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THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets the DC universe in this breathtaking, thrilling origin story of Black Canary. Her voice is her weapon, and in a near future world where women have no rights, she won’t hesitate to use everything she has to fight back. Dinah Lance was seven years old when she overheard the impossible: the sound of a girl singing. It was something she was never meant THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets the DC universe in this breathtaking, thrilling origin story of Black Canary. Her voice is her weapon, and in a near future world where women have no rights, she won’t hesitate to use everything she has to fight back. Dinah Lance was seven 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 Court of Owls. The sinister organization rules Gotham as a patriarchal dictatorship, all the while spreading their influence like a virus across the globe. 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 stop to a certain death sentence. Can she balance her father’s desire to keep her safe, a blossoming romance with mysterious new student Oliver Queen, and her own desire to help other women and girls rise up and finally be heard? And will her voice be powerful enough to destroy the Court of Owls once and for all?


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THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets the DC universe in this breathtaking, thrilling origin story of Black Canary. Her voice is her weapon, and in a near future world where women have no rights, she won’t hesitate to use everything she has to fight back. Dinah Lance was seven years old when she overheard the impossible: the sound of a girl singing. It was something she was never meant THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets the DC universe in this breathtaking, thrilling origin story of Black Canary. Her voice is her weapon, and in a near future world where women have no rights, she won’t hesitate to use everything she has to fight back. Dinah Lance was seven 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 Court of Owls. The sinister organization rules Gotham as a patriarchal dictatorship, all the while spreading their influence like a virus across the globe. 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 stop to a certain death sentence. Can she balance her father’s desire to keep her safe, a blossoming romance with mysterious new student Oliver Queen, and her own desire to help other women and girls rise up and finally be heard? And will her voice be powerful enough to destroy the Court of Owls once and for all?

30 review for Black Canary: Breaking Silence

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    HOLY YES, A BLACK CANARY ORIGIN STORYYYY. Set in a near future Gotham City where singing is forbidden? DAMN Also, apparently the author 'was a teen pop singer. Now, she’s collaborating with the producers behind Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga, and plans to release original songs featured in BLACK CANARY as singles on iTunes' Plus, that cover is clearly Jen Bartel's doing eeeep Source HOLY YES, A BLACK CANARY ORIGIN STORYYYY. Set in a near future Gotham City where singing is forbidden? DAMN Also, apparently the author 'was a teen pop singer. Now, she’s collaborating with the producers behind Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga, and plans to release original songs featured in BLACK CANARY as singles on iTunes' Plus, that cover is clearly Jen Bartel's doing eeeep Source

  2. 4 out of 5

    Viola

    Black Canary getting a DC Icons novel? It's what she deserves. gif credit: summers-roberts.tumblr.com And the premise is Dinah using her voice for social change and empowering women sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read this! Also look at the cover! Black Canary getting a DC Icons novel? It's what she deserves. gif credit: summers-roberts.tumblr.com And the premise is Dinah using her voice for social change and empowering women sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read this! Also look at the cover!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kenzie The Dragon Queen

    What did you say? A Black Canary origin story featuring the Court of Owls and Oliver Queen? I simply must have it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yursa Tahir

    Simply brilliant. A powerful, compelling story about women getting back their place in the society. And Dinah Lance & Oliver (Ollie) Queen being the endgame??? Haaaaaa takes me back to the Arrow TV show days. I kept imaging Stephen Amell as the Green Arrow and Cassidy being Black Canary. Overall it was a really solid read. The plot was gripping, the setting was Gotham city, the bad guys were Court of Owls, i mean c'mon. Not only the main characters but the side characters were also pretty solid Simply brilliant. A powerful, compelling story about women getting back their place in the society. And Dinah Lance & Oliver (Ollie) Queen being the endgame??? Haaaaaa takes me back to the Arrow TV show days. I kept imaging Stephen Amell as the Green Arrow and Cassidy being Black Canary. Overall it was a really solid read. The plot was gripping, the setting was Gotham city, the bad guys were Court of Owls, i mean c'mon. Not only the main characters but the side characters were also pretty solid i-e Barbara Gordon (the freaking Batgirl), Sandra Wu (Lady Shiva), Chester Cobblepot (the Penguin), (The Birds of Prey) I mean daammmnnnn. I want more books from DC Icon series because there are plenty more icons that deserve to have a story of their own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Dreamcatcher

    Dear Friend, My first post of the year, featuring a read I waited for months to release!! I'm such a canary fan after Arrow!! I present Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir @alexandramonir . I loved this one sooooo muchhhhhh. I went in with only one expectation- to see the Black Canary take the spotlight, and not see her sidelined. And damn, was I rewarded!! 🥺 This is the 5th installment in the DC Icons series- giving us a fresh new origin story about our favourite heroes. (You may rem Dear Friend, My first post of the year, featuring a read I waited for months to release!! I'm such a canary fan after Arrow!! I present Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir @alexandramonir . I loved this one sooooo muchhhhhh. I went in with only one expectation- to see the Black Canary take the spotlight, and not see her sidelined. And damn, was I rewarded!! 🥺 This is the 5th installment in the DC Icons series- giving us a fresh new origin story about our favourite heroes. (You may remember my post about Catwoman Soulstealer from earlier!) Some funfacts: • This is a fantastic piece of dystopian feminist superhero literature. • The women of Gotham City were silenced under the patriarchal rule of the court of owls. All of them lost the ability to sing. Imagine a world with none of your favourite female singers😨. But, then one girl- our heroine Dinah Lance, in the darkness of the patriarchal ball, manages to sing!! The singer also becomes public enemy no.1, lmao😂(although they didn't know she was the singer) • The Book features a number of songs and original lyrics written by the author herself. And to get us a more submerging experience, the author even recorded the main song from the book!!! It's called The Black Canary Sings and is through and through, a feminist anthem! And The Canary cries in the finale, oh my godddd. Black Canary rules. I can ramble on and on about how much I loved it!!! 🥺🥺 Love Always, @the.dreamcatcher._ #BlackCanaryBreakingSilence #catwomansoulstealer #wonderwomanwarbringer #batmannightwalker #alexandramonir #supermandawnbreaker #dcicons #dccomics #superheroes #blackcanary #dinahlance #batgirl #breakingsilence #laurellance #saralance #dinahdrake #Bookstagram #readersofinstagram #readersofig #reading #arrow #oliverqueen #greenarrow #miasmoak #ya #feminist #dystopian #batwoman #ladyshiva #gotham https://www.instagram.com/p/CJgkJdqgO...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kaitie

