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A YA superhero breath of fresh air from the pen of TJ Klune

TJ ExtraordinariesThe Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think if I was a teenager, queer, or had grown up under difficult circumstances, this book would be like a breath of fresh air, a lifebelt in the sea of turmoil and something to bring hope and a feeling of “normalcy” as it is an encouraging homage to the great superhero stories of the Golden Era of Comic Books.

For Nick, his fanfiction is something vitally important, a connection to the Extraordinary he has a huge crush on and there were lots of “Superman/Lois Lane” vibes in his queering of the relationship between Shadow Star and a character who may be just a tiny bit like Nick.

It’s TJ Klune, so there is all the hilarity and wonderful use of language you’d expect to find in any book from this author. And, because it’s TJ Klune, there’s so many more layers and depth to the story being told.

It’s YA superhero fiction so as a 50-year-old woman, I’m not the key demographic for reading it, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t relate to the struggles Nick goes through in his day-to-day life as he juggles with his best friend (and possible love of his so-far very short life) Seth, his unfailing desire to become an Extraordinary, his ADHD, and his dad’s fears.

The relationship at the heart of this teen romance is just a hug in a sweetie wrapper. The depiction of how the ADHD affects everything Nick does felt honest and true to me even though I am not experienced with the condition myself, I have friends with atypical children and it rang similar to their lives.

It ends with a cliffhanger, as this is a trilogy of books being published by TOR Teen, and it didn’t surprise me as this is basically your typical Sci-Fi/Fantasy superhero book – but queered up, which I absolutely love. I love that this book will be on the shelves of all the major bookstores not hidden away in some online only corner of the internet.

I love that a big five publisher, (and the most respected name in Sci-Fi/Fantasy publishing in the industry), picked this series up and is putting all its considerable weight behind it. For any teenager wondering if they’re ever going to see themselves represented in a superhero book, The Extraordinaries is that book.

ARC kindly received from Hodder & Stoughton via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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Moonstruck’s still a good read with a sexy silver fox author MC

MoonstruckMoonstruck by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just as I really enjoyed this when it was originally published as Lone Wolf as part of the Bluewater Bay series, I still enjoyed it now it’s out on its own in the world with a new title and cover.

I will say though, that this was originally part of a series and while the names etc have been changed, there are still references to that series – which centred around the town where filming of the paranormal TV show based on the books mentioned in this narrative takes place.

But the story itself just appeals to me, it’s mostly about fanfic, how sometimes the authors of fanfic take the characters in directions the creators never imagined and sometimes those directions are not only good ones, they invigorate the original.

Whether this would ever happen in real life, I’m not sure as I believe authors are advised to stay away from fanfics of their work in case they inadvertently pick up ideas from it and leave themselves open to litigation.

Which is, in itself, a bit of a mind-bender given they’re the creators of the originals in the first place but hey, what do I know!?

Still, taken on its own, this is a steamy age gap with a silver fox author not quite romance which also looks at the pressures of fame and fan expectations in a way which feels utterly real and relatable.

#ARC kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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