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review 2018-08-20 12:52
Leia: Princess of Alderaan
Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Last Jedi) - Claudia Gray

Dear Powers That Be, this is my second or third petition entreating you to give Claudia Gray all the money and let her write all the Star Wars she wants to write, please and thank you.

 

I haven’t read any of Gray’s non-Star-Wars books yet. She writes YA when she’s not knocking Star Wars novels out of the park. I had trouble imagining that until I read this book. (Lost Stars is marketed as YA but didn’t feel very YA to me.)

 

This book feels very, very YA and it surprised the hell out of me.

 

In the beginning, Leia is a mopey, angsty sixteen-year-old politicking with the ease of long practice while her teenage hormones rage beneath her poised exterior. Basically, Gray took everyone’s favorite space princess and made her even more relatable, which I had no idea was even possible. (Surprise!) Leia feels neglected by her parents, she’s desperate to be noticed by them, she meets a boy she likes, and she struggles with her sense of self. It’s stock standard YA fare woven skillfully into an engaging tale of Leia learning to navigate the pitfalls of Imperial politics as she comes of age during the Rebellion’s tumultuous infancy.

 

Some of my favorite parts were the descriptions of Leia’s home life in the royal palace on Alderaan and her relationship with her adoptive parents, Bail and Breha. Bail gets most of the fanfare in the movies and novels, but let me tell you, Queen Breha is so badass she ought to eclipse him. Not to diminish Bail’s contributions to the galaxy far, far away, but they should be erecting statues of Breha too. Bigger, shinier statues.

 

Oh, and about Amilyn Holdo. We get to see her as a gangly, awkward teenager and she is basically Luna Lovegood. It explains SO. MUCH. I love her even more now.

 

I would have scored the book a solid 9 out of 10 until I got to the last line. Damn it, Claudia. That was a cheap shot. Minus one point. Feel free to earn it back with your next Star Wars novel, Master and Apprentice, a tale of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, now available for pre-order. Everybody go buy it so they keep giving Claudia Gray all the money to write all the Star Wars, please and thank you.

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review 2018-08-16 10:00
Release Day Review! Mercenary Princess (Mercenary Socialites #1) Setta Jay!
Mercenary Princess - Setta Jay

 

 

A crown princess living a dangerous double life and a sinfully sexy Russian billionaire with a ruthless penchant for collecting secrets: a match set for disaster.

 

For years, one man has ruled Sophia’s fantasies. The harmless obsession keeps her warm on the nights her double life starts to take its toll. She, unfortunately, gains his attention at the worst possible moment, when she’s in the middle of a dangerous job. Now, she’ll be forced to protect her heart along with her life of lies.

Viktor has been tempted by the innocent princess’s lust-filled glances for far too long, and he has fought hard to resist her beauty. When her secrets finally draw him in, getting through her royal guard proves a minor inconvenience. But one sexually charged night isn’t enough. He wants more, including whatever she’s hiding beneath that demure façade.

 

As much as Sophia wants Viktor, she can never fully allow him in because her secrets aren’t her own. Viktor is determined to have all of his princess. Will they find a way to be together, or will her dangerous secrets tear them apart?

 

 

Mercenary Princess is a fascinating world that mixes the well to do world with the mercenary, take action world and gives reader a whole new view of socialites and what they can accomplish.

 

The characters of this series are strong, vibrant and easily capture readers’ attention while keeping them on the edge of their seat with an intriguing world that full of suspense, conspiracy, subterfuge and steamy encounters. The plot flows smoothly in a steady pace that ensures that readers are unable to put the book down until they have read every last detail and since there are surprising twists and witty dialogue, the readers are well entertained. The author created this fascinating world with well written words that it makes it easy for the reader to become lost in this world and they can practically feel the energetic undercurrent to each of the scenes, so it is very easy to imagine that the story is really taking place.

 

The electrical attraction between Sophia and Viktor is felt throughout the story while the erotic and blazing hot sex scenes set passions burning throughout the story. The relationship has its share of ups and downs and obstacles that the characters will have to overcome so it entertains readers as well as keeping them in suspense and I must say that the dynamic between these characters is quite fascinating to read as their romance progresses.

 

The suspense and dangers in this story is more on the subtle side than in your face action but it is just as dangerous secrets and hidden agendas are revealed. The drama involving Sophia’s family adds tension to Sophia’s complicated life and eliciting outrage in characters and readers alike. Overall, the story is more and better than I was expecting and I can’t wait to read the next book in this fascinating new series.

 

 

Mercenary Princess

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40520224-mercenary-princess

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/mercenary-princess-mercenary-socialites-book-1-by-setta-jay

 

 

is the 1st book in the Mercenary Socialites series.

 

Author - https://www.settajay.com/mercenary-socialites-series.html

 

 


& is available in ebook at:

 

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Setta Jay is the author of the popular Guardians of the Realms Series. She's garnered attention and rave reviews in the paranormal romance world for writing smart, slightly innocent heroines and intense alpha males. She loves creating stories that incorporate a strong plot with a heavy dose of heat.

 

An avid reader her entire life, her love of romance started at a far too early age with the bodice rippers she stole from her older sister. Along with reading, she loves animals, brunch dates, coffee that is really more French vanilla creamer, questionable reality television, English murder mysteries, and has dreams of traveling the world.

Born a California girl, she currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband.

She loves to hear from readers so feel free to reach out anywhere below.

