The Girl Who Would Be King by Kelly Thompson
While this book is told from the perspective of two teenagers, I wouldn’t classify it as a YA read. I’d classify it as a “kickass females with superpowers who happen to be younger than the usual demographic” read. In reality, this reads like a novelization of a graphic novel, and it’s wonderful. I won’t give away too much of the plot, because the unfolding of the story is part of the fun, but let’s just say superheroes and supervillains have to come from somewhere.
I hadn’t heard of this book before, but saw some information about Thompson’s newest Kickstarter-funded novel, Storykiller, and I backed that project because the book looked so great (I’m getting a hardcover copy soon, which is going to have some pretty stellar illustrated pages in there, and I can’t wait!), and a digital copy of The Girl Who Would Be King was included as one of my rewards. I’m so glad it was, because it was right up my alley.
If you have difficulty reading graphic violence, you might want to steer clear of this one, because there is a LOT of it, and it’s pretty gross. But if you’re a fan of the storytelling of superhero graphic novels, this is a can’t miss.