book reviews, Comics, Uncategorized

Journey to Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance

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45485630Journey to Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance 
by Ethan Sacks (writer), Luke Ross (artist)

Rating: XXX

Published November 19th by Marvel Comics

“I wasn’t going to allow my friends to suffer while I can do something about it either”

BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN’S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight – but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy!

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So although the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker content is meant to be read before the film is released, I had only read Resistance Reborn before going into the cinema and instead found that I tried to read through some of the Journey content afterwards instead to fill the hole where the film novelisation should be. The Allegiance comics are one such distraction and I haven’t read a Star Wars comic in a good long while with the exception of the first Poe Dameron comic last year (or maybe even the year before…it’s been a while) so I wasn’t sure what to expect, not to mention obviously things will change with different writers and artists. This review covers issues one to four of the Allegiance comic series designed to link the events of The Last Jedi to The Rise of Skywalker.

At the start of the comic, we get one of the iconic Star Wars scrolls and honestly this was a brilliant start and feels better than the one we got at the beginning of TROS (The Rise of Skywalker). Not everyone reads every single bit of content or plays Fortnite (yes I’m still salty we got the emperors “returning speech” in a Fornite event okay…) so I was immediately pretty done with the TROS crawl but this one feels relevant and I feel actually does a good job, off to a very good start!

If you’ve read Resistance Reborn then this whole scenario probably sounds quite familiar, Leia appealing to others for aid, Finn and Poe off an a side quest for the rebellion somewhere and it’s very much the same here which has the unfortunate effect of making Allegiance seem like a heavily watered-down version of the novel with the novel having better emotional stakes and pay off. These comics were released first but I think in the timeline the novel comes first as it’s pretty much directly after the end of The Last Jedi but who knows, as it always is with Star Wars, the timeline is a little hazy.

On its own, however, Allegiance is not a bad read, there are no especially huge moments but I think they’ve done pretty well to get through two stories with some interesting character interactions and such within the space of four issues. Saying that, the story is relatively paper-thin but honestly a little fun and they really reminded me of the old weekly Star Wars comics  I used to read when I was a kid. The characters have missions to complete, they attempt to, trouble happens, they get out of trouble simple and easy, a bit like the equivalent of the “monster of the week” style you find with some TV shows and the first few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Honestly, it works though and it was only really on reflection for this review that I realised how little story there really was. It was by no means mind-blowing but it was enjoyable and as a result, I ended up ordering some more Star Wars comics and I do think I’m ready to see TROS again at some point in the future so I guess it did its job? Not to mention it explains a couple of things like the inclusion on the Mon Calamari forces in TROS and the presence of Admiral Ackbar’s son who has a few lines in the film.

With not a huge amount of story there were a few other things we managed to get out of the Allegiance comics, one of which was more Rose Tico and not only more Rose content in general but alongside Rey! She doesn’t play a massive part but is integral and has some brilliant characterisation that was sorely lacking in the film. Her personality really shines through and it seems like she and Rey have become good friends which was lovely and honestly, I’d read a whole comic about them two hanging out and going on missions etc.

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Essentially being one of the main characters of the sequel franchise Rey obviously gets a lot of page space and we get to see her doing a little force training as well as a fair bit of fighting (again like the older comics, we get a large amount of action), during which we see her beginning to use the force a lot more which I enjoyed. One thing I really noticed about her character was just how angry she was which felt very at odds with how Rey is portrayed in the films, sure she gets angry but she spends so much of these comics making threats and barring her teeth in 80% of her scenes that just seemed a little out of character although it does harken back to a lot of Anakin’s reactions in Revenge of the Sith so maybe this was the idea? To spread a little seed of doubt as to Rey’s “place” in the force in addition to the “Dark Rey” we see in the trailer.

Rey was also one of the only characters I had any problems with art wise too as she just seems like someone decided to see how many action figure poses they could put her in instead of just standing normally like an actual person and not a power ranger (see above image).

