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Not Your Villain

(Sidekick Squad #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,329 ratings  ·  469 reviews
Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.

After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his f
Paperback, 307 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Oh my god this was so lovely and wonderful. Ahhhh. These books make me so happy I lose the ability to be coherent.

I LOVE BELLS. I loved Bells in Not Your Sidekick so of course I had to love him when he actually got his own book. He's so awkward and nerdy sometimes, but he can also be a glorious show off and I adore it all. His general excitement over being a superhero was so contagious and joyful. And can we talk about how brilliant it is to see a black trans guy on the cover of his own book? I
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
In case you didn't know, Not Your Sidekick was my favourite book of 2017, and remains to be one of my favourite books of all time. So, you can imagine how excited and ecstatic I was I was given the privilege to read its sequel, Not Your Villain! I adored Not Your Villain, and I cannot wait to tell you why.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the first part of Not Your Villain overlaps with the events that take place in Not Your Sidekick, but from Bells's perspective. It was a fantastic wa
may ➹
Jul 10, 2021 marked it as need-to-finish
started reading this and then discovered that my copy is just missing fifty pages… all right then…
This book made me tear up repeatedly with its beautiful representation and I am just so freaking happy that CB Lee writes books for teens. If you're a librarian, and especially if you're one who serves teens of color, please, please get this series in your library. ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt-read, 2-star
Almost dnf'd this and the series, because the beginning dragged like hell. It was the happenings of the previous book but with a different pov, and the writing wasn't good, either. I started to enjoy it maybe from the middle. But I loved the ending, and excited for Emma's book. She is so precious. ...more
rachel ☾
#1) Not Your Sidekick ★★★★☆
#3) Not Your Backup ★★★☆☆

quick thoughts:

• i'm so disappointed
• bells is one of my favourite characters but i realllllly didn't like the plot
• the first 40% of this book is a recap of the first book from bell's pov. it was so unnecessary and made the story repetitive and rushed the ending
• i also just .... didn't ship bells & emma that much
• bells' voice felt really passive. jess had such a clear, unique voice so i don't know what happened
• the fact that bells' transnes
sil ♡ the book voyagers
You don't know what you're in for. This was the best thing ever. Bells stole my heart. ...more
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received a digital arc of this book from the publishers through Nergalley in exchange of an honest review

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

I read Not Your Sidekick not that long ago and absolutely adored it. Short after I finished reading it, I got approved for an eArc of Not Your Villain so imagine how excited I was to pick it up but… life got in the way and I only got to read it around a week ago. That being said, it’s okay, because I e
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

Warning: this is the second book in the Sidekick Squad series. The first one is title Not Your Sidekick and I would highly recommend reading it. It features one of the first f/f romances I ever read and is just so cute.

I was so excited about Not Your Villain. I absolutely loved Not Your Sidekick and was stoked to be able to find out more about Bells. However, I kept pushing the book back because I knew I wasn’t in the moo
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was good fun! I was really looking forward to reading Bells's point of view, and it did not disappoint. He's probably my favourite character in the series. Now he's becoming one of the most powerful superheroes, but somehow becomes public enemy number one. This is a problem.

Action-packed with superhero stuff and evil robots from start to finish, while also taking the time to talk about some personal storylines - Bells's secret crush on Emma and his feeling like the fifth wheel in a
This was still a fun book, but I didn't like it as much as the first one. I think most of that is because literally the first third of this book is recap from the first one. I mean there's some new stuff because it's from Bells' POV instead but a lot of it is literally the same exact scene we've already read with the same exact dialogue we've already read and it just got old after awhile. I understand why the stuff with the training center needed to be there because it tied back in with the endi ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Almost at the end of the book I abandoned this reading.
I didn't like the change of pov. I wanted to read more from Jess's point of view.
I liked Bess enough, he is wonderful but having the story retold from Bells's experience for about 10% of the book and then realize that the story is not being said in full because some characters are not in the scene but they are just citing events outside the characters point of view is annoying.
Anna lost in stories *A*
If I would rate the diversity in this book, and the whole series really, I would give it all the stars… I love it :) but if we are looking at the actual story as well, it’s gonna land on 4,5 stars in the end :) this is the continuation of the events that started in “Not your sidekick” and the first like 35% of this book is happening before or during the same time as that first book, just from a different perspective… you might think it would felt repetitive and boring, but it’s not like we see a ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I need book 3 (Not Your Backup) *cries*
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is an instant serotonin hit.

