✓ Wearing the Cape ↠´ Download by ¸ Marion G. Harmon I am pleasantly surprised at the depth to this series I was expecting a light and fluffy story and got an excellent story with great world building I ve zipped thru the others and now am on the 4th in the series Well worth the read ps the h is a 19yr old but there are very few YA moments.
The newest in the series is out and I wanted to reread the rest of the series again.
This reads like a parade of stereotypes It screams I am white, and anyone non white I introduce will, in some way, be a stereotype It took me a while to figure it out I had heard some negative stuff about this book, but figured I should read for myself especially since it was a book of the month in my book club And I didn t see anything really objectionable in the first 1 3 of the book which is free on So I found a Special Edition of the book for 99 on the regular Edition was 7.
99 go figure , so I bought it to finish it But that s when I started getting this creepy feeling on the back of my neck So far, nearly all the supervillains seemed to be A gang members and B rappers It took me a while to make that connection is it because it was subtle Supervillains don t play a big part in this beginning of the book Or is it because I m obtuse But I kept reading, enjoying the story so far though there seemed to be little diversity Overall, the writing was decent, and It was an interesting superhero story But the next supervillains we find out about are Mexican drug lords who live near the most dangerous border in the world The world And it seems like the white supervillains aren t really villains They re actually the good guys or have temporary insanity All of the real bad supervillains seem to be people of color And nearly all the POC are supervillains Except for a couple Like one dude who s an islander he s exotic That s some white person shit right there Oops Maybe I shouldn t read have read this the same time as I m listening to The Hate U Give on audio Is it weird that there s a character named Seven in both books Maui is a dark skinned, hawk featured man with short black hair and swirling tattoos covering the right side of his face The patterns of his layered green and black spandex bodysuit echoed his tattoos, and he wore a hook shaped bone carving at his throat under his open collar Chakra is dressed like a vaguely Hindu tribal dancer in a midriff baring red vest and skirt loaded down with lots of gold jewelry Even the good POC are stereotypes And then in the climax, we find out who the real bad guys are Muslim, Chinese, and Mexican terrorists Because, obviously At least the apparently white guy who wanted a fascist police state was the Big Bad And not a hero And, wow Apparently in this special edition, the author changed some of the most racist language For example, this phrase I found in multiple reviews no longer exists I can t tell the difference between a Palestinian and a Persian, let alone a Syrian and an Egyptian, but I know jihadists when I see them The only thing close to it now is They didn t wear uniforms, but I knew Caliphate jihadists when I saw them I mean, when your book still has race issues after you take out the most racist stuff, ugh Also there s some weird stuff going on with the words There are lots of places that black is used as bad or evil This is the English language, and I know that this already exists, but it s interesting that it seems so prevalent black hats , black magic , Blackout is a supervillain Ok to be fair, Blackstone is a hero, and Rook is a black superhero And black is often used as just a color throughout the book And the only other place in the book that I can find that black is used as an adjective is black box agency This doesn t seem quite as negative, but the organization described thus is run by someone described as The Root of All Evil Maybe this is all just coincidence, to give the benefit of the doubt And before you scream I m making all this up I didn t think about it at all until I read the Afterword Here the author describes why he felt he had to add the epilogue It was so the book wouldn t be so negative But the actually words he used were, The story still ended soblackI don t think I would have noticed this with all the stuff I ve already written above And I didn t care for the