dune is clear in Star Wars. Sand. Prophecies. Powers. Strong female characters. A must read. The sleeper must awaken!

Lord of the Rings - Truly paved the way for other "golden fleece" stories like Star Wars. In my mind, droids are a little like hobbits. Now if only Strider had a lightsaber...

The Last DragonWhen Tansy's father goes missing, her town will need a hero and a leader to save them. A young woman destined to follow in her healer father's footsteps.

The Splintered series - A girl goes down the rabbit hole, literally, when she learns she's heir to a mysterious power and magical world. Adventure and romance generations in the making.

The Hunger Games series - Yeah, by now, you've probably already read this one. But with a girl trying to survive against a powerful dictator, its fun to imagine what if this was Rey vs. Snoke.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas FrontierThe Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier by Scott Zesch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book, at its heart, is about the author's step relative who was abducted as a child. From family legends, the author knew that his relative, once returned to his family, had a difficult readjustment to the 'white' society he was born. He never lost the lessons and ways of his one-time native family. Through his research, author Zesch found many examples of other children who felt the same way. They never blamed or hated their adopted families.

Zesch does his best to show both sides of the story. Although, at times, segments were difficult to read. Contains graphic violence against women and infants. One capture and escape in particular seemed like a tall-tale: pregnant woman scalped, shot by arrows, walks miles in the snow at night to her neighbors who tell her BTW not to bled over everything as the flee without her, and she survives (and has the baby if I remember correctly). I smell an old-timey newspaperman who wanted to sell papers over heresay and terror.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My Most Anticipated Books For the Second Half of 2017


My Most Anticipated Books For the Second Half of 2017

Oh my goodness, this year is flying by! I’m currently knee deep in boxes for my move, lamenting most of my books are packed, but here are the books I’m most looking forward to for the second half of 2017. Wow, I might need a new bookshelf in my office.

Vonze's Picks:


Ah! Only a few more days to wait!


Meg Cabot + Star Wars?? Now I'm intrigued!


I really enjoyed West's "By Your Side" and I'm looking forward to this one!


Ah, I love the Manga Classics! Poe will be perfect for Halloween.


I love Hauck's work, so I'm very interested in this novel, part contemporary, part historical.


OMG, Luke...what have you been up to and why is your character so grumpy now?


Gray writes Leia's character so well, can't wait to read more.


'Cause I need relaxation unicorns in my life right now, HA!



I love these silly novels.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi novelization - Whenever it's announced...

Oshie's Picks:



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Books I Want To Read This Summer


Top Ten Books I Want To Read This Summer

Ah, summer. It's hot, hot, humid in the South, zaps your energy and makes you want to kick it back with a book and a nice bottle of sparkling Voss water.

Here are the Top Ten Books I Want to read this summer. *Fingers crossed* cause I've been super busy. This year has been packed. Literally, 90% of my books are packed right now. :)


The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband - Love the fake marriage trope. Love, love Julia Quinn's work. Never fails to be funny.


Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars) - I was lucky enough to meet the author at Star Wars Celebration! This lady is great at action adventure!


The Last Unicorn & Two Hearts - Somehow I was lucky enough to find a rare hardcopy of this book. I've been waiting to re-read it and the short story Two Hearts. I think it's time.


Poison Study - Ditto for this one! I've been on a fantasy romance kick and this was my intro into the genre. Time to revisit.


Graceling - I've heard nothing but praise for it for years. Found it on the shelf while packing.


East - Ditto. I need to read all these fantasy titles I own!


Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - Everyone I know loves the movie. I feel like reading the book first.


The Dark Angel -
 I feel like I should have read this back during the Twilight craze. Anyhow, again, I found it while packing and it sounds haunting good.


The Hero With A Thousand Faces - It seems to be a writing and research staple. It's past time for me to make time for it. Although it's hardly a breezy summer read!


Ronin by Frank Miller - I've heard it's a must for graphic novel fans. Now that Oshie's done, it's my turn.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Top Ten Books For The Star Wars Fandom (Old Canon and New!)


My Top Ten Books For The Star Wars Fandom (Old Canon and New!)

Well, it's no secret I've been a Star Wars geek for a long time. Super excited about Star Wars Celebration this month and the next movie in December!

Meanwhile, here are my favorite Star Wars books from the old and new canon. You don't even need to be a major Star Wars fan to enjoy some of them. As long as you're cool with scifi, you'll "get" them.

