Dad of Divas' Reviews: 2021

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Puzzle Review - Book Nerd 1,000-Piece Puzzle


Book Nerd 1,000-Piece Puzzle




About the Book

A puzzle just for book lovers!

You know you’re a book nerd because you never once thought the movie was better. Your favorite mug says “I’d rather be reading.” You have a minimum of five books on your nightstand, and your favorite activity is browsing the shelves of your local bookstore—a joy you can now relish, piece by piece, in this love letter of a puzzle to your personal passion.
  • 1,000 interlocking pieces
  • Mini-poster (9 3⁄8" × 63⁄4") for reference or framing
  • Completed puzzle size: 26 3⁄8” × 18 7⁄8”


My Take on the Book
As a book and puzzle lover, this puzzle is one that really was amazing! The puzzle was challenging and fun and the end picture is one that you might even choose to frame afterward for your own book nook. Get ready for a ton of fun as you work to create a fun image through this great puzzle. 

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Book Review - Everything You Need to Ace Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in One Big Fat Notebook


Everything You Need to Ace Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in One Big Fat Notebook




About the Book
Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1? No Problem!

The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK covers everything you need to know during a year of Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 class, breaking down one big fat subject into accessible units. Including the number system, ratios, and proportions, scientific notation, introduction and equations, functions, graphing a line, square roots and cube roots, polynomial operations, quadratic functions, and more.

Study better with:
  • Mnemonic devices
  • Definitions
  • Diagrams
  • Educational doodles
  • and quizzes to recap it all
  • and get better grades!


My Take on the Book
My daughter is in 8th grade and just starting in pre-algebra concepts and this book really helped to bring the concepts to life. My daughter thought that the book was straightforward and the concepts that were shared were shared in a way that a teenager can understand. She found that the book really has allowed her to better understand what she is studying and I know it can help your teen as well! 

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Book Review - The Big Fat Middle School Math Workbook: 600 Math Practice Exercises


The Big Fat Middle School Math Workbook: 600 Math Practice Exercises




About the Book

Practice makes As with a fill-in workbook from the editors of the Big Fat Notebooks!

This hands-on Big Fat Math Workbook equals being tutored by the best teacher in the school, through a recap of every key concept using definitions, examples, and special services like THINK, showing just how to get into the concept, and REMEMBER, summing up critical facts. Plus: Sample problems worked out step by step. 600 exercises and word problems. A solution process instead of an answer key to guide students through each problem they missed or to reinforce how they succeeded.
 

My Take on the Book
My daughter is a middle school student and she loved this book. Math is a subject that is not always her strongest one, but she found this book to be filled with exercises that she found to be easy to follow and they really helped her to understand a lot of concepts that she did not understand completely before this. That being said, this was a great book that you will love to share with your own middle-school student. 

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Book Review - Unicorn Playlist: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure

Unicorn Playlist: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure



About the Book
From newspapers to Nickelodeon, Phoebe and Her Unicorn is the most stunning unicorn feature around! This latest collection of Phoebe comics will delight middle-grade readers and unicorn lovers of all ages.

Best friends Phoebe Howell and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils march to their own beat, but life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. With so many problems in the world and drama at school, Phoebe wonders why unicorns aren’t in charge instead of humans. With Marigold, each day is full of magic, from introducing Phoebe to unicorn music to crashing a goblin popularity contest, and even tracking down long-lost family members like Infernus, the Unicorn of Death (who ends up being surprisingly adorable). In Unicorn Playlist, Phoebe and Marigold play all the hits.


My Take on the Book
This is another great book from the series! You get adventure, humor and more. I loved that in this book you get introduced to so many new characters, but also get to see Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils in a whole new way. The illustrations are as great as always and you will get drawn into the book from the beginning to end of the book! 

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Book Review - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas



About the Book

The classic Christmas verse in an elegant new gift edition—breathtakingly illustrated by P.J. Lynch.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house . . .

P.J. Lynch brings his rich and atmospheric art to the well-loved holiday poem. Children will pore over every cozy detail in these warm, sweeping watercolor illustrations—from snug mice to stockings hung by the chimney with care to toys in the bundle flung over merry St. Nicholas’s back. A glowing interpretation of a favorite read-aloud, this is a keepsake volume to cherish and return to year after year.


My Take on the Book
This is a story that brings me back to my own childhood. I would hear this story every Christmas, first by my Grandfather and then from my own father and then I shared this story reading it to my own kids. This is a beautiful book with amazing illustrations that is a keepsake for any family!


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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

DVD Review - The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season

The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season



About the DVD

It’s time to escape the Mirrorverse, resurrect the Speed Force and make every second count! The Flash is back to protect Central City with his lightning-fast reflexes – and fans will be zooming in to pick up the highest-rated series on The CW – as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray and DVD on October 12, 2021. Speed-watch all 18 riveting episodes from season seven, plus never-before-seen bonus content including deleted scenes and a gag reel. The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($49.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

After last season’s cliffhanger which saw the brilliant and powerful Eva McCulloch victorious and still-at-large in Central City, Barry Allen/The Flash must regroup in order to stop her and bring back his missing wife. With help from the rest of Team Flash, Barry will ultimately defeat Mirror Monarch and reunite with Iris West-Allen. But in doing so, he’ll unleash two more devastating threats: one that could tear his marriage apart… and another that will lay siege to Central City and change the future forever.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. Featuring all 18 episodes from the seventh season in high definition, as well as a digital code of the season (available in the U.S. only).

The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee), Candice Patton (The Game), Danielle Panabaker (Sky High, Friday the 13th), Carlos Valdes (Arrow, Once), Danielle Nicolet (Central Intelligence), Kayla Compton (Making Moves), Brandon McKnight (The Shape of Water) and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). Based on the characters from DC, The Flash is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale), Eric Wallace (Teen Wolf, Z Nation, Eureka), Sarah Schechter (Batwoman, Riverdale, Black Lightning, Supergirl) and Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza (Bella and the Bulldogs).

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Deleted Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
• Gag Reel (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
• The Journey Ends: Carlos and Tom
• Never Alone: Heroes and Allies
• 2020 DC FanDome: The Flash (Watchverse)

18 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

1. All's Wells That Ends Wells
2. The Speed of Thought
3. Mother
4. Central City Strong
5. Fear Me
6. The One with the Nineties
7. Growing Pains
8. The People vs. Killer Frost
9. Timeless
10. Family Matters, Part 1
11. Family Matters, Part 2
12. Good-Bye Vibrations
13. Masquerade
14. Rayo De Luz
15. Enemy at the Gates
16. P.O.W.
17. Heart of the Matter, Part 1
18. Heart of the Matter, Part 2



My Take on the DVD
This is a great season! I loved seeing how well the characters came together to get out of the mirrorverse as well as fixing and freeing the speed force throughout this season. I loved seeing all of the new characters throughout the season, but also the characters that we know and love. Each season for me gets better and better, but this season stood out when it came to looking at Iris West-Allen and how the mirrorverse impacts her and her relationships with others. On top of this, you get to see some characters leaving the show and some coming back and in the end you really get a great season that allows you to look forward to season eight. All-in-all if you love The Flash, you will love this season too! 

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Book Review - Little One


Little One




About the Book

Winner at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Full of warmth and promise, this picture book about the magic bond between parents and their baby girl will soon win the love of parents from all over the world.

They say the first time you watch your newborn, your heart gives a little thrill, and that is when you know you are going to love the little creature in your arms forever. These parents’ experienced it and they lovingly welcome their young child, as they explain to her what to expect of the world. Watching her offspring grow up and accompanying her during this beautiful process will be indeed healing for them, as through her eyes, the eyes of a child, they will discover the world once again.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really lets you see the world through the eyes of a child, but also through the eyes of a parent. The book is a love letter from parent to child about the world that will unveil itself to them. I loved the images and the sentiment within the story as you will hear and see things that you really will want to say to your own child. That being said, the book is one that is meant to be read between a parent and child and can be read over and over again so your child will understand the meaning as he/she gets older. I am very impressed overall with the book and what it says to a child and I think you will be impressed too.

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Book Review - Bathing in the Forest

Bathing in the Forest



About the Book

The little girl of the forest embraces you, takes you by the hand, and invites you to immerse yourself in her magical world. The trees surround you. You walk in peace. The light filters through the leaves, in myriad green and ochre tones. It feels as if your feet are putting down roots, connecting you with the vibrant world around you. You are surrounded by birdsong, and the sound of the wind in the treetops… You are bathing in the forest.

