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Flash Fire is the explosive sequel to The Extraordinaries by USA Today bestselling author TJ Klune!

Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams, but with new heroes arriving in Nova City it’s up to Nick and his friends to determine who is virtuous and who is villainous. Which is a lot to handle for a guy who just wants to finish his self-insert bakery AU fanfic.

374 pages, Hardcover

First published July 13, 2021

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T.J. Klune

56 books31.6k followers
TJ KLUNE is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author (Into This River I Drown) and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. His novels include The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries. Being queer himself, TJ believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.

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Author 56 books31.6k followers
July 13, 2021
The sequel to The Extraordinaries, Flash Fire, has been released!

See what happens when Nick, Seth, Jazz and Gibby deal with new Extraordinaries, surviving high school, planning for the uncertain future, all while dealing with long-held secrets finally being exposed.

Flash Fire is now available in hardcover, ebook and audio, narrated by the amazing Michael Lesley.

Buy links below, or support your favorite local indie book store!

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1,424 reviews8,984 followers
January 14, 2023
**4.5-stars **

Flash Fire is the second book in T.J. Klune's exciting-YA trilogy, The Extraordinaries. Set in the fictional town of Nova City where Superheroes are real.

They're called Extraordinaries. They have secret identities, wear costumes, frequently save the day and sometimes cause a lot of damage. They're worshiped, they're feared and they're a constant source of mystery and rumor.

Nick Bell is a Extraordinaries superfan and the author of their most popular fanfic. He also struggles with ADHD, the loss of his Mom and maintaining a open relationship with his Dad.

One major plus is that he now has the Superhero boyfriend of his dreams. However, with new Extraordinaries arriving in Nova City, including powerful villains, and hormones raging like never before, life is suddenly more complicated than ever.

Nick and his friends, Seth, Gibby and Jazz, must team up to protect Nova City from these evil forces, all while trying to figure out regular teenage life stuff and PROM!!

I had so much fun returning to Nova City and this incredibly lovable cast of characters. Klune writes with such intention and that can definitely be felt within these pages. This story filled my heart with so many emotions.

While set in a world with fantastical elements, there are also many relevant contemporary topics explored. I personally enjoy that mix of real-life with the fantastical. It's a novel you can sink your teeth into.

Even though I enjoyed this story, particularly Klune's continued witty-writing and Nick's character growth, I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as the first book. It felt heavier and at times, the plot didn't seem to be going anywhere.

For me, this was a solid 4-star read for the majority of the book. I was enjoying it, but not in love with it.

Then, the ending. The freaking diabolical cliffhanger ending that left me with my jaw on the floor and my head screaming, I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!!

Well played, Klune.

This is a fantastic series. It's funny, heart-warming, full of action and uncomfortable teenage moments. I am so excited to see what happens in the next book. I can't imagine how this series is going to end.

Obviously, I am hoping for a happily ever after...

Thank you so much to the publisher, Tor Teen, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review.

I am in love with these books and am really looking forward to the final installment!
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1,334 reviews1,470 followers
July 29, 2021

As a general rule, superhero stories aren't my tippy-top favorite, but TJ's take on the genre has been fun and entertaining so far.

I must admit, though, that after reading and reading and reading, then only seeing that I was less than a third done, in spite of the significant number of pages, there weren't really a lot of "things" that had actually happened by that point.

The pacing and level of action improved significantly after The Attic scene, when the arc of the story finally began to experience some decent forward momentum.

The cast of characters was nearly identical as in the first book, with the absence of The Previous Bad Guy and the presence of two New Good Guys and two New Bad Guys, but the tone and level of humor felt about the same as well, so I enjoyed that.

I continued to loathe both Rebecca Firestone and Simon Burke, as they continued to fight it out for the Worst Human Ever title, but I adored Nick's reactions and snark when they attempted to ruffle his quirky little feathers.

My absolute favorite part of the story for me was the prom. For many, many very spoilery reasons, which I refuse to give away.

My absolute *least* favorite parts of the story for me were the insaaaaaaaaaaane amounts of politically correct wokeness that the story spoon-fed the reader, in small, continuous bites.

The vast, VAST majority of M/M readers are progressive, caring, issue-educated adults, like myself, so those parts of this book just felt both over-the-top and way too preachy for this particular audience.

I was totally fine with the emphasis on Aaron's past bad behavior as a police officer, BUT... it felt like every single social justice issue under the sun got on-page time in this story. While I welcome PC awareness, this was... a lot.

** Note: I'm not looking to start a huge, heated discussion thread on this topic, but needed to provide my *accurate* experience of the story, hence its inclusion. **

As for the ending, several reviews mention this being a cliffhanger, but it didn't really "feel" that way to me. Like most of the books in TJ's series', the book ends at an okay "plateau" point.

There was impending doom of another Extraordinary gunning for them from the shadows, along with a huuuuuge "Big Reveal" in literally the last 100 words of the story, but no one was in immediate danger.

I'd rate this book at around 3.75 stars and do look forward to the final installment, which I'll definitely be reading.


