7 + 1 Favourite Superpowered Books + Movies

Hullo, world!

I’m so excited today (again) because Raincouver has been sunny for two days in a row in winter!! *shrieks A#5* Also, I rediscovered my love for Bach’s Brandenburg concerto 3 and have been swapping the three viola parts with my siblings, which is immensely fun even if you’re missing the cellos and the violins, because violas rulz. (Violins are literally “little violas” in Italian, so there.)

Anyhow. 

Today, I was thinking I’ll be doing a book review because it’s that time of the month, but from a recent survey starting with my siblings to my bookstagram, I found out that people were more inclined to book lists than book reviews. Naturally. So I’m thinking I’ll alternate between this each month or make a different section in the Afternoon Tea series for a mini-review. 

So today, I will be presenting to you 7 + 1  Favourite Superpowered Books + Movies!

1. Blank Mastermind 

Audience: PG, middle-grade to YA

Content: Some violence

Goodreads :: Amazon :: Author Blog

Obviously, the very first book that came to my mind when I thought of superpowers was Blank Mastermind. For those of you who have not come across this ace of superpower books, a little synopsis: 

Amnesia is annoying. The poor hero has to find out everything about his wonderful life again and re-meet all the lovely people he knew before, then go to stop the villain. But what if the life that starts showing itself isn’t wonderful, the people aren’t lovely and the villain is… yourself?

And if that doesn’t make you go screaming to read this book, I don’t know what will. (Although to be fair, I wasn’t expecting too much when I went into the book…and now I would literally recommend it top of the list when it comes to superpower books.) Plus, the author is also a blogger!

2. Cape High

Audience: PG, middle-grade to YA

Content: Some Violence, romance

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Okay, call me crazy or whatever, but Cape High is my ultimate comfort read of this genre. The middle-grade (it’s mg, not YA despite the age range) series kicks off with twins Zoe and Sunny whose supervillain father is imprisoned. Then, their father is sent on parole, and he becomes the principal of a high school for superpowered teenagers. It’s a fluffy and fun read that is absolutely hilarious. The thing I find relaxing is that even though there are “villains” and “heroes”, most of them are friends off the grid and come together to help each other when true evil comes into play. It’s just the thing if you’re looking for a non-serious and floccus read. (I know, I just called this book floccus read. Go figure.)

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Audience: PG13, YA

Content: Violence, romance, thematic elements?

And now, you find out which team I was on all along. (Given I literally advertise my old fashioned-ness on my blog header, it’s not that shocking. #teamcap)

Yes, I generally don’t watch Marvel movies because there’s only an amount of destruction one can handle. Yes, I’m not even American. But obviously, this is my favourite Marvel movie of all time. *end of explanation*

4. My Hero Academia 

Audience: PG, middle-grade to YA

Content: Violence, mild romance

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Anytime I get to sneak my love for a fandom is a good day 🙂

So technically, I’ve only read a third of this series a while back and also forgot some parts, but I would still consider this to be one of my favourite superpowered stories. I also really love the backstory of this manga author who suffered a major slump and depression, which is where he came back to this project. And, I’m so glad he did. 

I also think of this one as the manga American comics which makes no sense but it does. (Plus I love op. 2 of this anime because I’m a Yonetsu Genshi fan.)

5. Bungo Stray Dogs

Audience: PG13, YA

Content: Violence

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The Armed Detective Agency.

What could be better than a normal superpower story? Hmm, let’s see, a world where authors have superpowers based on their books. 

This, ladies and gentleman, is the manga that was missing from your life if you are a Bibliophile, especially of classics. In this story, major classic authors starting with Japanese ones (Dazai is obviously my fav.) and branching off into American (Fitzgerald and his Gatsby, LOL) and Russian authors (Dostoyevsky!!!) face off against each other with their powers and strategy games. If you’re a fan of intellectual-detective-mafia-classics battle combination, you will like this story. Ten points if this series makes you want to read the original classics! (Which happened to me.)

(Also, if you’re interested in Japanese authors I love, check out this post.)

6. Michael Vey

Audience: PG, YA

Content: Violence, mild romance

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The Prisoner of Cell 25 was probably my first superpowered read, and this book would come to set the standard to the rest of the books in this genre. It’s in no way a classic superhero story because all through the series, Michael focuses on rescuing and helping people rather than battling bad guys…but at the same time it is a well-orchestrated arch. I also love the restriction on the superpower and its connection to electricity and the brain. Now that I think about it, I want to go back and re-read the entire series again. 

