Blog Tour | Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth + Review

Welcome to the 4th Day of Secondhand Origin Stories Blog Tour! Book Blog Tour hosted by That Bookshelf Bitch.

Also, I just want to say that this is my very first time to participate in a blog tour, it was an amazing experience, thanks to my fellow bloggers and most especially to Shealea and the author, Lee Blauersouth. Thank you!

BOOK INFORMATION

Title: Secondhand Origin Stories

Author: Lee Blauesouth

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing

Publication Date: 15th March 2017

Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction

Format: e-book

(Digital copy was provided by the host, That Bookshelf Bitch and author Lee Blauersouth in participation of this book blog tour.)

Synopsis:

Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.

But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?

Thoughts:

First, a word of warning before reading the book, there are involvement in systematic racism and ableism in the Secondhand Origin Stories. There may be these issues in the novel but it had been corrected throughout the novel.

Interesting premise, superheroes, supervillains? thrown in with a lot of amazing diverse characters, YES! I am glad my timeline has been blessed by this book.

My gods, my mind is everywhere. Have you seen the world building in this book? It’s captivating. Details were great and then combined with some action sequences. It was spot on. Read a little excerpt of the book here. I am not trying to oversell it but, I really enjoyed it. Another thing is it’s either a hit or a miss with me dealing and reading a book with multiple characters, bouncing off to another and back. And I clearly enjoyed and loved this.

It all began with four characters, Opal, who after graduating went to Chicago in hope to become a superhero like she has always dreamt. Isaac who is a brilliant sci-tech in his home. Jamie his younger sister, whom I really liked, because of her headstrong personality. And Yael a shapeshifter who seems under the impressions of being uptight but actually has a soft spot for hamsters. (Five? Martin!!!!! He reminds me of GLADIS Totally Spies. I love that A.I.)

The creation of these characters is what we rarely see in superhero-world, its diversity. take note Yael uses the gender-neutral pronouns xe and xyr and it’s new to me. It makes sense right? for a shapeshifting character to be gender-neutral, I love it. There are also themes of queer, coming out to the people you love, accepting yourself for who you really are and knowing yourself. Being disabled, racism and health issues. There was a lot of representation in the novel. I love how I came to understand and learn more about it. And knowing that others may find it this book and enjoyed it as much as I did is amazing.

I admit I thought that I wouldn’t enjoy it but once you hit its momentum there is no putting down, I was worried because of what had happened to Isaac and the way he is acting about it. Coincidentally, I came about Shealea’s heads-up warning. I was more swooped to it than I did, I needed answers and I did. Right now, I am just so blessed that I came across this book.

Secondhand Origin Stories has a character-driven plot, a captivating and empowering read. Which I have very much enjoyed and had a lot to learn from.

I just read the first one and I am already seeing Lee, tweeting about the second book It got me more hyped. Excited for what is installed for us!

Rating:

five

Add it to your Goodreads TBR

And get your copy Amazon | Book Depository

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AUTHOR INFORMATION

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Lee Blauersouth
After about a decade of drawing comics independently or with small presses, Lee started writing prose out of a combination of peer pressure and spite, then continued out of attachment to their favorite made-up people. They live in Minnesota even though it is clearly not a habitat humans were ever meant to endure, with their lovely wife/editor, the world’s most perfect baby, and books in every room of the house.
If you like categories, they’re an ENFJ Slytherin Leo. If you’re looking for demographics they’re an agender bisexual with a couple of disabilities. If you’re into lists of likes: Lee loves comics, classical art, round animals, tattoos, opera, ogling the shiner sciences, and queer stuff.

Check out and follow Lee Blauersouth on the following:
Author Website | Goodreads
Pinterest | Twitter

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DO NOT MISS OUT ON THE TOUR HERE’S THE BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

 

23 April (Monday)

24 April (Tuesday)

25 April (Wednesday)

26 April (Thursday)

27 April (Friday)

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20 thoughts on “Blog Tour | Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth + Review”

  1. Yes diversity! Yes character-driven stories! Like you, Justine, the pronouns ‘xe’ and ‘xyr’ are fairly new to me. Unlike you, though, I believe this is the first book I read with an agender MC. And I was stoked! Thank the gods for Lee Blauersouth! Thank the gods for Shealea!

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  2. The diversity was definitely a strong point! And yeah, the detailed world building got me more engrossed. It’s more character driven and while it’s fun, I’m excited for the sequel to get a more complex plot into their lives. Great review! 😀

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