The Backlog o4 : Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

The Backlog is where I review books that have been released for a little while, to bring attention to some older titles. 


Title: Lost Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
Release Date: September 4th 2015 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine.

After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows stronger.

The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead…

Waiting on Wednesday: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo


Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 29th 2017
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The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

I recently watched Wonder Woman last week so I still have a lot of feelings about the movie and the characters. I've been soothing my soul with fanfiction and listening to the soundtrack, but I would love to read this book and experience the characters more. I'm so excited to read about the young Diana, as much as I love the kickass adult Diana.

Also I'm super intrigued to read stories by Leigh Bardugo outside of the Grisha Universe. As much as I love the Six of Crows crew and the stories, I'm interested to see how Leigh's writing is outside of this universe. (Also off topic, but I'm highly interested in her next series after this one and The Language of Thorns.)

Happy Reading!
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It's a Review Roundup!

So hi peeps! I haven't been posting on the blog, but I have been reading! I didn't write reviews long enough to warrant an entire post so here are all the reviews I've written for the books I've read. I'm sort of out of practice with writing reviews so forgive me if they don't end up being very informative.


Title: The Long Game
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes 


The Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear…but some secrets won’t stay buried.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington, D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can—and cannot—be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she's about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.

I remember why I loved the first book, The Fixer, now that I've read the Long Game.

The Long Game is an expansion on the world built in The Fixer, with Tess as the center of the novel. She has become the resident fixer in her school, helping the other students fix their problems, reluctantly. Her school is filled with the who's who of Washington and if problems were huge in normal high school, they'd have a much bigger impact in her school.

This series is so very smart and is comparable to conspiracy thrillers or political thrillers like Scandal. It's a genre that I love and I am so enamoured with the way that the series takes place with a teenager, but gives her agency and power that has a real effect on the world. And despite it being a political thriller, it doesn't dumb anything down for the reader and it has strong female characters who quietly wield a lot of power.

This series is criminally underrated and Mith (@ BiscotttoBooks ) will proclaim our love for this series forever probably. I highly highly recommend this series.


Title: It Had to be You
Author: Lizzy Charles
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James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

If it's one trope I'm almost always down to read, it's the fake boyfriend/girlfriend trope.

It Had to Be You follows James Parson and Edelweiss Lee as they attend an exclusive boarding school. James is the captain of the football team and the popular guy at school. He pulls a lot of pranks at school and it had been the last straw for James and he must show his father, Colonel Parson, that he is serious about school before he pulls him out. Edelweiss is the daughter of a diplomat and has travelled the world and was homeschooled by her parents. She enrols in boarding school so that she can experience the things normal high schoolers do to prepare for the college life.

This was cute. James and Edelweiss had a lot of chemistry and they were super cute together. It was cheesy, but not in a way that was empty. There was substance and depth to the characters and the situations they were in.

This was however, one of those situations where one of the conflicts arises from not talking to each other. Which, if I think about it, is probably a running theme in the fake boyfriend/girlfriend trope. Had they communicated better, the whole climax of the book probably wouldn’t have happened.

Overall, it was a short and fun read. I enjoyed the characters and their chemistry and that was what kept me drawn into the novel.


Title: P.S. I Like You 
Author: Kasie West

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

P.S. I Like You revolves around Lily, who enjoys music and writes bits and pieces of songs every chance she gets. She ends up exchanging notes with another student who uses the same desk. They share the same tastes in music and through the letters they learn about each other and slowly grow to like each other.

And throughout all of this, Lily is dealing with her own family problems, her crush and her enemy -- her best friend's ex.

I don't really have anything more to say than it was cute, predictable contemporary romance. It's fluffy and sweet and fun. I love Kasie West novels and I look forward to reading her other books.

Happy Reading!
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