The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?
Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.
Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.
Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author
Supernova is perfect for readers who like their stories full of feisty heroines, heartache, and a whole lot of buttkicking. Nova is a force of nature. Her determination, strength, and heart make her as admirable as she is fierce. Get ready to cheer her on in her epic battle for justice and closure.
After the horrific death of her little sister at the hands of a diabolical madman (Fortune), Nova is a shell of who she once was. Devastated and heartbroken, Nova spent the summer in a cloud of pain and guilt, that she could have done something more to protect her sister. After the recent bout of attacks by Fortune, Nova decides to shuck off her sadness and replace it with something else, a hunger for revenge.
The new Nova is scarred, but her pain makes her compassionate, powerful, and grants her the bravery she never had before. She throws off the trivial drama and nonsense of high school and embraces her Gift. Nova is someone I can get behind. She’s a planner, brave, and throws herself into danger, arms up and ready to fight. From thwarting bank robberies to saving girls from their pimps, Nova learns self-defense and she works it.
I loved that Nova was best friends with a guy (Henry) and that there was ABSOLUTELY ZERO chemistry or even attraction. Finally a male-female friendship that isn’t rife with cliché angst.
Some of the secondary characters were predictable archetypes of the classic populars, but at least there was no mean girl stuff going on.
The pacing staggered at points when nothing happened. All of those runs at night with zero activity were a little boring and threw off the action-packed scenes that were spaced far and few between.
Cole and Nova took FOREVER to happen. You’ll want to knock some sense into both of them. For seriously brave characters who run head first into danger and risk their lives to conquer evil, they’re scared little things when it comes to making a move.
The initial bank heist is FULL of tension and anxiety. It’s really scary. The fear and danger take over and serious foreboding. A great intro to the story. Fortune is a worthy and terrifying villain.
There was a lot of telling. I wanted more graphic, more emotion, instead it was a punch her, and sad face there, I think it needed to be taken a step further.
Penelope is a firecracker, whirlwind of emotions. She’ll keep you guessing that’s for sure. She is unabashedly herself and that makes her insanely likable. She’s quick-witted, opinionated, and delights in her gift.
Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.
The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.
To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.
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