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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Danielle Thompson

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Apocalypse Nope! by Deidre Huesmann is an LGBTQ+ YA/teen comedic romance novel. The teen angst of the main character Ivy-Jean took me back to my teen years (insert MCR songs now please) and yet the quips of humor were ongoing subtle perfection. A delightful spin on the apocalypse with modern-day details bringing it to life. So if you like an apocalypse-themed read this one is for you. The author has their version of the four horsemen, or rather, the four horsepeople of the apocalypse and they are my favorites of the whole book. I loved it every step, or rather, page turn of the way. That being said, be aware if you have arachnophobia (*raising my own hand*) there are indeed spiders literally crawling on Ivy-Jean. Albeit some actually come quite cute; Like Ivy-Jean’s fuzzy little friend, Spinderella. Having called forth the horsepeople she now has the conflicting task of bringing about the apocalypse. Her creative solution to the scenario they end up in is interesting. I also enjoy the character growth of Ivy-Jean throughout the story. This story is well-suited for the YA/teen group, with subtle romance, fun characters, and a humorous spin at the end of days. I also think New Adult age-ranged fans would enjoy this read as well.

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Mikaela Insinger

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What an incredibly intriguing and entertaining story. I love how Huesmann reflects our current populations within this novel, making it relevant to anyone who reads it. Ivy-Jean makes an excellent lead character who is relatable and spunky. This story had me wanting more and completely fascinated throughout! Can’t wait to read more.

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Anantha Rusum

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Apocalypse NOPE!! is a YA fantasy about the end of the world. Awkward teenager Ivy-Jean accidentally sets in motion the series of events that will lead to the apocalypse and now has to figure out what to do about that, on top of all the problems she already had.

Ivy-Jean accidentally opens up an email sent to her neighbor. Now she has unleashed the four horsemen to the apocalypse in motion and they will do everything in their power to end the world. And if she does not cooperate, they are going to kill her mother. Obviously she takes the apocalypse route. It is a quirky panaromic tale and I liked the way it is fastly paced. I liked the four horse men and the trouble they cause. Overall it is a fun read for YA.

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Apocalypse NOPE!! by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ivy-Jean is a teenager in high school, but that is where the similarities to others in her year end, she is tall with dark hair and spiders for friends, but she is alone, bullied and called names all the time she is out of the house, but when she is at home, she is a disappointment to her mum and usually her dad is nowhere to be found. She does have the responsibility of picking up their mail, but gets annoyed when she has to redeliver mail. To her neighbour whose mail always seems to get mixed up with her family’s, even though they live on completely different floors. As she gets home from school as usual, she has made some new spider friends, whom her mum attacks and kills before IVy-Jean can relax, this is followed by another confrontation with her mum about getting into trouble at school and her lack of friends as she rushes out to go to work, but this day is different, today she decides that to hell with federal law, she is going to open her neighbours mail and see what is inside, little does she know that as she reads the words on the page, she is going to be getting into a whole heap of a new kind of trouble.

As her last remaining spider friend of the day crawls onto the letter and walks around underlining the word “Come” and as soon as the word is out of Ivy-Jean’s mouth, there is a thump on the wall in the corridor outside her apartment, followed by the door exploding inwards and a young guy about her age walks through her door dressed in boots, dark pants, a red silk shirt and a cape bearing a huge broadsword bigger than he is! However, when he introduces himself as “War, the second Four Horseman of the Apocalypse” and that he is at her service, she cannot believe her eyes or ears, thoughts flow through her head, but no matter what she cannot believe that this is real and when he mentions her neighbour, Ivy-Jean realises that he is assuming that is her, but no matter what she says he will not listen. As the conversation carries on he insists that she calls the rest of the Horsemen and that they should go look for them, it is at this point that another figure emerges out of nowhere behind her, they are pale, grey and almost skeletal looking with a voice that sounds like winter frost and a cold breeze which accompanies it, that person then introduces themselves as “Death”.

As no other Horseman has appeared after this latest summoning, Ivy-Jean, War and Death go on a hunt through the city to find the remaining two, amid Ivy-Jean trying to understand what is going on while trying not to get herself killed on the city street, it is an anxiety inducing mess. At one point during their walk, Ivy-Jean’s spider, now named Spinderella jumps onto War’s face which startles him and sends him reeling into a woman and consequently breaking her arm, but when she starts spouting insults of all kinds at him, War asks permission to smite her while she is being helped by a passerby, when she says yes, War is in his element and the next thing she knows there are two piles of ash where the two people used to be, when War is questioned on this, he just replies that the man’s soul was evil and needed to die as well. As Ivy-Jean is processing this, War and Death spot a familiar face staring people down in a restaurant nearby and this is where she meets Famine, a woman who is beautiful and obsessed with food waste and how it is destroying the planet, when they find her, she is about to kill a restaurant manager, but Ivy-Jean manager to convince her to stave off doing it and retreat so they can find the final Horseman. It is at this point that they realise that something is off when their leader, Pestilence and the final Horseman who is actually taller than Ivy-Jean and looks like he is a gift from the gods with blonde hair and the strong face of an angel, turns up in her neighbor’s apartment and this is where they find out the mistake that the other three have made and the reality of Ivy-Jean’s responsibilities as the Summoner are laid out before her, as well as the consequences if she cannot complete her task.

As they talk out what needs to happen, it is decided that they need to enroll into the local high school, and observe what the youth of the era think of the world and see it through Ivy-Jean’s eyes, however, this doesn’t go quite to plan and the Horsemen bar Death end up enrolling in after school classes and becoming more entwined with the mortal youth than they should be, but can Ivy-Jean keep them on the right path, or will she fail both herself and those closest to her? This is a fantastical and unusual telling of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse tale while bringing it into a modern setting which will keep you laughing and reading throughout.

