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Supervillain and Me, The Hardcover – 13 Aug 2018
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The Supervillain and Me
"Get ready for a wild ride in this zany, high-action thriller about good versus evil in the comic-book-universe city of Morriston. ... Realistic high-school scenarios and well-drawn characters add to the thought-provoking layers embedded in the action that address such tough issues as the prospect of high-tech mind control to solve crime and the devastation violence wreaks on families. Best of all, with a nod to gender equity, Abby does just fine helping to right her world in the climactic final scene, even without superpowers." --Booklist
"Underneath all of the action and intrigue of this adventure lies an interesting premise: living amongst superheroes from the point of view of the ordinary and powerless. Banas adeptly keeps readers guessing about Iron Phantom's identity and provides plenty of romantic tension, which will satisfy even die-hard fans of the genre." --School Library Journal
"It has the perfect balance of mystery, romance, and everyday teenage angst--with a whole heap of superhero on top!" --SineadH93, reader on SwoonReads.com
"Action, comedy, romance, you name it, this book has got it! The only suggestion I have for improvement is that it needs to be published then made into a film so that I can sit in a cinema and squeal like the pathetic fangirl that I am. Love it!!" --KayleyKing, reader on SwoonReads.com
"A perfect blend of adventure, humor, and romance. Definitely one of my favorite stories!" --Sarah Metcalfe, reader on SwoonReads.com
About the Author
Danielle Banas, a Pittsburgh native, earned a degree in communication from Robert Morris University. After years spent dreaming up characters instead of paying attention in class, Danielle joined the storytelling platform Wattpad, where her work has received millions of views online. When she isn't writing, she can be found loudly singing show tunes, spouting off Walt Disney World trivia, and snuggling with her puppy. The Supervillain and Me is her debut novel.
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More than anything, the novel is a high school romance and it actually does this very well. It spends equal time fleshing out both sides of Abby's life. At night, she is secretly helping the Iron Phantom to uncover a sinister plot. However, during the day her biggest concern is the school play. Well, that and trying to uncover the Iron Phantom's true identity, but I will get to that in a moment.
The story is a lot of fun and it certainly kept my interest throughout. While it may not have been quite what I was expecting, it made for a nice feel good story. The mystery concerning the microchips was more than enough to keep my interest and the story was pretty clean and fluffy throughout. No peril seemed particularly perilous and Abby's first person narrative really helped keep the story flowing. Her conversational tone was engaging and managed to be both touching and funny in equal measure.
My only real disappointment was the climax. This is a personal thing (and I won't spoil it here) but I did not find conclusion of the microchip plot satisfying. While the chips are sinister, the villain's motivation felt weak and his plan was full of holes. While the build up to this held my interest, I really wish that the conclusion was more satisfaction. However, at least the novel ended well. It nicely wrapped up this phase of the story while still leaving the possibility for future instalments.
Yet the best thing about The Supervillain and Me was its characters. The protagonists of this story were fantastically well-rounded and completely sympathetic. The complexity of Abby's relationship with Connor and her father was heartbreaking at times and it really made me feel for them. I grew attached to Abby in particular. While I was worried that she was a bit of a damsel at first, she soon proved able to hold her own, being witty, resourceful and intelligent.
Her relationship with the Iron Phantom felt incredibly natural. While it is blatantly obvious to the reader who the "villain" really is, I can appreciate while Abby took 75% of the novel to come to this conclusion. Their romance is slow burning but their chemistry was fantastic. Despite Abby's lack of powers, the two of them worked really well together and I loved every scene of them together.
Anyhow, I did really enjoy this novel overall. While it may not by original enough to appeal to comic book fans, it is a very sweet romance while some fantastically complex characters. It is certainly a novel that I'd recommend. I look forward to reading more of Banas' work in the future.
The Supervillain and Me centres around Abby, a normal high schooler who's brother moonlights as a superhero! Her life gets infinitely more complicated when she's saved by the new supervillain in town, Iron Phantom, who then won't leave her alone.
The story is original and the writing sharp. The twist wasn't completely unexpected, but the book is charming enough that it really doesn't matter if it comes across as slightly predictable, and I loved it regardless!
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The Supervillain and Me is set in a world where some people develop powers. The supers then tend to become a superhero for their city. The Supervillain and Me is set in the town of Morriston. Morriston currently has two supers- The Red Comet and Fish Boy. Go ahead and guess which one is the city favorite? (just kidding, Morriston loves both of them) And then we have Abby, our main character. Nope, she doesn't have powers but she is the sister to the Red Comet. I thought this was a cool way of making her super hero adjacent, without actually giving her super powers. But then a new super shows up on the scene- the Iron Phantom, except he is no hero. He is Morriston's very first super villain. And that is all I am going to tell you about the set up of this story, because you just have read it for yourself and watch it all unfold. But now let's talk about the characters and the reasons why I loved The Supervillain and Me so darn much!
