Star Wars: Before the Awakening

The first book I finished in 2016 was a short one. To be quite honest, I bought this book for the cover and inside art. I’m a big fan of Phil Noto’s work from comics; whether it be painting, sketching on paper, or sketching digitally he always seems to make what appears to be watercolor art. While the purchase was originally for the art, I did decide to read the stories inside. And yes, there is more than one story.


The book itself is a little over 100 pages and is divided into three parts: Finn’s story, Rey’s story, and Poe’s story. Finn’s story takes place a few weeks before the events of The Force Awakens and gives you a little more background on his life as a stormtrooper. Rey’s story occurs about a week prior to TFA and shows the reader what her day to day life is like. Poe’s story stretches a few weeks time but ends right before where the movie begins. This is one of those books that enhances the movie by giving just a little bit more insight on how the three main characters think and react to situations.

Before the Awakening is a quick read, nothing overtly literary but it is still a fun and easy read if you are a fan of any of the characters. I personally found Rey’s story to be a little on the slow side, but it’s Jakku and things don’t exactly happen quickly there. Poe’s story was quite intriguing since you not only read his story but get some perspective on the Resistance as well.

My rating: 4.5/5


Welcome to Paws & Read!

Hello and welcome to Paws & Read!

The goal of P&R is to review books – with some cats thrown in the mix.

What kind of books? Any books! Really anything I’m reading at the moment. But mostly Young Adult novels since that is the genre I tend to lean more towards.

What kind of cats? Lots and lots of cats! My own two cats are domestic short hairs, but I have always loved cats in general. Expect to see a smattering of cat themed things here.

Who am I? By day I am a college level biology teacher. I spend a lot of my day discussing with students the finer points of anatomy, general biology, and microbiology. On my off time, I’m a lot of things: costumer, seamstress, knitter, sketcher, photographer, cat mom, bookworm, and now book reviewer. If you’re interested in my creative endeavors, you can visit my other blog, Sew Kurafty.

My goal for 2016 is to read one book a month for a total of 12 books by the end of the year. I’m a slow reader and like to take in the details. Plus with all my other creative hobbies, having more than an hour to read a day is a blessing.

Note that I am not a paid reviewer. All of the book reviews I publish are entirely my own thoughts and opinions. You may agree with my opinions, you may disagree with them, but that’s fine. I’m not expecting to change minds, just to state my own. Feel free to share your own comments or thoughts about a book. And if you have any book recommendations, I’d LOVE to hear them. I’m always looking for new things to read – even if they are older books. 🙂