With a fast paced, action packed plot, unique superpowers, casual diverse inclusivity of sexuality and race and an instantly loveable cast of characters, this series has everything you could ever want from a superhero story and I can't wait to continue.
5 stars
TW: gender dysphoria, ableist language, reference to parental abduction, reference to physical fights, abduction, missing/abducted parent, unlawful experiments, train accident, explosion, fire, police pursuit
Rep: Creole trans boy MC, Vietnamese-Chinese-American bisexual female SC, lesbian SC, Hispanic female SC, minor older queer couples, minor East-Asian gay SC

The Writing
I will admit that the writing is the one aspect of this book that I maybe don't love with my whole heart. There i
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, young-adult, fantasy
Bells Broussard was excited when his powers manifested early. He can change his body however his wants, add color to his hair if he wants a change. He dreams of being a hero for the Heroes League of Heroes, but when he uncovers what the League is really about, he soon finds himself to be the most wanted villain.

I had really enjoyed Not Your Sidekick and was eager to dive into this one. Once I realized it was more about Bells I was even more excited. I was eager to get to know him better and see
★★★.5⭐ | I liked it but the first 1/3 was just retelling everything from the previous book? There's an amazing representation with an interesting plot but there's also some room for improvement.


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Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
4.??/5 stars

the ending really made me want to knock this rating down to 4 stars but I enjoyed Bells way too much as a character / narrator to do him dirty like that

tws for vague body dysphoria mention, superhero related violence

-Bells relationship with his father was super lovely to read and felt really genuine
-Less predictable of a story than the first in the series, even with some blatant foreshadowing
-The story of Bells picking his name :''')
-BELLS IN GENERAL! I just love him okay
kav (xreadingsolacex)
actual rating: 4.5 stars

Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee is the second book of the Sidekick Squad, a series of four books that follow a group of teens in a world of superheroes and corrupt governments. This second book follows a transgender Black main character, Bells, who was introduced in Not Your Sidekick, and his journey gives us his point of view during some of the events during Not Your Sidekick, and then furthers the plot of the overall story. Along with Bells, this story also features Je
I love this story.
The idea is great. The world is fascinating. The superpowers are getting more and more interesting. The characters are so damn lovable.
I am so thankful for the amount of positive racial, gender, sexual and superpower diversity there is in one series without any of it feeling forced at all. It is incredible.

Now... it's a shame the quality of the structure and writing doesn't quite live up to the brilliance of the story. (I said this for the first book and my opinion on this is c
3.5 stars


anyways now that's out of the way . . . the pacing in this was really bad. like. really really bad. I honestly didn't even enjoy the first 100 pages. which is like a third of the book. and the pacing remained off the whole time. but!! I love bells so so so much!! and I really did love the rest of the book ahhhhhhh
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
Great follow up to NYS, full of intrigue but also fun moments between the characters! I love that it gave us a recap of what happened in book 1 but for a few it may be repetitive. Bels is amazing, I love that hes a trans boy being a kickass superhero while also just trying to live his best teen life.

I can't wait for Emma's story!
Alex Jay Lore
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series just makes me so, so happy! Representation done right and I’m just so happy things like this exist. ❤️💛💚💙💜
Līga Sproģe
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF after chapter 6

Sorry, I just couldn't go on. *bangs head on deask*

I absolutely love the representation here - it's literary the whole LGBTA not just two white gay dudes- and also the racial diversity. Look, it's awesome and organic and doesn't feel like a fashion trend.

But the writing... oh my god the writing. The first 5 chapters are summary of book 1, just from Bells POV. Ok, we get through that, it's time to start this book 2 for real, right? Yeah, no. It just goes on like that. It just f
Claudie Arseneault
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it. <3 I think I had slightly more fun with NOT YOUR SIDEKICK, in good parts because reading the two back to back really makes the retellings of Book 1's climax's ... longer? I wanted to jump to the rest!

Still, NOT YOUR SIDEKICK is closer to my Fun And Tropy Needs, but NOT YOUR VILLAIN has a lot more of my aroace and friendship needs. On that side, that was wonderful. <3 i absolutely love how valued friendships are, and how complex the feelings surrounding romance and friendship overlappin
Laura (bbliophile)
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't love this one as much as I loved Not Your Sidekick, but it was still really really good ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actually i will give it 10 out of 5 stars
Y'all need to read these books
Shira Glassman
In trying to describe Not Your Villain and its attached series to my best friend, I found myself referencing the new Spiderman movie. “You know how it's full of superhero action where teenagers with special abilities take on adult bad guys, but it's also full of all stuff about best friendship and crushes that would be in an ordinary teen movie?” CB Lee's series slots into that subgenre nicely, focusing on three queer teens of color living in a post-cataclysmic “American” (not anymore) society t ...more
Joyfully Jay
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Not Your Villain is the second book in C.B. Lee’s fabulous Sidekick Squad, following the wonderful Not Your Sidekick. This story starts the summer before the main action of that first book as Bells goes to hero training. Then when he returns home, we get a little bit of a recap of the climax of the first book from Bell’s POV, and then begin to move forward with the next phase of the story. So while there is enough information here you could probably figure out wha
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