My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

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3,830 reviews5,505 followers
July 21, 2021
I always enjoy T.J. Klune and his writing, so I took a chance in continuing with his The Extraordinaries series, even though I had mixed feelings about The Extraordinaries, the first book in the series. However, I now feel more certain than before that this series isn't for me.

Flash Fire had a lot of work to do, and T.J. Klune knew it. After The Extraordinaries came out, the author underwent a lot of scrutiny for how his police characters acted in the story, and I also felt like the book felt tone-deaf in the time where police brutality and privilege has come under national attention. Though the book centers around teenage superheroes, it's also critically about Nick's relationship with his father and the police/policing, and cops play a huge role in the books.

I think T.J. Klune worked hard to change the narrative to show that Nick's father was extremely out of line with a lot of his past behavior, and I think he tried to highlight how the Black characters would feel with someone like that in their lives. How successful T.J. Klune was with his pivot may be up for some debate, but the effort is certainly there. To me, it felt a little info-dumpy and a little stilted, but it was a definite improvement over the first book in that regard.

While I liked the story, it was mainly because I enjoy the author's witty writing style and banter. Yes, a lot of his characters remind me of characters from his other books, but I always like Klune's sense of humor, so it tends to work for me. Klune can write really, really well, and I liked the dialogue and how the cast of characters played off one another.

Where the story faltered with me a bit was in the actual plot. I found it to be unusually slow-moving for a superhero story, and I know there were some plot twists and revelations, but I got bored a lot, which isn't a great sign. The villain felt a little overdone and tired. I also found the narrative and story arc to be a bit scattered.

In the end, I don't think high school superhero stories are for me, even if they are queer.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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757 reviews403 followers
July 25, 2021
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars


Best QUEER REPS EVERRRR ! So happy with the representation in tj's books. And the values, as well as problematic things he makes sure to touch on... he's just a brilliant author!
Thank you so much to Darce for the EXTRAORDINARY BR ;))


(Also; If it wasn't clear—I f*cking LOVE TJ KLUNE. Just saying.)

Um that cover? That title? PER-FEC-TION. Dying!!!!!!!!!
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2,440 reviews29.4k followers
September 17, 2021
Sure, T.J. Klune's Flash Fire is a gay superhero novel but it’s so much more, too!⁣

It’s funny, two years ago I hadn’t heard of Klune at all, but having just read and loved his fourth book, he’s become one of my favorite authors. And even though his books may be considered “fantasy,” they have contained some of the realest, most powerful, memorable emotions I’ve seen.⁣

Flash Fire is the sequel to last year’s The Extraordinaries . You really need to read the first book so I won’t spoil anything, but the book is about Nick, a teenager with ADHD, who has a bit of an obsession with the superheroes who protect (and sometimes traumatize) his town. He imagines what it would be like to be an Extraordinary.⁣

But while the book does focus a bit on the Extraordinaries (and one particular one quite often), at its heart this book is about relationships. Nick and Seth are adorable; their best friends, Gibby and Jazz, are seriously kick-ass (and an adorable couple as well); and his relationship with his dad provides some of the book’s most tender and most hysterical moments. (Imagine watching porn on your phone only to discover it’s on Bluetooth—in your dad’s car.)

The book is also an important look at the relationship between police and the society they are supposed to be protecting. It touches on racial inequity and the way police officers often get a pass on their brutality and mistreatment, particularly toward and of racial minorities.⁣

Maybe you’re thinking you don’t like superheroes, so these books might not be for you, and maybe they’re not. But if they intrigue you in the slightest, give them a try. Klune’s books tend to leave me in tears—sometimes from laughter, sometimes from the profound emotions he provokes—and to me, that’s some of the best stuff to find in books.

NetGalley and Tor Teen provided me with a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!!

Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html.

See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.

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3,709 reviews31.6k followers
July 8, 2021
4 stars

Flash Fire is the long awaited sequel to ‘The Extraordinaries which follows teenager, Nick Bell and the world of The Extraordinaries- real life superheroes who are more prevalent in Nick’s life than he ever knew.

Nick, Seth, Gibby, and Jazz are still very much a team of best friends and so much more. I love this friend group! I don’t want to spoil any of the book or the previous book, so I’ll leave the plot alone, but this found family is everything! And don’t even get me started with Nick and his dad. I love them so much!

I love the action, the family elements, the friendship, the angst, and the humor. Most of all, I love Seth and Nicky’s relationship. Sigh. They are the most adorable together. Not only are they in love, but they’re truly the best of friends.
“Just . . . thank you.” Seth arched an eyebrow. “For what?” “Existing,” Nick said honestly. “For being my best friend. For being my boyfriend. For being you.”

Nick is a lot, but Seth loves all his extra and I love it so much. This series is so endearing. The twists and turns in this one were some I didn’t see coming and I can’t wait to see what Klune does in the third book after this jaw dropping ending!
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216 reviews41 followers
July 19, 2021
3.7 ⭐
Me at the beginning of the book: I'm ready to have a GREAT time and laugh until it hurts.
Bob from the future:

I liked it, but I couldn't enjoy it like the first one. 😭
This is the second book so I'll only mention the plot of the story; We follow the story of Nick, a sixteen year old guy who has a crush on Shadow star, an Extraordinary (super hero type). Nick tries to survive high school and also he is completely naive that Seth (his best friend) is in love with him. oh, and he's on a mission. Trying to become an Extraordinary.