 

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review 2018-08-14 00:29
A Cake to Bake (Disney Princess) - Apple... A Cake to Bake (Disney Princess) - Apple Jordan,Fabio Laguna,Andrea Cagol
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This book was a bit of a letdown. I was excited by the idea of a book with multiple princesses in it. But the book is very random because of this and kind of boring. 

Instead of incorporating all of the princesses into one story, this book describes the princesses essentially doing the same thing: baking. Each princess has her own mini-story. Interesting idea, but the stories are so short and simple that they are rather dull (Beast is sad so Belle makes brownies, Rapunzel enters a pie contest). None of the stories were very exciting. 

Plus, Merida's story didn't really add up. I haven't seen Brave in awhile, but I can't imagine Merida being super in to baking. And I definitely don't see her gladly sharing the cookies she made with her brothers after they refused to help her. 

The illustrations were nice. It was interesting to see the princesses in new environments. 

This one was just okay.
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review 2018-08-10 10:51
Big character
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

I laughed, and I grimaced, and I ran a gamut of other emotions, from surprise, to disbelief, to pain and sympathy.

 

I stated to follow a print while listening because at first I did not always catch what Fisher was saying. There was much pausing, and after a while I kept doing it because there are minute differences here and there.

 

This is a very interesting lady. What astounded me the most is her capacity to write her 19-year-old self, with all the embarrassment and self-doubt. It's powerful enough to make you uncomfortable by proxy.

 

Back then I was always looking ahead to who I wanted to be versus who I didn’t realize I already was, and the wished-for me was most likely based on who other people seemed to be and the desire to have the same effect on others that they had had on me.

 

She writes an almost nude picture of herself, the good, the bad, the WTF (and there were many, many instances where I went WTF), the petty, the shy, the self-aware, the painfully young. There is this sense of "I'm at the last part of the slide, and I have little fucks left to give" mixed with the "still want to be liked".

 

There is a lot about her relationship with the character, a lot mixed feelings that in the end, amount to mostly positive.

 

“You were my first crush.” I heard it so much I started asking who their second one was. We know what a first crush is to a teenager, but what does it mean to a five-year-old?
“But I thought you were mine! That I had found you—I was the only one who knew how beautiful you were—because you weren’t beautiful in that usual way women in film are, right?”
He realizes that I might take what he’s saying wrong. He doesn’t mean it that way. I reassure him, touch his arm; why not give him an anecdote? “I know what you mean, it’s fine. Go on.”
He checks my face to see if I mean it. I do. He continues, “So my friend, when I tell him about my crush, he goes, ‘Oh yeah, she’s awesome! I have a total crush on her, too. Everyone does.’ I got upset. I coulda punched him.”
“Why?”
“Because you were mine and I wanted to be the one who loved you. Me, maybe even help you . . .” He got embarrassed. “Anyway—I wanted to tell you.” He shrugs, then adds, “Thanks for my childhood,” and walks off. Wow, what a thing to be given credit for, to be thanked for! Because he didn’t mean his whole childhood—he meant the good bits. The parts he escaped to.

 

It was a weird and nostalgic ride.

 

If you can find a common language that runs from five to eighty-five, you’ve got yourself something, and Star Wars fans have something.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-06 02:56
The Princess
The Princess (Montagues) - Elizabeth Elliott

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After 6 long years, book 5 of Elizabeth Elliott’s the Montagues series, The Princess was finally published in June of this year. I was quite excited because every year I’d check at least once for any news without any luck whatsoever. Then again, the author stopped publishing for a long time before book 4, The Dark Knight (titled The Assassin before publication) was published in 2012. I like her writing a lot but big gaps between installments hinders the enjoyment sometimes. My discovery of her work was rather sudden; I had read the first 3 books already by then and enjoyed them enough to continue on with the series.

Before I get into my review, I want to mention a few things here about the series in case a new reader wants to know: The first 3 books, The Warlord (#1- 1995), Betrothed (#2 - 1996) and Scoundrel (#3 - 1996) were connected to each-other by characters. Set in the medieval era, more precisely around Edward I’s reign, the first 2 books are of the Montague brothers Kenric and Guy. Book 3 is regency set, of a descendant of one of the brothers. I count book 3 as a standalone release. Book 4 is also set around the time of 1 and 2, however, the storyline veered away from the original Montagues. In book 2 we were introduced to Dante Chiavari, who turned out to be the brother of the heroine of book 2, Claudia. He was a minor but a mysterious character and I was totally interested in knowing more about him. In that sense, The Dark Knight and The Princess are more connected than the previous 3 books. In fact, the Montagues were barely mentioned in the new release.

Dante is Italian and had a sad past when his parents were murdered by his greedy uncle. He came to England with his elder brother and only sister Claudia. Elder brother was another greedy bastard that died in book 1 or 2 in a battle with one of the Montague brothers. But Claudia and Guy fell in love and married. Dante, however, couldn’t fall in love with anyone. The darkness of how his parents were murdered, with the urge for brutal vengeance against the man who did so and took away the riches and lands that should’ve been his and Claudia’s, was eating at him for a long time. At a point while growing up, Dante came in contact with one of Kind Edward’s closest advisers, Mordecai. He’s also a mysterious individual with supernatural powers. He can see into the future and people believe in him. He’s also trained in many tactics to bring any enemy of the King down. Assassination was one of the most common deeds and Mordecai had trained people in the past just for that purpose. Dante became one of them. The King’s Assassin that everyone whispered about but no one would directly point a finger towards him cause they were scared. Yet, Dante had dark hair and intense green eyes; a handsome man by all means.

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