    I wanted to like this, I really did. For transparency, DNF at about 30%. I will attempt to edit if I end up going back to it. Let me preface this by saying I was actually really hyped to read this book, especially when I saw positive reviews on Twitter. I am a huge Dinah fan, and own 90% of her appearances in print, have a ridiculous amount of her merch, run accounts about her, and read everything she’s involved in. I have been waiting for a good Dinah story for a while now. I bought the book last I wanted to like this, I really did. For transparency, DNF at about 30%. I will attempt to edit if I end up going back to it. Let me preface this by saying I was actually really hyped to read this book, especially when I saw positive reviews on Twitter. I am a huge Dinah fan, and own 90% of her appearances in print, have a ridiculous amount of her merch, run accounts about her, and read everything she’s involved in. I have been waiting for a good Dinah story for a while now. I bought the book last night and read most of it before bed, where I slept on my thoughts. A non spoiler summary is that this book is a Black Canary meets Handmaids Tale, set while Dinah is still a minor. Yeah, that’s exactly as bad as it sounds, fortunately it appears to stray from the graphic sexual assault in those texts and instead leans on graphic misogyny (police brutality included) and oppressive, patriarchal systems in Gotham. Of which Dinah’s long time comic lover Oliver, is a card carrying member. Her father, Barbara Gordon, and others play a part. Let’s start with the pros: - Barbara Gordon as Oracle - Lady Shiva The cons: - Everything else, I wish I was lying - The choice to make the Court of Owls into Gilead's leadership - Oliver Queen - Creating a plot where your LGBT characters literally live in hiding. Woo representation - Not SPOILERS AHEAD! (view spoiler)[Each chapter has me wishing I could have been the editor on this book, in which case I would have asked Alexandra if she was deliberately writing Breaking Silence in hopes that a cease and desist from Margaret Atwood’s lawyers and publishers would arrive by registered mail days after release. The plot, including near exact lines, seem to have been lifted from the Handmaids Tale book and television show script. Narratively using this as a plot in a comic story in 2020 is an absolutely bonkers decision, even for DC writers, and especially gross since this writing appears to cater to a younger audience. (Who now, more than ever, need and deserve uplifting stories.) Women have significantly less rights in this Gotham, they’re virtually breeding tools (as Dinah mentions multiple times) who have had their ability to own businesses and to sing stripped away by the Court of Owls. Why singing, you ask? Because Dinah Lance loves to sing (this is 81% of her characterization so far, the other 19% is rebelling), and how can we possibly have conflict if the baddies decision to punish all the rebellious women wasn’t something that directly affects our leading lady and few others. Dinah is about sixteen or seventeen, in high school with two barely fleshed out friends who were described in 1-3 words. Her father is nothing like the man we know, more of a hollow, broken GCPD employee who lost his wife ten years ago, after she lost her business to the Court of Misogynists and had to reopen under his name. Lady Shiva is made into part tutor part hidden trainer in this universe, where she imparts lessons like “do nothing if you can run” and is the quest giving NPC without a quest. Oliver Queen is the same age as Dinah, stripped of all of his best qualities and leaning on the Arrow-esque playboy partier take that makes him seem like every other vapid bad boy that doesn't capture anyone's attention. Aside from the name and his budding affection for Dinah, so far he shares nothing with his comic counterpart in the way of personality. Despite that, he somehow appeals to her immediately upon entering the room (despite not originally, many of the comics). Barbara Gordon is described as pretty, wheelchair, older, redhead, wheelchair, and member of the oppressive system, despite being a victim of it? Not sure about Dinah's internal monologue here, but she should probably know not to blame other women since she says multiple times that women are oppressed (once every 2 pages or more). It's not her worst characterization, especially not while Batgirl of Burnside exists, but I'm left wishing she was the same or similar age as Dinah, since their friendship is my favorite part of the Birds of Prey. Anissa Pierce and Grace Choi are Dinah's godparents, and it's mentioned that they have been forced into hiding because this world is anti LGBT. Please god stop giving us LGBT oppression stories, please. I just got to the part where Dinah received an envelope from Old Barbara Gordon, and foolishly thought this would lead into a plot, but it's just partial song lyrics that Dinah adds to despite admittedly never having written a song before with a weird addition as to how Dinah Drake and Babs were best friends instead? Odd choice to sub the era of friendships. Also see last chapters, where she was given sheet music only to lead to a chapter where she was punished for it, so there's no hint this'll go anywhere. The storytelling is extremely simple. Very limited descriptions, extreme repetition of the world and Dinah's love of singing (to the point of annoyance), little to no worldbuilding that isn't 17 classes where teachers describe things we've already discussed in earlier chapters, and a very odd decision to use the Court of Owls for this? If anything, it reads more like a choice Ras Al Ghul or another villain would make. This book would have benefitted from: - a new ORIGINAL concept - heavier editing - for the author to read more of Dinah's comic appearances - for the author to have read about the Court of Owls and other Gotham rogues - for Dinah and Babs to have been similar ages (older or younger, but similar) - and for Oliver to have been introduced later on The writing style itself is not beyond salvation, but the rest needs a ton of work. (hide spoiler)] I don’t have anything personal against Alexandra Monir, and I really hate having to be so negative about this, but the truth is what I read of this book would have overwhelmed me as a depressed lesbian teen who loves Black Canary. The entire first third is a slog of harm, hurt, and oppression. The only bright spots are supposed to be with Oliver, who is a member of this oppressive regime by nepotism, that Dinah likes without even knowing him. I have read many, many pieces of fanfiction much better than this by young adult DC fans, teens and DC adults. Girl power stories do NOT require dystopian misogynistic systems to overcome to be good. Dinah Lance, and by extension the Birds of Prey, are badass women with a lot to overcome without the injection of this kind of world. And even if there is no other way to proceed but this kind of dystopian setting, at least create your own narrative that doesn’t include robbing it off older and inarguably greater works that make your introduction to DC fans feel like an off pitch, rejected American Idol cover of Whitney Houston hits.

