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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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Lily Morton wrote me a rare breeds farmer and I loved him

53307636._SY475_Spring Strings by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolute perfection.

I came >< close to crying when I saw the dedication, then I laughed like a drain, sighed a wee little sigh and felt like my heart was going to burst with all the happiness this novella (which is actually almost full book length) gave me.

See, I’ve been (jokingly) teasing (she might say bugging the Hell out of) Lily that one of the love interests in her books should be a Cornish rare breeds farmer.

And then she gave me one, and it was Caden, and he was bloody brilliant.

Not only was he bloody brilliant, but he was utterly different from supermodel Malachi, who she also knew I’d been dying to get more from after his wee appearance when he bumped into Jude in Dublin in another of her short stories.

So when they met, I knew it would end up with another couple gazing at the glories of a Cornish sunset and living their best, snarky British lives together.

And I was right.

Lily Morton I love you and your wit, your amazing humour and your fabulous men, but most of all, I love your kindness and your friendship ❤

PS: It was supposed to be Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs 🐖🐷😉

piglet

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Absolutely hilarious in the best British farce tradition

48838954._SY475_.jpgThe Captain & the Squire by Catherine CurzonEleanor Harkstead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolute brilliance, this book is about as English as they come, utterly hilarious and with a nod to the beat Sheridan farce.

In the Captain and the Squire, the authors have gone full on gentry eccentricity, with dodgy clauses in wills, dastardly villains and villagers who know everyone’s business.

I was howling with laughter throughout most of this.

It also has a surprisingly sweet kinky side which I’ll leave to be revealed for other readers as it really does work brilliantly well.

This series of novellas and slightly linger books have all been fabulous, each one’s brought something different to the table but I think Captain Guy is going to have to relinquish his title as my fave to this glorious pair and their pig.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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