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I haven’t really mentioned the Finn, Poe and BB8 side of things for which I would be remiss but there’s unfortunately not a lot to say about it. It’s good, it’s fun and we are treated to the usual Finn and Poe b/romance banter but it does sadly feel largely unimportant and unneeded which is a shame as they’re really fun characters.

Overall this was an enjoyable read and it certainly scratched an itch but just wasn’t satisfying enough for me. Definitely not required reading for TROS in any capacity other than understanding the presence of the Mon Calamari.

 

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January 2020 TBR

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So here we are, day two of a new year and my first TBR post of 2020. Things got hectic towards the end of the year and I wish I hadn’t been so ill so I could have done a proper post about my year in reading but alas I’m still only just getting over whatever horrible flu bug afflicted me so it was not meant to be! I will say though that I completed my 2019 reading challenge of 60 books with only about ten minutes to spare after frantically reading some trade paperbacks (comics) during New Years Eve. Those 60 books are the equivalent of 17,757 pages according to Goodreads, with the shortest book being Dewdrop by Katie O’Neil at 40 pages (due out later this year) and the longest being Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare at 902 pages (it felt so much longer!)

Now before I get on with my TBR for this month I wanted to cover a few changes to my blog this year! Instead of taking part in WWW Wednesday every fortnight I’m instead going to do a monthly Wrap Up Wednesday post instead, I’m hoping this will be less repetitive and will include films and things etc as well as books with any luck. Another monthly feature (yet to be named, not sure how angry Disney would be about me using Force Fridays) will be adjacent to my reading of at least ONE Star Wars book a month this year and discussing that (the lovely El/Ink and Plasma from El’s Reviews is joining me so make sure you check out her awesome blog too!). I’ll be retiring the weekly Must be Monday posts for the foreseeable future too as I’m trying something different with my writing this year and time writing that post is time I could be spent working on my writing. There may be some other changes along the way, I’m toying with the idea of a monthly comics feature and something video game-related too, maybe even something to do with Dungeons and Dragons related, who knows? What would you like to see?

ANYWAY, without any further ado, I present my first planned TBR of the year!

The God Game by Danny Tobey
This is my current read, I’m only a short way through it after spending most of yesterday rearranging my bookshelves (and I’m still not done!) but I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far. The God Game is about a strange video game called The G.O.D Game, made by Underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious A.I that believes they are GOD. A group of teenagers begin playing the game and when they complete tasks they are rewarded with things from expensive tech, revenge and cash but things turn sinister when they start to receive threatening messages and the tasks they must complete become cruel and carry heavy punishments. I’ve enjoyed Ready Player One and more recently, CTRL S and I feel this might be a heavier darker version of these two books combined and I’m very excited for it! The God Game is coming very soon (January 9th, I believe) so you still have time to preorder if this sounds like your kind of book!

The Stars we Steal by Alexa Donne
“Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?”

Described by Alexa herself as a kind of Jane Austen meets the bachelor (just in space) as the book is very much a retelling of Austen’s last completed novel Persuasion I found myself utterly intrigued! I think I realised last year that I love Sci-Fi but I think I like books that can also be classed as Space Operas just as much if not more than generic Sci-Fi which I think is why I read a lot of YA Sci-Fi as they fit into that category more often. Here’s to hoping I enjoy this new release! Due out February 4th!

Star Wars Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
“An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.”

I’ve had my eye on this book for a good while now and I’m glad to have finally got my hands on it. I rewatched a lot of Star Wars last month and fell head over heels back in love with Obi-Wan Kenobi (I was OBSESSED when I was younger) and so this month a large chunk of the Star Wars content I’m intending to consume is set around the time of the prequel trilogy including my comic read for this month and if I get time, season two of The Clone Wars TV show. So it stands to reason that this would be my Star Wars book for this month!