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Jenni Bishop

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Apocalypse NOPE!! by Deidre Huesmann is a YA LGBT romantic comedy. This fun and entertaining read is Deidre’s modern retelling of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. This quirky paranormal tale is original in its telling, light-hearted and humorous. This one might just be my favourite of Deidre’s stories to date.

This strange tale will delight readers.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Apocalypse NOPE!! is a teen urban fantasy by Deidre Huesmann about, you guessed it, the end of the world. Awkward teenager Ivy-Jean accidentally sets in motion the series of events that will lead to the apocalypse and now has to figure out what to do about that, on top of all the problems she already had.
This is a fun read, with enjoyable characters. Pestilence, War, Famine and Death undercover at a high school is a great concept, well executed. I think my favourite of the four is War, whose speech is littered with malapropisms and whose response to pretty much every problem is to find someone (or something) to smite! There’s plenty of LGBT+ representation which is varied and sensitively approached.
Apocalypse NOPE!! will appeal to fans of high school paranormal/supernatural stories, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight. And you can’t ignore the parallels with Good Omens (there’s even a nod to it in the text, when the Horsepeople explain why they aren’t Horsepersons) so if you love Good Omens and want a different approach to a similar scenario, this is definitely worth a read!
This book gets five stars from me! This isn’t the first of Huesmann’s books I’ve enjoyed – I was enthralled by the Modern Greek Myth series – and reading this reminds me that I must get round to trying more of her excellent books!

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Hansini Wasalamudalige

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Apocalypse NOPE!! by Deidre Huesmann is a Young Adult novel about a girl named Ivy Jean who, through a series of circumstances, is tasked with facilitating the end of the world after being saddled with the 4 Horsemen- or, rather, Horsepeople- of the Apocalypse. This book was an absolute pleasure to read- it was a page turner from the first page to the last, largely due to how utterly charming and compelling the characters were. Ivy-Jean is a well-rounded protagonist who I feel many teenagers, especially girls, will relate to. I think we can all agree that at some point or another, like Ivy-Jean, we’ve felt as if we weren’t enough and have yearned to be loved and accepted by those around us, especially when navigating our high-school years. As for the Horsepeople themselves, War is so gleefully destructive that it’s lovable, Death is the kind but silently dangerous friend we all wish were in our corner, Famine is determined and principled but compassionate and Pestilence, while a pest (ha!), is an interesting and fascinating character. The relationships between Ivy-Jean and the 4 Horsepeople are fleshed out as they’re given ample room to breathe and develop in quiet moments between the flurry of world-ending activity and action. A part of this development stems from how funny some of their interactions are. It turns out that entities with the literal power of Gods at their fingertips are still prone to misunderstandings and the sheer absurdity of humanity, which serves as a vehicle for some of the book’s best humour.

Another thing this book has in spades is diversity- something that is super refreshing to see in our current climate. Almost all of the main characters belong to the LGBTQIA+ community including the main character, and some fall outside the gender binary. Subjects such as sexism and the patriarchy, racism, and homophobia are addressed tactfully and respectfully and in such a way that really echoes the frustrations of our modern-day society. Those belonging to such groups being able to see themselves reflected in such fantastical and multifaceted characters is a wonderful thing, especially because such diverse characters are often just reduced to their status as a minority in other stories.

Beyond amazing characters and diversity, Apocalypse NOPE!! also boasts vivid and sharp description that enlivens every scene in the book. Being a tale that revolves around those with the unequivocal capacity to end the world with a mere sneeze, one would expect it to contain some colourful action and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The action is quick and fast-paced, and Huesmann’s writing provides the reader with a front-row seat to all of it. At certain points, I was within the text of the page and at the scene- standing right next to Ivy-Jean as we marvelled at the horrific and magnificent powers of the Horsepeople.

All-in-all, Apocalypse NOPE!!, despite the title, is not something you’re going to want to say ‘nope’ to. If you’re looking for a book with quirky and intriguing characters and a well-paced plot that also serves as a commentary on contemporary society, then you need not look further.

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Erica Fish

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is not my first book by this author but it has become one of my favorites. Deidre Huesmann does an amazing job with this familiar story with her own twists. Her character building is clever. This is about Ivy-Jean and her apocalypse dilemma. She is an awkward teenager, who opens a piece of mail that was sent to her neighbor. That is when all hell breaks through literally. She has started the four horsemen of the apocalypse on their tasks. If she does not help bring the world to an end, they will kill her mother. What would you do to save your mother? Will the four horsemen be sent on their mission or will they have a different agenda? I highly recommend reading this story to see what our awkward teenager chooses to do.

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Naomi McDonald

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has got to be one of the strangest, yet entertaining books I’ve read in quite some time. There are definitely some parts where you’ll have to suspend belief, but it all works for this book. I enjoyed this author’s interpretation of the Four. War and Death are my favorite! The solution Ivy has to put forth to remedy the situation is… unique. The one thing I will say is that if you don’t like transparent social commentary in your books, you may not enjoy this one.
Overall, fun and entertaining read!

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Angela Hayes

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4.5 Stars

 

Apocalypse NOPE!! By Deidre Huesmann is a wonderful YA story that kept me entertained the whole way through. It’s a modern retelling of the four horsemen of the apocalypse story, but with a Deidre Huesmann twist. This is paranormal LGBT romantic comedy done well- with emotion, drama, teenage issues, angst, and more.
I have read many of Deidre Huesmann’s books now and can always count on her to deliver a wonderfully original, entertaining, and yet thought provoking read. And this story was no different. I love the quirky, off-bet characters- and the modern spin that Ms. Huesmann gave to the old classic. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Thank you, Deidre Huesmann!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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