Friday, June 13, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Five Stars to Sidekick by Auralee Wallace (You want this book, trust me!)


Auralee Wallace

Genre: Fantasy/Superhero
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date of Publication: 1 June 2014

ISBN: 9780857991591
Number of pages: Approx 172
Cover Artist: Danielle Mait

Book Description:

Heroes meets Kick-Ass in this brilliant and hilarious debut about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...

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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.


Five out of Five Stargates: Out of this world!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Auralee Wallace has left me wondering if Joss Whedon writes books under a pen name. Yes, it is THAT good. Right from the start, you are hooked in with Bremy's razor sharp wit, delivery of great one-liners, and the clever approach to this story. Bremy has left her life as the spoiled daughter of a rich corporate billionaire after discovering that Daddy dearest isn't so dear after all. In fact, he's pretty evil. Resolving to rectify all the bad karma her father has brought down on her life with his evil enterprise, Bremy leaves her life of wealth and comfort to start over and find a way to support the twin sister she was forced to leave behind.

Bremy approaches everything in her messed up life with a tongue in cheek attitude. She's stubborn and determined, and completely aware of how much trouble those two things can get her in. Especially when she ends up putting her life on the line to save others, and gets in the way of the city's resident superhero, Ryder. In one instant, Bremy knows how to make everything better and pretty much forces herself on a very reluctant Ryder.

Their interactions were hilarious. The way Auralee Wallace was able to convey so much of Ryder's personality without having her say much at all was really great. It all played out like a movie. I wish I could give this book ten stars, because that's really what it deserves. There wasn't a single instance where I felt pulled out of the story or bored. The action is well-paced, the villains exactly what you would expect in the comic book world (a little twisted, maybe a tad cheesy at times, but with interesting backgrounds and motives), the narrative sassy and funny...I could go on and on. But I will say that Auralee Wallace has made a fan out of me. I can't wait to see what else she has to offer.

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