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No More Heroes, by Michelle Kan

iam's review against another edition

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2.0

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did.
No More Heroes has a lot of potential and a great premise, but the execution didn’t quite do it for me.

The writing style was good in itself, easy to read and understandable, but it dragged at times and felt repetetive in some places. What bothered me the most was the way it kept the characters very distant – they all seemed amazing and I wanted to know more about them, but they felt like strangers until the very end, as if I just got brief glimpses into their lives. Maybe that was intentional, but I simply prefer to feel a lot closer to a book’s protagonists.

It also felt like as soon as one character aquired some information, suddenly it was universally known, or I couldn’t trace back the source of the information in the first place, which left me a bit confused.
The motive and actions of the villains were rather weak in my opinion. What was very cool though was the different superpowers the characters had – they were refreshing and not the same 10 typical things that most superhero stories use again and again.

The plot was focused on a very small scale of one City (or rather THE City, there was never a name, as well as the few cities around it) – it made sense since the main characters are all rather locally focused on their own problems, but I would have liked to see more of the grand scheme of things in this world. There were hints to more grand scale happenings at the end of the book.

Overall very action-packed and fast-paced with a diverse cast and lots of potential, but also a lot of room for improvement.

theshrinkette's review against another edition

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4.0

First published at: http://theshrinkette.com

There are Vigilantes with special Abilities all over the world who patrol the streets at night to keep the peace. However, a series of Vigilante deaths ensue- the identity and the motive of the person responsible for these deaths are unknown. Three young Vigilantes have no idea what they’re getting into when they get involved, and team up with a bunch of older Vigilantes to solve the mystery.

This is a fast-paced urban fantasy that features a diverse cast of characters and high stakes adventure time. I thoroughly enjoyed the pacing, the mystery, the action sequences and the Abilities were really cool. I could almost visualize it all. I loved that the author focused on friendships and fostering teamwork among these characters, a lot of whom were essentially just introduced and getting to know one another. It also features Fang, a genderfluid aroace character, which is a huge bonus. The only thing I’d have liked more was character development. There were a lot of characters and we really didn’t get any background on anyone but Fang. However, the author has been mentioning a sequel, and the book seems to be set up that way, so I’m hoping we get to know them more then.

whatthelog's review

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Urban fantasy is where it is at for me! I bought No More Heroes ages ago, so last week I decided to finally tackle it in the Reading Quest. (I’m doing really well, by the way – nearly finished the Mage path!) I originally was interested in it because of the diverse range of characters – Rehua is Samoan, whilst Fang is genderfluid and aroace. (This aspect of the novel is ownvoices). I kind-of wish that Fang was the clear main character of the novel, because she was given much more of a backstory than any of the others, and honestly interested me a lot more than all of the others combined.

I absolutely loved how different the superpowers were. Some characters can travel through reflective surfaces and fog, whilst other characters can create shockwaves and electricity. The way their powers are described is also really interesting – they don’t go with the obvious ways to use their powers, but use them really cleverly. The ways that some of the teams of vigilantes used their powers to work together also made the fight scenes really interesting to read!

However, while I enjoyed No More Heroes, it didn’t grip me like some of the other diverse urban fantasy that I’ve read recently. For me, there were just too many characters, many of whom weren’t as fleshed out as they could have been. The world also felt like it could have also been explained more. If there is a sequel (as the ending hinted) then I might read it, if these issues were tackled.

misssleepless's review

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5.0

this was so good holy shit. I need more.

taylor627's review

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5.0

There is so much to love about this book. The amazing characters, the fantastic fight scenes, and the focus on friendship rather than romance. It is fast-paced, and a quick read that is near impossible to put down. The ending is extremely well done, and I just noticed that this book is going to be part of a series, so I am super excited because I cannot wait to continue living in this world.

jessoehrlein's review

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3.0

This is a fun superhero story with a really unique set of abilities. (Teleportation via fog!)

It was interesting to read the friendship and team dynamics here. You have Linus, Clare, and Mallory, who are all really close, and then Fisticuffs works on her own, and Resonance, Shockwave, and Rehua all work together with varying degrees of tightness (Shockwave and Rehua working together more closely than Resonance is with them, except Rehua is away for a lot of this book).
Spoiler But then Fisticuffs is working with Mallory for a bit, and everyone is working together, kind of, eventually.


The fight scenes were really well-written. Other than the abilities and vigilantes themselves, the worldbuilding felt weak; it wasn't the focus.

There's word-of-God aro and ace rep (acespec: Clare, Linus, Fang, Joshua, Shaan, Faye. arospec: Clare, Fang, Joshua, Shaan.), but it doesn't show up much on page. I'd actually forgotten that there was aspec rep here when I read it, so I wasn't looking for any of the more subtle signals, and I didn't pick up on any other than the lack of romantic or sexual relationships. But that was pretty refreshing in and of itself, especially paired with focus on other kinds of relationships!

CW: violence and lots of injury, knife fight, dog attack, arson, caught in a burning building.

claudiearseneault's review

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4.0

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this in exchange for a honest review.

I finished NO MORE HEROES a few days ago and have been considering what I wanted to say about it for a while. I think your enjoyment of the story will depend heavily on expectations. NO MORE HEROES is amazing when you think of it as an action flick: it has great pacing, the actions scenes are stellar and easy to follow, and the superhero powers are *cool*. I WANT CLARE'S OKAY. I want it a lot.

I often wished we'd spent more time... getting to know everyone? It feels like I'm told of how they are, yet with the exception of Fang, I would be hard-pressed to describe it in depth with supportive evidence. And I like them all! It's kind of like receiving really tasty morcels and not the entire meal.

In many ways this my main opinion of NO MORE HEROES. It's super fun, it has a lot of qualities, and it's worth your time. Yet I cannot help but feel it could have been *so much more*. And I mean this in the most passionate way--I loved what this book offered, but you cannot take the dev editor entirely out of me, and I know there is untapped potential there, just within reach.

Which is also to say, I will for sure be eagerly awaiting for more books by Michelle Kan. :)

theshrinkette's review

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4.0

First published at: http://theshrinkette.com

There are Vigilantes with special Abilities all over the world who patrol the streets at night to keep the peace. However, a series of Vigilante deaths ensue- the identity and the motive of the person responsible for these deaths are unknown. Three young Vigilantes have no idea what they’re getting into when they get involved, and team up with a bunch of older Vigilantes to solve the mystery.

This is a fast-paced urban fantasy that features a diverse cast of characters and high stakes adventure time. I thoroughly enjoyed the pacing, the mystery, the action sequences and the Abilities were really cool. I could almost visualize it all. I loved that the author focused on friendships and fostering teamwork among these characters, a lot of whom were essentially just introduced and getting to know one another. It also features Fang, a genderfluid aroace character, which is a huge bonus. The only thing I’d have liked more was character development. There were a lot of characters and we really didn’t get any background on anyone but Fang. However, the author has been mentioning a sequel, and the book seems to be set up that way, so I’m hoping we get to know them more then.

bbliophile's review

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4.0

This was good and I'm really glad I finally got around to reading it! I have to admit that I skimmed over the fighting scenes because I personally don't like reading them and just tend to get confused about what's going on, but I really enjoyed the plot and the characters!
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