I really enjoyed Claudia Gray’s Bloodline when I listened to it almost exactly two years ago. I was delighted to find an audio version of Gray’s Leia: Princess of Alderaan and immediately dropped everything else I was listening to. I was 8 when Star Wars: A New Hope came out. I have never been a super fan, but Star Wars is one of the cultural touchstones of my life. As a kid, my roll models were Jamie Summers – the Bionic Woman, Diana Prince – Wonder Woman, and Princess Leia Organa. Princess Leia was the one with smart mouth and […]
Claudia Gray is three for three with Star Wars books. I’ve been reading Star Wars books for over half my life now (!) and she is probably the best, most consistent author of these books that I have any experience of. She brings such a nice sense of nuance and character depth. And she really gets Leia, as she proved in her adult novel, Bloodline (which is probably my favorite Star Wars book), and as she proves again here in this young adult take on the character. Leia, Princess of Alderaan, takes place three years before Episode IV, as Leia […]
What’s happening to me, personally, doesn’t matter. If it’s not the ideal time, well, it’s the only time we’ve got.” As I was listening to a section about a third of the way into Bloodline I was struck by the deeply screwed up dynamic of the Skywalker family. Some friends and I joke that Anakin and Luke Skywalker are the biggest drama queens in the galaxy. Listening to Leia recount being tortured for hours by the man she now knows was her father, it doesn’t feel like such a joke. Princess Leia is the Skywalker who gets stuff done despite everything she […]
I’m not sure how to review this book. Bloodline is the first time that I have ever read a novel set in the Star Wars universe. Or, really, any universe that I knew first from movies. I was not a kid who stalked the science fiction and fantasy aisles of libraries of bookstores looking for the next hit of my favorite universes. As far as I knew, the movies were all there was and I was happy to revisit the story of Leia, Han, and Luke (and the true hero – Chewbacca) as often as our VHS tapes and cable […]
Sometimes all that matters is making a choice and standing your ground. Sometimes all that matters is opening your eyes and being brave enough to accept that reality is different from what you’d been taught to believe.
This new iteration of Star Wars since Disney purchased them a few years back is not the Star Wars that we grew up on. While The Force Awakens largely played it safe there were a few key differences that have set the continuation of the story apart. First, most of the characters exist in a moral gray area now. The days of the EVEEL Emperor and sneering Imperial toadies is largely behind us. Secondly, these stories are primarily female driven. So far both of the new movies and all of the books have prominently featured women in the lead roles […]
Okay, so it’s been two months since I finished this book, but I remember so clearly the feeling of finishing it and sort of being gobsmacked at how good it was. Not that it’s flashy or anything. I’m not going to claim this book will change your life, or even change the way you look at reading or anything hyperbolic like that, but it did kind of change the way I look at Star Wars books. Claudia Gray just GETS Star Wars. I read her first Star Wars book, Lost Stars, last year in prep for The Force Awakens and was […]
So, this book basically came out of nowhere, right? I only heard about it a couple of months ago thanks to some Goodreads friends, all of whom were also completely surprised by how good this book was. (Granted, I think a lot of them don’t regularly read YA and might be unaware of some of the wonderful authors currently working in the genre.) But still. Even with all of those reviews, the book still managed to surprise me. Because what’s so surprising about it isn’t that it’s good, but HOW it’s good. The basic plot of this book is that it […]