Blog Tour: Evolution:ANGEL by S.A. Huchton ~Adriana & Brianna's Review, Top 10 Superheroes & Giveaway
*I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review
In the past few years, I have read more books than I can count. Because of that, I find it really hard to find a book that's different from the rest. Originality is something that I have been looking for in books lately and I found it Evolution:ANGEL.
Candace became one of my favorite female characters. She is one of the most kickass heroines I have read in a very long time. She doesn't back down from anything and is pretty fierce. She is brave and doesn't take any crap from anyone. I simply adored her. There are many MANY hot guys to swoon over in this book and I adored them all. Jackson and Adrian were my favorite Jackson is the sarcastic bad boy that I always seem to fall for in books and Adrian is the sweet guy that everything he said made me swoon.
The plot of this story is super interesting. Candace applied to become a superhero thanks to the AdvaNced Genetic EvoLution (ANGEL) Project. She wanted to be a member of their elite team since one of them rescued her when she was younger. When she finds out she is accepted to be part of this special project, she is ecstatic. When she arrives to start her treatment to become a superhero, she learns that there's more to it than what the public knows about superheroes and what she had thought.
I have had the pleasure of reading a few other S.A. Huchton books that I immensely enjoyed, but this one is by far my favorite by her. It had everything I love and more. Kickass heroine? Check! Pretty awesome action scenes? Check! Swoon-worthy men? Check! and of course, amazing romance? Check and Check! And that ending almost gave me a heart attack. I was so not expecting all that to happen and I cannot wait for the next book in the series and see where the story will go from here.
Overall, I really loved this book. This book compares to nothing I have read or heard of before. It had tons of actions, great characters,an interesting storyline, and some pretty kickass superheroes. I can definitely say that this book has been one of the best books I have read so far this year.I highly recommend you read this book, you won't be disappointed.
*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
As someone who likes some originality in my books, I was pretty sure that this one would deliver. It promised superheroes, an interesting main character, and lots of action. Luckily, for me, I got that originality, along with an intriguing story.
Candace was one of the coolest female leads. She was one of those girls I’d love to be friends with. She had attitude, compassion, and was quick to tell people what she thought. I really liked her, and seeing this story through her eyes was really great. I did get a bit annoyed with Candace near the end, when she made a huge decision that changed everything. However, I understood why she did it, and I think that that really showed how skilled the author is at creating interesting, but flawed characters.
The other people in this novel were just as interesting. There was Candace’s cousin Gabe, whom I thought was really great. I liked their relationship, because it was fun and light, but serious when it needed to be. Jackson was very interesting, and I definitely think that there is a lot more to him than the image of the bad boy that he hides behind. I really liked True, as well, because she was a bit of a mentor to Candace, and I thought that Candace really needed a strong female friend to help her through everything. Finally, there was Adrian. I really liked him. The fact that he was a reader was awesome, and I loved that he read to Candace. Most of the events surrounding him are huge spoilers, so I’ll just say that I thought he and Candace were really great as a couple, most of the time.
The plot of this novel was really interesting, and full of action. It was all about Candace training to become a superhero. There were battles, tests, and even some romance. Through it all, I was riveted. I never got bored, and the pace was pretty quick. However, there were some really emotional parts, and the ending of this book killed me.
Overall, I thought that this story was unique, and really interesting. Told through the eyes of a really strong and relatable main character, it was all about life, love, and what it means to be a hero. My only real complaint is that the ending of this novel is a bit brutal, and it ends in the middle of a scene. Other than that though, there’s no reason why any science-fiction lover shouldn’t pick this one up, especially if great heroines are your thing as much as they are mine.
Top Ten: Superheroes
Oh man. So, this is a super hard topic for me (eh heh). There are so many superheroes I love, and being asked to pick just ten and rank them… Geez. But, I shall attempt it regardless. Some you may know, some you may not. I’m a huge geek, so bear with me, k? :)
Number 10 - Keepsie
Okay, probably a ton of people out there won’t know this one, but they should! The first podcast audiobook I ever listened to was Mur Lafferty’s Playing For Keeps. It’s a superhero novel, but maybe not one you’d expect. The story centers around a woman nicknamed Keepsie whose ability, on the surface, doesn’t seem all that amazing. The only supernatural power she has is the power to protect whatever belongs to her- as in, it’s literally impossible to steal from her. She runs a bar, she’s very loyal to her friends, and is ultimately the key to saving the city and the world. The entire story is about how even though you may not think you’re very important, in the end, it’s the little guys that make all the difference. I love this story for SO many reasons, so I HAD to include Keepsie in this list.
Number 9 - Iron Man
I really wanted to move Mr. Stark up on this list, I really really did, but when I take into account the character in the comic books, I simply couldn’t justify it. Thanks to the Iron Man series and The Avengers movie’s success, everyone knows who Tony Stark is now. Billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist. HOWEVER, despite how much I adore Robert Downey, Jr’s portrayal of him, Tony Stark is kind of a jerk. They niced him up for the movies. (This is where my geek streak really shows, heh.)
Number 8 - Dagger
This one is so very nostalgic for me. Tandy Bowen, a.k.a. Dagger (of Cloak & Dagger), is the embodiment of light. She is one who saves others from darkness and grants redemption. Her and her counterpart were created during what I feel (looking back) was probably the height of the war on drugs in the 1980s. They battled back-alley crime bosses and drug dealers, eventually making their way into the more mainstream Marvel Universe. Sadly, they were never X-Men, as they are not “natural” mutants, but I always found their comics incredibly compelling as a kid. That’s faded some as the years have plodded on, but Cloak & Dagger still hold a place in my heart.
Number 7 - Hit Girl
The little package of all kinds of wrong that is Mindy Macready just warms the twisted part of my heart. If you haven’t seen Kick Ass (or the sequel), be prepared for some serious violence and language, all from the hands and mouth of Hit Girl. Raised to be a vigilante, Mindy’s never known a normal life, and I think, especially in the second movie, seeing her character trying to fit into that constricting mold of “normalcy” really struck a chord with me. In the end, she just accepts that she’s never going to be what other people want her to be, and that’s okay with her. She’s content to take off on her own and be as foul-mouthed, violent, and justice-dealing as she wants to be. And I love that she’s true to herself. (Also, she SERIOUSLY kicks all butt. ALL OF IT.)
Number 6 - Doctor Strange
What do you get when you mix a sorcerer and the 1960s? Well, you couldn’t really call it anything BUT strange. This guy is the defender of Earth from all things mystical and magical, and has appeared alongside the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and many, many others (including Cloak & Dagger). He’s come up against everything from ancient Egyptian gods to the creation of the universe and everything else in between. I’m not the only person that would LOVE to see a well-done Doctor Strange movie, but the special effects alone would probably cost more than the entire GDP of some third-world countries. Rumor has it that there’s one on tap, though, so that’s exciting!
Number 5 - Kitty Pryde
While she has lots of representation in the comic books, Kitty Pryde is all but invisible in the X-Men movies. She appears once during an attack on Professor Xavier’s school, and most people won’t remember her being named. In fact, in the movie set for release in May, Days of Future Past, she was absolutely integral in that storyline from the comics. Not surprisingly, all indications point to her being more or less reduced to a novelty in the upcoming movie (thanks for that, Hollywood). Kitty was a 13-year-old Jewish girl in the original comics, with the ability to phase through solid objects. Did I also mention she has a small pet dragon? Cuz she does. She’s freaking awesome.
Number 4 - Nightcrawler
So, per the comics, Nightcrawler is actually the son of Mystique (played by Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past) and Azazel (the red demon guy played by Jason Flemyng in First Class). Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) always seemed like such a sad character to me. Rejected from birth and relegated to the circus because of his appearance, love and acceptance are the things he wants more than anything, and he’s always kind. I just… I just want to hug him! Unfortunately, he’d probably teleport away from me if I tried. *sigh*
Number 3 - Wonder Woman
Ha! Bet you thought she’d be number 1, right? Nope! Never fear, though, I do love her muchly. Smart, confident woman? Check. Can kick any dude’s butt? Check. Fights for justice and rights wrongs? Check. Absolute frustration with Hollywood nonsense about a Wonder Woman movie not doing well in theaters? Check. I highly recommend everyone go watch the short Wonder Woman movie by Rainfall Films over on YouTube. That right there? That’s what amazing looks like, and represents how fantastic a full-length film could be. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XATiV3gmy-Q
Number 2 - Black Widow
This is how to be a superhero without exposing yourself to gamma radiation or being born a mutant. Black Widow is simply THAT GOOD. Sure, she had to train from a very inappropriate age to kill, manipulate, and use her sexuality to become the awesome spy and assassin she is, but she’s trying to make up for her blood-soaked past now. I really, really wish they’d stop making her skinnier and skinnier for the movies. Seriously. Thighs the size of twigs aren’t gonna do much good when it comes to snapping necks with your legs.
Number 1 - Jean Grey
My achilles heel will always be smart people. I love them completely and with abandon. Jean Grey is one of the X-Men who’s both smart and powerful (telepathy AND telekinesis FTW!). She, uh, maybe goes off the rails a bit (the whole Dark Phoenix thing was a scary phase, although it wasn’t REALLY her), but she comes back eventually. Did I mention she has unlimited potential in her power? Yeah, she’s pretty much a god, and way better as a leader for the X-Men than Cyclops. Also, she becomes a teacher. And really, teachers will ALWAYS be my heroes… super or not.
So that’s my list, as best as I can figure. My favorites are always a little quirky and always flawed, but their hearts are mostly in the right place. Which is really the biggest requirement to being a hero: taking actions for the good of others.
A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, THE DREAMER'S THREAD was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance ENDURE series in 2013. All three books of the EVOLUTION series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, MASTER OF MYTH (the Antigone's Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers' contest, The Sandy, in 2012.
When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at designedbystarla.com.
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