7. Renegades 

Audience: PG, Middle-grade to YA

Content: Some Violence, LGBTQ2+

Goodreads :: Amazon

This is the classic superhero story with a complete set of good guys v. s. bad guys face off and the twist–yes, you guessed it–the MC is the villain. I also got a signed copy by Marissa Meyer which was super awesome. Despite its well-written orchestration, I do have some reservations about the story because I like stories that are twisted beyond belief and this follows a rather average storyline. But  the world is well developed and you can read it like you’re watching a movie or a comic, something many books can’t pull off. Plus, you’ve got to love Max, the child prodigy. 😉

8. Vicious 

Audience: PG15, Adult Fiction

Content: Violence, Swearing, Minor Sexulaity

Goodreads :: Amazon

And now we finally come to the plus one factor…Vicious! It’s the story that I would also consider dark academia, so it’s a bit of a black horse in this list. It also isn’t YA, so I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone below fifteen. 

But, if you are over fifteen and have heard of VE Schwab and love the idea of dark academia-superpower fusion, then this book is for you. 

And that concludes the list! 

Thank you for reading! What did you think? Are you a fan of superheroes? What are some of your favourite superhero stories? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

My Thoughts on The Missing of Clairdelune

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It baffles me how half of September is already gone. It seems just a moment ago that I got back into blogging. 

Anyhow. 

Today, I’ll be sharing with you My Thoughts on The Missing of Clairdelune. Some of you might remember me screaming my head off with the book 1 of the Mirror Visitor quartet, My Thoughts While Reading “A Winter’s Promise” on the blog a few months ago. 

Well, I’m still screaming my head off, because I finished book 2 and book 3’s English translation just came out. *proceeds to squeal an A#6*

Without further ado, I present to you, My Thoughts on The Missing of Clairdelune. 

The Missing of Clairdelune (Mirror Visitor Quartet #2)

The Synopsis:

Book Two in the Internationally Bestselling Mirror Visitor Quartet

When our heroine Ophelia is promoted to Vice-storyteller by Farouk, the ancestral Spirit of Pole, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into the public spotlight and her special gift is revealed to all. Ophelia knows how to read the secret history of objects and there could be no greater threat to the nefarious denizens of her icy adopted home than this. Beneath the golden rafters of Pole’s capitol, Citaceleste, she discovers that the only person she may be able to trust is Thorn, her enigmatic fiancé. As one after another influential courtier disappears, Ophelia again finds herself unintentionally implicated in an investigation that will lead her to see beyond Pole’s many illusions to the heart of the formidable truth.

My Thoughts: 

1. THE STORYTELLER: The Game: The scarf!! (Yes, my first comment is the scarf. I do so love that scarf.) And Good Berenilde! I’ve missed her. The Knight is seriously creepy. The game reminds me of something out of Alice in Wonderland. Thorn!!! (Pardon me fangirling.)

2. The Kid: I really dislike Farouk. We’ll see if there’s any redeeming him as the tale goes on…I am in an agonizing place already. 

3. The Contracts: Good Aunt Rosaline! I can’t quite decide if I like Rosaline or Berenilde better…And hullo, who is this new character we have here? Valkyries are creepy and cool. Oh, gosh, I am so fangirling! I know I shall suffer heartbreaks, but let them break. 

4. Fragment: First Reprise: Ooh, what is this? I have a feeling it is related to the before.

5. The Letter: Gynaeceum. What a delightful word! This book contains so many interesting words and places. And the Knight. There must be something behind this, though. Death threats! I mean, we were warned, but still. Shocking, rather. Ah, Thorn! He and Ophelia never ceases to surprise me. And we finally get the letter. 

6. The Theatre: I am rather nervous. We can only hope for our Ophelia to do her best. and the Ambassador is really notoriously interesting. Most certainly rotten, but interesting. Ooh, this will certainly be a tough show to put on…

7. The Doll: And Ophelia has done it again! I mean, in a good way, we hope. 

8. The Tales: The blue sandglass is shady. And Farouk is getting interesting. I still don’t much like him, but he’s interesting. The paper is scathing, as all papers tend to be. And the Book. I should really love to know what that is all about…Thorn! I really cannot stop grinning when he entres the page. 

9. The Forgotten Ones: Yay, old friends! And Ophelia really has the knack to do the most unexpected things. 

10. The Pipe: Mother Hildegarde! Really, here now is a character. Double rooms. All these contraptions makes me want to cry. 😭Ohhh, so that’s what this is. Interesting. Mutilation? 

