Superior, by Jessica Lack
Publisher: The Book Smugglers
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A superhero’s intern falls in love with a supervillain’s apprentice in this star-crossed LGBT YA story from The Book Smugglers.
Here’s the thing about being a superhero intern: there’s a lot less crime fighting than you think there will be, what with the whole liability issue and the administrative headache of constantly monitoring the Heroic Help Hotline. The most action that Jamie sees happens when he is kidnapped by the supervillain of the week–and then waits for his boss, Captain Superior, to show up and rescue him. Again.
On his most recent nabbing, Jamie gets to meet Tad, Terrorantula’s new villainous apprentice. Even though they are supposed to be on opposite sides (or are they?), sparks fly almost immediately. So, when Tad offers to give Jamie much-needed self-defense classes, how could Jamie pass the opportunity to hang out with the coolest (and hottest) guy he knows?
But Tad has a secret–one that threatens the budding relationship between the two teenage sidekicks, and could destroy Captain Superior forever.
Short Story (56 pages)
Oh my, this was absolutely adorable, sweet, and funny. Just the right fluffy shortie for in between longer reads and when you need a pick me up.
Despite the light tone and the snark and humour that shines through the first person narration and despite the short length, Superior has surprisingly much depth.
This book pays homage to superhero/villain stories and what I really love is that it not only plays with its expectations and tropes but also shows both love for these stories and adds a nice little twist to our perception. Superior doesn’t promote a black and white world view and that’s something that I really, really appreciate.
The romance between the two boys is absolutely sweet and I think it is well-developed and believable. I love the intimacy between them, the tenderness, but since there’s also banter and some conflict, I find it very well-balanced. Something that I thought was also really well done is that the book feels sexy and hot without actually going there. It was just right and those kisses… Man! Wow, just wow.
I do think, however, that this book should have been longer. More world building would have been great and it felt rushed in parts.
But I do recommend it. Definitely a good read and I think this publisher is one that I will keep an eye on.
Jessica is a California nerd currently living across the pond in London. When she’s not telling stories about super-sidekicks, she’s busy writing about fairy tales and jabberwocks to earn her Master’s degree in Children’s Literature.