Black Canary – Alexandra Monir

Dinah Lance was eight years old when she overheard the impossible: the sound of a girl singing. It was something she was never meant to hear–not in her lifetime and not in Gotham City, taken over by the vicious, patriarchal Court of Owls. The sinister organization rules Gotham City as a dictatorship and has stripped women of everything–their right to work, to make music, to learn, to be free.

Now seventeen, Dinah can’t forget that haunting sound, and she’s beginning to discover that her own voice is just as powerful. But singing is forbidden–a one-way route to a certain death sentence. Fighting to balance her father’s desire to keep her safe, a blossoming romance with mysterious new student Oliver Queen, and her own need to help other women and girls rise up, Dinah wonders if her song will finally be heard. And will her voice be powerful enough to destroy the Court of Owls once and for all?

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 3.75

I will start by saying that there is a fair amount of presumed knowledge on the part of the reader. As someone who is more of a Marvel fan than a DC fan, there were things that I had to look up in order to fully understand and appreciate the plot. I definitely think that I missed some things as a result of my personal lack of knowledge of the DC universe.

This was a startlingly quick read for me. I loved being in Gotham and found that the pacing was quick enough that I rarely wanted to actually put the book down. The main character was strong, relatable, and someone that I found my self easily rooting for.

There was definitely some instalove present, however, and I didn’t find myself at all invested in the romantic aspect of the book. I actually feel as though I would have preferred the book without the romance as it felt added in for canonic reasons. Additionally, none of the side characters felt particularly well developed to me.

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