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by Wendy Raven McNair
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
May 2011


At only 15 years of age Adisa Summers is a typical teenager dealing with normal teenage angst. An over-protective father, a babying mother and the constant teasing she receives from her older twin sisters. Kylie and Kelly are the gorgeous ones that guys always drool over while Adisa although pretty is still in her shy shell preferring to daydream about her favorite pastime superheroes. Adisa feels she daydreams so much because she never dreams at night and uses this excuse to fixate on her obsession. However it’s this superhero fixation that is the main source of the jostling she receives from Kylie and Kelly. 

At the onset of the novel Adisa’s sophomore year of high school has begun and with the twins headed off to college Adisa is looking forward to some independence and an opportunity to carve out a niche for herself instead of just being viewed as the little sister of the popular twins. However the school year has much more in store for Adisa with the arrival of Micah Alexander. Micah Alexander is fine with a capital F and it appears that he has taken an interest in Adisa. That’s the way it appears to all of her classmates but Adisa is receiving mixed message due to Micah’s hot and cold demeanor.

Adisa feels that Micah is holding something back but she wasn’t prepared for it to be the fact that he could fly. A life threatening situation forces Micah to swoop down and rescue Adisa revealing his supernatural abilities and allowing her entry into a world of super beings that not even Adisa could have imagined. The novel could have ended there with girl who loves superheroes getting superhero boyfriend and it would have been sufficient but Author Wendy McNair delves deeper giving readers a novel full of suspense, mystery and romance. That will undoubtedly appeal to readers outside of the group that it is targeted for.  Not to mention the fact that it finally provides young adults who are interested in the genre African-American heroic characters to marvel at. 

What did you like about the book?
Author Wendy McNair does a superb job incorporating the supernatural into the storyline in a believable manner. Merging a young adult romance novel with a sci-fi element is no easy feat but Author McNair does it brilliantly utilizing not only Adisa and her journey of self discovery but also modern day Atlanta to help create an element of realism and make the implausible seem plausible.

What did you dislike about the book?
Honestly there was nothing that detracted away from the storyline. Even the title of the book and its cover were well thought out and fit the theme.

What could the author do to improve the book?
This reader couldn’t find any areas in need of improvement.


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