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Not Your Backup

(Sidekick Squad #3)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Emma Robledo has a few more responsibilities that the usual high school senior, but then again, she and her friends have left school to lead a fractured Resistance movement against a corrupt Heroes League of Heroes. Emma is the only member of a supercharged team without powers, she isn't always taken seriously. A natural leader, Emma is determined to win this battle, and w ...more
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Published June 4th 2019 by Duet Books
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
My full review can be found on my blog, The Quiet Pond.

Friends, this series is just getting better and better. I absolutely loved Not Your Backup and I know all of you are going to adore Emma.

- Follows the Sidekick Squad as they work together to take down the corrupt League of Heroes. This book centres on Emma, the Latinx teen part of the Sidekick Squad!
- I really loved Emma's perspective. I loved Jess's because I related to her struggle as being part of diaspora and her heritage, but I love Em
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Claudie Arseneault
This isn't going to be a regular review. I've been too closely involved with the aro & ace rep in NOT YOUR BACKUP to really do that, honestly. But I will tell you: I love this book to pieces, I love Emma, I love the way it twines her questionning and her relationship with Bells and the whole dismantling a government conspiracy, and I love how her aromantic and asexual experience is deeply rooted in who she is.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an early copy of this book for the blog tour in exchange of an honest review

Original review posted on my blog : Word Wonders

CW: sci-fi violence, off page minor character death, internal shame though aroace questioning.

If you’ve been following my blog for a couple years you know how much I adore THE SIDEKICK SQUAD, I started up loving Not you Sidekick and then fell more in love with this series through Bells’ perspective in Not your Villain. So imagine my delight when I got accepted to
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
3,5 stars
Thank you to netgalley and interlude press for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion in anyway.

The third book in the Sidekick Squad already. Not Your Backup is yet another fun installment. I will say that this book had its positive and negative for me which made me not quite love it. Even though I wish I could because it has so much important bits in it.

Let’s start with the positive. In this story Emma is our main character. One I didn’t
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Laura (bbliophile)
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
This book has some of the best ace rep I've ever read and I love it so much for that.
Natasha
2.5/5

idk if my issue was i didn't reread the first two, I was so... bored. Like really bored. I will read the last book but this instalment was boring for me.
Mila
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
This is my least favorite series installment so far, the first book was the best, in my opinion, and now it just goes down. I'm not that invested in the plot anymore, a bigger gap between book two and three may be the reason why. And I'm still not keen on Emma as a POV character, nothing really draws me to her personality. However, this was a quick read, some parts were actually exciting and well-written and I also don't want to drop the series right before the final book.
kav (xreadingsolacex)
Now opening the Sidekick Squad official fan club, please feel free to join.

Not Your Backup is the third book in the Sidekick Squad series, this time following the POV of Emma Robledo, a Latina and aro/ace main character, with the same badass and loveable crew, along with a few new faces.

Something I've noticed about this series is that I love each book more than the last, and I have adored this series from the start. So, consequently, Not Your Backup is definitely my favorite of the series so far
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N (they/them)
5 stars
TW: internal shame about ace/aro questioning, violence, government tracking, discussion of non-consensual medical experiments
Rep: Hispanic questioning aroace female MC, Creole trans boy SC, Vietnamese-Chinese-American bisexual female SC, lesbian SC, minor older queer couples, minor aroace SCs, minor queer SCs


The Writing
A common theme with C. B. Lee books is that I never pay attention to the writing because I'm so distracted by the rest of the book and how good it is that I forget to ca
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prag ♻
it's telling that y'all are sleeping on this series with a sapphic lead, a trans lead and an ace-spec lead

cover reveal and excerpt here: https://bookriot.com/?p=252127 I'M SO EXCITED
Rachel
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own*

After leaving high school to help the Resistance full time, Emma is still struggling to feel like she’s a member of the team. All her friends are meta-humans or, in the case of Brendan and Abby, super geniuses. While they’re training to battle the League or building cool new tech, she’s relegated to boring administrative tasks. But Emma knows she capable of more.

Emma is the
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USOM
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a review copy from the publisher as part of the blog tour. This does not affect the contents of my review and all opinions are my own.

As I said I've been invested in the Sidekick Squad series for a while now. When book two, Not Your Villain, was released, I quickly binged book one and haven't looked back since. I will always admired C.B. Lee's commitment to diversity in a world where its characters are appreciated, loved, and celebrated for who they are. I can't think of a better book
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Lia
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aspec
4.5 stars! LOVED the aro/ace-spec rep and talk about queerplatonic relationships which is way too rare in fiction tbh
Ceillie Simkiss
I LOVE EMMA ROBLEDO SO MUUUUUCH.

