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Dreadnought by April Daniels eARC {3.5 Stars}

Dreadnought by April Daniels eARC {3.5 Stars}

Dreadnought by April Daniels (Nemesis #1)
Published by Diversion Books on Jan. 24th, 2017
Genres: Superheroes, YA
Page Length: 276 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father's dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny's first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.

She doesn't have much time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

3.5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Dreadnought from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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Updates from the Lair 01/14/17

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading and my posts from the week. 

Oh hey look, an Updates post! This is how you can tell that my life is getting somewhat back to normal :D. Now that the contract is signed, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be starting at Grinnell College in the fall as a Computer Science professor! So if you are a high schooler thinking about colleges or an undergrad thinking about computer science, feel free to email me questions and I’ll give what advice I can, ha.

My Week


My ebook has been Dreadnought for a bit here. I’ve been very slow in reading in general despite getting a shiny new Kindle for the holidays. I love Dreadnought though and highly recommend it. It has a trans super hero MC!

FallerI just started the audiobook of Faller and I’m not sure what I think so far. I loved McIntosh’s young adult Burning Midnight, so I’m sticking with it for now. I started getting sleepy listening on my drive and had to switch over to music to stay awake, so that always seems a bad sign….

Save the Cat!I’ve also been reading Save the Cat! I saw it on the shelf at work (yeah, we have random books on our shelves for anyone to borrow) and was hooked immediately. Obviously writing books has a bit more flexibility than mainstream screenwriting, but as a big believer in engrossing fantasy, I’m definitely happy to be reading some of these tips. I had been feeling a bit lost in how to improve the structure of my WIP and now feel much much better. Highly recommended if you want to write fiction! [Read more…]