  7. 4 out of 5

    CR

    I was very scared about reading this one as I haven't really cared for the others in this series. But this one OMG!!! I fell hard for it!! I could not put it down and I need more! I should have known that this was going to be good because I die hard loved The Final Six!! If you are a lover of Black Canary and the DC universe well then check out this one because Monir made this one come alive and it sucked me in! I was very scared about reading this one as I haven't really cared for the others in this series. But this one OMG!!! I fell hard for it!! I could not put it down and I need more! I should have known that this was going to be good because I die hard loved The Final Six!! If you are a lover of Black Canary and the DC universe well then check out this one because Monir made this one come alive and it sucked me in!

  8. 4 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    Rating: 7.0 / 10 Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Black Canary: Breaking Silence for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions. Monir’s origin story for the most powerful voice in the DC Universe is, at times, thrilling and exhilarating, while also being truly heartfelt and extremely personal. The fact that the author took direct inspiration from her Iranian roots during the 1979 revolution brings an extra element to the story that gives Rating: 7.0 / 10 Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Black Canary: Breaking Silence for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions. Monir’s origin story for the most powerful voice in the DC Universe is, at times, thrilling and exhilarating, while also being truly heartfelt and extremely personal. The fact that the author took direct inspiration from her Iranian roots during the 1979 revolution brings an extra element to the story that gives it new wings to soar on. While I am was not familiar with the DC Icons series up to this point, I did see big names attached to it when I was originally contacted with this opportunity. Names like Bardugo, Maas, and Lu tend to intrigue even the most casual of readers so I had to see what the series was all about. I’m also not the most well-rounded individual when it comes to the DC Universe, not having grown up reading the comics and only really being interested in the Batman films over the years. Having picked up and read Black Canary: Breaking Silence, it shows that I have a ton more to learn about the universe as a whole (especially about Lance, Queen, and the Court of Owls). I will say this: YA is still a hit or miss genre for me. I can definitely get behind characters, enjoy solid world-building, and tear through pages of intense action, but romance bogs down my pace immensely. The love interest bits of YA novels tend to just, well, bore me to tears and it was no different here. Lance and Queen’s glances started early on and continued well into the end, and while I get that it works for a majority of audiences, it just isn’t my thing. Having said that, the story was definitely built around their relationship, alongside Dinah’s friendships and family, so I could look past the teenage drama to enjoy a solid story. While I am probably not the intended audience for this novel or the rest of the series, I thought Monir did a wonderful job bringing Lance to life, and I really enjoyed learning her backstory. I also really need to get the lowdown on the Court of Owls because those Talons are not to be messed with. Q&A with the Author 1. Tell me a little bit about yourself (i.e. growing up, schooling, etc) I grew up in Marin County, the suburbs outside of San Francisco, and fell in love with books from the second I discovered them: basically, before age 2! English and Creative Writing were always my favorite subjects, along with Drama, and my childhood was filled with books, writing my own stories for friends and family, and performing in school plays and community theater. Basically, I was all about literature and the arts! 2. What sort of career were you pursuing prior to writing? I was equally fixated on writing and performing in elementary and middle school, but in my freshman year of high school, I wrote my first song- and from there, I spent the rest of my teens completely focused on becoming a recording artist. I wrote and recorded many songs and got to spend my 17th and 18th summers opening up for pop stars like O-Town, which was surreal. But as much as I love music, there was a lot I didn’t love about the recording industry, so when I sold my first book at 23, I was very happy and relieved to find a place where I felt much more at home, which was publishing. a. Do you still have a full-time job outside of being an author? I am a full-time author! But I still write and record music on the side and love incorporating music into my books. 3. When did you start writing? When did you start writing seriously? I started scribbling stories in notebooks at age 6 and then typing them up and sending them to friends and family at around 8. Years later, when I was immersed in the recording industry at 16, I came up with a TV series idea about a young singer trying to make it, and from there I wrote a proposal and started pitching it around LA a year or so later. While that project never sold, it led to me getting my first literary agent and some other really integral industry relationships. 4. How do you combat writer’s block, or do you simply not acknowledge it? I don’t get writer’s block so much as I just get stumped on what should happen next in a story or scene, at which point it always helps to take a break and consume other media unrelated to what I’m working on, something that just gets me feeling inspired and excited to create again. I remember when I was feeling stuck with THE LIFE BELOW, a sci-fi sequel I published in 2020, watching the Battle of Winterfell episode from Game of Thrones totally revitalized me! The two were wildly different genres, but seeing something that impressive onscreen had me itching to get back to my computer. 5. Who are some of your writing influences? I read a lot of the classics growing up and when I was starting out as a writer, and two that made a big impact on me were Daphne du Maurier and Edith Wharton. Nowadays, I’m very inspired by the YA fantasy geniuses Sarah J. Maas and Dhonielle Clayton. 6. Did you read growing up? If so, what genres really struck you? Oh, yes! I read pretty much everything I could get my hands on, and was particularly fond of two totally different genres: historical fiction and contemporary teen fiction, like the Sweet Valley books. It’s the Gemini in me! 7. Tell me about your writing process. Has it changed over the years? I think the biggest change is that I now actually have a specific process, rather than just sitting down and letting myself write freely. As my books have grown more complex, I’ve found outlining to be really crucial. The last book I wrote without a game plan was THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE (published in 2016), which I am really proud of, but that was also when I realized how stressful it was to face a blank page every day while drafting. I wrote a very detailed outline for THE FINAL SIX, my 2018 book that followed, and that’s been my process ever since- though I still start out free-writing the first couple of chapters before outlining, to get myself into the story and make sure this is an idea I definitely want to spend a year or longer with! 8. Can you tell the audience a little bit about Black Canary: Breaking Silence? BREAKING SILENCE is my original take on the DC superhero Black Canary, and it’s set in a near-future Gotham City where a patriarchal dictatorship known as the Court of Owls rules over them all. Under the Court, women have been stripped of their power and their rights–including the power to sing, which is something 17-year-old Dinah Lance wants to do more than anything in the world. So when she discovers a secret power within her own voice, it sets her world ablaze- and leads to a whole new alter ego. The book is filled with action/adventure, twists and turns, original music, and a dash of romance with Oliver Queen- who comic book fans know as the Green Arrow! 9. What was it like writing your grandmother into the story? It was incredibly meaningful for me, and made this book feel like my most personal novel to date. My grandmother was tragically taken from us too soon, so I never got to meet her, but I’ve always felt connected to her, and I know she was with me in spirit while I was writing this. 10. Tell me about how the story was directly inspired by your roots amidst the 1979 Iranian Revolution. I was born long after the Revolution, once my parents had escaped to the U.S., but it still had a formidable impact on my life. My parents did an amazing job of instilling my brother and me with our culture and history, and they were very honest with us about the trauma of the Revolution and their escape, so it was always there in the background of my life. When it was first suggested to me that I would be a good fit to write a Black Canary story, I immediately imagined a world where women and girls are forbidden to sing, and how Dinah Lance could be a beacon of hope in an oppressive patriarchy. The reason I thought of that is because of what happened after the Iranian Revolution, when women could be jailed for singing publicly. It’s a cruelty that exists to this day there, and something I wanted to wrestle with on the page. 11. How did your time as a former teen pop singer/songwriter help you bring Dinah Lance to life? I think my former teen pop singer life was crucial to me writing Dinah’s story. It allowed me to write three original songs into the book, but also to tap into those feelings I experienced when I was her age and when life felt so intense that words alone weren’t enough to express myself with, I had to put it into song. 12. What are you working on now? It’s been a year of getting to write my dream characters- first with Black Canary, and then I recently signed with Disney to write a historical fantasy YA about Princess Jasmine!! It comes out in Fall 2022, so I’m about to dive into work on that manuscript! 13. Do you have any book recommendations for the audience? Maybe something you have read recently? My favorites of 2020 were SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid in adult fiction, and LOBIZONA by Romina Russell in YA. Both are absolutely amazing!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    3.5/5 Engaging alternate origin story. Loved the Handmaid’s Tale-like plot! Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melrose's

