A very superhero book review of “Sidekick”!
Sidekick takes everything you love about chick lit comedies like Bridget Jones’s Diary and throws them into the superhero realm. Author, Auralee Wallace delivers laughs, action and heart in her début novel.
Bremy St. James used to be an heiress; now she sleeps beside a toilet in a tiny apartment. She left her old life behind when she discovered the truth about her corrupt billionaire father, Atticus St. James. She has to fly under the radar, sacrificing money, fame and her close relationship with her twin sister to keep her father from finding her. Amidst the circus of Bremy’s life is an actual circus of ruthless villains wreaking havoc on the city and one hero to stand against them: her name is Dark Ryder and she’s a badass. Bremy is prepared to do whatever it takes to fight alongside Ryder, particularly once she discovers that her father is planning the crime of the century. Bremy will need to suit up and train hard if she is to have any chance at stopping Atticus from unleashing his vile plan on the world.
Bremy is hilarious as the first-person narrator of this superhero tale. She’s goofy and lovable. She also has a tendency to get in Ryder’s way and fall flat on her face. She’s a modern Lucille Ball with a utility belt.
While she misses the comforts of her former life, Bremy isn’t afraid to get dirty and never feels sorry for herself. She is also incredibly brave, throwing herself into the fray without superpowers or special armor to protect herself.
Her actions are also a little naïve, but that works for Bremy. She has always been sheltered and protected and she is somewhat unprepared for the big, bad city. However, no amount of kicks in the teeth sour her good-humored optimism. She not only prevails but inspires heroics in those around her. She’s the Mary Tyler Moore of superheroes.
Male readers may have trouble investing in this girl power adventure, though with boobies and wieners mentioned in the first chapter, anyone’s inner 12-year-old boy will be entertained.
A quick-witted and action-packed narrative, Sidekick is a perfect introduction for readers of contemporary women’s fiction to superheroes. A fun, light read that will have readers hooked from first page to final sentence. The conclusion is satisfying though it does feel somewhat abrupt, leaving readers wanting more. There is room here for a sequel or possibly a series. According to the author’s website, she is working on a follow-up book now. While Sidekick holds up as a standalone novel, I look forward to reading more adventures of Bremy St. James from this talented author soon.
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.
Review Clause: Netgalley provided the reviewer with a copy of Sidekick in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided.