ARC's, LGBTQIA+, YA

Dreadnought by April Daniels

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Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father’s dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny’s first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley Arc of April Daniels debut novel Dreadnought. Dreadnought follows Danielle Tozer. Danielle accidentally stumbles upon a superhero and villain fight and ends up gaining new powers and the body that she has always wanted.

Danielle has a lot of self-doubts that she has to contend with throughout this story for a large part of it. A large part of that is because of the way her father treats her and always has. You can see how the way Danielle thinks about herself is linked to her father pretty early. When Danielle thinks she’s stupid for something she did or isn’t good enough to be a hero. It’s because that’s the way her father treats her and what he calls her often.

Danielle has some really strong moments in this story where she stands up for herself.Really early on. She is able to stand up for herself against the legion of superheroes.When her friend starts treating her differently. Then still can’t do the same with her father. I thought it was such an interesting relationship to see play out in this. She’s really been emotionally abused by her father for years and you see how much it affects her life.

The superheroes in this story have great names. Wonder how April Daniels came up with some of them. It’s a really great assortment of characters even the ones we don’t learn much about. I do wish we had learned more about the heroes in the legion. I really liked a few of them.Magma and Doc Impossible are the best. I loved them. I want them to be my mentors, please.

Danielle has such a great hero journey in this. It follows the motions of things you see in a lot of origin story comics for heroes. Her first big time-saving people is really amazing. I was so happy for her as she was doing it. You could tell right then that she should be a hero. Not because these powers fell into her lap but because she wants to help people. It’s kind of the reasons she got her powers in the first place. She’s not a person that can walk away when someone is hurting.

She also had some great team up moments with Calamity that every hero needs to have.Patrolling and investigating. She goes one on one with someone who has powers. She consistently is learning, getting better, and saving people throughout this. All while still having that self-doubt for a large part of the story. She doesn’t allow herself to feel like she is as special as she is.

The claiming of superhero colors was such a powerful moment in the story. I recently wrote about how the claiming of one’s name can be important in a review of a different book and I felt like Danielle’s finally deciding on her superhero colors and superhero name was that moment in this story. She’s claiming who she is.

There will be a second book and I’m excited to see what challenges Danielle faces next. Also really want to see where Calamity goes after what happens at the end of the book. More people should read this book and make fanart if you can. I can’t make fanart but I want to see fanart for this book so badly. Definitely, pick it up.

 

 

 

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LGBTQIA+, Readathon

Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

Alright, everyone. January will be the month of diverse readathons. The first one I will be participating in is a really awesome Harry potter themed one created by the amazing Read At Midnight. Go learn more about the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon from their post.I will be representing Slytherin this time. I house hop a lot but figured I felt pretty Slytherin recently. There are prompts based on spells and all focusing on diverse lit. Check out what I’m reading.

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I want to start off the year with some nonfiction. Really got into some memoirs last year so I felt starting with Connor Franta’s memoir would be great. Connor talks about issues he had with identity, body image, and sexuality. I feel like this could be relatable in a lot of ways. I’m hoping I enjoy it.

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This is a lot harder for me to pick. Looking on my shelf I didn’t think of anything so I turned to library books.Then a book club I became involved with picked None of The Above as this month’s book. It’s perfect timing. I have not read many stories on intersex characters at all.

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I have an Arc of Dreadnought by April Daniels I should have read already but December turned way more busy and crazy than I thought it would be. So excited to finally read it, though. This is a book about a Trans superhero and you can always sign me up for a queer superhero book.

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Juliet Takes A Breath. I think this one counts. Another book I really need to finish. I have been the worse with book hopping recently. I’m going to start this one over because I need to. Will be doing that on my kindle since I took the physical copy back to the library this week. Excited to finish it and write up a review for the blog.

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The one I’m picking for this particular prompt is Here’s To You Zeb Pike. This is a queer YA story that I picked up at Bookcon 2016. Meant to read this so many times but just never picked it up,. It’s not even a long book.I’m also pretty sure it’s signed by the author now that I’m thinking on it. It’s time to read it for sure.

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The Sun is Also A Star. My friend Rachael Hobson is one of many people I’ve heard say how amazing this book is as of recently. I took it out from the library and can’t wait to see if it’s as good as they say.

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Going to use Not Your Sidekick for this one. I have the book out from the library right now after seeing everyone say many wonderful things about it during one of the #gayyabookclub twitter chats. Even before the book was officially out I wanted to read it.

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A Very Pokemon TBR #ReadThemAllThon

I’m doing the  Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon that was created by ReadAtMidnight. Go check out their awesome blog. PokemonGo is my obsession of the month right now so this came up at a good time.There are eight challenges for the readathon that runs for three weeks I believe. Not sure if I will do all the challenges because I am really a mood reader,but I’ve picked out some books for each anyway. Started one of these books early because it was a library book and I had to return it by the  14th. So I’ve already got one done.

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This badge applies to  like every book that I read. Seriously. Look at the last three books I reviewed. If I have to pick one thing, though. I’m going with this one because it’s queer and nerdy. Also, the other books that fit here fit other places better.
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Not sure if this book is post-apocalyptic. It is a dystopia. I’ve wanted to read it for a while.

Super excited to take part in this event. If you are participating to then let me know in the comments down below. Will have a wrap-up video for this on my channel ChrisVIgilante when this finishes up. Hopefully, I can get to most of the books.