Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Title:       Sidekick
Author:   Auralee Wallace
Rating:   ★★★
*ARC from Escape Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

There's a new author I'm watching out for in this town...

Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...

I knew I was hooked when I realized I felt involved in the story. I attribute that to the first person POV used in the story. Sidekick is right up my alley, with its (not so witty) banter, really adorkable love interest, interesting friends, fighting against crime, and crazy heroine-in-training. I love strong female characters, and while Bremy was not necessarily physically strong, heck, she does keep getting in the way of other people

What I didn't like was that Bremy was such a chatterbox. But then again, as she was told, her strength was getting in the way of other people's business. She has such a flair for dramatics. I like that even though she was just some barbie glitzy doll in her teen years, she toughened up and left her very cushy life behind. I like that she has principles, and she really wanted to do what's right.

I was caught up in the whirlwind story of Sidekick. It was definitely fast-paced, with one action after another. Before I knew it, I was done with the book, and hoping there were more to the pages, or at least a sneak peek.

The downtime was the sweet dates and phone calls between Bremy and hunky Pierce. I like how Pierce isn't your typical stoic dude who is as suave as they come. He's sort of bumbling around Bremy, and I really felt his attraction to her.

One thing I didn't like about Sidekick were some loose ends that were unaddressed or which only gave rise to more questions. I definitely hope there will be a continuation to the story, and that this will have at least three to four books more.

If you're into kick-ass funny heroines, I really recommend Sidekick for a fun afternoon :)