Posted in Liked It, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Uncategorized

Heir to the Jedi



Author:     Kevin Hearne

Genre:      Science Fiction

Rating:      LI

Synopsis:

Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.
 
A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.
 
Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

Bluestocking’s Opinion:  Well, I’m trying to be fair about this book.  It was a likeable read.  It was everything that you would come to expect from a Star Wars novel, but

WHY THE DEVIL DO THEY HAVE TO CHUCH THE ALREADY ESTABLISHED EXTENDED UNIVERSE AND START ALL OVER?  

Before this latest Star Wars movie rumor, the series was about to experience an enormous changing of the guard.  This was the subject of the book Crucible.  Since the newest Star Wars movies takes us back to practically the Rebellion, the powers that be (who are a little bit crazy in my opinion) have decided to scrap the past years of extended universe and start over.  I dunno if they think is going to capture more of the market.  

I’m not impressed.  Essentially there will be another Star Wars universe.  We are headed into comic book territory now.  By this I mean that every so often, comic books reinvent the story. 

**Sigh**

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Monday Morning Update August 18, 2014

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It’s been a long while. I’ve been so busy with various things. One day, I’ll tell you all about it, but not today. I don’t have that kind of time.

Mailbox Monday
I can’t possibly catch you up on all of the books that I’ve purchased since I last posted. So I’ll tell you about my most recent purchase.

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
2. Shadow of NIght by Deborah Harkness
3. Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
4. Silver Shadows (the Bloodline series) by Richelle Mead
5. Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series)
6. Star Trek Seekers: Second Nature by David Mack.

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I’ve read all of those books thus far. I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

So how has life been treating all of you?

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Tuesday Teaser June 24, 2014

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This week’s teaser is from Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich.

“It’s called the One-Second Wonder Tool.”

He hit the go button again, the thing bzzzzed in his hand, and I felt the vibration run through his body and into the mattress.

Page136

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Teaser Tuesday April 8, 2014

My teaser is from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.

Seeing the others engaged in conversation, I asked him softly, “Have you ever heard of knockoff alchemist tattoos making it into general population?”

He gave me a startled look in return. “I don’t even know what that means.”

Page 168

Come see what I learned in my first Wilton Flower decorating class!

Posted in Meme, Monday Morning Update, Uncategorized

Monday Morning Update March 3, 2014

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So I would imagine most of you are watching the Oscars or preparing for the snow storm tomorrow. I’m all stocked up!!

Musing Mondays/Mailbox Mondays
Anyway, here are the books I got last week.

1. The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.
2. Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: to Brave the Storm.
3. Frost Bite by Richelle Mead

What Are You Reading on Mondays?

I finished Star Trek: To Brave the Storm, Frost Bite and The Chase.

Posted in Advanced Review, Dystopia, Liked It, Speculative, Uncategorized

Paradigm

Paradigm

Author: Helen Stringer

Genre: Dystopia

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

“If I ask you to do something, will you do it?”
“Maybe.”
“Maybe?”
“Well, I don’t know what it is yet. But I’m guessing that death is the alternative, so I’m prepared to be reasonable.”
Sam Cooper is seventeen. He drives a cherry red 1968 GTO that he won on a bet, and spends his days exploring the open roads of the great American West. He should be living the teenage dream, but post-collapse America is a hard place to survive.

The United States is long dead, basic resources are getting scarcer, and no one on Earth has seen the stars since before he was born. Vast tracts of the country are now empty as people huddle together for safety.

In all this chaos, Sam has survived on his wits and occasional luck. But a visit to the walled and prosperous Century City results in a split-second decision that changes everything. Soon Sam is on the run from the ruthless Carolyn Bast, and by something much more dangerous: MUTHA-a powerful artificial entity that has been watching and waiting for Sam’s return from the barren outlands. Sam unknowingly carries the key to something MUTHA can’t live without, something so dangerous that others are willing to kill him, or worse, to ensure that the great plex never possesses it.

Sam can’t stay one step ahead of them forever. His only hope is to unravel the secrets of his peculiar past and awaken the incredible power that sleeps within-because even in his beloved GTO, without the truth, Sam will never succeed in outracing the nightmare to come.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: Beware artificial intelligence. Any time you create a machine that can think and reason for itself, there is always the danger that it is going to get out of your control pretty much just like an actual human being will. The only thing is that a computer can out think humans; so planning a couple steps ahead really isn’t going to work. The ending of this book really didn’t seem like an ending to me. It seemed like the story could continue. Maybe it will.

Posted in Fantasy, Rated E, Teaser Tuesday, Uncategorized, Urban fantasy

Any Other Name

Any Other NameTeaser:

“Error? I’ve been working in my capacity as procurement manager for over eighty years, and I have never once made an error in my staff requirement calculations.”

