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.
I absolutely adored Heroine Complex (see my review here), I am a huge fan of superhero stories so this series is right up my street. When I saw that Heroine Worship, was on Netgalley, I decide to request it and I was approved. I’m very grateful for that. Since this book is the second in a series, there will be some spoilers for the first.
I really enjoyed the story, it was a load of fun. However, I had the feeling I was reading a standalone and not a sequel. It totally works as a standalone, as the events of the previous book are summarised in Heroine Worship. However, since I was reading this book as part of a series, I was quite disappointed that the open questions from the last book weren’t explored and that we didn’t receive answers. For example, the entire situation about Nate being half-demon and his mother being the antagonist of the first book was not discussed. I was really disappointed about that and other open questions. Reading this book led to a whole new lot of questions, and I really hope that the third book will answer all of the questions that I have.
Nevertheless, I still had a lot of fun reading this book. It was delightful to be in Aveda’s perspective and find out more about how she felt about critical scenes in the first book, Heroine Complex.
The romance scenes are so cute. I loved how their confusion about their feelings played into events and how the Aveda and her love interest, slowly get to know what the other wants.
I loved reading the reports that Bea wrote about the different demon attacks, as we are also able to see Nate’s corrections and he had a very dry, direct correcting method that totally didn’t fit to Bea’s fun and non-scientific writing style. It was quite funny.
Shruti is an interesting character, and I’m very happy that she had more page time in this book. Her superhero talent is a complicated issue for her, and I enjoyed reading her analysis of this issue. This is also the first time I’ve read a book with a brown, Sikh superheroine!
I enjoyed Heroine Worship as a standalone novel, however as a sequel I feel like it was missing some substance. The reader is thrown into a new situation and the old situation isn’t cleared up at all. Nevertheless, I still think it was a fun book and I’m going to be reading the next book as I enjoy the premise a lot and have grown quite attached to the characters.
Have you read Heroine Worship?