Faith (Faith Herbert Origin Story, #1)
From Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin', comes the first in a two-book origin story of Faith, a groundbreaking, plus-sized superhero from the Valiant Entertainment comics.Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teen. When she's not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, she's volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove.So far, her senior year has been spent trying to sort out her feelings for her maybe-crush Johnny and making plans to stay close to Grandma Lou after graduation. Of course, there's also that small matter of recently discovering she can fly….When the fictional world of The Grove crashes into Faith's reality as the show relocates to her town, she can't believe it when TV heroine Dakota Ash takes a romantic interest in her.But her fandom-fueled daydreams aren't enough to distract Faith from the fact that first animals, then people, have begun to vanish from the town. Only Faith seems able to connect the dots to a new

Faith (Faith Herbert Origin Story, #1) Details

TitleFaith (Faith Herbert Origin Story, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062899651
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Contemporary

Faith (Faith Herbert Origin Story, #1) Review

  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p. 57 This one just isn't grabbing me and I think it's for a number of reasons. First, the writing seems really young-- and not in an authentic young adult way, but in an artificially breathless, iCarly sort of way. Second, the aggressive way that fandom is shoved down the throat of the reader. I am a fangirl and even I thought it was too much. I knew there was going to be trouble when she describes Oscar Isaac as a "literal cinnam Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p. 57 This one just isn't grabbing me and I think it's for a number of reasons. First, the writing seems really young-- and not in an authentic young adult way, but in an artificially breathless, iCarly sort of way. Second, the aggressive way that fandom is shoved down the throat of the reader. I am a fangirl and even I thought it was too much. I knew there was going to be trouble when she describes Oscar Isaac as a "literal cinnamon roll." Third, all of the side characters have ridiculous names and feel like two-dimensional characters. A good YA has you engaged and wanting to know more about everyone and I just didn't feel that way about the heroine, Faith, or her way-too-numerous sidekicks.I'm shocked I didn't like this because an F/F romance with a plus-size superhero who volunteers at a dog shelter and likes Star Wars feels like it should be it for me, because it ticks all my boxes and many of those things describe me, as well. But I just couldn't get into this one at all, and that made me feel sad and angry.I hope you enjoy this more than I did. Keep in mind, also, that the Goodreads shelves are wrong: this book is not a graphic novel, it is a novel based on a heroine from graphic novels. That does not factor in my rating, btw, but is just an FYI for people who might take a look at the cover art and be confused about what they're getting, since it is kind of stylized like a comic book. It isn't.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!   1.5 to 2 stars
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    everything about this cover and this synopsis makes me want to cry tears of joy| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram everything about this cover and this synopsis makes me want to cry tears of joy| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
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  • Rec-It Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    fat queer superherothis was everything i wanted it to be and more
  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi KoehlerListen. I’m not the biggest fan of superhero origin stories. I know, I know, they’re so much fun as there’s tragedy and hardship to be overcome and we all root for that one character who suddenly gets superpowers. Still, I’ve always had a hard time getting with the program. And maybe that was because I was just going with the flow of the same old story being recycled over and over again. But then, Faith happened to show up at my door Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi KoehlerListen. I’m not the biggest fan of superhero origin stories. I know, I know, they’re so much fun as there’s tragedy and hardship to be overcome and we all root for that one character who suddenly gets superpowers. Still, I’ve always had a hard time getting with the program. And maybe that was because I was just going with the flow of the same old story being recycled over and over again. But then, Faith happened to show up at my doorstep and would you believe it, I apparently can very much get behind a dog-obsessed, funny, gorgeous, plus-sized, bisexual and overall cute as a button girl becoming a superhero to save her town and the world at large from unspeakable doom and maybe, just maybe get the girl. Even if that girl isn’t all she’s cracked up to be, either. But that’s another story.Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thank you, Netgalley for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date***The cover is what drew me to this book, the very first chapter completely sold me. This was everything I wanted!FAITH starts out with 17 yo Faith Herbery being recruited into what she thinks is a school for superheroes. But when things go awry, she escapes the facility and attempts to go back to her old life, her two best friends and volunteering at an animal shelter. Although Faith has the special ability to ***Thank you, Netgalley for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date***The cover is what drew me to this book, the very first chapter completely sold me. This was everything I wanted!FAITH starts out with 17 yo Faith Herbery being recruited into what she thinks is a school for superheroes. But when things go awry, she escapes the facility and attempts to go back to her old life, her two best friends and volunteering at an animal shelter. Although Faith has the special ability to actually FLY, she's totally down to earth about it. She lives with her grandma and obsesses over a tv drama called THE GROVE. When the show suddenly relocates to her town, she meets its star, Dakota Ashe, and plummets into a life of camera flashes and brings life to her fantasy. But the possible romance with a celebrity almost overshadows the real-world issues that threaten her existence. Can she hide her powers from her friends and save her town? Never have I ever read a plus-sized queer superhero book. Ever. But this isn't just a superhero book. This isn't even about Faith's body type or her sexual orientation. In fact, I feel like that was all more of a side note to the real-world issues Faith encounters. She has a case of survivors guilt after her parents died in a car crash and she survived. Her grandmother is showing signs of dementia and all that on top of missing classmates and pets. I could not put this book down. My husband literally had to pry it from my hands the other night. I showed him dominance by baring my fangs, but alas, I had to sleep at some point. Julie Murphy brings heart into this story by showing us that life goes on, even though we can fly. Preorder now. Don't sit on this one, folks.