“That makes today an interesting day for you then.”

Author: Emma Newman

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: Exceeded my Expectations

Synopsis:

Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William – a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family’s intentions for them both.

Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency – a mysterious organisation that appears to play by its own rules – and none of them favourable to Society.

Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife’s employer – something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: Generally, second books in a trilogy tend be be rather dull (think the Empire Strikes back). Not so with this book. The Fae lords are up to something. Well Lord Iris is, and Lord Poppy is looking for anything he can hold over Lord Iris. Lord Iris is moving William into a high societal position. It is not clear for what purpose he is doing this.

I have to say that I didn’t really like William in this book. He’s too craven for my liking. He knows Cat didn’t want to marry him. Rather than earn her trust so that they could eventually have normal marital relations; he drugs her under the orders of Lord Iris because Lord Iris insists that Catherine have a child by a certain period. I thought William should have asked the head of his house to lift the curse on Cat so that she can touch other men besides males of his own family. That really was something that should have been disclosed prior to the marriage. Then there is the whole infidelity thing. Talk about taking a serpent into the bosom. Has it never crossed any man’s mind that a woman might be using physical charms for power? Apparently not. I think this guy deserves whatever happens to him.

As much as I disliked Lord Poppy, he’s extraordinarily charming once you’ve been introduced to Lord Iris. Man Lord Iris is extraordinarily cold and calculating. I got the impression that Lord Poppy did actually like Cat. Lord Iris sees the members of the Iris family as tools to be used and discarded.

With both of the supernatural elements in this series, I was a little bit perturbed to discover that there is yet another power. Remember how faeries don’t like iron. So there is a Lord Iron.

Anyway, this is shaping up to be a world class fight for the last book in the trilogy. I don’t know how the author is going to tie off all the loose ends unless she makes the last book really long.

**Smiles in ecstasy at the thought.**

The last book comes out next month!!!

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Monday Morning Update August 26, 2013

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I cannot believe that this is the last week of August!!! I don’t think that I’ve ever experienced a summer that has gone by so quickly.

Mailbox Monday
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.

But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.

Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen

As thirty-fifth in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It’s forks on the left, knives on the right—not in His Majesty’s back…

Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn’t landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham—the Duke’s newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia—for high society.

The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England’s most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward.

And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack’s hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke’s back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn’t enough of a handful, now he’s suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I’d bet the crown jewels it wasn’t he who killed the Duke…

What Are You Reading on Mondays?

I read A Darkness Strange and Lovely, I’m ready Star Trek TOS From History’s Shadow. I read The White Princess and Heirs and Graces a few weeks back. I’ve been re-reading The Mortal Instruments Series.

Posted in Advanced Review, Blog Hop, Loved It, paranormal, Uncategorized

Chasing Memories

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Author: Tia Silverthorne Bach

Genre: Paranormal

Rating: Rated LI

Synopsis:

There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken.

Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

This book was too short. Just when things started picking up, it ended. I hate that about series! At first I wasn’t sure if Reagan was losing her mind. Things happened so fast the night her brother was taken. I really didn’t see how her memory of that night was longer than originally portrayed.

Anyway, it was clear that Reagan had stumbled into some sort of battle between werewolves. I can’t wait to see how that turns out. Also there is the whole Wiccan aspect of the story. It wasn’t clear that Reagan’s grandmother was aware of whether werewolves exist. I thought that was unusual. In most paranormal books everybody knows about all the other creatures.

Can I just tell you how much I dislike Reagan’s mother! I understand the desire to protect your children; however, having your child committed is going way beyond. I don’t understand people who go through such lengths to deny the truth. And the one love interest made me become quite violent. I was ready to shake Reagan. I don’t understand attraction to those type of guys.

Anyway, the series promises to have a lot of conflict- good vs evil werewolves, daughter vs mother vs grandmother, psychotic boyfriends….
I did like the surprise at the end of the book. I always think its great when the people you think are gone aren’t really gone.

This was a great first book in a series, and I’m quite eager to see how the rest of the series goes.

As you can see from the picture above, I’m part of a blog tour. Here is the rest of the info.

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Web Site:
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Cinco de Mayo Update

Monday Morning Update

I made lemon buttermilk donuts tonight!!! They were quick and easy!! I got the recipe from the cookbook Homemade with Love. Seriously, it took me maybe 10 minutes to put everything together.

Mailbox Mondays
I didn’t get a single book last week. Pooh!!!!!

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
Last week I read Seraphina. I’ve posted my review. I’m re-reading Star Trek Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn. I’m going to read The Innocents by Francesca Segal next.