You Read What? Book Review: The Girl Who Would Be King

Author: Kelly Thompson

Publisher: Self Published

Date Published: September 27th 2012

Format: Hard Cover

Source: Supported it on Kickstarter

Synopsis:

A novel about two teenage girls with superpowers and radically different agendas, destined for a collision that will rock the world.

Separated by thousands of miles, two young women are about to realize their extraordinary powers which will bind their lives together in ways they can’t begin to understand.

Protecting others. Maintaining order. Being good. These are all important things for Bonnie Braverman, even if she doesn’t understand why. Confined to a group home since she survived the car accident that killed both her parents, Bonnie has lived her life until now in self-imposed isolation and silence; but when an opportunity presents itself to help another girl in need, Bonnie has to decide whether to actually use the power she has long suspected she has. Power that frightens her.

Across the country, Lola LeFever is inheriting her own power by sending her mother over a cliff…literally. For Lola the only thing that matters is power; getting it, taking it, and eliminating anyone who would get in the way of her pursuit of it. With her mother dead and nothing to hold her back from the world any longer, Lola sets off to test her own powers on anyone unfortunate enough to cross her. And Lola’s not afraid of anything.

One girl driven to rescue, save, and heal; the other driven to punish, destroy, and kill.

And now they’re about to meet.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 2

Cover:

The Girl Who Would Be King
This cover is gorgeous especially in hardcover. It stands out on my bookshelf which ah

The Writing Score:  3.5 out of 5

Recommendation: A must read (especially for superhero fans)

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating:  5 out of 5

Review:

I’m ecstatic.

I’m so happy to have finally read this book after getting the hard copy in December. I’m a sucker for superhero stories since I’m such a huge fan of Batman and Wonder Woman among others. This story follows two girls with extraordinary abilities and their journey. They’re driven by two very different things: one saves people and the other kills them. Yet both are intriguing characters with their own struggles which allows for more depth than just good and bad.

Thompson knows how to write action scenes.

They’re brutal and fantastical. They require suspension of disbelief which is expected given that the book is in the SUPERHERO GENRE. I see a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender influence, some Heroes (but season 1 when it was really good) and I’m sure other things popped up that I can’t seem to remember right now. The back story here is unique and intriguing and SOMETHING I WROTE MYSELF which, to me, is a huge compliment. I enjoyed the format of the book which includes the switching of first person narration between Lola and Bonnie. I didn’t realize until 90 pages in that there weren’t any chapters. The book is separated into three parts and the two narrators are differentiated by a hollowed out circle (Bonnie) or a filled in black circle (Lola) at the start of their sections.

This book is not flawless. The writing filled with the same phrases/wordings used throughout the book and I can’t remember if cliched language were used as well or if they’re already counted in those repetitive phrases/wordings. With that said, there were solid metaphors unique to Thompson and, again, the actions sequences were wonderful. The pacing overall was well done and it’s not just your action fro action sack tale. The conclusion was satisfactory and had me at the edge of my seat.

This book is violent (more so than the dystopians I’ve read) and is for older YA readers.

Thought it was necessary to add that. 🙂

P.S.

I have to give props to Stephanie Hans who did the cover and all other artwork related to the book. Not sure if they come with the non-kickstarter version of the book but they’re awesome.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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