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  • Richelle Delgado
    January 1, 1970
    It was an ok read! Nothing more! I enjoyed this book just because I love Julie’s writing but the story was a flop for me! Faith is a good character but the world building in this book was non existent, confusing and kind of boring. The plot was meh, the characters boring and the romance predictable. I think the only way you can understand it is if you’re a fan of the comics.
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  • Alexx
    January 1, 1970
    I remember freaking out so much when Julie Murphy announced this on Instagram. Because, hold on just a second, it's about a queer AND fat female superhero?! And the cover depicts her flying?!?!?!Safe to say, I was already hooked. I can't wait to read this!Find me elsewhere: Blog | Instagram | Twitter I remember freaking out so much when Julie Murphy announced this on Instagram. Because, hold on just a second, it's about a queer AND fat female superhero?! And the cover depicts her flying?!?!?!Safe to say, I was already hooked. I can't wait to read this!Find me elsewhere: Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Sam Butler
    January 1, 1970
    Revolutionary! A fat superhero? Faith is an inspiration to us all. Superpowers were not what she expected out of life, but here she is with the ability to fly. As if her life wasn’t hard enough to balance! When her personal heroes from her favorite tv show relocate their set to her town no one is more excited than Faith. But at the same time something sinister starts to unfold in Glenwood. With so much going on Faith struggles to figure out what to do. She doesn’t see herself as a hero, she’s ju Revolutionary! A fat superhero? Faith is an inspiration to us all. Superpowers were not what she expected out of life, but here she is with the ability to fly. As if her life wasn’t hard enough to balance! When her personal heroes from her favorite tv show relocate their set to her town no one is more excited than Faith. But at the same time something sinister starts to unfold in Glenwood. With so much going on Faith struggles to figure out what to do. She doesn’t see herself as a hero, she’s just trying to get by after a traumatic summer. Nothing is easy and she has to make some tough decisions but I am so proud of Faith. Getting to read about her becoming someone even more incredible than she already is gave me hope that I am capable of more. (Though I am 99% sure I cannot fly) I am more than my weight, more than others opinions about my body and my lifestyle. You don’t have to be skinny to be a good person, or to be a hero to others.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a book about superheroes. I think? Faith feels like 5 books mashed together. I have no idea how to place this book within a genre. Is it mystery? A thriller? There are people with superpowers, missing people, action, scary drugs and people doing scary things with those drugs. But it’s also a self-discovery novel. A book about a new relationship (LGBT+) with the contexts of fandom and tv series. It’s a book about family and the scary onset of dementia. And so Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a book about superheroes. I think? Faith feels like 5 books mashed together. I have no idea how to place this book within a genre. Is it mystery? A thriller? There are people with superpowers, missing people, action, scary drugs and people doing scary things with those drugs. But it’s also a self-discovery novel. A book about a new relationship (LGBT+) with the contexts of fandom and tv series. It’s a book about family and the scary onset of dementia. And so this book could easily be science fiction, but it feels like a realistic contemporary novel, would fit within the action and adventure genre and could also sit alongside the mystery books in our collection. I was keen to discover just how the story would pan out, if it was going to stick to one focus or keep switching. And at the end, I’m still not sure. Faith can fly. Last summer she attended a ‘camp’ that was more of a scary villain lab that awakened her powers. After she returned home, she focused on working at the animal shelter and finishing high school. She takes care of her grandma and sort of fits in with her two best-friends. Then she discovers that her most favourite TV show ever has moved to her small town to film its next season. After a chance meeting with her TV crush, Dakota, Faith wonders if there might be a chance for something more between them, but she’s not sure how she feels about her journalism partner. Then dogs and people start to go missing and Faith is forced to investigate.Despite this being a ‘superhero’ book the powers thing is the least explained. No background for how the superhero thing even exists, that’s just backstory that you have to accept before more details are revealed later and so the main focus of the first half of the book is about faith’s friendship, family, fandom and possible LGBT+ status. I didn’t really understand Faith. Okay, she’s attended a shady place where she had a not nice experience, but hey, she can fly now. She escaped. Yay. So what does she do now? Well, Faith just goes back to normal life, ignores everything that has happened, isn’t the least bit curious about the world she just stumbled into and DIDN’T EVEN TEST OUT HER FLYING SKILLS! Who is this girl? It’s not until she is forced back into that world of powers that she tries flying, and that I just couldn’t wrap my head around. I spent the majority of this book completely bemused, suffering whiplash from the constant change in focus and not sure what the whole thing was meant to be about. Seriously. If I get the power to fly I am flying first chance I get. Also, Faith makes lots of strange choices and totally does that whole, I’m all alone and haven’t called for backup so I’ll just walk into the scary building, shall I? stupid horror girl thing. Urgh. Sorry the more I write about this book the more I’m discovering I didn’t actually like it. I’ll stop now. The ending makes it very clear that this is just the first book in a series. The ending gives us no real answers and lots is left open. If you usually read realistic fiction, you’ll like the writing in this book. It very much feels like a realistic fiction novel, in the same vein as Murphy’s previous books.