11. The Question: The Knight is truly terrifying. Stanislav—and the whole Mirages. Really disconcerting. Aww, the Fox is such a dear muffin! 

12. The Affront: Why on earth is Ophelia so bold in the wrong places? Thorn!!!

13. The Promises: Things should not be funny, but these two are ridiculous! Ohh, so that’s how  it’s connected. Gosh, the FEELS. 

14. The Bell: Ophelia and Thorn are capital letter Awkward. Her family coming over must be fantastically absurd. This has taken an interesting curve of events. (Also, try not to grin like a maniac every time Thorn steps into the page…)

15. The Client: What is this? I mean, obviously things are going downhill, but still. They’ve finally done it. 

16. Fragment: Second: This has to be the past. It’s interesting there is a capital letter God here. I have a theory about the family spirits on each arks, but I’ll keep them in my head for now…

17. The Train: Ooh, now we have a recurring dream. Farouk is getting interesting. And the change of scenery. There’s even a debate about theology. 

18. The Family: Ah, mothers are the same everywhere. Great uncle!! I have missed him as much as Ophelia did. We finally get some glimpse of history. 


19. THE READER: The Date: And what are they doing here? And what is with the letter? It is kind of ominous. 

20. The Weather Vane: Please let Berenilde and Ophelia have the chance to talk to each other! The Doyennes are really shady. 

21. The Mothers: What have we now from Berenilde? Ohhh, Berenilde! I am glad I have taken to her. What will she do with all that’s going on? I’m glad for Ophelia either ways…

22. The Caravan: Aww, Ophelia’s family is so cute even in their noisy racketeering way. Hmm, strange occurrences keep popping up. What to make of them? 

23. The Disgraced: Thorn!! *goes to hyperventilate* And Ophelia. And the Chroniclers. I must really give it to Thorn, though. He must be an ISTJ. I really cannot stop smiling. 

24. The Invitation: Ha, I knew that the dinner would fall flat. But really, could I count on them this time..?

25. Vertigo: Gosh, not a moment too soon! I mean, oh, I really should stop grinning into a book. Not that my family thinks of me any saner…

26. Fragment: The Third Reprise: This must be what is left inside him…it’s starting to make a little more sense. And the “Try your dears”…

27. The Absentees: I am nervous about this prospect. Something is definitely up. As much as the Knight creeps me out, I feel sorry for him. And Ophelia’s mother. Mothers will be mothers! 

28. The Seal: Gosh this is disturbing. And we have the quiet and stout Ophelia on our side. We may survive this just yet…

29. The Pin: What is biting Thorn? And I kind of like the Baron. Ohhh. Now I think I’m getting a hang of who and what. 

30. The Workshop: Hmm. I feel like bombs will drop soon. And the shop is fascinating. 

31. The Sand beds: Grossly interesting. But I don’t think they’ll find what they’re looking for here…

32. The Dead end: Thorn really has a stunning capacity of intelligence. Ahh, I feel you Ophelia 😭

33. Fragment: Fourth Reprise: Everything feels sort of disjointed. But I can kind of feel what is going to happen??

34. The Cry: Ah, this is taking a sad turn. I mean, not super sad, but moderately sad. You can do this, Berenilde! I feel that things are changing for Thorn and Ophelia. There’s an invisible force behind all this fiasco.

35. The Non-Place: I’m getting sleepy…Gail is chirpy again. Hullo! Where have we gotten ourselves landed on? Gosh this is disturbing!

36. The Dark: Good old scarf! And what is this development? This can’t be all…And Golly, what a way to end the chapter!

37. The Announcement: Verdan! Okay, I am really shook right now, it’s my first “shook” as of current, I wasn’t expecting it to happen like this…

38. The Mattresses: Ophelia takes action! Haa, so that is what this has been about. 

39. The Genteel Death: And here I thought there wasn’t too much backstabbing. How sad. (I should be more worried, but things will not go down yet!)

40. The Heart: And the day is not lost! Not yet, at least. Gosh. I am utterly shook. 

41. The Deal: Oof. I don’t know what to think about the situation anymore other than the fact it’s perfectly dreadful. 

42. The Reading: This is very nerve-wracking. I can only hope for the best…

43. Fragment: Fifth Reprise: This makes so much sense and absolutely none.

44. The Memory: My stomach and my heart is doing weird lurches. Ohhh. So that was what it was. Things are somewhat falling into place, but not in the way I anticipated. The author really doesn’t pull the punches of FEELS. 

