I love all things superheroes and Marvel, so when I read about the sign up for Superhero High, I was excited! Today I get to share my review and if you go to the end of the post, there is also a giveaway for this tour!
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: July 5th 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.
When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.
With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.
But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.
Superhero High was quite a surprise for me. Annarenee’s life gets turned upside down when the program her parents and brother are in, gets cancelled. Her family all have special abilities, she doesn’t. So when things change, she freaks out. Having worked so hard for her future, she’s not quite sure what to do.
I have to say that Annarenee annoyed me a bit in the beginning. It was all about her. I mean, of course I get it’s hard that your life is turned upside down, but think about your family. They have never been able to make decisions on their own and suddenly have to. In that sense, Annarennee was very lucky. In the end though, she started realizing what kind of challenge everything was and with no other way to describe it, grew up.
I loved that Superhero High wasn’t quite as predictable as most stories like this are. Normally the main character without special abilities discovers she has had something all along. Or there is insta-love and that somehow takes over the book. That wasn’t the case with Superhero High.
There was some mystery I didn’t expect and it definitely turned out a whole different way that I had thought of. The suspects I had turned out to have nothing to do with any of the missing kids. The abilities were unique in many ways, I mean being invisible and your ability is to make yourself visible is pretty cool.
Annarenee’s family is pretty close and I loved that. Just like with the families and friends of the other characters in this book. We see the typical bullying because some kids don’t have abilities, but I loved the characters that stood up for them. I think Annarenee made some lasting friendships. Also I loved the connection between her and Ren. Yes, they noticed each other right away, but it took time to grow. That doesn’t always happen in YA.
The only think I would’ve liked to have seen different is maybe more background. We are kind of dropped in the middle of the story and I would’ve liked to have learned more. Just like the story kind of ends all of a sudden. What happens once everyone goes back to school? Does Annarenee get to swim or discover something else she wants? Things are left a bit too open. This book was too fast paced in some ways, but I think because it was so short.
All in all, I loved Superhero High and the characters. It’s not your typical Young Adult story, but it has a twist. I definitely recommend this book to other Young Adult readers.
T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”
You can find her online at http://thhernandez.com
During this blog tour, there is a tour wide giveaway. By entering the giveaway, you have a chance at winning a $25 gift card and a superhero high t-shirt. Unfortunately this giveaway is for the US/CAN readers only. The giveaway ends September 13th.
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I loved all the different abilities these characters have. If you could have a special ability, what would it be?