Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: May 31 2017
Received From: NetGalley
All Elena wants to do is join the Hollywood Heroes, meet her compatriots, and slowly get into the swing of saving the world. What she gets instead is Consequence, who took out a full-page ad in the LA Times threatening to bring about an apocalypse.
Between villainous masterminds, her fellow heroes, and her attraction to group leader Lacy, Elena is going to have to learn fast how to be a Hollywood Hero or the only thing she’ll have to worry about is how to survive a post-apocalyptic world.
GENDER: cisgender, transgender, agender
TROPES: super powers, hero organization
TAGS: fiction, lgbta+, romance, crime, super heroes, POC characters, queer characters
As a lover of fire, I really felt the heat with Trial by Fire!
I loved the cast of characters that Lore Graham introduced, even if some of the characters were rarely present on page. Lacy in particular was amazingly well written and developed. And Elena, oh Elena. It was nice to see her politely fixing the stereotypes thrown her way and not to feel cliche when she decided on her hero name, despite the implications.
There were no absolutely boring parts to the book, which was good because sometimes boring parts can become tiresome. There was bonding and plot progression in the same scenes and leaving little room for the mundane.
I felt a little iffy with how quick the relationship between Elena and Lacy evolved, but other than that, I enjoyed this book a lot and cannot wait for more from Lora Graham.
Lore Graham is an agender, polyamorous writer who lives in Massachusetts. When ze isn’t writing speculative poetry or queer romance stories, ze’s usually cooking or throwing parties. Ze loves both creating ad discovering unique settings and rich worlds, and indulges that love not only but also through tabletop roleplaying games. You can follow zir at grahamlore.tumblr.com or reach zir at email@example.com