Heroine Complex

Heroine Complex

Book - 2016
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Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco's most beloved superheroine. She's great at her job--blending into the background, handling her boss's epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants. Unfortunately, she's not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea. But everything changes when Evie's forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest secret comes out: she has powers, too. Now it's up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles--all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda's increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right... or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.
Publisher: New York : Daw Books, Inc., [2016]
ISBN: 9780756410841
0756410843
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 21 cm

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Starpoem
Aug 11, 2017

You gotta love a book that starts out with a superheroine battling demonic cupcakes, right? :)

This book was a fun mashup of the chick lit and superhero genres. The main character learns to stand up for herself and embrace her feelings, but she does so in a refreshingly non-sappy way.

I did notice a couple continuity errors and some overuse (in my opinion) of the f-bomb, but those are minor quibbles. Over all, I enjoyed this book.

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DuncanButcher
May 31, 2017

Read the whole thing in an evening. It was that enjoyable. I suppose someone might want to comment about the social aspects of the characters and how they're portrayed (the author even jokes about that through the novel), but I was having too much fun to care.

This is a solid slice of the literary equivalent of a classic Hong Kong action movie. It's Fun with a capital F, and isn't ashamed that it is simply trying to be that. If you want something serious then you would do well to look elsewhere, but if you would really enjoy a book that tried to channel Hard-Boiled through a someone actively trying NOT to be a superhero, then this will be for you.

samcmar May 17, 2017

Loved this book. It stars an Asian superheroine who is just amazing beyond words. If you love the super hero genre or you are big into urban fantasy, this book is a lot of fun.

PimaLib_SierraG Oct 01, 2016

If only the easy diversity that is in Heroine Complex would appear in movies. Evie Tanaka and her best friend Aveda Jupiter are Japanese-American and Chinese-America specifically and while that does show up in some aspects of their character (musubi snacks anyone?) they are more defined by the superheroic romance plots. Fun read for those who love supernatural romance and are a little disappointed by the whitewashing of American comic-books.

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PimaLib_SierraG Oct 01, 2016

PimaLib_SierraG thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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