Just for Kicks by Racheal Renwick

Just for Kicks by Racheal Renwick
Publisher: Prizm Books
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (225 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Meriwether Brookes is doomed to be an orphan forever. Fate has other plans for her, however, when she’s swept away in the middle of the night by a girl who can fly. Pulled along on an impossible adventure, Meri soars into the world of superheroes, discovering her own Super genes along the way.

After a magic ritual transforms her into a Super, Meri learns that her parents’ murderer is planning to bring Doomsday about, and the Supers need her to help stop him. Spurred forward by an all-consuming need for vengeance, Meri ditches her selfish ways to become the one thing she loathes most: a hero.

With the help of her Super friends, Meri tries to figure out how her ability to see spirits can help defeat the soul-sucking villain. But when she comes face to face with him, a grave secret is revealed, and she must decide which is more important: revenge for her parents’ death, or saving the human race.

How do you fill a refrigerator with Jell-O so everything remains suspended in the red gelatin?

Troubled teen Meri is always in trouble for the pranks she plays, but the Jell-O incident is one step too far and she is expelled from school and moved from the foster home she has come to love.

Her move to a new home coincides with a visit from a girl hovering outside her window. Meri is afraid of heights so flying through the air to an unknown destination is not how she intended to spend her evening. Apparently there are others like Kesi, the flying girl, and Meri is told they are superheroes. Much to her disbelief they tell her she is one of the Supers’ Elite Force, as were her parents. There are two factions, the goodies and the baddies. Meri is needed to help the Supers win but nobody tells her how she’s supposed to do this.

This is a unique way of looking at superheroes and on the whole I enjoyed the book. Meri continues as her rebellious self, wondering if she’ll ever find a home and people to love her. The others of her group try to help her but she has a knack for getting people in trouble, although they assure her it’s as much their fault as hers.

Meri is a very strong character but some of the other people are weak. Kesi for instance is pale in comparison to Meri and Eli and yet she takes a big part in the story. I loved that this was written in the first person as this meant Meri was definitely in charge of how the story developed.

Good book and I enjoyed reading it.

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