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The Fellowship

September 21, 2017

BLOG TOUR: {A Review + Interview} -- Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World

Readers of every type (including potatoes - we love your superb seventh-level starchiness, welcome welcome), I am thrilled to present my contribution to Bryan Davis' Superhero Blog Tour! My pen-name is Mackenzie Lockhart (I usually just go by Squeaks though); here you'll find my book review of Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World plus a character interview of the marvelous Samantha Hertz. Are you ready to be further inundated into a world of super-strength, villains, and alliterating geniuses? You are? I'm glad you said so! Let's dive in!! 

About the Book
Eddie Hertz is smart, real smart. He has to be. What other twelve-year- old patrols the streets of Nirvana alone, hoping to foil the schemes of the evil Mephisto? Since Eddie is small for his age, he trusts in his Batman-style gadgets belt and acrobatic skills as well as lots of experience, like knowing how to swing across dark alleys without being seen. Eddie has a dream, to become like Damocles, Nirvana’s great superhero. To make that dream come true, Eddie invented a device that is supposed to give him superpowers, but using it on himself is dangerous, maybe even fatal. He doesn’t have the nerve to try it. When Mephisto unleashes an earthquake machine on the city, Eddie gets a surprising teammate — his quirky eight-year- old sister, Samantha, who comes up with an unexpected way to help Eddie in the frantic battle to prevent the biggest earthquake of all.

Since Damocles has lost his ability to help in physical form, Eddie and Samantha are the only hope for Nirvana and the world. 

{My Review}

I have always loved Bryan Davis' writing ever since I found (and promptly fell in love with) Dragons in Our Midst. He has a way with words that really brings a world alive. I admit I was a little apprehensive about Wanted at first, as it's written to cater to 8-12 year olds (middle grade readers). Now I know, kids books are great, but sometimes we get spoiled with all the rich fantasy worlds and agonizing plot twists of young adult and adult fiction and tend to turn up our noses at the kids genre. However, I'd like to politely remind you that C.S. Lewis' Narnia series was written for kids... and so was Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi...and those were fantastic. SO! That being said, having jumped into Wanted expecting full-blown Davis' awesomeness, I was not disappointed one inch.

Eddie and Sam Hertz make a delightful sibling team. I really love reading books with strong sibling pairs, so this one hits top of the list. The chapters were action packed and full of information, puns, and wit. I would definitely recommend this to kids (and adults - trust me, you'll like it too). The theme, while superhero based, resonated with his previous publication of Dragons in Our Midst (I honestly need a better name for this because I want to refer to all 12 books, not just the 4 in that series).

Alongside Eddie and his sister, we'll be introduced to deadly army tanks, a young inventor, a slew of scientific terminology and big words (which had me seriously thrilled), alliteration (!!! awesome, astounding, and altogether amazing!! #abaddonthrowback), and intriguing side-kicks. There will be explosions, danger, poisonous critters, and superhero transformations. Will you join the adventure and watch the battle between Damocles and the hideous Mephisto? What on earth could happen next to the crumbling city of Nirvana?

I can see this book being a big hit for girls, boys, men, and women alike. It's wholesome, hilarious, and fast-paced. There's no romance, no swearing, and no sinister hidden subtext. If I were to reference it to other young-people hits, I'd have to say it's a little like reading a Rick Riordan Percy Jackson novel but far more wholesome (the humour and content differs quite vastly).

Altogether, let's do a break down...
  • Goodies: Alliterating geniuses (oh my goodness I love this character so much!) | puns galore | a side-kick kitty | Princess Queenie | Dragon in Our Midst vibes | tunnels | (un)natural disasters | awkward family reunions | traps | did I mention alliterating geniuses???!?!?! 
  • Character Development: (3/5) I give props that this is a series, so I'm hoping to see more development and growth in the next installment! I love the scenes near the end that talk about family (I won't give anything away here...go read it for yourself!). 
  • Content Snatchery: (5/5) Super fast-paced, lots of action, lots of destruction and flinging of deadly weaponry, etc etc. The snatchery was unbelievably on point! 
  • Boring Parts: (0, zero) Like I said, it was a super fun read - no boring parts that I could find. 
  • Romance: (0, zero) NONE! I am loudly rejoicing. I hate it when books get side-tracked by a slobbery snogging setup. It ruins the mood in the middle of the action. This is a 100% no-romance book and I adore it. 
  • My eyes are sweating: (1/5) Mostly I was too busy hyperventilating about my favourite alliterating fellow that I didn't have time to let my eyes well up. However, the end of the book was so beautifully written that I may have lost a couple crystals to the sleeve of my sweater... maybe.... *looks away quickly* 

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!! I now pronounce my verdict*....

{My Rating: 5/5}  

*I am very much hoping for further alliteration & puns in book 2... I am totally hooked... mostly because of the alliteration... but yes, I truly loved this book...


{Character Interview: Samantha Hertz}

Samantha Hertz is 8 years old. She is perky and quirky to the max. She loves a TV cartoon show called Princess Queenie and wants to emulate her hero. She also adores her brother, Eddie, in her own odd way.

Samantha is sitting by herself at a table, a plate filled with a hamburger, two hot dogs, and three slices of pizza in front of her.

Mackenzie: Hello, Samantha. Thank you for coming to this interview. Is it all right if I call you Sam?

Samantha: Sure, but my real name is Princess Queenie Unicorn Iris Ponyrider Buttercup Olive Lover Rosey Is Posey. (She takes a bite from one of the hot dogs.)

Mackenzie: All right … Sam. What can you tell me about yourself?

