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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lois Lane: Triple Threat

I am madly in love with Gwenda Bond's version of Lois Lane. This will come as no surprise if you've been reading this blog for a while: Fallout and Double Down were both highly reviewed here. So I hung around the booth for the 1pm drop of this book at Book Expo and rejoiced to the heavens when I got my hand on Triple Threat.

Lois Lane, fresh off her discovery of the covert and evil laboratory experiments done by Dabney Donovan, starts having strange encounters in Metropolis with a group of kids who have strange powers that match their odd silver appendages. They seem to be after her, and she can't figure out why. Could they be related to the mob boss she helped put away recently? Or is this revenge for her deeds against Donovan? All of this on top of being smitten with her internet boyfriend, SmallvilleGuy, who surprises Lois by telling her that he's coming to town. Suddenly Lois's worlds come crashing together, and she must find a way to find herself and save herself at the same time.

So, yeah, Clark comes to town. That's no big secret. After all, that's kinda the premise of the superhero story, you know? I love that Lois is the center of this story and that Clark gets to be the gorgeous hunk of meat that steals Lois's heart. She's a great heroine -- she's plucky, she's brave, she's reckless, she's head over heels in love with someone she has never met -- and she's absolutely delightful. I loved that she finally met Clark in this book, along with his parents. Lois begins to suspect that there's more to Clark and their shared love of Strange Skies, the message board they met on, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this relationship goes in the future.

I am still smitten with this series, but I will say, this was not my favorite of the trio so far. However, I think that this book served as a fulcrum in the story. The investigation that Lois dives into isn't the most exciting, but it does set the stage for several things that look like they will be taking place in the near future. The action took a back burner in this story to the character development of Lois, Clark, and even her best friend Maddy. Who they are becoming throughout this series was more important to develop in this story than the action, and I can appreciate where this looks like it's going. Lois may have saved the day this time around, but only for the little guys who were hurt by the big guys. The big guys are still out there, and they want Lois. She isn't safe, even after her good work this time around. This book was a smaller grain of sand in a larger beach picture, and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next this spring!

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