Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Heroine Worship (Heroine Complex #2)
by Sarah Kuhn

Paperback384 pages
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Daw Books
ISBN: 0756413265

Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits. But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka—who’s now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right. They were supposed to be a dynamic duo, but more and more, Aveda finds herself shoved into the sidekick role. Where, it must be said, she is not at all comfortable.

It doesn’t help that Aveda’s finally being forced to deal with fallout from her diva behavior—and the fact that she’s been a less than stellar friend to Evie. Or that Scott Cameron—the man Aveda’s loved for nearly a decade—is suddenly giving her the cold shoulder after what seemed to be some promising steps toward friendship. Or that the city has been demon-free for three months in the wake of Evie and Aveda’s apocalypse-preventing battle against the evil forces of the Otherworld, leaving Aveda without the one thing she craves most in life: a mission.

All of this is causing Aveda’s burning sense of heroic purpose—the thing that’s guided her all these years—to falter.

In short, Aveda Jupiter is having an identity crisis.

When Evie gets engaged and drafts Aveda as her maid-of-honor, Aveda finally sees a chance to reclaim her sense of self and sets out on a single-minded mission to make sure Evie has the most epic wedding ever. But when a mysterious, unseen supernatural evil rises up and starts attacking brides-to-be, Aveda must summon both her superheroine and best friend mojo to take down the enemy and make sure Evie’s wedding goes off without a hitch—or see both her city and her most important friendship destroyed forever.

Heroine Worship was such a great addition to the Heroine Complex series. This book was just as action packed and humorous as the previous book. The pop culture references, family and friend dynamics, and witty remarks were just as plentiful in this book. I found this book just as addictive as the first novel, and I do not think fans of this series will be disappointed. I will say that I would have liked to see a little bit more of Evie and her fiancé, but I was still happy with the moments that they were present for. 

I will admit that I was a little wary going into this book. I wasn't a huge fan of Aveda/Annie in the previous book, so I wasn't sure if I was going to like having her as the main character of this book. She did grow on me throughout the first book, but she was never my favorite character. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed reading about Annie. She came off as snooty, manipulative, and narcissistic at times, but there was so much more to her than that. Annie wasn't perfect and that is what I liked about her. She was a very strong and determined woman who would sometimes get sidetracked by her passions. It was nice to see her make mistakes and then realize how she was hurting the people she cared about. 

Annie's character arc throughout this book didn't necessarily make her more "likable", but it made her more human. I felt like I truly understood her more and related to her more. It was wonderful to see Annie accept her flaws and realize she wasn't perfect. That was the crux of this story, and I loved it. It reminded me that not everyone is going to be the heroic and noble ALL THE TIME. Everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect, and we have to accept that. Annie went on that journey of self-discovery and it was was a beautiful arc for her.

The friendship between Evie and Annie was a strong and complex relationship. This book really delved into their friendship and exposed the holes in their friendship. I really liked how the author addressed their relationship in a real and honest manner. There were obvious issues in their friendship and I was glad that they weren't glossed over. I cannot wait to see their friendship develop even more in the next book. 

The romance in this book was just as wonderful as the romance in the first book. The romance Annie has in this book was hinted at in book one, so I was extremely excited to see how it was going to develop. I thought Annie's romance developed at a natural and extremely steamy pace. This second chance romance had plenty of banter, sweet moments, and sexy moments to reel me in. I loved it!

Overall, this was a kick-ass and exciting book. Fans of this series will not be disappointed with this book! I cannot wait to get my hands on book three!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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