Series: Superheroes Anonymous #2
Published by HarperCollins on June 30th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy
Reviewed by: Kim
The stakes are huge and the hero is short when Hostage Girl returns snarkier than ever in Lexie Dunne's urban superhero fantasy Supervillains AnonymousNew superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, her trainer Angélica is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison that just happens to be full of the very same supervillains who used to kidnap her on an almost daily basis.Outside, things aren't going all that great either. There's a conspiracy that runs all the way to the bedrock of the superhero community, and it's affecting everybody Gail loves. With her friends in the crosshairs, it's up to her to escape and get to the bottom of things. Subterfuge, crime-fighting, and running away from everybody you know should be a cinch, right?Wrong. Gail faces off against hero and villain alike just to stay alive. And you know what they say about supervillains: if you can't beat them…join them.
This book was entertaining, but it ran out of steam somewhere around the middle. The story picks up exactly where the first one left off, to the point where I feel that SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS should have just been included in the first book, Superheroes Anonymous. I would have rather read the whole story in one go and saved myself some confusion.
Gail Godwin used to be known as Hostage Girl; her apparent “super power” was to constantly be kidnapped, to the point that no villain worth his salt would think of kidnapping anyone else. That is until a mad scientist injects her with actual superpowers… and her day gets worse from there.
Lexie Dunne writes quite well, and I enjoyed the fun descriptions of the supervillains and the snarky way Gail saw the world - she is terrible at following instructions, and she needs to learn who her real friends and enemies are. She was mostly a pleasure to follow around.
My main issue with the book is that the beginning was amazing, but it failed to keep it up. The book starts as Gail is being tossed in supervillain jail for a crime she has not committed, and the character and settings are brilliant. I wish she could have spent the whole book there, unravelling the plot from within the highly unusual jail, surrounded by the very people who kidnapped her just for kicks. Unfortunately, Gail gets “broken out” of jail, and the middle of the book feels really slow after such a high impact, colourful beginning. The end ramps up the action again, but I feel the lull wouldn’t have been so noticeable if the books had been combined.
Overall, the books are worth the read, but I would definitely read them back to back to avoid cliffhangers and confusion. Watch out for that last line, it’s a kicker!
- Superheroes Anonymous
- For more dark superhero stories, try Justice by Jennifer Harlow.
- For some more villains you can get behind, look at Emperor Mullosk versus The Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez or Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman.