Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Here we are for yet another book review… but this is the first one I’ve ever done for a superhero novel! 😀 I’m super (excuse the puns XD) excited to share with y’all today a review for The Time I Saved the Day (The Ninja and Hunter series #1) by Jes Drew. Jes Drew is also the author of the Castaways series, which is equally as amazing. So, let’s get on to the review!
Alright, y’all know I love Jes Drew’s Castaways series (in fact, I’m reading the last installment now as I write this review!), so I was excited when The Time I Saved the Day was available for free on Kindle a couple weeks ago as apart of the author’s summer promotion series. Before reading, I wasn’t sure what to expect. While I love The Incredibles, some of the Spiderman movies, and have watched a few Marvel movies, superheroes aren’t my go-to entertainment choice. However, this first installment in The Ninja and Hunter Series makes me rethink my hesitation toward the superhero realm, as it depicts supers from a new point of view: that of a fourteen-year-old girl who unexpectedly gains powers.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but I do want to overview the things I loved most about the novel:
• The Creativity: The way Charisa develops her powers was a super (ha, no pun intended) choice by the author. Though it’s not a common method (as far as I know) in superhero stories, it works and is rather intriguing. I can’t wait to see where this aspect takes us next in the remaining two installments.
• Andrew: Even though he’s a side character, I loved this weirdo… and his hobo suit! XD That scene was perfect.
• Courtney: I LOVED that we have a character who uses a wheelchair. This is something that we don’t see represented often in books, and I applaud the author for her choice to include a character who uses one. Plus, Courtney is so sweet and full of sunshine!
• The Relatability: This novel is a true-blue YA novel with super (pun intended this time) qualities. Teens will easily relate to Charisa and her friends.
• The Castaways Cameo: If you’ve read Castaways, the main character makes an appearance. I love cameos between novels by the same author, so this was an added bonus to the already great book!
• The Superhero Element: And, last but not least, the superhero element was fun to read about. I’ve never read/nor heard about a teenage girl superhero before, so I think Miss Drew is tapping into a new market. The superhero scenes were well done, and I enjoyed watching Charisa figure out the depth of her powers.
The only thing I was thrown off about was the ending. The Kindle copy said about 10% was remaining, and then I flip the page and Boom! Cliffhanger. The ending provides a bit of closure for now though, so the ending wasn’t too sudden. I’m definitely excited to check out book two soon! 🙂 Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.
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