A (sort-of) superhero origin story

14498145A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

This is a book that I’m very glad that I looked past the bad reviews to read it. I don’t really know what it has mostly one star reviews, because the book doesn’t do anything that would make it deserve them.

Yes, there’s pretty much no worldbuilding, yes, Gavin and Anthem’s relationship does progress rather fast (but I have a feeling it’s more to get away from Will than anything else), but this book is interesting, and I liked Anthem’s powers. They seem very solid, something that you would find anywhere.

And how she got those powers was actually pretty cool.

She died. Her heart stopped for forty minutes, but then she wakes up in a blood-stained lab. Her old heart as been replaced by one that’s mostly mechanical and beats as fast as a hummingbird’s. She now has advanced speed and strength, more than a normal human, way more than when she was normal ol’ Anthem.

And Gavin’s been kidnapped, and, in the process, he’s killed. So she uses her new-found powers to hunt down the people that killed him.

I think the thing that I liked the most was the writing style. Yes, the plot itself was rather weak, but the way the writing flowed was what drew me in and what made me stick with it even when the plot felt slow. So, to sum it up, if you get stuck when the plot’s only so-so, this isn’t the book for you.

My little “three stars” attachment isn’t, erm, attaching, so I’ll just have to say “three stars”, okay?

The reason why this review was so short is because it is 80+ degrees while I’m writing this, and for Seattle that’s like being baked alive. We’re used to rain and cold weather, so for the three months that it’s hot we get kind of put off by it. We can’t handle snow and we can’t handle heat.

Quite odd. And people wonder why we like the rain.

Happy Wednesday,



2 thoughts on “A (sort-of) superhero origin story

  1. Tbh, I love the rain. With the oven like weather around here, i wonder how people actually ENJOY the summers XD Wayyy too hot.
    Ooh, the Broken Hearted sounds fascinating. The cover is intriguing, at least. I MIGHT GIVE IT A TRY =)
    Lovely review, Aine! ❤


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