Walking through the forest has multiple benefits. It helps regulate our blood pressure, slow down the heart rate, reduce stress, improves our mood and tones our immune system. You will sleep better and your good mood will increase.

If you ever feel gray, sad, agitated, open the pages of Bathing in the Forest and feel the warm embrace of the girl who lives there…


My Take on the Book
If you have never heard of forest bathing, this book will let you get a better understanding of the concept and the perspective of what a forest can do to help you reset and your worldview. The book lets you meet the girl that lives in the wood and helps the travelers to find their happiness again. As someone that has taken these walks and found a new inner-peace, you will find this book as one that will help you to look at the world in a new way. The book has beautiful images, but also a story that will allow you to let young readers think about forests in a whole new way too.

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Book Review - Poultrygeist


Poultrygeist


About the Book
From a debut picture-book author and a #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator, a wry take on "Why did the chicken cross the road?” that gives a whole new meaning to “the Other Side.” Cock-a-doodle-BOO! It’s punny. It’s spooky. It’s a meta picture book that puts a fresh spin on an old joke and elevates chicken comedy to ghastly new levels. A little spring chicken crosses the road but quickly gets flattened under a semitruck. The barnyard beasts who’ve gone before break the news: now that Chicken’s fried—dispatched to the Other Side—Chicken has a job, an unwanted job, as a noisy troublemaking ghost. This fowl may be weak in the beak, but Chicken knows that scaring people isn’t nice. There is such a thing as a friendly ghost, after all—isn’t there? Loaded with laughs and shivers, this Halloween-ready treat features ghoulishly funny art by the illustrator of the #1 New York Times best-selling Bad Seed series. Let the haunting begin! No chickens were harmed in the making of this book.

My Take on the Book
This was a super fun book. While the ook may seem a bit spooky, I loved that the chicken fights the peer pressure to be mean and scary and decides to take a path different from the other road kill. The book itself had amazing illustrations and you will be drawn in by the cadence and the story itself. The story is fun and so are the characters. All-in-all I loved this book and it will be one I will be sharing with many others in the future!
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Book Review - Twitchy Witchy Itch


Twitchy Witchy Itch



About the Book

Visual hijinks abound as a nervous witch gets swept away with trying to tidy up before company comes—only to discover that being with friends is what really matters.

Tick, tock! Three cups.
Tick, tock! Three saucers.
With nine minutes left, everything was ready.
Or was it?

Itch the witch is having company over for tea. As the clock counts down to tea o’clock, Itch’s mind is in a tizzy: is her house too twitchy? Is her home too itchy? Zipping and zooming, dusting and brooming, Itch sweeps and bewitches the mess away (just in the nick of time). But as soon as her two guests walk in, Itch’s housekeeping comes unraveled. How will Itch tame such an itchy, glitchy, fidgety mess? Rising star Priscilla Tey uses computer-aided design (and evokes familiar computer glitches) to present a delightfully meta, intricately illustrated story that dazzles as it amuses.


My Take on the Book
I loved this book. Not only do you get amazing illustrations, but there is also a great message throughout the book that really allows you to understand that you should be yourself and not try to make yourself someone you are not. The author does a great job at using a fun cadence to draw you in and really talks about friendship, being true to yourself, and more. This is a great book not only for Halloween but really for any time during the year. 

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Book Review - Shadowghast

Shadowghast



About the Book

In the third mysterious tale of Eerie-on-Sea, it’s almost Ghastly Night, and the Shadowghast—an ancient spirit in a lantern—lurks in wait for the power to enslave the town.

In this third adventure, shipwrecked orphan Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, must square off with a creature of town lore as he confronts a shadow from his past. While other towns celebrate Halloween, in Eerie-on-Sea it’s Ghastly Night, and a grim spirit in a lantern awaits its moment. Legend has it that if people fail to light manglewick candles on Ghastly Night, and if no showman conjures shadow puppets on the pier as an offering, the insulted Shadowghast will seize and devour the shadows of the living. This year, a professional theater troupe has been summoned, including a raven-haired magician named Caliastra with startling news of Herbie’s origins. No sooner have the players checked into the hotel than townspeople start vanishing into thin air, including the guardian of Herbie’s best friend, Violet Parma. It’s up to Herbie and Violet to separate truth from sleight of hand and solve the mystery of the Shadowghast lantern before darkness swallows them all.


