Monday, November 7, 2016

Virtual Tour ~ Junior Hero Blues by J.K. Pendragon ~ (Giveaway + Review)

Virtual Tour ~ Junior Hero Blues by J.K. Pendragon ~ (Giveaway)

Last year, Javier Medina was your average socially awkward gay high schooler with a chip on his shoulder. This year, he’s . . . well, pretty much the same, but with bonus superpowers, a costume with an ab window to show off his new goods, and a secret identity as the high-flying, wise-cracking superhero Blue Spark.

But being a Junior Hero means that Javier gets all the responsibility and none of the cool gadgets. It’s hard enough working for the Legion of Liberty and fighting against the evil Organization, all while trying to keep on top of schoolwork and suspicious parents. Add in a hunky boyfriend who’s way out of Javier’s league, and an even hunkier villain who keeps appearing every time said boyfriend mysteriously disappears, and Blue Spark is in for one big dollop of teenage angst. All while engaging in some epic superhero action and, oh yeah, an all-out battle to protect Liberty City from the forces of evil.

Welcome to the 100% true and totally unbiased account of life as a teenage superhero.

4* Not quite as Muahahahah as I'd expected, but if you liked KickA$$, Agents of SHIELD and The Incredibles, you'll enjoy this. 

This is very vividly-written and very well-written, so it was like watching something on a screen. I'm 47, loved it and think that all ages could read and enjoy this.

For the most part, it had me smiling at the telling of the tale in 17yo Spanish immigrant Javier's voice; I liked that he could do humour as well as the serious stuff. His love interest - by the sounds of it, an All-American jock type - was decent too, though as the tale progressed, it became clear why he changed. 

I liked the cast of characters, and that the tale was a bit of all the things I mentioned in the title. There's no sex at all in this, just a few kisses and some petting, but I'd love to read more of these guys as their relationship grows. There was one set of very accepting parents, and one set that was not quite there yet, but I liked that the lead belonging to the latter had balls and was prepared to stand up for what he believed in. Power to him and progress that's been made!!!!

ARC courtesy of Riptide Publishing and NetGalley

About J.K. Pendragon

J.K. Pendragon is a Canadian author with a love of all things romantic and fantastical. They first came to the queer-fiction community through m/m romance, but soon began to branch off into writing other queer fiction. As a bisexual and genderqueer person, J.K. is dedicated to producing diverse, entertaining fiction that showcases characters across the rainbow spectrum, and provides queer characters with the happy endings they are so often denied.

After writing in the romance community for several years, Junior Hero Blues is J.K.'s first book for young adults. Having been very positively affected by the queer books they came across as a teen, J.K. hopes their young adult books can have a similar effect on teens who may have a harder time finding books about people like themselves.

Notable works by J.K. Pendragon include Ink & Flowers, a contemporary romance novel with coming out themes, and To Summon Nightmares, a horror-fantasy that follows the journey of a young trans man into a world of magic and danger. To Summon Nightmares is the winner of the 2015 Rainbow Awards' Best Transgender Fiction award. J.K. also contributed to Less Than Three Press's Geek Out: A Collection of Trans and Genderqueer Romance.

J.K. currently resides in British Columbia, Canada, with a boyfriend, a cat, and a large collection of artisanal teas that they really need to get around to drinking. They are always happy to chat, and can be reached at and on twitter @JKPendragon.

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To celebrate the release of Junior Hero Blues, three lucky winners will receive $15 in Amazon credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 12, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Interesting blurb.. I might not much of YA reader but with that blurb and after that review, I'm intrigued!
    Congrats on the release, JK.
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  2. Thanks for the review!


  3. Thanks for the review! Junior Hero Blues sounds fun.


  4. enjoyed the review today

  5. Congrats on the release & thanks for the review!

  6. Congrats and nice review. Oh my - gay NA superheroes. You had me at gay NA superheroes....
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  7. Congrats and nice review. Oh my - gay NA superheroes. You had me at gay NA superheroes....
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  8. Thank you for the review. It sounds like a good read.
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  9. nice review

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  10. I am quite intrigued with this, so thanks for the giveaway chance