Full review to come ;)
Anniek
I've loved Not Your Sidekick and Not Your Villain, and while the first book is still my favourite, Not Your Backup is definitely the most relatable for me. A big part of this book consists of the main character, Emma, questioning her (lack of) romantic and sexual attraction.

"...there's that feeling that's always been in her heart, that maybe the way she loves someone might not be the same way they want to love her."

I especially loved the talk Emma had with one of Bells' brothers, where he tells
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Xan West
Content Warnings (view spoiler)

Not Your Backup is the third installment in a
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Fari Cannon
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NO WAY
Kaitlyn
I was provided a free copy of the book for its blog tour. See full review here.

Surprisingly, this book took the longest in the series for me to actually want to pick up. I felt hesitant to read it because Emma’s characterization felt flat for me in the other books—she really did feel like a backup—but after seeing the title for this, I knew I had to get my hands on NYB. Fortunately for me, it blew all my expectations out of the water and gave me a glimpse of the world of the Sidekick Squad from
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

actual rating: 3.5

As with the second book in this series, I just felt that this book moved a little bit slower than I would have liked [although at least here we don't spend a third of the book doing a recap, which I why I rounded up instead of down]. I guess I just feel like the characters should have made more progress at this point [something that Emma and I seem to have in common], but I suppose it kind of makes sense for the first three book
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iam
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ya, lgbtqia, a-spec
Action-packed sequel that I wanted to rate 3.5 stars, but ultimately I was bothered by too many things to give more than 3 :(

Content warnings include: internalized aphobia, mild violence, human experiments; mentions of minor character death, abduction, blackmail.
Content warnings can be found at the end of the book (bit of a weird choice imo, but at least they are there.)

This was a great continuation of The Sidekick Squad series.
Emma was a great protagonist: she's ambitious, smart and determine
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Colleen Corgel
The Sidekick Squad is back, this time with the focus on Emma Robledo, the defacto leader of the Sidekicks. She's a genius, but as the only member of the Sidekicks that doesn't have any powers, she is often regulated to the back up role. Emma is determined to get the Resistance movement against the League of Heroes on track.

There's a ton of stuff packed here in this book, from the socio-political commentary, all the Sidekicks being part of the LGBT+ community, and what it means to be a superhero
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Ben Truong
Not Your Backup is the third book in the Sidekick Squad series written by C.B. Lee and centered on Emma Robledo, who is figuring out where she belongs in the Resistance and in her own skin, as she has a brilliant tactical mind, but no powers.

Not Your Backup takes place right after the previous installment where the rest of the real heroes of the story regroup in a safe house while trying to gather more people to their cause. The novel centers on Emma Robledo, is a powerless person among superher
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R
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My love of the Sidekick Squad series continues with this book as I absolutely love the questioning ace and aro rep in this book as well as just the writing itself. I still can't get over how great the world building is in this, and how C. B. Lee describes modern day things as relics from the past. I loved Emma's perspective on things especially considering she doesn't have powers, and I'm just always down for books about overthrowing the government.
Leah
NOT YOUR BACKUP is another great addition to this series, and I absolutely loved the questioning and aroace rep!

Read the full review on my blog.
Marilla
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-enjoyed
I'm sitting here and thinking: do I want to go personal in this review?

The answer is no.

But I'm just going to say this book means a lot to me and I did cry. The conversation between Emma and Sean is excellent and is, in fact, the reason I cried.

Representation is important, y'all
Cj
finally!!! I've been waiting soooooo long for this. Cover? COOL. Emma? BADASS. My body and soul can't contain my happiness for this.
J. Peters
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has definitely become one of my favorite series to read. It's been a lot of fun seeing this journey unfold over the past couple years.

The first book really won me over with it's presentation of a unique take on a futuristic scenario where superpowers have emerged following a near societal collapse. As the daughter of two established superheroes and the sister of yet another, Jess is supremely disappointed when she finds out she doesn't have any powers of her own...or so she thinks.

I also r
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Claire ✨
A solid improvement over the other SIDEKICK SQUAD books, NOT YOUR BACKUP details Emma Robledo's antics as a ordinary human in an extraordinary world. A diverse, fun, and vibrant novel.

Emma is a compelling narrator. I enjoyed her voice, her thoughts, her arc. Everything. I may be biased given I identify on the a-spectrum myself, but her questioning in regards to her identity is done thoroughly and with care, so I'm glad that it was just the fact that Emma wasn't given enough space to elaborate on
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Rich in Color
Review copy: Library

I’m going to be honest with you. I’m a huge fan of the Sidekick Squad and 100% here for quality asexual and aromantic representation, so I was ready to enjoy Not Your Backup from the get-go. (You can check out previous Rich in Color reviews of the first two books in the series, Not Your Sidekick and Not Your Villain here.) I highly recommend reading the first two books in the series before reading Not Your Backup, which is the third book — first of all, because the book is th
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