My Take on the Book
This was a great new book. While it was the third book in a series, I felt that it was a book that could stand on its' own, even if you have not read the first two. By the end of the book, I knew I wanted to go back to read the first two to not only give me more context but also allow me to get to know the main characters and the whole village and more in the end. The author does a great job at creating a new world with memorable characters, but also a story that keeps you engaged from page one to the very end. 

In this book, Herbie and Violet, which have been the heroes of the book, are back for the third time. They are set in Eerie-on-Sea, in which the author does an amazing job at describing and painting the picture of a strange village. As mentioned, I had not read the first two books so for me, this was my first introduction and it was a great one. 

The book is full of mystery, intrigue, and some creepy undertones with the characters having to deal with peril around every corner. You start to question who is friend or foe and with the supernatural bent of the book and the mystery that ensues, you are kept on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. 

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Book Review - Where's Waldo? Spooky Spotlight Search

Where's Waldo? Spooky Spotlight Search



About the Book
It’s pitch dark on the way to Odlaw’s haunted castle — but Waldo-seekers have a cool wand to light the way in a book perfect for the spooky season. Somewhere in the darkness, Waldo is venturing across a swamp toward a looming castle, sneaking down to the dungeon and through a creepy gallery to . . . Hey! We didn’t see that twist coming! In Waldo's second adventure featuring this innovative, all-paper design, readers can slide a spotlight searcher under a series of totally dark scenes, illuminating small sections and stealthily moving the light to seek out Waldo and his friends. Everyone’s favorite vagabond is in costume as himself in this Halloween-worthy challenge for eagle-eyed fans.
 

My Take on the Book
If you love Waldo books or books where you have to search for hidden objects this was a fun new way to do just that. While some of the pictures have appeared in other books, the way you search in this book is completely different. In this book you use a special magic wand to be able to allow things to glow in the dark and you have to search for Waldo using this. The wand makes the image light up and come alive which makes the book different than other Waldo books, and that much more fun. I have to say that I was impressed with the book and excited to try this out with my daughters. As they used the wand they too had a blast and wanted to go from page to page to be able to find Waldo and your family will too! 

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Book Review - To the Moon and Back: Guess How Much I Love You and Will You Be My Friend?

To the Moon and Back: Guess How Much I Love You and Will You Be My Friend?



About the Book
In an ideal gift for little ones, the family classic Guess How Much I Love You and its sequel, Will You Be My Friend?, nestle together in a beautifully designed boxed set.

It’s the book that gave rise to the words “I love you right up to the moon—and back”—a phrase that’s now in the common vernacular. This tale of a big and little hare who boast of loving each other as high as they can hop and as wide as they can reach has been adored by a generation of children who’ve begun sharing it with their own. Twenty-five years after the Nutbrown Hares met the world, creators Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram brought us the perfect companion—the story of Little Nutbrown Hare’s jubilant steps toward independence after meeting a new friend. Now, in an elegant slipcase, Guess How Much I Love You and Will You Be My Friend? find a special spot together on bookshelves—a pairing sure to be coveted by big and little readers for generations to come.


My Take on the Book
This was such a beautiful book set. I have been a HUGE fan of both of these books for years and this collection brings you two that you and your children will want to read over and over again. With the fact that you get both books in a slip case, the books will remain nice for a long time to come. Both books themselves, if you have not read them in the past, are beautifully written and the messages in both are important for you and your children to share together. All-in-all, this is a book set that would be amazing to give as a gift, or to keep for a family keepsake. I highly recommend this set to all!

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Book Review - Gigantosaurus: Roar, Giganto, Roar!: A Puppet Book

Gigantosaurus: Roar, Giganto, Roar!: A Puppet Book



About the Book
Will Giganto win the roaring contest? Make a fearsome Gigantosaurus puppet come to life with this novelty board book.

Dinosaurs are experts at roaring, and Rocky, Tiny, Mazu, and Bill are eager to have a contest to see who can roar the best. But they need another participant to round out the contest, and fierce Giganto is asleep! Can the dinos wake him up and make him roar? Little readers are invited to get into the act with the help of an attached Giganto puppet that pokes through the scenes helping him snore, chew, chomp a favorite snack, and even dance when Tiny sings. But what they’re really after is much louder than that!


