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Unfortunately, Amazon only wants me to pick individual sentiments to tag my review with, and won't allow me to make multiple-choices.
I can't claim to identify too well with an biracial African-American/Japanese lesbian teenager, but I could certainly identify with the level of awkwardness Mr. Zimmerman successfully communicated as a teenage "super"-heroine broke into the major leagues. Part of the extended Cobalt City, Kensei has incredibly nice touches -- characters who have interwoven backgrounds, a heroine who has flaws and a family to worry about (and homework!), looming powers that far exceed our heroine's capabilities -- set in a suburb of Cobalt City. Jaime's life is more than just running around at night, and we get to join her as she has to integrate her crime-fighting with her homework, hobbies, friends, and family.
Mr. Zimmerman successfully makes Kensei an approachable hero, and she's all the more endearing for it. I've read book 2 already, and look forward to more.
Second, because ohmygosh the world of Kensei is SO COOL! Spirits of everything, superheros all over, multiple pantheons, and some good old-fashioned nerd references throughout.
Third because the humor is fantastic. Kensei is a sassy smart alec, Parker is zany and witty, the spirits are freaking accidentally hilarious all day long, and the other characters have buckets of unique charm.
Overall, the storyline is intriguing, with lots of twists. There's some definite meat for sequels, which I can't wait to read!
I'd HIGHLY recommend this to people who enjoyed Iron Druid Chronicles, or other "Urban Fantasy" type stories.
Jamie "Kensei" Hattori is a great protagonist, equal parts budding superhero and young girl figuring out her own self and her own life. The world Zimmerman created is fantastic - it clearly has a history that plays into current events. And I love the way the spirit world is portrayed and how Jamie interacts with it. (Agyo may well be my favorite character, to be honest!)
The ending is well done, with a satisfying show-down between Jamie and her nemesis. And yet Zimmerman manages to leave just enough threads dangling to leave me wanting more, and excited for book two.