- File Size: 6383 KB
- Print Length: 323 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Seventh Star Press (September 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0749JN9NH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is definitely for any any fan of Marvel and DC comics as Sullivan basically creates the equivalent to Gotham or Metropolis chalk full of their very own superheroes, known as Capes, vigilantes, Sheets, and a secret society that runs the whole damn program. Lona and Awesome, from the previous book, were just two unassuming regular people working their nine to five job at a print company when they both found out that they were in fact ANYTHING but normal. Both find out that they have powers and abilities beyond their imagination and join together to solve crimes and keep their city safe.
While I really loved Awesome Jones, I loved that this second book seemed to focus more on Lona and the deciphering of her father’s coded notebook. While this book also works amazingly well as a stand alone, I think to get the best out of this story it’s best to read both in order. Overall, this is just such an amazing book if you love the idea of there people genuinely good people in this world that want nothing but to help the people around them.
Okay, this book is more than that. In concept Lona Chang and it’s predecessor are comicbooks (Stan Lee insists that it should be one word, and I refuse to argue with him on a such a topic) in novel form, but they’re also a bit more complex than an actual comic, because in a novel there’s time to dig into people’s inner monologues and really explore the details of a world.
Author AshleyRose (also one word) Sullivan has given us a fairy tale for adults, one rich with characters and backstories and interconnected relationships, as well as diametrically opposed goals and desires. She’s given us a compelling mystery and two people who are ordinary people on the surface, until they let their extraordinary selves take over.
The writing style is contemporary and upbeat, riding the blurred edge between sophisticated Young Adult/New Adult fare and general fiction. The dialogue is snappy and believable. The world of Arc City is as vivid as Gotham, Star City, or Metropolis ever were, and the plot is well-paced, and truly interesting. From opening to ending, I was hooked on this story.
While I enjoyed Lona Chang as a stand-alone (I’m pretty good at extrapolating things from context) there are a lot of relationships and details that are better understood if you read Awesome Jones first. This review was actually rescheduled so I could have time to go back and read the first novel, and I’m not sorry. Both books are enjoyable, but the second is so much better after having read the first.
If you (like me) used to tie your hoodie over your head and let the rest of it flow free so you could have a cape, or if you tucked a beach towel into the collar of your t-shirt (also as a cape) – if you have perfected your delivery of the phrase “I’m Batman” – if last summers Wonder Woman movie made you cry, you will love Lona Chang and Awesome Jones – the characters, and their stories.
Goes well with a hot dog and a Coke, purchased from a street vendor and – hey! Did you see someone WOOSH by just now?