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the main character Faith and I really enjoyed reading it. It was queer and original and the idea of a fat superhero made me really happy, but Faith made it better. The further I got, the more I would do a lot to just protect her and other subplots like around her grandmonther... that's just a weak spot of mine, so I really enjoyed that to. There where a few points though, where I thought it was all going rather fast or that felt a bit coming out of nowhere. It's a great book though. The I loved the main character Faith and I really enjoyed reading it. It was queer and original and the idea of a fat superhero made me really happy, but Faith made it better. The further I got, the more I would do a lot to just protect her and other subplots like around her grandmonther... that's just a weak spot of mine, so I really enjoyed that to. There where a few points though, where I thought it was all going rather fast or that felt a bit coming out of nowhere. It's a great book though. The writing is so incredible and I really loved it!
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  • Caitlin R.
    January 1, 1970
    [3.5/5 stars]Faith is a plus sized superhero who is questioning her sexuality AND. I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT. I thought the story was cute, and the characters were fun. I think it could have been just a smidge more fleshed out (her friends were so hard on her 😂). But overall it was a fun read, and I’ll definitely read the sequel because I want to know what happens!Thanks to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for a copy of Faith: Taking Flight for review! This one won’t be out until July 7, 2020!
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  • Adriana Gabrielle
    January 1, 1970
    First up I'm just going to let you all know that I received a Digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Everything I share here are my own thoughts and opinions on the book I've read.PLEASE NOTE THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SMALL SPOILERS FROM THE PROLOGUE OF THE BOOKI was so excited when I saw this book was available as an ARC. I really have come to like Julie Murphy's writing and I really appreciate the normalcy Murphy brings with fat/plus size c First up I'm just going to let you all know that I received a Digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Everything I share here are my own thoughts and opinions on the book I've read.PLEASE NOTE THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SMALL SPOILERS FROM THE PROLOGUE OF THE BOOKI was so excited when I saw this book was available as an ARC. I really have come to like Julie Murphy's writing and I really appreciate the normalcy Murphy brings with fat/plus size characters in her books! As a curvy plus size person myself books like hers were something I wish I had when I was a little younger because yes, you see that slight discomfort and such with their bodies (like every human has once in a while) in her stories but most of all its acceptance and loving who they are and not changing that for anyone. Its just normal and I love it. Because everyone has different bodies and thats ok!RATING: 3 StarsThat being said my overall rating for this book is only 3 stars and here is why.I really enjoyed the book but I'm not sure it's something I would read again. The characters were great (I LOVE Faith so much) and the world setup was well done and believable! The book also had its fair share of intense and even creepy, heart racing scenes (no spoilers on that here). But my biggest issue with the book unfortunately was the superhero plot element in itself. The Prologue drew me in like a mouse to cheese. It  was a case of insta-love with Faith and her adorable, nerdy self. We go from an intense prologue where Faith believes she is being recruited to learn more about her superpowers but in all reality it turns into this scenario where she is stripped of her name and hidden from the rest of the world and is now an experiment! Crazy right? It made me so excited for the rest of the book and excited for what would happen but then it just stopped? The next thing that happens is almost like a genre switch. We get crazy strong superpower beginning then it goes to Faith living her life as a pretty much normal teenager. Which normally yes, cause she doesn't want people to know about her powers. But that element didn't just come across right and the plot fell flat because of it. It just unfortunately felt like two stories meshed together and they ALMOST work but it doesn't quite fit. For the most part the novel is a super cute coming of age story about a bisexual, plus size, nerdy girl in her senior year of high school who meets her celebrity crush and they fall in love. Which is GREAT and super cute but it felt like the superhero element was an afterthought where it was this beautiful coming of age story but then at random points it was like 'Oh and I can fly but I can't tell anyone' and thats it and its not until the last 8 or so chapters that we begin to see a lot of that superhero plot line. We do have some parts throughout filling in gaps about what happened between Chapter 1 and the Prologue but I just wish there was more to it. So OVERALL. Super cute coming of age story with a plus size, bisexual high school senior who is trying to figure out her life but it just fell flat when it came to the superpowers.