Star Wars: Lost Stars – Hope for Star Wars is Found!

So everyone kinda knows that I’ve had a pretty bad time finding some good Star Wars books since the release of the new books… The MG books wasn’t bad, but they were short and left me wanting more.Lost-Stars-Cover.jpg Aftermath was a disaster. Heir to the Jedi wasn’t much better. Then I heard about Lost Stars. A YA novel that takes place across about fifteen of the most important years of the Rebellion. Sure, I could get on board with that. I am very happy to say that Lost Stars is TOTALLY worth being a part of Star Wars cannon.

This books follows two main characters (with alternating view points). Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree. The book covers a large portion of their life, from when they first met Grand Admiral Tarkin as children, to training together to be Imperial Pilots. After graduating from the Academy, they split in different directions, and everything starts spiraling out of control. They lose close friends with the destruction of Alderaan and the Death Star. Thane chooses to difect and eventually finds himself a member of the Rebel Alliance. Ciena becomes a Commander in the Imperial Starfleet. Yes, this is a romance, and they struggle with their feelings to each other and their commitments, but this is so much more. This is what every Star Wars novel should be… Fun. Continue reading “Star Wars: Lost Stars – Hope for Star Wars is Found!”

Ruby Red – Traveling through Time to fulfill an Ancient Prophesy

In a world where Time Travel is totally possible, a mysterious gene prophesied by such legends as Albert Einstein is supposed to be inherited by Charlotte. Only it’s Gwynneth that’s gotten the mysterious gene, and can zap through time to fulfill a mysterious ancient prophesy no one really wants to talk about.

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Originally a German book, Ruby Red is an international best-seller, and has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a really long time (Okay, since the beginning of the year… but that’s a long time!) I got it on Audio book to begin, then switched to reading the physical book. Both were very well done!

In a series of adventures mostly aimed at getting Gwyneth familiar and capable in the time traveling department, they travel back to the early 18th century and the 1900s. During both escapades, they dally in mystery solving, a bit of espionage, the odd sword fight, and Gwyneth realizes she has to be careful about who she trusts. Her own family has secrets they aren’t sharing! Continue reading “Ruby Red – Traveling through Time to fulfill an Ancient Prophesy”

The Red Queen – Anyone can betray anyone, especially when you bleed the wrong color!

Never have I stayed up late and got up early to finish a book. I could barely sleep because my mind was spinning with everything going on in this world. Will they live? Will they die? Who will find out? What will they do? It was amazing. I am so relieved to discover this is a trilogy!

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)The story centers on Mare, a ‘Red’ (someone with red blood) who stumbles upon the fact that she has powers. The weird thing is, only Silvers (someone with silver blood, the elite) are supposed to have powers like this, and she begins to discover just how dangerous they can be. Complete with coups, rebellion, deception and heart, Mare must decide what she believes in, and who she can actually trust in this world of silk and subterfuge. Continue reading “The Red Queen – Anyone can betray anyone, especially when you bleed the wrong color!”

Rites of Passage – An adventure novel set in a military academy with a spunky and strong female lead character

Rites of PassageThis has to have been one of my favorite books this year! Such a fast-paced, well written novel set in a military academy. It had so many heartwarming moments, surprises and adventure, and Sam’s spunky attitude and perseverance made her such a strong leading character.

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty… no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust… and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

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The Selection Trilogy – A Dystopian fairy tale?

The Selection (The Selection, #1)This series wasn’t what I was expecting, but I was really excited to see where it ended! I expected it to be a soap opera meets reality TV, but in book form. I was actually pleasantly surprised that the cameras weren’t around very often, and the story focused more on America (our main character) deciding who she was, and what she wanted. Yes, it was lighthearted and fun, but also managed to be exciting and sometimes a little surprising!

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer – Amazing characters and a sweet story, the perfect weekend read!

Off the PageWhile this is ‘technically’ a companion novel to ‘Between The Lines’, I mistakenly checked this book up first, and didn’t realize it was a companion until I was 75% through the book!

The story follows Prince Oliver (who is masquerading as real-world teenager, Edgar) as he tries to sort out life in the real-world, instead of the fairytale he lived in a few days ago. Of course, the book isn’t too pleased about the rewrite that Edgar made (spaceships and Zorgs don’t fit well into the fairytale world!) and there are some hilarious high jinks that ensue! Continue reading “Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer – Amazing characters and a sweet story, the perfect weekend read!”