45. The Parent: Wait, what???  I am silenced. 

46. The Sentence: Thorn!! And Ophelia!!! Farouk. Is this tea going to happen?

47. The Mirror Visitor: I cannot say anything without bursting into tears 😭 

48. Fragment: Postscriptum: And propter Deum. 


My Review: 

  • Can we just stop and appreciate Thorn? I mean, I think I spent half of the time squealing about him and Ophelia. If Book 1 was any indication, Thorn gets better and better in Book 2. The author really builds on Thorn’s and Ophelia’s character, and the book is worth reading for these two alone. 
  • The Ark system is really well-thought out. I love stories with complex worlds that’s deep enough to dive into, but also mundane enough to be understandable. Christelle Dabos’s Mirror Visitor Quartets do just that. I simply adore the european-19th century vibe that is prevalent in the books, and the way the magical is  woven into ordinary. It’s really singular. 
  • As mentioned before, the book is taut with tension. Like, there’s hardly any part where everything is peaceful and quiet. There’s conspiracies and daily death threats as well as backstabbing where you least expect it. You pretty much experience being plunked into the court squabbles and drama just like Ophelia. So, if that sounds too stressful, this book might not be your cup of tea. But if you do hang in, you do get to go on a rich and glittering ride with emotional twists. 

The Verdict:

What did you think? Have you read A Winter’s Promise? Or better yet, are you inclined to read the Mirror Visitor Quartet? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

My Thoughts on The June Boys

Hullo, world!

Only three more days until my blogiversary…I am counting down the days. 

We had a few days of sunshine, and now it’s back to the thick grey clouds and dripping rain. Oh, well. I suppose rainy days are nice in their own ways. 

Today, I will be sharing My Thoughts on The June Boys…fitting for the book of the month, don’t you think? I don’t really remember where I chanced upon this book, but let me just warn you it’s filled to the brim with emotions and dark twists. Plus, it has castles. A thriller with castles must be read.

The June Boys

Audience: PG15+

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The Synopsis:

The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?

My Thoughts: 

Sage Advice: Ooh, intrigue. Love the Father’s eerie-ness

C1: Aulus is that kind of person. I wonder what the Thief wants…

C2: Oh, so that’s what the key chain is. It’s quite stunning how they believe everything is connected. But of course, it must be…

The Elizabeth Letters: The font is excruciating to read on a phone. It doesn’t make much sense now, so it should later on. 

C3: Not sure what to think. Will make up my mind a little later. I like the MC and her boyfriend enough, though. They don’t come across as the senseless types. 

C4: Wait, what? This is so cool! Ah, dear rain-couver. Sweet second home, Vancouver is. Anyhow. 

C5: Ah, the nature of flashes from the past. I’m starting to think that this is one of those really convoluted stories. I love it! 

TEL: This is so peculiar and confusing. What’s it supposed to signify???

C6: Uhh, Why do they suspect him? I mean, I can sort of see it as a possibility, but there’s still too little info to know. 

C7: I feel detached from the story…not sure why. 

C8: Actually I take it back. The number one character who intrigues me is her father, the suspect. 

C9: I’m interested in seeing where this goes…But the pacing is kind of weird. Things are kind of unnatural? 

TEL: Okay, this is confusing things even more. Why is Tank there?

C10: I am even more confused. What is happening?? What is Thea doing anyways?? (Or maybe this all has to do with my fever and not the book…) 

C11: It’s happening! So unreal, plus I don’t necessarily want it to be true!! Please, don’t be the Thief!!

C12: What could be the motive in the first place? I want him to be a castle builder, too. 

TEL: Okay, this makes a little more sense? Like it’s starting to connect a little? 

C13: The Castle is seriously cool. Kind of sinister at the same time. 

C14: Ahh, I cannot handle the tension. So conflicted, also not sure what to think??

TEL: Aulus is such a dear. I really love him, and hopes he survives! 

C15: Constance. Such a wonderful person. I really wish things would get “sorted out”. 

C16: Aww. I knew Constance was good for Thea. I feel for Thea—it’s so hard to know what to think 😭

TEL: Who is this Welder??? And Aulus is with the June boys. But then why is Tank with them? 

C17: The principal is kind of funny in an awkward way. Plus the photos? So intriguing 

C18: Wait, Welder. That must have to do with something. The photo can’t mean anything well. And can I say how much I love the tight knit community Thea has?