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I ran across this Faith origin story by accident. I haven't been reading much YA lately so hadn't been checking the right catalogs. But I ran across this novelization of Faith's origin story by Julie Murphy so of course I needed to read it.And this is good! If you don't already know who Faith is, she's a plus-sized superhero psiot WHO CAN FLY I ran across this Faith origin story by accident. I haven't been reading much YA lately so hadn't been checking the right catalogs. But I ran across this novelization of Faith's origin story by Julie Murphy so of course I needed to read it.And this is good! If you don't already know who Faith is, she's a plus-sized superhero psiot WHO CAN FLY <3 from the Harbinger universe of Valiant comics. She's a pop culture nerd and a journalist. In this book, the plot takes place the fall after Faith's psiot abilities have been activated by the shady Harbinger Corporation and she escaped from the facility (the cover story was that she went to journalism summer camp). So now she's back home, keeping the secret that she can fly from her best friends Matt and Ches, worrying about her grandma who might have developing dementia, working her after school job at an animal rescue, writing for the school paper, and her favorite show - for which she runs a major fan blog - has started location shooting in her town. And then weird things start happening and people start disappearing.Overall, this is a great way to get into the Faith-verse and Julie Murphy captured Faith's personality really well. Faith's world has always been very diverse and Murphy makes that very explicit in the book, both with respect to race/ethnicity and sexual orientation/gender. However, every character introduced is immediately given a physical description in one to two sentences, from Faith herself right down to the driver who picks her up at the TV show production parking lot and drives her to the office and is never seen again. After a while it got extremely rote, particularly because the book is narrated in the first person by Faith so the immediate descriptions felt awkwardly shoehorned in.ETA: this is a prose novel since I keep seeing "graphic novel" coming up to describe this book; the character comes from comics but this book isn't a comic itself
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  • Stacy Books
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThank you to the publisher for making this title digitally available on Edelweiss for review.I have lots of mixed feelings about this book. I love the concept, but if you're hoping for lots of action as I was (it is billed as a superhero origin story after all), then you'll be disappointed to not find much action until nearly the end. Julie Murphy's writing is top notch as usual as you'll easily fall as in love with her characters as I did. I was happy to find that Faith is LGBTQ+ and f 3.5 starsThank you to the publisher for making this title digitally available on Edelweiss for review.I have lots of mixed feelings about this book. I love the concept, but if you're hoping for lots of action as I was (it is billed as a superhero origin story after all), then you'll be disappointed to not find much action until nearly the end. Julie Murphy's writing is top notch as usual as you'll easily fall as in love with her characters as I did. I was happy to find that Faith is LGBTQ+ and fairly comfortable in her skin, as are her friends. That's refreshing and inspiring. In fact, the first third of the novel reads as more of a coming of age story with tiny sprinkles of superhero abilities and secret experiments gone wrong.Overall this is a really fun, mostly lighthearted read. I would not recommend for your die-hard superhero fans. But hopefully the next installment(s) build more of Faith's abilities and contains more action.
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  • Shauna Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins in exchange for my honest review.I absolutely loved this book! Faith is a chubby girl that lost her parents at a young age and has not found her own identity yet. I love that Faith's adventure begins with her meeting some rando in a mall because her friends have gone away for the summer. The whole time your reading that you are thinking do not meet the random stranger at the mall, it is not safe!This story was a really fun read a I received an e-ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins in exchange for my honest review.I absolutely loved this book! Faith is a chubby girl that lost her parents at a young age and has not found her own identity yet. I love that Faith's adventure begins with her meeting some rando in a mall because her friends have gone away for the summer. The whole time your reading that you are thinking do not meet the random stranger at the mall, it is not safe!This story was a really fun read and I would love to see a follow up story with these characters.
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  • Emily Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Julie Murphy has done it again!! I was hooked from the first page. I’m not the type of person who likes superheroes, but all that has changed with this book!!! We need more fat superheroes!!!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Argh, this was kind of a disappointment! I love Faith, I've read the comics, and I think adapting comics to books and telling an original story is hard. How Faith's powers come about and why are told only when the overall plot needs exposition, which leaves the reader sort of lost. Faith isn't a great friend, and her friends aren't great either. It's very obviously meant to be a duology, because all of the action happens in the last 25 pages.
