Book Reviews

Hidden Powers (Superordinary Society 1) by Tara Lain at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Psychic Powers / Magic / Shapeshifters / New Adult / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-March-2019

Book Blurb

Jazz Vanessen is weird—and not just because he’s a werewolf. For most of his life, he’s felt different from his alpha male brothers and friends. Since he’s adopted, he can’t even blame it on family.


Now eighteen, Jazz meets his idol, the social activist Lysandra Mason, and her breathtaking nephew, Dash Mercury. When Dash is around, even stranger things start to happen, including Jazz falling hopelessly in lust. Not only is Jazz having visions, making people disappear, and somehow turning invisible, but somebody’s following him and threatening to reveal his pack’s secrets to the world.


Together with Dash and Jazz’s equally amazing friends—Carla, BeBop, Khadija, and Fatima—they discover the danger is even more lethal than they thought, and Jazz’s weirdness may save all their lives.


Book Review

“Embrace your differences and the qualities about you that you think are weird. Eventually, they're going to be the only things separating you from everyone else.” ~ Sebastian Stan

For as long as he can remember, Jazz Vannessen, of ‘Hidden Powers’ by Tara Lain, has felt out of place. Orphaned at an early age, Jazz is adopted by the Vannessen family, many of whom are werewolves and from that day on, Jazz is treated like their own flesh and blood. Jazz is doing his best to cope. The other males around him tease and resent him. He may not compare to their size, but he’s a “super wolf”, which means he has enhanced speed, hearing, and fire. Jazz is beginning to come into his own and accept his “superior wolfiness” when he’s faced with an even bigger challenge – new abilities are beginning to emerge. Jazz is bewildered and confused with no hope of understanding what’s happening until he meets Dash Mercury.

Dash is the nephew of Lysandra Mason, a renowned social activist whom Jazz admires. She turns up, along with Dash, at Jazz’s best friend, Carla’s house who just so happens to be the governor’s daughter. Carla and Dash have been friends for years, although since she knows that Jazz is gay, their relationship is very close but completely platonic. Jazz has his first magical experience at the gathering and is completely befuddled by it. Since the experience is inconceivable, he dismisses it as his imagination.

Jazz is scheduled to begin working as a summer intern with his Pop-Pop, grandfather Vanessen, at his company. He is delighted to discover that Carla will be working there as well. He’s even more surprised when Dash joins them. There are other talented interns, each with their own secrets. The group form a tight knit bond and call themselves the Superordinary Society. At first Dash doesn’t know that Jazz is a werewolf, much less a “super” one. He is there to observe Jazz because of the energy fluctuations Lysandra feels emanating from him. As Dash becomes closer to Jazz, their physical attraction ramps up. As hard as he tries, Dash has a difficult time resisting Jazz’s charms. Jazz feels the same way. As Dash watches Jazz exhibit his power, he is in awe. Since Jazz is distraught about what’s happening to him, Dash breaks down and explains. Jazz begs him to teach him as much as he can, as fast as he can. Dash knows he will be in trouble with Lysandra, but he can’t resist helping Jazz. When Jazz is kidnapped by a powerful dark entity, Dash and the Superordinary Society combine forces and rush in to rescue their friend.

Some of the characters are not new, especially to Tara’s fans and although reading the other series may enhance this one, it is not necessary. The ideas in this book may not be new in the classic sense, but, being a young adult series instead of an adult one like Tara’s other series, puts it in a different category altogether. I love Jazz and Dash and I’m thrilled with the introduction of magic and young love. Although Tara may make familiar Harry Potter references, I have a strong feeling that Tara’s Arcantaria will be nothing like Hogwarts! Bravo, Tara, for a brave move to a new literary challenge. I can’t wait to read what the boys get up to in the next book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 278 pages/91550 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-March-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle
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