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That said, let's get on with the review. I'm a big fan of comicbooks and superhero stories. That's why I decided I wanted to give Strike a read. It's definitely my genre of choice and I actually like books better than comics so I like when authors give it a go at creating a really interesting, unique original character for print media. Tobin Lloyd, the main character of Strike, isn't a bad character. He just comes off as a bit cookie cutter to me. The goofy prankster who somehow avoids detention more often than not. Okay, I get it. I mean, it's actually nice to have a superhero whose not the stereotypical Peter Parker archetype but still. 'Pranksters' in YA Fiction just seem unrealistic to me half the time because after awhile any decent school would expel you. Anyway.
We don't stay in high school for very long. The book moves very quickly and throws you into the action pretty early on. And then it just doesn't really stop. I get that not every book needs to be 300-400 pages long and full of down time but it does kind of help with character development and world building. Strike - while a decent story - just moved really quick. I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters or the world. Sure, it was described to me but I didn't get as much of an opportunity to really understand what was going on or fully understand the underlying conflicts. That's why most authors choose to have a narrator who isn't initially from the world they are writing about? So they can explain things to the character and the reader at the same time?
I liked the characters, though, and wish more of them had been developed.Read more ›
I really enjoyed this fun, fresh book as I mentioned I don't usually read books like this so it surprised me in a good way. Tobin's character was funny, quite the joker and I enjoyed seeing the world drop from under his feet as he learns about his true heritage. I can honestly say I would probably felt exactly the same when he thinks he has gone insane and has a hard time believing what is going on.Read more ›
GoodReads [We ♥ YA Books! ] ARR # 51 - received a review copy
Will look for the next installment to see Tobin/Strike grow in strength and hopefully experience. Wished we got to know his friends, Jennifer and Chad more. Also looking forward to more adventures and more superheroes.
I liked the supporting characters in this book. Orion was admirable and it was fascinating to see what happens when superheroes age. Keplar was a fun and unusual addition to the team. Scatterbolt was essential, because every team needs a brainiac to supply intel.
The world of Capricious sounded intriguing, too bad we weren't there for very long. Colorful descriptions were well done. I enjoyed the description of the superhero museum; tales about The Guardians, especially the non-flattering ones, so you truly got to know them; and the witty dialogue.
The monsters were scary and not the usual fare. ROAR! and other sound effects in all caps with an exclamation point reminded me of a comic book and I liked it, but I think that more unusual sounds and used less often would've been better.
While reading this book I often wanted more...more information, more descriptions, more fight scenes, more emotion, but I did enjoy what was there. Villain, Vincent Harris needed to be fleshed out a bit more to really make him despicable, but I liked how he believed in his goal and you wondered if he really was so evil.
Book was only 200 pages long, so a little pricey for the size, but an enjoyable, quick superhero book.
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CW has again caught the attention of the leading public with the second installment of super
heroes. The defenders of the galaxy. Read more
Pretty quickly into Strike: The Hero from the Sky, even if you knew nothing about the book outside of reading the story itself, you can tell it's a young adult novel, possibly even... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adam Oster
I read entire trilogy in a weekend and they were fast paced but very entertaining. The teenagers a bit more mature than the norm when dealing with super sized problems. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John P. Brown
I loved this book. I even reviewed it and am featuring it on my blog page. This author has so much talent. NO I am not a friend and not a family member. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kiki's Indie Reviews and Rants
I had this issue with Strike at around the climax... there was this strange Professor Snape flashback bit (you know the one I'm talking about... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brent J. Meske
Good price, good condition, just as described, arrived in a timely wayPublished 17 months ago by Barbara Maniaci
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