Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to the Sky Girl series by Joe Sergi. I’m excited to be participating in the blog tour celebrating the release of the second book in the series, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures! (that’s an affiliate link) And I’m even more excited that I get to give a digital copy of the book away to one of you wonderful people!
My husband is a huge superhero fan, and he came across this book and begged me to sign up for the blog tour so he could read it! I was happy to do so, and he, Bignificent, and I all read both books 1 and 2 and really enjoyed them! We thought we’d have a little fun and give you all three of our opinions on the books, complete with Bignificent’s illustrations of her favorite scene from each book!
So, let me give you the skinny on this new installment of the series and then our thoughts and the giveaway at the end! This is a bit of a long post, but I think you’ll enjoy it!
About the book:
Being a teenage girl is hard enough, but for DeDe Christopher, it is proving impossible. In addition to cliques, books, and boys, she has to worry about capes, apes, and aliens. Last year, DeDe discovered that she possessed fantastic abilities that were strangely similar to those of a comic book character named SkyBoy.
With the help of her best friend Jason, a self-professed comic geek, DeDe accepted her legacy and became Sky Girl. Now, DeDe must learn what it means to be a heroine as Sky Girl faces the all too real enemies and allies of SkyBoy, including the clever Quizmaster, the beautiful Penny Pound, the enigmatic Jersey Devil, and the magical MissTick.
DeDe must also face personal challenges as she discovers the secrets of her late father and his connection to Skyboy–secrets that will affect Sky Girl’s destiny.
About the author:
Joe Sergi lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife and daughter. Joe is an attorney and a Haller Award winning author who has written articles, novels, short stories, and comic books in the horror, scifi, and young adult genres. Joe is the creator of the Sky Girl series of novels and the editor of Great Zombies in History. His first novel, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy was selected Best of 2010 by the New PODler Review. Joe is a life-long comic fan who regularly writes on the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. A complete list of Joe’s titles is available at www.JoeSergi.net. When not writing, Joe works as a Senior Litigation Counsel in an unnamed US government agency and is a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law.
What we thought:
Daddynificent says: I am a comic book geek., I openly admit this to be fact. I collected comics for years, and had several long boxes full of comics before going to grad school and meeting my wife. That collection lives on in my cousin’s apartment and in my memories. I also read what I can to keep up with storylines that are going on in contemporary comics.
Mommynificent chose this superhero theme for her blog independently from any influence from me. In the background I was cheering, I was so excited. As she started doing these book reviews, I also got into it, and surfed the kidlit, children’s literature corners of the internet and found some author blogs and kidlit blogs that I really enjoy. So that’s what I was doing when I saw this book tour announced. I ran from my home office to Mommynificent and told her that she had to do it! Being a good mom, she didn’t immediately give in to my childish whim and made me give her a valid argument for it.
“Superhero book! Booknificent! You gotta!” I think those were my arguments. Maybe a little less coherent.
So she acquiesced and the author, Joe Sergi, accepted us (yes us!) and we got to review the book. Actually, he was really nice and gave us Sky Girl book one to review as well. Here are my thoughts on both books.
In the beginning, Sky Girl is a reluctant hero. She gets her powers, but has no interest in hero-ing. But circumstances end up teaching her that “with great power comes great responsibility.” And she didn’t need to lose an uncle to learn that lesson. She does make a reference to this phrase in the second book to her mom though.
You’ll find a lot of hints and nods to popular comics. Some of them are pretty well known like this, others are references to online webcomics and other indie creators out there. Most of these come from Sky Girl’s best friend and sidekick, Jason.
So I was thrilled as Jason outwitted Alex the nascent supervillain with evil villain tropes. He uses pop culture and internet memes to defeat the Quizmaster. All in all I think Jason’s adventures might be more thrilling to me than Sky Girl’s.
The pop culture and geek culture references are such nice touches. I really enjoy Jason’s indie tee-shirt collection; they’re what I would have in my closet if I spent money on indie tee-shirts. Mommynificent and Bignificent will have to tell you whether the references detract from the story. I think they aren’t excessive, and enhance the characters in a fun way. For example, Sky Girl’s powers are all called Sky-something. Like SkySpeed, SkyVision and SkyPulse. But her new power to cast energy nets around enemies is called electronet because SkyNet is a futuristic AI that sends Bavarian accented body builders into the past to assassinate its enemies. What a riot!
Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures picks up with DeDe and her best friend Jason hitting their groove heroing. She does some superheroic feats and Jason gets in some non-powered heroing using his vast comic book geekiness as a force for good. Both characters are growing too. They are becoming more comfortable with their new status quo, being hero and sidekick.
Sky Girl seems to keep with some traditional comic book forms. She has a very Green Lantern-like relationship with the Protectorate. She also breaks with tradition in charming ways. Her first meeting with a fellow hero does not begin with a fight. Every good team up starts with a misunderstanding and a fight. It’s a given! Superman and Spider-man did it. Hulk and Wolverine did it.
Another thing to love is the slow burn mysteries. These are questions that we started asking in book one and continue to ponder through book two. What does Mrs. Christopher, DeDe’s mom, really know? What have they done to Nicole? Where is Sky Boy?
The last thing that I love about these books is that DeDe and Jason are like Mommynificent and me. She’s the Superhero with all the powers: Super-wordsmithery, Super-healthy-recipe-
Mr. Sergi, keep up the good work. I was thoroughly entertained and had no problems giving this book to my nine year-old daughter who also loved the book.
Mommynificent says: While not the superhero fan my husband is, I really enjoyed these books. They were fun and believable while still fitting in with my limited understanding of the comic book and superhero world. I could tell that references were being made that I probably wasn’t getting, but they were still funny and fit the story without my having all the background info.
As for the characters, I could honestly take or leave the main character, Sky Girl, but I absolutely adore her side-kick, Jason, and I loved the way he uses his strengths to support Sky Girl. In my opinion, he’s the real hero! I also like the slow burn mystery of what happened to Sky Boy, and I’m really looking forward to the next installment of this series! One more thing – you should definitely read book 1 before you read book 2, but then I always say that! To do otherwise would be completely immoral! 🙂
I love books that I can share with both Daddynificent and the kids. So much of the joy of reading for me is sharing books and talking about them, but in general, I read far more than Daddy and we all enjoy different genres. So it’s always really fun for me when I find one we can enjoy together. These books definitely fit that bill. I love how clean they are so that the kids could enjoy them with us!
Bignificent says: Dede and Jason are the main characters in this story. I would like to be friends with them because they are fun, they like to read, and they are creative. My favorite part of book 2 was when the QuizMaster took Penny Pound captive and staged a game show because the questions he asked her are clever and interesting. I liked the way Jason defeats him. My least favorite part of the book was when someone very important to Dede dies. The story surprised me a lot and certain parts were very funny. I felt sad at the end of the story because I wanted it to keep going! My mom asked me to draw an illustration of my favorite scene from each book. Picture number 1 is Sky Girl fighting Mechape. Picture number 2 is Sky Girl fighting Shadow.
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