I’m moving away from my usual Top Ten Tuesday post to bring you a special one today. It is still a listicle though, so don’t turn away just yet! Two weeks ago, I signed up for the blog tour of Second-hand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth and I have two stops on this tour! This blog tour is kindly hosted and organized by the lovely Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch. I’ve already read and enjoyed the book, so if you want my live reactions as I read it, check out this Twitter thread.
I haven’t actually read many books having superheroes, although I’m a huge fan of the movies (the MCU, to be precise). Even as a child, I had little love for comic books. I’ve always found it hard to start a comic book series. There are so many volumes to keep track of, most of which were published much before this millennium, and none of them are easily available in India – those are my (probably flimsy) reasons for not appreciating the source material. Second-hand Origin Stories introduced me to the world of actual full-length novels having superheroes in them. There are quite a few other books that have superhero themes as well that have come out recently and I’m dying to get my hands on them! Let’s take a look at the ones I’ve added to my TBR.
1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
This is a lot of people’s personal favourite and book of choice when someone says ‘superheroes’. Written by the much-beloved YA author, Bardugo, it presents a story from Diana’s life when she was young and eager to prove herself as an Amazon. Steeped in mythology and sold as perfect for Rick Riordan fans, this book is definitely on my radar! In fact, it is glaring at me from my unread shelf and I really need to pick it up soon.
2. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
I’m sure a lot of people guessed this would be lined up next. The mixed reviews haven’t deterred me from putting this on my TBR. I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which I think I didn’t experience the right way. As so many of the readers of this book are fans of the movies, they might have had expectations that the book did not fulfil. I’m interested to see where I’ll stand because I’ve heard great things about Marie Lu’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading this to get my superhero fix after Wonder Woman is done.
3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Another highly obvious choice, which I’d have picked up for the cover alone because it just screams ‘superheroes’. This book seems to have very divided opinions as readers have loved or hated it, but of course that only makes me more curious to see where my opinions land. I’ve gathered from reviews that it has quite a diverse cast having some unique and cool superpowers (something along the lines of X-Men maybe?), so I’m sure I’ll enjoy that aspect at least. I’m going to try and get this one on audiobook because I’ve heard that that’s the best format to consume this book as the narrators have done a great job.
4. Vicious by V. E. Schwab
What happens when you do attain superpowers but don’t always use them for the good? What happens when two superhero best friends turn into bitter enemies? Those are the questions that I believe Vicious has the answer to. I’ve already read and loved Schwab’s works before, so I’m intrigued to see what she does with the superhero theme. Also, the sequel to this, Vengeful, is on its way to publication soon, so I can binge-read the series when that comes out.
5. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
This has to more with fairytale and fantasy heroes than sci-fi but it still fits the bill. This books also explores what it means to be good and bad as the girl who is supposedly the good one ends up in the school for evil and the outcast is sent to the school for good. I love reading middle grade books every once in a while and this has the potential to become one of my new favourite series, so I had to feature it on here, although I have no idea when I’ll get the time to dive into this one.
If someone from Marvel is reading this, I hope they understand how desperately I want novelized origin stories for all the superheroes featured in Avengers: Infinity War! Before I take your leave, if you love all things superhero like me, check out the other stops on this blog tour to know more about the book, the author and a dozen different reader opinions –
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
23 April (Monday)
- Secondhand Origin Stories blog tour launch
- Excerpt from Stuffed Shelves
- Feature post from The Backwards Bookshelf
- Feature post from Candid Ceillie
- Review from The Backwards Bookshelf
- Review from Crimson Blogs
- Review from Samantha House
24 April (Tuesday)
- Excerpt from Not Just Fiction
- Excerpt from Utopia State of Mind
- Feature post from Unputdownable Books
- Review from That Bookshelf Bitch
- Review from Bookish and Awesome
- Review from Cliste Bella
- Review from wallflower’s plight
25 April (Wednesday)
- Excerpt from BookMyHart
- Excerpt from The Nerdy Elite
- Review from Candid Ceillie
- Review from F A N N A
- Review from forthenovellovers
- Review from Igniting Pages
- Review from Spines In a Line
26 April (Thursday)
- Excerpt from Provocatrix
- Review from Bookish Wanderess
- Review from bookishwisps
- Review from Flying Paperbacks
- Review from TheHufflepuffNerdette
- Review from My Reading List
- Review from Unputdownable Books
27 April (Friday)
- Author interview on That Bookshelf Bitch
- Excerpt from Afire Pages
- Feature post from Cliste Bella
- Review from The Book Maiden
- Review from The Little Miss Bookworm
- Review from Reader Fox and a Box of Books
- Review from The Youngvamp’s Haven
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Do you prefer your superheroes in comics or novels? Let me know in the comments section below.