Tj's humor and writing is not for everyone. If you are going to read this, you have to know that there are jokes and unrealistic, dramatic and exaggerated situations, but also beautiful relationships of friendship, family and an AMAZING love that you can end up having for the characters.

The things I liked:
The friendship of Seth, Gibby, Jazz and Nick is so cute.

“I love you guys,” he said quietly. “More than you know.”
“Ditto,” Seth said.
“Ditto twice,” Gibby said.
“Ditto three times,” Jazz said, and Nick laughed until he could barely breathe."

The moments between Nick and Seth as a couple are ridiculously adorable. I love them very much. yeah, this is a best friends-to-lovers trope, and I loved it.

Seth nodded, taking in a deep breath and letting it out slow. “You and me.” He leaned forward, pressing his forehead against Nick’s.
“You and me,” Nick whispered to him. "Always."

The relationship between Nick and his father is crazy. There's no way one like that exists in real life, but a lot of my laughs were because of that, so I'm here for it.

-Before Nick could ask Dad dropped whatever he’d pulled from his pocket into Nick’s hand. For a second, Nick thought it was a wet wipe wrapped in plastic. Or candy. A mint to keep Nick’s breath fresh? It certainly didn’t feel like a mint. And there were… three of them? All squishy, almost wet, like it was… like it… No. No, no, no.

"Just in case,” Dad said as if he hadn’t blown Nick’s mind, and not in a good way. “I don’t know what you and Seth are going to get up to, but it’s better to be prepared. Always wrap it. They’re also lubricated. You’re welcome.”

Nick is a teenager, he is going through many things and one is the insecurity that he has about sex. I think Tj manages to handle it well.
The cliffhanger. I NEED ANSWERS!!!
The beginning. It made me laugh really hard. And I think some jokes are good...
The things i didn´t like:
But. But. not all the jokes and the situations are good. They can be a bit repetitive. And some forced. And with many circles around it.
While the subject of sex is handled, there is a LOT more going on. The secrecy of the Extraordinaries, the revelations, the villains who are puppets of a bigger villain, Gibby and Seth's personal problems, the police, Nick. 😩
I'm not going to lie, they overwhelmed me and at times it seemed messy.

Even though the book was not what I expected, I really like the characters. So I will continue with the last book.
I'm having bad luck with books. Many loved it, ignore me. *goes to hide in the corner and cries* 😔🏃‍♀️
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448 reviews137 followers
July 13, 2021
E-ARC provided by the publisher (Tor Teen) through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All quotes used are subject to change. Thank you so much!

4.5 stars rounded up. Flash Fire not only reminded me just how much I love Nick, Seth, Jazz, Gibby, and all the inhabitants of Nova City, but also served as a compelling sequel that contained all the same elements from The Extraordinaries that I loved—witty, irreverent writing, found family, a gay best friends to lovers romance and more. Additionally, this sequel also addressed the main issue I had with it: the absence of any critique of the police system.

As I discussed in my pre-review, the primary problem I had with the first book was how it was completely washed in police propaganda; However, I did note that I was still interested in reading the sequel as a result of T.J Klune acknowledging this issue and promising to do better in Flash Fire. I am very happy to say that this book definitely takes the time to acknowledge the many problems with the police and the carceral system that first book turned a blind eye to.

Klune directly tackles one of the plot points many readers, including I, had significant issue with using grace and tact: Not only that, but also only receiving a slap of the wrist in punishment and still obtaining a promotion afterwards. Black characters call him out for this in this book and the novel makes it a point to ensure that Nick as the protagonist has to look past his hero worship of his dad and the years of viewing the police as just and good for the safety of the people around him. What’s even more important is that the conversation did not end there, and actual actionable steps are taken for characters to do better.

As for the actual content of the book, let’s start with prose. As someone who has read several of Klune’s books before, one of the aspects of his writing that I really appreciate is his mastery and understanding of tone and how it is integral to match the tone of his writing to the story he is telling. Each of book I’ve read of his vary widely in tonally; from bluntly poetic and raw in Wolfsong to heartwarming and gentle in The House in the Cerulean Sea, Klune’s prose is amazingly adaptable to whatever narrative he creates.

Flash Fire is no different. The best way I can describe this novel’s writing is downright hilarious. There’s just so much heart and wit woven into the prose of this novel that the comedy reads as natural, no matter how absurd the one-liners and jokes get. It just works and that is what I love about the writing in this book. I think it also helps that the writing is married perfectly to Nick’s voice as a protagonist, perfectly capturing his character voice and preserving despite being written in third person perspective.