relationship in the book I know guys are fond of the older male mentor getting it on with the teenage girl, but it s just wrong Like a professor doing it with a freshman I don t care if she is legal And it makes it worse that he s a man slut She even realizes this All right, nine years wasn t that big a difference, and he was brave, sweet and a divorced workaholic who threw his room key to the slut of the week And hello And at the moment, he was my teacher and mentor, and didn t that just set off all sorts off alarm bells And I don t know They kiss And there s a picture of it And in light of all the racism, it just felt like two Aryan lovebirds There s something skeevy about seeing the older superhero dudes all wanting the young hot 18 yr old Atlas is 27 and her mentor I couldn t tell how old Seven was, but he was an older, mentor type character, too it was icky that he was all disappointed that he didn t get lucky with her his superhero power was luck It was yuckier when we find out she was in love with Atlas ever since she was 10 He would have been 19 And then they go from liking each other to saying I love you to going away to a cabin together And suddenly agreeing to get married Of course she has to run to Forever 21 and Victoria Secret first A man definitely wrote this And when they get to the cabin, he dresses like a cowboy The non cowboy superhero actually dresses like a cowboy Definitely a white dude fantasy Of course, he tries to get around the skeeviness by waiting until the wedding night to have sex Nice save This is why I need to look for diversity in my authors For the most part, the writing was pretty good It s too bad the book was ruined by all that other stuff Though, with regards to the writing I was really confused about Astra s relationships with her friends before she became a hero When we find out that they discover that their friend is actually Astra the superhero, it s such an offhanded comment, you don t even realize it happened And then, since they re barely mentioned for the next 15 chapters you forget that her friends are in on the secret And, he uses the word squire in a very odd and obscure way It s a verb, used when a man escorts a woman Atlas asked Seven if he could squire me around I ve never heard the word used that way before, and had to look it up Weird Seems like an archaic sexist kind of term Anyway, as you can tell, this book was sort of a miss for me.
WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO Hope Did, But She Grew Out Of It Which Made Her Superhuman Breakthrough In The Ashland Bombing, Just Before Starting Her Freshman Year At The University Of Chicago, Than A Little Ironic And Now She Has Some Decisions To Make Given The Code Name Astra And Invited To Join The Sentinels, Chicago S Premier Super Team, Will She Take Up The Cape And Mask And Become A Career Superhero Or Will She Get A Handle On Her New Powers Super Strength Has Some Serious Drawbacks And Then Get On With Her Life Plan In A World Where Superheroes Join Unions And Have Agents, And The Strongest And Most Photogenic Ones Become Literal Supercelebrities, The Temptation To Become A Cape Is Strong But The Price Can Be High Especially If You Re Outed And Lose The Shield Of Your Secret Identity Becoming A Sidekick Puts The Decision Off For Awhile, But Hope S Life Is Further Complicated When The Teatime Anarchist, The Supervillain Responsible For The Ashland Bombing, Takes An Interest In Her Apparently As Astra, Hope Is Supposed To Save The World Or At Least A Significant Part Of It Wearing the Cape Is A Page Superhero Novel For Anyone Who Ever Loved Comic Book Heroes, And Wonders How They Might Behave In The Real World Writing is solid, if a little clinical, but the symbolism and message are a touch heavy handed Not so shoved down your throat that I had to give up, but a little heavier than I prefer.
More than anything else, the romance in this novel bugged me and was what broke my enjoyment of the book An unrealistic teen fantasy, it was too perfect and utterly boring Also slightly creepy, a 27 year old and an 18 year old Not to say that age gap can t work, but not at eighteen when the main character clearly does not know what she wants to do with her life.
Still, a well built world and I liked the Teatime Anarchist He was worth reading this book for.
