“Jess is too big for her skin, as if she might float away in the exhilarating possibility of the moment.” // Review of “Not Your Sidekick” by C. B. Lee

Title: Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad #1)
Author: C. B. Lee
Date Read: 28/11/2017 – 31/11/2017
Rating: ★★★


I really wanted to love this book for everything it was doing. Sadly, I didn’t feel the writing was quite good enough for to do anything more than mildly enjoy it.

Since it seems she is not going to manifest any kind of superpower like those of her parents and sister, Jess Tran begins applying for internships which might help her at least find a good college program. When she begins working for the town’s biggest supervillain, along with her longtime crush, Abby, she begins to question the superhero culture of the United States, and wonders whether the Heroes League of Heroes may have something to hide.

If I were just rating this book on its diversity, it would get five stars. In fact, it would probably get ten stars out of five. Jess is Asian-American and bisexual, and the romance between her and Abby is cute.  And a slow-burn, which is how I like my romances. There’s no insta-love here. One of Jess’ best friends, Bells, is a black trans guy and the other, Emma, has two mums. It’s so nice to see this sort of thing in a book that doesn’t focus on it. It’s just incidental in how these people live their lives.

The world-building was fairly basic but fine, but I just found myself not that impressed with the writing. A lot of the plot was fairly predicatable, and there was something stopping me from getting truly invested in the characters. The plot did pick up a bit more in the last quarter or maybe third, and I actually think that maybe things will improve in the second book (which I have started recently). While it may not have been my favourite book, I can totally appreciate the love it is getting from people who identify with the different aspects of Jess and her friends, and I want to support that so that perhaps more of these types of books will get published.

#WWW Wednesday – November 01, 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.


What have you recently finished reading?

Despite being busy getting the final papers for the semester written, I have managed to read three books this week!

First was Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology. I really enjoyed a number of these, and I definitely need to check out some of the featured authors.

Next I read The Bromancers by Tansy Rayner Roberts, which is the third book in the Belladonna University series, and sees the characters dealing with the unexpected appearances of significant others and body-swap hexes at a music festival.

Finally, I read Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee, which I saw on a list of books with good queer representation and then spotted at the library that same day. It’s full of diverse characters (there are diverse races, sexualities and gender identities), though the writing style did leave a bit to be desired. I’m still going to read the sequel, though.

Click the titles for reviews of See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt and Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer, which went up this week.

What are you currently reading?

I only finished Not Your Sidekick this morning and I haven’t started anything new yet. I’m still in the middle of Blood Guilt by Lindy Cameron but didn’t read any of it this week. It’s going to be my plane reading on Friday.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I plan to start Nyxia by Scott Reintgen next. I’m not the biggest fan of outer space books but I have seen some good reviews for this since it was released a few months ago. I saw it just sitting there on the shelf at the library, so I decided to check it out.

I also posted my October Reading Wrap-Up and November Reading List yesterday for anyone who might be interested.

What are you reading this week? 🙂~ Emily