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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  56 reviews
The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

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Published June 16th 2016
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Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I have to be honest, the first few pages made me eye roll, a typical teenage story with cringe-worthy relationships... I was so wrong!

This books has everything; a great story, an intensity that set you on edge, lovely humble relationships and a cool villain that genuinely made you tingle with a touch of fear. It was a fantastic first book of the series and I desperately need the next one! I genuinely shouted out when it ended!
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The novel follows the formula of a typical YA novel, really, but I am a sucker for superheroes/Vigilantes. Though I couldn't get fully obsessed with this story, I still found it pretty quick and easy to read. ...more
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As a reviewer, we often get requests for books. That are similar to ones that we’ve reviewed before, well not similar but in a genre that is similar. Usually, when someone says if you like this book, then you’ll love this one. Sometimes that's not the case and sometimes it is. 

Supernova, came to me that exact same way. But I felt that I should give it a chance. I love super power type stories. So I jumped in. Arcania is another world, one with the gifted. The gifted have powers. Some stronger th
*Source* Author
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

SuperNova is the first installment in Liz Long's Heroes of Arcania trilogy. Meet 17-year old Nova Benson. She of the impenetrable skin, increased strength, speed, and agility. The one her little sister Sterling called SuperNova before she was killed by a villain named Fortune. The one who lives in a town called Arcania which was once a thriving place to live, but now is overrun with criminals and like minded individuals.
Book Gannet
Jun 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
The dedication of this book conveys a fine sentiment. We definitely do need more female superheroes out there.

But do you know what we probably don’t need more of in the YA genre right now? Beautiful blonde heroines who are skinny just because, with gorgeous blue eyes and are so very kind (or so people say despite there being zero evidence of this), and who team up with blinding blond heroes with mesmerising golden-brown eyes that glint and glitter. Just look at that cover. Does it really say blo
Lenore Kosinski
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

3 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

Honestly, I could even go lower to 2.5 stars with this book, but I'm trying to shake off the negativity. This book just wasn't a match for me, and practically right from the start. I can honestly say that I didn't feel any emotion at Starling's death (the little sister from the blurb, not a spoiler). And right there that's not a great sign. I mean, if
Katrina Marie
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & MoreI really enjoyed this book. I've been in a superhero phase lately, and this one definitely fit the bill.

We have Nova who has these powers, and thinks she's the only one. She doesn't understand why she's stronger than anyone else, or why she never gets hurt. But she knows she has to keep it a secret. What I loved the most is the bond Nova had with her sister. It's not common for siblings with a big age gap to be as close as they were, and
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

SuperNova by Liz Long is the first book in the Heroes of Arcania series. Nova is carrying a lot a guilt over the loss of her sister. It's never easy to lose a loved one, but Nova feels like she could have saved her. Her character was pretty believable, and there was a lot to her. Cole and Pen were interesting as well. Cole had an innocence to him. It was cute. Henry was really the only character I didn't care too much for. He seemed to always be in Nova's busi
Jacquelyn Smith
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Dream a little dream!!!
Ms Long, I have to take my hat off to you. Your writing levels was on the red carpet, but still allowing your readers the emotional balance of the plot. Especially when Nov lost her little sister. But readers be warned this book is filled with twists and turns that you will not see coming it a screamer !!! The cliffhanger had me wanted to email the author for the next book in this series!!!!
In the world of fantasy for young adults books, dreamers this is one of the best. D
Lissa Rice
**5 Boundless Stars** Full Review and Rating will be up at Boundless Book Reviews
Donte McNeal
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
It’s weird that there aren’t more books written about vigilantes, which is odd considering how flooded (some would say oversaturated but I’m not one of them) the market is with superhero stories. Or maybe I’m just not looking in the right places. Nonetheless, Liz Long’s SuperNova is one of those few stories.

In SuperNova, we have the titular character, Nova, having witnessed the murder of her darling little sister at the hands of a monstrous criminal by the name of Fortune. In hindsight, I can se
Gypsy Madden
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the superhero genre! And I especially love superhero books when they star a strong female heroine, who doesn’t feel the need to wear black leather to emphasize her toughness. Nor does it only have one token female hero who is there for little more than ogling. This is a teen story and can easily be given to a teen audience. It has action for the boys, and dating, boy-crazy hormones, along with a school dance for the girls (though I personally thought the teen drama part droned on a bit lo ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Supernova was a fun YA read for me. It's the story of Nova, a high school senior with special powers, and how she ends up on a vigilante path, meets a boy and starts to uncover a lot of information about herself and her talents that she didn't know. Those are all pretty standard riffs in YA (and superhero) literature, but there were some differences here that I enjoyed — such as Nova's parents knowing about her gifts and the different dynamics that created in the story.

The plot is fast-paced and
Michael  Thal
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Nova Benson, an Arcania high school student, is big sister to Starling, best friend to Henry, and has teen problems like homework, boy crushes, and hiding a gift she does not want the world to know about.

Not even Henry knows Nova is invulnerable and has super strength. But its all for naught when Nova, Starling, and their dad, the city District Attorney, enter a bank where criminal mastermind, Fortune and his band of thieves are escaping with bags of loot. To make a statement of terror the crimi
Rennie James
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
First, I am an adult who reads YA and I’m good with that! However, I’m not a big fan of love triangles and drama…I come for the saving the world type stories and, yes, happily-ever-after too.

