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NetGalley Review: What’s All the Commotion?: A Book About Social Distancing

by Jessie Glenn,
Illustrated by Kevin King

*Read Now title on NetGalley*

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Genre: Picture Book, Children’s Nonfiction, Health & Wellness
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: Need a perfect conversation starter about Covid-19 for a child you know? “What’s All The Commotion” seeks to answer children’s questions simply and directly with an optimistic outlook.

Illustrated by Black Lives Matter muralist, Kevin King, the bright illustrations in “What’s All the Commotion” portray a diverse group of children and adults getting through social distancing, together.

The changes in children’s lives around the world due to the virus pandemic are startling and stressful in many cases. What’s All the Commotion? is a child psychologist vetted resource for parents, teachers, medical providers and other people with children.

 

My Review: What’s All the Commotion? is a good picture to help parents, guardians, and educators have an open discussion about covid-19 and the drastic life changes that have occurred.

It’s a very matter-of-fact book and simplistic with text and full color on one page and a beautiful, full color illustration on the other. The facts and information presented in this book is clear, concise and accessible.

I liked the tone of the story. It was inviting and welcoming, encouraging kids that it’s okay to have questions about what’s been happening and any fears or anxiety they’ve been having as a result of this virus.

What’s All the Commotion? is worth the read and free on Kindle Unlimited.


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ARC Manga Review: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Misake, Momochi, Sando (Volume 1)

Thank you to Diamond Book Distributer (Tokyopop) and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation goes on sale August 11, 2020.

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Genre: Manga
Series: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation
# of Volumes: 2 (ongoing)
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: When Lizel mysteriously finds himself in a city that bears odd similarities to his own but clearly isn’t, he quickly comes to terms with the unlikely truth: this is an entirely different world. Even so, laid-back Lizel isn’t the type to panic.

He immediately sets out to learn more about this strange place, and to help him do so, hires a seasoned adventurer named Gil as his tour guide and protector. Until he’s able to find a way home, Lizel figures this is a perfect opportunity to explore a new way of life adventuring as part of a guild.

After all, he’s sure he’ll go home eventually… might as well enjoy the otherworldly vacation for now!

 

My Review: A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation is an unusual but laid back read. I enjoyed this first volume a lot and feel the story thus far shows promise.

Lizel is calm, cool, and collected. He is also intelligent with wicked wits. But all in all he is a good guy with a good heart. People are drawn to his polite manner and nature. He literally behaves like he’s on a vacation until he can find a way home. There is more to this character I’m sure of it. We don’t know much about him – as he tells Gil, we haven’t asked the right questions.

I am in love with Gil. He’s stoic, calm but cautious, and sure of himself and his abilities. He is a stark contrast to Lizel, which provides a lot of comedic moments through the story. Gil, I think, is drawn to Lizel because of Lizel’s competency and how he keeps surprising him.

The world of A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation is easy to immerse yourself in. It’s world-building is pretty standard and the idea of adventurers and adventuring is explained well. The fantasy element is very appealing. You meet other interesting characters but I’m hoping that develops a bit more in the next volume.

I would continue reading this series because I am highly invested in the story. The art style is beautiful and I love Lizel and Gil together. Would recommend this series.


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Recent Mini NetGalley Haul

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

What are you reading this weekend?

It’s an anxiety-filled and tiring week but I hope things turn around soon. The plan this weekend is to finish reading Set Fire to the Gods, so I can post my review on Tuesday, its publication day.

Today though I wanted to share titles that have been happily added to my summer reading list. I recently was approved for three upcoming anticipated releases from NetGalley.

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Looking For A Cowboy by Donna Grant
Oct 27, 2020 / St. Martin’s Press
Adult Contemporary Romance

A beautiful stranger has come to Clearview, asking questions that are nobody’s business. Cooper Owens also wasn’t born yesterday. He knows that this out-of-towner is hiding a dark secret of her own. Much as he knows he should head in the other direction, he can’t make himself turn away. . .

P.I. Marlee Frampton always wanted to lead a nice quiet life, working as a cop in her local police department. But that dream came to an end when her sister was murdered—and her baby kidnapped. Now Marlee’s come to Texas to investigate the Harpers, who may be linked to shady adoption agencies. Cooper can’t believe that his friends could be involved in anything so sinister…and soon he makes it his mission to help Marlee discover the truth—and keep her safe in his arms.

This is book 5 of the Heart of Texas series. Donna Grant is such talented writer and craft romance really well. I loved reading the last book, A Cowboy Like You, so am beyond happy that I was approved for this one. It sounds like a cowboy mystery romance, an odd combination but very appealing.

