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Product Details

  • Series: Bigtime (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1ST edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425215113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425215111
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,843,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Chick lit meets comics lit in Estep's fresh debut. Carmen Cole, "reporter extraordinaire" for the Exposé in Bigtime, N.Y., is on a mission—to unmask all superheroes and über villains—after catching her fiancé, Matt Marion (aka the Machinator), in bed with her best friend, Karen Crush (aka Crusher), on Carmen's wedding day. But after Carmen outs a member of the Fearless Five, Travis Teague (aka Tornado), and Travis kills himself, she's not only devastated, she's demoted to society reporter. When the Terrible Triad nabs Carmen, their snarky Malefica insists she unmask the Fearless Five's Striker or suffer dire consequences. By the time Carmen knows who Striker is, they're in love, and turning him over to a superbitch isn't an option. A zippy prose style helps lift this zany caper far above the usual run of paranormal romances. (May)
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About the Author

Jennifer Estep is an award-winning journalist for a Virginia newspaper.

Customer Reviews

I wish I lived in the universe Ms. Estep created here.
A. McKinnon
I wasn't surprised when the big reveals occurred because I figured them out on my own, however, I did like getting confirmation on what I already thought.
I love the story the plot, the humor, the characters and the ending.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wiley VINE VOICE on June 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Imagine a world in which a superhero protects every town while ubervillians attempt to complete their nefarious deeds....

Reporter Carmen Cole lives in such a world and it makes her sick! Ever since she accidentally uncovered the secret identities of her ex-fiancé and ex-best friend, Carmen has been the bane of superheroes and ubervillians everywhere. That is, until a miscalculation leaves Carmen as the pariah of the journalism world. Her past comes crashing back to haunt her when she finds herself locked in a battle between the Fearless Five and the Terrible Triad with both her life and her heart on the line.

If you are looking for a serious read, then KARMA GIRL is not the book for you. KARMA GIRL is pure entertainment. Jennifer Estep has perfectly captured the campiness and humor that made so many of us love the superheroes of our youth. There are no real secrets here as the so-called secret identities of the Fearless Five and the Terrible Triad are fairly obvious, but that is part of the fun. After all, everyone should have been able to see that Clark Kent and Superman were one and the same and yet no one could figure that out. KARMA GIRL uses those same basic principles to great effect.

Carmen Cole's tale of woe is pretty funny as even she can see how revenge really isn't the best choice. Carmen's actions repeatedly come back full circle and hence the very appropriate title to this charming story. Jennifer Estep does a great job at making Carmen likeable despite some of her actions, perhaps because Carmen herself expresses such deep regret for the mistakes she has made. And I love how all of the characters are named, as the alliteration really helps promote the comic book atmosphere!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on April 12, 2010
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Carmen Cole is on a mission. When she found her fiance in bed with her best friend thirty minutes before her wedding, something in Carmen broke. When she realized that under the wedding clothing that the two were...er...working around...lay the truth of their secret identities, and that her fiance was her town's superhero and her best friend was the town's ubervillain, she did more than break. She snapped. Pictures that is. Of the two lovebirds doing the deed. Then she ran right to the newspaper she worked for and broke the story. Fueled by righteous anger and bearing a load of pain and humiliation, her heartbreak became the fuel to a quest, to a mission - unearth the identities of every superhero and ubervillain there is so NO ONE could be lied to and hurt like she was. And so her mission began, and she followed it faithfully until the day that her story caused the suicide of one of the superheroes she unmasked. The regret and sorrow over that haunt Carmen, ending her mission, throwing her karma completely out of whack, and leaving her ripe for the pickings of the Terrible Trio - her most recent city's ubervillain crime bosses. Karma is a bitch, and when it bites back, it leaves marks, and Carmen is just about to realize just how bad karma can get. Will any superhero lend a hand after her mission of disclosure?

As a true tongue-in-cheek romp, Karma Girl is a fun, light read. There's nothing too dark and unpleasant, and even the villains tend to feel more Sunday comics than dark comic book. Nefarious plans and wicked plots abound, as do irrepressible superheroes and sexy millionaire playboys. At the center is Carmen, the wounded reporter who's now paying for her revenge in the worst ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peaceloveandpat on July 16, 2010
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Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.

On Carmen's wedding day she found out that her fiance and her best friends were entangled in a very shocking way. She literally caught him with his pants down while her best friend moan with pleasure, after her heart shattered into million pieces, the shock did not end there, in the throes of undressing, she caught a glimpse of another clothing underneath, and found out that her fiance was a superhero named Machinator (controls machines with his mind) and Crush (freakishly super strength). So what do you do if you are an investigative report scorned and heartbroken? You take a picture and turn your humiliation into a headliner. And that was exactly what Carmen did, she made it her personal vendetta to expose superheros and ubervillains so nobody won't feel cheated like her ever again. And more months / years she was successful at it, people are fascinated by her skills on uncovering who is behind those mask and spandex until one of the superheroes group member called Fearless Five committed suicide after being exposed.

Booed and threatened by the public, Carmen was forced to write the society page of the newspaper. But her life got even more complicated when she was kidnapped by the ubervillain nemesis of Fearless Five called the Terrible Triad. She is of course being black mailed and was given some nasty image of how they are going to torture her but then she met Striker (leader of the Fearless Five) and she never thought a superhero can be so good looking with a spandex. Conflicted with the past and stressed out by what is happening in the present, Carmen still did what she does best, nosy, sarcastic, funny and impressive on everything.

I love the story the plot, the humor, the characters and the ending.
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More About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, WIDOW'S WEB, DEADLY STING, and HEART OF VENOM.

THREAD OF DEATH and KISS OF VENOM, both e-novellas, are also available.

THE SPIDER, book #10, will be released on Dec. 24.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington.

Books in the series are TOUCH OF FROST, KISS OF FROST, DARK FROST, CRIMSON FROST, and MIDNIGHT FROST. KILLER FROST, the sixth and final book in the series, will be released on Feb. 25, 2014.

FIRST FROST, a prequel e-story, is available, as is SPARTAN FROST, an e-novella.

Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Books in the superhero-themed series are KARMA GIRL, HOT MAMA, JINX, and NIGHTINGALE.

A KARMA GIRL CHRISTMAS, an e-novella, is also available.

Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer's books can be found at http://www.jenniferestep.com.

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