National Superhero Day Reading Suggestions

What’s that, you say?  There are Superhero stories that aren’t about the Avengers?  Who knew?!  😛


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Join the action with the Amazon best-selling YA superhero series! The worst summer of Carrie Hauser’s life began with her parents’ divorce and ended with her receiving superhuman abilities from a dying alien. Now Carrie is trying to put her life back together, and all that stands in her way are an insane artificial intelligence, the mercenary known as Manticore, and a mysterious organization that wants to claim her power for itself. Save the day? Sure — as soon as school lets out.


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For one superhero, the good guys can be deadlier than the bad guys. 

Jillian Johnson, known as the mighty Battlecry, was born into a superhero cult. She craves a life of freedom, far away from her violent and abusive team leader, Patrick. With no education, no money, and no future to speak of, she’s stuck in the dangerous life…until she meets the mysterious and compelling Benjamin, a civilian with superpowers. When Patrick confronts her, she fights back–and then runs for her life. One by one, her ex-teammates join her until a new team has formed.

But Patrick will not let his upstart teammates get away so easily. Humiliated and hellbent on vengeance, he waits for his chance to strike back and kill the new team, and he is happy to murder superheroes and civilians alike. On top of that, Benjamin has joined Jillian and her comrades, angering his own lethal family. Jillian’s enemies begin to close in from all sides.

Desperate and in hiding, Jillian must shed everything she thinks she knows about what it means to lead. Can she rise up to the challenge of defeating Patrick? Can she save Benjamin from his family? Or will she die like every other superhero who’s dared to challenge the cult?

 

 
 

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Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious villains in the skies of Atalanta.The quiet summer before her freshman year turns frighteningly weird after Estelle Wright trespasses onto an Army base. Blown into the air and knocked unconscious, she wakes with a nascent superpower. Not to mention a winged horse with a snarky attitude and a mind of her own.

Back home in Atalanta, a serial killer is targeting the students at Goldman University. Before long she must juggle college classes with sneaking out of the house after dark to battle alien monsters. Estelle’s life is in danger, but who can she trust: handsome Captain Copper from military intelligence, or hunky Toby, the tough gangster with a motorbike? Both men have secret agendas, but falling in love is not in their plans.


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She can heal any wound, but the price is her freedom, her humanity, and her love. 

After a brutal attack, medical student Cassie Whelan discovers she has empathic healing abilities. She’s become an exohuman – a non-human according to the law. She must choose between hiding the miracles she can perform or becoming an anonymous, numbered government slave – like Guardian 175, the horribly disfigured exo who is falling in love with her. With her empathic senses, she can actually feel his growing affection for her. But his loyalties are divided between love and duty. She wants to trust him, but betrayal by him could destroy everything. And the one thing she can’t heal is her own heart.


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After a mysterious phenomenon called The Event, superhumans—called specials—now walk among us. And the potential danger these untested and powerful beings warrants a way to keep them in check. Enter Vanguard, a government-sanctioned team of superheroes designed to deal with rogue specials. This team of powerful beings with even more powerful personalities must overcome their differences while dealing with one life-threatening crisis after another! 

But a mysterious warlord and his terrorist network waits in the shadows, planning to use superhumans for their own nefarious purposes!


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What happens after the superhero gets the girl? 

Nobody said being married was easy, but try being married to a superhero. Not only is there laundry, cooking, and a career to balance, but throw in a few supervillains and your day’s booked.

Ariana, Victoria, and Emma’s men spend more time saving the world than doing dishes. These wives want some semblance of a normal married life, but would settle for an uninterrupted meal together.

How can they compete with saving the world?

When a catastrophic earthquake devastates Shadow Town and crime spirals out of control, the city needs help.

Everyone expected the superheroes to save the day, but nobody expected the wives’ help too…


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Dawn Takahashai knows all about superheroes.

She’s been a fan of them for years. So when she’s granted an impressive powerset of her own, she dives right in, eager to prove herself as Bailey City’s first superhero: Miss Red and Black.

Her first challenge is Faultline. He’s powerful, smart and, as a henchman for Bailey City’s first supervillain, standing right in her way. But that’s not the real problem. The real problem is that under the mask, Faultline is Alex Gage, a working-class guy trying to scrounge together enough money to help support his younger sisters.

