ARC Review: The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Source: ARC via Netgalley

Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer’s Renegades in TJ Klune’s YA debut.

 

I have this really bad habit of requesting books on Netgalley without fully reading the synopsis. I just knew that this book had a fun cover, had something to do with superheroes, and was written by T.J. Klune, who I’ve only ever heard good things about. As I was reading, I wrote in my little reading journal “It’s like Renegades meets Fangirl!” and wow… that’s literally in the synopsis. For once, the comparison worked!

First things first, this book was a ton of fun. This was the fun, quirky, nerdy superhero book I never knew I needed. Nick and his friends were great and I absolutely believed in this world where superheroes are real and the police are just exasperated with them. This book almost felt like a movie because it was so descriptive! I could almost see everything playing out in front of me.

I loved how Nick kept trying anything he could think of to make himself an Extraordinary and he never gave up regardless of how many times he failed or how many people told him he was crazy. Also, I thought I knew what was going on with the various superheroes (and villains?) but I did not.

There are at least two major plot points that are hinted at and left open at the end of the book. This was a little bit frustrating for me because I really wanted answers, but now I see that this is going to be a trilogy and things make a little more sense. The next book has no title or cover yet, but it’s set to come out at some point next year. (Do what you will with that information.)

All in all, this was a super fun book and I would definitely recommend it as long as you’re okay with waiting for answers. I would also recommend not taking it seriously, because it’s meant to be a little bit silly.


Have you read The Extraordinaries? Is it on your TBR?
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WWW Wednesday

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am, yet again, still in a slump… and I have no idea. Maybe one of these two.


Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I have on hold at the library

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week is a freebie, and let’s be honest… I never know what to do with these. So I figured I’d share ten books I have on hold right now! I’m really excited to read these once these holds come in!


A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti

Faith by Julie Murphy

Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Again Again by E. Lockhart


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? What are some books you’re waiting to read? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: A Book for All Occasions

Thanks to Leslie for tagging me to do the a book for all occasions tag, way back in April! ❤ One day I will finally get caught up on my tags! 🙂

Also, fun fact! This is my 2000th post on this blog! I cannot believe I’ve had so many things to say over the years!


Rules:

  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag at least five people to continue the tag
  • Give credit where credit is due – it will make Hannah smile.

Name a book that makes you cry.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

It’s hard to believe that I read this two and a half years ago already, but Love and Other Words made me cry so much.


Name a book that makes you smile.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

I think I smiled the whole way through Heartstopper.


Name a book that makes you feel passionate.

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

Rules for Being a Girl made me so angry. I feel like it called out the unfair expectations placed on teenage girls really well.


Name a book that makes you feel cosy.

Book Love by Debbie Tung

Book Love just makes me want to curl up in my bed and read.


Name a book that transports you to a magical place.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Definitely Nimona! Nimona’s powers are so cool.


Name a book that scared you.

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

I hardly ever read anything spooky, but 172 Hours on the Moon got me.


Name a book that makes you feel jealous.

More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

It was my dream to be a music journalist when I was younger, so I am definitely jealous of Vada in More Than Maybe!


Name a book with an inspiring female character.

The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer

Ileana does not give up in The Story That Cannot Be Told!


Name a book with an inspiring male character.

Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga Collected Editions, #1)

I think Nick from The Extraordinaries is really inspiring. He just keeps trying and trying and trying for his goal, regardless of any setbacks.


What’s a book that made you feel passionate? What about a book that made you feel cozy? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Audiobook Tag

I have a million tags I’ve actually been tagged in that I have yet to do, but I figured I’d do this really fun audiobook tag that I found on Sahi‘s blog instead! Audiobooks are most of my reading these days and I’m excited to talk about them!


HAVE YOU ALWAYS LISTENED TO AUDIOBOOKS OR WHEN DID YOU BEGIN?

I was a Spanish major when I was in college, and I had to read some really difficult books. I started listening to audiobooks so I could hear the books while I was walking to class in addition to sitting down and actually reading them. I also listened to a couple fiction audiobooks, and then got kind of sick of them and stopped. Over the year, I listened to the occasional audiobook while cleaning, but I didn’t get really into them until I started my current job, where I sat in a cubicle with a lot of activity around me all day. Now I’ve been at home for about five months, but I’m still listening to them while I work. (And sometimes while I cook, clean, and sew.)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIOBOOK?

I’d have to go with Sadie!

WHAT IS MY LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT AUDIOBOOKS?

A bad narrator can really take a good book and make it terrible. There have been a few audiobooks that I’ve had to put down because I just couldn’t handle the narrator.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE DIFFERENCE IN EXPERIENCE BETWEEN PHYSICALLY READING A BOOK AND LISTENING TO IT?

There isn’t really much of a difference to me, other than I can do other things while I listen to an audiobook and it’s pretty hard to multitask while physically reading.

HOW AND WHEN DO YOU LISTEN?

I mostly listen while I’m working and I mostly use Libby, although now that Netgalley has ALCs, I also use their Shelf app. (Honestly, it could use some work. It’s super frustrating.)

WHAT STYLE/GENRE DO YOU PREFER?

Almost anything except erotica. That’s one genre that I’d much prefer to physically read.

WHAT ARE SOME AUDIOBOOK/NARRATOR RECOMMENDATIONS?

In addition to Sadie, I’d recommend Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow, Open Book by Jessica Simpson, and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. My favorite narrators are probably January LaVoy and Rebecca Soler.


Do you listen to audiobooks? What are some of your favorite audiobooks and narrators? Let’s talk in the comments!

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