    I was fortunate enough to listen to an advance copy of this amazing origin story of the Black Canary. I am not well informed with DC heroes and I only knew Black Canary through the movie of Harley Quinn's which is Birds of Prey. This story is about Dinah Drake in her senior year in Gotham City where superheroes no longer exist, Batman has long died and women has no rights and worse no voice, figuratively speaking they have no say but to abide the laws established by the Court of Owls. The Court o I was fortunate enough to listen to an advance copy of this amazing origin story of the Black Canary. I am not well informed with DC heroes and I only knew Black Canary through the movie of Harley Quinn's which is Birds of Prey. This story is about Dinah Drake in her senior year in Gotham City where superheroes no longer exist, Batman has long died and women has no rights and worse no voice, figuratively speaking they have no say but to abide the laws established by the Court of Owls. The Court of Owls are made of generations of family with wealth, influence and led by men and they created a force to defeat superheroes which are Talons vicious creatures with sharp claws and are bloodthirsty. The only issue I had with the story would be the romance and I know the canon relationship between Green Arrow and the Black Canary I would likely prefer if this was solely centered with the women fighting back to regain their voices or just Green Arrow supporting Dinah and they have these key moments together and did not start with the instant love-y cliché. Nonetheless, it finishes strong and the message was clear, timely and relatable. There were moments in the story where I feel suffocated and enrage with the restrictions and ideas shoved down into women and they expect women to just stay silent and obedient which is insane. This was such a good read and audiobook!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Carderella