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
So like everyone I was swept up in the Witcher craze last month and honestly, I’m okay with that. I loved the show (one more episode left to go!) I brought the games years ago but never got around to playing them and I had one of the standalone books that I also never got around to so hoping I can ride the hype and enjoyment from the show into the books and possibly the games with any luck. I decided to start with The Last Wish (dubbed as The Witcher 0.5) instead of The Sword of Destiny as apparently it’s a book of short stories and I have really been enjoying those a lot lately.

Star Wars Age of the Republic: Heroes by Jody Houser and Cory Smith
As mentioned before I’m revisiting the prequels this month. This is a bind-up of comics focusing on short stories primarily about Anakin, Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Padme that I’m intrigued to read and will go well alongside my novel choice this month and honestly although the prequel films were a bit of a hot mess (that CGI *shudders*) I really liked these characters and can’t wait to learn a bit more about them.

I worry that this might be a little over-ambitious (as usual) this month but only time will tell I guess! I’m hoping to get caught up with blogging and blog hopping over the next month or so and not ending up frantically writing blog posts the day they’re due to go live (I am doing this right now, oops).

Happy New Year to you all! Let me know what you’re planning to read this month!

Film Review, Uncategorized

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and why it doesn’t matter if it’s not “good”

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DISCLAIMER: I had planned to write a review for The Rise of Skywalker and I tried doing so while I was pretty damn ill last week and as a result, I just wrote eight paragraphs about Star Wars while deep in a cold medicine haze. I’ve read it back again and my points are clear or well-articulated but it still kind of makes sense to me and I think it might be one of the most passionate pieces I’ve ever written so I’ve decided I’m still going to post it. Just thought you might like a warning before you dive in. Speaking of warnings there are actually two paragraphs about TROS (I promise) and although I wouldn’t say they contained actual spoilers I just wanted to warn you I do vaguely mention some things but nothing I would say is film ruining.

First off, apologies for the lack of a book review today. I had been planning to review Starsight or one of the Star Wars Comics but I fell behind reading while I was ill and my comics only arrived today so I’ve not had time to read, let alone digest them enough to review them for you folks. I do want to talk (shock horror) about Star Wars though and although I do want to talk primarily about The Rise of Skywalker which seems to have become a highly debatable and wide-ranging topic of emotions right now I also want to talk a little about Star Wars films as a whole. This review will be free of huge spoilers and will only mention things vaguely so should be safe if you are yet to see the film.

First a little background. I’m not a big popular Star Wars blogger but I have loved Star Wars for a very long time and I occasionally blog about it. I remember watching the original films with my parents when I was little and falling in love with the entirety of the universe, I wanted to be a pilot, I wanted to be a Jedi, I wanted to be a princess. I adored Leia’s sass and the way she could handle herself but could also kiss the guys without being reduced to just a love interest. I loved playing in pretend space battles with my friends, usually, I would be Leia and I would use a blaster and a lightsaber because of course, Leia was a Jedi. The films were full of fun and hijinks and I was beyond myself with excitement when the prequel films came out and I could watch them in the cinema! I became obsessed, I had an X-Wing and a Millenium falcon and I was stupidly proud of my complete Star Wars Tazo collection and my high score on the pod racing arcade machine in that one arcade on holiday where we stayed for a week. I had a huge crush on Obi-Wan and then later, Anakin (I was young okay?!) and posters and drawings all over my walls. I was devastated when the prequels ended and although I clung to it, eventually my Star Wars obsession gave way to video games, going out to gigs every weekend and books with vampires in them. When the sequel trilogy came out everything came rushing back and the moment I could get a baby sitter I spent the only spare money I had to go see The Force Awakens as soon as possible to avoid any spoilers and I was ten years old again. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, but we’ll get back to that. I’ve continued to devour Star Wars content over the years but every so often I do pull myself back a little and I still haven’t finished Clone Wars, I haven’t read the Thrawn books yet but I consider myself a fan. Even if my Tazo collection has been lost to time somewhere.

