J.D. Toombs and Erika Schultz
Judd by J.D. Toombs & Erika Schulze is a Teen/Young Adult supernatural, superhero fiction; book 1 in The Fragmented Chronicles series.
Samael Judd lives in a community dedicated to beings that have supernatural powers. In order to stay in Comet Cove he must come into his own powers or face exclusion from his friends and family. Sam must face that his owning up to the secret he is hiding will allow his powers to show and determine his future.
He shares his secret with a select few, but this is not enough and ultimately he realises that he chose the wrong person in which to confide.
This is a story filled with the angst of normal teenage life; high school, sports tryouts, romantic interests, parties and the bullying clique. Add in the turmoil that Sam is experiencing with hiding his sexual orientation and masking that he doesn’t yet have his powers allows for a good teen drama read.
The premise of this book is spot on. Using the supernatural element to buffer the angst of the main character coming out to his friends, family and community was cleverly thought out. I found some of the teen drama elements, quantity of characters and dialogue a little hard to follow, meaning for me the story was a slower read than I had wanted it to be. This is more than likely a cultural and age issue on my part more than anything. However the main character is well written and I felt for him as he struggled with the decisions he had to make.
The authors have dropped some serious bread crumbs for continuing the series, although for me this wasn’t developed enough in this first book and if I’m honest I would have preferred a longer book that wrapped up the story in one go rather than waiting for another installment.
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy teen drama mixed with supernatural, superhero stories.
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