Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review & Tour: Hero High by Mina Chara

Title: Hero High: Figure in the Flames
Author: Mina Chara
Genre/Age: Fantasy-Superhero Romance/YA
Series: Hero High Series (Book One)
Publisher: Byzantion Books
Format: ebook via YABound
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisReality TV meets Superhero High School in this intriguing story about friendship, fame, and what it means to be a hero. 

In Icon City superheroes save the day every day on the quarter hour. Led by Captain Fantastic, scores of superhero celebrities do their best to train the next generation. Seventeen year old Friday Fitzsimmons and Jake her childhood friend are their latest starstruck recruits. When Doctor Dangerous returns from the dead and the Figure in Flames decimates the city, Captain Fantastic is betrayed by one of his own.

Torn between Jake, Ashley and her feelings for Doctor Dangerous, Friday must decide if her childhood friend is worth fighting for, and if the worlds most famous super-villain is worth saving, all while learning how to be a hero.

I ran as fast as I could until I heard the little girl cry. “Mrs Mine!”

I froze, and looked back. “Who’s Mrs Mine,” I asked.

“My bunny,” the little girl replied. As a small child I had a stuffed bear and stupid as it was, I knew how she felt. That bunny was a member of the family. I dropped the little girl and pushed her forward.

“Run!” I yelled. “I’ll get your bunny.”

Lisa scooped up the girl and reached out to drag me back but she was too slow.

“Fitz!” Lisa screamed as I ran back towards the car, blocking out every sound, not letting myself think. I dropped to the floor and grabbed the toy like it was a baton in a relay race with no seconds to spare. I could hear each drop of fuel hit the road like the pounding of my pulse. Something blurry in the sky was speeding towards us and Lisa made a run for me again. Just as my fingers whispered across hers a voice boomed from above.

“Get down!” A man in a super skeleton suit flew down from the sky and wrapped himself round the two of us, deploying a shield from his back. It wasn’t a moment too soon. The car erupted in an awesome display of fire and the crowd oohed and awed at the spectacle as though they were watching New Year’s fireworks. I opened my eyes to the masked, super-suited figure above me.

“Partner Kisaragi, it’s good to finally meet you.” Lisa turned away from his face, only inches from hers, and mumbled something under her breath that might have been “show off”.

Hi! I’m Mina Chara, I’m a student, an artist, a daughter, sister and companion to my two furry friends, Gimli and Gwynne. This blog is here because I’ve just written a book called Hero High: Figure In The Flames.

This is My Story:
Being dyslexic isn’t so much of a problem, the hard part is not letting it dictate what I like, and what I can do. For years I was scared of reading, but then I discovered YA fiction, real books with main characters I could relate to because most of them were girls.

When someone criticizes my writing, I feel like crying, because I feel like that I’m back in English class getting yelled at again, just wanting to go home, but I’m not a kid anymore, I’m an adult, and as an adult, I wrote a book, and you can too.

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

My mind... blown.
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I'm not sure if I can find the words to type this review. After reading the first few chapters of this book, I was more confused than anything. We're in a somewhat futuristic world, on an island filled with superheroes. Oh, but we're also on a reality tv show set that reminds me of MTV's Real World. (Does that reference give away my age?) But even though this book's concept is a little out-there, I completely fell in love with it! 

Friday, aka Fitz, is a seventeen year old girl with a less-than-stellar superpower. She has a quick temper, smart mouth, and slight anger issues. But one thing she has going for her is a determination to become a superhero and make the world a safer and better place. I clung to Friday, immediately. Her flawed personality and snarky attitude was a breath of fresh air and gave a lot of humor to the story. She was awesome.

The plot is a bit complex. As a reality tv star and superhero-in-training, Friday is bombarded with schoolwork and social disasters. To make matters worse, a supervillain has shown a special interest in her and I have to say, I was totally feeling this enemy-to-lover angle. Oh, I totally swooned in every single Friday/Dr. Dangerous scene. And my suspicions of his identity came early and were absolutely correct. Score 1 point for Dawn. Woohoo!

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If you are a fan of superhero young adult books that are fast-paced and have a hint of mystery, this book is perfect for you. If you are just looking for something to make you smile, swoon, laugh, and leave your mind=blown, then this is perfect for you, too. In fact, it's just perfect, either way. 

In closing... 
My only regret is having read this book before the sequel is out. Now, who knows how long I'll have to wait to put myself out of this misery! 5 super suns!

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