I love superheroes. It should be obvious to anyone reading this blog by now that my childhood pretty much consisted of watching lots of superhero shows that and reading really horrible YA books. So, I was really excited about reading this book. However, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting….
General Summary: Audrey’s mom in the legendary superhero, Morning Star. And for all her life, she’s been looking up at her. However, Audrey soon finds out that her mother’s job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Talk about deceptive advertising. Those expecting to get a superhero book will be surprised and maybe even disappointment. Superheroes are only mentioned in this novel. In reality, it’s just YA paranormal.
And it’s not a bad YA paranormal. In fact, I’d say it’s a little bit above average. The characters are nice enough. The use of cliches isn’t horrible. It’s just not…well, that memorable or exciting. And I did have quite a few problems with it.
The main character isn’t too bad. I liked Audrey. Sure, she was a little bland. But I’ve read much worse. And I do think with future installments she could be a pretty kick ass character. However, even though she and I were okay I really didn’t like her friends and family.
Let’s talk about her mom. For a superhero, she’s no Wonder Woman. Sure, she can kick butt, but we only see her doing this once throughout the book. Otherwise, she’s just the secretive mom who makes Batman’s parenting skills look good. And for that matter his people skills look good too.
Okay, so there was one scene where they got in a fight while making a cake which sort of showed the potential chemistry that these two had. But I viewed this more as a fight than hidden sexual attraction. He’s just obnoxious. At least in my opinion. To be honest, I’ve never been really a fan of acting like a jerk to hide your true feelings romance. So maybe that’s why Leon bothered me…oh, and anytime I hear the name Leon I think of this.
Best Feature: No Golden Age Cheesiness. One of the biggest issues with writing a superhero book, I think, is trying not to make it too cheesy. Yes, I know the typical superhero medium is comics and comic books by their very nature are cheesy especially if you look at comics in the golden age, but in the modern era comics have grown increasingly sophisticated and in some cases dark. It’s true there are still cheese inducing villains like The Lizard or Mister Mxyzptlk, but even these characters have been modernized and have somewhat a sense of realism. Okay, maybe not Mxyzptlk, but The Lizard has improved a lot since his initial appearance (at least in my humble opinion). Anyway, back to the point, I was glad that this book didn’t indulge in that sort of comic cheesiness. It was a pretty sleek realistic enough story. However, there were no freaking superheroes in it.
Worst Feature: Ignored Bat Signal: This is not a superhero book, ya’ll. It’s just a decent YA paranormal that uses the term superhero to sell. This is very annoying. And honestly if it wasn’t for the false advertising the book might have gotten another star. I didn’t even know what the point was of using the word superhero in this book. Batman would not be impressed (but hey, when is he ever).
Appropriateness: This one is pretty clean. Some violence maybe a little cussing. But we barely, just barely get to first base. So that’s good clean fun, right?
Blockbuster Worthy: Maybe. This would be another book where I guarantee you things would considerably change from the book to the big screen. As long as it wasn’t like that abomination, Sky High, I’d be happy.
Audrey: Emma Watson. Because if anyone can kick ass it’s her. Though Audrey really doesn’t kick ass in this book.
Overall Rating: Six out of ten capes. This wasn’t what I was expecting and in a way that was a good thing, but at the same time it was a little annoying. It was interesting enough though and after reading some rather sour books in the genre as of late it was sort of refreshing.