    3.5⭐️ As a child, Dinah Lance was able to hear a girl singing, and it was something that has stayed with her all of her 17 years. It’s also something she has never heard again. No one has. Singing is only one of the things females are forbidden to do now that the Court of Owls controls Gotham City. Their influence is spreading across the globe, but not without being met by those willing to stand up to them. The Resistance is growing as well, and suddenly Dinah must to choose to sit back and do no 3.5⭐️ As a child, Dinah Lance was able to hear a girl singing, and it was something that has stayed with her all of her 17 years. It’s also something she has never heard again. No one has. Singing is only one of the things females are forbidden to do now that the Court of Owls controls Gotham City. Their influence is spreading across the globe, but not without being met by those willing to stand up to them. The Resistance is growing as well, and suddenly Dinah must to choose to sit back and do nothing or risk everything & use her voice to help defeat the Court before they go too far. I’m a sucker for a super hero origin story, so was excited to dive into this one. This book started out so strong, with fantastic world building- setting up the world Dinah is living in. The message of finding your voice was very powerful and woven through the entire book- and not just because that’s Dinah’s super power (tho it was almost a little too much at times. We get it. No need to keep saying it over and over). It did eventually start to feel like a typical dystopian YA novel- insta love and all. That particular aspect was disappointing because I loved Oliver’s character. So much mystery and intrigue surrounded him, the insta love felt unnecessary, but there was so much going on, I didn’t get hung up on it. The character development was great as well. I especially loved the bond shown between Dinah and her father, Larry. There is so much grey area with them. Both lying, being sneaky, and thinking they’re doing what is right. Their struggles were just A+. I would have liked to see more of Dinah’s friend Ty’s struggles. His family’s story was very abrupt. The ending wrapped up too nice and neat for me- but that doesn’t mean I disliked it. This was a solid story with a great message. *Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    4.5/5 stars I really enjoyed this book. Admittedly, I do not know much about the Black Canary. This book takes place in the near future where the Court of Owls has taken over Gotham City from the superheros. When the Court of Owls took over, they took away women's ability to sing and many of their rights. I loved seeing Dinah stand up for women's rights and come into her own in the story. There are appearances from Barbara Gordon and Oliver Queen in the book which I enjoyed. I would love to learn 4.5/5 stars I really enjoyed this book. Admittedly, I do not know much about the Black Canary. This book takes place in the near future where the Court of Owls has taken over Gotham City from the superheros. When the Court of Owls took over, they took away women's ability to sing and many of their rights. I loved seeing Dinah stand up for women's rights and come into her own in the story. There are appearances from Barbara Gordon and Oliver Queen in the book which I enjoyed. I would love to learn more about the Black Canary and the Court of Owls.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Caro | sanjariti

    4.5/5 stars This was absolutely amazing and awe-inspiring, and I am so happy Dinah Drake and The Black Canary finally get their debut in the DC Heroes series! I loved every moment of this book; seeing Dinah stand up for women’s rights, and fight against patriarchal injustices was incredibly moving and made me so proud to know her. I loved Monir’s writing, and I was so glad to see Barbara Gordon and Oliver Queen again too! I would love to see this turned into a film - or a graphic novel, like Wonde 4.5/5 stars This was absolutely amazing and awe-inspiring, and I am so happy Dinah Drake and The Black Canary finally get their debut in the DC Heroes series! I loved every moment of this book; seeing Dinah stand up for women’s rights, and fight against patriarchal injustices was incredibly moving and made me so proud to know her. I loved Monir’s writing, and I was so glad to see Barbara Gordon and Oliver Queen again too! I would love to see this turned into a film - or a graphic novel, like Wonder Woman - because the action scenes were amazing, and I’d just love to see Dinah and Ollie on the big screen 🥺 Thank you to Penguin Random House and BookSparks for the finished copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Black Canary is a book that has been blurbed as The Handmaid’s Tale in a superhero world. An audience of YA and older reads will certainly be intrigued by this story of defiance. I do want to point out that while I like Batman, I’m not the best Gotham scholar and didn’t really know a lot about Black Canary’s character beforehand. This was not a problem at all. Monir lays it all out well and provides action and feelings in a very good origin story. 3.5 out of 5 stars For my full review: https://pau Black Canary is a book that has been blurbed as The Handmaid’s Tale in a superhero world. An audience of YA and older reads will certainly be intrigued by this story of defiance. I do want to point out that while I like Batman, I’m not the best Gotham scholar and didn’t really know a lot about Black Canary’s character beforehand. This was not a problem at all. Monir lays it all out well and provides action and feelings in a very good origin story. 3.5 out of 5 stars For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2020/12/26/bl... For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog

  15. 5 out of 5

    Makayla Woods

    This was definitely the best DC Icons book out of the five for me. I know these characters like the back of my hand and was in love with the way they were portrayed! I was even surprised with some of their appearances. (Like the Birds of Prey!!! 😍) Dinah and Oliver were amazing together. They are a power couple who play off each other's strengths. (And are my favorite Superheros! 😍) This book taught me to love my voice and I used it all last night with my friends! (They couldn't get me to shut u This was definitely the best DC Icons book out of the five for me. I know these characters like the back of my hand and was in love with the way they were portrayed! I was even surprised with some of their appearances. (Like the Birds of Prey!!! 😍) Dinah and Oliver were amazing together. They are a power couple who play off each other's strengths. (And are my favorite Superheros! 😍) This book taught me to love my voice and I used it all last night with my friends! (They couldn't get me to shut up! 😂) Also I would pay money to see Dinah and Michele from Timeless have a karaoke night! From August 2020: I am literally screaming!!! I was hoping the DC Icon series would be expanded!!! Black Canary is one of my favorite superheroes, and Alexandra Monir wrote one of my favorite books, Timeless!!! And Oliver Queen is going to be in it!!! I'm in love already!!!😍😍😍 Shut up, and take my money I'm in!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    But Why Tho? received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The premise of Black Canary: Breaking Silence is so intriguing: a futuristic Gotham with no heroes, not even a Batman, run by the Court of Owls? A very dystopian Gotham. Sadly, the book doesn’t live up to how great the description sounds. Black Canary: Breaking Silence feels like a generic Young Adult (YA) dystopian novel, just with familiar characters from the DC universe. Check out my full review at ht But Why Tho? received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The premise of Black Canary: Breaking Silence is so intriguing: a futuristic Gotham with no heroes, not even a Batman, run by the Court of Owls? A very dystopian Gotham. Sadly, the book doesn’t live up to how great the description sounds. Black Canary: Breaking Silence feels like a generic Young Adult (YA) dystopian novel, just with familiar characters from the DC universe. Check out my full review at https://butwhythopodcast.com/2020/12/...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Bohn

