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Sidekick (Sidekick in the City Book 1) by [Wallace, Auralee]
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About the Author

Auralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. She is now living her dream of writing humorous women's fiction. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn't writing or playing soccer, she can be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard.

Product Details

  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (June 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K0Z7WDS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How in the world have we done without a self acknowledged bumbling superhero sidekick like Bremy St James for so long? She's a liability and she knows it, but that doesn't stop her trying to save the world in her crisis engendering style. Hair raising has nothing on Bremy. Not to mention turbans, and AC/DC and her own sidekicks, the mad, thrift shop owner, IT genius and the foul mouthed neighbour seamstress.

Throw in a sleazy, gun toting, Indian strip club owner, a Russian mafia landlord and a hunky journalist love interest and together with twin sister magic and the power of genuine superhero Dark Rider and it's move over Catwoman, take a bath Batman, Sidekick is stumbling through.

Pick a day your feeling blah. Add Sidekick. Removes all the blah, leaves you smiling.
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Sidekick by Auralee Wallace is a story about a young girl by the name of Bremy St James who has run away from her billion dollar father and is now trying to live on her own for once in her life. Through fate, she is brought together with a vigilante by the name of Dark Ryder and together they have to stop a new evil villain circus that has been causing chaos throughout the city. But the more they fight, the closer they find out that not everything is what it seems and what the true reason Bremy left home for.

This story was a great mix of comedy and superhero storyline. It felt like I was watching CBS’s 2 Broke Girls and CW’s Arrow at the same time.

I thought Auralee Wallace did a great job telling a superhero story. Each character had their own voice and attitude and no one felt like a cardboard cutout. The characters were stereotypical for a superhero story, but portrayed in a way that didn’t seem overdone. I loved each and every one of them, even the Russian owner of Bremy’s apartment that reminded me of a certain old man that you never wanted to mess with…

I also enjoyed the computer genius Bart and the creepy Korean neighbor Queenie. Both had a very unique voice and I loved how the characters developed. The little things that Auralee Wallace puts into the story bring it to life and makes her characters all distinct, I never lost track of who was talking.

The villain’s circus I found to be a fun twist on the story. It has been done before, but the villain didn’t feel like a cutout either. We got to learn why the villain was the way she was and how she got to be the leader of this circus.
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An interesting story, but not very complex. Overall, I wanted to like this work more than I did, while it did pass the time and didn't bore me, it has some significant problems. The plot is basically "spoiled rich girl stumbles into doing heroism for the thrill," and it doesn't get much deeper than that. The character's clumsy struggles does make it more fun that it might sound, but sometimes her clueless nature is grating rather than fun.

The overall story could have worked if the villain and their plan wasn't totally obvious early on in the book, and the heroine (Sidekick) actually had time to develop anything other than "stumble into danger," as a skill. Some of the characters just didn't get any love in terms of page count, and characterization. (Love interest, the mentor, Dark Ryder, Sidekick's sister.) If it had spent time building them into well characterized people, then the failings of the heroine to be, might have had some elements to play off in her own struggles, and strange situation.

A solid attempt.
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By SCambra on February 16, 2016
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I think I'm really digging superheroes now. Bremy is estranged from her father and scraping to get by. She sees Dark Ryder saving people and automatically wants to help. A great cast of characters that will keep you laughing. I'm looking forward to more of Sidekicks adventures!
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(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

OK for the most part, in that it provided me with a fluffy, fast, light reading, but nothing I’ll remember much, I’m afraid.

I liked the basic idea of the ex-rich girl deciding to tackle on the role of a hero’s sidekick: I thought it held a lot of potential for funny situations as well as superhero gadgets à la Batman. However, those situations were either not exploited enough to my liking, or too ridiculous to be actually funny. I smiled a few times, but after a while, Bremy’s membership in the Too Stupid To Live club reached such epic proportions that I would just roll my eyes and wonder why anyone even bothered with her, from her shady landlord to Ryder and Bart. Smaller doses of such clueless behaviours would’ve been funny in my eyes; here, there were just too many for me to care enough to laugh.

The characters in general weren’t fleshed out, and remained at face value level. While normally, this could work in humorous stories, at least in my own reading experience, a little depth is still somewhat needed for me to fully appreciate a cast. There wasn’t much of an explanation for Queenie’s involvement, for instance, and the whole thing with Jenny indeed seemed to have moved way too fast (one month?). Some elements remained unexplained, some loose ends weren’t tied, making the novel seem like it’s begging for a sequel. The villain’s plan also felt too stale. The love interest sparked zero interest here on my part. Again, it was supposed to be funny, I know. Only it just didn’t work in my case, owing to Bremy’s TSTL quality and Pierce’s naivety. That combo was a deadly one (not in a good nor amusing way).

Overall, this novel felt as if it was trying too hard to be funny, and in the end, it became sort of… tiring. Much to my dismay, because it’s one of the genres (humour + loser heroes) I’m usually attracted to.
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