Manga Review: Haikyu!! Vol 2 by Haruichi Furudate


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I may have to revise my opinion that volleyball is akin to watching paint dry.  This was a fun volume, full of action and athletic drama.  Kageyama is learning the value of teamwork, and Hinata is having a blast finally being on the playing court. There are two games featured in this volume, one between the Kurosuno team, and a practice match against a Aoba Johsai, a competitive volleyball school.

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Manga Review: Haikyu!! Vol 1 by Haruichi Furudate

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I decided to give this a whirl because I see a lot of buzz about the series online, and because the library actually received a digital copy of volumes 1 and 2. Generally, I enjoy sports manga, though I will admit that volleyball is not my favorite sport. If not for Crimson Hero, one of my favorite, and vastly underrated, shoujo manga, I would have given this a pass. But there’s something about team work, and overcoming insurmountable odds, that makes sports manga alluring.

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Review: Stake Night by Susan Archer

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I borrowed Stake Night using Kindle Unlimited because it is about Saddlebreds.  I was wondering how accurate the author would be portraying the run up to showing at the World Championship show in Louisville, and because I love reading about horses. There aren’t a lot of books about the saddleseat disciple, so I was eager to give this book a spin.

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Review: Intercepting the Chef by Rachel Goodman

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I’m not sure what attracted me to this title.  I am not  particularly attracted to stories with chefs, but I do like professional athletes.  So I thought what the heck, I’ll give it a try.  I wasn’t completely hooked at first, but as I got to know Gwen and Logan, I really started to enjoy this story.

Gwen has worked hard perfecting the menu at her famous chef boyfriend’s restaurant.  She wants him to enjoy every success, even while he’s busy with other pursuits to enhance his brand.  When the restaurant wins a prestigious award, Gwen doesn’t receive the thanks she anticipated.  Instead, her douchebag of a boyfriend fires her, throws her onto the street, and tries to tarnish her reputation as an up and coming chef.

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Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

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I was really excited to start reading Pipe Dreams. Beacon wasn’t my favorite player, but I was intrigued by Lauren.  What was the deal with her, anyway?  So cranky and contrary, there had to be a reason for her unpleasantness, especially when it came to hockey.   She was obviously good at her job, or Nate would have ended her employment instead of promoting her.  The girls in the Bruisers organization, however, had nothing good to say about Lauren, and I wanted to know why.

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Review: Heavy Hitter by Sarina Bowen

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I really liked O’Doul from Rookie Move, so I was looking forward to reading his story.  At first I didn’t find that there was much chemistry between Patrick and Ari, and I was a little disappointed.  Maybe I wasn’t totally behind Ari as his love interest. I’ll be honest; a yoga instructor just isn’t on my list of to-die-for occupations.  It’s like my disinterest in chef characters. While I love to eat, I have no love for cooking.

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Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

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I love second chance romances, and I haven’t read many hockey books, so I grabbed this when I saw it at the library. I liked it enough to continue the series, but I thought the romance between Leo and Georgia was a little flat. There’s not much conflict between them that a tumble into bed won’t fix, and they pretty much pick up where they left off back in high school. Leo has never stopped loving her, and Georgia, after being the victim of a violent attack, dumps Leo right after graduation so they can get on with their lives. She feels that she is dragging him down, and that he will be better off without her.

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Micro Review: Slamdunked by Love by Jamie Wesley @entangledpub

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I decided to read Slamdunked by Love because of the revenge subplot.  I am in no way, shape, or form a basketball fan, so at first I was hesitant.  The game scenes were fast paced and kept to a minimum, so they didn’t bother me, and I even found them somewhat exciting.  For basketball. Just kidding!  But, seriously, if you avoid sports stories because you don’t have an interest in sports, the book focuses on the behind the scenes aspects of the game, keeping the actual gameplay brief. Don’t let that stop you from picking up the book.

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