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Jana here, I’m back and I’ve excitedly teamed up with Parlaiment House once again for another kick ass Takeover Blog Tour, this time, I was sent a copy of Collateral Damage by Taylor Simonds. I was so excited to be included on this takeover tour since as soon as I saw the cover of Taylor’s debut novel, I knew I would be drawn in, and when I read the synopsis, I was even more enthusiastic to cross this off my list of books I’ve read.
First of all, I have to thank the team at Parlaiment for sending me an e-ARC copy as well as to Taylor for adding me to the team for her book tour and trusting me to review her work. Below, you’ll find a copy of this absolutely unreal designed book cover, as well as the Goodreads synopsis and my review! First though, be sure to click on the cover when you’re done the post to head over and add it to your Goodreads TBR!
Collateral Damage by Taylor Simonds
Release Date: June 25, 2019
GoodReads Synopsis: “Power. Courage. Invincibility. The marks of a true hero.
Meg Sawyer has none of these things.
Meg has never stopped a moving bus with her bare hands, been bitten by a radioactive insect, or done anything moderately resembling saving the world. She doesn’t have to. She’s a background citizen, a nobody, one of the swarms of faceless civilians of Lunar City–where genetically enhanced superhumans straight out of the comics have thwarted evil for years.
For as long as the Supers have existed, Meg has had one goal: to not become a casualty in their near-daily battles for justice. And for the last seventeen years, she’s managed to do just that. Sure, her minimum-wage job at the local coffee shop isn’t great, she can’t even leave her apartment without loading herself up with protective gear, and her car was just hijacked to throw at a supervillain (again), but she’s not dead yet.
But when Meg accidentally finds one of the city’s perfect, invincible protectors murdered under extremely suspicious circumstances, her whole “innocent bystander” strategy falls apart. After being coerced by his determined girlfriend into a mission to help prevent the deaths of the remaining Supers, Meg finds herself forced into the foreground of a story she never wanted to be part of—one that challenges everything she thought she knew about both her city and herself.”
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)
Buy the book here
First of all…
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Parliament House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating and review.
So, without further adieu, let’s dive on into my review.
Let’s start this off by me telling you, I knew I would fly through this book from the three first sentences.
“Arnold is dead.
It’s not my fault. Let’s get that clear.”
I wasn’t sure how I’d actually feel about this book in the end, despite my excitememt as an avid lover of superheroes, but I decided to give this book a go after reading the synopsis when Parliament House reached out to me to review this book. I was nervous it would be too juvenile for me, as I rarely read anything that isn’t geared towards YA and NA genres, and the cover of this novel though eye-catching, screamed “young readers” to me, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The book was well written, funny, and flowed very well. The character introductions could have been a bit stronger as I found myself questioning somethings about some of the characters that I just wanted to be included in order to feel more connected with them, but over all, I was impressed with this being Taylor’s debut novel.
When we are introduced to Meg, our main character, I was intrigued. She seemed to have a good head on her shoulders for a seventeen year old, but as we learn more about Meg’s back story, it’s easy to see why she is the way she is. For a seventeen year old, Meg has had more devestation in her life than many people experience in their life’s entirety.
Lunar City, first of all, love the name. Upon first glance, purely by the name alone, I thought, now this sounds like a city I’d love to live in. Fast forward to the end of the first chapter, and I already know, I wouldn’t survive a week in that city. From daily disturbances to an influx in crime, Lunar City sounds like the bad part of any major city – Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, L.A, NYC, Cleveland, Chicago, any of them. We all consciously know bad things happen in any city, but, some cities have it worse than others, and Lunar City definitely got the shit end of the stick.
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be in a city that was protected by superheros. To see a man (or woman) flying around without wings, or shooting lazers out of their eyes. To have telekinetic powers, or invisibility, or be inhumanly fast. Would it be something that would be a burden on my life, or would it truly be an experience that would enrich my life. I doubt I’ll ever know or experience that in my life time – then again who knows with the way science goes. Collateral Damage gives a fun look at one of many possibilities if a city was to be taken over by crime and saved by superheros. I found myself questioning if I would be able to tell if someone was a superhero when they’re just walking down the street in between major crisis.
The book took some interesting turns, definitely threw me for a loop for a few different aspects, and I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. It was an easy read that kept me interested from cover to cover. I would definitely say people should give this book a shot, if only to support a debut author and add another book to your yearly read total.
It was the type of read you fly by in a weekend curled up with a good cup of coffee in your favourite reading spot, and I am so happy I got the chance to read and review this and can’t wait to grab a physical copy to put in my library and continue to suggest to those asking me for book recommendations.
As always, may your coffee be strong, and your books transport you somewhere magical.
And remember, stay wild moon child, and creep it real, witches!
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