The Last Love Song by Katie Holford
I received this ARC from Blackstone Publishing (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Mia Peters grew up in the same town that her famous mother, the singer Tori Rose, was always trying to leave - in fact, Tori never returned from her final tour. Mia doesn't really know what her mother was like, but she's about to. Tori Rose has gifted her a scavenger hunt for graduation and Mia only has one week to solve it before her best friend and crush, Britt, also leaves her behind to chase the music.
If you can manage to suspend your disbelief enough - and it is very hard at times - this is a cute, if unremarkable, YA read. I really liked the premise and some of the characters were interesting, if underdeveloped. The major issue is that we're supposed to believe that in a small town certain characters never crossed paths with Mia. Or that she wasn't able to find out her mother's cause of death from anyone in town or online (trust me, you could find this stuff on the Internet in 2006 and many articles from that period are still searchable now). Had these issues been smoothed out, I might have really enjoyed The Last Love Song.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (novelisation)
Star Wars Episode I: Incredible Cross-Sections
As a child, I easily spent up to 2 hours at a time poring over these cross-sections and pretending that I was inside them. They are so incredibly detailed and nearly everything is labelled. The accompanying writing is just enough, illuminating the reader rather than being distracting. As an adult, I'm still very impressed with this book.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
These books are amazing. By the time AOTC came out, I was a bit older and spent less time poring over the details of this one, but I remember liking it quite a bit. I'm currently reading through Clone Wars EU/Legends novels, so I was much more engaged with this book than I have been in previous years! Hm. Seems I didn't buy the ROTS one... will rectify that.
* later edit
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
I didn't really pay as much attention to the text as I should have, though that's because the illustrations are the real feature here. The highlight is definitely the fold-out spread of the Invisible Hand. Really shows the distances that our heroes had to travel throughout the ship at the start.
Star Wars: The Jedi Path
Star Wars: Book of Sith
This is an entertaining diversion. The text itself isn't all that interesting, but the scribbles supposedly penned by various characters are so much fun to read. But the physical presentation is what sets really this book apart. I have the expensive first edition, so it comes inside a plastic box that opens with accompanying sounds - and the book contains some physical mementos pressed between its pages (something I have emulated with my journals ever since I first read this!).
The presentation of the vault edition of this book is seriously cool. A Sith holocron! Buuut it's also the hardest one to open if the batteries have corroded (my younger self was apparently foolish when storing things). Anyway, I did manage to pry the book and the little pieces out.
Just as much fun as the Jedi book - and as a bonus, the Dark Empire references can almost (but not quite) be mistaken as foreshadowing for the sequel trilogy instead (I'm pretty sure that similarity wasn't a coincidence lol). Lastly, I liked how the pages had different edging - and one particular Quinlan Vos comment had me cackling.
Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code
This book is somewhat amusing and the additional Cradossk memoirs that also came in the box inspired more than one smile from me. Maybe it could have been better, I guess, but the content will always be overshadowed by the presentation. This deluxe edition is amazing. You have to use a "key" attached to the back of the box to open it (and that's after using buttons to open the section where you slot the key in).
I will now remove the non-functioning batteries to avoid that annoying corrosion issue...
Star Wars: Imperial Handbook
The batteries in my copy still work! Nice. I'll take them out as soon as I finish this review lol.
I was a bit disappointed by the lack of extra bits inside the case and the book itself, since previous releases have had more, but I suppose Imperials wouldn't like that much clutter! The content of the book...did not hold my interest. There are too many different perspectives and it wasn't all that cohesive. But the comments that are supposedly handwritten by our beloved Rebels made it a worthwhile read.
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
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