Title: Hero High: Figure in the Flames
Author: Mina Chara
Genre: YA Mystery Romance/Superheroes
Release Date: October 1st, 2016
Reality TV meets Superhero High School in this intriguing story about friendship, fame, and what it means to be a hero.
In Icon City superheroes save the day every day on the quarter hour. Led by Captain Fantastic, scores of superhero celebrities do their best to train the next generation. Seventeen year old Friday Fitzsimmons and Jake her childhood friend are their latest starstruck recruits. When Doctor Dangerous returns from the dead and the Figure in Flames decimates the city, Captain Fantastic is betrayed by one of his own.
Torn between Jake, Ashley and her feelings for Doctor Dangerous, Friday must decide if her childhood friend is worth fighting for, and if the worlds most famous super-villain is worth saving, all while learning how to be a hero.
MY TAKE ON THIS BOOK
The summary of this book caught my interest. I mean SUPERHERO & REALITY TV ( COUNT ME IN!!!). The book starts out with our main protagonist, Friday aka Fitz who is on her way to Hero High, a school for superheroes where they are trained to fight villains. Each superhero has a unique power and they are put to test under the watchful eyes of the audience. We are taken into the world of glitz, glamor and of course “SHOWBIZ”.
This book gives you the Hunger Games and The Selection vibes with respect to the constant scrutiny of the audience. I loved the way the author has described the world of Superheroes with all the different Tv shows in the Hero world where the superheroes are celebrities who are ranked based on their popularity. They also have their own merchandise which sells like HOTCAKES!! faces on lunch boxes, plates, action figures etc. The hero world was all for the show ratings and not about saving people’s lives. It’s crazy and amazing at the same time.
Now for our main character, Friday aka Fitz has the ability to slow down her mind so she can analyze any situation at a much faster rate. She is a math genius and her behavior is very rash. She acts without thinking and she was kinda irritating sometimes. I did like her in the later half of the book. She is selfless and ready to sacrifice herself to save others ( like a true superhero)
There were many characters in this book. Jake, Friday’s best friend. The more I read about him the less I liked him. He acted all supportive of Friday one moment and the next starts bashing her. Jake is Friday’s handler. Handlers don’t have any super powers but they play a major role in helping out their respective superhero from behind the scenes. Then we have Ashley who is Friday’s teammate. I loved his character, he was grounded and never afraid to speak his mind when it comes to Friday. We also get to see the whole love/hate relationship they have. Friday’s other teammates were sweet, kind and I would like to see more of them. Veronica, the main showbiz person responsible for creating drama and manipulating the show. Lisa aka Sense, Friday’s mentor. She is another superhero who is in her mid-late thirties and very supportive of Friday’s journey throughout the book.
For our main superhero, Captain Fantastic who has been saving innocent lives for many years and has a reputation of the being the ultimate superhero for defeating the most dangerous villain Dr. Dangerous. He is also the headmaster of the school. The relationship between Friday and Captain Fantastic starts out as a starstruck hero worship and by the end of the book they share a solid friendship. I felt Captain fantastic was partial to her and confided in her with details of his past. I was kinda confused by the fact that he trusted her so easily.
There were surprising twists and turns in this book with Dr. Dangerous returning from the dead and the Figure in Flames. I was able to figure out who was Dr. Dangerous. I would have liked to know how does a person realise if they have some power and on what basis are students selected to be a handler or a superhero. I needed more backstory of the superheroes and villains. As for how Friday discovered her powers, we know only a fraction and not the detailed encounter of it. After reading that ENDING I can’t help but want a sequel where my above questions would be answered!!!
I recommend this book to everyone who wants to read a fun, entertaining book set in the world of superheroes and reality TV. Plus look at that GORGEOUS COVER( who wouldn’t want that book on their shelf!!). This book is unique and fresh and the author has done a fantastic job in portraying the world of Hero High!! Looking forward to reading more books by Mina Chara:)
– I think this book will appeal greatly to fans of the Selection. – the dressmaker D’fwan reminded me of America’s maids … The whole TV reality show aspect also reminded me of Hunger Game as well as The Selection.
– I Really Loved The Book
I am so looking forward to book two. I love the world you’ve created and I want to explore it more. I thoroughly enjoyed Friday and her story.
– I Really, Really Enjoyed This Book!
The way that Ashley and Friday’s relationship progressed was amazing. Too often, in books the two main love interests relationships progress way too quickly and it was refreshing to see Ashley and Friday’s relationship develop gradually instead of it being super rushed.
– I Would Give This Book a Full 5/5 Stars!
Like there was just so much to this book and none of the characters are like what you originally predicted. Every chapter keeps adding to the story and making it more and more complex, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat in suspense.
About the Author
Hi! I’m Mina Chara, I’m a student, an artist, a daughter, sister and companion to my two furry friends, Gimli and Gwynne. This blog is here because I’ve just written a book called Hero High: Figure In The Flames.
This is My Story:
Being dyslexic isn’t so much of a problem, the hard part is not letting it dictate what I like, and what I can do. For years I was scared of reading, but then I discovered YA fiction, real books with main characters I could relate to because most of them were girls.
When someone criticizes my writing, I feel like crying, because I feel like that I’m back in English class getting yelled at again, just wanting to go home, but I’m not a kid anymore, I’m an adult, and as an adult, I wrote a book, and you can too.
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