Monday, November 18, 2013

TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY: Supernova by Elizabeth Sharp

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 Supernova
Release date: October 4th 2013
Self-Published
Purchase: Amazon 

 
Goodreads Summary:
On Cleo’s first day at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Academy, things get pretty weird pretty fast. After being confronted by a strangely hostile boy, she meets two girls and instantly bonds with them. Before long danger threatens the entire student body, in the form of a soul eating possessor fae. When her brother is savagely beaten and left in a coma, the girls decide to use their fae powers to become superheroes and stop the possessions. 
They quickly learn things are a lot more complicated than they had ever imagined. A government plot that had begun when they were infants endangers them all, and a demented former soldier bent on revenge is after them. The line between friend and foe has become so blurry, Cleo has no idea who she can trust. Will their superhero plot help them save the day, or just get them killed?

Review:

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read this, to be perfectly honest. I thought the beginning was a little slow and the transition was weird. I already knew the girl was a fae so I spent a few pages waiting for that to be revealed. But after the transition, it really picked up. I enjoyed this book and I hope there will be more.

Characters: I
really liked how the POV changed between the three girls. It worked pretty well. I felt like I got to know each girl individually and personally. I didn't connect with any one in particular, but I liked Charlotte's style. I feel like I had more in common with her than, say, Violet.
Logan was a jerk in the beginning, but I ended up really liking him in the end. I won't elaborate on that because it'll totally ruin the plot.
I've read a lot of vampire and werewolf books, and even a few books with fae/faeries. The fae in this book were pretty interesting. Antonio in particular reminded me of the werewolf in the Hemlock Grove Netflix series. In both cases the transformation involves the ripping of skin. Not a pretty image but definitely intriguing in my opinion. Basically only Antonio and Cleo got their powers explained. Maybe I just don't remember, but I feel like the other powers weren't explained as much. Violet had some sort of ice powers, sure. But it never went into great detail. And Charlotte's power was explained, but it kind of skipped around the subject. I guess Elizabeth Sharp felt like the vampire bit was a little overdone so she toned it down. Not a bad choice, especially because the plot didn't have to do with vampires so much as soul eating and possession.

Plot:

I liked that there were plenty of twists and turns, so I almost didn't see any of it coming. It was a rather short read and the ending makes me feel like it can be continued without a problem.
Kickass was referred to in this movie and I feel like that was the inspiration of this book. That being said, the guy in Kickass definitely got his ass kicked, because of course he underestimated the need to fight. The girls definitely find this out the hard way, too. They relied a lot on their powers, which was mistake number one. They were pretty smart about it after the failed attempt. And don't worry, I'm not ruining the plot here at all. I wouldn't hold my breath for the superhero part, though. Otherwise you'll miss the other stuff going on.
Overall, it was pretty cool. There was action (see: superhero and possession). There was instalove but Sharp dealt with that in an interesting way, so I almost don't mind it. (You'll see what I mean when you read it.) There were interesting backstories and I am a sucker for those.


Rating: 3.5 stars

 
 
Why: It's kind of in between stars. It was a good weekend read, but I need a little more than this. Really looking forward to a next book.

Recommendation: definitely YA. If you like a little bit of history with your fae, this gives a bit of that. If you liked Kickass you may like this. Also paranormal lovers would like this.


Excerpt:

     “Logan isn’t an easy guy to be friends with, is he?”
     Sawyer deflated. “He didn’t used to be like this. He was a pretty good guy once.” He started walking back the way he’d come. “Now he seems to be all hate.”
     I fell into step beside him. “Did something happen?”
     He stopped, his eyes meeting mine. They were a washed-out green, but as I watched a hint of a red glow crept into them. He blinked hard, rubbing the closed lids. “Contacts,” he mumbled.

I got close to him, speaking in a low voice for his ears only. “I don’t think it is contacts. I think it’s fae.”

     His eyelids flew up and there was no doubt about it. The irises moved like liquid, glowing in reds and oranges. The only word I could think of to describe it was lava. My hand flew to my throat and I took an involuntary step backwards. All fae had a tell—like my glow or Antonio’s skin ripple. I’d just found his. A voice I didn’t recognize rasped out of my own throat. “What are you?”

     “You faced down Logan, who’s a Metus Daemon—the basis of the mythical fear demon—and I freak you out?” He snorted and shook his head.

     “I just wasn’t prepared, sorry. Is this entire school fae?”

     “Not the entire school.”

     I laughed as we started walking again. “So seriously, what happened?”
     Sawyer shrugged. “I don’t know. Until this year, sure he was a little cranky. He’s raising his little sister, so who could blame him. But toward the end of the summer he started going on and on about living ‘his glory days’ and it’s like he’s another person. When it’s just me and him at his house he’s normal, but then it’s like someone flips a switch and I’m putting out fires. I suppose who better to put out fires than a Vulcan.”
     “Wait, like pointy-eared aliens?”
     Sawyer snickered. “It’s only logical.” He flashed me a grin. “Not that kind of Vulcan. More like volcanologist.”
     “Oh, like volcanoes. So it was lava in your eyes.”
     His shoulders rose and fell in an exaggerated shrug. “I don’t wanna brag. What about you?”
     “I’m more like astronomy.” My mouth twisted up into a grin. “I’m a Stardancer.”
     “Oh, so you’re like bottled supernova.”
     I liked that phrase. I liked Sawyer. His easy wit and ready smile were miles away from Logan’s hostility. “Why do you put up with Logan if he treats everyone so bad?”
     Sawyer shrugged. “We’ve been friends a long time. And away from everyone he’s completely different. I don’t know, maybe it’s just misguided loyalty.”
     I spotted Charlotte standing by my locker and waved. “Listen, I got plans with my friend, but you can join us. We’re heading over to Perk Up for some coffee.”
     His eyes followed the thumb I stabbed in Charlotte’s direction, then widened and churned as a dopey grin spread across his face. Oh, was that the way the wind blew? “I could go for a latte.”
 
 

 

 
About the author:


Elizabeth SharpElizabeth has a near crippling Facebook addiction, dwarfed only by her need for Dr. Pepper. A self-proclaimed techno geek, she loves cell phones, computers, tablets and all things technological. The internet has to be the greatest invention since the wheel, in her opinion. She lives in a quiet subdivision with her husband, one-year-old son, three cats, and far too many electronics. It's quite possible she has some raccoon in her DNA, because she loves glitter and anything that sparkles. She enjoys making jewelry and costumes. Halloween is her favorite holiday since it's the one day of the year that you can be whatever you want. But her first love will always be writing. Otherwise, hearing voices in her head would make her feel schizophrenic.
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4 comments:

  1. Good excerpt and review. Thanks for participating.

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  2. Thanks for having me. :) And yes, Kick-Ass definitely played a role in inspiring this book.

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