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review 2017-12-29 00:00
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 3: Scare Tactics (Spider-Woman
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 3: Sca... Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 3: Scare Tactics (Spider-Woman - Dennis Hopeless,Veronica Fish,Javier Rodriguez I read the first two volumes in this run a while back and had been meaning to catch up on her. The others are reviewed here: Volume 1, Volume 2, and Spider-Women.

I finally got a chance to read this one and it was a good send off to the run. I'm not so excited that her run is over, but this is a great set of volumes for this story. Spider-Woman is a well established Marvel character and though I don't expect her to be gracing the big screen any time soon, I also don't expect her to go away either.

As far as this volume goes, it showcases some of my favorite features of Spider-Woman as well as some favorite characters in her world. Roger, or Porcupine, isn't the best guy in the world but he's always been great to both Spider-Woman and Jessica Drew, so any trouble he's in, she's in also. Part of what's been great about this single mom superhero is her support system and that it's multifaceted. When one part of it runs into trouble (which is bound to happen when everyone is a hero, right?), there are more heroes to pitch in and give Spider-Woman the time to take care of business.

I'm not a fan of this cover but Hobgoblin does make for a pretty amazing bad guy. I'm not big into the Spider-Man comics so I never realized how big a bad guy he is. He really pushes Spider-Woman to the breaking point, even making her mad enough to get reckless and not think before jumping into a fight.

The best part is the end, though. They knew it was the end of the run/series for now and included a denouement that was really everything I could have asked for. It's great because I think we've all been there with someone that our friends don't really get until they see the magic in action. It also answered a burning question of mine ever since I saw Spider-Woman's swollen belly grace the cover of the first issue in this run.

It's been fun and I'm sad to see the run over, but I have hope that Spider-Woman will grace the cover of another series one day! If you hadn't checked out her series before, this is a great time to binge through its three volumes and Spider-Women!
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review 2017-11-29 23:38
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 2: Civ... Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 2: Civil War II - Dennis Hopeless,Javier Rodriguez

Spider-Woman's involvement in the Civil War II conflict is the primary focus of this volume, but the outer two issues aren't a part of the war. The first one is actually about Spider-Woman getting back out there, fighting bad guys and riding her motorcycle. It's a fun issue, but not particularly compelling.

Then it starts. She resists at first, not wanting to get in the middle of something at that level, not wanting to pick sides between those two, but the conflict proves unavoidable. Rather, Captain Marvel has a request for her that is out of the way, but important to the cause. She does the background investigations, figuring out whether or not the visions are accurate even when they're small while Captain Marvel goes around putting bad guys away before they have a chance to carry out their evil plans.

Things start to look like they're going one way until the big problem from Civil War II happens. That time "when one of the biggest heroes of all falls," and "the resulting trial of the century stokes the fire". That doesn't turn out to help Jessica and her little part of all this. It makes things that much more complicated.

I appreciate her struggles both before and after the big event. She has issues with taking sides in this, with whose side to take, with the surrounding events of the big hero who falls and with what it all means for everyone involved. I felt like her part of the story really brought home the struggle of the war because of her relationships with everyone involved. There was no side that she wasn't going to get mad at it, that didn't have people she'd mourn, that wouldn't end with hurt for her.

But then the war is over and we get one more issue. I really loved this one because she's trying to take a much deserved and needed day off. We all need to sometimes, especially when everything seems like it just exploded around you, it's important to walk away from all that stuff and take a minute to appreciate what you do have. Like your new adorable baby and a friend or two that didn't ask you to be a part of things that you didn't want anything to do with. A friend who is there for you. The last issue was mostly adorable and regenerative for the character, and I have to admit that it was those things for me too.

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review 2017-10-30 02:21
Bingo!
Hopeless - Colleen Hoover

"The sky is always beautiful.Even when it's dark or rainy or cloudy,it's still beautiful to look at....it'll be there no matter what...and I know it'll always be beautiful."

 

 

Yay I got a bingo! I hope everyone is proud of me. I also hope everyone is ready for the ride because there is a lot to unpack here.

 

Ladies: I don't care if your stalker looks like this: 

 

 

You know why? BECAUSE CREEPY IS CREEPY. Sky, our lovely protagonist here, has a serious tendency of forgiving every single rational fear or caution because there is a cute boy in front of her. She accepts a bottle with water from the cute stranger, she lets him climb up her window, she doesn't think it's weird that he knows ALL ABOUT HER LIFE FROM SEEING HER DRIVING LICENSE ONCE. To Sky it's completely okay. Why? Because he is hot and she can't control her hormones.

 

This is how you get murdered.

 

That being out of the way, let's talk about the plot :)

 

This is not only a story about two teenagers frolicking in the woods, and that's exactly why I'm giving it 3 and a half stars. Not only is Colleen's writing engaging enough to make cliches interesting, she knows exactly how to keep you invested in her plot. Sky's past is a dark one, something she can't even remember, but still had an affect in every moment of her life. 

 

“It's real, Six. You can't get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It's the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.” 

 

I can't say I was that interested on the romance. I don't care if he's blushing or the middle of her legs are singing the Macarena. But the characters were definitely interesting and well developed. In the ending, everything in this book is about the past. The connected story of Holder, Sky and Lessie is something that I won't spoil, mostly because it's everything that matters here. It all builds up to the discovery of what happened with these three kids and how they managed to survive through it all. Was it worthy skimming through all the boring romance scenes so I could find out about the truth? Probably.

 

Sentence: An interesting story buried under a NA romance with all the cliches you would come to expect from it. If you're okay with some digging, I recommend this one.

 

To my friend that is definitely reading this: sorry I couldn't give 5 stars to your favorite book, girl. Still love you.

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review 2017-10-29 00:00
Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)
Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5) - Colleen Hoover Note: I have not read anything else in this series or by this author.

I loved the descriptions of teenage love in this novella but that is about all. The writing was ok but not very good characters or settings or story for me. I understand others might love this simpleness but for me it was just not enough. I am not sure I will persevere with others in the series. Maybe given some time and the right holiday I might give it a go but not sure there was quite enough to entertain me - on the plus side it was a very quick read on a flight and in the airport and it did keep my interest and boredom at bay.
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review 2017-10-29 00:00
Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)
Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5) - Colleen Hoover Note: I have not read anything else in this series or by this author.

I loved the descriptions of teenage love in this novella but that is about all. The writing was ok but not very good characters or settings or story for me. I understand others might love this simpleness but for me it was just not enough. I am not sure I will persevere with others in the series. Maybe given some time and the right holiday I might give it a go but not sure there was quite enough to entertain me - on the plus side it was a very quick read on a flight and in the airport and it did keep my interest and boredom at bay.
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