Review: Heroine Complex – Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Complex
Book cover: Evie holds a ball of fire in her hand, while Aveda smashes some demon cupcakes.

Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.

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 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.

Yet another book that I chose to read for Asian Lit Bingo. I chose to read Heroine Complex because of the awesome blurb. A girl, who works as the assistant to her best friend, a superheroine…doesn’t that sound amazing. It certainly won me over. And the cover is gorgeous!

This book is #ownvoices.

I loved the worldbuilding in this story, and I seriously didn’t expect it to be what it ended up being. The portrayal of the demons is very creative and really cute at the beginning – at the beginning, they get less and less cuter throughout the book. The source of the superheroes’ powers were quite cool, as was the explanation as to why each superhero had a certain power. Also, I never expected the villian to end up being who it was. The twists and turns in this book will keep you at your feet!

Evie was an interesting main character from the beginning, and I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to understand why she was staying in that situation and why she behaved the way she did. Her relationship with her sister, Bea, is strained at the beginning, but throughout the story, she learns new things, and this results in her relationship strenghtening and also in character growth.

Rose, the leader of the cleaning crew, definitely deserved more appreciation and respect. The ending seems to promise that things will be changing for her, and I will be reading the next book and hoping that she does get what she deserves, and also that she has more scenes because I want to get to know her better.

Nate is totally into science and super adorable. Seriously, he is really super adorable. And he wears glasses, and you actually notice that as a reader because it features in his actions! He was the character that I wanted to know even more about. I hope that the next book will discuss his life before coming to San Francisco in more detail, as there are sure to be some interesting stories.

There are so many flirting scenes in this book and they’re really cute and funny. There’s a hate-to-love romance between two of the characters, and it was wonderful to read their conversations with each other.

Some of the characters have experience racism, tokenism or exotism, and these experiences are woven into the story of the book.

There were some ableist terms in this book: some variations of “crazy” and “maintain my sanity”. Edited: There are also some aceantagonistic and aroantagonistic passages.

Edited: I’ve changed the rating to three stars because of the ace- and aroantagonism.

Heroine Complex is a fun superhero novel. If you enjoy novels about superheroes or urban fantasy novels, this book should be right up your street.

3 stars

Have you read Heroine Complex? What are your thoughts on it? Do you enjoy books about superheroes?

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