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Length: 541 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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R S J Gregory lives in Essex, England with his wife and rambunctious daughter. He has always loved the entertainment industry, movies, video games, books, music, and always dreamed of being a part of it, to give something back. After recovering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2008, he decided to see if there really was a book inside of him, waiting to get out. It turns out there was more than one book waiting to see the light of day. The writing bug has now taken hold and he can't stop.

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  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 541 pages
  • Publisher: R S J Gregory; 2 edition (April 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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R S J Gregory was born in Bristol, England, in April 1973, and is the youngest of three.
He has always had a love of stories, whether the story is a movie, in a video game or in a song. This love for stories instilled a desire in him to want to join the entertainment industry and give something back.
He has travelled all across America, and that is also where he met his wife.
The desire to write came after recovering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2008.
He was reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, and after finishing Breaking Dawn, the idea for Cosmic Girl was born.

He is an avid reader, and a huge movie buff. He now writes full-time, but his previous work colleagues used to refer to him as a walking IMDb database, as he has a vast knowledge of movies, and has an extraordinary memory when it comes to movie scenes and dialogue.

He currently resides in Essex with his beautiful wife, and daughter.

For more information, please visit my website,

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HeroFan on June 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There were many things to love and enjoy about this novel. Later, I will point out something I hated about this book.

I liked the very good opening chapters. They evoked powerful feelings and detailed how it all began. Excellent jump into an origin of a character and their powers.

The later chapters kept the pacing and feelings of a teenager superhero. Good job on that. I liked the different characters that support and in some ways have their own spotlight to the main character, MC.

All in all, I finished the book in a days reading, since it was very good in almost all respects.'s the but....

How many times can you use the word "moan", "moans" safely without this book being kind of weird and NC 17? It seems Mr Gregory can use it 43 times. lol. Yes, kindle word search let me confirmed after the 10th time it was used that it was NOT my imagination, but unfortunately his proofreader didn't point it out. And have him delete the extra "moan", "moans" and replace them with the bland 'said', 'says'. Which if he had, I wouldn't have noticed it, even though Kindle word search stated it 'say' was used 1206 times. Why is that? It's because in writing, it's common place, in fact almost mandatory, and our minds eye glazes over it immediately when it sees that. That's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Because otherwise, it was a very well written origin story.

I do look forward to the sequel. Just not too many "moan", "moans" and oh yeah "skid"...(19) times. Yes, we know they move fast, yes, we know they can't seem to stop on a dime. But surely you don't need to point it out 19 times. lol.


Like I've told others: You write. I WILL buy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 10, 2014
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I am such a fiend for comic books and for superhero prose that a story would have to suck on a gargantuan scale for me to dis it. English writer R S J Gregory's COSMIC GIRL: RISING UP, first in a projected series, sidesteps the suck. In fact, I cannot wait for the sequel.

Probably some wee bit SPOILERS now.

Chicago native, wheelchaired 16-year-old Britney Brookes, is in Washington, DC on a school trip when she and her classmates and teachers are subjected to a terrorist attack. The survivors - Britney among them - are abducted and tortured and experimented on. Two months into this, Britney shockingly regains her ability to walk. When she develops super powers as well, she busts out her fellow captives.

The book tracks Britney and her friends (now also endowed with super powers) as they try to come to grips with what's happened to them. This is fundamentally an origin tale, as Britney and company take little steps to introduce superheroes to their world. So we get these fun training sequences and the moments in which they pick out costumes and code names. Britney decides to become Chicago's resident guardian. A comic book nerd herself, she frequents her local shop, Cosmic Comics. When it's time for her to pick out a code name, "Cosmic Girl" was pretty obvious. What's sort of pretty friggin' delightful is her choice of costume. She modifies a Catwoman outfit with rampant sprinkling of glitter. And she rolls with a plush Chinese lucky cat backpack, all the better to strike fear in the hearts of evildoers.

It's an entertaining read. I'd only meant to sample the first few chapters but got so hooked I ended up ripping thru the entire thing. I almost hesitate to compare the lead character to Hope Corrigan from Marion G.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art on December 1, 2014
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Cosmic Girl manages the neat trick of taking one of the most cliche super-origins -- they are kidnapped and experimented on with meteorites -- and turns it into a fun and generally well done YA/coming of age super-hero story. The main character and her friends acquire a nice mix of powers and struggle with the difficulties of taking up heroism while secretly still being in school.

The main plot is that Cosmic Girl and her friends want to track down the villain that kidnapped and tortured them. Because one of Cosmic Girl's friends is a telepath, the plot is able to move forward in logical and believable fashion, as they get closer to the master-mind.

For the most part, things move along more than well enough to cover any warts in the the plot. There is a bit of charm here as well, which certainly helps.

By the middle of the second book, however, a few things had really started to get on my nerves. For example, the author has no idea what a sonic boom actually is. Almost every single time Cosmic Girl flies (dozens of times), she hears multiple and separate sonic booms as she accelerates. As most 8th graders know, it just doesn't work that way. Making up or simplifying science is one thing, but this struck me like having an author think Argentina is in Europe. Big deal? I guess not, but it came up so often that it made me less tolerant of some of the books other idiosyncrasies.

Overall, I enjoyed Cosmic Girl. It is likable, fun and moves well. Its a bit on the fluffy side, but if you are looking for an engaging teen super-hero story, this works fairly well. I do wish Gregory would have taken a bit more care in spots -- for example, 5 minutes reading the Wikipedia entry for sonic-boom would have prevented his error -- but this may or may not bother you.
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