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  • Michael Araujo
    January 1, 1970
    An e-arc of the book was sent in exchange for an honest review that was originally posted on TheFandomJulie Murphy has us flying through wild plot lines in FAITH: TAKING FLIGHT.It wasn’t until I got towards the end Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy that Google told me the story originated in the 90s. I was shocked and almost a bit relieved to find out that the main character, Faith Herbert, is a character from a comic series. This novel is the origin story in a prose format that follows the s An e-arc of the book was sent in exchange for an honest review that was originally posted on TheFandomJulie Murphy has us flying through wild plot lines in FAITH: TAKING FLIGHT.It wasn’t until I got towards the end Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy that Google told me the story originated in the 90s. I was shocked and almost a bit relieved to find out that the main character, Faith Herbert, is a character from a comic series. This novel is the origin story in a prose format that follows the same story in the comics. Finding out this information made me change my review a bit because now I see it in a different light. That being said, my thoughts on the novel are still the same.The novel follows the story of Faith Herbert who gets approached by a mysterious man who tells her he can give powers. With nothing to do during summer vacation, Faith, a self-described badass fat girl, takes the opportunity and ends the summer knowing how to fly. Within the first few pages, what the synopsis tells us is what we get. But then we seem to steer off course and into a different territory.Let me start off by saying I enjoyed the book to a certain extent. While I did have fun reading the book, I did think it got a bit messy. I found myself flying through the pages, pun intended, because I wanted to know what would happen next. Murphy knows how to keep the readers engaged with the story. The problem with it was that there was too much going on.Within the first fifty pages, we’re introduced to about six or seven different story lines. It was like every chapter we got to, it seemed to become a different book with a different plot. And at one point I thought that the plot lines could’ve easily been split into two books. With each change, the tone of the book seemed to change, from contemporary, to sci-fi, to romance, and mystery to name a few. And while the book seemed fun and fluffy in the beginning, it began to build into this sense of urgency and seriousness that threw me off.It wasn’t until the end when the plot lines began to add up. The effect was definitely a eureka moment for me, but it would have been better if there weren’t too many things going on. Some of the story lines seemed a bit random until they were given a purpose. And it almost seemed like they were different ideas from multiple books. One thing that I was disappointed with was that the whole flying part seemed a bit forgotten.The time she spent getting her powers was given to us briefly, which I’m hoping we get to see more of in the sequel. But it isn’t until the very end when that part of the story starts making sense and by then I wasn’t sure if it felt right in the book. I would definitely say it’s because of what felt like the constant genre shift.I honestly enjoyed the characters and the way Murphy wrote them. Despite the story, she made sure that each one of the characters had their time to shine and were essential to the plot. I especially enjoyed Faith and how comfortable she was with her weight. She never made any excuses for herself and she never said anything that could be considered negative. Definitely an A+ on that.And I really liked the last few chapters of the book when things started picking up. It made me want to read the second book, despite my trouble with the first, to find out what is going to happen. I want to know more about the guy and his group that gave Faith her powers. And I want to know more about everything else that came into the light by the end. Especially certain characters…(no spoilers here).Earlier I mentioned how this is based off comics and that’s where it affects my review. In the beginning I thought, this book was super messy. It almost felt like it was a script for a television show that someone added more details too. But that’s when it hit me. After learning about the comics, I could see why the plot lines felt random. The book would definitely read better in comic form with multiple issues. Almost as if it’s not meant to be read in one shot, but little by little.So while the book was a bit of a miss for me, Julie Murphy still has a way of wrapping you in her words and wanting more. With that being said, if you’re looking for something that’s just fun and a quick read, Faith is definitely the girl for you.
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  • Isabelle
    January 1, 1970
    I uh, never wrote a review for this one when I finished it.... Through luck and the reading of two books, I received an ARC from my library's winter reading program. Thus, I am under no obligation to provide an honest review and may lie as a please.So there was like, a whole week in the middle where I didn't read at all. I picked it up, got really into it, dumped it, then got really into it again. The first few times the actors from The Grove are mentioned, they play different characters, so tha I uh, never wrote a review for this one when I finished it.... Through luck and the reading of two books, I received an ARC from my library's winter reading program. Thus, I am under no obligation to provide an honest review and may lie as a please.So there was like, a whole week in the middle where I didn't read at all. I picked it up, got really into it, dumped it, then got really into it again. The first few times the actors from The Grove are mentioned, they play different characters, so that was confusing. Obviously an ARC mistake that needs to be fixed. Another, possibly ARC thing, I noticed was that every time a minor character was introduced, it was like, "a [race] [person]". Race probably is the first thing someone, including Faith, would notice about a new person, but the format got really repetitive. Especially because it was as relevant as giving the eye color for every person Faith encountered. Just like, switch it up a little. Move the adjective in the sentence. BAD choice in cover. Like, really bad. I went in thinking this was a superhero story, but what I got was a teen drama. (With yet another love triangle featuring a fan, a famous person, and a representation of stability, which is really annoying in how obvious the choice is going to be, especially because I've personally heard a little too much of the individual tropes, but it ended up alright.) Faith has one superhero moment to give the cover, and it's at the end. idk what a better cover would have been. Maybe Faith a little off the ground with her friends in the background? Or Faith floating and holding a dog? Tbh I totally see why they went for this now -- to show how powerful Faith is -- but they should have given her like, normal clothes and colored it differently. Also I wish the epilogue mentioned Johnny, but since they're planning for a sequel I don't mind. If it was a one-off it would be really annoying, but they can follow it up in the next book now. Anyways, that's all I have to say right now. It might just be me, but it kinda seems like it's being pushed less than it could be... Will not be the biggest thing when it comes out, and that's partly because of what I just said, but it will perform well and still be pretty big.
