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review 2019-06-26 03:23
Review: Han Solo by Marjorie M. Liu
Star Wars: Han Solo (Star Wars (Marvel)) - Marjorie M. Liu,Mark Brooks

Title: Han Solo
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Series: Star Wars Mini-Series
Format: paperback
Length: 120 pages
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: Everyone's favorite scoundrel goes Solo! Han is given a top-secret undercover mission for the Rebellion: rescuing several informants and spies! His cover for the assignment? Only the biggest and most infamous starship race in the galaxy, the Dragon Void—a tournament he has dreamt of winning his entire life. With a chance of glory, can Han keep his mind on the mission? Or is failing Leia worse than losing? If that wasn't enough, there's also the small matter of finding a traitor within the Rebellion. As the Dragon Void heats up, can a certain Wookiee pal lend a hand in the mole hunt? Place your bets for the ultimate space race! Our money's on Han and the Millennium Falcon — after all, it's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!

 

Favourite character: Han
Least favourite character: Bot

 

Mini-review: This made me homesick for Star Wars. It's the first Star Wars related thing since watching the Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer when it came out, two months ago. 

Now all I want to do is read Star Wars books and comics, rewatch the movies and shows and picture myself as a Jedi.

But you know, reality.

This was a fun read. Very in character as well, with Han's cocky one-liners and impulsive decisions that make you stare at him before he does it. You could hear (see?) Harrison Ford in the words he was saying, not in just the drawing likeness.

Also the drawings were superb! A+

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review 2019-06-26 03:02
Review Mandie and the Trunk's Secret by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Trunk's Secret - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Trunk's Secret
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 5
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Mandie and her best friend return to the attic to investigate and discover a set of old letters which include some important and exciting information.

 

Favourite character: Celia & Joe
Least favourite character: April

 

Mini-review: Another good Mandie book. As a punishment for the events of the last book, Mandie and Celia have to clean the attic... only to get into another mystery.

Makes sense.

I was happy that Joe was in this one, if only because the scenes where Celia is pretending to ignore them while they make awkward yet adorable plans for the future (even if Joe deserves better than the bratty Mandie). I wish that they had added in a scene with Joe meeting Tommy, because that could've been hilarious. Another book, I suppose. 

 

Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

Joe Woodard - Louis Hynes

Miss Prudence Heathwood - Mary Steenburgen

Miss Hope Heathwood - Patricia Heaton

April Snow - Emily Carey

Aunt Phoebe - Alfre Woodard

Dr. Woodard - Gideon Emery

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Thomas "Tommy" Patton - Asher Angel

Robert Rogers - Kyle Red Silverstein
Miss Cameron - Emily VanCamp

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review 2019-06-26 02:38
Mitch being put on trial
Extreme Measures - Vince Flynn

Mitch is going after terrorists. Senators are going after Mitch for his method of gaining information from terrorists. 

 

Mitch goal is clear. He  based on solid intel and go after terrorists so he and his team could stop terrorist attack.

 

The goal of the senator Lonsdale is go after Mitch and Nash for treating captured terrorists badly. Senators seems to missed the point why Mitch did what he did and his goal.

 

So the story played this out. Two cells of terrorists were intercepted and there is a third cell at large. 

 

As Mitch is the good guy in the story, the story seems more right leaning. if there is no oversight, CIA operative would only rely on their ethic to keep themselves in check for not abusing power.

 

Mitch got a lot of empathy as his motivation is simple. To protect lives.  Terrorists who have no problem killing children are not someone that could persuade through dialogue. 

 

Nash story is good too. He is a diaper changing modern man who make sure diaper is change with the same effectiveness as he change ammunition for gun. He still have his family he sorries about, while running into danger. 

 

The story is also told from the perspective of the terrorists. The selfishness of leadership and how little they value human lives. 

 

A bit more political story. Yet it is good to raise this to allow readers to think it through where they stand on this issue and why. As a more left leaning reader, it is good to read what the other side thing and how there could be compromise in time of crisis.

 

4 stars.

 

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review 2019-06-25 02:48
Review: Shouldn't You Be In School? - Lemony Snicket
Shouldn't You Be in School? - LemonySnicket

Title: Shouldn't You Be In School?
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: All The Wrong Questions, 3
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Synopsis: Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?

Maybe you should be in school?

 

Favourite character: Lemony, Pip & Squeak
Least favourite character: Stew

 

Mini-review: I thought this book was great. Definitely preferred the lack of Theodora and Officers Harvey & Mimi. 

I keep wondering, though, how much research the author had to put into these books to be able to give random facts about caviar. 

I really like how each book adds new characters on to the old ones, so that the cast just keeps growing and growing.

Also, was there a gay couple in this book? The Talkie Brothers, who are both referred to as uncle by Ornette, but then Lemony says "They didn't look like brothers."

 

Fan Cast:

Lemony Snicket - Finn Wolfhard

Moxie Mallahan - Oona Laurence

Jake Hix - Grayson Russell

Cleo Knight - Elle Fanning

Ellington Feint - Esme Creed-Miles

Kellar Haines - Dante Brown

Ornette Lost - Storm Reid

Pip Bellerophon - Max Charles

Squeak Bellerophon - Jacob Tremblay

S. Theodora Markson - Natasha Lyonne

Stew Mitchum - Major Dodson

Sharon Haines - Danai Gurira

Officer Harvey Mitchum - Josh Gad

Officer Mimi Mitchum - Rebel Wilson

Dashiell Qwerty - Lucas Till

Hungry Hix - Keala Settle

Hangfire - Burn Gorman

Prosper Lost - Adrien Brody

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review 2019-06-25 00:48
2.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Truth About Lies by Aly Martinez
The Truth About Lies - Angel Martinez

The Truth Duet #1

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Adult Contemporary Romance
Drugs & Prostitution
Lies & Betrayals
Duology
Twisty
Dual POV's
Crappy Narration

 

 

With Narration Performed by John Lane & Cynthia Farrell

 


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

2.8STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

This was mostly an okay-ish adult contemporary romance with a mafia-type feel to it. I actually started branching out from romance books because of stories like this. It all felt like the same old stuff with different character names... and I just wanted more from the books I read.

 

This was all that right up until the last 15% of the book...when what could be, some intriguing elements are thrown into it. I was fairly certain I wasn't going to read the next book in this duet, until then...now I'm torn...because I really didn't care for the narration, especially the female voice...she was so corny...she just had me rolling my eyes with the way she said some stuff. Maybe, I could do the second book, but I think I'll have to read it.

 

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 2.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 3.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.7/5
The Feels⇝ 2/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3/5
Originality⇝ 3/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝
๏ ๏ ๏
Book Cover⇝ A Guy with Tats...like we haven't seen that before?
Setting⇝ The Chicago area...I think
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
๏ ๏ ๏

 

 

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