 

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A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Momochi, Misaki, Sando (Volume 1)
August 11, 2020 / Diamond Book Distributors / Tokyopop
Manga

When Lizel mysteriously finds himself in a city that bears odd similarities to his own but clearly isn’t, he quickly comes to terms with the unlikely truth: this is an entirely different world. Even so, laid-back Lizel isn’t the type to panic.

He immediately sets out to learn more about this strange place, and to help him do so, hires a seasoned adventurer named Gil as his tour guide and protector. Until he’s able to find a way home, Lizel figures this is a perfect opportunity to explore a new way of life adventuring as part of a guild.

After all, he’s sure he’ll go home eventually… might as well enjoy the otherworldly vacation for now!

I requested this title because I loved the cover and the story seemed interesting. I read volume 1 yesterday ago and liked it. My review will be posted on Sunday, August 2.

 

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The Princess Knight by G. A. Aiken
November 24, 2020 / Kensington Books
Fantasy

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
 
Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side.

The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .

The Blacksmith Queen (book 1) was my favorite read of 2019. I absolutely loved it! The Princess Knight is one of my top anticipated 2020 releases. As soon as I saw it on NetGalley I had to request it and I am beyond thankful to be approved for an advanced copy. Also, this cover is divine!

 

That’s all I have for now! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Be kind.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask.

Social distance.

Wash your hands.


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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ARC Review: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall is now available!

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Genre: LGBTQIA+ Adult Contemporary Romance, M M Romance
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUTWanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially—and reluctantly—famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

 

My Review: This is not your average fake dating story – Boyfriend Material is a sweet, slow burn contemporary romance of awesome that I was utterly captivated by. The hype is real!

The book is told solely through Luc’s self-deprecating POV. We get a front row seat to the psychological downfall of having celebrity parents. It’s a well balanced perspective of fiction versus reality.

Luc is pessimistic and stuck in a rut. He doesn’t know – doesn’t have the confidence – how to live, so he wallows in a barely there form of human existence. He undervalues himself time and time again, making it difficult to even form a working fake relationship. You want to root for him regardless because – even though Luc can’t see it – the reader quickly sees his value as a person, a friend, a son, and a partner. I like Luc and enjoyed following his well written, exponential character growth.

Oliver is eloquent, outwardly posh, and an incredibly good person. The total handsome and perfect package. He sounds like a walking dictionary but that’s a part of his charm I love so much. You can see in the little things he does the kind of person he is and sneak peeks into his personal struggles. He’s remarkable but I have bittersweet admiration for him because he can see the good in things – in Luc – for what they are even when he can’t see them in himself.

Luc and Oliver were meant to be!

I adore Luc’s friends. They are such an odd mix of wacky wonderfulness – the ultimate squad goals!

Luc’s co-workers are an interesting bunch but I didn’t care for the offhand “polite” homophobic comments and extremely disliked what led to Luc needing a fake boyfriend in the first place.

I think most people will be able to relate to Luc and Oliver in some small way. I definitely did and that’s why I was so invested in the story and characters, fervently wishing for some sort of HEA.

Boyfriend Material is the perfect summer read. It’s a delightful story but a sluggish journey that will make this book hard to put down. I would read more books by Alexis Hall. He is an inventive storyteller and creates such endearing characters.


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ARC Review: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Thank you to Margaret K. McElderry Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! Legendborn by Tracy Deonn goes on sale September 15, 2020.

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Series: Legendborn #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

 

My Review: Legendborn was an incredible read! This book quickly became an instant favorite.

Truthfully, Legendborn was a tough read. I was angry and sad and frustrated by the direct and indirect “polite” racism towards Bree – it’s an honest reflection of today’s world. As a black American, this cut bone-deep. I applaud the way Bree handled herself towards such comments and people.

Bree is a fantastic main character. She’s clearly suffering from PTSD but is extremely adamant about finding the truth about her mother’s accident. Sometimes you rooted for her, sometimes you wish she’d exercised more caution. But I think Bree was meant to end up on that campus at that point in time, adding to the more than meets the eye vibes. Haunting.

The author has recreated a wholly original take on Arthurian legends. It’s complex but so befitting. Although, it was hard for me to remember so much information about the secret society – lots of well-written but huge info-dumps. It can be hard compartmentalizing all the terms, hierarchy, and family ties. My hope for the next book is that we’ll have a glossary of terms and family trees. Especially as one’s family – where you come from and where you’re going – plays a vital role in the overall story.

