Wednesday, October 26, 2016
STAR WARS: Aftermath
Disney / Del Rey
Science FictionRarely do I let other reviews influence my reading of a book. However, and I am not sure why, Wendig's Aftermath has been getting hammered on Amazon. It is averaging just 2.5 Stars. And I, for one, don't get it. Not at all.
Aftermath takes place after the war on Endor. The Death Star has been destroyed by the rebels. The Empire is reeling from the loss. Hero-Pilot Wedge Antilles was on a mission. Witnessing the sudden arrival of Star Destroyers over the planet Akiva, he knows something is up. Attempts at getting word back to the Rebel Alliance are thwarted. Communications are being jammed. Caught in an attempt to escape the threat posed in the area, Antilles is captured by the enemy.
Rebel fighter, Norra Wexley is on the planet surface of Akiva. With the war against the empire coming to an end, she desires reestablishing a relationship with her son, Temmin. Her goal is to get him off the planet, and escape the Outer Rim (since it is till not safe. The Empire was beaten, but is not gone). She receives word of Antilles' capture and knows she must put together a rescue mission.
Temmin is in a tough place. Long ago his father was arrested by the Empire, and removed from the planet. His mother, Norra, took off in an attempt to save her husband, leaving their son in the care of her sisters. Feeling abandoned, and neglected, Temmin puts his emotions to good use and his street smarts excel into a lucrative business. When his mother shows up demanding he leave the planet with her, he defies her demands because he has different ideas about his own future.
Things change when platoons of stormtroopers attack Akiva. The Empire wants to re-establish dominance along the Outer Rim. They need to reacquire a foothold in the galaxy as they rebuild, and organize.
The Star Destroyers are holding a summit in space. Titles are up for the grabbing. Self-promotion is abundant, while chaos and disorder drive the Empire.
Loaded with action, a host of amazing, strong characters, Wendig has crafted a fantastic extension into the Star Wars book library. I loved this story. It is filled with bounty hunters, crooks, Admirals, and tie-ins to the Disney animated series, REBELS. Wendig tells the tale in first person, and does it well. His writing is crisp, taut. The dialogue is spot on. I felt like I was watching a Star Wars movie from the first page until I finished reading the last chapter.
I have ordered Book 2 in the trilogy, Life Debt. I am going to wait outside for the mailman ... he should be here already!
Author of the Severed Empire Series
Queens of Osiris
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarkson's #2)
“If you spend the night underneath me, you’ll wear your satisfaction like a billboard baby.”- Aaron
Whoa right?!?! When you read Tessa Bailey you expect hot, steamy, sexy, naughty and everything in between. That quote from Aaron is one of many that shows Too Wild to Tame does not disappoint in that department.
Dirty talking Aaron’s depth was a pleasant surprise however. I was expecting Aaron to be a cocky, egotistical, typical politician type. Don’t get me wrong he definitely was in the beginning but then he was blindsided by one of my favorite Tessa characters to date, Grace.
Grace is a wild child who doesn’t fit the typical cookie cutter mold she is expected to fit into given where she comes from. I loved watching Aaron and Grace dance around each other throughout the book and seeing how each of them brought out hidden qualities in the other (including Aaron's hidden Alpha side which honestly no man should ever hide that side! Just saying).
The depth of the characters and the development of their stories as the book goes on really made this book a little different from other Tessa books but in a very good way! Excited to meet the next Clarkson sibling!
Eliza Wise is a Travel Planner, and mother of 4 school age kids who started reading as an escape from reality and is now an active member of the Indie Romance Community.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Author of the Severed Empire Series