Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Oh, it’s just a superhero book!

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Superheroes are a big thing these days. Whether you’re into Marvel, DC, My Hero Academia or whatever else, you or someone else you know probably has the superhero bug.

And this has slipped into our reading habits as well.

Obviously there have been superhero books around for years but more are coming out or more people are beginning to read them. So I’m going to talk about a few I’ve read and loved then finish on a few I want to read.

1

Hero by Perry Moore

I read this one way back in high school then re-read it fairly recently. It focuses on Thom, a boy who not only finds out that he has powers that he hides from his Dad but also realises that he’s gay.

This book had an excellent cast of characters and had some wonderful emotional moments mixed in with excellent action scenes. It hooks you from the off and is just really enjoyable.

It’s the sort of LGBTQA+ book I wish we had more of for teens so young people can see people like them as heroes too.

2

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

So this is book one in a trilogy. The second one is called Heroine Worship and I loved a little more but I thought I’d feature the first one. I should also add that this series is for adults and features smut.

Heroine Complex is set in a world where the appearance of demons and gates has caused some people to have superpowers. This includes Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter. In the first book Evie is Aveda’s assistant but after an accident, Evie has to pretend to be Aveda and accidentally reveals her own powers whilst some major trouble goes down.

This book was really funny. It feels like chick-lit but with a sci-fi/fantasy twist that focuses on superheroes. There’s good romance, a diverse cast and it’s a really easy read.

3

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I’ve seen mixed opinions on Renegades but I actually really enjoyed it. It follows a villain called Nova and a hero-in-training called Adrian who wind up involved in each other’s lives after Nova goes undercover.

I thought Renagades was a good teen superhero story. You have a lot of twists and turns, questions of morality and some characters with fun powers. It is a thick book that I probably wouldn’t have finished quite as quickly if I hadn’t have needed to stay up all night when the day I started it. It’s still really enjoyable though and definitely worth a read.

I’ve tried to focus a little more on YA then my superhero reading list tends to be so if you want anymore of my adult recommendations then do ask.

Books I Want To Read:

These are some of the superhero/villain books I’m wanting to get to so if you’ve read any of them then please let me know what you think!

  • Dreadnought by April Daniels
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B Lee
  • The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell

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