C19: Finally, something. Although Dana is probably still going to roast them. 

TEL: The relationship with the four boys is sort of strange, but cute? (And why am I ending sentences with?) Gosh my stomach and body hurts. Hoping the fever is going down…

C20: I like Dana enough. And Nick. But Thea is a little confusing at times…


C21: Gahgh, I am so shook. I always have this thing for trains, but this is so gut wrenching. Surely this is not the case! 

TEL: I feel like this is not happening in the same time frame as the rest of the chapters? Like, the letters are placed in a different time interval. Kind of cool and creepy. 

C22: The sudden mention of God is kind of startling, in a cool way. I didn’t think this kind of book would involve anything like theology. 

C23: This is so sweet and weird and wonderful. It’s so not what I was expecting, but in a good way. 

C24: This complicated Father-daughter relationship is really hurting me. Are they going to be alright? Can they really work it out? 

TEL: This is so sad. Crying over what the boys have to go through. And where is Welder? As much as I don’t care for the Thief, if he was there to take care of the boys, they wouldn’t have to go through this. 

C25: Ahh, the tension is taut. Things people do when they are afraid…

C26: Things are starting to get so chaotic. More questions than answers…

TEL: Gahh, I am shook. I was really hoping this wasn’t the case. 

C27: And they connect! (In a really morbid fashion. )

C28: Gosh, now that things are starting to move forward, it’s moving at a breakneck pace. Terrible business, I say. Also, did I say how much I love Dana? 

C29: I am crying over Thea’s father. I really like him, but there’s too many uncertain and unknown details. 

C30: Ruby and Griff are so nice, in their calm-chaotic way. This is so wrecking. 

TEL: I feel just like Aulus and Thea. Do I believe in truth or hope there’s another answer out there? 

C31: Ahh, Nick is so nice. And Dana. Can we appreciate people like her? 

C32: Why do people have to be so unthinking? I mean, this is a terrible case. It doesn’t mean everything is face value. 

C33: Wait, what? I was not expecting him to be here. So shook. Nearly dropped my phone reading that sentence. 

TEL: I am even more confused. Just who is the Gemini Thief???

C34: Gah, is this another false lead? Or is it finally settling in place? Sitting on the edge of my seat. 

C35: I am shook. (I think that’s my go-to phrase when things happen in stories I didn’t see coming. At all.) 

C36: I am screaming. It’s not supposed to happen this way!!!

TEL 1: Light! Let there be light!

TEL 2: Balloons, what a brilliant idea! 

TEL 3: someone please see the balloons. 

TEL 4: Da. Ba. Loons! 

TEL 5: Nooo. Don’t do that! 

TEL 6: I am crying. Really. So many things are going so wrong, it’s not supposed to be like this! 

C37: My heart is all over the place. Honestly, I wasn’t prepared for this. 

C38: Thea. I’m glad she’s come full circles, that she does give up. We all need that kind of craziness in us. 

C39: The bells. So iconic. 

TEL: Can we stop doing this to Aulus? Can we not just give him hot chocolate and donuts? 

C40: I am crying 😭 I feel like not enough crying will justify what this story did to me.

Epilogue: Ahh, not quite there but also there. 

A Final Note to the Reader: Wait, what is this supposed to mean? Inspired by true events??


My Review:

  • Okay, so from the jumbled notes above, you can get a good idea of what this book is like. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions, mysteries, and symbolism. I loved the father-daughter relationship and the overall arc of the MC and her father. I liked how the characters I first penned would be “flat” turned out to be more developed than I imagined. 
  • The writing was alright, but the pacing felt a little jagged and weird. Maybe it’s because I don’t generally read suspense/mystery genres that much? I’m a fan of letters and diaries (or other means of telling a story), so that was definitely a plus for me. Each chapter felt kind of short for my liking, but in this case it worked since it’s supposed to be fast-paced. (But then the pacing was kind of weird. It picked itself  up toward the half of the book.)
  • I really loved the premise and the overall idea of the book. This book managed to surprise me even though at times I thought I knew what was coming. (Spoiler: I had no idea.) It totally wrecked my emotions and flipped the expectations  back on my head. And the castle. Can we just take a moment to appreciate that there’s a castle in the contemporary suspense/mystery genre?

The Verdict:

What did you think? Do you enjoy emotional fast-paced books? Have you ever encountered books where your emotions were murdered by the author? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!