Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Paradise Snare

617086From Goodreads:    Here is the first book in the blockbuster trilogy that chronicles the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief.

The first book in this exciting Han Solo series begins with a recounting of Han's late teen years and shows us how he escaped an unhappy adopted home situation to carve out an adventurous new life for himself as a pilot. Han Solo, the handsome rogue, is every girl's dream man, and every boy's hero. 

My Thoughts:

-    I LOVED this book! The characters and story are awesome! I wish I had read this ages ago.

-    I really enjoyed reading about Han's younger years. I loved his relationship with Dewlanna, it explains why he has a soft spot for Wookies and can understand them.

-    I liked Bria a lot. It was great to see her grow and become and important character. 

-    Muuurgh was awesome! His species makes an appearance in the comics, and I thought it was a new thing, but apparently not. I loved Muuurgh's loyalty, strength, and friendship.

-    The ending is very bitter sweet. I know Bria and Han can't be together, but I am still cheering for them anyway. 

-    Han's terms of endearment for Bria get tiresome. He uses them way too often.

-    I loved seeing Han's home planet, and I liked getting to know the people and everything.

-    I'm very excited for the rest of this series!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bout of Books Wrap Up

Bout of Books


Books Read:    5
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Pages Read:    1,741

I was able to read all the books I wanted plus one. I am really stoked about this! This is the first time I've met my Bout of Books goal!

Bout of Books 21 was pretty fun. I did a few challenges. I couldn't do a couple of them because my books are in storage while we finish our basement. Grrr! I didn't participate in a twitter chat, but I want to next time.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

8404519Goodreads Synopsis:    Months have passed since Horace departed for the eastern nation of Nihon-Ja on a vital mission. Having received no communication from him, his friends fear the worst. Unwilling to wait a second longer, Alyss, Evanlyn, and Will leave their homeland behind and venture into an exotic land in search of their missing friend.

When they finally catch up with him, they find Horace entangled in a military coup. Determined to protect the imperial throne, Will and his band of Araluens must piece together and train a force in order to fend off the master Senji warriors intent on overthrowing the emperor.

Suspense and pulse-pounding action abound in this final adventure in the worldwide phenomenon that is Ranger's Apprentice.

My Thoughts:

-    My first review:

I really enjoyed this last book of the Ranger's Apprentice series.  I loved the culture and humanity that Flanagan puts in his stories.

I thoroughly enjoyed the accurate and awesome Japanese culture.  Will, Horace, and Halt have been all over the place and have seen many cultures, but this one is my favorite.  

I loved how this book focused more on Horace.  His character and morals really showed through, and I think he deserved the recognition.  I wish the ending had gone on a bit longer, but it ended very nicely.  I just know that the gang had many more adventures, and I'm sad that I won't be able to read more.

-    I only have a couple things to add. Friendship has been a prominent theme throughout the series, and I have loved each moment. I really liked how Evanlyn and Alyss were thrown together on their own adventure, and I love that they were able to talk through their angst and become close friends. 

Previous Ranger's Apprentice Books

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go

1284021From Goodreads:    Now that Ivy and Bean are friends, they do gymnastics club together, sit together in Ms. Aruba-Tate's second grade, and tell each other their darkest secrets. And when Ivy discovers a ghost in the school bathroom, it will take both girls' courage and imagination to make it go away. Another entertaining installment in this series about two mischievous, funny, clever girls.

My Thoughts:

-    Yes, we read another one of these. Gnome really liked it. She said she liked everything about this book.

-    It was fun to read about girls in the same grade as Gnome. The characters are cute.

-    I liked this one better than the first one, not by much, but I thought this one had a better story.

-    The whole ghost thing reminded me of making up things with my friends. We used our imaginations and created fun places and situations too. 

-    Overall, these are pretty cute and quick reads for kids. 

Previous Book


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bout of Books Progress

Bout of Books

Day 1
January 8

Books Read:    1
Pages Read:    439
Total Books Read:    1
Total Pages Read:    439
My Thoughts:    Woo! Despite all the craziness yesterday, I was able to read a lot. It was a great way to start my week!

Day 2
January 9

Books Read:    1
Pages Read:    234
Total Books Read:    2
Total Pages Read:    673
My Thoughts:    I had another great reading day! I think it's the rain. It makes me want to curl up with a blanket and a book.

Day 3
January 10

Books Read:    1
Pages Read:    409
Total Books Read:    3
Total Pages Read:    1,082
My Thoughts:    I am on a great reading streak, and I hope I can keep it up. I'm really excited that I've read over 1,000 pages! 

Day 4
January 11

Books Read:    1
Pages Read:    271
Total Books Read:    4
Total Pages Read:    1,353

My Thoughts:    I wasn't sure if I was going to finish another book yesterday, but I stayed up a little longer than usual to finish it. This is turning out to be my best Bout of Books! 

Day 5
January 12

Books Read:    0
Pages Read:    223
Total Books Read:    4
Total Pages Read:    1,576

My Thoughts:    I didn't finish a book yesterday, but I still read a lot. 

Day 6
January 13

Books Read:    0
Pages Read:    39
Total Books Read:    4
Total Pages Read:    1,615

My Thoughts:    I wasn't able to read a lot yesterday. We had a family get together, friends over for dinner, and we worked on our basement. It was a busy day.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bout of Books Goals

Bout of Books

It is Bout of Books week!

These are the books I'l like to read this week:
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Good luck everyone!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Luke Skywalker

I featured Han Solo a while ago on FAF, so I thought I'd continue with the Star Wars characters. Enjoy!

These artists are amazing!
What do you think?

All the pictures are linked to the source where I found them. Please go check out other work by these artists.