Lost Stars - When I read this, I wondered, "Wow, why wasn't this around for me like fifteen years ago????" A great, action-packed YA with a dab of romance for fans and non-fans alike. If you like scifi fantasy, you'll enjoy it!

The Force Awakens Novelization - I know people who read the book before even seeing the movie! Extremely well-done. Adds a little more character development to the mysterious scenes. Also scenes cut from the film!

Shadows Of The Empire - Goodness, the memories I have of this one! Read it all summer long at my grandparents' farm. Arguably the best Star Wars novel, taking place between 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi.' A page-turning action-adventure.

Splinter of the Mind's Eye graphic novel - I was so excited to find this 'lost' Star Wars what-if. It's based off a novel that was nearly turned into a movie before 'Empire Strikes Back'. Interesting to see what "nearly" happened.

Aftermath: Empire's End - A page-turner with great tidbits of new canon! Leia gives birth! Father-son moments with Han! Bittersweet moments for new characters. Fights, near-death, death, escapes, it all leads to setting the stage for TFA. Something for everyone.

Heir To The Empire - Like a trip back-to-the-past! Dark Jedi instead of Sith. Jedi twins. Emperor is nameless. Also fun moments: Luke drinking hot chocolate, getting poison ivy. Thrawn, very smart villain.

Bloodline - If you thought everyone was chill about Leia being Vader's daughter, think again. Finally, a novel that solely focuses on our fav SW career lady, former princess, Senator, and soon-to-be General. Years overdue.

The Lost City of the Jedi - At the time, I really identified with Ken's character. Finally, a kid in Star Wars! Going on an adventure with Luke! I also thought Trioculus was a good villain.

Star Wars: ABC-3PO - A picture book that's too precious! If you're familiar with the characters, the humor is spot on!

The Paradise Snare (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #1) - Oh for the love of Han Solo! A great, old canon back story for our fav smuggler. I was actually nagged for reading this 'boy's book' at school...even though it had romance. Found out years later that the author is a lady!!

I WISH MORE LADY SCIFI FANTASY AUTHORS STOP USING INITIALS TO HIDE THE FACT THEY ARE LADIES. What about all the 'lil fangirls who look up to you? Ok, rant over. :-D

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig

Aftermath: Empire's End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3)Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, let's imagine you're at a baby shower...we'll say it's Leia's baby shower, cause she's expecting 'lil Ben Solo (future Kylo Ren) and all.

They have a small box of cupcakes. They are awesome cupcakes. You know good and well the baker has a whole store somewhere. But the baker, to keep you guessing, doesn't want to give their address out yet.

That's what this book is like. Oh, btw, the baker is Disney. The store and cupcakes are the answers to your burning New Canon Star Wars questions.

But a small box of cupcakes is better than no cupcakes.

All and all, a fitting, page-turning, conclusion to the Aftermath series!

Precious, tender moments with Han & Leia and 'the baby'! Background info for General Hux. A reunion for Chewie. A new career for JarJar. A close call for Mothma. Lando goes baby gift shopping. Rae Sloane's revenge. Sadness for Norra. Poor noble Bones. The end for Rax (or is it??)

Only time will tell if we get more tidbits of info. Or if we've correctly interpreted these tidbits!


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: The Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off, I heard of the book's predecessor 'Devil In Winter' (story of hero's parents) long ago, but I've never read it. I'm sure for long-time fans of Kleypas' work, this a wonderful continuation of a story from 10+ years ago. All and all, I might bump 'Devil In Winter' a little higher on the historical romance TBR pile, solely based on enjoying this book.

Secondly, LOVED the heroine Pandora! An eccentric, trouble-making wallflower?? One who doesn't want to marry and wants to start her own business? YAY! Great, funny, and relatable heroine. Probably going to add her to my 'best heroines' list. I was so happy when she back talked the hero, I laughed out loud. I'll never forget Pandora's character.

The hero, the new Lord St. Vincent, was pretty typical of this genre. Of course, he's an affluent rake (personally I'm getting burnt out on rakes...maybe it's why I liked Marrying Winterborne better). But his real saving grace, with me anyways, was his careful observation of Pandora's difficulties and his dedication to helping her overcome them. Once he set his cap for her, he didn't stop.

The dramatic ending felt a little, surprisingly, over-the-top for me...maybe some hints about it should have been weaved into the beginning.

Overall, enjoyable, laugh-out-loud (thanks, Pandora!) historical romance. Looking forward to Kleypas' next story in the series.


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