Book Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3 – Summer Olympus

Book Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3 – Summer OlympusDC Super Hero Girls: Vol 3, Summer Olympus by Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat
Series: DC Super Hero Girls Graphic Novels, #3
on June 27th 2017
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List

Welcome back to DC Super Hero High!
In the newest original graphic novel from the DC Super Hero Girls line, catch up with the students of Super Hero High School as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all parts of growing up! DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3 continues to develop the relationships forged in DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS and HITS AND MYTHS. Written by Shea Fontana, this story is perfect for girls 6-12.
The DC Super Hero Girls line is an exciting new universe of super heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls features DC Comics' most powerful and diverse lineup of female characters as relatable teens, playing out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world. Icons including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenage introduction, as each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a super hero."

I thoroughly enjoy reading these graphic novels. I don’t care that that are written for younger audiences. They are a good source and way for young girls to get into comics and to learn about these characters. This volume was no exception. In fact, it is my favorite of the series so far.

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Book Review: Batgirl, Vol. 3: Mindfields

Book Review: Batgirl, Vol. 3: MindfieldsBatgirl, Volume 3: Mindfields by Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Rob Hayes, Eleonora Carlini, Moritat, Ming Doyle
on August 24th 2016
Pages: 200
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List

Batgirl's about to lose the greatest weapon in her arsenal...because her mind is failing her! Are her ragtag group of allies ready to pick up the slack? And while Batgirl is down, it's Black Canary to the rescue to discover the identity of a malevolent mastermind menacing Burnside!
Collecting: Batgirl 46-52

This volume was the last volume in the New 52 / Burnside arc (before DC Comics released the Rebirth arc). It was not my favorite, but I enjoy reading Batgirl / Barbara Gordon. A few times the storylines were all over the place, but all in all the stories were good. It did leave on bit of cliffhanger that never really will get resolved.

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Book Review: Batgirl, Vol. 1: Silent Knight

Book Review: Batgirl, Vol. 1: Silent KnightBatgirl Vol. 1: Silent Knight by Kelley Puckett
Series: Batgirl Vol. 1
on January 26th 2016
Pages: 328
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Coyer Summer Reading List

Cassandra Cain is a fighter like no other. At only 17, the teenage assassin takes down enemies three times her size without batting an eye. But her incredible skills come at a cost: unable to speak or write, Cassandra instead reads body language as naturally as breathing-an ability that makes her even deadlier.
After Batman witnesses her save the life of Commissioner Gordon during the events of No Man’s Land, the Dark Knight sees in Cassandra the successor to the Batgirl name. Now, under the tutelage of Barbara Gordon-the original Batgirl herself-Cassandra Cain must find a new purpose and make amends for her violent past.
But can someone who was born to kill ever be worthy to take up the cowl of a fallen legend?
Collects BATGIRL #1-12 and BATGIRL ANNUAL #1.

I was not sure what to expect when I chose to read this book, however, I did know a little about Cassandra Cain as Batgirl. I knew that she was mute and was raised by a killer. I didn’t know much more than that.

But the moment I started reading this volume I simply did not want to put it down.

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Book Review: Batgirl, Vol. 2: Family Business

Book Review: Batgirl, Vol. 2: Family BusinessBatgirl, Volume 2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr
on February 17th 2016
Pages: 168
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List

Like daughter, like father.
Over the past few months, Barbara Gordon has made some big changes to her Batgirl alter ego. She has a new look, new support team and new home base in Burnside, Gotham's trendiest neighborhood. But just when she's hitting her stride, her fahter drops a bombshell--Babs isn't the only masked crime-fighter in the family anymore. Jim Gordon is the new Batman.
After the original Batman fell fighting the Joker, the former police commissioner was given a high-tech super-suit and asked to take up the mantle. With a team of GCPD officers watching his every move, Jim Gordon's new law-and-order Batman has zero tolerance for vigilantism. He's been ordered to arrest any unsanctioned superhero in Gotham--and Batgirl is next!
Collecting: Batgirl 41-45, Annual 3, Sneak Peek

I will be the first to admit that I haven’t really liked Batgirl in Burnside, in all honesty. I am not sure. I was just never into it, but that never stops me from reading the series because I like Batgirl.

This volume, however, was better than the first volume, and it kept me interested in reading the volume and wanted to read more.

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Book Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 2: Hits and Myths

Book Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 2: Hits and MythsDC Super Hero Girls Vol. 2: Hits And Myths by Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat
Series: DC Super Hero Girls Graph Novels #2
on November 8th 2016
Pages: 127
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List

Welcome back to DC Super Hero High in the newest original graphic novel from the DC Super Hero Girls line!
“Intro to Epics” is one of Wonder Woman’s favorite classes at DC Super Hero High, but balancing high school literature assignments with learning to be a superhero can be tough, even for an overachiever. But you know what they say about learning—experience is the best teacher! So when Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and Harley Quinn fight a cyclops, a witch and a bevy of sirens, they’re sure to learn a thing or two about The Odyssey—if they survive their epic battle in the underworld!
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: HITS AND MYTHS continues to develop the relationships forged in DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS. Written by Shea Fontana, this story is perfect for girls ages 6-12.