I loved every single character in this book. Abby is great. Her best friend, AKA the Red Comet super fangirl is a hoot and a really great friend. And of course I totally loved the romance between Abby and Iron Phantom. The romance was very front and center and so much fun, and totally swoony. If you like your superhero books with a heavy dose of romance, The Supervillain and Me is the perfect book for you. I will say that I knew who the Iron Phantom was pretty early on, but I still loved every second of this book. I loved that so many of the characters were in high school. (It is a young adult book, after all!) Danielle Banas did a fantastic job fleshing out her characters and friendships and relationships. And her writing was funny and conversational and flowed perfectly the whole time. There was not a single instance where I found the plot dragging on. The Supervillain and Me was a fast paced book that I honestly never wanted to end. I am so happy this is going to be a series, and after that ending I am super interested to see what is going to happen in book 2.
Overall, The Supervillain and Me was a fun action filled super hero romance that I totally ate up. If you like superheroes, young adult books in a high school setting and a freakin' fantastic swoony romance, The Supervillain and Me is going to be your new favorite super hero book. It is my new favorite super hero series! I dare you to read this book and not become an Iron Phantom (or Red Comet...or even Fish Boy) fangirl. Danielle Banas did such a fantastic job with The Supervillain and Me. It is one of my favorite books in 2018 and Iron Phantom is one of my favorite book boyfriends of 2018! You need to read this book.
*Disclaimer- I got this book for free. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME promised a light, fun read about superheroes from the point-of-view of someone ordinary. And while that is true, the majority of the novel takes place at Abigail's high school, focusing more on the drama of auditioning for a play and dealing with potential crushes than on superheroes and villains.
A quick read, THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME is predictable and not always in a fun way. Abby is clumsy, caught in a potential love triangle, and lacking in agency. As the back copy states, she follows Iron Phantom around. It's more his story than hers because there's never a moment where she decides to investigate the threat for herself. Iron Phantom provides the questions and the answers while stalking her and refusing to tell her his true identity for the sake of creating extra drama.
Readers looking for some light hearted high school drama will find enjoyment in THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME's pages. The relationship between Abby and her brother is heartwarming. But the novel suffers from pacing issues, and a lack of conflict and agency on Abby's part.
Honestly, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I do. It’s fast-paced, comedic and an awesomely fun read. I thought the writing was superb and engaging. The plot was intriguing, well-developed and filled with dazzling action scenes. The characters were really interesting, quirky, and amusing. I genuinely really liked them all. Abby was a great heroine in her own ways. Connor was brave and protective. Abby’s best friend, Sarah was spunky and hilarious. Rylan was charming and funny. Isaac was annoyingly really good at being himself. And Hunter was just so silly and I totally adored his odd, but fun personalilty. Some parts were predictable, but I still thought the mystery part was really exciting. There were even a few nice surprises that totally caught me off guard. I also really loved the sweet romance, amazing friendships, and heartfelt moments sprinkled throughout the story. This was seriously a fun and absolutely delightful novel that left me wanting more.
Even though I knew the true identity of Iron Phantom pretty early in the story, I still had fun anticipating when and how Abby would find out. It was really entertaining to see her piece together the clues. I probably pictured a million different ways for her to figure who Iron Phantom was, but I didn’t expect it at all when it finally happened. I can’t really give too many details and ruin the excitement for you, but I thought the way Abby found out was done really well. And since the premise hinted at a romance between these two, I guess it’s safe to say that I totally ship Iron Phantom and Abby.
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know I’m a big romance nerd so of course it was the main reason why I wanted to read this book. I thought the budding romance was spine-tinglingly awesome! It was charming, adorable, and just so darn cute. Iron Phantom and Abby shared many incredibly swoontastic moments and I really couldn’t get enough. Their chemistry was amazing and I loved all their snarky and playful bantering.
This book is one of my favorite reads this summer. Danielle Banas delivered an amazingly entertaining superhero story with plenty of humor, fantastic action scenes, exciting mysteries, adorably cute romance, and sweet moments that touch the heart. I loved the characters, the storyline, the swoony kisses, and the life lessons weaved throughout the book. I absolutely cannot wait to read more from this series and see what happens next. Maybe the next one will be about Sarah and a certain superhero with fins. Hopefully… don’t mind me, just wishful thinking.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher and author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.