Samantha (swallows her bite and smiles): Well, I’m eight years old. I have brown hair and hazel eyes. I have an older brother named Eddie. My mom works as a waitress at Magruder’s. I like to watch the Princess Queenie show. And I’m a superhero.

Mackenzie: A superhero? Very intriguing. What sort of super powers do you have?

Samantha: Um … did I say I’m a superhero?

Mackenzie: Yes, I’m pretty sure you did.

Samantha (takes a bite of pizza and stares silently):

Mackenzie: Okie dokie *clears throat*. Next question. Sam, when you heard that you and Eddie had to face the evil Mephisto without help from Damocles, what was your first thought?

Samantha (swallows): My first thought? That I was hungry. Do you want to know what I thought after that?

Mackenzie: Sure.

Samantha: I thought about what Princess Queenie would do. She would use her super powers to fight evil by sprinkling fairy dust so she could fly to the villain and drop rotten eggs on him.

Mackenzie: Ah! So you can fly!

Samantha: Nope. I said that’s what Princess Queenie would do.

Mackenzie: Do you have fairy dust?

Samantha: No. I don’t have rotten eggs either.

Mackenzie: Rats. Alright, so then… what would you do?

Samantha: Well, what Eddie and I did do was to go to meet Mephisto on the roof of the Stellar building, but he surprised us by showing up on a glowing eagle, and then he lowered a barefooted guy from a helicopter who had his hands tied, but the hologram machine’s battery ran out, and then … (She takes another bite of pizza.)

Mackenzie: And then what??

Samantha (chews for a moment, then swallows): I think I’m not supposed to tell you. Eddie said I shouldn’t make the story spoil.

Mackenzie: Oh! *chuckles* You mean you shouldn’t spoil the story.

Samantha: Isn’t that what I said?

Mackenzie: Yes…yes, of course. One last question. Who is the biggest superhero in your life? Princess Queenie? Damocles? A certain alliterating genius??

Samantha: None of those. It’s my brother, Eddie.

Mackenzie: Aww – that’s very sweet; why your brother?

Samantha: Because he always looks out for me no matter how bad things get for him. He saved my life lots of times. And, most of all, because he loves me. He’s the best brother anyone could ask for.

Mackenzie: That’s beautiful, Sam. Thank you so much for doing this interview! Well, there you have it folks, Samantha Hertz (aka. Princess Queenie Unicorn Iris Ponyrider Buttercup Olive Lover Rosey Is Posey) from Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World. I hope you have the opportunity to read the rest of the story!


{Thursday Tour Stops & Contests}

Alright you guys, we've almost come to a wrap up for this post! If you're interested in participating in the contests to potentially win some fantastic stuff, you'll need to go check out Bryan Davis' original post on the matter here (and you'll find plenty of links to other blogs participating in the tour as well): clicky click this to go to the tour kick-off.

Today, you'll find others posting some excellent information on the blog tour and further details on this new series. Goodies include a book spotlight, write-ups on Bryan Davis, an author interview, and more book reviews! Please do check them out:

There are two contests you can enter - I've linked them both below. 

{1 - First Giveaway}
Prizes: a choice of any of Bryan Davis' books (!!!!) + a Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World t-shirt + bookmark

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{2 - Grand Prize}
Prizes: all of the swag from the First Giveaway + a complete set of any Bryan Davis book series OR a $50 Amazon gift card || you have to do some work to win this one; to enter the giveaway you need to give the sum of all the numbers in the tour blog posts (go click that link for the tour kick-off to see a complete list of contributing blogs)
Thanks for joining in the fun! I hope you'll pop back in the future :)

Signed with pie, 


  1. Such a fun post! :D Loved your review and your so-fun interview with Princess Queenie Unicorn Iris Ponyrider Buttercup Olive Lover Rosey Is Posey! ^_^ Thanks for sharing! :D (Also, awkward family reunions. YESSS. I want a sequel. And the alliteration was fun. :D)

    1. :P right!? I always enjoy Bryan's stories - totally looking forward to more!

  2. Mackenzie, thank you so much for this great post and super review. I appreciate it greatly.

    1. It was my pleasure! Thank you for sharing your gift with readers :) I'm looking forward to reading more in the future!

  3. Samantha is so endearing! I can't wait to read more about her and Eddie. I love siblings in fiction. ^_^

    1. !! I know!! I love a good sibling duo :) Sam is so adorable :P

  4. Aw. I quite enjoyed both your interview and review. The last question in particular made me happy.

    Also, random-ish question . . . are you Squeaks who used to be on the Underground? Just out of curiosity?

    1. Hey!! Glad you liked it!! :)

      And YESS!! OH MY GOODNESS IT HAS BEEN FOREVER AND AN AGE SINCE IVE BEEN BACK TO VISIT!!!! AAHHHHH!!! I've been on that forum since I was 16 I think... that's almost 10 years ago :O wow. time flies.

    2. It sure does. :D I joined the UG around the tail end of your time there- I'm Leilani Sunblade, if you remember me. (No worries if you don't.) Anyway- I saw the name Squeaks and something about your blog clicked and I was like "Squeaks! I remember Squeaks! I wonder if she's the same Squeaks I'm thinking of?" And so I asked, and you were, and that's lovely.

      Also- we sort of moved house 'cause hackers took down the original site. If you ever want to come visit, see what it's like these days, we're at
      We've got writing threads still, but they're hidden for privacy's sake.

    3. :') I totally do remember you! :P

      Thank you SO MUCH for sending the link - I was wondering where it had gone to because I tried finding it and couldn't :( Definitely going to check this out now.