So The Rise of Skywalker came out last week. I went with a friend to see a triple bill of the sequel trilogy culminating with TROS at midnight and I loved every minute. Watching Star Wars in the cinema, for me at least, is such a fantastic experience and I’m so happy and grateful that I have been able to do so. Despite rewatching all of the previous films numerous times this month already I watched TFA and TLJ with rapt attention, savouring every moment despite being pretty under the weather. I had brought popcorn for during TROS but it remained untouched because I found it impossible to look away from the screen. It’s such a very fast-paced film that if you even blink too long you’ll miss something. I enjoyed it immensely though, I was glad that although it is very all over the place it was vaguely heading in the same direction unlike the whole Canto-Bight fiasco in TLJ. I was so pleased we got some great scenes between not only Finn and Poe but the trio in general, Rey included who in a lot of moments acted like a dysfunctional but adorable poly trio.

We got some brilliant sprawling locations and backdrops, some great imagery, I cannot wait to get my hands on the art book next year to see all that concept art goodness. The score too was, as usual, a work of art from the amazing John Williams, although I did feel some of the placing throughout the film was strange but I’ll admit something I wasn’t hugely focusing on and probably won’t very much until next years home release. We got a lot of old throwbacks that could be seen as purely “fanservice” but honestly, I am 100% fine with that, they’re there for fans to enjoy after all, shouldn’t that be the idea of the film in general? I walked out of the cinema after that first showing and felt…satisfied. Where there things I wish had happened differently? Absolutely. Was it a perfect film? Definitely not. There was a butt load of things wrong with it but THAT IS STAR WARS. Which brings me onto my next/perhaps main point.

Star Wars has never been perfect. It’s always been a little camp or a little silly and I love that it is able to be both a source of fun as well as inspiration. Although Leia had a profound effect on me and the person I am today that’s not something I think about every time I watch a New Hope. I think about how hilarious and whinny Luke is, I facepalm myself a million times, I don’t (often) think about the convenient button to destroy the entire Deathstar (I do a little bit more now because I think about how if people didn’t question this would we have missed out on Rogue One and I think about nerdy, adorable and in love Galen Urso in Catalyst). Empire is often heralded as the “best” Star Wars film and yeah it’s awesome but it also has Luke crawling into the guts of his dead mount, kissing his sister and damn Yoda was weird hey? The power of that movie I think is tied into the reveal, you can really tell the people who watched Empire not knowing about the relationship between Vader and Luke (myself included) because it was a HUGE moment for most of them (again, myself included).

The Prequel films get a lot of hate and they are incredibly ridiculous but I will consume any form of content about or featuring Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan, although it’s cringe-worthy now I thought Anakin and Padme’s love story was this big tragic epic and I had so many angsty feelings about it when I was younger. When I think of the prequels I don’t think about the crappy CGI, the glaring plot holes and I (try) not to think about just how creepy Anakin actually is, especially for the first half of AotC. The films were objectively “terrible” but I loved them and for a lot of people it was their first introduction to Star Wars, for some they still are. We make jokes about how bad these films were but I’m sure it’s not just me who still watches the crap out of them anyway.

The sequel trilogy has been subject to even more criticism for many different reasons. we are a LOT more critical about films now, “everyone’s a critic” as the saying goes and that’s fine. I mean, I’m literally a blogger who writes reviews but when I write I don’t tell you “this book is bad, this book is good.” I try to stick with how I feel about a book or a show or whatever, I try to explain what I liked or didn’t like about it, I’m in no position to tell you what a book or a film is to anyone I can only tell you what it is to me and a lot of people engaging in discussions about Star Wars lately seem to have no regard for that so I’ve been trying to avoid them where possible apart from sobbing at gifs on Tumblr. I’m someone who came out of The Last Jedi, confused but mainly annoyed but two more showings later and I was in love with it and despite its perceived shortcomings I love that film to death. The problems with this sequel trilogy are a lot more prevalent because we scrutinize films a lot more now and a lot older “bad films” don’t face the same treatment because “it was a different time” or because they are protected by the wonderful bubble of nostalgia that we humans cannot get enough of nowadays, again myself included.

Does this absolve films from being “bad?” No, not really but I just think there are more important things than tearing apart people who loved or hated it, as I like to say “Let people have nice things”. YES we should have seen some better queer rep in TROS, YES, Rose Tico was done dirty and I have plenty of other spoiler opinions I’m happy to chat about but I think it’s so important it’s done in a healthy and safe way/environment. A lot of people are upset, angry and/or hurting right now and honestly, no-one cares about your “hot take”.

….This is where I trailed off for some reason, I think maybe the cold medicine might have knocked me out?  Either way, I hope you’ve enjoyed or at least got a laugh out of…whatever that was. I promise next week everything will/should be back to normal!

 

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S4S – All I Want for Christmas Is…

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Welcome to penultimate #SixforSunday post of the year! The prompt from the lovely Steph at a Little but A Lot is “All I want for Christmas is…” This was actually a really difficult list this year as I don’t have many bookish wishes as I have SO many books to read right now.

The Rise of Skywalker Novelisation by Rae Carson.
This book isn’t due out until next March and that fact makes me want to weep. I hated the wait for The Last Jedi novelisation and I think the wait for TROS is going to be infinitely worse. Just going to make sure I read a different Star Wars book every month to keep the momentum going.

Another bookshelf. But also the space for said bookshelf. 
I have piles of books everywhere. I am in desperate need of more space but also more places to put my books. A pocket universe with a library in it would be really great thank you. For real though I’m probably going to have to go through my books and seriously cull the herd.

More creative time.  
I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of things by the skin of my teeth lately and I’m just about having time to actually write blog posts, let alone promote them, blog hop very much at all or reply to comments and the interactions are one of my favourite things about being a blogger so I really hate missing out on it. On top of that, I’m still feeling really creatively burned out from NaNoWriMo still and I would like some time to just find myself in that regard again but I’ve just not had the free time to do so. I’m tired by eight or nine most nights and I try not to spend too much time on my computer while my son is awake so I’m finding it hard. Some extra magical time while I’m awake would be lovely.

To get over this damned virus!
I’ve been ill for a flu virus for the past week and I’m so very done with it. I want to sleep all day until I feel better but it’s not really an option as a stay at home mum and it’s just making me feel so damned miserable. I’m having trouble focusing on or enjoying anything, I haven’t even really been able to eat anything either and it’s just affecting everything else and making me generally pretty miserable and I really just want to enjoy my Christmas.

For it to be Christmas already! 
Despite the fact that I still have a little bit of wrapping to do I’m just so done waiting for Christmas! I’m so excited about it but I feel like it’s taking forever to get here, I think because we did most of our Christmas shopping so early I’ve been ready for a while.

A Good Day 
As I mentioned, I’m feeling pretty low at the moment and I would really like for Christmas to just be a good day. I hope everybody loves their gifts and has a great time and we stay up late messing about and having fun and feeling like kids. That’s what Christmas is to me.

Apologies that this has been a bit of a miserable sounding post this year! Hoping I’ll be feeling better soon and cheer up! I do want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me this year and an extra big thank you to all the lovely people who have gifted me with books these past couple of weeks (books in the picture above), each one has put such a big smile on my face 💜

Tell me what exciting and lovely things are you are looking forward to this Christmas!

 

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Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse

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Rating: XXXX

Published November 27th 2019 by Century

“Not a lot with which to fight your enemy but more than they’d had yesterday. And so it would go. Every day more than yesterday until they had a fighting force. Or at least that was the idea. She tried not to think about the losses along the way.”

The heroes of the Resistance must fight back fro the edge of the oblivion in this pivotal prequel to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa — their names are famous among the oppressed worlds they fight to liberate. But names can only get you so far, and Leia’s last desperate call for aid has gone unanswered.

From jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders – including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion tripple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn.

After reading some of the previous “journey to” books for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, I was suitably amped up and excited for this first book in the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker! I’ve always been a big Star Wars fan, from watching the original trilogy at home on VHS with my parents, delighting in the shiny remastered video boxset my mum got me for Christmas one year and then seeing the prequel films coming out in the cinema, to going to the cinema on my own the day The Force Awakens came out because I had managed to find a baby sitter for a few hours and I was determined not to let the film get spoilt for me and going to see The Last Jedi countless times (my poor husband saw it with me first and got the brunt of all my confused emotions – Sorry Chris!). So suffice to say, I’m incredibly excited about the last film in this newest trilogy. I have begun my yearly hype fest of rewatching the other films (including Solo, at last, this year) and am LOVING watching The Mandolorian (Baby Yoda Show) each week which in turn meant that I ended up pouring a lot of that hype into my reading of Resistance Reborn which is by no means a bad book, it’s a great book but I don’t think it was physically capable of filling the void that can only be filled by the upcoming film itself.

This is very much a Poe Dameron book which the cover suggests judging by his face being the largest present and I’m glad for it. In the Force Awakens, Poe is cocky and charming, in The Last Jedi we see the more negative side of that confidence and in this book that helps to bridge the gap between TLJ and The Rise of Skywalker we really see how that confidence has been shaken to its very core and the emotional aftermath of the loss of a huge proportion of lives and ships from the already too small amount that the resistance had remaining after their forced speedy evacuation from their previous base of operations. We really get a good look inside Poe’s head and see how this has all affected him as well as the repercussions of his actions on those around him.

Although the story is intriguing and compelling for me the characters and their interactions really made this book for me. We get to see the resistance “family” rally together for the first time before they all jet off to where they have to be etc but it was nice for example seeing Poe and Rey interact as well as being introduced to new characters and some old faces!! I won’t give any spoilers away but if you’re a fan of the older films (and especially the X-Wing novels) you’ll be very pleased as well as one of my personal favourite appearances, a couple of characters that will mean a lot if you’ve played the single-player campaign in Battlefront 2 (if you haven’t, do this at your earliest convenience) as well as a surprise addition that made me actually gasp which will only make sense if you’ve read the particular book they’re previously mentioned in and was my favourite character inclusion. In addition to these characters, we get Finn, Rose and Rey too although I think one of my biggest gripes is that I would like to have seen more of both Rose and Rey.

One character I did find particularly interesting was a member of the First Order we get a point of view from. I loved the insight we got into members of the First Order and earlier on, Empire in some previous books but this really has a Catalyst feel to it which really helped as that’s one of my top three Star Wars books.

Story-wise we get a one of my favourite things, HEISTS. I won’t go into too much detail but the Resistance is trying to get back on its feet and is in desperate need of a few things if it is to continue to exist, let alone pose any kind of threat to the First Order. Thus the whole is split into different teams for different missions which from a written perspective are all woven together exceedingly well and kept everything interesting and linked together and remaining well-paced.

I definitely enjoyed this book but I think there was just something lacking to give it that extra push to a XXXXX rating for me. I would still definitely recommend reading it though if you’re a Star Wars fan especially and you’re running out of time to do so before The Rise of Skywalker comes out on December 19th so get to it!

 

spoiler free, WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 20th November 2019

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Considering I’m still on target with NaNoWriMo I’m quite pleased I’ve actually managed to get a fair bit of reading in this past fortnight! It’s certainly been helped that I’ve been reading some brilliant books I’m sure!

If you want to join in with WWW don’t forget to send over a big thank you to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for keeping WWW alive and kicking.

