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Comet Cove is a city where everyone gets their own special powers when they come of age. Everyone, that is, except for Samael Judd. Ordinary in a world of extraordinaries, Sam faces the possibility of exile, should his powerlessness be discovered. When a Fragment doesn’t accept themselves, their Aura doesn’t give them the powers they’re promised, making them a Blank. But a s Comet Cove is a city where everyone gets their own special powers when they come of age. Everyone, that is, except for Samael Judd. Ordinary in a world of extraordinaries, Sam faces the possibility of exile, should his powerlessness be discovered. When a Fragment doesn’t accept themselves, their Aura doesn’t give them the powers they’re promised, making them a Blank. But a solution exists: If Sam can confront the part of himself that he would rather stay buried, he just might be in the clear. That is until he finds out he’s revealed his secret to the wrong person. (JUDD is not a comic—oh, how I wish—but it is within the superhero genre to a degree, so comic comes up in the categories. Perhaps one day.)


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Comet Cove is a city where everyone gets their own special powers when they come of age. Everyone, that is, except for Samael Judd. Ordinary in a world of extraordinaries, Sam faces the possibility of exile, should his powerlessness be discovered. When a Fragment doesn’t accept themselves, their Aura doesn’t give them the powers they’re promised, making them a Blank. But a s Comet Cove is a city where everyone gets their own special powers when they come of age. Everyone, that is, except for Samael Judd. Ordinary in a world of extraordinaries, Sam faces the possibility of exile, should his powerlessness be discovered. When a Fragment doesn’t accept themselves, their Aura doesn’t give them the powers they’re promised, making them a Blank. But a solution exists: If Sam can confront the part of himself that he would rather stay buried, he just might be in the clear. That is until he finds out he’s revealed his secret to the wrong person. (JUDD is not a comic—oh, how I wish—but it is within the superhero genre to a degree, so comic comes up in the categories. Perhaps one day.)

43 review for Judd

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kayla C.

    JUDD is a fresh take on the superhero genre that encourages readers to be themselves and to find power in who they are. With its interesting premise, relatable characters, and intriguing storyline, JUDD is a powerful, heart-wrenching read. This is one book that I didn’t want to end and I can’t wait for the next installment! (I voluntarily wrote this review and it's separate from the full review I posted on my review site. For the full review, I received a free digital copy of the book and monetar JUDD is a fresh take on the superhero genre that encourages readers to be themselves and to find power in who they are. With its interesting premise, relatable characters, and intriguing storyline, JUDD is a powerful, heart-wrenching read. This is one book that I didn’t want to end and I can’t wait for the next installment! (I voluntarily wrote this review and it's separate from the full review I posted on my review site. For the full review, I received a free digital copy of the book and monetary compensation. All opinions are my own and are honest. To read the full review, click this link: https://kaylacreviews.blogspot.com/20... )

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lee Hall

    A 'high school for heroes' tale about the power of accepting who you are paired with some unique world building... Welcome to Aries High, a school for those with unique powers but in this world they are known as Fragments. The only problem is our main character and narrator Samael Judd doesn't appear to have any powers... That is without mentioning the many pressures he faces for someone his age from stepping out of his older brother's shadow to even making the basketball team and while he does A 'high school for heroes' tale about the power of accepting who you are paired with some unique world building... Welcome to Aries High, a school for those with unique powers but in this world they are known as Fragments. The only problem is our main character and narrator Samael Judd doesn't appear to have any powers... That is without mentioning the many pressures he faces for someone his age from stepping out of his older brother's shadow to even making the basketball team and while he does his best to hide a lack of powers he's also concealing his sexuality. If both are revealed the repercussions could be disastrous, at least to him anyway. There are only a few he can fully trust and confide in - perhaps the most realistic thing about the social politics of high school, something this story captures well. There are some unique and interesting concepts in this world of Fragment's and that world building is something I want to see more of. Terminology and abilities like 'technomancy' and 'magnekenisis' sound cool and these concepts are only really touched upon as most of the story focuses on Judd's journey and his high school life which is most probably just the beginning. The symbolism paired with the struggle to accept one's self is what you'll find at the centre of this tale and it's bravely executed. From fighting bullies to borrowing a new girl's magical dragon to pretend you have powers - as I said cool concepts, there are even some awesome references to video games and music. On a few occasions there were moments where scenes felt crowded with quite a number of characters present so it was a little difficult to follow and transitions between scenes did occur rather abruptly but overall Judd is a unique story full of drama that captures coming of age, explores social issues and celebrates diversity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Walker

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a well-written book and deserves a lot of attention from this tired old genre. Pros The MC ( JUDD ) has to hide not only the fact that he has no powers but also the fact he is gay. This shows a very real situation where gay/lesbian/bi/ETC is seen as an abomination by many old-school men & women. The way they show it affecting his mind is in the utmost detail throughout the story and affects the others around him in a very realistic way. To read the rest of this review visit my blog: https:// It was a well-written book and deserves a lot of attention from this tired old genre. Pros The MC ( JUDD ) has to hide not only the fact that he has no powers but also the fact he is gay. This shows a very real situation where gay/lesbian/bi/ETC is seen as an abomination by many old-school men & women. The way they show it affecting his mind is in the utmost detail throughout the story and affects the others around him in a very realistic way. To read the rest of this review visit my blog: https://cwpublishing54.wordpress.com/...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zachary A.

    Judd is a mish-mash of; slice of life, super-hero, drama, and theres even a touch of philosophy hidden in there if you look for it. Sadly the book did need a few more coats of polish before publication, which is a big part of why my rating isnt higher. But to focus on what I think is a important takeaway first: The Titular character and protagonist; Judd. Is struggling with his homosexuality and being in the closet. Now while I know nothing about that specifically, I DO KNOW what it is like to re Judd is a mish-mash of; slice of life, super-hero, drama, and theres even a touch of philosophy hidden in there if you look for it. Sadly the book did need a few more coats of polish before publication, which is a big part of why my rating isnt higher. But to focus on what I think is a important takeaway first: The Titular character and protagonist; Judd. Is struggling with his homosexuality and being in the closet. Now while I know nothing about that specifically, I DO KNOW what it is like to repress part of yourself. Hiding something about who you are from the world. And this is the deeper theme underneath the surface level of the plot. And its reasonably executed. Some more foreshadowing and build up would have enhanced the weight of the theme as we moved through the story. But its not bad. Besides that we got a walk in the park of highschool fiction tropes, and I honestly love most of those tropes so I enjoyed that. Now what definitely needed some more fleshing out was character motivations, especially Judd's. The plot was a little hard to fully buy for me, because Judd's motives, while stated, did not make a whole lot of sense. At least not to me. There were also a few spots where the prose needed some polish, and even another round of line edits. But it was nothing that makes the book hard to read, I glossed over them pretty easy. Finally, the end did manage to hook me and make me want to pick up book two. So clearly the book got enough right.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bedside Book Review

    The author requested I review this book and I would give this 3.5 stars. Judd by J.D. Toombs & Erika Schulze is a Teen/Young Adult supernatural, superhero fiction; book 1 in The Fragmented Chronicles series. Samael Judd lives in a community dedicated to beings that have supernatural powers. In order to stay in Comet Cove he must come into his own powers or face exclusion from his friends and family. Sam must face that his owning up to the secret he is hiding will allow his powers to show and deter The author requested I review this book and I would give this 3.5 stars. Judd by J.D. Toombs & Erika Schulze is a Teen/Young Adult supernatural, superhero fiction; book 1 in The Fragmented Chronicles series. Samael Judd lives in a community dedicated to beings that have supernatural powers. In order to stay in Comet Cove he must come into his own powers or face exclusion from his friends and family. Sam must face that his owning up to the secret he is hiding will allow his powers to show and determine his future. He shares his secret with a select few, but this is not enough and ultimately he realises that he chose the wrong person in which to confide. This is a story filled with the angst of normal teenage life; high school, sports tryouts, romantic interests and the bullying clique. Add in the turmoil that Sam is experiencing with hiding his sexual orientation and masking that he doesn’t yet have his powers allows for a good teen drama read. The premise of this book is spot on. Using the supernatural element to buffer the angst of the main character coming out to his friends, family and community was cleverly thought out. I found some of the teen drama elements, quantity of characters and dialogue a little hard to follow, meaning for me the story was a slower read than I had wanted it to be. This is more than likely a cultural and age issue on my part more than anything. However the main character is well written and I felt for him as he struggled with the decisions he had to make. The authors have dropped some serious bread crumbs for continuing the series, although for me this wasn’t developed enough in this first book and if I’m honest I would have preferred a longer book that wrapped up the story in one go rather than waiting for another installment. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy teen drama mixed with supernatural, superhero stories.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lewis

    It breaks my heart that this wasn't my cup of tea. I personally just didn't mesh with the writing/world but honestly if you're into books with complicated protagonists who don't always make the right decisions and people with superpowers and generally queer sci-fi then I would definitely recommend this to you! It breaks my heart that this wasn't my cup of tea. I personally just didn't mesh with the writing/world but honestly if you're into books with complicated protagonists who don't always make the right decisions and people with superpowers and generally queer sci-fi then I would definitely recommend this to you!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rita Rubin

    JUDD is a refreshing take on a coming of age story. It's a unique super hero tale chock-full of loveable and diverse characters and a storyline that will make you smile one minute and pull at your heartstrings in another. JUDD is a refreshing take on a coming of age story. It's a unique super hero tale chock-full of loveable and diverse characters and a storyline that will make you smile one minute and pull at your heartstrings in another.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Ferris

    Judd is a fun read, full of relatable characters and themes, set on the backdrop of super-hero fantasy. It is an exciting take on what can be deemed as a repetitive genre, and with auto-biographical parallels to the authors own life, it is a highly relatable story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys authentic LGTBQ+ characters and superpowers!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gocrax

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erika Schulze

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nj

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Schultz

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim Pirosko

  16. 5 out of 5

    Theanticharles007

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tommie

  18. 5 out of 5

    AntiCharles2point0

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leo

  21. 5 out of 5

    Viia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Raimskie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Lynn Lano

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt Kays

  26. 4 out of 5

    Engel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Keks

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Maxwell

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aksel Erzinclioglu

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sam Clover

  31. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy Cambra

  32. 5 out of 5

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  33. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Watness

  34. 5 out of 5

    Yulia

  35. 4 out of 5

    Latitude

  36. 4 out of 5

    Martyna

  37. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

  38. 5 out of 5

    Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)

  39. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bradshaw

  40. 5 out of 5

    Bakubabe

  41. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  42. 4 out of 5

    Baran

  43. 5 out of 5

    Anisa

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