For some, hopes, dreams, and ambitions come easily. Not so much for Lilith.
Created by one of the most feared supervillains, Shadowmind, she has no past of her own and only a passing familiarity with the world as it is. With a death sentence hanging over her head due to who created her and how, she escaped into the world to see and explore, and perhaps find a meaning to her life. There, she encounters heroes and villains alike, including those who brought her maker to justice.
Gina and Rachel are superheroines in San Francisco, and freak chance brings them into contact with Lilith. As they interact, the three grow to be friends...but with villains after them, who knows what the future will bring?
What did you love best about Born a Queen?
I like the whole setting. I looking forward to seeing more books from this world.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Born a Queen?
A bad guy in Blue getting what he so deserved.
What about Sarah Beth Goer’s performance did you like?
Very good at distinguishing between different characters.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes!! If only I had that kind of spare time.
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its got good characters a nice plot and good pacing.
i was afraid when at the start it says the main character is a lesbian. that it would try too hard, but it allows the characters to fall in love slowly and not just throwing them into bed.
if your looking for a story about super heroines this is great. if your looking for lesbian smut look elsewhere.
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I really liked the story, the narrator has workable distinctive voices. What I find annoying is that most characters have being very simple such as most males come in three flavors evil stupid, good stupid and stupidly irritating. Hoping to see the next one.
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I had to adjust to the narrator. She's not the best, but far from the worst also. Once I did adjust, I was properly immersed into the story.
I read so many books about powerful characters where they frustratingly display their power so little. It leaves you feeling disappointed and unfulfilled. This was not one of those books, so kudos to the author for that.
Based on this book and reviews I've read for his other books, I've concluded this author is obsessed with lesbians, so if you're reading this review after reading his other books, be prepared for more lesbians. For what it's worth, in this story I enjoyed the lesbian element.
I look forward to listening to the next book. I probably wouldn't have bought this book if i had known the remaining were not out yet. I hate waiting for new books in a series. Also, this book could have been a bit longer with more progression.
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Benjamin Medrano has an amazing talent for world building, in addition to making strong lead characters that are interesting and fascinating- when coupled with Sara Beth Goers awesome voice acting giving every character their own unique voice you get something magic to listen to.
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There is potential in this story, but the execution is teeth-grindingly bad.
First, this is a male author. That's not a sin, but what IS is the fact that he has this character that has had NO real-world experience, but she KNOWS she's beautiful cuz her butt and boobs.
The conversations are awkward How often do YOU refer to your friends by their name when you're having a one-on-one conversation with them? "Hi Gina!" "Hi Lillith!" "Hey Gina, there's this thing we should do, Gina." "Good idea Lillith, let's do that thing, Lillith." Uuuugh.
It's just a horribly written piece of work. It could have been good, but no. It's not.
The narrator isn't BAD, but there are instances when she's supposed to be yelling defiantly, and she's definitely whining instead.
As a comic nerd there are many tropes that get over used, this book seemed to play with all of them a little. The narration is robotic, and while I get that the protagonist might have an excuse for that, everyone else was lacking significant depth. With their no killing or crippling rule it removes most of the tension and uncertainty of their heroic encounters ( heroes often use it, villains rarely do that's what makes them villains). Points for the poly resolution to the love triangle, no one ever uses that and it's a refreshing change to what most media portray as the biggest conflicts in fiction, curious to see what happens if that representation turns out to be positive or a source of additional conflict ( which in real poly triads happens sometimes). Glad to see queer representation without it being a stereotype in the process.
This novel is very much in the style of super hero stories - and consequently lacks somewhat in character motivations and scale of the plot. in spite of this, it is a very enjoyable read, with the plight of the lead character drawing the reader in. My biggest problems with the story concerned the history of the world (which played little role, but made me feel as though it hadn't been deeply thought through) and the timescale (which felt rushed). The behavior of the heroes also annoyed me more than the villains' - even though their behavior was genuinely abhorrent.
This is over the top, silly, campy, and often inconsistent, but very fun. If you want an uncomplicated and silly book that doesn’t require much thought has superheroes, villains and plenty of ham this isn’t a bad choice.
I don't listen to a lot of audible books, but I wanted to support the author more. what wasn't my surprise when I really liked Sarah's voice and the story. She gave even more emotion and depths to the characters!
Would you try another book written by Benjamin Medrano or narrated by Sarah Beth Goer?
I would not try another book by this author but I may try another book by the narrator.
What was most disappointing about Benjamin Medrano’s story?
The dialogue was middling and sometimes awkward, particularly when characters spoke to themselves.
What character would you cut from Born a Queen?
Any additional comments?
The scene devoted to Blue Impulse enacting his revenge was entirely too long and too detailed. It would have gotten the point across just as well by "fading to black" as it were, rather than continuing until the whole thing felt revoltingly lurid. It made me so uncomfortable that I stopped and deleted the book from my device.
It was utterly unnecessary to carry on like that with a subject matter that was so deeply unsettling.