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  • Tiffani Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsAnyone who knows me, knows that I am a superhero nut. I love all things marvel and DC. So, when I was given a chance to review and early copy of this book, I jumped on it. This book revolves around our main character Faith and her origin story as to how she got her powers. As far as origin stories go this one has be craftily adapted so it will appeal to a wider audience among young adult readers.Faith is a very unique superhero in the fact that she is both struggling with her sexual ide 4.5 starsAnyone who knows me, knows that I am a superhero nut. I love all things marvel and DC. So, when I was given a chance to review and early copy of this book, I jumped on it. This book revolves around our main character Faith and her origin story as to how she got her powers. As far as origin stories go this one has be craftily adapted so it will appeal to a wider audience among young adult readers.Faith is a very unique superhero in the fact that she is both struggling with her sexual identity and she is also, in her own words, fat. Throughout this book you get to see Faith try to understand her feelings for both Dakota and Johnny, and how those conflicting feelings affect her relationships with her friends. She struggles with how her eventual relationship with Dakota changes her relationship with her friends, and how she pulls away from them when they needed her most. This is so accurate to the actual struggles of teenagers and I'm glad this novel included it. This story is so uniquely complex and multi-layered that it is hard to put it all down in a cohesive review, because so much happens in a very short amount of time/pages. One thing that I really was awed by though is that partway through this novel, it is revealed that Faith's Grandma Lou is suffering from dementia. This is not something you see discussed often enough in young adult fiction. I have had family members go through this and I feel like how it was portrayed in this book is very accurate and well done. I honestly could gush and gush about how much I really enjoyed this book, but you might be wondering, if I liked it so much why the 4.5 rating. To be honest, I wanted more backstory about how Faith actually got her powers. Not much is explained about her "activation" or how she was deemed "normal" but then gained the power of flight. You only get sporadic bits and pieces of information in flashbacks, and I wanted something a bit more cohesive. Maybe in book 2, if there is a book two, we will get a bit more information.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    What I liked:Faith has a positive frame of mind. She is a friend you want to have. I loved the superhero origin story. I’m not sure how accurate it is to the actual Valiant comic series Harbinger where Julie Murphy got the character of Faith but this book may be a good introduction to Faith/Zephyr and her story. What I didn’t like:-So I did read the first 1995(?) Harbinger comic where you first meet Faith. She doesn’t seem to have friends and she is a huge Star Trek fan which is not in Murphy’s What I liked:Faith has a positive frame of mind. She is a friend you want to have. I loved the superhero origin story. I’m not sure how accurate it is to the actual Valiant comic series Harbinger where Julie Murphy got the character of Faith but this book may be a good introduction to Faith/Zephyr and her story. What I didn’t like:-So I did read the first 1995(?) Harbinger comic where you first meet Faith. She doesn’t seem to have friends and she is a huge Star Trek fan which is not in Murphy’s book. -Her friends in this book are pretty lame. They don’t return calls and are quick to anger and to ignoring Faith but Faith also doesn’t really communicate well with them. -There’s a tv show called The Grove which Faith is obsessed with and it’s in its 21st season. Murphy’s states that there was an old defunct podcast that debated how The Grove influenced BUFFY but if you do the math BUFFY aired two years before The Grove so would t the Grove has to have been running longer than BUFFY in order to influence the direction it went with the show. Seems to be a miscalculation imo. -The plot moves slowly, as in I didn’t feel like there was enough drama or action to keep me entertained but just enough to keep me reading to see if the book picked up pace. Which it didn’t really, at least not for me. Overall opinion is that it could use some more action and maybe better friends for Faith. But if there is a sequel I will read it.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Faith is beginning her senior year of high school with her two best friends. She lives with her Grandma Lou, whom everyone adores, and volunteers at the local pet shelter. She's super smart and has a wee crush on a boy from her school newspaper. Also? She runs a super popular fansite for the popular TV show, The Grove. But something happened the summer before senior year and Faith is t quite sure how to handle it.Faith by Julie Murphy is the first of a two part origin story about the plus size, Faith is beginning her senior year of high school with her two best friends. She lives with her Grandma Lou, whom everyone adores, and volunteers at the local pet shelter. She's super smart and has a wee crush on a boy from her school newspaper. Also? She runs a super popular fansite for the popular TV show, The Grove. But something happened the summer before senior year and Faith is t quite sure how to handle it.Faith by Julie Murphy is the first of a two part origin story about the plus size, queer superhero from Valient Entertainment comics. Faith seems to take everything in stride that happens to her. Murphy creates a charming and super likable character in this backstory.I did have a few issues. The actual origin of Faith's powers was straight up ridiculous. She doesn't come across as a stupid person in the rest of the book, but this one decision early on is beyond asinine. Also, Faith's two friends, especially Matt, are horrible. They get mad at her for doing the exact same thing they do to Faith. I'm not sure I want to read the next one. I do appreciate the diversity here and I did like Faith (except the aforementioned decision) and Grandma Lou. But, yeah. There were issues.