Plot and pacing. In the interest of being fully honest, I’m just going to say that this book could have been about the everyday lives of Nick and Team Pyro Storm and I would have been perfectly okay with that. I’m a character reader first and foremost and this book is heavily character oriented, but that’s not to say that the plot and pacing are lacking in anyway. Flash Fire starts off a bit slow, allowing the reader to reacclimate to the world of Nova City and where the characters are at post-the ending of the first book: But like most sequel books, this book develops upon plot threads from the first books, provides nuances to them, introduces new characters and conflicts, and as such, the pace picks up. The last third of this novel in particularly was a rollercoaster of electrifying action, heartrending revelations, and climactic moments down to the very last page.

I’d be remiss not to discuss the found family trope that is very much present in this novel. It’s kind of impossible for me not to absolutely fall in love with a bunch of queer teenagers who are all interesting and complex in of themselves but form a found family with a group dynamic that is as entertaining as it is heartwarming—the quartet of Nick, Seth, Jazz, and Gibby exemplify everything I love about found family in that they are forever there for one another, bonded by bonds forged out of choice and not blood, and how they are determined to stick together despite them each acknowledging that paths do diverge but what matters is that they will be there for each other in the here and the now. As someone who very much values my friendships and found family, I saw a lot of my friends and I reflected in the four of them.

Finally, one of my absolute favorite parts of this book—to no one’s surprise, I’m sure—is the gay best friends to lover romance between Nick and Seth. I’m of the supremely unpopular opinion that friends to lovers is the premier romance trope, even more so than enemies-to-lovers, and in particular, childhood friends to lovers scratches my brain and tugs at my heartstrings in a way that is unmatched. Particularly if it’s gay. I go absolutely feral especially when it’s gay childhood friends to lovers. It’s rare for me to find a recent YA book that has this trope and Nick and Seth’s relationship provides me with unmatched serotonin. They kind of exemplify everything I love about this trope: the long-shared history, the mutual pining, the self-insert fanfiction, the fact that Seth is so openly in love with Nick and Nick is the same but dense as a rock about it? Iconic, show-stopping, never been done before.

What I particularly love about them together is the fact that Klune masterfully writes their relationship in a way that shows that their relationship isn’t perfect but also prevents them from falling into the traps of miscommunication and drawn-out arguments. Their relationship is just so soft while not being too good to be true; one of my favorite parts of this book is the frank (and oftentimes hilarious) discussion around gay sex and how to be safe during it. As this is a YA book, I think that exposing young gay teens to this discussion is incredibly important. Ultimately in many ways, Nick and Seth’s relationship is the ever-bright spot in a book that is primarily about a group of kids just trying to grow up while dealing with extraordinary circumstances and the darkness that comes along with it.

Conclusively, please go read this book when it comes out tomorrow and support T.J Klune as a m|m author writing m|m stories and romances in speculative fiction! Buy it, get it from your local library, etc because I assure you this story is 1000% worth your time! This book—and series—deserves as much love as his other books!
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512 reviews18 followers
August 2, 2021
Audiobook: All the stars!!!
Story: 4.5

Once again, I absolutely adored another TJ Klune story. I don’t know how many times I received strange looks from my family because I was laughing like an idiot. Seriously, Nicky is the best kid. I loved him and his friends, their love for one another and their determination to make the world a better place. Of course, the bad guys were at work starting trouble and I really wanted to throat punch Rebecca Firestone. There are a few new interesting characters that are introduced.

My only minor complaint is that the story did drag a little in places, even though it was a big part of the story line. I am sure it’s a “me” thing though. There is a huge reveal at the end, not exactly a cliffy, but makes you want to read the next book, if that makes sense.

If you can grab the audiobook, it’s a special treat. Michael Lesley is phenomenal bringing each character to life with his very distinctive voices for each.

Now we wait……
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1,788 reviews2,132 followers
December 18, 2021
4 stars

The second book in The Extraordinaries series (you must read the first book before reading this one). Nick has a superhero boyfriend and spends most of his time with his friends at school. More extraordinaries are coming out into the public eye, and public perception of them is wary.

I really enjoyed this book because of the characters and Klune’s signature funny banter between them. But after finishing and reflecting on what actually happened in the book, the plot was a little bit weak. It’s tough with a second book because it can mostly be filler for the third and I can see where everything is set up for the next one. Also Klune attempted to change the narrative regarding police brutality and the current climate, and he did a good job. An improvement over the last book for sure.

I just want to say I’m glad this author is with a publisher who finally treats him right and that after years in the industry I’m glad Klune is seeing success with traditional publishing. Yay!
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2,079 reviews424 followers
September 11, 2022
3.5 Stars

As all superhero stories seem to go, especially teen ones a’la Spider-Man, the weight of responsibility is a heavy burden and often, these youngins must juggle their blooming maturity with what they’re lacking in life experience. However, blatant neverending optimism and a belief that they’re invincible, still lends a guileless sheen that we don’t get too often.

