About This Book:
From Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, comes the first in a two-book origin story of Faith, a groundbreaking, plus-sized superhero from the Valiant Entertainment comics.
Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teen. When she’s not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, she’s volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove.
So far, her senior year has been spent trying to sort out her feelings for her maybe-crush Johnny and making plans to stay close to Grandma Lou after graduation. Of course, there’s also that small matter of recently discovering she can fly….
When the fictional world of The Grove crashes into Faith’s reality as the show relocates to her town, she can’t believe it when TV heroine Dakota Ash takes a romantic interest in her.
But her fandom-fueled daydreams aren’t enough to distract Faith from the fact that first animals, then people, have begun to vanish from the town. Only Faith seems able to connect the dots to a new designer drug infiltrating her high school.
But when her investigation puts the people she loves in danger, she will have to confront her hidden past and use her newfound gifts—risking everything to save her friends and beloved town.
*Review Contributed by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer*
Sixteen-year-old Faith Herbert has a secret. She can fly. When she runs into her fangirl crush Dakota, star of the fictional world THE GROVE, she's in heaven. And things even look rosier when Dakota might actually like her too. Then things start happening around town. When animals and then people go missing, Faith might have to use her new super hero ability to save those around her at the risk of her own life.
What worked: This is an amazing story with a new superhero character who is endearing and someone I'd love to be friends with. Add to that she's not the 'typical' superhero either. She's curvaceous and also queer. Plus, she's humorous, loves animals, and is loyal to her friends.
Murphy once again gives readers a protagonist who is someone you can't help but love. The story line is fast-paced and the other characters are quirky and just as lovable. The romance between Faith and Dakota had chemistry and I totally was team Dakota, especially with that 'first' kiss.
Faith is a typical teen with worrying about her Grandma Lou, unsure on whether she likes boys or girls or both, having compassion for rescue animals, and struggling on whether or not to share her new superhero ability with her BFFs Ches and Matt.
This is the first book in a dualogy that goes over the story of Faith, a superhero from the Valiant comic universe. I totally devoured this book in a few sittings. I loved Faith's voice and would follow her anywhere!
Engaging, confident queer super heroine who navigates her way through not only her senior year in high school, but investigating the sudden string of missing animals and people in her town. Add a bubbling romance, suspense, and of course, a character that is sure to make you smile.
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