Book #50: Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn


Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.

Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right… or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.

 I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review.

What first grabbed me about Heroine Complex  was the brightly colored cover. It says exactly what the book is about:  Superheroes. It also insinuates that there is some comic book like elements. Sorry to burst that bubble; the book is all book. There are no illustrations.

However, that never bothered me.

The second and final thing to really grabbed me was the description. Usually we have our intrepid super be the main focus of a book. In this sci-fi superhero book, it is the PA who is the main character.

Evelyn Tanaka, is a young twenty-something who lives in the shadow of her superhero best friend. She is mousy and lets people walk right over her. It isn’t until an injury that she shows her true self: in the disguise of her best friend.  I actually really liked her character, she was easy to relate and she did change throughout the book. It wasn’t a gradual change per se, but that makes sense given what goes on in the book.

Evie isn’t the only one to change in the book. The supporting characters do as well. It was great to see the growth in all of the characters, even the ones you dislike in the beginning and for much of the book.

The writing is well done. It is humorous and action packed. I found the pop cultural references fun.

In all, the book was a fun read. It isn’t something big or thought provoking; but for a good and fun read, this is the book for you. Don’t try to nitpick, just enjoy the ride.

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