Admittedly, I struggle with YA. In my old age, the difference between myself and these fictitious characters is a very large gaping hole to cross in order to relate to the underage set, and at times it’s vexing as I shake my head in consternation or throw my hands up in disbelief at their starry eyed ideals. Like the first book, in Klune’s very capable hands, this is generously applied with humor and exaggeration that lessens the harsh blow of reality. Beware though, this second foray in the fantastical alternate universe of Nova City, often had too many lessons and political views and side commentary veiled as plot, delving too close to home and while admirable, it was a downer as I read for entertainment and escape.

Regardless, there’s fun here, lots of funny, a shit ton of heart with always earnest emotions that surround found family - all of which evoked a few tears and warm fuzzies. Don’t worry as there’s high stakes action, plenty of bad guys, and dire potential consequences. This ends on quite the shocking cliffhanger, and I won’t make the same mistake again in waiting over a year to get to the conclusion.
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771 reviews
August 1, 2021
I also finished this one a loooong time ago.

Buddy read and gift from @Nik Nak.

So... let me start with the fact that I am a total Klunatic. I believe that TJ Klune is one of the best writers in MM romance out there right now. The way he weaves his stories, angst and humor and romance, is not easily done snd ge always wows me.

Except here.

Here he didn't wow me. Even with the one and only Michael Lesley narrating, I struggled to finish. I put it down and picked it up so many times. This in itself was a sign if things to come.

Mostly, the things that didn't work for me here was the fact that I felt like this book was all filler. Too much info and nothing really happening....

This and the POLITICS.

Now I understand the backlash of what happend whrn TJ published The Extraordinaries, because of Nick's dad and police brutality. Here, TJ is trying to compensate for his faux pas, which wasn't intentional btw, but he ended up overdoing it.

To the point that most of the book felt...preachy. sometimes, I felt as if i was reading a TED Talk.

I mean, I get the conflict and the past reviews and the hate they threw his way because of TE, but I think all of that made him write in a way that really isn't him...he was being too politically correct, too preachy, too careful...to the point where it felt like this wasn't a TJ book. The humor that was in book 1, and most of his books, was missing, save for a few moments here and there.
The plot develeopment which he certainly excels at was too weak, again because of him being too careful. Too many things going on and mostbof them aren't really important imho.

I did love the Nicky and Seth moments. They were sweet and fun.
I loved the side characters too, and how they all banded together.
I loved the fight sequence in the school as well.

As for the cliffy.... I kind of saw it a mile away. I wasn't really surprised.

I will be reading the last book in the series nonetheless, because it's TJ and I'm still intrigued to see what would happen.

PS... Micheal Lesley was still phenomenal in his performance, even if I didn't really love the book itself.
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2,066 reviews353 followers
June 13, 2022
4.5 Stars

As with most Klune-penned books, I never cease to be captivated by the storytelling or the sheer brilliance of the writing quality he dishes out. This may be on the lighter side of Klune’s recent repertoire, sure, but it’s no less impressive, blending joy, hilarity and pure entertainment with themes that engage and representation that matters.

This particular series is aimed more at younger readers, with its queer-positive teen leads, but it crosses generational lines and shouldn’t be narrowed down to a YA demographic. I’m twenty years past my teens and this still entertained me fully and read as keenly relevant to the times we live in, even with the fantastical superhero trope within.

In this sequel, newly coupled Nick and Seth, along with their slew of dedicated friends and family, are continuing to fight the good fight, secret powers and identities included, to help make Nova City a better, safer place. Making change is at the forefront of their fight against power-hungry individuals, unaccountable government officials, corrupt police and disgusting journalistic bias, which, although extreme and fantastical in its implications here, are still very much things we in RL see and deal with all the damn time in recent years.

Beyond the politics and the literal fight for their lives, Nick and Seth remain one of the cutest pairings I’ve read in the YA genre this decade. Nick is still as unfiltered as ever and hilarious for it, and Seth is perhaps even more geek-sexy than before, both finding their way as boyfriends, and dealing with a hell of a lot more in their day to day lives than most teenagers could even comprehend. But they do so well, even if there is some fumbling and awkwardness in the execution, it's the good intentions that count.

Like with book one, I loved the humour present—think of Klune’s earlier brilliant and hilarious series, like Bear, Otter, and the Kid or At First Sight, only slightly less outrageous and slightly more suitable for a younger audience (shame that, LOL). Nick is nothing if not a classic Klune archetype, following hilariously in Sam, Paul and Bear’s footsteps, as he deals with the trials and tribulations of life and love, all while being a bit “extra” and all the more wonderful for it.

At the end of the day, I enjoyed Flash Fire a great deal. If the aim of any sequel is to surpass its predecessor on all counts, this one did just that. With more action, bigger reveals, more romance, greater character development and increased emotional engagement, Flash Fire is the stronger, more satisfying of the first two books in The Extraordinaries series.

