Reality TV Bites
Here for the Right Reasons (Marry Me, Juliet #1)
Fae's Song (Fated Mates of the Fae Royals #1)
Niamh is a Fae with the gift of an enchanting voice, but it is more curse than blessing. Men who hear her sing believe she is theirs. So when a Fae prince decides she is his mate, she is sure he must be mistaken. But what if he's right?
This was a sweet story that didn't take too long to read, so it was a good decision to pair it with my evening pot of tea. I did find the multiple - and lengthy! - time skips a bit jarring, however. For readers not looking for anything too complicated.
Fae's Wolf (Fated Mates of the Fae Royals #2)
Saoirse is a Fae princess forbidden from entering the world of humans, but it's the easiest way to scratch a persistent itch. A hot firefighter is exactly what the Fae ordered. A hot firefighter who wants to do a lot more than scratch that itch, on the other hand...
Whew, that was a steamy read. A marked improvement on the first book, partly because there were no time skips - and mostly because Arrow was a very loveable hero. It's also the perfect length to read in bed before lights out.
Spiral (Lost Tribe of the Sith)
Ah. The Lost Tribe of the Sith. My guilty pleasure. I'm glad there was one last piece of their history left to read - and of course I enjoyed it. Sure, we've had secret starships and secret inhabitants on the planet in other stories already... but this was undeniably fun (if a bit bonkers). Hilts was a fave of mine in the Lost Tribe print collection so I was pleased to see him. Too bad there's no more. I'd have happily read more of these.
Aflame (Knight Errant Vol 1)
Kerra Holt is given the correct medium this time (the novel did her and her storyline no favours) and she is able to truly shine in the comics. It's by no means a blinding shine, more of a dull gleam, but it's there. Kerra does get on my nerves a bit... I am hoping that some character development occurs. Alas, there aren't many TPBs in the series, so I suspect not.
Deluge (Knight Errant Vol 2)
I wish I could say this was an improvement, but at least it wasn't a step backwards. I'm rather bemused that John Jackson Miller, who is responsible for my favourite Star Wars comics (KOTOR), managed to create this lacklustre series. I do think it was a good decision to show Kerra's homeworld. The interactions she had there helped to add...at least one dimension to her character lol
Escape (Knight Errant Vol 3)
I suspected that Kerra Holt would enjoy no character development in this series and I was right. This is a disappointing volume in general and extremely disappointing as a conclusion (given the timing, it's obvious that the sale to Disney is the reason the series ended - a mercy killing, really). I felt underwhelmed by a storyline that should have done Big Things for Kerra...but didn't. We are left with the same old ending. More people to save. On repeat. Ad nauseum.
Jedi vs. Sith
I vaguely recall reading this a long time ago... back then it was considered a key piece of Legends canon. It isn't worthy of its prior status. Cartoonish in both art style and storyline, it impressed me when I was a younger, but now I see that it's somewhat nonsensical and there is no solid connection to the galaxy at large. It just seems strange that all this action would be limited to one world. But I still enjoyed this TPB, flaws and all. Perhaps nostalgia is to blame!
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't buried in a book or drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, is a keen writer of science fiction and romance. She has published two novels and four novellas in her space opera family saga, The Galactic Pantheon Series.
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