Swoon Reads | August 2018 | 320 pgs
Source: Library  

In the city of Morriston, there are a few superheroes who have special powers since they were young. No one knew how they've gotten their powers; but one thing they are positive about it is, they know they can always rely on these few superheroes to save them should circumstances happen. 

Abby Hamilton's view of the superheroes aren't that complicated as compared to others. To her, they're ordinary people like her. After all, her older brother, Connor, is Red Comet and she's seen all the good and the not-so-good sides of him so you can say she's kind of immuned to them. Red Comet is quite a popular superhero in Morriston and it is no wonder many teenagers idolised him, including Abby's bestie, Sarah. 

So far things are going on well until Iron Phantom appears in their city. Abby first met him through an unforgettable and a horrifying state after he'd saved her from a mugging attempt. But Iron Phantom, in the residents' eyes, is nothing but a supervillain who caused an uproar by burning city hall and then vanished (or perhaps in hiding). Abby has her doubts though, after all Iron Phantom couldn't be that bad given how he'd saved her on that fateful day. 

Back in school, Abby is excited about having a major part in a musical. It is also at this moment when Iron Phantom starts to show up randomly in her life and makes her wonder if they're in the same school. As she gets to understand more of Iron Phantom, she begins to see him more of a vigilante after he's convinced her that Morriston is under a new threat and what he'd done before is simply a diversion and he needs her help if they want to uncover the secrets surrounding the city. 

This was a fun and entertaining story but I thought the story doesn't really match the title. Iron Phantom isn't a supervillain (even the blurb stated he's a vigilante) so perhaps it's more of a metaphor and I've to admit the title is indeed eye-catching. Aside from this, the action scenes are minimal (well, except towards the end) but there are lots of interactions among the characters, thus making this more of a character-driven kind of book. There's some teenage angst and romance element added as part of the feature; and it's not hard to guess who Iron Phantom is. The concept was interesting though I wished there was more explanations given to the superheroes' powers than a hasty mention. All in all it was enjoyable but I think it'd make a more engrossing read if there was more punch to the superheroes'/villains' world and their dynamics.

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8 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    This sounds like so much fun! I'm adding it to my list!

  2. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - It was a fun read. Something different from the books I read lately. :)

  3. Lark Says:

    I'm adding it to my list, too. Gotta love a book with teens, superheroes, and supervillains. :D

  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - Hope you'll enjoy this book, Lark! :)

  5. the bookworm Says:

    Sounds interesting but also too bad it let down a little too. It sounds like there could have been more to the backstory on the superheroes.
    Great review as always.

  6. Melody Says:

    Naida - Thanks, Naida! It was an entertaining read but I wish there was something more. Oh well, just my expectations.

  7. While perhaps not what you expected, this does sound like it had a lot of good things going for it. You've got me curious.

  8. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Overall it was a fun read. :)

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