June 28, 2018
“Never trust a guy in spandex…” – Danielle Banas, The Supervillain and Me
This book was a massive surprise for me.
I was sent a copy of The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas for a blog tour and I decided to read it a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it! Do not let the title mislead you into thinking it will be super cheesy because it’s not. Sure there are moments of cheese, but it’s a fun book filled with romance and comedy and I can’t wait for the next one! The synopsis is as followed:
FROM GOODREADS: In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.
That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.
After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.
The tone of the superheroes reminded me a bit of a mix of KickAss and a touch of Sky High. In this world, it’s quite normal to have people zooming around and saving people with powers and I find that is the funniest part. Of course, the heroes have to keep their identities under wrap, but the dorkiness of them is just so amazing.
The main character of Abby is so damn relatable. If my older sibling was a superhero who everyone idolized, I would act annoyed and exasperated too. Abby, the true hero of this story. Then, of course, we have the Iron Phantom who is your classic dark and brooding bad boy who has an interest in our main character and I loved him so much. Dark and brooding with a touch of sardonic humor and I will love your characters forever. There is, of course, an overall evil plan throughout the book that was quite riveting if I do say so myself.
What I liked most about the book, besides all the character interactions and mystery to solve was that it’s how I imagine the world would be if we actually had heroes like this. Fangirls and fanboys idolize celebrities and in this world of superheroes, they do it just as one would make a One Direction fan account on twitter (Do people still do that?). There are a lot of naive characters in the book that really push the story to where it needs to go.
The whole time I was sure I knew who the Iron Phantom was, I was wrong, but also quote happy about it. The banter between him and Abby is so funny and I really need more of it. So, book two please! Also, all of the stuff between Abby and her brother was really nice to see. I think a lot of books have been lacking sibling bonds lately and Banas does a great job at reviving it in the best way.
I found this book to be really clever in the way it pulls you in. I could not put this book down and the pacing of it is amazing. It’s actually one of my favourite books of 2018! And I will be reading it again, thanks very much! Overall, I give this book 5 stars because it’s bloody brilliant in that it’s funny, the romance is cute, and the characters are very relatable. Yes, there is an abundance of tropes, but I sort of live for cliches in YA, so I’m happy! In conclusion, just read this book. I think you’ll really like it.
What is your opinion on superhero books? Let me know!