Sunday, May 25, 2014

60:120 Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep

Carmen Cole has dedicated the last several years of her life to unmasking the superheros and ubervillians that have cropped up all over the country when at last, she is hired by one of Bigtime's major newspaper to do the same for their superhero team, Fearless Five.  After unmasking the first of the FF, Tornado, who then goes on to commit suicide Carmen loses her passion for her task and is relegated to the society fashion pages until the night that she is kidnapped by the ubervillians of the town and threatened with dire things if she doesn't unmask Striker, the leader of the Fearless Five, within 30 days.  Now she must try to unmask those that hate her above all others which becomes extremely ironic when Striker starts following her around and protecting her.  What other choice does she have if she wants to survive?

This story is cheese central with the majority of secret identities screamed at you from miles away and no real major plot twists.  This is a bubblegum book, no two ways about it, but it's a fun campy read perfect for when you just want to stop dealing with everything else getting thrown at you and escape.  The one surprising thing for me is that while there is some inner-monologing it is not nearly as repetitive as what we get in the Elemental Assassin series which says this author can write with less of that.  Oh, how I wish she would figure that out soon because that is my biggest beef with that series.

Page count: 360p/15,019p ytd/196,057p lifetime

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