I liked Nick’s character a lot but also felt bad or him. He’s a rather tortured soul but does what he can to help Bree. I didn’t like that she took advantage of that and their budding romance at times. I get the why but it doesn’t absolve the wrongness I feel about it.

There is so much action that takes place throughout the story. The final climactic scene at the end was really good, shocking, and sad. An emotional rollercoaster.

Legendborn is an astounding book and relevant to the troubling times we currently find (or maybe never left?) ourselves in. There is much to love about this book and the direction it could go in the next book. Legendborn had wondrous contemporary world-building, bold tackling of important societal/cultural issues, beautiful writing, solid character growth, tension beyond belief, and heroism to admire. This story is a must read!


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NetGalley Mini Haul

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

Do you have any ARCs you’re looking forward to reading?

I was recently approved for three anticipated reads: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (currently reading), Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan, and Smash It! by Francina Simone. Thank you to the publishers for these e-ARCs to read and review! I’m happy to add all these books to my summer reading list.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
YA Contemporary Fantasy
September 15, 2020
Margaret K. McElderry Books

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

 

Smash It! by Francina Simone
Own Voices / YA Contemporary
September 22, 2020
Inkyard Press

Olivia “Liv” James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does…

After Liv shows up to a Halloween party in khaki shorts—why, God, why?—she decides to set aside her wack AF ways. She makes a list—a F*ck-It list.

1. Be bold—do the thing that scares me.

2. Learn to take a compliment.

3. Stand out instead of back.

She kicks it off by trying out for the school musical, saying yes to a date and making new friends. Life is great when you stop punking yourself! However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So what happens when Liv’s heart is interested in three different guys—and two of them are her best friends? What is she supposed to do when she gets dumped by a guy she’s not even dating? How does one Smash It! after the humiliation of being friend-zoned?

In Liv’s own words, “F*ck it. What’s the worst that can happen?”

A lot, apparently.

#SMASHIT

 

Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan
Adult Contemporary Romance
St. Martin’s Griffin
January 5, 2020

What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.

Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Even clichés sting.

But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).

That’s three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.

Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.

 

 

 

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Legendborn – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/188297

Smash It! – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/180231

Ten Rules For Faking It – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/194500


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ARC Review: When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith, Illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt

Thank you to Orca Book Publishers and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! When We Are Kind goes on sale September 15, 2020.

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Genre: Picture Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.

 

My Review: Simple but effective – incredibly important to the conversations today, “When We Are Kind” is a celebration of kindness. The book shows through cozy-good, colorful illustrations why it’s important to always choose kindness and be respectful: it creates happiness within ourselves and others. I also love depictions of self love by being kind to one’s self. “When We Are Kind” is a great story for kids with positive messages for all ages. Kindness is an infinite circle: it connects us all into one big “related” community.


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ARC Review: Alpha Erased by Aileen Erin

Thank you Ink Monster and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! Alpha Erased goes on sale May 12, 2020.

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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Series: Alpha Girl #9
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommended to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: Tessa—part witch, part werewolf, raised human and now the unofficial leader of a newly minted supernatural alliance—thinks nothing of her brother, Axel, texting her and Dastien to meet him. The location pin was in a weird spot, but maybe he’d found a magical anomaly there. But when Tessa steps into the darkened warehouse, she doesn’t expect to see her brother laying in a pool of his own blood, smell the sulfuric scent of black magic, or feel the pain of her mate being shot full of silver.

Tessa has seconds to make a choice, but there’s only one thing she can do to save the two most important men in her life—sacrifice herself.

The last thing Dastien hears from Tessa was her plea—help Axel. But then their bond goes silent. He can’t hear her. He can’t feel her. And there’s no sign of the attackers who took her.

Dastien does everything he can to save Axel before calling his friends in a panic. It takes all of them to find Tessa, but when Dastien’s finally reunited with her, there’s no sign of recognition in her eyes.

No magic in her touch.

No wolf beneath the surface.

Everything that made Tessa who she was…has been erased.

 

My Review:
Alpha Erased is an entirely different beast than its predecessors. You will be completely absorbed in all that happens. I couldn’t (wouldn’t!) put this book down until it was over.

I knew this was going to be painfully bad for Dastien. All I wanted to do was give him hug. Alpha Erased takes the idea of “mates” to a whole new level it’s wild! In this book, really come to understand the depths of what it means to be “True Mates.” I believe this to be the book’s strongest aspect.

I care about Dastien a lot and even more so post-read. The majority of the book is really sad and tense and quiet until they find Tessa. And then things speed up towards a stunning conclusion.

