Superordinary Society: Book One
Jazz Vanessen is weird—and not just because he’s a werewolf. For most of his life, he’s felt different from his alpha male brothers and friends. Since he’s adopted, he can’t even blame it on family.
Now eighteen, Jazz meets his idol, the social activist Lysandra Mason, and her breathtaking nephew, Dash Mercury. When Dash is around, even stranger things start to happen, including Jazz falling hopelessly in lust. Not only is Jazz having visions, making people disappear, and somehow turning invisible, but somebody’s following him and threatening to reveal his pack’s secrets to the world.
Together with Dash and Jazz’s equally amazing friends—Carla, BeBop, Khadija, and Fatima—they discover the danger is even more lethal than they thought, and Jazz’s weirdness may save all their lives.
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Hidden Powers wasn’t exactly was I was expecting since I didn’t realize it was YA/NA, but TLain exceeded any other expectations I had by taking on another facet of PNR – younger characters. The result was exciting, entertaining, and suspenseful! TLain excels at creating a secondary cast that gives the MC’s and the story texture and dimension. Hidden Powers proved that once again. Not only did we meet and get acquainted with the Superordinary Society – the compassion, support, dynamics between them all – but we also got to meet (or once again spend time with) the incredible family Jazz was adopted into. They’re unique for sure, but he couldn’t have asked for a better family. I really admire all the members of the Superordinary Society. They’re all misfits in some way. And yet they fit together perfectly. Carla with her tenacity and strong will, Dij with her loyalty and secrets, BeBop with his snazzy way of dressing and speaking, and super intelligence and humor, Dash with his good will, good deeds, and secrets, and finally, Jazz in all his lanky, knobby, “weird” glory. Oh he had hidden powers and secrets galore. He’s a gay werewolf, for goodness sake! I think in some way, each of them felt “alone”, a common trait among teens. I admired how Dash put things in perspective when they were choosing a name for their group: “Yes, it means exactly what the name implies. Outside or beyond ordinary.” He held up a finger. “That’s even better than beyond the natural, don’t you think?” And I appreciated how TLain brought these five together so they could use their strengths for a common goal. The supernatural and suspense elements were well done. It was interesting how the supes came together and why. I enjoyed how TLain conveyed the powers of these supes, how they were revealed, and the number of different supernatural elements there were in this world. I also liked how TLain built suspense around the main plot in Hidden Powers, used a fair amount of action to do it, and answered some questions in this first book. But she also built more suspense via an overarching plot. I mean, I know I’m going to read the next installment because I *need* answers to my questions. TLain seems to be adept at weaving in messages of sorts in her stories. Whether or not that’s intentional, I don’t know. But I always find hidden meaning. In Hidden Powers, she touched on teen emotions of loneliness. She also touched on prejudices against sexual orientation. And she hinted at feelings and emotions surrounding adoption – that feeling of “not belonging”. I admired that she also incorporated “finding oneself” as well. Overall, I felt Hidden Powers had a strong and well developed cast of characters and storyline. I’m eager for more from Jazz and his gang of misfits.
I love the characters, as I always do from Tara Lain, but the story was a little harder to get into. Once I did, it was fun and interesting, but it starts out a little confusing. This is a the first story in a spin-off from the Harker Tales series, so it definitely helps if you've read those books, though the important parts are explained as needed. The mystery is great, and the society is fascinating. I look forward to more stories of each of them and learning more about what they are and what they can do. My only complaint is an unanswered question that was a big theory and often hinted at, but ultimately just dropped in the end. It's not a big deal nor is it integral to the story, just one small thing that I was invested in. Hidden Powers is a mysterious and magical trip through a world full of supernaturals with a few vital humans thrown in. It's a fun and loveable ride.
Hidden Powers is a fun sweet YA paranormal fantasy spin off from the author’s Harker Pack series. I love that there is a m/m love interest reminiscent of Vanyel from Mercedes Lackey’s Last Herald Mage series (which I absolutely adore). The heroes and heroines of the newly formed Superordinary Society are in their late teens early 20’s except BeBop he is 15 going on 40. These extraordinary young folks are going to change the world. I enjoyed watching them come together and can’t wait to see where they take us going forward. If you like paranormal YA this book is for you.