Book Reviews

Review: Junior Hero Blues By J.K. Pendragon

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Publication: November 7th 2016 by Triton Books


Source: E-ARC via Netgalley


Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, LGBTQIA, Romance


Synopsis: Last year, Javier Medina was your average socially awkward gay high schooler with a chip on his shoulder. This year, he’s . . . well, pretty much the same, but with bonus superpowers, a costume with an ab window to show off his new goods, and a secret identity as the high-flying, wise-cracking superhero Blue Spark.


But being a Junior Hero means that Javier gets all the responsibility and none of the cool gadgets. It’s hard enough working for the Legion of Liberty and fighting against the evil Organization, all while trying to keep on top of schoolwork and suspicious parents. Add in a hunky boyfriend who’s way out of Javier’s league, and an even hunkier villain who keeps appearing every time said boyfriend mysteriously disappears, and Blue Spark is in for one big dollop of teenage angst. All while engaging in some epic superhero action and, oh yeah, an all-out battle to protect Liberty City from the forces of evil.

Welcome to the 100% true and totally unbiased account of life as a teenage superhero. 

 

Spoiler Free Review:

So gay superheroes is not common at all and when I happened to come across this book on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. This book is awkward and hilarious but also endearing and a lot of fun. If you’re looking to read about a superhero that’s not straight, white and male, I would recommend reading this one. 

 

The setting is in Liberty City, a city I found reminiscent to a lot of superhero universes. It had the bad and good sides, like any other city. There’s the Legion, basically the Justice League and the main character is a Junior Hero. It reminded me of the T.V. show, Young Justice(available on Netflix), where the main characters were also like junior superheroes. The overall plot and world were pretty generic, there wasn’t anything too special about it. Though it was fast paced and it would make a pretty good T.V. show.

 

The main character, Javier Medina is Spanish, gay and very awkward. He came to America when he was in the first grade and was bullied for it. It brings up how people treated Javier because of his race and his parents income. I loved bringing that the author brought up how this is an issue that exists in real life and that so many teenagers face. I really resonated with his character and social awkwardness. What was even better is that when he became a superhero, he wasn’t unrecognizable and legendary. Javier was still learning and he failed a lot. I think where the books shined was the author’s ability to write a flawed and a relate able superhero.


As for the side characters, I really liked his friend Kendall, she was very supportive and his parents were so sweet. I’m not going to say much about the love interest, though I wasn’t  the hugest fan of him. But the romance was so adorable, if a bit sappy.


 Overall, this was a lot of fun, entertaining read and some unique elements that not many superhero novels have. If you’re looking for a superhero story a little out of the ordinary filled with a lot of awkwardness and humor, I would recommend Junior Hero Blues. 

Rating: 3/5

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