Review of Sovereign by April Daniels

Sovereign by April Daniels. ★★★1/2 Danny is back in this sequel to YA superhero book Dreadnought. Sovereign has it’s own plotline, but it continues the threat of Nemesis and Danny’s character growth. Thus, I’d recommend reading the series in order. Nine months after Danny debuted as Dreadnought and publicly came out as lesbian and transgender, she’s stretched to the breaking…

Review of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★1/2 Catherynne Valente tackles gendered superhero tropes with this collection of six stories. The girls of the Hell Hath Club are dead, but they’ve found each other for company is the strange expanse of Deadtown. They gather together, drink Styx water, and commiserate about their lives and deaths. Superheroines,…

Review of The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver

The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver. ★★★1/2 In Chameleon Moon, RoAnna Sylver introduced the dystopic city of Patrol, who’s citizens lived a precarious life above eternally blazing fire, governed by the nefarious Eye in the Sky. Oh, and most of these citizens also had some form of superpower – the reason they were trapped within Patrol. In this…

Review of Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver. ★★★★ I loved Chameleon Moon so much, and I think it would hold a strong appeal for fans of Welcome to Night Vale. Patrol is a true dystopian – a city where the sky is chocked with smoke and ash and the ground is just one step away from crumbling into the fires below….

Review of Dreadnought by April Daniels

Dreadnought by April Daniels. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: Transphobia, emotional abuse Dreadnought is an #OwnVoices YA superhero novel about a  young lesbian trans girl. Fifteen-year old Danny Tozer is secretly painting her toenails behind the mall when two meta-humans get in a fight right in front of her. Thus she’s the only person around when Dreadnought, the greatest superhero of them…

Review of Plastic Smile by S. L. Huang

Plastic Smile by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 Plastic Smile is the fourth novel in the Russell’s Attic series, a usually action oriented science fiction series about an anti-heroic woman with superpowers based on math. I suggest reading the series in order, starting with the first book, Zero Sum Game. This review may contain spoilers for prior books. As part of…

Review of Root of Unity by S.L. Huang

Root of Unity by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 Cas Russell and her mathematical superpowers are back! Root of Unity is the third book in Russell’s Attic series (start with Zero Sum Game), a series of fast paced, science fiction action thriller’s. Cas Russell has superhuman math abilities which she uses to work as a mercenary, instantly calculating the trajectory of bullets…

Review of Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee. ★★★1/2 Not Your Sidekick is an adorable YA LGBT superhero story. Jess Tran’s parents are the resident superheroes of Andover, Nevada. Jess wants nothing more than to be a superhero herself, but unlike her gifted sister, she’s never manifested powers. Determined to try and make her own path in life nevertheless, she applies…

Review of Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow

Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow. ★★★1/2 Broken is a fast paced story that crosses dystopia with superheros. Decades in the future, earth’s been united under a single government and other planets have been colonized. Michael Forward is an extrahuman – someone with supernatural abilities. He was born with the ability to see possibilities of the future whenever he looks…

Review of Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn. ★★★ Heroine Complex is light and fluffy, pretty much a beach read. It starts out with demonic influences taking the form of killer cupcakes – that should give you some idea of the book’s tone. It’s chick lit meets superheros. Evie Tanaka and Annie Chang have been friends since elementary school. Then many years…

Review of Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones. ★★★1/2 Illusive is a YA novel that takes place in a near future where some people have gained superpowers as side effects of a vaccination. The Immune as they’re called have to chose between working for the government or prison. Or, if they’re like Ciere Giba, they can become a criminal instead. Ciere is a…

Review of Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★★ Calamity is the final book in Sanderson’s Reckoners series, a trilogy about a future were people with superpowers exist. The only catch? Along with superpowers comes a predisposition towards evil. It’s a fun, action packed YA trilogy that I would recommend. However, you’ll need to start with the first book, Steelheart, and read the…