Today I have another exciting review so if you like kick-ass superheroines with humour, action and romance this might be for you.
CONTENT WARNINGS: Language//Non-graphic violence//Sexual content
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn.
“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 secret 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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I ENJOYED:
🔥 Evie Tanaka was the one who didn’t want to be in the spotlight but was thrown in it when the sidekick had to become the superheroine but she still had her own issues to overcome in this book. If was nice to see the sidekick POV instead of typical ‘I can save the whole city on my own’ hero view. And she was a good main character whose story I was interested in. She had a great voice with has a bit of snark which I also love. Also I think it was good at showing how she didn’t have to be a typical ‘superheroine’ to be strong.
“THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF STRENGTH AND THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS TO BE A HERO.”
🔥 Aveda Jupiter she is self-obsessed and if she annoys you whilst reading this I can definitely understand why. She is best friends with the main character Evie and they definitely have a rocky relationship. But this is addressed in the book and I think Aveda was definitely a interesting character— with her parents, need for perfection and how she may be the adored superheroine of San Francisco but not that many people truly cared for her. I like that a female friendship was at centre of this book and it definitely developed in the book which was necessary. I feel like there is room for more growth though.
🔥 SUPERHEROINES: I love superheroes and I love that this was a female-led superhero book who could kick ass. I also enjoyed how it didn’t make them ‘masculine’ to be able to fight. Our superheroines cared about their looks and could cry at the end of the day. I also really like when you look into what superheroes lives are like— almost the mundane side and you got to see some of that is this book. You know picking outfits, handling media and grocery shopping.
🔥 Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter were both Asian and it touched on their experience being Asian in America. It talked about growing up in high school and some of the comments other students made. I also loved how it talked about them seeing movies with women like them in (Michelle Yeoh) and how it made them feel like they could anything. Being a massive fan of movies I loved this detail and it showed the importance of representation as well.
🔥 Romance: I was surprised that this book had a heavy romantic side but I was really happy. The characters had a banter rapport going on (almost hate-love?)and they were supportive of each other. It wasn’t a flawless romance but it was light-hearted, unexpectedly a bit steamy and fun to read about.
🔥 This book suits the word ‘delight’, it was the type of story which could have demon cupcakes, karaoke battles and crying about zits. Now I am aware this isn’t for everyone but I was in the perfect mood for it. As I had just read a heavy book. This was like a sunshine after a downpour.
🔥 Media: I like books that include media and how it affects people/society. I have always been interested in it. In fact my English Speaking assignment was about social media (my starting line was ‘Is the media friend or foe?’ Yes I do remember it from 4 years ago). This book does include media and talks about the effects indirectly and slightly about fame and the need to be perfect.
🔥 Writing: Due to having action, romance and humour it was very addictive to read and it was fast paced as something was always happening. Kuhn had quite a unique humour that made it light to read. But it did cover lots of emotions as the characters go through a pretty stressful time.
🔥 The plot wasn’t great. It was more fun than complex. You definitely have to take it knowing it isn’t super serious. It was enjoyable but not ‘my mind has been blow’ which sometimes is the point of the book.
🔥 I mentioned earlier about Evie and Aveda’s friendship and although there were good bits and they did grow over the course of the book. It wasn’t a friendship I would strongly route for which was a shame when it was a focus.
🔥 Sometimes how they reached conclusions didn’t feel realistic to me, like there was a bit of jump to get to that answer.
🔥 The whole villain thing, every great hero needs a villain, but don’t expect a fantastic supervillain at all. It even falls into a bit of a villain monologue at one point. It could have had more development in my mind.
I really did enjoy this book. I think the time that I read this improved the read for me. So I would say this book is great when you are in the mood for a light, easy read. And it has a unique kind of humour where you could love it or hate it (roll your eyes at it) but I really enjoyed it.
I know I wrote that it had a lot of flaws but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment so I am still putting it as 3.5 stars. I hope I got my thoughts across well– I feel slightly conflicted with my thoughts
but I think at least one or two sentences made sense.