In this second volume of DC Super Hero Girls graphic novels, Wonder Woman is ready for the weekend – not only is she stressed from school and being a super hero, but also because the girls are coming to spend the weekend with her on Themyscira. The excitement turns to panic when Batgirl’s jet is stolen and the whole gang has to find it while also trying to save a much loved teacher. Hopefully Wondy and her friends will be able to relax for the weekend.

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Book Review: Batgirl at Super Hero High

Book Review: Batgirl at Super Hero HighBatgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee, Random House
Series: DC Super Hero Girls #3
on January 3rd 2017
Pages: 240
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List

Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and some of the world s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers! Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Super Hero High? Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz, and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She s always had the heart of a hero . . . but now she ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge! Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills, and laughs to this groundbreaking series that follows DC Comics most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Move over Batman and Superman the DC Super Hero Girls are ready to save the day and have fun doing it!

As a fan of Batgirl I most definitely had to read this book even if it was meant for a younger audience. I have read the previous books in this series and have enjoyed them very much. This one was no exception. The books are very easy to follow and each is connected to the one before and the one to follow.

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Book Review: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

Book Review: Secrets of the Tulip SistersSecrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery
on July 11th 2017
Pages: 416
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five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List, Literary Escape

A wonderful story full of romance, forgiveness and the unavoidable ties that bind, SECRETS OF THE TULIP SISTERS is Susan Mallery at her very best.
The relationship of sisters Kelly and Olivia Murphy has been, well… complicated ever since their mother left them as teens, though it's the secrets they have been keeping from each other as adults that have unwittingly widened the chasm. But one thing they do share is the not-so-secret torch they carry for the Martin brothers.
In the small enclave of New Holland, Washington, Griffith and Ryan Martin were demigods. While Griffith was the object of Kelly's high school crush and witness to her mortal teenage humiliation, Ryan was for Olivia the boy who got away-something she's never forgiven Kelly for-and the only person since her mother who appreciated her wild streak.
Now, ten years later, both brothers are newly returned to town. Believing they're destined to be together, Olivia's determined to get Ryan back, until she discovers that she's not the only one keeping secrets…and that perhaps he's not the handsome prince she remembered. And even though Griffith has grown up to be more irresistible than ever, Kelly's impulse is to avoid him and the painful memory he represents, despite his resolve to right the wrong he caused her long ago-and her desire to let him.

I absolutely love Susan Mallery and all of her books. She always writes such good romance stories. This was no exception. 

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Book Review: Beauty and the Beast – Lost in a Book

Book Review: Beauty and the Beast – Lost in a BookBeauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
on January 31st 2017
Pages: 352
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five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List

Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.
The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

This was an interesting book to read. It was not necessarily a retelling of the original, but more of a side story to go along with the story.

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Book Review: Midnight Sons, Vol. 3

Book Review: Midnight Sons, Vol. 3Midnight Sons Volume 3: Falling for Him / Ending in Marriage / Midnight Sons and Daughters by Debbie Macomber
Series: Midnight Sons #3
on January 26th 2010
Pages: 464
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List

LONELY MEN IN HARD LUCK, ALASKA, LOOKING FOR WOMEN.
OUR TOWN MIGHT BE COLD, BUT OUR HEARTS ARE WARM!
Location: north of the Arctic Circle. Population: 150 (mostly men!). But the three O'Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to town.
Falling for Him
Christian, the youngest O'Halloran brother, has a problem, and her name is Mariah Douglas. The Midnight Sons secretary is always losing his messages, misplacing his files and generally creating chaos. Despite that, he can't get her out of his mind…
Ending in Marriage
The clashes between pilot Duke Porter and Seattle attorney Tracy Santiago are legendary. Duke's a tough, rugged individualist who delights in expressing outrageous opinions, particularly when Tracy's around. But she gives as good as she gets…and not just when they're arguing!
Includes a special extra novella!
Midnight Sons and Daughters
Scott O'Halloran and Chrissie Harris are all grown up now. After years away from Alaska, Scott's back in town, and everybody's wondering if he's here to stay. Especially Chrissie, the girl he left behind…

This is the final volume in the Midnight Sons series. This one included three stories, with the last one being a anniversary of the series revolving around the younger characters in the series who are now grown.

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Book Review: Finding Gideon

Book Review: Finding GideonFinding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey
Series: Gideon Series #5
on April 18th 2017
Pages: 372
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Coyer Summer Reading List

A professional job turns personal for jet-setting contract killer Gideon in this sexy, thrilling page-turner by New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey.
As a hit man from the time he was very young, money, women, and danger have always ruled Gideon's life; but for the first time, the job is taking its toll. Neither Gideon nor the city of Buenos Aires has recovered from the mayhem caused during Gideon's last job. But before the dust has settled and the bodies have been buried, Gideon calls in backup--including the lovely Hawks, with whom Gideon has heated memories--to launch his biggest act of revenge yet...one he believes will destroy his adversary, Midnight, once and for all.
Yet Midnight and his second-in-command, the beautiful and ruthless Senorita Raven, are launching their own revenge, assembling a team of mercenaries the likes of which the world has never seen... and Gideon isn't their only target. Gideon will need all of his skills if he is to save not only his team, but his family as well.
Dickey's new novel stirs up a whirlwind of sex and violence that spans the globe...and leaves no moral boundary uncrossed.

I am not sure if this is going to be the last book in the Gideon series or not, but if it is a lot was tied up and there were quite a few easter eggs throughout the book.

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