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.

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Humanity’s Hope by Pembroke Sinclair

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. There are some slight spoilers in this review.

I like that it starts off with a sort of homage to Night of the Living Dead (The main character, Caleb, his sister and their friend are running across a field to a farm house). It was a good start. Then all of a sudden Caleb is working at a place called Zomtech as a computer technician/programmer and we’re supposed to figure out that the previous scene was a flashback/memory.
While trying to readjust to life post-zombie apocalypse, his life is thrown into chaos once again when he receives threats from an unknown source demanding that he give them “what they want.” But who are they and what do they want? By the time it got to the major twist, I was forcing myself to finish this because I just didn’t care anymore. The things Caleb was doing didn’t make sense.
Honestly, it was a good idea for a book, but there’s too much description and not enough action. Also, I get it. Caleb has wing tattoos on his wrists and a scar. Sheesh. Talk about something else.

2/5 stars

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.

2018

I’m a week late, but happy new year! I hope everyone has a great year. This year I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge for only 25 books because I missed my goal of 50 for the past two years. I failed pretty miserably last year (I only read 16/50), but I had lots of things get in the way.

What are you currently reading? I’m reading Freaks I’ve Met by Donald Jans (in print) and Overkill: The Untold Story of Motorhead by Joel McIver (on Kindle).

I hope everyone gets a lot of reading done and makes their goals. Good luck!

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.

The WWE Book of Top 10’s by DK Publishing

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This book was a fun read and I enjoyed remembering some moments from when I was younger. Chris Jericho’s foreword and list made me laugh out loud.  I didn’t agree with the placement of some things or people on the lists, but I think that’s normal with any type of Top 10 list. I was surprised that some people were left out of certain lists (Specifically, that Seth Rollins wasn’t on the list of NXT Champions when he was the first one ever and that Dean Ambrose wasn’t on the list of United States Champions when he has the longest modern reign) and on other lists I was happy that people or matches were included.

Some moments are on more than one list and that was a bit redundant, but other than that, the lists were good. There are also a lot of great color photos in the book of wrestlers from throughout wrestling history. I’m happy to have this as part of my wrestling book collection.

I rated this one a 3/5. I would recommend this to any WWE or wrestling fan out there.