    Before we begin, let's just gaze at that awesome cover some more. Rounding up from 2.5 stars. I really wanted to like this more than I did. I love the time and setting, and I'm a sucker for the Court of Owls after reading Gail Simone's work. The characters were well written, but the plot as a whole just didn't grab me. I did add the Wonder Woman DC Icons to my Want to Read list, though. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for the ARC! Before we begin, let's just gaze at that awesome cover some more. Rounding up from 2.5 stars. I really wanted to like this more than I did. I love the time and setting, and I'm a sucker for the Court of Owls after reading Gail Simone's work. The characters were well written, but the plot as a whole just didn't grab me. I did add the Wonder Woman DC Icons to my Want to Read list, though. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for the ARC!

  18. 5 out of 5

    MsArdychan

    Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way. I've read several of the DC Icons origin books, including Wonder Woman, and Batman, each of them has an approach that is completely different from each other. Random House found a wide array of successful YA authors, and gave them free-reign to write their books anyway they chose. Black Canary - Breaking Silence, is the newest offering Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way. I've read several of the DC Icons origin books, including Wonder Woman, and Batman, each of them has an approach that is completely different from each other. Random House found a wide array of successful YA authors, and gave them free-reign to write their books anyway they chose. Black Canary - Breaking Silence, is the newest offering from this series. Full of details from the Batman universe, this is an exciting story of fighting oppression and a girl finding her own power. Please read the full review on December 28th, 2020 on my blog: www.ponderingtheprose.blogspot.com

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rayne

    This is tough, because the story was compelling, despite the familiarity of Gotham and its rehashed crime scene. However, the actual setting was not explained well enough for this book to feel as though it can stand on its own. If this were a numbered, sequential series I would understand that to be expected. This is marketed as the Black Canary story within a specific universe, which implies that it can be read separately or concurrently. Most of the exposition comes from a teacher early on, on This is tough, because the story was compelling, despite the familiarity of Gotham and its rehashed crime scene. However, the actual setting was not explained well enough for this book to feel as though it can stand on its own. If this were a numbered, sequential series I would understand that to be expected. This is marketed as the Black Canary story within a specific universe, which implies that it can be read separately or concurrently. Most of the exposition comes from a teacher early on, one who is pro all the things Dinah is against. We're spoonfed why she is opposed to this despite the very prominent brainwashing and shows of control by the governmental figure. In the same turn we're told Dinah inherently knows better because of her parents, despite her father's role. It just ends up like a lot is being told rather than shown, which drags the reading down a bit. The story worked best when it geared towards movement and moments of friendship, but was held back by its other clunky parts.

  20. 4 out of 5

    K.E. Radke

    Being on top only means you can fall. But you need to remember to get back up again. Dinah's secret wish is to sing, but women rights have been limited under the new regime the Court of Owls. The mayor stole their singing voices, breaking their will to fight back. Superheros are from the past. But Dinah's determined to keep the small parts of music she can find, an illegal act, punishable by death. But when she's pushed to her limit and can't stay silent toward the injustice againt women any longe Being on top only means you can fall. But you need to remember to get back up again. Dinah's secret wish is to sing, but women rights have been limited under the new regime the Court of Owls. The mayor stole their singing voices, breaking their will to fight back. Superheros are from the past. But Dinah's determined to keep the small parts of music she can find, an illegal act, punishable by death. But when she's pushed to her limit and can't stay silent toward the injustice againt women any longer. She just might find a voice louder than the Court of Owls victim's screams.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marjo

    ALEXANDRA MONIR WROTE A BOOK ABOUT BLACK CANARY AND NOBODY TOLD ME???

