Heroine Complex is the first novel in a series by Sarah Kuhn about super heroes, with sometimes misguided gifts.
Aveda Jupiter has taken the demon hordes by storm, as the sole protector of San Francisco. She is great at kicking butt, and shutting down portals, even in the middle of a pastry shop.
But when Aveda is injured, her assistant and friend, Evie must step in. Evie doesn't know how to be in the lime light. She would much rather stay on the sidelines helping Aveda behind the scenes. Not everyone's superhuman gift is that exceptional. One super hero has the gift of knowing exactly where a vehicle is like GPS, but only vehicles.
I enjoyed the straight forward and witty writing. It was ironic, and satirical without being too dry. I liked the break up of the narrative with blog posts and articles. It gives the story a nice flow, and really shows Aveda's place in the world of San Francisco as it is now that some people have super gifts.
While it was funny, and the pace was even, there was just something about the story that didn't keep my attention going. I stopped reading for a little while then went back to it. I liked Evie's growth, and the fully fleshed out background of Evie's relationship with Aveda.
However, I found the plot to be predictable. I wasn't really blindsided or wowed once the real enemy was discovered, or when big secrets were revealed.
Overall, it's a refreshing take on something that has been done before. Super humans aren't new, but it was nice to read about these characters. Anyone who likes UF or Super heroes will enjoy Heroine Complex.
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.