Thursday, April 23, 2020

Review: Ultra Squad by Julia DeVillers, Art by Rafael Rosado with Giveaway!

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Ultra Squad



ULTRA SQUAD

Ultra Squad #1
by Julia DeVillers
Art by Rafael Rosado
Justice Studios
Middle Grade Graphic Novel/ Superheroes/ Science Fiction







“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

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.”


You can find Ultra Squad on Goodreads

You can buy Ultra Squad here:
- Justice Store
- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Indiebound


MY TIDBITS

Girl power packed with quirky humor and fast-paced adventure makes this into an exciting read.

Four girls with very different interests, but all talented at what they do, are called into the school's office. They can hardly believe that they have been chosen to be members of the Ultra Squad, a group, whose duty is to protect the the universe. But considering the teacher can switch from a human into an alien, who are they to argue. They are instantly given their first mission and must quickly figure out what this entire galactic fighting squad truly means before they take on a very nasty villain.

This is a fun read from start to finish. The four girls are very different, but each has their strengths and weaknesses...and a heart of gold. Although they have a few difficulties, they learn to get along quickly and help each other overcome or, at least, find a way to deal with their issues. The extra characters—side-kicks, villain, and leader—flow right in and add extra zest to make the story simply an enjoyable read.

The illustrations are bright and full of energy just like the girls. They help the fast pacing of the story flow seamlessly. Each character's personality shines as their expressions and emotions come across. The spunk is clear even in the illustrations, and this adds to the reading fun.



BOOK 2

Ultra Squad



Ultra Squad Under the Strangebow
Ultra Squad #2
by Julia DeVillers
Art by Rafael Rosado
Middle Grade Graphic Novel/ Superheroes/ Science Fiction





An evil, strange rainbow! A former nemesis! And four girls who look exactly like the UltraSquad! It’s an epic battle on an alternate universe for the UltraSquad, a secret superhero team, with a mission to save the universe through teamwork, positivity, and justice. Can the girls and their sidekicks, the Pallies, once again save the world and make it a better place through teamwork, positivity, and unstoppable fierce girl power?


You can find Ultra Squad Under the Strangebow on Goodreads

You can buy Ultra Squad Under the Strangebow here:
- Amazon
- Barnes and Noble
- Indiebound


Meet the characters from Ultra Squad!

Ultra Squad characters


Artwork from Ultra Squad!

Ultra Squad artwork 1

Ultra Squad artwork 2

Ultra Squad artwork 3



BOOK BUZZ!

“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


And here they are...

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

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:



GIVEAWAY!!!

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Ultra Squad. 3 winners each win a prize package (US Only). The prize packages include: the 3 Ultra Squad books + a $25 Justice gift card & an Ultra Squad hat.

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 till 26 April. See the tour schedule here.

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