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.While I'm a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I'm not big on superheroes. But I love Julie Murphy, and how could I possible pass up a plus-size teenager who can fly?Faith, like many of Murphy's characters, is smart, bubbly, and comfortable in her own skin. There's a lot to like here: body positivity, humorous dialogue, diverse characters, and lots of LGBTQ representation.Unfortunately, it felt like the book fought itself much of Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.While I'm a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I'm not big on superheroes. But I love Julie Murphy, and how could I possible pass up a plus-size teenager who can fly?Faith, like many of Murphy's characters, is smart, bubbly, and comfortable in her own skin. There's a lot to like here: body positivity, humorous dialogue, diverse characters, and lots of LGBTQ representation.Unfortunately, it felt like the book fought itself much of the time. It's supposed to be an origin story, but we never really see how Faith got her powers except in vague flashbacks that leave more questions than answers. In fact, we only see Faith's abilities a few times in the first half of the book--for awhile I forgot I was reading a superhero story and thought I was just in the middle of a quirky YA contemporary.Then about halfway through...BAM. Twists and turns and crazy reveals that seem to come out of nowhere and feel more jarring than shocking. In addition, the whole things reads a little younger than what I was expecting, especially considering the characters are upperclassmen.Some classic Murphy goodness, but overall a little discombobulated.
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  • Liv
    January 1, 1970
    I initially picked up Faith because a body positive superhero tale sounded like something I might like. What I didn't expect was to absolutely LOVE it! Faith is a teenager with the ability to fly, who just wants to go to school, volunteer at the local animal shelter and fangirl over her favourite TV show. However, it seems that the people around her have other plans... Firstly, I loved Faith herself. Although touted as a plus size character, that isn't her defining feature, and it is referenced I initially picked up Faith because a body positive superhero tale sounded like something I might like. What I didn't expect was to absolutely LOVE it! Faith is a teenager with the ability to fly, who just wants to go to school, volunteer at the local animal shelter and fangirl over her favourite TV show. However, it seems that the people around her have other plans... Firstly, I loved Faith herself. Although touted as a plus size character, that isn't her defining feature, and it is referenced only minimally in connection with normal teenage insecurities. I thought this was so fantastically done - Faith was really just an average teenager (with the obvious exception!). The cast of supporting characters were wonderfully distinct and incredibly entertaining! I loved the two best friends, and the romantic relationships in the book were clever and believable. With a good mix of superhero badassery, teen angst and action fueled peril, Faith is an incredible, important book. I hope there are more of her stories to come! I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dom
    January 1, 1970
    Faith: Taking Flight was a fun, easy read featuring a fat, queer protagonist, Faith Herbert, as she navigates her life after acquiring superpowers. I loved Faith as a character and the diversity of the rep within this book. I appreciated the contemporary elements of this novel and thought they were well executed.However, I think readers might enjoy this more if they are familiar with Faith Herbert from the Valiant Comics series; I’ve never read them and I think the story does stand on its own wi Faith: Taking Flight was a fun, easy read featuring a fat, queer protagonist, Faith Herbert, as she navigates her life after acquiring superpowers. I loved Faith as a character and the diversity of the rep within this book. I appreciated the contemporary elements of this novel and thought they were well executed.However, I think readers might enjoy this more if they are familiar with Faith Herbert from the Valiant Comics series; I’ve never read them and I think the story does stand on its own without prior knowledge, but it might be enhanced with some familiarity. Some of the supernatural plot elements were hastily explained or shoehorned in, which made for a less than smooth reading experience at points.If you’re looking for a quick, fast-paced read with an endearing heroine, or if you’re already a fan of Zephyr from the comic book series and looking for more content, this is the read for you.Thank you to Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Chris G.
