"Power Surge," by Sara Codair
YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies.
While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world.
Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world.
I feel so insanely fortunate to be given the opportunity to review such a wide array of LGBTQ+ books on a weekly basis. Especially those written by members of the LGBTQ+ community that represent their #ownvoices experiences. This week’s read is a perfect example. Power Surge by Sara Codair is an impressive story with a diverse cast. It’s the kind of positive representation we really, really need out there, especially in the influential YA/NA genres.
Adolescents and young adults struggling with their identities need to see themselves in the stories they read. But more than that, they need to see that how they identify and who they love/are attracted to isn’t the sum total of their parts. And Codair does a phenomenal job of making Erin’s story about their adventure and interactions with the world around them, not about their struggles with gender identity. The reader is aware of Erin’s non-binary identity—it isn’t shied away from or hidden—but it simply is who they are, not the central conflict of the story.
I got so totally absorbed into this read. The story was fantastic, and the characters latched onto my heart. I was on the proverbial edge of my seat for a good chunk of the tale, and will absolutely be reading more from this author. Codair nailed this.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves young adult/new adult fiction. Especially if you enjoy that unique urban fantasy flair. Codair’s world is a vast and diverse one. It’ll leave you wanting much, much more. 😘
So, what are you waiting for? Power Surge is available for your immediate reading pleasure!
Until next time,