My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that really allows you and your child to get into the book in a whole new way. The book allows you to make the book come alive with the puppet that you have and the story is fun too. The illustrations in the book really pop off the page and with the puppet you and your young reader will have a blast throughout the book and you will want to keep reading from beginning to end.

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Book Review - Conversations Worth Having Second Edition

Conversations Worth Having Second Edition





About the Book
Now in a second edition, this classic book shows how to make conversations generative and productive rather than critical and destructive so people, organizations, and communities flourish.

We know that conversations influence us, but we rarely stop to think about how much impact they have on our well-being and ability to thrive. This book is the first to show how Appreciative Inquiry—a widely used change method that focuses on identifying what's working and building on it rather than just trying to fix what's broken—can help us communicate more effectively and flourish in all areas of our lives.

By focusing on what we want to happen instead of what we want to avoid and asking questions to deepen understanding and increase possibilities, we expand creativity, improve productivity, and unleash potential at work and home. Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres use real-life examples to illustrate how these two practices and the principles that underlie them foster connection, innovation, and success.

This edition has been revised throughout with new examples; updates on the latest supporting research in neuroscience, positive science, and positive psychology; and a discussion guide. It also features a new chapter on what the authors call tuning in: cultivating awareness of how our physical and mental state affect our perceptions, emotions, and thoughts as we engage in conversation.

This book teaches you how to use the practices and principles of Appreciative Inquiry to strengthen relationships, build effective teams, and generate possibilities for a future that works for everyone.



My Take on the Book
This was a great new edition! The book brings back many of the important topics from the first version but also goes deeper into appreciative inquiry. While I had never read much on appreciative inquiry before read the first book, I learned so much while reading that, I wanted to read more in this second edition! 

The concepts shared here will definitely be ones that I will be incorporating into my daily work life as I can see the tangible ways in which this can impact my relationships at work, but even more so, impact the overall culture of the organization. The book has a ton of practical components that allow you to better understand the concepts and put them to work right away. When I read books like this, for me, having practical tips and resources as well as examples helps me to internalize the concepts. I love being able to see right away how I can use the information, and this book definitely allowed me to do just that! You will learn a ton in this book that will really change the way that you will want to live your life!
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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Book Review - Maya's Treasure

Maya's Treasure



About the Book
Keeping close the words and memories of her grandmother, a young girl is determined to craft a treasure from cast-off bits of shell in this beautiful picture book.

  • Each morning when the sun rises, Maya and her sister, Alita, go to the shore to collect the beautiful seashells the waves wash up on the beach overnight.
  • The sisters scrub their finds until they sparkle like stars, then string them together to make beautiful jewelry they can sell to the people in their island village.
  • When Alita discards shells she deems too broken or ugly, Maya rescues them and remembers the words of her grandmother: ''Even the tiniest nub can be quite beautiful. You just have to find the magic in it.''
  • But can Maya turn the cast-off shells into something truly special?
  • Vibrant full-color pastel illustrations throughout evoke magic and memory.
  • By the illustrator of ''Ravita and the Land of Unknown Shadows'' and the author/illustrator of ''Misadventures of a Magician's Son.''
  • Picture book measures 8-3/4'' wide x 11-1/4'' high.


My Take on the Book
This is a beautiful book that has a wonderful message. The images throughout the book jump off the page and draw you into the story, but even more enticing are the words and the message that is shared throughout the book. I loved the fact that the author shares a message that there is beauty all around you and that even throughout someone may think of something of having value, that everything has value. This is a powerful book that not only is enjoyable as a story, but it also educated and helps the reader to learn more about themselves and the world around them. A must read!

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Book Review - Melville

Melville



About the Book

Meet Melville, a purple, softly round, beyond-adorable sea creature who is off to “find a place for just me.”

Leaving his warm and loving mama behind, Melville the sea creature sets off for an adventure, and he knows just the kind of place he’s looking for. Along the way, he gets lost (briefly), encounters sharks and other big sea creatures, and floats past a pirate ship. Melville checks out a few spots, but all fall short of his dream place…until, weary from his adventures, he finds his way back to his mama—a place that is “just right.”


My Take on the Book
This is a cute story made for early or pre-readers. The book is written in a cadence that you can really draw the eye of the reader into the story. You can ask questions of the reader or simply have the young child just enjoy the pictures and the story itself. It is a cute story that shares the love of a parent, but also the thrill of adventure and seeking outa place that is their own. It is a lovely story that young readers will definitely love!