I have no doubt book three (Heat Wave) will take this series to even newer and grander heights, and I can’t wait to see how it's done!
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263 reviews76 followers
August 23, 2021
Repito o que disse no primeiro livro : Queria ter lido um livro desses na minha adolescência!. É histórias assim que Netflix e outros streaming precisam em sua programação. Um nível de representatividade que deixa qualquer jovem queer feliz, não sou mais adolescente e me sinto super feliz por ler histórias assim! Me sinto feliz pela juventude de hoje em dia que têm escritores como tj klune para escrever livros maravilhosos assim. Extraordinários e flashfire foi minha leitura do fim de semana, declaro que foram horas muito bem gastas lendo esses livros de jovens queer, heróis queer. Pensei que o livro 2 não seria tão engraçado como o 1, não devo subestimar Nicholas bell 😂 Nick é um dos personagens mais engraçados que conheci, suas falas são perfeitas para um show de comédia, ri tanto como no primeiro. Cada personagem desse livro é especial.. Nick, Seth, Gibby, Jazz, Aaron, Martha, Bob, Clap. Claro, tem personagens que deu vontade de assassinar, nem preciso dizer quem. Vc ama personagens e vc odeia personagens, faz parte da leitura de um bom livro onde comédia, drama, vilões e heróis são bem balanceados. O romance de Seth e Nick é a coisa mais fofa, vontade de guardá-los num potinho e livrá-los de todo mal. Gibby e jazz tbm são maravilhosas, temos representatividade para todos os lados. Colocar um extraordinario drag queen foi muito inteligente, Miss conduct arrasou e chegou chegando! O segundo livro foi tão bom como o primeiro... Sinto que faço parte do esquadrão Pyrostorm! AVANTE MEUS HERÓIS!!! Só preciso de explicações para entender como que TK é na verdade quem ninguém imaginou que seria. Já tinha achado estranho uma pessoa com poder de telecinese não conseguir se desviar de um tiro, queria explicações para isso, por que ela fingiu à própria morte? Vamos descobrir no próximo livro. Foi ótimo acompanhar mais um livro maravilhoso de Tj klune 😘
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906 reviews191 followers
July 26, 2021
Buddy read with my dear Ashley!

ahhh this was just as good as book #1, if not better! it spoke more about the topic of police brutality and corrupt cops, and action was taken, which was really good to see. it was also just as hilarious, uplifting and crazy as the previous book in the series, which sends the entertainment value sky-high! don't even get me started on the second-hand embarrassment... i laughed out loud multiple times, while also openly cringing. that's the power of TJ Klune!
and, of course, it was super gay, which was freaking wonderful. Seth and Nick are the cutest babies ever, and i love every single character with all my heart and soul.

brilliant! i can't wait for book 3, because dang, what the hell was that cliffhanger. honestly, from here on out i might have to stop myself from reading the post-acknowledgements scene in any TJ Klune book until the next book in the series is out, because they always cause such pain!
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1,144 reviews442 followers
July 13, 2021
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

4.5 It doesn't get much tougher to follow than "The Extraordinaries"' - an uproariously funny, unique and captivating story about a queer neurodiverse kid finding ordinary ways to be extraordinary.

"Flash Fire" delivers the expected laughs, cuteness overload, best friends-to-lovers excellence, scream worthy second hand embarrassment for the absolute treasure that is one Nicky Bell that makes me read from behind my fingers.

Heavy on family feels, both the kind you're born into and the kind you make for yourself, I will alwas be a sucker for a pack of queer kids trying to find their place in the world and make it just a little bit better along the way.

I also really liked the fact this book didn't shy away from important conversations. In fact, we ended up diving deeper into Nick's dad's job as a police officer, and the issues that often go ignored. I've been having an icreasingly harder time lately reading books that blatantly ignore the problems inherent to the Police and go on as if things don't need to be addressed or called attention to. This book did a great job of having some of those conversations in ways that still fit perfectly with the story.

In this sequel we encounter forces that want to push back against Extraordinaries, from wanting to control them for their own nefarious purposes to wanting to 'cure' them. A narrative queer people have been fighting against for far too long, and I can't put it much better than Gibby:
"We’re here, we're queer, and you better get used to it."
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341 reviews311 followers
May 12, 2021
4.5 Stars

Flash Fire, the sequel that my heart wanted and needed. I needed something that made me laugh, and Klune did not disappoint.

If you have not read the first book, The Extraordinaries, then go read that first. Then come back and check out this review. Now let’s get to the actual review and my constant fangirling.

The characters are still endearing as ever, especially Nick. His chaotic self was just as amazing as I remember. His relationship with Seth (ABOUT TIME) is by far my favorite part of this entire series. They are just utterly adorable. The rest of the gang got more page time, and I loved that. It’s about time we get more Gibby and Jazz.

I appreciate that Klune included a lot of sex positivity and safe sex talks. While the sex talk scenes were a bit embarrassing, and by a bit, I mean a lot. I still loved that they were included. Leave it to TJ Klune to give me some second-hand embarrassment within the first 15 pages. I swear my cheeks are still red.

Now let’s talk about that big issue from book one. I was really nervous about how Klune would address the police plotline. For reference, Aaron (Nick’s dad) assaulted a man in custody. While I can’t say that I am 100% happy with how it turned out. I am happy that there were several discussions on why it was wrong. Both from Aaron and Nick. The biggest reason why I was unhappy about it, it felt like most of the responsibility fell onto Gibby and her parents to explain things. But I did appreciate the many conversations that the characters had. I do hope going forward this continues to be a topic in the book.

