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Here Are A Bunch of New ‘Star Wars’ Books To Look Forward To

I’ve only recently gotten into Star Wars books in the last year and it’s been like finding a jackpot of fictional material. In fact, Star Wars books have become my new favorite thing to read in the fictional side of things. So, imagine how I excited I became when I found out that a ton of new Star Wars books that would be arriving within the next year was announced at SDCC? I am ecstatic! So, to share with you all my excitement, here are some of the books that really caught my eye. Enjoy!

Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances

I haven’t gotten around to the Thrawn series yet but this book intrigues me simply because it has an awesome cover. I definitely have to catch up with his story before this book comes out.

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Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Books That I’ve Read; from Worst to Best

Throughout my years as a Star Wars fan I had only watched the movies and had never delved into the fictional book realm of the franchise…until recently. In the past year I have read several incredible Star Wars novels, all of which belong to the new canon created after Disney bought the franchise, and while some were slightly boring others were downright fantastic and helped expand my mind to the overall story of these films. So, I’m here to tell you which books I thought were just okay and which novels excelled my wildest expectations. Enjoy!

The Force Awakens

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While I absolutely love The Force Awakens the novel is surprisingly disappointing. The story is kind of boring and there isn’t anything exactly different from the novel that wasn’t in the movie. Of course it’s Star Wars and it’s always fun to read anything that’s involved with Star Wars but this definitely isn’t a book to own.

Ranking: B-

AfterMath

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The Aftermath Trilogy is a compelling series of books that tell the story of, well, the aftermath following the Battle of Endor. We get new characters to follow, some original faces here and there (one of them being Wedge which was really awesome) and some fantastic storylines. But as cool as the story sounds the trilogy’s first installment is a bit of a bore compared to its next two installments and that’s why I have it ranked next to last on this list. It is, however, a good book to read.           

Ranking: B

A New Dawn

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This book follows the story of two Star Wars: Rebels characters, Kanan Jarrus, a rascally type who was once a padawan before Order 66, and Hera Syndulla, a secret rebellion operative trying to stop the Empire’s reign. They cross paths on a planet overrun by the Empire and together they try to free the planet from the tyrannical organization’s reign. This is a fantastic novel full of enticing action, great character interplay, and a perfect introduction to these prominent characters in the Star Wars universe. If you’re a fan of Star Wars: Rebels this book is a must-have.

Ranking: B

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I’ve Got ‘The Last Jedi’ Novel!

Woo, I’m so excited to officially own the novelization of The Last Jedi! I got it yesterday at my local Barnes & Noble and I can assure you, I’ve already read nearly half the book with my younger sister, and it is awesome!

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This is a beautiful book cover.

 

I love that the teaser poster is what graced the cover of this novel because it really speaks to the thematic element of the movie. When you read the novelization of the movie the story of Rey’s ascendance into becoming a Jedi becomes even clearer. I remember when I saw this poster for the first time I was interpreting the light from the lightsaber going between Luke and Kylo Ren’s faces and the colors changing from blue to white to red as a sign that Rey was going to turn to the Dark Side but that’s actually not the case. This poster is actually highlighting the evolution of Rey and her journey throughout the film and novel as she explores the possibilities of the light of the dark and what her place is in the universe as the galaxy’s new hope, like Luke was all of those decades ago. It’s kind of a really cool poster.

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I love The Last Jedi.

 

It’s also a few weeks until the Blu-Ray for The Last Jedi is available and I’m so glad I have this book to tie me over until then. It’s not only going to provide a better experience for me when I watch the movie because I’ll have a better understanding of the film and all of its many situations but it’s also exciting just seeing the title. I absolutely love this movie.

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The iconic words.

 

There’s nothing better than opening a Star Wars book and seeing those iconic words before you read the novel, A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Utter magic, even in a book. It just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Even though I haven’t finished the book yet it’s already exciting reading all of the scenes, extra and original, in a more detailed fashion. I’d say my favorite portion of the book so far are the Resistance scenes. In the movie the Rey/Luke scenes are undoubtedly riveting but on the other side of the galaxy you have this desperate situation going on with the Resistance and it’s exciting to see those scenes in a greater light. I’m especially loving the interactions between Finn and Rose. The two are magnetic, in a they-have-things-in-common sort of way, but when you read the book you realize Rose wasn’t very fond of Finn at first. In fact, he got on her nerves at most times. But the longer they’re together his adorable personality begins to rub off on her and you can see her fondness for him growing gradually. It’s actually rather sweet.

I also love Poe’s story in novelization form. He’s a pilot, his brain is hardwired to oblivion, all he can think about is his X-Wing and blowing stuff up, so when he’s forced to sit around and not do anything you can literally sense his agitation at all times. He’s literally about to combust and you can feel that heavily through the pages. It’s utterly fascinating. His relationship with Leia is also really sweet. To him she’s like another mother and he loves her for everything that she is. It’s kind of sad to think that in Episode IX he won’t have her to consult with anymore. 😦

All in all, this book is already perfect and I’m excited to read the rest of it today…because my sister and I are definitely finishing it today. If you haven’t gotten this book yet I highly recommend that you do. It not only sheds a greater light on the movie but it’s just fun to read. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force Be With You.

 

My Review of ‘The Legends of Luke Skywalker’

I’ve just recently gotten into the fascinating world of Star Wars novels and my latest addition to my Star Wars book collection is, The Legends of Luke Skywalker. This book is amazing!

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It’s so exciting getting Star Wars books that are prequels to an upcoming Star Wars movie.

First of all, it was part of the three month buildup to The Last Jedi and it truly does feel like a prequel to the movie. This story covers unknown characters who are on a transport heading to the dazzling city, Canto Bight, learning about the very interesting adventures one of The Last Jedi’s major characters, Luke Skywalker partook.

When you read some of the experiences he’s participated in after Return of the Jedi it’s kind of incredible. Luke was already an amazing character and hero but his journeys after the Battle of Endor kind of delve deeper into what it means to be a Jedi. Especially for him.

He didn’t have the privilege of having a Jedi council to help him through his growth as a Jedi master, he ultimately had to rely on himself, his instincts, and the powerful guide of the Force. It’s really fascinating stuff.

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Yes, this book has pictures. 🙂

Another thing that made this novel so enjoyable were all of the beautifully painted pictures in this book. It’s not often when you get to read a YA/Adult fiction novel, leastwise a Star Wars book, that has pictures in it so that was an extra treat that I wasn’t expecting.

And this book’s author, Ken Liu, is an incredible writer as well. He brought such imagination and knowledge of the Force to this story that it really was a treat to read. I think I read this book in three days because I loved it so much and it has undoubtedly become my favorite Star Wars novel so far.

If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend that you do. Luke is already an amazing character and to read a book that covers just a small part of his accomplishments and adventures truly gives a different perspective of the old master Rey found on the beautiful planet, Ach-To. There’s also one portion of the book that will give you a completely different view of one of the greatest scenes of Return of the Jedi but I’ll leave it to you to discover it. It’s a really funny part of the novel.

What would I give this book? I’m going to say it’s 5 stars. This book is fantastic and I’m so happy I have it.

The next Star Wars book I’m excited to read is the novelization of The Last Jedi. It’s going to reveal a lot of content that wasn’t in the movie and I. Am. EXCITED!!!! It’s going to be so much fun to read.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.