Finally got around to watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And then a rewatch. Despite hearing how it is like the first movie. (Star Wars: A New Hope) I didn't really believe it would be pretty much the first movie with the scenes shifted around at different time points through the new storyline. It's very much a tribute and a launch pad for the franchise.
And you know what? I don't believe that Rey is a Marie Sue. At first I though she was, and to some degree I think she could have got a few cuts and bruising during her fights. But everything is explained and touched upon, we just don't know her back story.
I think that's a treat for a later date. Either way I've very happy to have the franchise back and FINALY not prequel stupidity. (OK, I did enjoy those movies but still.)
With that have you scene the trailer for Rogue One? I love that they're going to be doing these separate stories. And despite it being a prequel, and yet again knowing how it ends for the characters, I find it a fun idea.
Cool trailer, huh?
Now let's see what books I'm wishing and hoping for this week.
The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons
What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?
Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.
But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.
This is a book that was supposed to already have been on my TBR pile. Somehow it never got shelved! But I do remember at the time a lot of books with medusa themes were coming out, and I think that it just got lost in the shuffle.
Thankfully going through my Updates from Goodreads reminded me about it, thank you GR friend who was shelving it.
In my mind I always hated the story of medusa and I loved the idea that this book was saying she was wronged and the legends are wrong.
Plus some very picky GR friends gave this high praise.Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.
But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.
Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.
Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.
This cover caught my eye. I'm a sucker for kissing in the rain anything. Then I read the synopsis and imagine my surprise when I shelved a contemporary. But I love survival romances, yeah I know what SPEED quote we should all heed. The emotions always feel way off the charts for some reason.
Plus I love run away bride stuff. While the bride isn't running away, she want to get married, I find the idea of be hijacked off that course just as appealing.
(Pretty sure I will have already bought this before this post even goes up.)Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.
In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.
Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.
Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales on his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.
With the aliens and the humans at odds, the connection forming between the two teens has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.
This sounds amazing, and it's been popping up on my feed like crazy. Lot's of readers are comparing it The 5th Wave, or even The Host. To be honest I can see that . . . but humans already were on their way out when aliens decided to settle. Or is that what they want us to think?
Who knows at this point and I don't want to be spoiled. Either way the synopsis sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it! (Yeah I already bought this one.)