0 stars Not for me Not bad, but the things I am really interested in, the author didn t focus on I know I am not supposed to compare one book with another, but the whole time reading I kept thinking about the Super Powereds series which was so much better Not fair to this book or the author, I know, but there it is I prefer detail about the powers how they work, different ways to use them, how to use different tactics in fighting In this book there was hardly any of that The explanations were pretty basic and quick In this world an event happened about 10 years ago that caused a catastrophe During that event is when super powered individuals came about Stressful events can trigger those powers People who use those powers for good are called Capes Hope is driving home in Chicago when the bridge that she is on collapses She is trapped in her car and isn t able to get out During this stressful situation, she got her powers There is some theory that the type of power a person receives is based off their personality and their need at the time Hope pretty much got supergirl s powers She gets recruited by the Sentinels a Chicago based superhero team Hope was supposed to go to College in Chicago with her friends but now she is told she can t go at least for a little while because she has to learn how to use her powers Without training, she would be a danger to herself and others To me there should have been 2 types of training One type of training would be how to control her powers, and another type of training would be how to use her powers as a superhero Those are not the same One would teach her control and how to use less force, especially when dealing with normal people so she doesn t kill someone on accident just by sneezing and the other is for maxing out her powers The only training she seemed to receive was how to be part of a superhuman team 2 weeks after she got her powers, they had her take down a super villain as part of her training view spoiler I also didn t buy the love story between Hope and Atlas They didn t really interact that much before the revelation that they liked each other He was 10 years older than her and she was a virgin Then they declare their love for each other and talk about getting married This seemed for like a YA teen girl fantasy book at this point hide spoiler I had high hopes for this book The premise of a young girl whose path takes a drastic detour right at a critical point in her life was something that I could identify with And Mr Harmon s prose is both entertaining and relatable However, the moment it became all about the romantic subplot that I couldn t stand Having spent the first 150 pages or so identifying strongly with the young protagonist, I was completely thrown when she and Atlas were suddenly engaged I followed their flirtation well enough, but the trip to Colorado and the subsequent proposal seemed forced Still, I know that I grew up in a different environment where, unlike Astra, physical intimacy is of a prerequisite for marriage than a reward for the patient.
On top of that, the adult playboy wonder falling in love with his new sidekick and becoming celibate for her made me a bit queasy Her love alone is enough to change his behavior I don t think so.
I ve been on a Super hero novel kick lately Not graphic novel real book with words and paragraphs and everything and found this via s Readers who bought this also bought recommendation I believe So, I bought it and wasn t disappointed.
I m not sure who the target audience is on this Fortunately for me I was in the mood for flying capes busting up baddies and chucking cars and saving the day so that scooted me into the target audience camp regardless of what demographic it was aimed at It didn t feel like it was aimed at a female audience The protagonist was female but it didn t seem aimed at you know I don t know if there WAS or HAS to be a target demographic split on gender lines on this type of book I wanted super hero novel and it s what I got There s no real attempt at explaining the why of hero powers, they just happen, and I m totally OK with that I liked the characters but while the main ones were well fleshed out the secondaries seemed almost too two dimensional sometimes I know every character can t be filled out, especially in a cast as big as this one but I didn t really KNOW any of them except the leads The story was well done and one of the commenters commented about the pacing of the book I don t know if it was pacing or characters, but there were times, toward the middle, where it was easy to put down and read something else especially dangerous to us Kindle folk who have something else ready to hand lol for a while I didn t do it because I didn t like Wearing the Cape so much as because my interest in something else that I wasn t reading would rise higher than what I was actually reading that being said I never stayed away for long.
The last quarter of the book I read at work and I tore through it It was excellently written The pacing was good The story was good The edge of the seat feeling was good I m not going to say what else was good but it was good Go read it You ll agree.
Some hay has been made about the age disparity between Atlas an Astra and that s OK I guess, but it didn t bug me If it d been tawdry or a little blue then I d have had a problem with it, but these are super heroes They re noble They don t do blue I thought it was well handled and it didn t bug me.
If you re in the mood for super hero fiction I recommend this one I think it s a first novel and if I can come out with one as good as this I ll be well pleased.
It was awesometacular, I liked the descriptions and contrary to other superheroes book I once read this one didn t feel childish The characters have real depth, the plot is well set Nothing to say, just that it wasn t long enough.
As a rule, these days I avoid books with teenage protagonists like the plague Harry Potter is a big exception here Why Because for some strange reason, most recent teenage characters and not a few adult ones, sadly are so stereotypically teenage that they are horrifying, over the top parodies of a teenager I m looking at you, Bella Swan I didn t know, when I impulse bought the self published Wearing the Cape ebook this was right after I got my shiny new Kindle that the protagonist was eighteen years old Fortunately, this turned out for once to not be a Bad Thing at all Hope Carrigan is eighteen legally an adult, but in the eyes of everyone else including herself , still little than a child She s the daughter of extremely well to do parents so well to do that she actually had a society debut at the age of 16 , and has four elder brothers Sounds like the lineup for half a dozen or so teen soap operas on tv, right Wrong.
