- Series: SHOMI
- Mass Market Paperback: 305 pages
- Publisher: Love Spell (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0505527863
- ISBN-13: 978-0505527868
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phenomenal Girl 5 (SHOMI) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2008
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Readers going into this book should realize that it is primarily a light romance story between superheroes in a world where superheroes and villains are quite common. This book reads kind of like a Star Trek TNG episode plays in that there is some action here and there, but the real focus is on the relationships and situations between the characters. In the case of this book, the dialogue and relationship building is almost exclusively between the two main characters. Considering that I love TNG and its format, this book was not hard to like at all.
I found the characters to be quite interesting, and the Reincarnist gave the story a unique edge. The romance story was a cute one than managed to keep my interest until the end. There was just enough action in the right places for me.
Yes, the constant references to cleavage got annoying during the first half of the book, and, yes, I did figure out a couple of parts of the story on my own before the end of the book. Nevertheless, it was still a very enjoyable read. I snagged this read for free in the kindle store. I will probably pay to read Tekgrrl (Elite Hands of Justice) because I enjoyed this so much.
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Phenomenal Girl 5 (the first four were killed) is a young superhero. She is working her way up the ranks and in line to join the big leagues, the Elite Hands of Justice. Once she is hired to the EHJ she has to train with the Reincarnationist for two years. The Reincarnationist is a brilliant wizard that is reincarnated each time he dies. So he has lived hundreds of lives. He is an ex-member of the EHJ but still takes responsibility for training the new recruits.
It is a pretty straight up story. Girl tries to prove herself. Guy almost loses girl. They both realize they love one another. Great tragedy almost drives them apart. You get the story. The comic book world of superheros is done well. It is as much comic book novel as romance, but it definitely strays into both. (The sex is fairly implied. Nothing more than a PG 13 movie and probably less.)
Lainey Livingston has a gift and she is going to be trained by the Reincarnist, Robert Elliot. You'll see some action though not as much as I expected. And yes, there is a romance, but I just did not feel the connection. I don't want to give away too much in case you plan to read this book.
If you enjoy anime or like comic book types of stories this book may be your style. I guess my biggest complaint is I bought 'Tekgrrl' at the same time I bought PG5. 'Tekgrrl' is the follow-up to PG5. Because I didn't think too highly of this story it kept me from reading the next one. Usually I give each book I have a chance but not with this author; I donated 'Tkkgrrl' to the library.
Phenomenal GIrl 5 gets her chance to join the biggest superteam in the world, but in order to do so she must first train with an annoying mentor who, for some reason gets her hot and bothered under her costume, and also fight off a powerful magical enemy.
This story seems to have an interesting concept but has some trouble executing it. Though the characters have interesting backgrounds and powers, they seem a bit flat because of the scenes they were put in. Take the main, she lacked a few scenes here and there that would explain her motivations. Why did she suddenly fall for the other character?
There are times in books where characters suddenly fall in love for no reason. This happens and can often be ignored because of the events that occur after. The consequences of the sudden attraction are so interesting and entertaining that you can allow for the suspension of disbelief. In this book you cant ignore it, partly because the suddenness isn't adressed at all. It is taken and treated as a "normal" growth of love between two characters.
If I was to make a suggestion, I would have liked to have read more scenes that showed tenderness or flirting between the characters. It would be great if there were some scenes where I would find either one of the romantic couple worth going out with. As it is, the female seemed to have this standoffish attitude that didn't quit UNTIL she became romantically involved. As for the male, he had no redeeming qualities except that he was moderately handsome, and only started being caring AFTER they got serious. This is, of course, putting aside their super and heroic good qualities which one would assume was common in a world of superheroes. Think of it this way: In our world there are good soldiers, why are these particular good soldiers falling in love with each other specifically?
The book itself didn't get interesting till it reached the halfway mark. I personally wasn't expecting the story to go in that direction at all. By the time I reached that point I was just trying to get to the end of the book then it suddenly got cool. I would have loved it if the book had started at this point. From there, the story and the concepts that had to be dealt with were fascinating.
As for the ending and the scenes before it, they seemed to lack action. This book was an adventure book, but the end seemed to lack that epic battle feel for me. And the main female character seemed to loose her steam, and her strength as a character by the end. She wasn't as kick-ass as when she started or to be more accurate, she didn't have much opportunity to be as kick-ass even though she still had the "power" to be.
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Phenomenal Girl 5 doesn't take itself too seriously. nor does it attempt to be a comedy.Read more