Liz Long delivers with the start of this superhero series! The characters are fun and there’s just enough teenage angst to draw you in without wearing you out. I do love that girls are in the lead and that there are some darker teases with a bit more vigilante than hero. The plot to find vengeance and defea
Rika Jue
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a Reviewer's copy for this but opinions are my own.

At the start, I rolled my eyes because it feels cliché. Villain kills a loved one, main character seeks revenge and a love story thrown in, not to mention the whining angst of a teenager. The night strolls seeking for Fortune are moderately interesting, with a few bumps into his men. This was almost a touch and go story for me.

The story picks up after Henry mentions the witness for the attempted bank robbery and his own investigation
Fraser Sherman
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is good enough it would get an extra star, except there's way more teen romance than I realized when I bought it, and that's sooo not my genre (so obviously YMMV). Romance aside, this has a good opening (metahuman teen Nova sees her sister murdered by the equally superpowered villain Fortune) and the superhero stuff that follows is good too. The romance, though, bogged it down, but that's more a personal reaction than a flaw. I do wish the book had explained the "gifted" better — there's cl ...more
S D Lawrie
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
OK read, characters are a bit simplistic. The ending wasn't bad, although designed to make you get the next one in the series. ...more
Ethan Gregory
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

My Thoughts:

With all the negatives we see in our world on a day to day basis, we're in desperate need of heroes. Be them on the big screen, in our books, or in real life, fighting crime to keep us safe, heroes are always needed in our world. I'm a huge superhero fan. I read comics, I've seen all the films, but I've never actually read about any in novel format. I've always been on the side of 'this medium works bette
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: To put it bluntly, this superhero tale didn't live up to its potential. And the character didn't, either.

First, there was nothing novel in this story. Nova had little personality aside from grieving over her sister and wanting vengeance against Fortune.

Quote: "My thoughts were no longer boys and parties; I wanted Fortune's blood on my hands." I liked that about her, although she still thought more about boys and parties than she needed to.

There was a party. There were drunk teen
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ginny Lurcock
I read the first two books in this series back to back, so I had to go back and look at my notes to write this review. Let me just warn you folks, this first chapter was a tough one for me. Right from the beginning, Long rips your heart out, shreds it, lights it on fire and dashes on its ashes. But in the very best way. You see, Long has the uncanny ability to write characters you care about. Bad guys, good guys, those characters that are only in the book for one chapter. Of course this also mea ...more
NicoleLynn (PopCrunchBoom)
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review originally appears on my blog, PopCrunchBoom Books

3.5/5 stars

SuperNova follows Nova, a seventeen-year-old girl living in Arcania. She has always been a bit different and while her parents warned her about sharing her "special abilities" with the world, Nova was content to remain a "normal" teenage girl. However, after a tragic event early on within the novel, Nora's world shifts. She's no longer thinking about boy
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got lost in this world she created and had to have my kindle taken away because I was up reading instead of studying for finals. Now, you have to understand, I’m a HUGE nerd, I had my school books hidden as a child so I didn’t work ahead in my classes. So when I chose not to study but to read this fantastic book, it’s a big deal. I felt like I needed an A in my classes to be able to breathe but I picked this book and I didn’t care. I didn’t care that my finals were a week away; all I cared abo ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really?!? Full review coming soon, but for now, that's all I got. o.O

You know that you're in trouble when you are reduced to tears in a book before you even finish the first chapter. I mean, what kind of author attempts to emotionally break you before you even get to know the characters? An evil author, that's who... kinda makes you wonder which side of the villain/hero fence Liz Long would fall if she was a citizen of Arcania, doesn't it?

As you probably gathered, SuperNova started with a very
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been a Liz Long fan since picking up A Reaper Made at the end of 2014. Gifted, Book 1 in the Donovan Circus Series, ended up being one of my top reads of 2015. So when I heard about the Heroes of Arcania series I knew I had to read it right away. I was thrilled to get an ARC of SuperNova. Here's why I loved this book.

First off: Superheroes. But yet normal people at the same time. Normal high schoolers. I loved that Nova didn't quite realize how special she was. She was a fabulous character-
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was emotional, the beginning brought tears to my eyes, especially since the readers get to spend some time with Nova’s little sister before she loses her.

I couldn’t stop thinking about this book and I can’t help but think that all fantasy young adult books should be written like this. There was high school drama but the plot was still in the forefront, the drama
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
You can also see my review on my blog,
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I received a copy in an exchange for a honest review.

The author does an amazing job at helping the reader visualize this world as if it was actually playing out right in front of your eyes. The moment I began reading this book, we were automatically thrown into action and got straight to the point (which I love)! I enjoyed the plot and like this book.

The only issue I had with this book was that sometimes I felt like the
Lyn Mckenzie
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first thing I have to say about this book is how unique it is! I have never come across a book quite like this before! I really enjoyed reading this book and I would love to read more of this series in the future!
I enjoyed the storyline in the book, it comes across as a fun read although it does have some serious and heart-wrenching moments filled t and with hard emotions.
I really enjoyed reading about Nova's character, this book takes her on a personal journey, you see her developing from t
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion.

This is my second book by Liz Long and let me just say that I am in love with her books! All of Liz's books are original and make such entertaining reads. I really enjoy Liz's writing style. It's simple and clean which makes for easy and fast reading because you aren't boggled down in "flowery" writing. Another thing that I like about L
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Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference and the annual Roanoke Author Invasion, as well as a public speaker, co ...more

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