Book Review: Two By Two

Book Review: Two By TwoTwo by Two by Nicholas Sparks
on October 4th 2016
Pages: 485
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Reading Challenges: 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, Bookopoly 2018, Literary Escapes 2018, Read Harder Challenge 2018

At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Raleigh. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.

I have had this book on my TBR list for quite some time. I have not gotten to it as soon as I wanted to. I enjoy Nicholas Sparks books and this one seemed like another great read…I was not wrong.

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Book Review: Sisters Like Us

Book Review: Sisters Like UsSisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
Series: Mischief Bay #4
on January 23rd 2018
Pages: 432
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The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…
Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgeling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper’s fresh-baked cookies.
Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood. She didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey’s husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she’s already six months pregnant.
Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything—their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores and ex’s weddings. Sisters Like Us is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today’s fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery’s trademark warmth and humor.

I received this book for an honest review from the Susan Mallery Review Crew and I was not let down.

In Sisters Like Us we get to return to Mischief Bay and are reunited with Lucas, who was the cop shot in the previous book and was being nursed by Jen. We are also introduced to sisters Harper and Stacey, and Harper’s daughter Becca.

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Book Review: Second Chance Girl

Book Review: Second Chance GirlSecond Chance Girl by Susan Mallery
Series: Happily Inc #2
on September 26th 2017
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Mathias Mitchell's easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his "no promises, no pain" lifestyle. Yet he can't stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes.
Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she's not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she'll always come first in his heart?

The second book in the Happily Inc. series was not a let down. It was just as good as the first book in there series. 

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Book Review: You Say It First

Book Review: You Say It FirstYou Say It First by Susan Mallery
Series: Happily Inc. #1
on August 22nd 2017
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in.
Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.

I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to read the newest Susan Mallery book and first in her new series Happily Inc.  

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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
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five-stars
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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