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Heroine Worship (Heroine Complex) Paperback – July 4, 2017
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Praise for Heroine Worship:
"Mixing fun superhero shenanigans with great teamwork and a well-developed (and hot) romance, Heroine Worship is a worthy sequel to one of my favorite books from last year. I am so ready for book 3 now." —Kirkus Reviews
"The Heroine Complex series continues to be one of the most fun and thoughtful takes on the superhero genre. By telling a story from Aveda Jupiter’s perspective — or rather, Annie Chang’s — Kuhn adds more layers of complexity, honesty and heart to this series." —RT Reviews (top pick)
"Kuhn follows Heroine Complex with a thoughtful look into the often crowded and complex mind of superheroine Aveda Jupiter, aka Annie Chang, in this roller-coaster romantic urban fantasy." —Publishers Weekly
"In Annie, Sarah Kuhn writes a reminder to women like us who feel too much, who do too much, who want so much, and who have no idea how to manage all of those things at once. She is richly drawn and explored, and given agency to be all that she is." —BookRiot
"Annie’s struggles to merge her kick-ass Aveda persona with her everyday Annie Chang tendencies can be hilariously slapstick, while her emotional growth provides its own tearjerker moments." —Library Journal
"Sarah Kuhn balances the (often) light and (frequently) funny superhero action tone with two very believable, complicated main characters.... Kuhn puts us inside Aveda’s head to show us what it feels like to be the hero that everyone loves, but a person who’s hard to like. There are very few true jerks in Kuhn’s big-hearted (if snarky) universe." —B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
"In short, here’s what I love about this series: healthy relationships, dang good romance, powerful female friendships, leading ladies of color who are aware of the power of this own image, incredible honesty, downright perfect writing about what it is to be human, and the most dynamic duo since… ever." —Readcommendations
"Sarah Kuhn’s San Francisco is a city worth visiting as many times she cares to treat us to superheroine adventures. Her voice is not only fresh, witty and vibrant; it’s very necessary." —Writers After Dark
About the Author
Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote The Ruby Equation for the comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, comic book continuity, and Sailor Moon cosplay have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, AngryAsianMan.com, IGN.com, Back Stage, The Hollywood Reporter, StarTrek.com, Creative Screenwriting, and the Hugo-nominated anthology Chicks Dig Comics. In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award. You can visit her at heroinecomplex.com or on Twitter: @sarahkuhn.
Top customer reviews
Perfectly picks up where book one left off with a change in the protagonist that delivers more insight into all of the characters.
Paranormal Romance- July 4th, 2017
Heroine Worship is the second installment in the author's Heroine Complex series. Stunning original and completely hilarious this book never lets up!
Annie Chang AKA Aveda Jupiter is part of the infamous duo of super heroines that protect San Francisco. A loser in school, she discovered her superpowers and re-crafted herself into her alter ego Aveda Jupiter. Strong and resourceful but arrogant and pushy her new identity tends to rub her friends and the citizens of San Francisco the wrong way. Her partner and best friend, Evie Tanaka is the opposite. The city’s new sweetheart. And Annie is trying not to be too jealous. So when Evie announces her upcoming wedding and Annie's position as her maid of honor, she feels compelled to make it the very best. But what Annie thinks Evie wants is not always what Evie really wants. This leads to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. To make matters more complicated, there is a demon on the loose and Annie in the mist of an identity crisis. If she isn't a super heroine, who is she?
Funny, off beat and fast paced. This novel has romance, zany characters, and some serious mojo. Annie is tough and prickly. She is used to being strong. An action type of gal. Feelings? Best not to think about, especially since it makes her feel vulnerable. But as her best friend garners all the lime light Annie is pushed to the side and must reevaluate her actions and who she really is. Her nemesis, Scott seems to be constantly giving her the cold shoulder. She thinks he is extremely hot and can't help being annoyed with him. With Evie preoccupied with her new fiancee, Annie feels left out and her disapproving parents only make things worse. Annie has a lot on her check list -get back her mojo, deal with Scott, kill some demon a## and throw a wedding to remember. That's a lot of pressure but reading Annie working her inner super heroine and dealing with some hilarious bridezillas make for fresh and an entertaining story.
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
Annie makes great strides in this book, starting from a place where she feels being Aveda is the best representation of herself and eschewing her past as an insecure girl. She keeps people at a distance and her perfectionist streak doesn’t allow her to admit flaws or let anyone see them. So when Scott is back in her life, she starts to fear falling back into the patterns of being Annie. When a new form of demon starts attacking brides everywhere, she takes up the charge to protect Evie from it, thereby hoping to prove how brilliant Aveda is, and how being Annie is not the right thing for her. A lot of her insecurities pop from being a woman of color, having the need to constantly please everyone in her life, while also maintaining her position as a cool collected woman. Being loved is not something that comes easily to her, and she learns to give up the facade of being perfect and just being herself.
The plot of this book is, well, ridiculous in some parts as it lends more to a comic style than a serious superhero movie (looking at you, DC) and there are some tropes I like and some that I don’t. Overall, though, it is a great sequel to an awesome book.
Most recent customer reviews
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