Spoiler Free Review of “Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad” by Christie Golden

It’s all for the glory of the Empire, honey, and don’t you forget it. // Dahna, Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

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As evil as the Galactic Empire was, I absolutely love reading about it- especially from the perspective of those working for it. I guess it feeds into my Dark Side a little bit! So when I saw this book at Target, I decided to give it a go.

I’ve never once played any real Star Wars video games (unless we count Lego Star Wars on my Gameboy Advanced!). I don’t even own a video game system. (I know- I’m a disgrace to nerd culture.) So I was a little worried I would be completely lost while reading this. I also never read the prequel for the original Battlefront game. But you definitely do not need to to have played the video game, or read the prequel for the first video game. I thoroughly enjoyed the book without any of the background knowledge.

The story was intriguing, and seeing the “special forces” of the Empire was a lot of fun. If you like reading about spies, you’ll also enjoy this book! At times it seemed like the story was a bit slow (especially at the beginning), but as you got into it the plot thickened and got a lot more interesting.

After I read the book, I did decide to go and watch the cutscenes (or “movie”) from the video game. It’s basically the in-between times of the game-play with the story-line. It definitely added perspective to the story! Even if you are like me and don’t play video games, I highly recommend doing this! You can watch it below, but be prepared that it’s almost 2 hours long. You can also watch the “up next” video which shows some set-up to The Last Jedi.

Iden Versio was definitely a favorite character of mine. Her character was developed in a way that made you sympathize with her (which you don’t always feel when reading about the “bad guys”). The book also makes watching the cutscenes more emotional!

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Spoiler-free Review of ” Phasma” by Delilah Dawson

“Submit your blaster for inspection.” | Captain Phasma

(Warning- possible The Last Jedi spoilers ahead! But if you haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you still waiting for????)

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Captain Phasma (image from Starwars.com)

I was intrigued by Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, as was pretty much everyone. But I didn’t care too much about her character. Yes, she was interesting, but I could tell that she wasn’t a focal point of the story.

But I will admit, her death in The Last Jedi was a tad sad. I was hoping to see more of an epic showdown between her and Finn. So I’m still crossing my fingers she somehow survived and will appear in Episode IX.

Since I’ve been on a Star Wars kick for my personal reading, I decided to pick up Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah Dawson and give it a go. Even though I wasn’t too invested in her character, I did want to learn more about her (and a stormtrooper in chrome armor is pretty awesome if you ask me!).

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At first, the story threw me off a little. It was written in present-tense. For you non-grammar nerds, that just means it is written like it is happening now. (Example of present-tense: Alyssa is walking down the hall and sees her friend.) Honestly, that was somewhat hard to read. However, once you get into the book you find that Phasma’s back story is written in the past-tense and the other part of the story (which I won’t spoil) is written in the present tense. It makes a lot more sense the more you read.

Phasma’s story was interesting, although not what I had imagined her back story to be at all. But I really ended up liking the character who tells the story of Phasma as well as Cardinal (another stormtrooper in cool armor). I won’t spoil the book, but I found myself looking forward to their part of the story more than the story about Phasma.

I’ll be honest, this wasn’t my favorite book to read, but I do think it was worth reading to learn the back story of these characters. You even get to learn a little bit more about General Hux as well. The cover of the book is pretty awesome, and the Target copy comes with a cool poster! So even if you don’t love the story, the book will look nice on your shelf (and that’s always important, right?!).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it! Or your thoughts on Phasma in general!

You can grab the special Target edition of the book here. Or grab a copy on Amazon here.



Spoiler Free Review of Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

After I read Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, I knew I needed to read more Star Wars books ASAP. I picked up Leia: Princess of Alderaan and it was also phenomenal. I loved getting to learn more about our lovely princess, especially in the years before A New Hope.


I’ll admit, growing up, Leia was not my favorite Star Wars character. I was definitely more of a “I want to be a Jedi” girl. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve definitely appreciated the character more and more. She’s strong, beautiful, and doesn’t let anyone mess with her! And you can definitely see that in this book. Gray captures the character of Leia just perfectly.

Is it as action packed as Lost Stars? No. But the story is still riveting and beautifully written. You’ll also get to meet some new characters like Amilyn Holdo (who appeared in The Last Jedi) and a love interest!

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Star-Wars-Princess-Alderaan/dp/1484780787/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517371489&sr=8-1&keywords=leia+princess+of+alderaan

Buy from Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/journey-to-star-wars-claudia-gray/1126256589?ean=9781484780787#/

Spoiler-free Review of Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

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I’ve always been a reader! They’ve provided adventures, knowledge, and a place to go when life gets crazy. I’m definitely a little picky though, and I do not enjoy reading contemporary or romance books. So when I saw this book at Target about a year ago, I got super excited!

It had been AGES since I had read a Star Wars book! I read a few of the kids books (I don’t even know what they were called, but I think they were about Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan before TPM), but that was back when I was 12 or so. I never really picked up the other books in the Expanded Universe.

But with the resurgence of Star Wars lately, new books have been everywhere! I’ll admit, the beautiful cover drew me into this book more than the summary! (I don’t even think I read the inside flap before I bought it!) But then it just sat on my bookshelf. I think I was scared to read it. What if it ruined Star Wars? What if it didn’t fit into the universe well?

I was wrong. When I finally read it, I read the book in one complete sitting (taking a break only to watch a movie- I was on a flight from Phoenix to Hawaii). I was blown away by the depth of these characters. I loved learning more about the inside workings of the Imperial Academy and officers. Suddenly they don’t all seem like the evil minions of the Empire. They have personalities, families, and friends. And ultimately, we learn that love really is stronger than anything else.

I would definitely recommend this book to any Star Wars fan. It’s in the young adult genre, so it’s not a difficult read. Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, I think you would enjoy the story. The story spans episodes 4-6 and sets up The Force Awakens very well. I’m definitely rooting for a sequel!

Get the book at Target: https://www.target.com/p/star-wars-lost-stars-paperback-claudia-gray/-/A-52529155

Get the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Lost-Stars-Claudia/dp/1368013783/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515790139&sr=8-1&keywords=lost+stars

Get the book at Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/journey-to-star-wars-claudia-gray/1121537486?ean=9781368013789#/

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Also, I’m looking for some more Star Wars books to read so let me know your faves in the comments!