Thank you to Netgalley & Tor Teen for letting me read one of my most anticipated reads!
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1,218 reviews172 followers
May 12, 2021
4.5 stars.

Well, shit.

I was expecting a lot of things to happen (some of which did) but I was not expecting that!!!

I need the next book 😭
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1,117 reviews226 followers
April 18, 2021
“Superhero team-up,” Nick breathed. “It’s like this is a sequel! Oh my god. Yes. Yes.”
I’ve been waiting (not very patiently, mind you) for this sequel for so long! The Extraordinaries was the queer superhero book I didn’t realise I needed until I began reading it. If you haven’t read it yet, please rectify that immediately.

Nick, our main character, has ADHD, panic attacks and an extraordinarily high adorability/cluelessness quotient. I fell in love with him as soon as I met him. His best friend and now boyfriend, Seth, is just as adorable but not clueless, although he does have a lot of abs. Their friends, Jazz and Gibby, round out the bunch and I can’t think of a group of friends I want to claim as my own any more than these four. I could read an entire book where Team Pyro Storm just sit around chatting.

With the timing of the first book’s publication and the subsequent feedback the author received at the time, I’d been expecting police brutality and corruption to be explored in more depth in this sequel. You can read what the author has to say about this here.

At times it felt like it was left to Gibby and her parents to explain things to the white characters. However, Nick showed maturity in the way that he reassessed what he had grown up believing about the police, still loving his father but trying to come to terms with his actions and those of other members of the police force. Nick’s father must also reevaluate his past behaviour and figure out what being accountable looks like.
“You’ve seemed to have done an about-face with the whole cop thing.”
Police brutality and corruption were addressed throughout the book and I’m glad that they were, although it definitely changed the tone of the book. The smile that you couldn’t wipe off my face during the first book and the first few chapters of the sequel (so many embarrassing sexual conversations), where everything felt light and playful, turned into a heaviness that weighed on me for most of the rest of the book.

Thank goodness for Nick, who remains adorable. I love the way his brain works. I love that he’s open to new ideas. I love how fiercely protective he is of the people he loves. I even love the “conversational whiplash”; I may love that about him most of all.

The banter between Nick, Seth, Jazz and Gibby is everything and each time they are together I melt a little bit. My romantiphobia fades away whenever Nick and Seth or Jazz and Gibby get all lovey-dovey. The friendship dynamics of Team Pyro Storm is pretty much everything you need in your life.
“We stand together,” Nick reminded him, “so we don’t have to struggle apart. You’re not alone in this, okay?”
Because this is a sequel, we have to discuss the need for superhero costume upgrades, but needles are very pointy and it’s all a lot of effort. We’re reminded that if you don’t shout the name of the move you’re doing, then you’re not fighting right.
“Backflip of Chaos!”
We’re introduced to new Extraordinaries! We’re not entirely sure if they’re on our side or not.
“What the hell,” Nick muttered. “What’s trying to kill us now? You think it’s some new Extraordinary villain bent on—”
I particularly loved Miss Conduct but need to spend much more time with them. I need their entire backstory ASAP.

There are secrets (so many secrets) and with secrets come their unravelling. The reveal at the end of the first book is explored in a way that I loved. Even though it took Nick a lot longer than I’d hope to figure it all out, I really appreciated that it wasn’t a success only journey for him. There’s also a reveal at the end of this book but I’m not entirely sure I’m on board with this development, even though I’m definitely intrigued; I’ll wait until I read the third book to decide.

Bring on some more Extraordinaries!

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Tor Teen for the opportunity to read this book. I’m rounding up from 4.5 stars.

Blog - https://schizanthusnerd.com
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5,927 reviews216 followers
July 30, 2022
Why yes, I am still mad at myself for waiting so freaking long to jump into this series. If I could have Seth and Nick has best friends, I would probably die from laughing so much and so hard. Or ya know, fighting a villain or something. Either way, I love these two and I can't wait for the next book. Especially after that cliff-freaking-hanger.
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1,208 reviews73 followers
May 1, 2021
A complimentary copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh boy, I knew this was going to be a good story simply because of how book 1 left off. How much can I say about this book without giving anything away? I suppose "I loved it" isn't enough.

We know the truth about Seth, Owen, and Simon Burke, and of course suspicions about Nick. You get answers to all the questions from book 1, and are left with a cliffhanger raising MORE questions! Once again I had my suspicions about the character in the finale, but I told myself I couldn't be right, it would just be too much. Enough said about that.

Flash Fire is filled with action - it's really amazing Nick has lived as long as he has - and new villains. I did NOT want to put the book down and cannot wait to get this in audio! All Nick wants is to live his life with his boo, finish school, and save the world. Is that too much to ask? When Nick finds out the truth about his mother, and the secrets his father has kept all these years, compounded by the lies he's told, Nick is messed up emotionally and eh-hem, things happen. I can't go into detail because that will give away the story. Just know these things were hilarious, and also disturbing because I wasn't sure exactly how it would end.