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Blu-ray Review: Batwoman: Season 2

Batwoman: Season 2



About the Blu-ray

Watch as Javicia Leslie takes on the mantle of DC Super Hero Batwoman, when Batwoman: The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on September 21, 2021 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for a thrilling ride with all 18 episodes from the second season, plus never-before-seen bonus content including deleted scenes and a gag reel. Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($49.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers, and to stream on HBO Max starting July 27, 2021.

At the end of the first season, Crows Commander Kane (Dougray Scott) has declared war on Batwoman, forcing everyone around them to choose sides. Season two kicks off with a major game-changer that alters Gotham City and The Bat Team forever. A new hero emerges from the shadows. Relatable, messy, loyal, and a little goofy, Ryan Wilder (Leslie) couldn’t be more different than the woman who wore the Batsuit before her, billionaire Kate Kane. Living in her van, Ryan has been made to feel trapped and powerless by the system her whole life and believes the Batsuit is the key to breaking out of it. But what she’ll come to discover is that it’s not the suit that makes Ryan Wilder powerful, it’s the woman inside of it who finds her destiny in changing Gotham City for good.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Batwoman: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. Featuring all 18 episodes from the second season in high definition, as well as a digital code of the season (available in the U.S. only).

Batwoman stars Javicia Leslie (God Friended Me), Rachel Skarsten (Birds of Prey, Reign), Meagan Tandy (unREAL, Teen Wolf), Nicole Kang (You), Camrus Johnson (The Sun Is Also a Star) and Dougray Scott (Departure, Snatch). Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, Batwoman is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Geoff Johns (DC’s Stargirl, The Flash, Titans), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), James Stoteraux and Chad Fiveash (Gotham, The Vampire Diaries).


BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES
Deleted Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
Gag Reel (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
Villains Analyzed
Never Alone: Heroes and Allies

18 ONE-HOUR EPISODES
Whatever Happened to Kate Kane?
Prior Criminal History
Bat Girl Magic!
Fair Skin, Blue Eyes
Gore on Canvas
Do Not Resuscitate
It's Best You Stop Digging
Survived Much Worse
Rule #1
Time Off for Good Behavior
Arrive Alive
Initiate Self Destruct
I’ll Give You a Clue
…And Justice For All
Armed and Dangerous
Rebirth
Kane, Kate
Power


My Take on the Blu-ray
I was a fan of Kate Kane in season one but in season two I am even more drawn in by the acting, the characters and more. Each episode, while dark, as any Bat story tends to be, you will see a glimmer that brings you back each week. The episodes are action-packed, you get drama, mystique and more. I have enjoyed seeing Javicia Leslie embodying the Batwoman role and seeing her develop into the role. No person taking on the cowl will be able to fill a past Batperson's shoes right away. This is why they have a great team which we see in this series. You also see the humanity that this season's Batwoman has and that she is not fallible which makes her relatable. All-in0all, this was a great season and I am looking forward to season three! 

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Book Review - Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven

Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven



About the Book
Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo continue their New York Times bestselling Teen Titans series, and give readers the romantic meet-up we’ve all been waiting for! It seems like years, but it’s only been a few days since Raven Roth recovered her memories, trapped her demon father, Trigon, in her amulet, and had her heart broken for the first time. But she doesn’t have time to worry about the past…she has to focus on finding a way to get rid of Trigon for good. Garfield Logan still can’t believe he has the power to transform into animals. But controlling his newfound abilities is difficult, and their unpredictable nature could have dangerous consequences. Knowing his parents kept this secret hidden from him only makes Gar feel more alone. He and Raven both seeking answers from the one person who seems to have them all figured out: Slade Wilson. When their paths cross in Nashville, Raven and Gar can’t help but feel a connection, despite the secrets they try to hide from each other. It will take a lot of trust and courage to overcome the wounds of their pasts. But can they find acceptance for the darkest parts of themselves? Or maybe even love?
 

My Take on the Book
If you are a Teen Titan/DC comics fan or you love a great graphic novel with amazing images and a solid plot, this is the book for you. As someone that is a Teen Titan fan you really are drawn into the story of Raven and Beast Boy. You get to see their romance while you also get to see some of the light hearted nature that they have together, even though inside they are still struggling with inner-demons. The artwork throughout the book is amazing and the book itself is written in a way that you are transported into the action, drama and more, and it compels you to not put the book down as you want to know what happens next. This is a great story of love, friendship, acceptance and more.

