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Not Your Villain

Sidekick Squad Series, Book 2
By: C. B. Lee
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Series: Sidekick Squad Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shape-shifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he's got it covered. But that was before he became the country's most wanted villain.  

After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes' League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. 

Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. 

Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?  

Sometimes, to do a hero's job, you need to be a villain.

©2017 C. B. Lee (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Scott
  • Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada
  • 09-04-19

Weaker than the first

This book is weaker than the first in every aspect.

The characters are all flat and unmemorable. Even those who were introduced in the first book are flatter and weaker in this iteration.

I was shocked by how poorly written the plot was. The beginning starts with a rushed recount of the first book from another character's perspective before flowing into the actual story. Unfortunately the story was no better after this point, with constant jumps in time, nonsensical choices by the characters, and an overall story that didn't make much sense. The entire plot feels like it was written by someone else, or the author only submitted the outline for what would eventually become book two in the series.

One interesting part of this series that bears mentioning is how the author handles gender and sexuality throughout the beginning. Any labels that might be used to define characters in other books are merely mentioned in passing being no more important than someone's hair colour which I quite enjoyed. Unfortunately the author seemed to run with this to the point that almost every single character fell in this group and it really just ruined the whole idea.

In the end I was so disappointed with this book after the cute story of the first one that I will certainly not be continuing the series.

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I loved the first book, but...

I downloaded this before I even finished Not Your Sidekick, excited for the story continue. Therefore, I found the first part of the story incredibly slow. While I appreciate the need to narrate Bells' side of the story, a lot of it was repetition of the events of the first book. Additionally, the narration was distractingly poor, between the whiny valley-girl tones of female characters and the heinous mispronunciations of Asian names. I mean, seriously, Li-"Hoo-ah"?? The disrespect! For a book with such diversity and representation, this narrator sure didn't put any effort into an accurate portrayal. That being said, I loved the way this book continued its predecessor's way of presenting the teens as immature enough for their age, while completing the typical protagonist heroics. Happy as always to see a YA book so casual about diversity. I anxiously anticipate the third volume and hope it comes with a more appropriate narrator!

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Improvement Over First Book

While the performance is rather lacking as JD Jackson does a great job with all the voices that are non-female/her identifying voices (JD makes them all sound incredibly whiny and just more off than the person who read book 1. That person actually did pretty decent with the guy voices), the story and pacing of this book was much better. There were still places where I felt it was slow but then the pacing picked up around then. Some parts were still predictable but less so than the first one. Overall, this was a better told story and much more interesting than the first book, but I can still appreciate the first book as it set not only the tone but also set the world building up to the point that it needed to be at for this one.

I do plan on either buying the physical copy or the audio book once the third book in the series is available.

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Just plain fun!

I have really enjoyed this series so far! The audio narrators are wonderfully cast and I was engaged in the fun, upbeat storytelling from the beginning. If you’re looking for a lighthearted hero story that also deals with some big topics look no further. So so so excited that books like these exist for kids today. I wish I had books that talked about sexuality, pronouns, gender, etc. when I was a kid!

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  • 02-26-19

nice

I loved the story, the concept and world building of the previous book in this series, so have been looking forward to this book for a while.

Not Your Villain switches narrative and view point from Jess (in book 1) to Bells.

The book starts off partway through the events of Not Your Sidekick and serves to catch up us readers with what has been happening.

But we also see a lot more about Bells. We see a glimpse into his secret life as Chameleon in training. We also see and feel for him as he struggles with his feelings.

These books are definitely aimed at a younger market than me. But I still loved this book and I'm a 37 years old. Basically everyone can enjoy this series.

Although this is book 2 of a series, I think you could read this as a stand-alone book - but you will enjoy Not Your Villain more if you read Not Your Sidekick first.