Dawn has no idea that the charming and seemingly straightforward Alex is Faultline. Alex has no idea that the adorably awkward Dawn is the superhero he clashes with at night.

And Dawn and Alex have a date next week.


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The Just Cause Universe is the original superhero universe created by Ian Thomas Healy and published by Local Hero Press. It focuses on diverse, complex characters in a gritty, realistic setting despite their fanciful abilities.


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No powers? No problem!

That’s never stopped Alice before, and it’s not going to stop her from finding her aunt’s killer. Especially not now that she’s become the legendary vigilante Serpent.

But being a hero doesn’t come with instructions and one mistake unleashes the living nightmare Phantasm upon Jet City.

With no time to waste, Alice and her super-powered allies, vow to end this fight. But is her determination enough to protect the city or will defeating Phantasm demand a hero’s sacrifice?

Serpent’s Sacrifice is the first book in The Phantasm Trilogy, a twist on the popular superhero mythos. If you like brave heroines, chilling villains, and nail-biting action, then you’ll love the thrilling emergence of the Serpent!


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Jill Andersen is one of Baltimore’s best and brightest detectives, but she harbors a dark secret — a secret that threatens to come out when the body of Dr. Trent Roberts is pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Roberts’ connection to Jill reveals a past that involves a tour in Iraq, a secretive cybernetic experiment, and a conspiracy that involves a native son.

Can Jill solve the case while still keeping her secret? Will her partners at the Seventh Precinct find out what she’s so desperate to hide? What was Dr. Roberts looking into that led to his murder? And perhaps the biggest question of all…

Who is Bounty?


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A below-average underdog. A supercharged crime-fighter. Their shared secret could transform the world.

Kalum Walker lives in the shadow of his athletic older brother. Scrawny and prone to panic attacks, he’s a far cry from the superheroes he doodles in his notebook. When his brother steals his meds to help calm his game time nerves, he doesn’t put up a fight. After all, the fate of his family rides on his brother’s performance. But without his pills, Kalum’s blackouts begin getting worse… and a disturbing voice inside his head starts urging him into some dangerous situations.

When a blackout-related encounter with bullies puts him in a hospital bed, he starts to notice mysterious bruises all over his body. As he learns of a masked crusader serving up a new kind of justice outside the Corporation compound, he realizes the vigilante bears a striking resemblance to his superheroic sketches. Locked in a battle with the voice inside his head, Kalum must solve the mystery of the infamous Steel Falcon and save his brother before he loses control for good.

Awakening is the first fast-paced novel in the Steel Falcon YA sci-fi superhero series. If you like immersive future worlds, family drama, and edge-of-your-seat twists, then you’ll love N.K. Quinn’s action-packed coming-of-age tale.


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Criterion is the world’s mightiest hero.

His sidekicks just found his body.

The Cadets are shattered by the death of their idol. Unable to maintain their brave and plucky façade, they are consumed by strife and jealousy.

The only thing keeping them together is terror. Once protected from on high, they are now isolated and vulnerable. Can they cover up Criterion’s death and avoid a global meltdown while his murderer is still on the loose? What hope do they have against an enemy that can kill anyone?

Who killed Criterion? Who will die next?


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In the dying world of 2027, there’s no place worse than Babylon.

The fallen city once known as New York is now ruled by feudal gangs and plagued by doomsday cultists. No sane soul ventures there willingly, but former childhood friends Morgan Whitechapel and Kurt Petrovich have no choice.

Fate once separated the compassionate, streetwise survivor and the brooding son of privilege. But the dangerous attentions their newly-manifested superhuman powers bring force them from their homes and reunite them on the savage streets. Their only hope for survival lies with each other – and with a pair of strange nomads who possess powers of their own. Against all odds, these extraordinary young people will fight to make a new home for themselves in the bones of the Big Apple.

Together, they might just stand a chance…


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Superheroes aren’t born. They’re moulded by government academies.

Ellen doesn’t remember much about her parents, they died when she was four. Raised by her aunt she’s envied for years the homo-magis children called on to be tested and subsequently enrolled in one of the five academy’s for heroes.

Ellen isn’t a homo-magis.

Or so she thought.

Her parents were two of the first Superheroes, their lives sacrificed to stop Novaside and save their only child.

Ecstatic, yet a little nervous to finally be a part of the world she’d dreamed of, Ellen is off to Imperium Academy.

But her classing doesn’t go as expected.

