Book Review: Supernova by Liz Long

This is another indie book purchased at Book No Further, but I bought it after attending the author’s reading at Mysticon in February. I’ll talk more about my experience attending my first author reading at the convention in a separate blog post.

Supernova was a fun YA read for me. It’s the story of Nova, a high school senior with special powers, and  how she ends up on a vigilante path, meets a boy and starts to uncover a lot of information about herself and her talents that she didn’t know. Those are all pretty standard riffs in YA (and superhero) literature, but there were some differences here that I enjoyed — such as Nova’s parents knowing about her gifts and the different dynamics that created in the story.

The plot is fast-paced and well-written, and if there’s a bit of a repetitive feeling in the middle as teenage vigilantes begin to come into their own, it’s at least authentic to the story. The romantic subplot is sweet and endearing but doesn’t overtake the larger plot, which I think is a definite plus for this type of book, and the villain is electrifying, even if he doesn’t get a lot of time on stage in this book. I think that actually makes him a better bad guy — I’m a sucker for the super powerful but not super present scary presence.

I also enjoyed that Long incorporates some teen subplots and secondary characters and that each one helps steer the main characters in some way.

Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend this to fans of young adult contemporary or superhero fiction starting around age 14 and up.  

This is the first book in the Heroes of Arcania series, which also includes Fortune’s Favor and Unbreakable. You can find out more about Liz Long and her books at her website.

Supernova does end on a major cliffhanger — I actually thought it ended right as it was picking up steam in the best part of the story. I’m looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.

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