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Book Review - Judy Moody: In a Monday Mood

Judy Moody: In a Monday Mood



About the Book

For anyone who has ever had the Sunday night blues, Judy declares that every day can be a holiday if you just find something to celebrate. Happy National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, anyone?

Crumbs! Why can’t every day be Saturday?

Judy Moody is Monday-morning mopey. Another week in her same-old seat at her same-old desk in her same-old school. Even worse, there aren’t any days off from school for ages. But when she steps into Class 3T, Judy’s Monday frown turns upside down. Pop! Pop! Pop-pop-pop! Mr. Todd is making Monday special by celebrating Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (no lie)! This gives Judy an idea that just-might-maybe turn her week around: why not make every day of the week a holiday? But after she and her friends come up with a week’s worth of wacky celebrations, from feeding ninja squirrels to honoring National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, will the weekend be one big letdown?


My Take on the Book
Another great Judy Moody book that not only brings you back into the world of Judy Moody, but also allows your reader to explore deeper issues of culture, different holidays, friendships and more. This was a great book that will help your child to see the world around them in a new way, while keeping it entertaining and fun. By the end of reading this, my daughter continues to tell me she is looking forward to reading the next book, which is always the sign of a great book and a great series! 

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Book Review - Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story



About the Book

Acclaimed author Lilliam Rivera and artist Steph C. reimagine one of DC's greatest Green Lanterns, Jessica Cruz, to tell a story about immigration, family, and overcoming fear to inspire hope.

Jessica Cruz has done everything right. She's a dedicated student, popular among her classmates, and has a loving family that has done everything they can to give her a better life in the United States. While Jessica is a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, allowing her to go to school and live in the U.S., her parents are undocumented. Jessica usually worries for her parents, but her fears and anxiety escalate as a mayoral candidate with a strong anti-immigration stance runs for office.

As the xenophobia in Coast City increases, Jessica begins to debate whether it's worth renewing her status to stay in the U.S., or if her family would be safer and better off moving back to Mexico. And despite her attempts to lean on her friends and family, she finds herself constantly visited by visions of Aztec gods, one pulling her towards hope and the other towards anger.

But when her father is detained by I.C.E., Jessica finds herself being pulled into an abyss of fear. With her father gone and feeling helpless, Jessica must find her way out of her fears and ultimately become a voice for her community.


My Take on the Book
This graphic novel has such a different style from other books that DC has presented in the past. It is a nice change and the story is fresh and unique. The story itself is action packed and engaging and leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat as you wait to see what comes next. The character in this book is someone that you can relate to and while I did not have a lot of context for this character, outside of knowing it came from Green Lantern mythology, I still was drawn in and completely entranced by the visual elements and the writing as well. The weaving in of concepts of racism, ICE and more make the story relevant and makes you want to read even deeper into the pages to see what will happen next. I was really impressed by the whole story and I think you will be as well!

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Book Review - Disney Princess Magical Worlds

Disney Princess Magical Worlds



About the Book
From Moana's island of Motunui to Cinderella's castle and beyond, explore the worlds of your favorite Disney Princesses in this beautifully illustrated, fun-filled storybook!

Step into the Disney Princesses’ most magical, memorable places and discover surprises and colorful details on every page. Featuring charming scenes from twelve different worlds, this is the perfect book for every Princess fan! And w ith numerous speech bubbles and words labeled in each scene, little readers can expand their vocabulary, too.


My Take on the Book
For the young reader this is a great book that will encourage them to read along, or follow along as a parent reads the book with them. The images and recognizable characters are ones that my niece loved and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book to her. As a six year old, she got lost in the worlds that were presented on the page, but I also love watching her eyes get huge as she was looking at all of the beautiful images and we had side conversations about the characters too. The book was beautifully created and my niece, for one had a true blast asking me to read the book over and over again and I do not see that changing anytime soon!

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Book Review - Lost Legends: The Rise of Flynn Rider

Lost Legends: The Rise of Flynn Rider




About the Book

The first book in a new middle grade series that features the adventures of Disney’s most loveable roguish heroes as kids!

Before he was a legendary thief, he was just a boy named Eugene..."hi, how ya doin'?"

