As you probably know, superhero books are my favourite. So, I was super excited to have the opportunity to read ENTER THE BLUEBIRD by Brendan Halpin.
Brendan Halpin also co-authored A REALLY AWESOME MESS (which I reviewed here…and loved!!!).
To be special and different (wait? isn’t that normal around here?) I’m doing a mini review AND an interview AND a giveaway! Delicious, right?
Brendan Halpin is a writer and a teacher and the author of two memoirs and four novels for adults, and the author or co-author of nine books for young adults, including, most recently, Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom, A Really Awesome Mess, and Enter the Bluebird. He lives in Boston with his wife Suzanne, their three teenage children, and a dog, and he fights evil on a monthly basis. (Hey, he’s busy.) Find him on Twitter and Facebook.
what makes ENTER THE BLUEBIRD stand out from other superhero novels?
ENTER THE BLUEBIRD is like junior-fiction happening in Gotham (yep, Batman’s Gotham). It’s freaky and terrifying, but told with such simplistic and straight-forward style, it’s almost MG.
I really admire this book. No beating around the bush with wordy prose! (Hurrah!) No pages of lengthy description! (Yay!) I had a good time reading it, and the characters definitely showed emotion. The writing felt MG, but the themes (whorehouses, drug addictions, murder) were very heavy.
Of course, it’s a superhero book (don’t you love the cover?!). It’s narrated by Julie, who is The Bluebird (a name her mother chose, but Julie kind of hated at first). I love how, in the beginning, when Julie was looking for her missing mother and just started being The Bluebird, that the writing switched from “Julie said” to “The Bluebird said”. I felt that was an epic touch. Though it was 3rd person, it was definitely in Julie’s POV. I appreciated how Julie ached for her missing mother and how she cried and how it wasn’t pretty. Realism always wins points with me.
My only real disappointment was the beginning: I think it started too late! It would have been nice to “meet” Julie’s mother, the Red Falcon, before she went missing. It’s easier to feel emotion for a missing/dead/who-knows-where person, if you’ve met them before the deed is done.
A fun, quick, and enjoyable read, ENTER THE BLUEBIRD is cute but dark. And superheroes! YAY!!
Enter the Bluebird is the story of Julie Rouge, who’s nearly 16 and can’t wait to join her mother, the masked crimefighter Red Talon, patrolling the crime-ridden streets of New Edinburgh.
Unfortunately, Julie’s mom has disappeared, and, while searching for her, Julie is going to discover that the city she calls home is even nastier, more corrupt, and riddled with toxic secrets than she ever knew.
Enter the Bluebird is a noir YA superhero novel about secrets and betrayal and violence and love.