Release Date: December 23, 2012
Source: Bought - Recommended by Kristin
Genre: Sci-fi New Adult
Nobody knows happiness better than nineteen-year-old Felicity Eastwood. For years now, she’s been ‘gifted’ with the ability to collect and transfer happiness to anyone at will. Well, everyone except herself.
That is until Achilles - renowned criminal mastermind with a face painted like Death and enough charm to cause hormonal riots – crashes into Felicity’s world and her feel … something.
Determined not to let such a coveted superpower slip beyond his reach, Achilles kidnaps Felicity, hoping to use her ability to brave his own skeletons. Felicity is only a half-unwilling prisoner though, forgoing escape to learn more of the man behind the mask and pursue the inexplicable spark between them.
As the lines between hero and villain begin to blur, Felicity finds herself wondering if Achilles might be the key to her own happiness at long last. Is it possible to be so happy with someone so dangerous?
But Achilles isn’t the only villain in the town, and the pursuit of happiness can be a deadly hunt.
Oh my! I have such high hopes for EQUAL PARTS, I mean look at the cover art. It's absolutely gorgeous! The blurb is perfect, I mean the name and brief description of Achilles alone is enough to get me trigger-happy and buy the book right away (which I did). The ratings in both Goodreads and Amazon are promising so I was really hard sold on reading and enjoying EQUAL PARTS by Emma Winters.
Sadly EQUAL PARTS felt like one of those books which after I read the last word had me scratching my head, asking if I read the same book everyone else did or if I missed something important that prevented me from falling head over heels over Ms. Winters' debut novel. By the first quarter of the book I still have a forced grin on my face waiting for the plot to pick up or floor me.
Let me start with the cool parts first and please, don't take my word for it. I still encourage you to go and buy the book and read it with the hopes that your experience will be better than mine. So cool parts. The plot is great, it has a comic-book feel to the story with superhumans running around the city of Carova. Classic good-versus-bad storyline and the necessary evil/vigilante in Achilles' character. The world building is good too, Carova is like a watered down version of Peter Parker's New York City with a bunch of superhumans policing and essentially running the town. But mostly the cops-and-robbers feel is more like a game, especially between Achilles and Finn, the self proclaimed hero of the town, than anything.
Achilles is a great hero to follow. Aside from his awesome face paint, he's a vigilante going after the bad guys and the benefits he reaps goes to the poor. Aside from this mysterious facade, his bad boy image was tempered when Felicity Eastwood entered his life. Suddenly Achilles is a little less apathetic and a little more considerate. In all honesty, Achilles is the ONLY reason why I plowed through the book with the possibility of following the series. The way EWinters wrote his character is engrossing and despite his violent quirks, I can't help but root for the guy.
Felicity "Flick" Eastwood. Ugh! She killed EQUAL PARTS for me and not in a good way. I didn't find any redeeming quality about this girl. First off, her superhuman power is sunshine, she collects endorphins from large groups, enhances it and transfers it to individuals through touch. Flick's powers can be highly addictive after prolonged exposure. So her power is a little weak in terms of strength but powerful from a moral standpoint after all, who wants to be miserable, right? From the context of the story, happiness is a high-end, sought after high that people, especially the villains, want to possess and harness. So with this very unique ability, Flick became a commodity piquing Achilles' interest. He then abducts her but instead of being successful in bottling Flick's sunshine, the girl developed Stockholm Syndrome and Achilles for his part became protective and enamored of Flick.
Now that placed import on her character but it was so hard to like the girl when she's always passing out and acting all weak and vulnerable. I mean that would've been great if her character development was believable and turned her into a badass like Catwoman. But it was flimsy at best and her tragic personal history felt shallow and forced and didn't flow with things in general. Then there was a scene where after meeting an accident and losing consciousness yet again, she started dry humping Achilles' leg because of her meds. Then that very awkward situation was dropped and instead ushered budding romantic relationship between the two. It was choppy.
The secondary characters, though bright and tried their best to entertain, weren't scene-stealers . Wich makes me wonder if book two will still feature Flick and Achilles or if a new pair will be spotlighted. If its the latter I can't think of anybody worthy to make book 2 as their story because none of the supporting cast appeared strong enough to take center stage. They were ridiculous and not as funny as they want themselves to be.
So there you have it. EQUAL PARTS was a very underwhelming read for me. The execution of the entire story was loose on some places, Flick being the weakest link, and sadly Achilles wasn't enough to hold it together. Now again, please don't let me discourage you. To reiterate, my reviews are subjective and I have a feeling some of you will probably find Supernova 1 enjoyable. If you do please come back and share your review link our experience with me. I'd sure appreciate a discussion.