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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Humour, fast paced story. Interesting heroine. Hoping for more of the same!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it! This book was funny, cool, exciting and very well written. I can't wait to read more by this author.Published 12 months ago by SylwiaPee
This is a different twist that I truly enjoyed! Hope there is sequel! It's funny, emotional , and full of action! Great story!Published 22 months ago by J. WEIGLE
In my research to find out more about Sidekick and if it was slated to be a standalone novel or part of a series, I happened on the author's website. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Denise Z
Bremy runs away from home after finding out some scary truths. She is not sure what to do with her life, in fact she doesn’t have a plan of what to do with her new knowledge. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Isabelle morebooksthanlivros
I feel so let down with this book. I mean, when the book is Superhero-ish, is titled "Sidekick", and has that wonderful cover, there are certain things you begin to expect. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Preethi
I don't recommend Sidekick. There's too many other good UF books out there.
The humor element just didn't connect with me. I didn't find it funny at all. Read more