Twelve- year-old Eugene Fitzherbert needs a plan. He loves Miss Calre and the boys at the orphanage, but he's not a little kid anymore. He can't spend his days getting into mischief and acting out his favorite passages from the Flynnigan Rider novels. In his imagination, he is that daring rogue Flynn Rider, and his best friend, Arnie, is famous thief Lance Strongbow, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Even though Eugene knows it's just a fun game, he can't help but wish there was more for him out there. Travel. Riches. And maybe, just maybe, his parents.

So when a traveling circus comes to the kingdom promising a life of excitment, brotherhood, and unimaginable treasure, Eugene and Arnie see it as the start of their great adventure. But it soon becomes clear that there’s more to this ragtag crew than meets the eye, and it'll take new heroes―namely, Flynn Rider and Lance Strongbow―to save the day.

Filled with daring adventure and rollicking fun, the Lost Legends series explores the untold origins of Disney’s most infamous rogue boys.


My Take on the Book
This book really gives you an inside look into Flynn Rider, especially into his early life and what turned him into the person that Disney fans have come to love. It is a fun book with great characters that are new to the scene, and you really get drawn into the world of Flynn Rider from page one to the very end. The author does a great job developing the characters within the book and the plot moves swiftly, keeping you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. I found the book to be a very fun read and in the end you really do get to know Flynn on a much more intimate level, making him even more of a character that you will love! 

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Book Review - Liar, Liar, Head on Fire

Liar, Liar, Head on Fire




About the Book
On the outside, twelve-year-old Hector seems like he’s got it all. He’s strong, fast, and rumored to be the favorite to win this year’s Zeus Cup at the Mt. Olympus Spartan Race, the highest honor in his small Midwestern town. Hector’s parents and his five siblings trained to win gold in their twelfth year, but all fell short. Now Hector is their last chance to bring glory to the family, and he’s starting to feel the pressure. After a mysterious (and extremely talented) girl named Mae obliterates him at the practice run, Hector is desperate to do whatever it takes to win and make his family proud. Cue a certain god of the Underworld who has a mighty proposition for Hector: Hades will give him godlike strength and speed in exchange for the trophy at the end of the race. Seems like a pretty good trade-off. But as Hector soon discovers, no deal with Hades is as straightforward as it seems, and he’s going to have to go the distance or risk going from hero to zero.

My Take on the Book
My family are huge Disney fans and whether the story is similar or completely different from stories that they know they tend to love them, and this book did not disappoint them in the least. One of the things my daughters loved about this book, but also in the series of books was the American Chiller vibe that you have as you read them. It is written to chill you but also entertain you throughout and it does not disappoint. There is even humor spattered through the book too. You get to meet new characters that have unique interests that you can relate to and you get to reconnect with Hades and his minions which is always fun. All-in-all this is a great book for all that love chills and Disney thrills! 


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Book Review - What Once Was Mine: A Twisted Tale

What Once Was Mine: A Twisted Tale


About the Book

Desperate to save the life of their queen and her unborn child, the good citizens of the kingdom comb the land for the all-healing Sundrop flower to cure her . . . but someone mistakenly picks the blossom of the Moondrop instead. This shimmering flower heals the queen and she delivers a healthy baby girl―with hair as silver and gray as the moon. But with her mysterious hair comes dangerous magical powers: the power to hurt, not heal. For the safety of the kingdom, Rapunzel is locked away in a tower and put under the care of the powerful goodwife, Mother Gothel.

For eighteen years Rapunzel stays imprisoned in her tower, knowing she must protect everyone from her magical hair. When she finally decides to leave the only home she's ever known―to see the floating lights that appear on her birthday―she gets caught up in an unexpected adventure with two thieves: a would-be outlaw named Gina, and Flynn Rider, a rogue on the run. Before she can reach her happy ending, Rapunzel learns that there is far more to her story, and her magical hair, and her future than she ever knew.


My Take on the Book
My family loves twisted tales and they loved Tangled so this book was the perfect read for our family. The author does an amazing job at building out the characters and allowing you to experience the action in a unique way with every page. The character development was solid and I felt that I really got to know the characters in a way I never did from just watching the movie. Don't expect this book to be a retelling of all you know from the movie either as the author does a good job at building out a new storyline that does twist the original story in a new way and for me it was a ton of fun to not only read but immerse yourself in from page one to the very end.

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