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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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I Read In Nearly One Sitting


Top Ten Books I Read In Nearly One Sitting

(I so want that chair! Only with book pillows!)

Catching Fire- I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Devoured it.

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys, #1) - The tension and back-and-forth between these two kept me laughing and guessing.

The Giver- Beautiful thought-provoking story I couldn't put down.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - Like a letter from a friend you'll never forget.

Into the Wild- I felt like I was on a journey with Chris. I sought to understand his travels and reasoning.

The Little Prince- Best book I should have read a long, long time ago. Heartfelt.

Their Eyes Were Watching God- I got hooked on what would happen next. Quick, classic read.

The Princess Diaries- I kept re-reading the series each time a new book was released.

I Am Pusheen The Cat- Too much sweet, cutest not to take it all in!

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - I feel like I blog about this book so, so much...but I really love it. Once you start, you can't stop!

Friday, March 10, 2017

In My Mailbox: Feb 2017



In My Mailbox: Feb 2017

I've been super excited about my latest incomings! Several new releases, as well as, some great used bookstore finds, and oldies but goodies =D

NEW:





Found Used:

The Death of the Heart

Hospital Sketches

Anna of the Five Towns

Romance and Legend of Chivalry (Myths and Legends Series)


Oldies But Goodies:




Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Star Wars - Union (old canon)

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection: Union Volume 11Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection: Union Volume 11 by Michael A. Stackpole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First off, I want to say that I appreciate that this exists. Action, comedy, and romance have always been apart of Star Wars and I like the idea of a scifi fantasy comic focused on a wedding.

As a Star Wars obsessed chick that reads lots of romance novels, and plans weddings, I’m a great target for it.

I recall really wanting to read this as a tween. I probably should have back in the day. Nowadays, ‘Union’ is very much a product of its time. It feels like a 90s romcom with a laugh track. Although, in parts, it’s thought provoking and cutesy.

Again, the idea is awesome, but there were things that just didn’t work for me.

The comic assumes I have read all the old-canon up to that point. I know, second-hand, who Mara Jade is, but the comic itself didn’t help me to know her. I could have benefited from some relationship flashbacks or a conversation from Luke why Mara is the right woman for him other than just-that-he-loves-her.

Everyone feels mellow to me. Han and Leia have had their happily-ever-after and are tame, ho-hum parents now. War is over. Everything seems easy-going and normal. Although the main characters are worried about the wedding taking place, the threat doesn’t seem very high. I’m never concerned that the characters can’t handle whatever the few baddies are planning. About as threatening as rain or the caterer not arriving.

Plus, it’s been sixteen years since the Battle of Endor…and Han is still calling Luke “kid.” Gee, Han, Luke’s almost 40! And he’s a Jedi Master now, have some RESPECT. But then again, I guess it doesn’t help that Luke jokes that he’s going to have to stay with Han when Mara gets mad and kicks him out.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #1)The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For me, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest was a breezy, adorable female Robin Hood-esque tale. The main characters, Jorgen and Odette, are quickly drawn to one another at a Midsummer festival. Turns out, both are orphans with a heart for helping children. However, Odette has a deep secret. At night, she goes into the forest and poaches deer to feed the poor. It may be wrong, but she's doing it for the right reasons. When she learns Jorgen is the new margrave’s forester, it seems their attraction will never work. Jorgen is dedicated to catching the mysterious poacher.

I really enjoyed Jorgen's character. As an inspirational hero, he was perfect: steadfast and honorable. Not quick to anger.

Odette slightly frustrated me, but mostly because of the plot. For the huntress of Thornbeck Forest, she spent a lot of time in town and at home. As a farm girl trapped in the city, I wanted to "escape" to the forest, and Odette just wasn't in the forest enough. For me, it felt like her point-of-view started after she returned from the forest.

So, in summary, if you want a sweet, inspirational fairy-tale romance, yes! If you want to vicariously be in the forest, book a trip.


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