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 copy of Queen of Nothing by Holly Black arrived a few days early but I’m proud to say I managed to finish the book I have been currently reading at the time and managed to wait until my friend got their copy so we can buddy read before starting it but I’m reading it now and OMG. I didn’t realise how much I missed this series of books! I somehow forgot just how much I adore Jude and realised that she may actually be one of my all-time favourite characters. I also forgot just how much I loved the court intrigues and the push for power etc as well as the (I’m well aware) messed up relationship between Jude and Cardan. This whole book (so far) has felt like returning home and reading something written just for me.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished CTRL – S by Andy Briggs and although I wasn’t sure what to expect and didn’t think it had the greatest start for me personally I found it wholly addictive and picked it up to read every moment I could (review coming very soon). The day I finished CTRL – S my Kickstarter copy of NPC Tea: Issue Seven by Sarah Milman came in and I feverishly devoured that in one sitting, it went so fast! Too fast! So much was explained and so much happened and I was distraught when I read the end and realised the next issue would be the last! It was left on a massive cliffhanger and I fear the wait for the next issue in February might kill me, I’m hoping all the Star Wars goodness to come in the next couple of months will help keep me distracted.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My first instinct was to say Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse and I do really want to read this next but I’ve got time as The Rise of Skywalker isn’t out until mid-December so I figured it would actually probably be best to read  The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli first instead. I loved the first two Iskari books and I don’t want to risk ruining it while trying to read it while being full-on into my yearly Star Was hype fest/obsession.

I’m so blessed to have been able to read and get hold of SO many great books that are all coming out right now and I’m so excited to read them all! What are you excited to read right now? Are there any new releases you’re excited to get your hands on or already have?

 

 

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S4S – Books I wanna snuggle with

Six for Sunday
This prompt is absolutely perfect. As I sit writing this I am currently in my comfiest PJ’s wearing my snuggliest pair of bed-socks and I’ve just managed to spend an entire hour snuggled up with a blanket and a book in my reading corner and let me tell it was pure bliss. I’ve found recently that I was snatching time to read books wherever and whenever I could, reading a few pages at a time etc but a couple of days ago I decided no matter how busy I get, no matter just how much I have to do, I am going to get comfortable and I’m going to spend at least half an hour on my sofa in the evening, in my reading room with a book, just reading and chilling out. Let me tell you, it’s only been a few days but I just feel so much more relaxed and calmer for it. I cannot recommend it enough. So now that I’ve enlightened you let’s crack on with books I wanna snuggle with.

Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
My copy of the last book (I think?) in the folk of the air series came early and it’s taking all of my willpower right now not to just immediately devour the entire damn thing. I’m currently reading a book for a blog tour in early December so I need to finish that and I’d promised to buddy read it with a friend who hasn’t received their copy yet and is away for the weekend. As a result, I’ve asked my husband to hide the book somewhere I can’t find or get to it because I have no willpower. This morning I found it on top of our board games which live on my bookshelves, it’s the highest point in our flat and I can’t reach it. Smart guy! So what I’m trying to say is that I would really love to snuggle up and read this damn book right now.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
This is a prime snuggling up book, there are so many lovely sweet moments and it’s such an easy book to just fall into it’s absolutely perfect.

Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse
Much like with Queen of Nothing this is a book I desperately want to read as soon as I can. I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since it was announced and I can think of nothing better than snuggling up with a long-awaited book,

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This is one of my favourite reads of the past few years and a book I would happily read again, this definitely feels like it would be a good book to snuggle up with on a cold night just thinking about it is making me want to reread it!

Finding Home by Hari Conner
Another brilliant graphic novel and quite possibly my favourite I’ve ever read. The slow burn is SO on point that I cannot explain and the art is absolutely exquisite. I could read this anywhere but I feel like snuggled up in bed is probably the best to enjoy it.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Another book that I tend to enjoy rereading which is weird because I actually hated it the first time I read it. I think this one might be interchangeable with A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury as well as these are all books that hold a lot of nostalgia for me I think nostalgia and nice, warm comfy blankets are a good combination,

I feel like I need to crawl back into bed with a good book now! What books do you love to snuggle up with?