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Dyer • bookishly.vintage

    Thank you Booksparks and Random House for this gifted book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Man, did this book blow me away! As soon as I heard about this book I knew I wanted to read it, then to be included in this tour felt like such perfect timing, and I am so glad I ended up enjoying it. I have not read the other DC Icons stories, they do look like they can be read as standalones, as there are references to the past but none of the superheroes seem to interact with o Thank you Booksparks and Random House for this gifted book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Man, did this book blow me away! As soon as I heard about this book I knew I wanted to read it, then to be included in this tour felt like such perfect timing, and I am so glad I ended up enjoying it. I have not read the other DC Icons stories, they do look like they can be read as standalones, as there are references to the past but none of the superheroes seem to interact with one another. Dinah Lance is fed up with all the propaganda and lies she is fed everywhere she turns, only knowing the truth because her father (Detective Lance) has told her. She takes self defense classes in secret and has a closet full of contraband, wishing she had the voice to make change happen. This all takes place in the near-future after Batman has died of old age and the Court of Owls has taken over, stripping women of their singing voices through The Silencing, and relegating them to the role of 50's housewife. After a new kid at school shows up, Oliver Queen, everything changes and secrets spill and Dinah realizes her voice has a lot more power than she would think. I felt so inspired reading this book, and kept thinking "hell yeah" every time Dinah did something noteworthy (which happened often). She is such a brave character and wise beyond her years, mainly due to her mothers death, and she is not afraid to call people out for being wrong even when she gets in trouble for it. A lot of the characters in this are ones seen in the DC universe, so if you read the comics or watch the shows you have a general idea of who these people are "normally." Since this takes place while Dinah and Oliver are in high school, some of the characters play different roles than you may be used to (or not, I have not read the comics). While there is a little action here and there, most of the action comes toward the end of the book. And man, is it action packed! I loved every moment of it, and I could not put the book down because I did not want to be pulled away from it! The ending was so well done too, and it would be easy to see this one book turn into a Black Canary series of its own. I enjoyed the authors writing style and use of actual song lyrics woven without (instead of just stating "she started singing" the author said that and then included lyrics), which has now put the author on my radar and I will look out for her other books. Overall, this book was very inspiring and action packed, and I loved the authors take on Black Canary. The world building felt very plausible, especially because nobody ever talks about what life would be like if all superheroes disappeared, so it is an interesting take on the narrative. This book was a page turner from page one, and I absolutely devoured it. So glad I picked it up!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I've been loving the DC Icon series. Each book and each author bring a new story to some fantastic DC heroes. And this book has brought to life some of my absolute favorite DC heroes. This story follows Dinah Lance aka the Black Canary. And she isn't alone. For where there is a Black Canary there is a Green Arrow. Dinah and Oliver are brought together when Gotham City is at one of its worst points. To set the scene, Batman who was the original guardian at Gotham is gone from old age before Gotha I've been loving the DC Icon series. Each book and each author bring a new story to some fantastic DC heroes. And this book has brought to life some of my absolute favorite DC heroes. This story follows Dinah Lance aka the Black Canary. And she isn't alone. For where there is a Black Canary there is a Green Arrow. Dinah and Oliver are brought together when Gotham City is at one of its worst points. To set the scene, Batman who was the original guardian at Gotham is gone from old age before Gotham falls down one of its darkest paths. But the Gotham Dinah is growing up in is one where the Court of Owls has taken over. The Court rose to power and the age of superheroes was taken down as well. One of the cruelest things done was to the women of the city. Their voices were silenced in every way. A gas was released that physically took their voices away and any rights women had gone. It's a patriarchal dictatorship, but things are changing. Years ago, Dinah heard the impossible: a girl singing. Her obsession with music grew as the years passed. Her wish to sing, stronger than anything. And change starts when Dinah and her friends get caught by the Talons, the assassins of the Court of Owls, when they enter a place that is forbidden for all. Dinah has to keep her head low after her father, a police officer, makes a deal with the court to leave Dinah alone. And when new student, Oliver Queen, transfers to her school things really change. What I loved about this book was the twist that came to Dinah's story. We learn that her mother was of course the original Black Canary and she worked closely with two other women heroes before she died. Which I won't say who! But they are definitely great ones. We even get some other great surprises of heroes that are mentioned and seen. We get a new origin story for Dinah and Oliver. Dinah, finding her voice and abilities and stepping into her mother's footsteps. Oliver's journey into how he becomes the Green Arrow. Dinah and Oliver's relationship of course. The twist that is the Court of Owls. I also loved that this was set in a later way. It's like the generation after the original heroes, yet we know that other DC works that sometimes these characters were the same age as others. I loved every moment of this book. It had the action and strong female character that was Dinah. And women standing up for their rights in every way. The heroes and plot twists of some great story lines. This story doesn't disappoint. It's another great addition to the DC Icons series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)

    I was so happy to get a review copy of this book! As I love pretty much all things superhero, this is 100% up my alley. Plus, it's being marketed as: "The Handmaid's Tale meets the DC Universe." How could I not want to read that? The world building in this book is phenomenal. Fans of the DC Universe will appreciate the little nods to familiar characters, like Oliver Queen and Barbara Gordon. Readers who aren't necessarily avid readers will still be able to keep up with the story and everything th I was so happy to get a review copy of this book! As I love pretty much all things superhero, this is 100% up my alley. Plus, it's being marketed as: "The Handmaid's Tale meets the DC Universe." How could I not want to read that? The world building in this book is phenomenal. Fans of the DC Universe will appreciate the little nods to familiar characters, like Oliver Queen and Barbara Gordon. Readers who aren't necessarily avid readers will still be able to keep up with the story and everything that's going on. We're introduced to this dark society, very similar to The Handmaid's Tale. The spark of resistance starts slowly and builds throughout the book and I felt like the pacing was spot on. Also, we get Oliver Queen asking for consent before kissing Dinah! We love to see it. The characters themselves are well-rounded, too, adding to the fantastic world-building. Also, getting to see Dinah's growth into her powers flows well with the rest of the story.  Honestly, all of the aspects of this book worked really well together. If I had to pick just one aspect of improvement for this book, it would be the pace of the romance between Oliver and Dinah. While it was inevitable, it honestly felt like it happened too quickly. Since I'm not necessarily a fan of instant love, I wish it was more drawn out. Other than that, this book is engaging, entertaining, and a great addition to the DC Icons line of books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Walsh

