Sidekick by Auralee Wallace
Just finished reading Sidekick by Auralee Wallace which I really enjoyed – it was good fun, very entertaining and basically combines a comic book type superhero style with a YA story about a young woman trying to survive in the big bad city after breaking free from her billionaire father. It has a hint of romance, a lot of bungling adventures and near mishaps told in a witty voice and fictional, Gotham-esque city setting. This is a fast paced romp told very much tongue in cheek.
At the start of the story Bremy St James finds herself in debt to her landlord. Living in what could best be described as a broom closet as opposed to an apartment she still needs to pay rent – particularly if she wants to stay in one piece. Bremy seems to have left home under a cloud which isn’t immediately explained, only that she feels like she’s escaped and is now trying to make her way in the world in order to set up and bring her twin sister to live with her. Taking herself off to the bank to withdraw her remaining cash Bremy finds herself in the midst of a bank robbery – by a bunch of circus performers! Now, this pretty much sets up the tone for the rest of the book. Bremy finds herself in one dire situation and then usually spirals to the next as she desperately tries to clutch at straws to retrieve the situation.
The one thing you can say for Bremy is that even though she’s a bit bungling her heart is in the right place and she can’t resist interfering, even in the most threatening situations, if somebody needs help. This is a good thing of course and it’s refreshing to read a character who is willing to assist others in need but does of course put her in the limelight which is the last place she wants to be as she tries to remain hidden from her father.
The city has it’s own superhero – the Dark Ryder. A kickass woman who swoops fearlessly into the fray and who having come to Bremy’s attention becomes her unwitting mentor. Yep, Bremy, decides that becoming the Dark Ryder’s sidekick is the perfect solution to all her problems – however willingness and the desire to help others might not be enough and trying to keep her identity hidden from not only her father but her would-be boyfriend, plus holding down a job in a rather seedy establishment where she already owes her boss money, not to mention having a landlord keen to find her and possibly remove her fingers also won’t help. She’s got a lot to juggle here not to mention becoming embroiled in a plot to save the City.
In terms of the other characters there’s the journalist boyfriend (although his investigative journalism skills leave a little to be desired!), there’s obviously the host of super baddies, the superhero of the City – Ryder, and the friends that Bremy eventually finds in her next door neighbour Queenie and her geeky IT friend Bart.
Anyway, I enjoyed this. It was fast paced, amusing and entertaining and a perfect set up for future novels in the same series. It probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but providing you go into the read thinking along the lines of ‘comic book’ and ‘superheros’ and also being prepared to accept that anything goes then you’ll no doubt enjoy this. It’s writing style is very easy to get along with and it’s good fun to read a novel with a comic book feel. Anything goes and the finer detail is completely out the window – just roll with it!
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in return for a honest review. The above is my own opinion. I can’t deny that this great cover was the first thing to capture my attention! Fickle but true.