And now to the school prom (yep, I left stuff out for your own good). Nick wears a dead magicians tux, it's as amazing as it sounds, and Nick, Seth, Gibby and Jazz all are enjoying prom, with the torture of having their parents chaperon! Fun is being had by all, but then, the bad guys appear, of course, and Nick's nemesis, Rebecca Firestone is there to get it all on tape. I was worried how the battle would end and it goes on forever! One side gets the upper hand, then the other. I didn't mention that Seth has found new Extraordinaries who also happen to show up and help. What was the intended goal of this confrontation? We all know who is behind it but what did he hope to gain by sending his people after Nick and Seth?

As I said, old questions are answered but new ones come up and I am very excited to read the next book to see how it goes. I left out some details about Owen, and he doesn't make an appearance, though his presence is very much part of the story. Is Owen a permanent bad guy? Can he be saved? And is Burke really going to use his new found "medicine" on just those who want it, or force people to take it? Cryptic I know. I know what I think and they need to stop Burke before he does any serious damage.

Speaking of damage, what is the cliffhanger ending going to do to this group? It isn't going to stay secret for long, and I have to say, I don't understand it. Why did TJ write it this way? He clearly has a goal writing it the way he did I just wish I had all the answers now.

I highly recommend this and am excited to read the next book. I can so see this as a tv show, assuming it's made exactly like the book says. 5 stars (even with the ending). :)

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2,354 reviews176 followers
January 10, 2022
Reading a book like this when you also have ADHD is like snorting caffeine and running several miles but still having energy at the end of that.

Flash Fire is the sequel to The Extraordinaries and picks up right after the end. Nicky is back with his friends and trying to figure out how to navigate daily life. It doesn't help that people seem to be turning against Pyrostorm. Nicky just wants to be with his boyfriend and enjoy being a superhero sidekick when new information comes to light about Nicky's ADHD medication.

One of the big criticisms of book 1 that I've seen around was how pro-cop it was. I think Klune did listen to the what people have said and took steps to try and fix those mistakes. Nicky's father has to face a lot of accountability from Gibby's parents and Nick. His actions were questionable and he has to make up for his mistakes. I liked that we saw growth from Aaron and from how Nicky saw him. Nick is pretty naive and oblivious at times, so it was really good to see that his dad is a person who also makes mistakes and has to make up for them.

This book was pretty hilarious. There's something about how ridiculous Nicky is and the rest of his friends that makes for some of the funniest scenes ever. Also the way his dad is constantly trying to embarrass him is the best. The secondhand embarrassment is real folks.

While we find out in book 1 that Nicky is also an extraordinary, we get to see him try to figure out his telekinesis in this book. We also see his friends rally around him and Seth. Seth is so precious. I really love this soft boi and his arc about how being a superhero is really exhausting was so good. Like I am tired for this boy.

Two new side characters are introduced in this book as well. Miss Conduct and TK. Both of them are extraordinaries. Miss Conduct is probably my favorite Extraordinary to exist. Not only is her name the best pun/double entendre ever. I loved her so much. Yes she is a drag queen.

Overall, I had a ton of fun with this sequel and the stakes were definitely raised for me.

Rep: white gay male MC with anxiety and ADHD, white bisexual male love interest, white sapphic female side character, Black lesbian female side character, Black drag queen side character.

CWs: Ableism, blood, death, injury/injury detail, mental illness (anxiety), panic attacks, discussions of sexual content (no on page sex scenes but lots of talk about it and there are many details--very sex positive and safe sex educative), violence. Moderate: Death of parent, gun violence, discussions of police brutality and racism (on page), fire. Minor: cissexism.
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445 reviews15 followers
July 24, 2021

Possible spoilers...!

No just no...! This is a paranormal YA book! Not a political platform for you to play the politically correct card! Aaron Bell was/is a good man! Just because his grief get a hold on him for like 10 seconds (and who wouldn't do the same if he/she would be in the same position) that doesn't make him the bad guy! And suddenly Gabby's parents are what...?! Woke up and realized that their daughter friend's, of years and years, father is cop and that must make him the bad guy?!

And making Nicky doubt the only adult person in his life, who he love unconditionally, who makes anything to protect his kid...just for some readers who is to coward to act in real life and must ruin a good book...! Get over yourself! Fantasy book are fantasy … so we should cancel it now?! What about enemies to lovers genre, or romance with police MC's in an interracial relationship?! What the actual hell!!! Outrageous!!!

I'm so disappointed! Aaron is a good man! Yes police brutality in U.S. is real, and my heart goes out for the injustice! This wasn't the platform to make a statement.

And also who ever been a parent will know, with no question asked, that their would do anything, ANYTHING, to protect their child, laws be damned!

Shame on you readers who did this! Shame on you! Get off your chairs and do something instead to go after someone who brings couple of hours of joy in our already stressed lives!

Message to the publishing house: Klune has a big big fan base, don't let it go to waste and let the bullies win! It's a fiction, not a story based on real life! Do better next time!
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