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WWW Wednesday- 8th May 2019

Trying out a slightly different blog schedule this week and today is going to be WWW Wednesday! A short and sweet post inspired by the weekly prompts from Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple, Sam posts three W questions and I answer them.

For Wednesday 8th May the Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you Currently Reading?
My Sci-Fi binge is well underway and I’m currently reading LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff, I’m just under halfway through and really enjoying it so far I’ve been warned that Jay likes to screw around with your feelings and is fond of cliffhangers or WTF moments at the end of his books so kind of terrified to get to the end not gonna lie.

I’ve been listening to at least half an hour of the Gemina (by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff) before I go to sleep since Monday as part of a buddy reread with @Nnovakk on Twitter which I’ve been really enjoying listening to again.

I’m also still slooooowly listening to Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassie Clare and have four hours left, I’m so close yet so far!

What did you recently finish reading?
Most recently has been Aurora Rising, (you can check out my spoiler free review here) it was my most anticpated read of 2019 and I was not dissapointed! I’m now eagerly awaiting my signed copy from GCreads with my Momento novella and my special Illumicrate edition and themed box coming in the next few weeks. SO excited, I’m very much not done with the hype just yet.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I feel like it’ll either be Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray, because it sounds like it shares some similarities with LifeL1k3 or The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers which is series I’ve been desperate to get into!

Have you read any of these? If so what are your thoughts? What do you think I should read next?

 

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May TBR Thursday

So March took forever but April has absolutely flown by so incredibly fast! I am glad though because there are some brilliant books out this month and I’m planning to read a good few books I’ve been excited to read that have been on my TBR for far too long, I’ve been talking about it for months but…

MY SCI-FI BINGE HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!

Aurora Rising by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
One of my friends who received a copy of the Aurora Rising arc was kind enough to lend to me and you bet I’m already reading this and therefore I figured this was the absolute perfect time to begin my sci-fi binge I’ve been promising myself for ages. If you’ve been following my blog or any of my social media even slightly you’ll probably already know that this book is my most anticipated book this year, possibly even since I finished Obsido last year and discovered there would be a new co-authored series by Amy and Jay. I’m looking forward to some serious reading time over the next few days let me tell you.

LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff
I was so excited for this book when it came out and even won a copy at YALC last year but I’ve just not been able to quite fit it in. I’m such a mood reader and I just haven’t found myself in the right mood but I’m positive between Aurora Rising and Defy the Stars, alongside all these other awesome books I’ve been desperate to read that I’ll be at the perfect point to finally read this and prepare myself for the sequel coming in June.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Another book I acquired at YALC (I’ve just realised that almost all of the books on this lift I purchased, won or was gifted all of these books at YALC 2018, what are the odds?) I’ve heard amazing things about Becky Chambers and her books then I watched the sci-fi panel with Becky, Lauren James and Sasha Alsberg and knew I needed the Wayfarers books in my life and I’m excited to finally make a start on them this month.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
I loved Claudia Gray’s Star Wars: Bloodline book and when I found that she had written her own original sci-fi series as well and there was a possible android romance kind of thing going on I was even more intrigued so brought it at YALC last year and I think it’s time.

Do you Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
So many people on my Twitter timeline that like similar books to me have adored Do you Dream of Terra-Two and it was already on my TBR but having just seen that Temi Oh will be at YALC this year on the day I can actually attend I figured now would be as good a time as any to read this book.

I think this list may be a little ambitious purely because if I enjoy the first one and time it right I will likely continue to read the rest of the Wayfarer series after The Long way to a Small Angry Planet which may affect how many of these I actually get to read. Also depending what shipping times are like I have also ordered Aurora Rising from GC Reads to ensure I receive the Memento novella so that will be read the moment it arrives as well, I’ve also got a convention coming up at the end of the month and a few bits to keep me busy so I feel like this TBR for the month is optimistic but we shall see!

 

 

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Star Wars: Bloodline Review

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Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

Rating: XXXXX

Published: December 1st 2016 by Arrow

“There was a limit to the amount of stupidity Leia could tolerate in one day, and she’d just hit it.”

Witness the birth of the Resistance

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy. 

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing…

Bloodline is the first full length new cannon novel that is set closer to The Force Awakens than it is The Return of the Jedi and is penned by Claudia Gray who brought us the Star Wars YA novel, Lost Stars and went on to write another YA Star Wars novel about Princess Leia in her younger days (both of which I need to read as soon as possible) and is considered by some to be the best modern Star Wars writer.

This was the second Star Wars book I’ve read (that wasn’t a novelisation) and my favourite so far even after having read others. Unlike Phasma, I read this book rather than listened to it (as it was a Christmas eve Jólabókaflóð gift) and I’m glad I did as I don’t think the sound effects would have added much more than an annoyance in this book as it’s not as action based.  I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this book, I love Princess Leia but I was having prequel film flash backs about trade negotiations. That being said I managed to read half of the book in one sitting through Christmas eve on into Christmas morning so this book clearly did more than something right.

Set six years before The Force Awakens, Bloodline is an excellent mix of political thriller and intrigue with a healthy sprinkling of action throughout once the story gets going. The beginning of the book is a little slow but I appreciate that although we don’t necessarily need world building in the usual sense we do need to know about the political state of things, in this case that’s the goals and ideals of the populists and the separatists. Gray’s clever writing style here (and throughout) allows us to see that neither side is perfect (as is often the case with politics) and more importantly that due to their unwillingness to work together nothing important is getting done and change is needed, prompting the entire senate to want to elect a first senator, which Senator Leia feels comes a bit too close to repeating their mistakes that led to the creation of the Empire. I think the mix of politics and action felt right, especially for a story mostly centered around Princess/Senator Leia and I enjoyed it.

My favourite thing about Bloodline was how well Senator Leia was written and portrayed. It honestly felt like Carrie Fisher could just jump right off the page it felt so genuine. Gray has captured that complex mix of being still feisty but wise and yet sometimes tired of it all and unsure perfectly. I enjoyed the insight into Leia’s family life here, we get to see her interact with her husband Han Solo which is pretty much how I always imagined it as well as seeing her she feels about her son and the situation he’s currently in and how the events of this book will affect them as well.

The relationships in this book were done exceptionally well. Not just between Han and Leia but the way the characters reacted with each other was the heart warming side of semi realistic, one of those stories when there are two people who believe in different ideals but put their differing views aside for a common goal, I really enjoyed seeing that and it made it more difficult to ascertain who exactly was the “bad guy” in this book.

I can’t say too much more without heading into spoiler territory but I will say that I loved this book and it had the right balance to keep me intrigued. The only thing I do regret is the order in which I’ve read these books, I probably should have at least started with this one, if not Catalyst but that’s another story and discussion for another time.

If you want to buy this book with free shipping you can do so here and if you’d like to add this book to your good reads you can do that here.

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Star Wars : Bloodline – Book Talk

It’s Saturday so that must mean it’s time for a new video! Just gone live on my booktube channel is my book talk for Star Wars: Bloodline By Claudia Gray. My book talks are NOT spoiler free so please beware there are big spoilers in this video. If you haven’t read this book and are more interested in a spoiler free however there will be one coming up in the next couple of weeks as I’m planning to host an entire week of Star Wars related posts and reviews including a spoiler free review of this book. Until then enjoy the video and I’ll post more about the upcoming Star Wars week very soon!

SPOILER WARNING – VIDEO DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS – CLICK AT YOUR PERIL