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Faith: Taking Flight

(Faith Herbert Origin Story #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,370 ratings  ·  362 reviews
From Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin', comes the first in a two-book origin story of Faith, a groundbreaking, plus-sized superhero from the Valiant Entertainment comics.

Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teen. When she's not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, she's volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over th
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ p. 57

This one just isn't grabbing me and I think it's for a number of reasons. First, the writing seems really young-- and not in an authentic young adult way, but in an artificially breathless, iCarly sort of way. Second, the aggressive way that fandom is shoved down the throat of the reader. I am a fangirl and even I thought it was too much. I knew there was going to be trouble when she describes Oscar Isaac as a "literal cinnam
3 stars
"The broken always have ways of finding each other."
And maybe that's how we heal, by finding one another.

There was a lot going on in Faith by Julie Murphy, and most of it I really enjoyed. This was a fast paced, action packed, and a wee bit suspenseful story about a plus-sized superhero and I was so here for it.

Faith Herbert is like any other teenager. At least that's what she thought. Then she realized she had superpowers. And her celebrity crush from her favorite show may
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
With Faith: Taking Flight, Valiant Comics gets in on the YA prose novel craze. Faith is one of Valiant's best characters. She's an earnest, overweight fangirl who one day actually gains superpowers, now having the power of flight. Her bubbly, enthusiastic personality is infectious and if you at all like this, I encourage you to seek out some of the Faith comics by Jody Houser.

This takes place shortly after she gains her powers in the pages of Harbinger. She has returned home to see her grandmoth
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr
everything about this cover and this synopsis makes me want to cry tears of joy

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Michael Araujo
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
An e-arc of the book was sent in exchange for an honest review that was originally posted on TheFandom

Julie Murphy has us flying through wild plot lines in FAITH: TAKING FLIGHT.

It wasn’t until I got towards the end Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy that Google told me the story originated in the 90s. I was shocked and almost a bit relieved to find out that the main character, Faith Herbert, is a character from a comic series. This novel is the origin story in a prose format that follows the s
The Nerd Daily
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi Koehler

Listen. I’m not the biggest fan of superhero origin stories. I know, I know, they’re so much fun as there’s tragedy and hardship to be overcome and we all root for that one character who suddenly gets superpowers. Still, I’ve always had a hard time getting with the program. And maybe that was because I was just going with the flow of the same old story being recycled over and over again. But then, Faith happened to show up at my door
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
No one was more excited for this book than I.
I read the author interview. So the author described Faith as fat, a mega fangirl, and optimistic (here i am with my manic depression), and who could forget bubbly. And she’s queer.
It sounded like Faith had no personality. But then I was like “how could you write a 338 page book about a character with no personality”
Then I read some reviews. I put this thing on hold and waited 3 weeks to get it. When I got it, I saw on the back cover it said “you go
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
it was quite a fun read except the annoying fact that Faith mentioned almost every page how she learned "super hero" stuff from books/movies/series. ...more
Celia McMahon
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***Thank you, Netgalley for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date***

The cover is what drew me to this book, the very first chapter completely sold me. This was everything I wanted!

FAITH starts out with 17 yo Faith Herbery being recruited into what she thinks is a school for superheroes. But when things go awry, she escapes the facility and attempts to go back to her old life, her two best friends and volunteering at an animal shelter. Although Faith has the special ability to
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I like the premise of this book because I think having a plus size flying superhero is awesome but there was just too many things happening in this book.

I think if the focus was more about Faith learning about her powers and navigating her family and friend relationships then that could have been enough. Instead we get some of that coupled with a mystery about a new designer drug going around, missing animals in the neighbourhood, sexual identity discovery, high school graduation issues etc. It
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Why you should read this book
🌟Fat Superhero MC
🌟MC has crushes on both genders , doesn't label herself (that's an important thing we don't see enough.)
🌟Small town trope
🌟WlW relationship
🌟Faith is a dog AND cat person
🌟Nerd rep
🌟Accurate high school rep (you'll see it when you read it)

Faith was a little intense than I thought it would be , but sets an amazing base for more books to come.

I received this book thru Edelweiss and Balzer & Bray , this has not affected my opinions. Review to come.
Caitlin R.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
[3.5/5 stars]

Faith is a plus sized superhero who is questioning her sexuality AND. I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT.

I thought the story was cute, and the characters were fun. I think it could have been just a smidge more fleshed out (her friends were so hard on her 😂). But overall it was a fun read, and I’ll definitely read the sequel because I want to know what happens!

Thanks to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for a copy of Faith: Taking Flight for review! This one won’t be out until July 7, 2020!
☆ Anushka ☆
This story just didn't work out for me. It was dragging through the entire length of the book and seriously speaking, only started taking things a little seriously at 70% of the book. The entire time before that, I was reading; not out of interest but out of the need to complete it somehow. I'm so upset with the beginning part; it just felt boring. The remaining 30% was still better, though. ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Argh, this was kind of a disappointment! I love Faith, I've read the comics, and I think adapting comics to books and telling an original story is hard. How Faith's powers come about and why are told only when the overall plot needs exposition, which leaves the reader sort of lost. Faith isn't a great friend, and her friends aren't great either. It's very obviously meant to be a duology, because all of the action happens in the last 25 pages. ...more
May 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipated-2020
I remember freaking out so much when Julie Murphy announced this on Instagram. Because, hold on just a second, it's about a queer AND fat female superhero?! And the cover depicts her flying?!?!?!

Safe to say, I was already hooked. I can't wait to read this!

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Kristel (hungryandhappy)
I'm really sad I didn't like it.
I'm kind of seeing a pattern in Murphy's books: mc has secrets, doesn't share them with closest friends, said friends who are supposedly best friends randomly decide they can't be bothered and just start ignoring the mc, unnecessary drama. I really really don't like this trope.
The book started promising but then got lost at some point and then became really random and rushed and then it was over.
Faith is a steal of a book. Why? You really get 2, maybe 3 stories rolled up into 1. Or at least that's how it feels.

First, we start out with the story of Faith the superhero and her origin story. One day she is just a normal, self-proclaimed nerdy fat girl in a chatroom who meets a guy. She takes a leap of "faith" and meets this gamer guy at the mall. (view spoiler)
Ms. B
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, ya, fiction
This was a student recommendation that was a lot of fun. There's teen angst, first romanceI, good friends, and autumn traditions in this novel length story about Faith Herbert, a high school senior who recently learned that she can fly and has superpowers. Whoever said that overweight girls couldn't be the heroine in the story? Inspired or based by the Faith comic book series, it seems obvious that author Julie Murphy is a fan.
If you like fan fiction or are looking for a story that promotes pos
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This was really cute. It started off strong with brilliant characters and a great story line.

The ending was a little rushed though???
Ari (Books. Libraries. Also, cats.)
one of the best books i've read this year, and one of the first in a while that's been able to truly hold my interest! ...more
Richelle Delgado
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
It was an ok read! Nothing more!

I enjoyed this book just because I love Julie’s writing but the story was a flop for me!

Faith is a good character but the world building in this book was non existent, confusing and kind of boring. The plot was meh, the characters boring and the romance predictable.

I think the only way you can understand it is if you’re a fan of the comics.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I decided to give this book the GoodReads "it was ok" rating because I have mixed feelings on this book. I would read a sequel and I liked the premise and Faith as a character. But ultimately this just wasn't the book for me.
*So don't let this low rating scare you from it.*
I am not a fan of love triangles and this book does revolve around that a bit if thats your thing read this book.
I hope in the next book Julie Murphy clears up a few things about Faith's activation because in places I didnt qu
Lilly (Lair Of Books)

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


THE 411...

Faith Herbert in many ways is your average teenager living in a small town dealing with friendships, crushes, volunteer work & more. It’s easy to fall in love with Faith who is a plus size teen with a well known fan blog for The Grove, a popular tv series. Faith lives with her grandmother who she loves dearly & is one part of a trio of friends who are queer a
Sam Butler
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Revolutionary! A fat superhero? Faith is an inspiration to us all. Superpowers were not what she expected out of life, but here she is with the ability to fly. As if her life wasn’t hard enough to balance! When her personal heroes from her favorite tv show relocate their set to her town no one is more excited than Faith. But at the same time something sinister starts to unfold in Glenwood. With so much going on Faith struggles to figure out what to do. She doesn’t see herself as a hero, she’s ju ...more
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Disclaimer: A physical ARC was provided via Harper Collins International in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

Faith: Taking Flight is apparently an origin story of Faith Herbert – a superhero from the Harbinger Universe (I still have to get my hands on the Comics; so I went in without even knowing the back story!)  - a bubbly, overweight and enthusiastic teenager
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a book about superheroes. I think? Faith feels like 5 books mashed together. I have no idea how to place this book within a genre. Is it mystery? A thriller? There are people with superpowers, missing people, action, scary drugs and people doing scary things with those drugs. But it’s also a self-discovery novel. A book about a new relationship (LGBT+) with the contexts of fandom and tv series. It’s a book about family and the scary onset of dementia. And so ...more
Tiffani Reads
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a superhero nut. I love all things marvel and DC. So, when I was given a chance to review and early copy of this book, I jumped on it. This book revolves around our main character Faith and her origin story as to how she got her powers. As far as origin stories go this one has be craftily adapted so it will appeal to a wider audience among young adult readers.

Faith is a very unique superhero in the fact that she is both struggling with her sexual ide
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, girl-power, arcs, 2020, latinx
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn't a big fan of this book. I feel like writing about teenage superheroes always has a bit of a silly and juvenile feel to it. I found this same problem when reading The Extraordinaires. I feel like this really impacted my experience, because, on one hand, the superhero aspect was a bit silly and not-taken-seriously, but very serious things were happening, like teenagers being poisoned from street drugs and kidna
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
I loved the main character Faith and I really enjoyed reading it. It was queer and original and the idea of a fat superhero made me really happy, but Faith made it better. The further I got, the more I would do a lot to just protect her and other subplots like around her grandmonther... that's just a weak spot of mine, so I really enjoyed that to. There where a few points though, where I thought it was all going rather fast or that felt a bit coming out of nowhere.

It's a great book though. The

This was such a fun contemporary! I love superheroes and after reading The Extraordinaries I need all the superhero books!

Faith Herbert was an ordinary girl, until she accidentally stumbles into a nefarious plot to awaken teens into people with superhuman abilities. After escaping from this "summer camp" from hell, Faith is determined to go back to her normal life. But now she can fly and she finds out her favorite teen drama is coming to her tiny town of Minnesota. Faith thinks all her dre
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