I don’t know what to make of Alpha Erased as a whole. It is in no way a bad book; far far from it. When I finished the book I was like “woah, so that happened.” It’s an HFN story, of which tend to leave me in a dazed book hangover.

But I would still recommend this book and series because wolves and fantastic characters and the devious plots and feelings. Also, just look at that gorgeous cover! So blue and beautiful!


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ARC Review: Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

Thank you to Tor Teen and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! Dark Skies goes on sale May 5, 2020.

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Dark Shores
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST
Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. Her life in danger, she flees west to the far side of the Endless Seas and finds herself entangled in a foreign war where her burgeoning powers are sought by both sides.

A COMMANDER IN DISGRACE
Killian is Marked by the God of War, but his gifts fail him when the realm under the dominion of the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he swears his sword to the kingdom’s only hope: the crown princess. But the choice sees him caught up in a web of political intrigue that will put his oath – and his heart – to the test.

A KINGDOM UNDER SIEGE
With Mudamora falling beneath the armies of the Corrupter, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love most—but it is a bargain with unintended and disastrous consequences. Truths are revealed, birthrights claimed, and loyalties questioned—all while a menace deadlier and more far-reaching than they realize sweeps across the world.

 

My Review:
Dark Skies is a must read! The sequel brings even more bravery and heartache to this engrossing series. I loved it!

First, can we just take a moment to admire this beautiful purple cover. It’s powerful in design and stunning in its relation to the book.

Lydia I love as a main character. I love her spirit and how she works hard to make sure justice is served. She could have easily remained complacent, but instead takes matters into her own hands. And, of course, she’s a bookworm so that’s an instant plus.

Killan I love for his loyalty and honor, especially for someone so young with so much responsibilities and high expectations because he was Marked by the God of War. He’s the kind of person you’d want as a friend and as someone you can count on to watch your back. I also love his name. It was sadly fascinating learning what it’s like to be Marked.

What’s awesome about this book is that we get to immerse ourselves in the culture of the East, aka the fabled Dark Shores. From faith, to class systems, to ideology. It’s a necessary thing to learn to get the full picture of why East should not meet West and vise versa.

The ending had me in tears! Just why?! Why?! It was so heartbreaking. And the slow burn romance was so adorkable and sweet!

Dark Skies is incredible. I am smitten by the author’s ability to tell such a captivating story. You will love it guarantee. This is an extraordinary tale of atonement and the courage to do what is right even when your back is against the wall.

[ My Review – Dark Shores ]


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ARC Review: The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Thank you to Tor Teen and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review!
Note: *NEW* Pub Date: on sale July 14, 2020.

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Genre: Queer Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Extraordinaries #1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: YES!!!

 

ABOUT: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

 

My Review:
The Extraordinaries is my new co-number one read of 2020. This unforgettable story had me laughing from start to finish. With a remarkable and precious main character at the end, readers will walk away from this story with a whole new – dare I say it – extraordinary sense of self.

Nick is a character after my own heart. He is beyond kind and incredibly quirky. He has the best group of friends that are the ultimate squad goals. Klune illustrates a well-rounded representation of ADHD.

Nick’s journey to be as extraordinary as the superhero, Shadow Star, is a journey unlike any other. His infatuation is the very definition of fanboy and I was loving every minute of it. Nick’s character growth drives home the point that disabled does not mean one is able.

Nick’s dad is my new father fictional dad/father figure. The love for his son is so beautiful. He only wants the best for his son, to be able to independently navigate life without getting into trouble. And Cap, Nick’s dad’s boss, is also an incredible father-figure to Nick.

This might be a cooler superhero story than The Incredibles, which is saying a lot. The existence of superheros, aka Extraordinaries, is so effortlessly a normal aspect of every day life. Plus Nova City, the setting of the story, sounds like a classic name for a place you’d read about in any superhero comic. And then there’s the names give to the two heroes focused on in the story: Shadow Star and Pyro Storm!

I did not see the plot twist coming! I thought I knew but was pleasantly wrong. It made the story even more amazing and meaningful – almost allegorical!

Also, poor Officer Rookie! He was not prepare to take on a person like Nick Bell and his friends. Their interactions were hilarious!

Also, also, the obvious romances was just too adorkable – loved it!

The Extraordinaries is an phenomenal story that everyone should read. With likable characters, a creative plot, hysterical dialogue, and feel-good moments, you will not be disappointed.


More TJ Klune Books I Reviewed

The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania #1)
A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania #2)
The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3)
A Wish Upon the Stars (Tales From Verania #4)

Wolfsong (Green Creek #1)
Ravensong (Green Creek #2)
Heartsong (Green Creek #3)

The House In The Cerulean Sea