    January 1, 1970
    Faith told her Grandma Lou that she went away to journalism summer camp, not that she was lured into participation in a terrifying experiment that left her traumatized - and able to fly. Having escaped, Faith tries to focus on high school, her job at the pet shelter, and her fan blog about The Grove, a long running TV show that she loved watching with her late parents. The cast of the The Grove shows up in Faith’s small midwestern town and and bad memories of the summer are pushed aside when Fai Faith told her Grandma Lou that she went away to journalism summer camp, not that she was lured into participation in a terrifying experiment that left her traumatized - and able to fly. Having escaped, Faith tries to focus on high school, her job at the pet shelter, and her fan blog about The Grove, a long running TV show that she loved watching with her late parents. The cast of the The Grove shows up in Faith’s small midwestern town and and bad memories of the summer are pushed aside when Faith gets to know Dakota Ash, her favorite cast member. Mysterious disappearances of first pets, and then people, activates Faith’s journalism instincts, and cause her to question if there is anyone she can truly trust. Major and minor characters realistically wrestle with body positivity, stereotypes, sexual preference, values, and complicated relationships in this genre-bending superhero adventure. E-ARC provided by Edelweiss.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Last summer, Faith was taken for the summer by an horrific experimental program that gave her superpowers. While her friends and loved ones believe she was away a journalism camp, Faith adjusts to her new life and powers. Not much has changed in her life, she is still hanging out with her best friends and updating her popular blog about her favorite supernatural show. Strange things begin happening around town, like do I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Last summer, Faith was taken for the summer by an horrific experimental program that gave her superpowers. While her friends and loved ones believe she was away a journalism camp, Faith adjusts to her new life and powers. Not much has changed in her life, she is still hanging out with her best friends and updating her popular blog about her favorite supernatural show. Strange things begin happening around town, like dogs and girls going missing then turning up unexpectedly and extremely altered. Faith is distracted because her favorite show has come to town to film. She develops a friendship and crush on one of the show's leads, Dakota. Even though she might be distracted, Faith won't be able to avoid the mysterious goings on around town.I love this plus size superhero. Faith is fun and strong. She has real feelings and desires. I can't wait to see how her story continues to evolve.
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  • Jenny Ashby
    January 1, 1970
    It wasn't until I was some portion of the way into this book that I found out that Faith is an already established comic superhero and that Murphy was writing her origin story. I hesitate to confess my lack of hipness about Faith, but do so in order to say that the books is totally enjoyable even without that knowledge. I had my doubts during the second chapter which came about so abruptly after and seemingly untethered to the first chapter set at Harbinger. But after I let that go, the rest of It wasn't until I was some portion of the way into this book that I found out that Faith is an already established comic superhero and that Murphy was writing her origin story. I hesitate to confess my lack of hipness about Faith, but do so in order to say that the books is totally enjoyable even without that knowledge. I had my doubts during the second chapter which came about so abruptly after and seemingly untethered to the first chapter set at Harbinger. But after I let that go, the rest of the story flowed smoothly with one interesting character after another - Grandma Lou and Miss Ella were particular favorites. The betrayal, while expected, was disappointing to witness. I am left with several threads to ponder which is always a nice feeling when I finish a book.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Faith. The main character is really enjoyable, and honestly so sweet that I just wanted good things to happen to her. I also loved the diversity of the cast, and the representation! I’m kind of confused about the plot though. There seemed to be three major things happening that, even with the explanation, still doesn’t make a ton of sense? And some of the character developments seem to happen off screen and so things just seem to happen out of nowhere - like the love triangle th I really enjoyed Faith. The main character is really enjoyable, and honestly so sweet that I just wanted good things to happen to her. I also loved the diversity of the cast, and the representation! I’m kind of confused about the plot though. There seemed to be three major things happening that, even with the explanation, still doesn’t make a ton of sense? And some of the character developments seem to happen off screen and so things just seem to happen out of nowhere - like the love triangle that just kind of disappears and the friend drama which felt pretty manufactured for most of the story. I hope this book gets a sequel though! I definitely want to read more.
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  • TheNextGenLibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 for this YA superhero book with the first fat, queer female superhero I’ve ever read about. I liked a lot of this book, mostly because of Julie’s writing, but this was definitely an original and first book like this for me so I had to get used to a lot of things like the world of comics and an origin story. Joining the Maverick committee for TLA this year has definitely broadened by comic reading, but I still struggled a bit to jump on board with her origin story. Thank you Edelweiss for an 3.5 for this YA superhero book with the first fat, queer female superhero I’ve ever read about. I liked a lot of this book, mostly because of Julie’s writing, but this was definitely an original and first book like this for me so I had to get used to a lot of things like the world of comics and an origin story. Joining the Maverick committee for TLA this year has definitely broadened by comic reading, but I still struggled a bit to jump on board with her origin story. Thank you Edelweiss for an ARC of this book. I will purchase for my library and all opinions are my own.
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