ARC Review: Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee


Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

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Release date: September 8th


*I got an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Do you know that sometimes you pick up a book and think it would make a great movie? Not Your Sidekick was one of those books for me. From the beginning, I could see every event playing out in my head: I could see the characters, the setting, their interactions… I could close my eyes and almost hear their voices.

On top of being such a visual read, this book was fast paced and utterly enjoyable. I loved the dystopian world the author has created here, and the idea of each town having its own superheroes and super villains. Sometimes, I couldn’t help but picture the movie The Incredibles while reading this, it had a certain vibe when it came to the superheroes that reminded me of it.

I adored Jess, and I could relate to her frustration at not wanting to let her parents down (not that my parents have superpowers, but you know what I mean). Jess’ parents are the superheroes of her town, and she’s tried without success to find what her superpower is, finally resigning herself to not having one. I liked seeing how this affected her, and how she grew out of it along the book.

I liked her best friends, Emma and Bells, and I can’t wait to read Bells’ book, which will be next. I really want to get his perspective on everything and I’m dying to see how the story develops from here.

I had a lot of fun reading about Jess working for her parents enemies, and alongside her crush! I felt for her, blabbering and getting intimidated when she was near Abby, it was really cute 🙂 I liked how her relationship both with Abby and with M developed on page. And seeing Abby making an effort with Jess’ friends warmed me a bit.

I don’t want to say much about the rest of the plot, since I would spoil it, and it’s too fun for me to do that. Suffice it to say I really loved reading about it, it was just like watching an action movie, with amazing characters. And while it is clear that this is a series and some things have been left unresolved, I didn’t get the feeling of a cliffhanger here.

I took a chance with this new to me author and had a great time in return. I’d certainly recommend this book and I’ll keep an eye out for the rest of the series.

Genre: Sci-Fi Genre: Young Adult Orientation: Bisexual Pairing: F/F Publisher: Interlude Press Review

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