Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Heroes of the Horde Book One: Unleashed by Jennifer Hartz

Title: Heroes of the Horde Book One: Unleashed
Author: Jennifer Hartz
Received by: Author
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

The first thing people discuss about Jennifer Hartz’s Unleashed is how spectacular the cover is. So let’s just get that out of the way. It’s a superhero cover done right and is what intrigued me about the book. You see normal kids in a stance that would have any readers curious but even more so when you see their reflection. The cover in the same sense is exactly the way it’s written. It reveals just enough about each teen character at a great pace. Plus it’s always great when you can get a story this big within a page count below 150.

There are a lot of characters in Unleashed and rightfully so. I love books that have a solid group like this. Each character is clearly defined and identifiable for its young audience. Heroes of the Horde is a series that a reader can grow with. It is written differently than other books from this genre because it’s written in each of the six characters perspective. I may have been a tiny bit confused in the beginning during character introductions but then I started to read Jennifer Hartz’s work like a collection of short stories that meet up in the end. It flowed pretty well after that for me. Remember every reader reads differently so all readers may not have my same quirks.  




Six mismatched students at Deacon Proprietary are about to discover the demonic legend of their school's origin is actually true. Not only have they obtained amazing powers, but they've also unleashed the demonic Horde. Now it's up to these six high school freshmen to stop the Horde before its evil spreads throughout the school and beyond.

Unleashed has many characters, but my favorite character combo was probably Cooper and Shelly. Cooper and Shelly have common abilities but I like how they play into their relationship. Shelly can read minds and Cooper has great strength. Only Cooper lacks the strength and confidence to tell Shelly his true feelings and Shelly lacks the ability to see Cooper’s feelings, even though she can read minds. That’s probably due to Cooper’s keen sense of controlling his thoughts around his crush. This particular couple had a sense of a real comic book tormented romance. Two characters who are very strong alone but make each other crazy when together.

My favorite character of all was Cooper because of the reasoning behind his ability. It made sense and it was heartfelt. He struggles with a disability and Chapter two of the book serves as a great origin story for him. He portrays a noble guy who values every friendship he makes. Even though he is made fun of at school he still knows what he has and appreciates it. Maggie is pretty great as well. She’s the dedicated art student with a standout eclectic look. I thought her dialogue with Jimmy about the team name was smart and point on. She’s not afraid to call people out on their ideas or opinions.

Jennifer Hartz does a remarkable job at getting an unlikely group of people together and making it believable. Unleashed is like Breakfast Club meets the X-men, which I’m sure will entice a lot of readers. The book encompasses good verses evil with the detail of the many battles the group fights but also has a place for teen angst and social drama that makes the Hartz’s characters real. Unleashed is a short read at 133 pages and will satisfy contemporary lovers as well as action junkies. It can be shared among teens and discussed like an episode of any popular CW teen drama.  

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1 comment:

  1. Hmm, I like this cover. Looks like an awesome book to read I guess I would grab this book and read it this coming weekends.


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