Series: Heroine Complex #2
Published by DAW on July 4, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: Kissing, references to sex, closed-door sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits. But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka—who’s now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right. They were supposed to be a dynamic duo, but more and more, Aveda finds herself shoved into the sidekick role. Where, it must be said, she is not at all comfortable.
It doesn’t help that Aveda’s finally being forced to deal with fallout from her diva behavior—and the fact that she’s been a less than stellar friend to Evie. Or that Scott Cameron—the man Aveda’s loved for nearly a decade—is suddenly giving her the cold shoulder after what seemed to be some promising steps toward friendship. Or that the city has been demon-free for three months in the wake of Evie and Aveda’s apocalypse-preventing battle against the evil forces of the Otherworld, leaving Aveda without the one thing she craves most in life: a mission.
All of this is causing Aveda’s burning sense of heroic purpose—the thing that’s guided her all these years—to falter.
In short, Aveda Jupiter is having an identity crisis.
When Evie gets engaged and drafts Aveda as her maid-of-honor, Aveda finally sees a chance to reclaim her sense of self and sets out on a single-minded mission to make sure Evie has the most epic wedding ever. But when a mysterious, unseen supernatural evil rises up and starts attacking brides-to-be, Aveda must summon both her superheroine and best friend mojo to take down the enemy and make sure Evie’s wedding goes off without a hitch—or see both her city and her most important friendship destroyed forever.
With legitimately crazy bridezillas, amusing incident reports, and a dab of romance, HEROINE WORSHIP manages to follow in the footsteps of HEROINE COMPLEX nicely. Clever and entertaining, HEROINE WORSHIP is an excellent entry in the urban fantasy genre.
My biggest complaint about HEROINE WORSHIP was the switch in narrators from Evie to Aveda/Annie was mildly annoying. Evie was less narcissistic, and at times Aveda's inner monologue got repetitive and grating. I do understand that she was working through some changes in her life, but sometimes it felt the author was dragging it out a bit much. However, because of the switch in narrators, it felt more like a stand-alone novel instead of the second in the series, making it easier for somebody to pick HEROINE WORSHIP up without reading HEROINE COMPLEX.
As the book went on though, I became more used to Aveda's narration and got into the story. The plot line was more interesting in this installment, I felt, with a mystery and some very interesting things happening around the group. And the dynamics of the friend group again were a highlight for me. I liked how the women interacted with each other - how they felt so real and authentic. The changes Aveda went through felt as real as they could as well, being that we're talking about superheroes. She dealt with family issues, relationship confusion, and jealousy of her friend - all things that most people can relate to. So, while she was a bit over the top about most things, in the end, I really felt like I understood her and where she was coming from.
Also, I love how HEROINE WORSHIP has a diverse cast of characters without it feeling forced. There's different ethnicities, different sexual orientations, and different superpowers. 😉 It's refreshing in a world of urban fantasy where a lot of time the heroine is a straight white girl surrounded by sexy men. HEROINE WORSHIP gives us a glimpse into a world that looks a lot more like ours and definitely benefits from this representation.
All in all, HEROINE WORSHIP is a welcome addition to my library and well worth the read.Series Titles:
- Heroine Complex - 4/5
- Heroine Worship
- For another female superhero, try The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney.