Short review: Superior by Jessica Lack

All art belongs to the artist and the BookSmugglers

Hello! So this is one of the BookSmugglers superhero stories, but for some reason wordpress is not letting me share their original wordpress post as I have been doing with the others (which is sad)(also, anyone know why this might be?) so I’m just putting a link here to where you can read it for free on their blog. Obviously if you can afford the eBook, do buy it because supporting independent book publishers is good! And you will get a few extra things, like the author Q and A. Here it is: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2016/08/superior-jessica-lack.html

Now, this one I really want in hardcopy. Because, although I can and do read long stories on a screen it is a bit challenging and I really really want a copy that I can read again and again, maybe in the middle of the night, definitely on the bus and just about everywhere really.

This is a lovely story, with a good sense of humour and wonderful narration, that plays on all sorts of superhero tropes very effectively. The perspective is also great – superheroing from the intern’s point of view, including boring kidnappings, a worried mum and no small amount of danger and dullness. Sometimes, the danger and the dullness happen at the same time.

I’m finding it hard to review without spoiling it, so I’ll just say that this is a warm, very real feeling (despite all the superheroes) story that made me cry, laugh and smile. Definitely worth reading (I know I’m going to be re-reading it later), and a great addition to the YA QUILTBAG romance arena (arena is not the right word, is it? I can’t think of the right word. Canon?)

Note: I also got to meet the BookSmugglers last weekend! I think I managed to speak coherently… Photos to follow 🙂

 

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