I did go into it thinking I was going to enjoy it quite a bit and then… Well.
In this world we have superheroes, or supers, who fight criminals and help keep the city safe/help the police. So far the supers have largely used their powers for good and so most of the villains they have fought have been non-powered normal villains.
That changes and the one to change it is the same guy that saved Abby from a robber only a day earlier.
Abby is the daughter of the mayor and the sister of Red Comet, one of the supers who help save the day. Her view on supers is largely based on her brother and so she finds them annoying but helpful. Her father is busy trying to keep the ever growing crime rate from completely taking over the city and so Abby is left to her own devices more often than not.
One day when her brother is off saving people, her father gets caught up in meetings and she tells her best friend to leave without her because her father promised to pick her up, she finds herself needing to make her way home on her own. This is an easy enough task, but on the way a robber attacks her, but before she can be robbed/gravely injured someone in a black suit shows up and saves the day.
Then the same guy is shown on TV burning down city hall a day later and Abby realises that the guy who saved her was no hero, but a villain. However nothing is ever as it seems and it turns out that this “villain” actually needs her help to save the city from something even worse.
The plot of this novel sounds interesting and promising, however the characterisation and the development of the relationships between the characters in this novel go by a little too quickly and it all feels very superficial.
Abbys anger towards Iron Panthom comes and goes like summer rain, hardly leaving a trace and not really doing much to change anything while it’s there. It’s like she reacts because she’s expected to, but as soon as the correct boxes have been ticked off it’s right back to the banter and the flirting like nothing happened.
Which is too bad because this book holds a lot of promise. From it’s characters that are enjoyable to read, to it’s plot, to it’s world and everything else this could have been so much better and that is part of the reason I’m giving it this rating rather than the 3.5 I would have given it if it had strayed away from some of these things.
The heroine is very hard headed, but not believably so, she has a tunnel vision that’s insane but I don’t buy the reasoning for it and so it falls flat. The plot is predictable, which I find sad because it has so much potential if it had been explored beyond the boundaries of what was laid out. It seems like the author only really investigated this plot by looking down at it and not by actually turning it around, twisting it and seeing what other angels could be used here as well.
The actual villain of this book comes more or less out of nowhere and to be honest it take so long for this book to tell me what it is we’re working to prevent that I can’t muster up any sense of urgency even when the big throw down happens.
Add to that a guy who teleports in and out of a girls room which the book only really ever addresses somewhere around the halfway mark and even then it brushes past it like it’s not really worth mentioning and it just feels weird and flat.
I wish this was better than it is, I truly do, but as it is this just disappointed me and felt formulaic.