This standalone novella in the smart, snarky, and action-packed Heroine Complex series follows personal superhero trainer Lucy Valdez and friends Aveda Jupiter and Bea and Evie Tanaka as they combat a new supernatural threat.
Lucy Valdez is many things: fight trainer/bodyguard to superheroines, fabulous vintage fashion plate, undisputed karaoke queen at local joint, The Gutter. She is also one of the toughest fighters in all of San Francisco without superpowers. So why can't she seem to confess her feelings to her longtime crush Rose Rorick, head of the San Francisco Police Department's Demon Unit?
Well.... actually, she knows why. She's afraid Rose won't like the real Lucy, the Lucy underneath all the fabulous bravado. (She is still fabulous underneath that bravado--just in a different way.)
When a mysterious new karaoke star rises up at The Gutter and eclipses her, Lucy finds her confidence further shaken--and when strange, seemingly supernatural happenings threaten both this new star and The Gutter's very existence, she must rise to the challenge and investigate alongside Rose. Will Lucy be able to vanquish the demonic threat to her beloved karaoke haven, confess her true feelings to Rose, and reclaim her karaoke throne?
In this fabulous novella by Sarah Kuhn, taking place between book 2 and 3 of the Heroine Complex series, Lucy Valdez is the one in the spotlight, literally, as she’s in a karaoke contest up against a new star who is her equal. But it is Lucy’s fighting abilities that are needed most as her and her team fight a new supernatural threat.
I haven’t read any of Sarah’s novels before (that’s going to change fast), but I liked the description of this novella. Once I began reading, I fell in love with the main character and the world Sarah Kuhn has built.
One of my favorite parts of it is that she has positive female characters that don’t fight with each other but instead support and care about each other. The focus of the story is the female protagonist, not rivalries or drama between the friends of the main character. In addition, it is great to have the representation of a romantic relationship that is not heterosexual, a caring romance between two women.
That lack of drama doesn’t mean a lack of tension or lack of a good plot either. The story is exciting and gets the reader's attention from the beginning as the character’s try to figure out what is causing the trouble at the karaoke bar. Lucy kicks ass without the use of superpowers. Her ability is to be fabulous but also fight for her friends and for people in trouble. And instead of the solution being a literal bad guy, the story is about finding a way to let go of the negative emotions in your life. It is unique and it great to see that type of story. It actually reminds me of another favorite author and makes me want to pick up the rest of Sarah Kuhn’s series.
Overall, I really liked the story, the characters and the tone of the world, the supportive female characters, and loved the positive interactions. I like that the relationships aren’t smooth but aren’t overly negative either. It has a wonderful vibe and I really recommend both this novella and the series. I think I’m going to go back and read the rest of the series now.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~~ Andrea Rittschof
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