- File Size: 1445 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 25, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01760U8NA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Lady Superior (Lady Superior, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lady Superior is a superhero book about a woman named Kristen who has always had her powers and has always hidden them. The story doesn't pay any attention to how she got them, because that's not the point--she just has them, that's who and how she is, the subject of focus is what she does with them. Being someone who can tear cars in half and run fast enough to belong on a highway, she's always wanted a challenge. She relishes in using her power, in the freedom of pushing her limits, and she finds that challenge and excitement in the form of being a superhero.
The book does a great job playing with tropes and expectations. Heroes are supposed to keep their identities hidden and live tortured, distanced lives from those around them, right? Nope, screw that bullcrap--Kristen's friend figures it out herself and smacks her upside the head for being dense. Ever hear of "the most common superpower?" Basically, it's "every superhero is so sexy it's outrageous." Kristen possesses this most common superpower. This worried me at first, when the author made such an emphasis on the hugeness of Kristen's breasts--it throws up red flags for some of the worse tropes in the genre--but he handles the subject very well. Kristen may be drop dead sexy, but she's no bimbo. Her breasts aren't fan service, they're a constant nuisance for her. Basically, the author writes it exactly as a well-endowed woman would feel: boobs are annoying and men are jerks.
The characterization is amazing. Kristen wants to do the right thing, sure, she's a comic book nerd (and a jock, and a former member of every other clique from her school days, stop trying to pigeon hole me!) who thinks being a hero is super cool, but she also a little selfishly is in it for the thrill. Like I said earlier, she gets a rush out of pushing herself. It's not something she can do very often as Kristen, but as Lady Superior she can do it all the time. But she's also motivated to stay with her mysterious employers for the money, so she can get a better house, so she can have her sister move in with her and out from her semi-abusive boyfriend's.
And speaking of her sister, Emma is great. The way these two talk to each other is so lively and teasing I really believe that they're siblings: they love each other, but they love heckling each other even more.
There are other examples of great characterization, but I'll leave it at that. I also really like that Kristen is smart. She's a kick-butt powerhouse with a rockin' rack (how rockin'? Unknown, we're never given a measurement or comparison, but enough that it's a constant and funny reoccurring joke all throughout), but she's also clever and logical. She uses what's around her to decide on the best course of action. For instance, she has a great detective moment trying to track down a missing woman by using the woman's fitbit and accompanying app. To paraphrase the book, "20's detectives would kill to have a smartphone."
The whole plot was tightly written and rarely dull. The few moments I did find myself struggling to get through, it was most likely just from being in a distracting environment. In the end, I only have a few questions or complaints. Like, what is her cup sI MEAN why does she wear a wig? Kristen wears a blonde wig as a civilian--has for ages, almost no one remembers she's a brunette--and goes superheroing in her natural hair color. Why? I may be an ignorant man on this stuff, but I don't think it's normal for women in their late twenties to wear wigs, right? It's strange enough that she has to have a reason for it, at least, but we're never given that reason and it just leaves me with a nagging need to know WHY.
That's basically it. You should buy this book. I loved reading it, I'm really sad there isn't another one out yet. Chop chop Mr. Ziebart, I want more!
It would also ruin some of the plot twists and I want this to be a spoiler free review.
My main takeaway from Lady Superior is that it is a fun book. It is everything I want a superhero story to be. It's over the top in some places, there is humor, mystery, romance, and a lot of action. It's good, Y'all!
I could easily see this as a comic book or an anime and I would read/watch those versions too.
Kristen is a fun main character. I really liked her. She has normal doubts and irritations that any person would have. I like that she stands up for herself as herself and doesn't only act like a badass when she is being Lady Superior. She doesn't know what her limits are and I enjoyed her discovering them.
The villains from this book remind me (in a good way) of video game bad guys. Is there an evil superhero team? Yep. Are they one dimensional? Not at all. I loved that.
My main criticism is in the way newscasts are portrayed. I worked in news for twenty years and real newscasts don't happen that way...but they do in superhero stories. The classic fun movies and comics all had newscasts like this and they serve as some good exposition.
So they get a pass from me.
I definitely would recommend Lady Superior. It is a great book that was a joy to read.
I appreciate that Kristen has understandable levels of skepticism for the organizations and people she meets, but also has to deal with the practicalities of living in a realistic world. She finds ways to take charge of her own story despite other people's plans or the media's perception of her. While the novel works fine on its own, the world building and character introductions feel the start of interesting series.
Most recent customer reviews
Technically well done, just doesn't add anything worth following in any subsequent novels.