    Black Canary: Breaking Silence Alexandra Monir, author of other amazing books include Timeless and The Final Six that makes you want to jump right into the adventure and the mystery. Wow, where do I start? When I first heard Alexandra was doing a Black Canary novel, I was so excited! I knew Dinah Lance was in good hands! I started it and I couldn’t put it down. It’s that good! I am very happy! I cheered, laughed, and cried. Super dystopian Gotham City! Dinah as a high school student is really ref Black Canary: Breaking Silence Alexandra Monir, author of other amazing books include Timeless and The Final Six that makes you want to jump right into the adventure and the mystery. Wow, where do I start? When I first heard Alexandra was doing a Black Canary novel, I was so excited! I knew Dinah Lance was in good hands! I started it and I couldn’t put it down. It’s that good! I am very happy! I cheered, laughed, and cried. Super dystopian Gotham City! Dinah as a high school student is really refreshing. Teens can be rebellious but powerful. Dinah’s voice will be heard and she will overcome any obstacle with the help of some friends along the way. The story line itself breaks my heart; women are oppressed from pretty much everything. They aren’t equal to men whatsoever. And the Court of Owls are the cause of that with their enforcers called the Talons. The new government over Gotham City. The GCPD can’t even do anything. And super hero’s aren’t even a thing. But Dinah becomes the Canary! She’s the hero of our story. Did I mention A high school version of Oliver Queen!!! Dinah meets Oliver and how their stories intertwine is very interesting. (I did picture a young Stephen Amell when I was reading because he played Oliver for 8 years.) I don’t want to give too much away because I highly recommended reading it for yourselves. It’s fast paced, a bit of romance, drama, and mystery. It has the whole package.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets the DC universe in this breathtaking, thrilling origin story of Black Canary. Her voice is her weapon, and in a near future world where women have no rights, she won’t hesitate to use everything she has to fight back. Just from this description, I had high hopes for this book, and it didn’t disappoint! I am very familiar with the DC universe, but I haven’t read any other origin stories, which I will be remedying immediately now that I’ve read and loved this one. The wor THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets the DC universe in this breathtaking, thrilling origin story of Black Canary. Her voice is her weapon, and in a near future world where women have no rights, she won’t hesitate to use everything she has to fight back. Just from this description, I had high hopes for this book, and it didn’t disappoint! I am very familiar with the DC universe, but I haven’t read any other origin stories, which I will be remedying immediately now that I’ve read and loved this one. The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look and do nothing. That quote seems so appropriate, both for the Black Canary and for things that are going on right now. This book filled me with rage at the silencing of women and girls, but also inspired me and gave me hope that people – women and girls – have the power to change the world. There are so many things I love about this book, but especially the empowerment of girls. And I loved that Oliver asked permission before kissing Dinah! I love superheroes and smashing the patriarchy, so this was a perfect book for me – loved it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy for review. This ended up being pretty enjoyable. I am not super up on my DC knowledge so I don't really know if everything was made up by the author or if some of this was canon. It doesn't really matter in the long run. It took me awhile to get into this one. Really around the 60-70% mark was when I finally hit my stride. Dinah lives in an ungodly suppressed society, where woman are basically objects and have no rights. I appreciate Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy for review. This ended up being pretty enjoyable. I am not super up on my DC knowledge so I don't really know if everything was made up by the author or if some of this was canon. It doesn't really matter in the long run. It took me awhile to get into this one. Really around the 60-70% mark was when I finally hit my stride. Dinah lives in an ungodly suppressed society, where woman are basically objects and have no rights. I appreciate a strong female lead, however her need to save everyone got almost overdone in a very short amount of pages. I realize that Dinah is the Black Canary, and is a superhero, but I still felt like it suffered from Mary Sue syndrome. What I have always liked about Black Canary (at least the version I've seen) is that she doesn't really rely on her superpower. Dinah really, really did. I'm a little torn on this one. On one hand parts were fun, and on the other hand I rolled my eyes and trudged through a lot. To me this just felt on the younger end of the YA spectrum with the writing, which is totally fine just not what I was expecting and not really my cup of tea.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Keys

    1.5 Stars I REALLY wanted to like this book. I'm a big fan of Black Canary and was excited when this book was first announced but I have to be honest, Breaking Silence just didnt do it for me. Breaking Silence biggest fault is its paper thin characters. Everyone in this book is one dimensional and dull. Dinah is painted as a melodramatic, angsty, teary eyed ,borderline helpless damsel. Seriously, she tears up in nearly every conflict. Her signature martial arts skills are essentially nonexistent 1.5 Stars I REALLY wanted to like this book. I'm a big fan of Black Canary and was excited when this book was first announced but I have to be honest, Breaking Silence just didnt do it for me. Breaking Silence biggest fault is its paper thin characters. Everyone in this book is one dimensional and dull. Dinah is painted as a melodramatic, angsty, teary eyed ,borderline helpless damsel. Seriously, she tears up in nearly every conflict. Her signature martial arts skills are essentially nonexistent in Breaking Silence which might be do to her being a 17 year old girl going up against some pretty formidable opposition. Still, I wish this book would've found a way for Dinah to showcase her hand to hand skills. Green Arrow........ :facepalm: . His character in this book was devolved into Generic Handsome Archer #1. And the rest of the characters arent even worth mentioning. Forgettable. Overall, Breaking Silence was not a fun ride for me at all.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

    I have not read the DC Icons series but after reading Black Canary I am so inspired to read them all. Alexandra Monir has created a compelling story about Dinah, who has a lot to overcome with her mother's death and the society that has declined considerably for women. This was a "can't put it down" book for me as I wanted so badly for Dinah and all of the women to have the rights she deserved. A great book for teens and adults alike! I have not read the DC Icons series but after reading Black Canary I am so inspired to read them all. Alexandra Monir has created a compelling story about Dinah, who has a lot to overcome with her mother's death and the society that has declined considerably for women. This was a "can't put it down" book for me as I wanted so badly for Dinah and all of the women to have the rights she deserved. A great book for teens and adults alike!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Montell Jordan BFF Charm: Yay Swoonworthy Scale: 7 Talky Talk: Dystopian Origin Bonus Factors: Gotham City, Black Canary Anti-Bonus Factor: Patriarchy Relationship Status: Partners in Crime(fighting) Read the full book report here. Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Montell Jordan BFF Charm: Yay Swoonworthy Scale: 7 Talky Talk: Dystopian Origin Bonus Factors: Gotham City, Black Canary Anti-Bonus Factor: Patriarchy Relationship Status: Partners in Crime(fighting) Read the full book report here.

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