- Series: Bigtime superhero series
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Jennifer Estep (November 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988423251
- ISBN-13: 978-0988423251
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Karma Girl (Bigtime superhero series) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 1, 2013
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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 a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer is the author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Jennifer is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more. Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. The books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love. For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her at http://www.JenniferEstep.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter—@Jennifer_Estep. Happy reading, everyone!
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This book was so different then what I was thinking, but in a really great way. First, let me say that I wanted to read this book because it is written by Jennifer Estep, one of my favorite authors, and it is about superheros! So, I thought that will be awesome.
But, then I saw a review about the book and it was a really bad review. That made me slightly weary about it. But once I started reading Karma Girl I couldn't put it down.
Jennifer Estep has done it again! I love her Mythos Academy series, and the Elemental Assassin series, and the start of this one was no different. It was truly awesome!
The things I LOVE:
1) The way the book was written! It felt like three small stories in one big story. Totally loved that.
2) Loved the superhero aspect!
3)Loved the heroine and hero! The hero is major hot and mysterious. While the heroine is totally smart in-your-face outgoing, and sassy!
4) Loved the Romance between the hero and heroine!
5) The cheesy aspect of it. Some parts were kind of cheesy, but I totally dug them.
6) Last, but not least the whole plot line! It had me right from the start and I was begging for more.
Things I didn't like so much:
1) Fiona Fine! Couldn't stand her. I hope she has a better personality in the next book.
2) Kind of hated some of the cheesy parts even though I loved some of them as well.
3) Wish there had been a little bit more romance.
And that's a wrap!
I really hope you give this book a chance, especially if you liked this author's author books! It is totally worth it.
However, Estep has taken a pretty silly premise and written a fun, engaging romance with it as a backbone. The chemistry between Carmen and her second superhero lover was hot, although I think the final conflict before the book resolved was per formula and dumb. But hey- they did resolve it. And the rest of the book made plausible emotional sense.
While we do see some aspects of how superhero powers actually work, it did not have enough of that to think of seriously- it was pure hand-waves. And why, when exposed to identical radioactive sources, do people develop such different capacities? Well, that's not the novel Estep was writing, and this was enough fun to overlook some of the world-building. (Note that I think similarly of the few "Wild Cards" books I've read.)
It's a silly and light summer read.
What I didn't like: Everyone in this book was pretty dumb - it was so obvious who all of the heroes and villains were. They all did horrible jobs of disguising their secret identities, and everyone else did horrible jobs at uncovering them. It got to be a bit much at times. My other big issue was that there was a lot of slut-shaming. Characters (mostly Carmen) did a lot of judging of other women, and Carmen was a bit superior about a) dressing conservatively and b) only sleeping with serious boyfriends. There was also a moment where Carmen told a woman that if she walked home alone "she was asking for it" which was pretty troubling.
Overall the 2 things I didn't like annoyed me enough that I probably won't continue the series unless I find book 2 on sale, but I still really enjoyed this book.
Alas for me, the story fell short in the one place a romance can't - I was only told about their attraction, I didn't feel it much. And, worse, the main character does a stupid thing regarding her love interest More Than Once.
This is the first in a series, and I hope the author did better in subsequent books. But in this one, an editor should have demanded more. More feeling, more intelligence. Sigh.