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Jan. 4th, 2016


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Title: Lords of the Sith (Star Wars books (canon))
Author: Paul S. Kemp
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: January 01 to 04, 2016
Book Summary: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”

Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.

On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.

For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.
Book Review: Real Rating: 4.5

As a kid, I grew up on both Star Wars and Star Trek but Star Wars was always my favorite. I was always happy whenever it came on television and even more thrilled with both the original versions and special editions were released to VHS.

Darth Vader was a favorite of mine. I think he was always one of the most misunderstood villains out there. Misguided by the emperor who, I felt, needed more of a guard dog to keep his throne and a character drawn to the seductive whims of the darker side of human nature. At the time, we really had no idea the extension of what his past was like and although not everyone has been thrilled with the prequels, it was enough to give us some insight into Vader and what changed his life to this point.

Now five years after the prequels canon timeline, we find out what Vader has been up to. He is one of the second most feared Sith Lords to exist.

Twi’leks rebels led by Cham Syndulla are trying to keep planets like Ryloth out of the hands of the Empire's encroaching shadow and the only way to do so is set a daring plan into motion - kill both the Emperor Palpatine and his loyal Sith Lord, Darth Vader. With the rebels failure imminent, what price will they have to pay once Vader finds them?

I was truly impressed with the Paul Kemp's portrayal of Vader's character and the way he got into his head giving us glimpses into the powerful mind of the Sith Lord. It also examined the relationship between Palpatine and Vader. Vader is loyal to his emperor, always willing to do whatever it is his friend and mentor orders but there are moments here and there where Vader finds himself struggling against brief flashes of the past. A past that still shapes him in some way or another.

This has been the first book where the villains take center stage and the heroes are mostly in the background trying desperately to keep their plans and hopes afloat even knowing time is not on their side.

If you are a big fan of Vader, then I recommend this book. even if you are not but a fan of the star Wars universe, then definitely give this book a chance. You might find yourself unable to put this book down until you have devoured every page is finished.

Jan. 1st, 2016


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Title: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! (Star Wars Illustrated Novels #3)
Author: Tom Angleberger, Iain Mccaig (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: December 27, 2015 to January 01, 2016
Book Summary: Acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author Tom Angleberger delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi like you've never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today's young readers while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga
Book Review: Another brilliant book in the Star Wars retelling.

I was, of course, a bit skeptical when I picked this one. I had enjoyed book one of this series but not book two. So I had lowered my expectations just a bit on this one. I see now I was wrong. This one was entertaining and full of more action.

This book was different from the last. There were no confusing points of view. Told in third person narrative with a dash of humor laced within the pages, it was a fun read and one that was really hard to put down even for a moment. I think I spent an entire night devouring the pages of this book from front to end and I was happy. Really happy with the ending results.

This series took me back to my childhood. I have loved Star Wars since I was a child and I continue to love Star Wars even now. These books have brought back so much nostalgia.

If you are looking for something that draws you back into a "galaxy far, far away..." then these are the books you are definitely looking for!

Dec. 30th, 2015


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Title: So You Want to Be a Jedi? (Star Wars Illustrated Novels #2)
Author: Adam Gidwitz, Iain Mccaig (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 2.5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: December 27 to 30, 2015
Book Summary: o you want to be a Jedi?

It seems cool. You can move things with your mind. Control people with your thoughts. Oh, and the lightsabers. Yeah, those are awesome. But it's not all mind control and weaponized flashlights. Being a Jedi is hard work. Also, there are bad guys. Lots of bad guys. Who want to kill you.

Do you still want to be a Jedi?

Well, this book tells the tale of one of the greatest Jedi ever. It's also a retelling of the classic film The Empire Strikes Back. But it is more than that. It also teaches you how to become a Jedi. Maybe you don't need to learn how to levitate or sense your surroundings blindfolded. And maybe you don't want to hear a story about lightsabers and murderous snow creatures and spaceships. But maybe you do want to hear such a story. And maybe, just maybe, you do want to learn how to be a Jedi. Well, in that case, this is the book for you. The choice, my young friend, is in your hands. Literally.
Book Review: Real rating: 2.5/5

I have never been found of the whole "second person point of view" and then change to "third person point of view". Seriously please pick one and be done with it. I had seen enough of these type of books during my childhood in those "pick your own adventure" series. I even thought "Okay, so we are going this way too?" Fortunately we did not and I was able to relax a bit.

You are Luke Skywalker and you want to be a Jedi. The narrative in some parts gives you a bit of advice on how to handle yourself on how to act like a Jedi. And of course, there are no "mushy scenes" because you know boys are probably going to read these books and they don't want that seen in there.

So far this was one book I cared little for. I had to put it down for a bit and do things before I tackled this book again. Fortunately I was able to finish it and prepare myself for the next book in this trilogy.

As for this one, I leave the decision up to those who wish to read it and form their own opinion upon the book themselves. As for me, this one will remain on my shelf and perhaps collect dust until my nephew is a bit old enough to try other books to read.


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Title: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars Illustrated Novels #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Format: Epub
Rating: 5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: December 26 to 30, 2015
Book Summary: The galaxy is at war.

Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to unveil the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen--the Death Star. The Rebels' only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....
Book Review: My first thoughts after reading this book: wow! This was truly a fun and amazing read.

Not only did this book give us an insight into the thoughts of the three main characters but it also served to give more to the characters themselves. We learn more of Leia's life on Alderaan. Her relationship with her parents, her aunts, and her rise to becoming a senator. Little things like that give more to the character than a simple image on a screen. You never really hear what they are thinking or what internal struggle is going on inside of their head. This book delivers it to you.

I really enjoyed this one. I had a hard time putting it down and woud devoured it in one day if it had not been for family obligations during the holidays.

Even if you have never seen the Star Wars saga, give this book a chance before you decide to dive in. You might be surprise and enjoy the movie a bit more as you now see, feel, and understand the action of the characters.