Instead of joining the ranks of the illustrious Star Heroes, Ellen is regulated to the role of Sidekick, after all, night vision is barely a superpower.

Many have begun to question the need for Sidekicks, some teachers even suggesting they would be better suited to other employment.

But with Novaside getting bolder, and her latest attack hitting too close to home, Ellen is determined to stay at the academy and prove them wrong.

After all, where better to learn to be a hero than a school full of supers?

Hot New Release – “Red Wrath” by Gerhard Gehrke

51UEWycoZFLSome heroes will pay for their sins.

Heroes always do good.

That’s what Lily believed until a superhero killed her parents. The news reported it as an accident. Lily knew otherwise.

On that fateful day, her life was shattered.

But how do you seek revenge against the most powerful man on the planet?


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Gerhard Gehrke is the author of the Supervillain High series, Nineveh’s Child, A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth, and the new Minder’s War series. His short story Past a Spinning Star won Anotherrealm’s Editor’s Choice award. He has written for television and is a content creator for an upcoming video game. He studied film at San Francisco State University and lives in Northern California.

For fun he photographs snakes, lizards, and insects on the trails around his community.

www.gerhardgehrke.com

Heroes & Villains: A Superhero Collection

Superhero Box Set CoverIn this ten novel boxed set, indie publishing’s greatest superhero authors will introduce you to the heroes that save the world and the villains scheming to destroy it. Whether you like dystopian heroes, modern capes and cowls, champions of a bygone era, or guardians past their prime, you’ll love the high-octane adventure in this boxed set.

1. “Serpent’s Sacrifice” by Trish Heinrich
2. “Morning Sun” by Jeremy Flagg
3. “Action Figures” by Michael Bailey
4. “Supervillain High” by Gerhard Gehrke
5. “Origin” by David Neth
6. “Sidekick” by Christopher Valin
7. “The Kota” by Sunshine Somerville
8. “Super” by Karen Diem
9. “Wearing the Cape” by Marion G. Harmon
10. “Hero Status” by Kristen Brand

Buy Heroes and Villains today and suit up for the ride of a lifetime!

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Review of “Rise of The Super Strike” by Maxwell Blake

36366736.jpgI suspect this book would work great for a young audience. For me, I got distracted several times by things not lining up with reality or plot points getting a little convoluted.  The author has a lot of potential, I think, and I definitely see how he understands the superhero genre.  I really liked that Benji’s emotions were believable as he responds to the tragedy of what’s happened to him and also the high school tensions he’s currently experiencing.  Again, I think the book would work great for young teens for that reason – the main character is relatable and a good, smart, brave role model.

The side characters are great too, namely Andy, but even the bully brother, Buzz, served his purpose.  I really liked the grandmother, and it was nice to see a Spiderman-esque relationship with an older, loving family figure.  The subtle way Andy is gay was great because he wasn’t portrayed as a stereotype, and he’s exactly the friend Benji needs – both in superhero struggles and teenage ones.

All that said, there was a lot that didn’t work for me.  According to the book blurb, the Darkness supposedly is his nemesis, but she’s barely in the book at all.  Most of the “nemesis” tension is definitely with Buzz.  I can see how the supervillain aspect needed to get in here to set up for future books, but there wasn’t much here.  When it does come, the book suddenly shifts into this long backflash that seems weirdly placed in the story.  Also, Benji falling head-over-heels for Hen was a bit infuriating when she’s being so awful.  And, some parts of the book struggled with reality.  The whole scene in the ER was ridiculous, given he used a fake ID.  Who is older between Andy and Buzz is super-confusing because the ages/birth order don’t match even on the same page.  Some of the descriptions of traveling around New York are weird (I was actually there when I read this, and it didn’t make sense).  Benji thinks of Andy as clingy when really they haven’t even hung out after their initial meeting. Hen is this horrible girl who suddenly likes Benji and becomes perfect…

I could go on, but if you’re just reading this book for fun, it is fun.  Benji is likeable as a hero.  Andy becomes a great sidekick. The powers Benji gets are cool.  Overall, I’d say younger teens would enjoy this if they like Spiderman.

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Review of “Serpent’s Sacrifice” by Trish Heinrich

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Of course I’m going to read about superheroes. I went into this book expecting a fun, action-packed adventure, and I was delighted by how much more this story held.

