The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas WARNING: Review May Contain Spoilers


unlikely heroics of sam holloway

(Click on the book cover to check out its Goodreads page 🙂 )

Read: 29th – 31st July

My Rating: * * * * *

Release Date: August 9th, so already out!


A big thank you to Wildfire (imprint of Headline Publishing) for sending me my copy of this!

Yet another belated review haha, not as late though (I don’t think), but as with Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van I’ve had a hard time organising my thoughts about this awesome book.  


*Sam Holloway has prevailed through the one of the most awful things life can throw at you, but he isn’t really living. His carefully constructed routines keep life nice and simple – but for one exception: three nights a week, he becomes his superhero alter-ego and patrols the streets of his home. His costume makes him feel indestructible, but his unlikely heroics have been getting him into trouble.

The walls that Sam has built around himself soon begin to shatter when a girl who comes along, and he must decide whether he’s brave enough to confront the grief he’s been hiding from all these years. *


What I adored about this book more than anything, was the fact that the main character is just a normal person with no…special powers because of a spider or some biological/ radioactive substance, no specially created fancy weapons. He’s what all the superheroes we see in the movies and on TV start out as (aside from the few superheroes who are born with their super powers), except he stayed the same and just wears a costume with a utility belt carrying a few key items. He’s simply….human.

I loved Sarah’s character, because she…I felt like she sort of helped Sam come out of his shell a bit and…made him re-evaluate himself in a way? I really liked that about her, and despite being a little different to each other in certain aspects I think they fit quite well together

I also loved the fact that there are accounts of Sam’s heroic acts as his superhero alter ego “Phantasm” throughout the book in between the main chapters.

Stay true to yourself and never let anyone deter you from the course you wish to take.


Kath xoxo

*I didn’t want to write the book’s blurb word-for-word, so I’ve written my own take on it, but it still ties in with the original – something I’ll be doing in future review posts, as best I can*

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