Not Your Villain by C.B Lee | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: October 5th, 2017

Pages: 307

Publisher: Duet Books

Goodreads blurb:

Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.

After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?

Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain. 


R E V I E W

Warning: this is the second book in the Sidekick Squad series. The first one is title Not Your Sidekick and I would highly recommend reading it. It features one of the first f/f romances I ever read and is just so cute.

I was so excited about Not Your Villain. I absolutely loved Not Your Sidekick and was stoked to be able to find out more about Bells. However, I kept pushing the book back because I knew I wasn’t in the mood and it was just sitting as a sad ebook on my phone. When I got my kindle I almost instantly started reading it and it instantly pulled me out of a strange slump I was falling in to.

If you’re like me and have a terrible memory, don’t worry Not Your Villain recaps the events of the first book throughout from Bells perspective. You learn more about his life and what it’s like being a hero in the League. It was honestly interesting. Though my favourite thing had to be how accepting everyone was; not a single person is homophobic or transphobic in this world it seems and it makes me feel so fuzzy inside. Finally, a fictional, futuristic world where people are fully accepted for who they are. I just love it.

Throughout Not Your Villain we are dealing with what was revealed at the end of Not Your Sidekick, that the heroes have been kidnapping the villains and using them to increase their own powers. Bit of tables turned situation. Bells is also now a villain in the eyes of the law because sometimes doing the right thing makes you a villain in the eyes of the law.

We also get characters from the previous book, Jess, Abby and Emma. I have to say that my only problem was the romance. I completely understand why it was in the book but like, I was really hoping this would have just been a no romance book. However, the conversation shared between Bells and Emma about asexuality and being aromantic kind of struck a chord with me? The way Emma feels is very similar to me and now I’m questioning things and need to do some more research on the topic. I’m excited to read her perspective in the third book.

I’m not sure what I can say, which I’ve been saying a lot in my reviews, but for Not Your Villain I’m serious. The plot is so jam-packed with action that saying anything would have spoilers and leave people mad at me. I just really wanted to write a review in order to get people on this series. It may be middle grade, but it is so easy to read and honestly so exciting. If you love Percy Jackson I would highly recommend this series.


Happy reading everyone!

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