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Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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adventurous emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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After World by Debbie Urbanski

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dark emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0


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The Viridian Priestess by Katrina Calandra

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 67%.
I'm just not the target audience for this book...I tried to force myself to like it since the premise seemed interesting but...meh. 
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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adventurous dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

I'm not going to lie, I almost put this book down because of how Darrow was in the beginning of the book, but a really good friend insisted I keep going and I'm glad I did. This series has become one of my favorites. This book feels a little YA due to the age of the characters, but halfway through the book you forget how young they are (late teens). There IS character development, which kept me hooked and I felt the character development worked well with the plot. Darrow still sometimes feels like a Gary Stu, but he became rather endearing so I'll overlook it this one time.

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The Old Universe by Forbidden Origins, Eric Martinez, Armani Salado

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 34%.
So usually I try to find the good in everything, but this book TESTED me. A friend sent me a TikTok about the book from the author/publishers account and it really caught my attentions! Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings?? It sounded like the most epic sci-fi/fantasy space opera lovechild, but it was just...not good.

The writing was...bad. It wasn't even not good, it was just bad. Like I'm not sure if they had an editor? The story was painted with incredibly broad strokes, the characters personalities and actions was all over the place, and the pacing was incredibly clunky. It seriously reminded me of a Wattpad fanfic. I wanted so bad to keep going because another review said that they did representation really well! Being a big consumer of sci-fi and a lady, I was dying for some amazing female representation. The whole reason I FINALLY gave up was because
the two only named female characters so far were being set up to fight over the main male character.
Maybe that's not the case, and MAYBE one day I'll try again, but I wouldn't hold my breath... 
Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber

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5.0

Absolute favorite Maul book! It really shows how intense and powerful he is even without use of the Force.
The first chapter is by far the best way to get into one hell of a ride, and I love that it pits him against a Yuuzahn Vong, one of the most ruthless and basically unkillable species in the universe.
The plot can get slightly twisted - it's Palpatine and Plagueis, afterall - and it definitely requires a second or third read.
I'm biased, to be fair, but it's an action packed book with a straight forward writing style (which I greatly appreciate!)