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June 23, 2015

Loved It: Superheroes Anonymous + Supervillains Anonymous by Lexie Dunne


Superheroes Anonymous 1 & 2
Lexie Dunne
Superhero Fantasy
Harper Voyager
November 18, 2014 | June 30, 2015



Let me start by saying that if you've read SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS, wasn't wowed by it, and decided to quit the series, then I suggest you reconsider that decision and pick up SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS. If you're new to the series and would like to try it, then I strongly suggest that you read both books back to back. Here's why: 

SUPERHEROES is like a long, but very entertaining and snarky introduction to this superhero fantasy. Unlike urban fantasy, Lexie Dunne's make believe world isn't riddled with complex heirarchies, foreboding prophecies, or a group of people heralding the coming of the ultimate hero. If you're familiar with, or love, Marvel and DC superheroes then you'll get acclimated to this world right away. 

That made reading SUPERHEROES such a breeze, and a delightful one at that. I have to admit though, there's not much character development here except for Gail Godwin, aka Hostage Girl, turning into a Class C superhero herself and getting inducted into the superhero world. She's the normal girl every super villain wants to kidnap not just to rile up The hero of the moment, Blaze, but to add to their own notoreity as well. Girl was pretty much static in this book, everything is new to her, she's like a deer in headlights, not much facet to her character except for having such an interesting personality. So I understand why some people felt unimpressed by it. We're used to the hero going through something difficult and they come out of it valiantly. That happened but not until the end. 

Yet another reason why you should read this back to back. SUPERHEROES ended in a big cliffhanger!

Which is why I recommend reading SUPERVILLAINS because this follow-up changed the whole landscape of the series completely! That character development, personal struggle, huge fight scenes, layered conflict, the whole shebang that readers were looking for in SUPERHEROES are in SUPERVILLAINS. Though the sequel is a short novel, running at around 200 pages or less, it completed the series (so far) and added a lot of depth and range to the world LDunne created. For the record, I love the villains in this series too. They're an interesting bunch and the prison where they're being kept is unlike anything I've ever heard, seen, or encountered. 

So yes, I absolutely loved and had fun reading SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS and SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS. Although frankly I don't know why it's "anonymous" because LDunne didn't really make a big play of their anonymity since the characters moved within their world so their identities weren't kept super secret. In any case, I love LDunne's sense of humor, I love how she fleshed out her characters, how she fused the heroes and the villains into one action-packed, homogenous, fantastical story! I hope there are more books coming!










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44 comments:

  1. It's always so much fun to read about superheroes and all. A little different and interesting. I saw the books but I think it's the first reviews I read and now I'm even more curious, that's bad lol. I'll have to do that.

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    1. Your curiosity for this won't kill you :P

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    1. Te second one? It's the same as Sidekick

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  3. Ohh I like the sound of these books. I'm definitely going to checking them out . A series that features Superheroes and Supervillians yes please !

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    1. Right? I love this fantasy sub genre

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  4. I've actually *never* heard of these books before, and I've been telling myself to read more adult books, so I'm definitely adding this to my TBR! :D I'm not too familiar with DC comics though, but we'll see!

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    1. This is neither adult or YA. It's just... superheroes!

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  5. Never heard of these before but I'd definitely like to read them. I love Superheroes, villains, and all things comics. Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Lekeisha. These are worthy additions to your TBR

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  6. That second cover threw me off for a second, I read Sidekick a while ago which is another superhero book with the same cover...LOL I love a superhero book so I'll be adding these to my TBR, great review Braine! :)

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    1. It is the same cover art. Harper needs to give Supervillains a cover art makeover to avoid confusion.

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  7. Man, I'd wanted to pick up Superheroes... forever! Somehow, I didn't get around it it. I'd heard conflicting things about it though. Glad that the next one did away with the weak points. I guess it means I'll have to make time for them soon...

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    1. Forget what you've read and heed to my advice: READ THE BOOKS BACK TO BACK!

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  8. Sounds good Braine, thanks for the advice and the super review for Superheroes and Supervillains :)

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  9. I adore superheroes and villains, so I think this would be a couple of reads I would enjoy. Adding them to my ever growing list.

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  10. I LOVE Marvel, so I think I'd be very happy reading both of these. I like that the villains get some time in the spotlight, too!

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    1. The villains in this series are hilarious! It's kinda hard to hate them

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  11. I did buy the first book. I love Marvel and DC superheroes. Great review. I'm glad that you enjoyed these. I think I will enjoy it.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  12. Fair enough! I love that the series redeems itself in book two. Maybe it just took some time to get going. And superheroes and villains...so cool!

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    1. Probably so. Still I loved both individually and together.

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  13. So Gail grows tremendously in the sequel? Sounds good to me!
    Superheroes and supervillains are always fun to read about. Supervillains or characters dubbed with a bad reputation who turn out to be nice have a great way of getting me to care for them easily. I don't know if that was the case for Supervillains Anonymous, but I would read it anyways.

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    1. Her villains have an interesting twist. They're essentially good but their way to improving things is to destroy everything first then build it up from scratch.

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  14. Ugh, I hate no character development, but I do like the concept.

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    1. Trust me, it doesn't really matter that much in the overall scheme of things. Also, that's why I recommend reading the books back to back :)

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  15. Yay for superheros/villains! It's been awhile since I've read one *happy dance*

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    1. I know you rec I read Lola Dodge, her series are superheroes too right?

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  16. It's going straight to my "next" shelf, thanks very much :D !

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    1. It was a light and fun read, exactly what I needed.

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  18. Yay for villains for getting recognized! We focus too much on the heroes and leave the villains almost always out of the picture ;) they need some air, tim too! And omg the covers look fantastic! It feels so retro and so chic :D

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Right? Villains are just as important as the heroes... and the covers reminds me of batgirl and cat woman.

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  19. I haven't read many superheroes books. This series sounds good and like they have a bit of that superhero feel of some kids tv series I watched as a kid. I also like how you mention that you liked the villains as well, I like it when the "bad guys" are interesting as well. Great review!

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    1. You will give you major throwback :)

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  20. Oh, you have me so curious! I do love reading superheroes/villains these days too! Thanks!

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    1. It's a great change from the paranormal class

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  21. I've been tempted to try this series. I've read a few superhero books now. Some by Jennifer Estep (Bigtime series) and one by Jennifer Harlow (I have another by her on my TBR). They are a fun break from my normal read.

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    1. I want to read Bigtime next, I am a hug Estep fan now :)

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  22. Oooh thank you for sharing, I really love the sound of these. I'll keep a note of that and buy them when I next have money spare.

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  23. I'm glad the second book was so much better; the lack of development would bother. I'll add these to my wish list.

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