Monday, May 28, 2012


Bookworm's Ranking - 5 Worms
Storyline - While participating in America's Next Super Hero reality TV show, Failstate, aka Robin, competes against his brother, Gauntlet, aka Ben, as well as other powerful hero hopefuls for a chance to earn a vigilante licence to help the world by using their superpowers. But when one contestant gets murdered, Failstate will have to discover who did it and why while tring to control his powers from wreaking havoc. But it is not easy as his brother teases him and they both vi for the same girl. Will Failstate be able to over come past mistakes, control his powers, find who killed a fellow hero, and put his trust in God before it is too late?

Author - John Otte

Publisher - Marcher Lord Press

Age Group - 15 and up

Content - *May Contain Secrets* Failstate tries to do the right thing and looks to God for help. Struggling with anger towards his brother, Failstate tries to hurt him when his brother teases him or makes him feel less then a hero when Ben tries to steal lime light from Robin. Ben is also egotistical but changes by the end. Failstate is willing to fight for friends, even when that puts himself in danger.

Personal Opinion - Holy Cow, what a book! Okay, there have only been a few books that pull me in as this one did to the point of ignoring those around me. I started reading this one day and read close to 300 pages, planned to stay up all night and finish it I was so enthralled. But had  to go to bed and read the last 100 pages the next day. It is also really cool the author lives in the same state as me. :)
Fabulous storyline, characters, adventure, and sci-fi. Failstate's inner journey as well as the physical fight he had to face was amazing and I believed every minute of the book. Even the competition reminded me of reality TV shows we have today. The writer is talented for creating such rounded out characters and intricate story lines that all come together and make sense in the end. I'm glad I heard there are two more books coming out because I want more time with these characters and another fabulous story. So awesome.

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Special Notes - Heard there will be two more books in the series. Yay!

Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from the publisher/author through Team Novel Teen.

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  1. Agreed, agreed, Rachel! I loved this book too. And I'm so excited that there will be at least two more books. :-)

  2. I liked how realistic the story seemed too! I thought it was going to be a little cheesy, but it was so great and I was totally sucked into the world.

    Great review! :)

  3. Hi Rachel! Glad to see another Minnesotan out in the blogosphere! And I'm really glad you enjoyed the book too! Thanks for the great review!

  4. Great review! I loved Failstate and I can't wait for the sequels. :)

  5. I loved Failstate and can't wait for the other two books. John did such a great job with it!

  6. Anonymous29 May, 2012

    I really loved the Reality TV show element and I couldn't stop reading it either!

  7. Thanks y'all for stopping by my blog and commenting. It means a lot.

    Jill, yeah, I'm excited!

    Jessica Laurie, it was very realistic which is fabulous. It just had the texture of realism that I just can't put my fingure on.

    John, your welcome for the review. You deservied it. So cool your in Minnesota. I don't know many authors out there who are so I think that is cool.

    Christian Miles, dito.

    RJ, dito times 2.

    Addlibrarian, The Reality TV show idea was very cool. And, strangly, I could totally see that happening if superheros did exist.