First off, I want to say that I appreciate that this exists. Action, comedy, and romance have always been apart of Star Wars and I like the idea of aFirst off, I want to say that I appreciate that this exists. Action, comedy, and romance have always been apart of Star Wars and I like the idea of a scifi fantasy comic focused on a wedding.
As a Star Wars obsessed chick that reads lots of romance novels, and plans weddings, I’m a great target for it.
I recall really wanting to read this as a tween. I probably should have back in the day. Nowadays, ‘Union’ is very much a product of its time. It feels like a 90s romcom with a laugh track. Although, in parts, it’s thought provoking and cutesy.
Again, the idea is awesome, but there were things that just didn’t work for me.
The comic assumes I have read all the old-canon up to that point. I know, second-hand, who Mara Jade is, but the comic itself didn’t help me to know her. I could have benefited from some relationship flashbacks or a conversation from Luke why Mara is the right woman for him other than just-that-he-loves-her.
Everyone feels mellow to me. Han and Leia have had their happily-ever-after and are tame, ho-hum parents now. War is over. Everything seems easy-going and normal. Although the main characters are worried about the wedding taking place, the threat doesn’t seem very high. I’m never concerned that the characters can’t handle whatever the few baddies are planning. About as threatening as rain or the caterer not arriving.
Plus, it’s been sixteen years since the Battle of Endor…and Han is still calling Luke “kid.” Gee, Han, Luke’s almost 40! And he’s a Jedi Master now, have some RESPECT. But then again, I guess it doesn’t help that Luke jokes that he’s going to have to stay with Han when Mara gets mad and kicks him out. ...more
A sweet, page-turner YA with a surprising amount of serious issues: anxiety disorder/panic attacks, foster care, near fatal car accident, hospitalizatA sweet, page-turner YA with a surprising amount of serious issues: anxiety disorder/panic attacks, foster care, near fatal car accident, hospitalization, and a parent with a drug addiction. I'm impressed how effortlessly the author weaved it all in without bogging down the romantic tension!
The main character, Autumn, is definitely an inspiration for girls with anxiety. The YA world needs more characters like her. When Autumn finds herself accidentally locked in a library over MLK weekend (ah, jealous, being locked in a library is almost bucketlist worthy IMO), she feels abandoned and forgotten by her friends and family. Little does she know, Dax, her quiet, loner classmate with the bad reputation, has also been locked in the library, on purpose.
The characters bond over their circumstances. Only slightly reminiscent of the princess (Claire) and the rebel (Bender) from The Breakfast Club, in a good way. However, when Autumn and Dax are free of the library, life suddenly becomes more complicated. Autumn needs a distraction just as much as Dax. A secret friendship emerges, and soon, more.
This was my first read by Kasie West. I definitely plan to check out more of her work in the future!...more
I appreciate that the story takes place after the couple's wedding. I felt it was unique in that regard, and a plot I'd like to see more often. LaurenI appreciate that the story takes place after the couple's wedding. I felt it was unique in that regard, and a plot I'd like to see more often. Laurens also has a beautiful way of describing situations and feelings.
But, sadly, it was also very slow, and for me, dragged....more
Wow, great read for anyone who's ever enjoyed Northanger Abbey or Jane Eyre! Secret of Pembrooke Park has a delightful mix of Austen-like hardship, faWow, great read for anyone who's ever enjoyed Northanger Abbey or Jane Eyre! Secret of Pembrooke Park has a delightful mix of Austen-like hardship, family, community, and tension, while balancing some Bronte-style mystery. It makes for an awesome combo.
Abigail Foster is a practical, sensible heroine. Although her life is far from content from being in the shadow of her beautiful sister, struggling with her father's financial worries, lack of prospects, and moving, she doesn't complain. Instead she adapts to her new surroundings, the eerie Pembrooke Park, curious to understand its mysteries and tragic history.
Along the way, she finds new friends and suitors. Especially the strong and kindhearted local curate, William Chapman. As a reader, I was eager to finally know the deep secrets of Pembrooke Park. However, I was even more impatient for William to confess his feelings! He was perfect. Handsome, gentle, good sense of humor. The tension was too much. I was clinging to every conversation between William and Abigail.
I have to thank the Goodreads Choice Awards for introducing me to this book and author! I have a new favorite in both areas. Highly recommended to Regency romance fans. Great way for me to start my 2016 reading....more
Not rating this one, because it became clear really quick that it's not the right book to start with if you're not familiar with the Cynsters series.Not rating this one, because it became clear really quick that it's not the right book to start with if you're not familiar with the Cynsters series.
I fell in love with the cover, but I was overwhelmed by the number of characters. I should go back and start at the beginning....more