Book Review: Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex #1) by Sarah Kuhn

Book Blurb:

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 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.

Published July 5th 2016 by DAW

My Review:

Ok, this book starts off with super-heroines fighting demonic-possessed cupcakes (which I don’t think counts as a spoiler, because look at those little buggers on that phenomenal cover).

I didn’t realize how much I needed a book to start off with super-heroines fighting demon-possessed cupcakes until this book.

And boy howdy, it just ramped up from there. I loved the over-the-top comic style nature of things, I loved the action, the drama, the romance. This book mashed all my favorite buttons so hard and fast it was like I was playing a round of Super Smash Bros.

Let’s start off with my favorite bit: the relationship between Aveda and Evie. Sadly, It’s a dichotomy I’m all too familiar with. In high school, I felt like I went through something similar, so seeing the angst of their situation unfold resonated strongly with me. And I think it will for a broader audience in general, even if they haven’t lived through something similar. After all, how many people have felt underappreciated? Or gotten so angry with a loved one that they exploded?

And that’s what I loved about it–the explosion. Because yes, we get into fights all the time with loved ones. But usually, as in the case with a majority of the young adult/urban fantasy books I read, the emotions are swept aside in favor of the “big picture” problem: Having feelings about a boy? Trouble with your parents? Feeling misunderstood or alienated? Well tough–bottle that up and put it on the back-burner because the fate of the world is at stake here. Wherein, magically, the personal problems disappear as the fate of the world is saved.

Not here.

Here, we see Evie forced to deal with her problems before. She had to suss out her emotions, confront them, and deal with those demons before, you know, the physical, cupcake-possessing kind ruin everything.

Which leads me to the characters. They were a glorious cast of misfits. Sure, their characterizations seemed over the top, more like caricatures of people, but somehow, that worked with the comic book vibe. I mean, Tony Stark is the epitome of over-the-top, so, you know, it worked for me.

I deeply loved this book. It’s one of those gems that I won’t be able to keep to myself–if I so much as get a whiff of a potential what-are-you-reading conversations with any of my friends and family, I’m going to recommend it. 5 out of 5 stars!

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