Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

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Haunting the Deep is set six months after the end of How to Hang a Witch and Samantha hasn’t been talking to anyone, especially the Descendants. That changes when she starts seeing ghosts and dreaming about the Titanic, which they’re studying in school. That sets off a chain of events that effects everyone around her. Samantha and the Descendants, with help from some new and old allies, race to find the answers before it’s too late.
The book is a quick read since in takes place over a two week period and I figured out who the bad guy was right away (unlike the first book), but it was still a fun read. I like the friendship between Samantha and her neighbor Mrs. Meriwether and her friendship with the rest of the Descendants. She even gets a ghost cat. If there’s a third book in the series, I’ll definitely read it.
The author works in some social commentary about the way the class system was on The Titanic and how things are similar today.  At the end, she gives a brief history of her family members who were on the Titanic. I’d recommend this to fans of the first one, historical fiction, books about magic or books about the Titanic.
I got this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

I gave it 4/5 stars.

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WWE Vol. 2: Lunatic Fringe by Dennis Hopeless

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Vol. 2 focuses on Dean Ambrose and Sasha Banks’ journey to the Money in the Bank pay per view. The two pair up after saving each other from their respective nemeses and become travel partners. There are some fun scenes of them trying to get each other to loosen up before they run into the Wyatts (They’re persistent). A surprise superstar helps them out and they make it to the ppv on time. I like that it has a happy ending.
It was a little odd that they gave Dean a different backstory and, honestly, I wanted more Shield interaction. I know the Wyatts aren’t done with them. I was also bummed that they made Dean’s eyes green when they’re blue. That might be picky, but I’m ok with that. I’ll still be getting Vol. 3 at some point.

I’d recommend it to WWE fans and I gave it 4/5 stars.

WWE Vol. 1: Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim. by Dennis Hopeless

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This graphic novel collects BOOM! Studios WWE issues 1 to 4. They tell the story of Seth Rollins betraying The Shield, joining The Authority, becoming WWE champion, suffering a career threatening injury and making his return.
I loved the dialogue and characterization. The interactions between Seth, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns where they’re using nicknames for each other or hurling insults at each other sound very genuine and that made me happy. I smiled quite a few times while reading this.
There was a Wyatt appearance (because they like to annoy The Shield) and cameos by some other superstars. Everyone is well illustrated.
I’d recommend this to fans of comics and wrestling, especially if you like The Shield and/or Seth Rollins. 5 star from me!

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

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I was hooked on this book from the first chapter. Before that really. I read a sample of it on Amazon and had to buy this book, and I never buy Kindle books. How to Hang a Witch is a young adult historical fiction book with a mystery in the middle and some romance thrown in. Even with all of that, it has a good plot and  a pretty good twist (even though I figured it out a bit before the main character, Samantha, does). It kept my interest and I wanted to follow the clues and figure everything out. I also really want to go to Salem.

It’s about a girl named Samantha Mather who moves to Salem, MA from New York City after her father falls into a coma and they are forced to sell their house and move into her father’s childhood home. She gets picked on at school, has bad luck, and, to top things off, starts seeing a ghost in her house. Things get weirder and worse for her from there.

She finds out about a centuries old curse involving the families from the witch trials. Now it’s up to her and a clique of other kids, called the Descendants, to stop it before its too late. With the death toll rising, Sam accepts help from her neighbors and the ghost, Elijah, to stop a surprising enemy.

I’d recommend this to fans of historical fiction and books about witches.

Freaks I’ve Met by Donald Jans

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I won this in a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads that I entered because the description sounded funny. I wasn’t disappointed. Freaks I’ve Met is about a man named Jack Fitzpatrick who is moving from Spokane, Washington to Los Angeles, California to be a male model after running into a talent agent at a car wash. That doesn’t exactly work out but, after a few temp jobs, he eventually finds a more permanent job at Freedom Capital, a bond broker. Insanity ensues.

Some of the situations that Jack finds himself in are so outrageous or messed up that they’re just hilarious. I started laughing out loud at this book while reading it in the mall before work. The story flows well and I liked the author’s writing style.

The end of the book was alright and it ended on an entertaining note. If you like to laugh and don’t mind swearing, check it out.

The President’s Daughter by Kristine Robinson

This book has a ton of typos and the author can’t keep their facts straight. The character Billy is introduced as having “fire engine red” hair and in the next paragraph it says “Billy was beautiful, with her short black hair.”  The main character, Chelsea, has never been with a woman before, yet now she’s in a three-way relationship with two of them (Shane and Billy). Right.
There’s an attempt at being “controversial” by mentioning transgender studies in Chelsea’s Sociology class, but it’s all messed up. “He talks about how the child makes it to puberty, after a lifetime of being raised as a boy, and realizes that instead of being a girl, the child turned teen now identifies as a boy.” Umm, What? And this is supposedly a dig at Chelsea’s situation since her and her two gfs got caught fooling around at a sauna.
Then there’s her dad. He’s a politician who got caught with his secretary and it broke up the family and now he argues with Chelsea all the time. They sort of repair their relationship towards the end with this lovely line from her father “You know that you mean the world to me. And if you want to be in a non hetero-normative relationship with two other women, well then you know what? It looks like I’ll have a whole new demographic to court for votes.” Well, isn’t that sweet? I kept hoping it would get better but it didn’t. I don’t really consider the ending an “HEA,” but I guess it could be one for some people.

Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by A.J. Mendez Brooks

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I really enjoyed this book! I liked A.J. a lot when she was in WWE (where she competed as AJ Lee) and she came across as a great person outside of wrestling as well. The book talks about what her life was like before, during and after her career, but most of the focus is on her life with her family and how mental health and instability has effected her throughout her life.
She discusses growing up poor with parents who got evicted a lot, moved the family around constantly and didn’t really know how to care for their children. I felt bad for her and I’m happy that she made it through that.  The parts about her mother’s bipolar disorder (and eventually her own) were sad.
I loved learning about how A.J. got into wrestling and about her being on the NXT TV show. I had no idea that she had actually been around for a while before then. It was fun to get the inside scoop on the storylines from back then involving Kane, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Also, the way she talks about Punk makes me smile.
I think A.J. can be an inspiration to young girls because she overcame the odds (lots of them) and became successful. I would recommend this book to fans of AJ Lee, fans of pro wrestling and people who like to read about girls who kick butt.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Blogging for Books so I could give an honest review.