Setting aside the superhero elements I ll get to those in a minute , Hope is the kind of teenager I like I ve met teenagers like her though, mind you, without the high society elements an intelligent, moral, thoughtful human being who, yes, has her occasional bouts of self pity or whining very little, thank Heaven , but who actually tries to live up to the things her parents taught her And who, miracle of miracles, not only HAS parents an incredible rarity in the world of teenaged heros but also has a good relationship with them Her major fight with her parents in the book is the result of conflict between their desire to keep their daughter safe and her determination to live up to the principles and morals they taught her.
Is there angst Well, of course there is It wouldn t be a very interesting book without it But does the angst drive the plot, Twilight style Heavens, no In fact, most of the angst has to do with a very young woman coming face to face with very real horrors The real joy I found in Hope s characterization and, incidentally the joy the romantic lead also found in her was the fact that she waited until the bad guys were locked up, the innocent were safe or at awaiting burial , and there was no longer an immediate threat before she broke down She s a tough cookie, because unlike far too many of her literary counterparts she relies on her brain and her upbringing rather than merely on gut emotion, and in doing so she becomes strong Funnily enough, Hope s superpowers awakened when a villain with the delightful moniker of The Teatime Anarchist drops an overpass on top of her car really play second fiddle to her overall characterization They re not uncool powers, but they re bog standard in terms of superpower tropes super strength, enhanced senses, invulnerability, and just so she has one thing to really truly enjoy the ability to fly Granted, they ve put her in the top notches of Super strength type people in the world leading to one poor, persistent supersoldier to try repeatedly to recruit her into the Army , but compared to some of the others only mildly intriguing Other superheroes have far entertaining powers, however, such as her teammates The Harlequin who is or less made out of living rubber and Chakra who apparently draws her psychic abilities from tantric sex Which the eighteen year old Hope is really, really uninterested in hearing details about She even meets much to my personal delight a Mormon superhero.
The true interest lies in Hope s introduction to the world of capes The author has plenty of nods to genre tropes, but also plays with them, twists them, and turns them on their head For instance, most of the professional superheroes are not ashamed to use their supercelebrity status to make money though that money mostly goes to pay for their bases, medical care, and replacement costumes and there are than a few who enjoy the groupies and superfans who trail after them But most are also aware and Hope renamed Astra has this pointed out to her that they re really there as really flashy emergency response units, and are not equipped to deal with normals when it comes to law enforcement I particularly enjoyed a scene where Atlas, Hope Astra s trainer and the first official cape, explains to her why they wear the ridiculous costumes because in the first scary days after the Event when superpowers manifested amidst a worldwide crisis , people were, understandably, terrified of these new made superhumans who could do all sorts of impossible things Atlas put on a mask and a cape and a costume not because he was trying to protect his identity everyone knew who he was but because when people saw a flying, superstrong man wearing a cape and a mask they immediately thought superhero, and it meant that Atlas and others like him could help their fellow human beings without frightening them too much comic books and pop culture had already eased the way for them.
Overall, Wearing the Cape is a fast and entertaining romp with a wonderful balance of character development, world building, and some very excellently done action scenes It s laugh out loud funny in some parts, but it will also break your heart in others I plan to go buy the next two installments of the series as soon as I m done writing this review, and I look forward to from this author
That is where I will leave you I got this free from kindle yesterday I could not stop reading it I felt it was a a mash up of several TV shows comic series It did well The pace of the storyline was nice, and the characters were ones you could relate to with ease I know Chicago, and most the locations streets were correct I like that fact checking, in such a book Try it, you will like it