I’m super excited to be reviewing this book for you today. I have no connection with the author, I simply chose this book because it sounded fun. All views are my own and I receive no compensation for my review.
I stumbled across this book on Amazon while looking for something to read, I had never heard of the author (Danielle Banas) before, finding it was her debut novel made me want to try it out. I love reading debut novels because I always feel like I’m on the precipice of something special. The cover immediately caught my eye, I’m going through a superhero stage at the moment but I have a real soft spot for supervillains too. It is a young adult, science fiction book full of humour and romance.
The storyline follows Abigail Hamilton, teenager and drama fanatic on a journey of self discovery as she and her ‘supers’ battle against an evil threatening the town of Morriston. It’s not particularly fast paced but it has action throughout which I enjoyed, along with a bit of teenage angst! I found that I became rather attached to the characters, I wanted Abigail and her supervillain to have a happy ending, I was rooting for them throughout, I even found myself getting attached to Fish boy!
There are a few things that I felt could have been improved, but as previously stated this is only my humble opinion. I have a thing about book covers, I’ve always been the same, I wont buy a book with a movie cover and I expect the picture to tie in with the story (if there is a picture as opposed to a pattern on the cover). I love the cover of this book, I love that you can’t see their faces, it adds to the mystery of the secret identity, very clever. However, in the picture there is someone in a green suit but in the story there is no such character with that colour. Minor detail though overall.
I found the ending slightly frustrating, everything was tied up which was fantastic, kudos for that, but it felt a little rushed. I don’t want to give anything away but I felt that the fathers final part came out of nowhere and felt a little bit like it was just convenient to have this occur. But, that did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying the book.
I loved that the language used was reminiscent of high school but without being too cliché, it made me remember what it was like to be 16 and having the school play as my main focus in life. The characters were well developed, even the minor side characters were well thought out and described (Mrs Miller I’m looking at you) and those we saw slightly more of but were still not the focus were relevant to the plot rather than just randomly put in there for effect (Shout out to super fangirl Sarah!).
I laughed in places and I felt a lump in my throat in others, I loved that the character interaction was sarcastic and bashful, as every teenager should be. The plot was very good, I enjoyed the twist at the end, I wont tell you what it is, you will have to read it and find out for yourselves!
Overall I am super happy to have discovered Danielle Banas and have pre-ordered her second book and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves superhero’s/villains, someone looking for a simple read or someone buying it as a gift. Books make great gifts as it allows the recipient to discover a new author or genre they may not have previously tried. The book is available at all leading book stores or you can purchase it from Amazon here.
If you liked this you will enjoy:
Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging – Louise Rennison
Harry Potter (All of them!) – J.k. Rowling
It has inspired me to read:
Renegades – Marissa Meyer