Book Review: Dark Disciple

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This review contains minor spoilers

When I saw a book that was mostly centered around Asajj Ventress, I was super excited. And yet, I couldn’t help but be a little worried as well, since so far, most of the book int he new canon series have disappointed me. I wanted to read it right away, however, at that time, I hadn’t see all of The Clone Wars series, and since this story arc was intended as part of that series, I knew I had to delay reading this book until I had watched the series. So it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I finally got around to reading this one.

It took me a chapter or two to get into this book, but after that, I really started to enjoy it. That being said, there were also some issues I found along the way. But let’s talk about the positives first. Asajj was one of my favorite characters in The Clone Wars, and it was so good to get more of her story. I felt like she was left out a bit too much and thus I was always wanting more episodes with her. This book was a great way to put her into the spotlight, giving us more about her past as well as filling in her story after she left Dooku.

The story had good flow to it. Keeping action coming at regular intervals to keep things hopping but not overwhelming the plot.

The romance aspect of this book was interesting, but I feel like it was added in just because it could be. Sure, Vos is a very atypical Jedi and doesn’t always follow the rules, but falling in love with Ventress didn’t feel necessary to me. Despite this, I did enjoy seeing their relationship develop along the way.

Now, let’s talk about what I didn’t like.

First off, Ventress has hair. This may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it was to me. As soon as I read that little bit, I was immediately annoyed. In fact, I put the book down and hurried over to Wookieepedia to look up the Rattataki race. Listed right there on the page, it stated that one of the distinguishing features of this species was a bald head. So how and why does Asajj have hair in this book? My guess is that they were trying to give her a more feminine and softer looking character, but I just couldn’t accept that she had hair.

Secondly, the Jedi council would never put forth the idea to assassinate someone, even Dooku, let alone agree to it. Sure, some Jedi aren’t sticklers for the rules, but no way Yoda would agree to such a thing. I don’t care how desperate they were to end the clone wars, it just wouldn’t fly.

Ignoring these issues, I still greatly enjoyed the book. The new canon series has been extremely iffy with me, so it’s nice to find a book in it that I actually liked. I would certainly recommend watching The Clone Wars series before reading this book, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t.

I have quite a few series that I have meant to start years ago but still haven’t gotten around to. Some have been patiently waiting on my shelf for 15+ years, which makes me feel even worse, knowing that it’s been that long. So here they are in no particular order.

  1. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan. This one, or at least parts of it, has been on my shelf for 15 or so years. Hopefully I can start it soon since all the books are out – at least I’m pretty sure they are.
  2. Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Okay, technically I read one of these books about ten years ago, but it was the final book (or first depending on how you read them), so I need to actually read them in chronological order at some point.
  3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianne Wynne Jones. It took me a few years to track down these book, because I loved the anime so much, I wanted to check out the original source. However, I still haven’t started them, but I plan to at some point this year.
  4. The Troy Game by Sara Douglass. I fell in love with her Wayfarer Redemption series, so I had to get her other books, but I haven’t gotten around to reading this series or any of her others yet.
  5. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. This one I’m not sure about. I got the books some years ago, but I’ve heard good and bad things about it, so for now it will continue to sit on my shelf.
  6. Unicorn Saga by John Lee. This is a more recent addition to my shelf, but I still haven’t gotten around to starting it yet. I still need to track down two books in the series, and am waiting until I get them before starting the books.
  7. Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte. Some of these books have been on my shelf for close to ten years, but still haven’t read any of them yet.

Those are the only ones I can think of at the moment. Usually I don’t have an issue starting series, it’s finishing them that I often struggle with.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
None

What I did Last Week

Read

I finally finished Cress! It only took a month but I finally got through it and man was it good. Reading the second half, I was kicking myself for not getting to it sooner. I’ll be posting a full review of this one soon.

 

 

 

Next I read Your Name: A Light Novel. This was really good, although admittedly not as good as the movie. I am not sure if I will post a review of this one or not.

 

 

 

Lastly, I read Happiness Like Water. This collection of short stories was so good, I read it all in one sitting. I’ll be posting a full review of this book soon.

 

 

 

Watched

Well I once again caught up on a few shows on TV and the PVR, including Deadliest Catch, River Monsters and The Last Alaskans. On the weekend the boy and I went to the city to go see Cars 3, which was really good. We also decided to watch Wonder Woman while we were there, and the boy loved it, and I enjoyed it more than when I saw it the first time.

Life

I didn’t do much last week. It rained every day so wasn’t able to do any gardening, sadly.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I haven’t quite figured out what I will be reading this week.

Watching

I don’t have any solid plans for this either.

Life

It’s supposed to rain all week again, but I’m really hoping that I can plant the garden this week. I’m already behind on getting things planted and with our short growing season I need to get it done real soon. The boy also has soccer finals this week. His team is current in first place and they just need to win two games to get the gold.

May 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s mid-June and that means I am late for posting my May Wrap-Up! I’m already struggling to remember what I did in May, and for the most part I can tell you this; I did very little. I read a total of nine books in May.

So what did I read in the month of May?

  • Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  • A Silent Voice Volume 1 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 2 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 3 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 4 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 5 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 6 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 7 by Yoshitoki Ooima

Outside of reading, I don’t remember doing much over the course of the month. I did play a lot of World of Warcraft, which was fun and yet not as fun as I remember it being years ago. I had family visiting as well, which is always a stressful time. The boy started soccer as well, and his team won every game that they played, which he is very happy about since last year his team lost eery single game. I’m sure I did other things, but honestly I am drawing a blank.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

What I did Last Week

Read

First up I read Wishful Drinking. This was a very interesting read and gave a look into Carrie Fisher’s life. It’s got humor, shocking reveals and all around shows off Carrie in a light that many may not have seen. It was a little sad to read it knowing that she is gone, but I’m glad that I did. Because this is a biography, I will not be posting a review of it.

 

 

Then I read Shockaholic. This is Carrie Fisher’s second biography and I didn’t enjoy it as much as Wishful Drinking. A lot of it is similar to the first book and then there are some chapters that seem so random I didn’t feel like they added anything – like the Michael Jackson chapter. Still glad I read it even though it wasn’t a huge attention grabber. I will not be posting a review for this one either.

 

Finally I read Erased Volume 1. I had bought this book the previous week during my trip to the city and I’m so glad that I did. This was such an amazing book with a rich story line and great art. I cannot wait for the second volume to be out in a couple of weeks. I’ll be posting a full review of this one in the coming weeks.

 

 

Watched

While it doesn’t feel like I watched a lot last week, I actually did. I ended up clearing out several things from my PVR including episodes of Deadliest Catch, River Monsters, My 600lb Life and The Last Alaskans. On the weekend we had a Star Wars Rebels marathon, watching most of season 3 because we realized that we never watched the last couple of episodes and figured it would be best to start rewatching the whole season – we came close to watching all of it, but some bad weather prevented us from watching the last few episodes. For Family Movie Night we ended up watching Hero, which was good, but the boy didn’t enjoy it as much as we hoped he would.

Life

I got lots of work done in the garden last week. Hours spent weeding, fixing the border, fixing the fence, replacing one of the raised beds that had rotted. The only thing I didn’t get done was planting because the weather turned to rain and is obviously not ideal conditions for planting. Soccer kept up busy for a few evenings as well, and the boys team continues to win every game, but some of the other teams are definitely making them work for it.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I will finish Cress this week. I have been working on this one for too long, reading other books when I should be finishing this one, so I am not allowing myself to read anything else until it’s done. I really want to see how the second half of the book works out, so I have no reason to not read it.

 

 

Watching

We will be finishing up season three of Star Wars Rebels this week. I also want to try to finish up season four of The Golden Girls, I think I’m about half way or so, so it shouldnt’ be too much work to do that. It’s the boys pick for Family Movie Night this week, so I’m not sure what he is picking.

Life

It’s the second last week of soccer for the boy, so between his three regular games and a mini tournament, this will take up a decent amount of time. If the weather is good, and so far it doesn’t look like it will be, I will finally be planting the garden.

Book Review: Cinder

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

For a few years now, I had been avoiding reading Cinder. It was all over every blog I went to, and it seemed to always get rave reviews, and so I avoided it like the plague. I figured, that from my experience, most YA books that get nothing but great reviews are generally a disappointment when I do read them, so I figured the best thing to do was to just not read this book. Then, one day I spotted this one for five dollars at the bookstore, and decided to get it, figuring that if it was bad, at least it didn’t cost me much to buy it. I would have never guessed in that moment, that I would enjoy this book as much as I did.

I went into this book blind. Only knowing it was a retelling of Cinderella and that the main character was a cyborg. Other than that, I couldn’t have told you anything about the book. I think that not reading the blurb on the back was a good decision.

I have to say, that reading that first page, especially with that whole wrenching the foot off scene, instantly sucked me in. I mean, come on, what a unique and fantastic way to start a story. I felt like only one of two things would happen after that. The story would either continue to hold my attention right to the very end, or it would sudden crash and I would loose interest. I’m happy to report that it kept my attention.

Everything about this novel captivated me. I loved the characters, the world, the sci-fi elements. While it is considered a retelling of Cinderella, I found that that element of the story was very small, which I feel actually made the overall book better. I admit that I was worried the focus would be too centered upon trying to tell the story with a sci-fi flair to it, but that was not the case. The basic elements were there, and yes the story did revolve around them somewhat, but there was so much more to it as well.

I feel like I can’t probably describe everything I loved about this book. It’s a book that is too good for words, I suppose. Really my only regret is that I didn’t read it sooner, so that I could sing it’s praises along with everyone else that read it as soon as it was released. And yet, at the same time, I’m glad that I waited because I do not need to wait a year for the next book to come out, I can immediately start the next book and read the whole series back to back if I so choose.

If you haven’t read this book, I would high recommend doing so. There is something very special to be found within it’s pages and I am looking forward to continuing on with this series and seeing just where the story goes.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Ten Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List.

I’ve been trying really hard not to add too many new books to my TBR, since it’s kind of too big for it’s own good at this point, but of course I still add some. So here are the ten books that I’ve recently added to my TBR List.

  1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  3. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
  4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  5. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  6. World of Warcraft: Traveler by Greg Weisman
  7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
  8. Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr
  9. Your Name, Volume 1 by Makoto Shinkai
  10. The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

There you have it, those are the books I have recently added to my TBR. The genres are all over the place, but since I read books for each genre that makes sense. What books have you recently added to your TBR?