Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Ultra Squad by Julia DeVillers and Rafael Rosado + #Giveaway


Ultra Squad by Julia DeVillers and Rafael Rosado
Published in America by Justice Studios on the 12th November 2019.

U for my 2020 Alphabet Soup Challenge

How I got this book:
Received a review copy via Lola's Blog Tours

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Add Ultra Squad to your Goodreads

ULTRA-FIERCE
ULTRA-SMART
ULTRA-BRAVE
ULTRA-UNIQUE
ULTRA-UNSTOPPABLE
THEY ARE. . .THE ULTRASQUAD!

When an evil force from the far reaches of the galaxy threatens Earth, the UltraSquad, a secret superhero team, with a mission to save the universe through teamwork, positivity, and justice, is enlisted to battle the overly smug villain. Along with their bizarro-cute extra-terrestrial sidekicks the Pallies, the kick-butt girls employ their magical ultra-superpowers to save the universe! This first book in a new graphic novel series inspires girls to reach for their dreams, work together, and make a difference. 

Meet the Ultra Squad!
- Posey (Pink): She loves acting and has a passion for fashion, especially anything with sequins and glitter! Her motto is “Born to shine!”
- Anna (Turquoise): She is a gymnast who loves to stay active both through sports like lacrosse and rock wall climbing. Her motto is “Girls run the world...and the galaxy!”
- Lyric (Purple): She lives for music and her guitar and also loves writing poetry and volunteering at the dog shelter. Her motto is “Girls rock!”
- Sky (Green): She is super plugged into technology and loves science experiments (like slime!). Her motto is “Problem? Problem solved.”



Praise for the Ultra Squad series:

“Funny, fun, and lots of heart. I’m an Official Member of the UltraSquad!”—Max Brallier, NYT bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth

“A super-fun, super-adorable, super-bighearted read! I want to be part of the squad, my daughters want to be part of the squad. And so will readers!”—Sarah Mlynowski, NYT bestselling author of the Whatever Ever and Upside Down Magic series

“UltraSquad is ultra-fun. We’re lucky we have these girls to save the universe!”—Cindy Callaghan, author of Just Add Magic and Saltwater Secrets

“Quirky, funny, exciting, sweet!”—Michael Buckley, NYT bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series, and Finn and the Intergalactic Lunch Box

“Four best friends who save the world? Yes, please. I'll follow the UltraSquad anywhere! —Lauren Myracle, co-author of the NYT bestselling Upside-Down Magic series

“The UltraSquad show us what we knew all along: girls will save the universe! These four talented besties are armed with super smarts and generous hearts. Intergalactic villains, beware!”—Christina Soontornvat, author of The Diary of an Ice Princess series and A Wish in The Dark

“Ultra Squad for the win! A graphic novel with heart, brains and lots of camaraderie. Oh, and four brave girls who rock the world with their super powers and smarts. A high-energy, thrilling ride!”—Ronald L. Smith author of Black Panther: The Young Prince and The Owls Have Come To Take Us Away

“I read this book straight through! There were great plot twists! I loved all of the characters. Bob was my favorite sidekick character. I'm so excited to read the next novel!”—Ava Lilian, Los Angeles, age 8

“Sophia was so excited to finish reading the book that she took it to school so she could read it there, too! It always makes me happy when the girls discover a book that they just don’t want to put down!” –A mom from Charlotte, NC

“I found myself in the book as "Lyric," whose passions are music and writing poetry. These girls rock!”—Elisakh Hagia: Los Angeles, age 13

“My students love being a part of the Ultra Squad—boys and girls! Highly recommend." –Mrs. Deskowicz, Troy, NY




My Review:

I haven't read a graphic novel in ages and was drawn to the Ultra Squad series primarily because of its Puerto Rican illustrator (WorldReads!). I admit that the tween age group is a little young for me by several decades, but I still loved reading this exciting story. Our four heroines are unexpectedly thrust into Superhero status with amazing outfits, but very little preparation and so must rely mainly on their innate talents to save the Universe while each one must also overcome a debilitating fear such as vertigo on the way. They are accompanied by their little alien sidekicks, the Pallies, who are absolutely adorable - especially the hangry one!

I loved Ultra Squad's humour and its energy. Both the dialogue and colourful illustrations complement each other perfectly and ideas like the Pallies' camouflage onesies are just brilliant! There is a serious underlying message of what girls can achieve through self belief and teamwork, but this is allowed to influence the tale withouts its being hammered home so I never felt as though I was being preached at. Instead this is a fun and inspirational story. I'm delighted to have had this opportunity to read this first Ultra Squad graphic novel and am intrigued to see what the girls will face in its sequel.



About the Author:
JULIA DEVILLERS is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than two dozen middle-grade and teen novels including How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller, Liberty Porter First Daughter, and Girlwise. She also created the first retail branded book series for girls, Tween Brands (Justice/Limited TOO), and USA Today called it "a novel approach for retailers." She has appeared on the major television networks and in the New York Times as an expert on tween girls. She lives in Ohio with her husband and their two children. Visit her at: www.juliadv.com

You can find and contact Julia DeVillers here:
- Website - Facebook - Goodreads - Instagram - Instagram Ultra Squad- Instagram Justice

About the Artist:
Born in Puerto Rico and based in Ohio, Rafael Rosado is a veteran of the animation industry. He is currently a storyboard artist for Warner Brothers, Disney, and Cartoon Network.

You can find and contact Rafael Rosado here:
- Instagram 


And now it's time for the Giveaway!
3 winners each win a prize package including the 3 Ultra Squad books + a $25 Justice gift card & an Ultra Squad hat.
Open to the USA Only until the 7th May

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6 comments:

  1. I love this idea, and Eleanor is super into graphic novels. She has all the DC Super Hero Girls at Super Hero High books and graphic novels. I will look for this for her, thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope Eleanor enjoys Ultra Squad as much as I did! I've got the next in the series to read as well so will be blogging about that one probably mid-May

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  2. This looks super cute. I'm glad you loved it, even though it was geared toward a tween audience---sounds like it would definitely appeal to that group too.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I wish I'd had this kind of graphic novel around when I was the target age group. I liked the story now, but I'd have loved it way back then :-)

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  3. This book is right up my daughter's alley. She is very into Superheros.

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    1. I think she'd enjoy Ultra Squad then! Superhero stories to inspire girls :-)

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