Female main characters are often used for the sake of just having a female main character, but the time period this book was set in allowed for a lot of feminist exploration.  That, in a superhero book, I found really compelling. There were a lot of modern comparisons to make from the simple set-up: “in 1960’s Jet City, women are supposed to want marriage and babies, not cowls and secret identities.”  It was great to see how Alice tried to break out of those expectations. It was also interesting to see how the other characters reacted to it.  I think any female reader would nod along at certain parts, and these struggles might be good for some men to recognize too.

But the book didn’t stop there.  Set in the 1960s, of course racism was incorporated into this world-building.  The book’s characters who are equally as smart and talented as their white counterparts aren’t used as simply token black characters, but instead they play vital roles in the action.  Also, the book tackles the traumas of abuse and alcoholism, making them real issues that Alice has to deal with as she grows into an adult.

This book is quite long and covers a lot of ground, but I was neither bored nor overwhelmed.  The cast of characters is full but not too full.  The dialogue is genuine and strengthens the relationships between the characters. The action is well-described and believable, with the superpowers adding a boost of fun.

Overall, this is a great first novel from an author who packs a lot into her superheroes, villains, and familiar-but-amped-up world.  It’s sure to please fans of more famous superhero/comic stories, fitting into that club but definitely holding its own as a unique story.

5 Stars See it on Amazon!

#TheFourFriday

I bought a new toy that has resulted in MANY hours of digital drawing…sketching…painting…whatever it’s called.

Exhibit A!

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#TopTenTuesday

(This is a new thing I’m going to do every Tuesday.
I like lists.  I love “favorites” lists.
So here we go.)

Top 10 Favorite Superhero Movies:

1:   The Dark Knight Rises.  Really, you could just lump the trilogy together and list it at my #1 spot.  I thought how this one ended made it the strongest of the three.  Batman has always been dark and gritty, and the brokenness of this trilogy mixed with a bit of hope and redemption fit exactly what I wanted.
2:   Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  This surprised me.  I don’t normally root for the boyscout type, but Captain America has a lot of depth that I really enjoyed.  I really, really enjoyed the partnership with the Black Widow and the fact that it didn’t cross into a love-interest territory.  And, so often a superhero movie can be crammed with way too much to the point that nothing makes sense together (I’m looking at you, Spiderman 3), but I thought this one was just right.
3:   Guardians of the Galaxy.   I don’t care who you are, this is a great, fun movie.  I first saw this on a 4th date when he was an hour late, the popcorn was stale, and the theater was one of the worst I’ve ever been in.  But, nothing spoiled this movie for me once it started.  I didn’t really know what to expect, and I’ve definitely never laughed so hard at a superhero movie.  Also, there’s no reason I should’ve cried about a raccoon and a tree, but there ya go.
4:   The Avengers.  I was mostly relieved by how well all the previously-established characters/storylines came together.  It was interesting to see so many characters who had already been fleshed out thrown together in one movie.  I’ve always been a Whedon fan, and it was fun for all those little, recognizable quirks too.
5:   X-Men: Days of Future Past.  They had me at the use of time-travel.  And, well, Fassbender.  The first three X-Men movies were never quite what I wanted, but I loved how this “corrected” a lot of that.
6:   Nightwatch.  The most hipster thing I ever say — “You probably haven’t heard of this.”  It’s a Russian film by Timur Bekmambetov. I know this is really more fantasy, but these people can move in and out of a dimension as the forces of Light battle the forces of Evil, and last time I looked Hawkeye doesn’t have powers that super.  This is a sequel, but I liked the end so much that I liked this one more than the first, Daywatch.
7:   X-Men: First Class.  Again,  Ijust love how much better this was than the original trio of X-Men movies.  And I love a good backstory.
8:   Thor: The Dark World.  Another Marvel franchise surprise.  I don’t really like Thor, honestly.  I think the world is cool and Loki is fantastic, but Thor himself I’m just “meh” about (cue women yelling at me).  But, I let go of expecting this to be good, and I found myself liking it a lot.
9:   Unbreakable.  It’s a mess at times, but I like the use of “reality” in this one.  I feel like this is what Hancock was aiming for — a superhero set in our real world — but the slower, deeper look at discovering superpowers here I liked better.
10:   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  A childhood favorite, largely listed for nostalgia, but it’s still fun to re-watch.

Anybody have their own list?   Comment below!

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