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- Print Length: 280 pages
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- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (April 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EKS3POA
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The story picks up (I'm assuming) where book I left off. Note: Not reading the first book in the series didn't affect my reaction to the tale ... other than that my understanding of the logistics of character traits came together a little slower for me. Saying that, once I put those initial pieces together the story really took off. It was a ton of fun watching these women who've developed either some sort of funky superpower and/or a totally gender change. Yes, I said total gender change.
Psst...All I could think of from the opening scene was whether or not I could pull off menopause where the transition turned me literally into a man. The thought both terrified me and made me laugh so hard!
Seriously, the thought of the change transforming a woman into a man felt strange to me. But the more I read each character's journey, the more I liked Linda/Leonel. Totally my favorite character. The adjustment she (now a man on the outside) and her husband (of over 20+ years) must make in their marriage affected me differently than I'd anticipated. She'd always been "...the grease that oiled the family wheel and kept it spinning." Now she's some agent working for an authoritative organization and ... You get where I'm going with this. Her role in the family has changed and her husband is having a difficult time with it. So many woman can relate to this, especially if you gave up your career during your childbearing years.
Mystery takes the story by force as past friends discover some are missing. The author places feelers from alternating characters in strategic places that continually up tension and tangle information. Most friendships from the first book continue as all try to unravel the intrigue that grows into much more than simply friends missing. Some characters are busy searching for the loony doctor who got them into this body-ultra-altered mess, while others try to accept their new selves and train to work uncover making the most of their new lives.
In the end, all must come together in one way or another. The threads weave into a telling tale that dates back decades into some of their families. The book leaves just enough intrigue at the finish line to make you wonder what could be next for these amazing women! And a man....well, sort of. ;)
The second book, “Change of Life” plays on themes of superheroes and womanhood through four women who had “the change” brought onto them by, what else, a mad scientist in search of the Fountain of Youth. These “women” (one who was turned into a super strong man) can now muscle, fly, slash, and above all think their way out of almost any situation. When one of the four, still searching for the mad scientist who made them, goes missing, the others must join forces once again and unlock even more mysteries.
Bryant’s clever play on the superhero tropes is a warm and welcome addition to the genre. She eagerly engages readers with each woman’s separate and joint journey. The mediation on menopause as a change that affects not just women, but their families and friends as well, is definitely worth the read.
In “Change of Life” readers will get a superhero story that also looks on the lighter and the more serious sides of the human condition. Bryant’s mystery ties and shapes her characters together, leading the reader through a fun and fanciful romp of intrigue.
As Book 2 I was a bit worried I'd be lost, not having read Book 1. Was excited though, because I loved the unique premise, and after reading a few pretty heavy books I needed something lighter. This book did not disappoint. It took a bit of time to get a handle on all the characters' multiple POVs and get up to speed on the "Here's how I got where I am." But I soon became immersed in this fun, fast read.
The (mostly) women -- Linda/Leonel being the only hiccup -- are searching for a missing friend and the evil doctor who did this to them. They're aided by the Department, a kind of "X-Men/Avengers meets James Bond" place for training, camaraderie, assignments...and cool gizmos. The villain doctor is aging backward, so to the mundane world, they're searching for a young Asian girl of about 13. Every superpower is unique, and each character has a distinctive voice. The plot moves along at a fast past with moments of humor and angst interchanged. The author does a great job of weaving all her threads together. My only trouble spot came Linda/Leonel--she changed from a woman into a man with superior strength, but her inner voice did not change. For me, she sounded/thought like a woman, so I never really felt the change. She was never truly male, so it messed with my head a bit. But that was easy to forgive and did not detract from my overall enjoyment of this book. (less
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