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review 2017-08-15 08:29
New to me superhero.
Blue Beetle Vol. 1: The More Things Chan... Blue Beetle Vol. 1: The More Things Change (Rebirth) (Blue Beetle (Rebirth)) - Keith Giffen,Scott Kolins

New to me superhero in that I'd heard the name but not read any previous issues.


This is a new incarnation of The Blue Beetle, Jamie Reyes, teenager, and he has a scarab beetle-type tech welded to his back. Unfortunately, someone wants it back and it appears it can't be removed without killing him.

Fun in the way a teenage hero should be. Lots of worrying about skipping school to do superhero duty and hanging with friends that know your secret (it's barely a secret, the world and his wife seems to know). Lots of banter between school friends and with his mentor, former Blue Beetle, Ted Kord.

We get his origin in several panels almost at the end of the book rather than a whole issue at the beginning.

The artwork is bright and well drawn. 

Impressed, can't wait to get the next issue.

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review 2017-08-09 16:18
How To Change a Life
How to Change a Life - Stacey Ballis

I thought this was a fun, light read and I enjoyed the friendship aspect of this novel. They were close friends in high school and soon they grew apart. Now they are back in their hometown for the funeral of the high school teacher who brought them together. Each of the three young ladies feels content with their life but after conversing with one another, they each decide that there are a few things they would like to change. The friends also have suggestions for each other, on how they can improve their lives. With forty just around the corner, the three friends make a pact to try to change or improve their lives using their own ideas and their friend's suggestions. I liked how these ladies pushed each other and encouraged each other as they tried to make these changes in their lives. They tried to be supportive to each other yet there were some ill feelings that were being harbored inside about each other which eventually had to come out. They had always been honest with one another and they wanted to keep it that way. Not one of them is perfect, they all had issues they wanted to change to improve their life yet for them to change who they had been for almost forty years, it takes initiative and hard work. I liked listening to them and reading how they went about this pact although the novel soon grew to be centered around Eli. Some friendships are priceless and I like how these three tried to regain the friendship they had back in high school as they wanted that closeness again. It was an enjoyable read and I recommend it.


I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.




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