Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Leia: Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Claudia Gray - Paul's REVIEW

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Leia: Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Author: Claudia Gray
Recent Release Date: September 1, 2017

Review of LOST STARS by Claudia Gray
Review of BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray

Synopsis: The never-before-told story of how young Leia Organa comes to join the rebellion against the evil Empire, from best-selling author Claudia Gray.


Review: Claudia Gray is one of the best authors writing Star Wars right now. And that's saying a lot, because there have been some wonderful Star Wars books in the past few years. If you haven't read Lost Stars (the YA forbidden love story that takes place over the original trilogy ending in the Battle of Jakku) or Bloodline (Leia between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens) you need to go read them NOW! It is not necessary for reading this book, but there are some references.

This book shows Leia when she is going through her coming-of-age rituals on Alderaan. I really enjoyed learning about Alderaan's culture. Queen Breha is such an awesome character. This book does so well filling in gaps in the Star Wars universe. Since this is one of the books made leading up to The Last Jedi, there are references to places and people featured in the movie. You get to meet Holdo when she was a junior senator just meeting Leia. I'm hoping for a Holdo book that explains her absence from the original trilogy. 

There is so much heart in this book. The relationship between Leia and her parents is written so well. There are things that make Leia the woman she is in the original trilogy. There's also some great moral dilemmas that arise. Claudia Gray portrays galactic politics so well in her books. 

I obviously give this book a 5/5. If you're a Star Wars fan like me, this is definitely worth picking up. Even if you've never read a Star Wars book before and just want a YA book about Leia, this is it!     


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