Series: Bigtime #5
Published by Jennifer Estep, Self Published on June 2nd 2015
Sexual Content: A few sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
Piper Perez has always wanted to be a superhero. Always wanted to wear a cool costume, have amazing abilities, and save the day. There’s just one problem—Piper doesn’t have any superpowers. So she focuses on other things. Facts, figures, memorabilia. Piper knows and collects it all, about both the superheroes and the ubervillains who roam the streets of Bigtime, N.Y. Piper’s friends jokingly call her a fandemic—someone who is a superfan of all things superhero. The nickname is truer than anyone knows, especially since Piper can’t stop thinking about Swifte, the speedy hero who broke her heart months ago.
But someone has been killing off Bigtime’s heroes and villains. When one of Piper’s friends is murdered, she vows to do whatever she can to help bring the killer to justice, superpowers or not. All the clues and information she gathers lead her to believe that Swifte is the killer’s next target. Piper has always wanted to be a hero, and now she’ll have to use all of her fandemic knowledge to save the man she loves—or die trying….
I tend to read KARMA GIRL, the first book in the Bigtime series, two to three times a year. It’s that good. FANDEMIC is an entertaining addition to the series without being overly repetitive.
FANDEMIC looks at the inevitable fan clubs that exist in a world where superheroes and supervilains are rampant; think Comic-con, but for real. Piper Perez is a super fan, and she has realised that she works closely with many of the city’s superheroes. It’s actually reassuring for someone in this universe to finally get wise to the fact that Fiona Fine and Carmen Cole are terribly hidden superheroes. She actually has to pretend that she doesn’t know that her boss Fiona is Fiera, the hot tempered, fire themed superhero from Hot Mama, even when occasional flames sprout from her boss’ fingertips. The not-so-subtle hints have been in the series since the start, a nod to the Clark Kents and Peter Parkers of our world.
Short and sweet, and it has a nice mix of new and old characters without being overbearing. It was actually really fun to finally get into Quicke’s, the restaurant that serves as a neutral zone for supervillains and heroes, run by Kyle Quicke.
My main issue with FANDEMIC is that the love story between the two main characters is too short. Kyle and Piper broke up months ago when she realised he was the superfast superhero Swifte. Because we only get to see the break up through a quick flashback, it didn’t feel as tragic as it could have. We also only get Piper’s point of view throughout the story, making it harder for the reader to keep up with Kyle’s feelings. Being a short story, there is less space for the love story to evolve, and I felt that it was a bit rushed.
It might be a bit tricky to start with this story, but with such a fun and hilarious universe, the Bigtime series is worth getting into this easy to read series.Series Titles:
- For more super-hero romance/drama, try Phenomenal Girl Five by AJ Menden
- For a more serious, literary super-hero story, check out Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
- For a graphic novel about an everyday super-hero, try The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks