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Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad) Paperback – October 1, 2017
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- Item Weight : 11.9 ounces
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1945053259
- ISBN-13 : 978-1945053252
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Interlude Press; None edition (October 1, 2017)
- Reading level : 12 - 15 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #177,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In both this book and its predecessor I felt like the beginnings were very slow with tiny bits and pieces of world-building that I had to put together and they didn't truly make sense until the main plots hit. Because of this, in both cases, I was afraid at the beginning of the books that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping I would. But in both cases I'm glad I kept going and didn't not-finish them even when I really wanted to, because once the main plot hits, it hits hard.
I love how realistic these characters are; how, even though they are superheroes, they still feel like real humans that I would have gone to high school with and would have been friends with. She is amazing at writing so many realistic characters and I already can't wait for the next book in the series.
The one piece of advice I have for her, is the same piece of advice I have for myself/have problems with in my own writing: Description, description, description. She and I are both really good at dialogue but could stand to do better at description - there are multiple parts in this book and the previous one where the characters seem to talk multiple paragraphs and it's not really described what the main character - Jess or Bells - is thinking/feeling at the time, and I would like more of what they are thinking/feeling.
All the same though, I love this book so much and am so unbelievably excited for Not Your Backup. :)
The characters are interesting, as are the relationships between them. And the basic premise is solid. But the implementation left me alternating between 'wait why wouldn't you just--' and 'wait why the heck would you--' every few minutes as the plot progressed.
I was worried that I wouldn't like the second book as much bc I was so invested in Jess in the first one, but Bells is awesome. The way that C.B Lee writes him is how I wish most people actually were. He's selfless, humble, accepting, and his power is amazing.
This is becoming a bumbling rant, so I'll end it here. But really, these books are great.
But the characters are fantastically loveable and interesting, they displays feelings and have musings that touches my hearts strings like a harp.
A truly enjoyable read!
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Not Your Villain switches narrative and view point from Jess (in book 1) to Bells.
The book starts off partway through the events of Not Your Sidekick and serves to catch up us readers with what has been happening.
But we also see a lot more about Bells. We see a glimpse into his secret life as Chameleon in training. We also see and feel for him as he struggles with his feelings.
These books are definitely aimed at a younger market than me. But I still loved this book and I'm a 37 years old. Basically everyone can enjoy this series.
Although this is book 2 of a series, I think you could read this as a stand-alone book - but you will enjoy Not Your Villain more if you read Not Your Sidekick first.
On the other hand, I wasn't a fan of the overlap to book one, which gave me the impression of a lot of summarization. In general, I felt the pacing was either too slow or too jumpy, and the plot seemed thin. Despite that, I do feel the book is important, especially for teens, when it comes to representation for gender, sexuality and race.