Author: Auralee Wallace
Publisher/Source: Harlequin/Escape Publishing
Synopsis (Goodreads): Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world... Brianna “Bremy” St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James. Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career. Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him. Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation. Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy.
Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars
When I saw that this book was Urban Fantasy, I expected something quite serious, I definitely didn’t expect to be giggling my way through the book, Sidekick is a story where you suspend disbelief and enjoy the thrill ride you are taken on.
Our MC is Bremy St James (I am loving that name) a socialite who has been cut off from her wealthy family, now forced to fend for herself and out to save the world she joins up with a super hero named Dark Ryder. Bremy was such a fun character, brave, quirky and independent with a bit of an immature side, I absolutely loved her! Her inner dialogue was hilarious as was her awkwardness, I loved the way she went about saving her sister from their evil father, it was very engaging.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started Sidekick, something a little more serious definitely but I found it quite humorous, the interactions between the characters were written wonderfully; it was a fun read. It is the type of book where you just go with it and enjoy it for the tongue in cheek humour, witty one liners, awesome heroine and amazing side characters; there was a bit of mystery, intrigue and fascinating character back-stories that made the overall story quite entertaining.
For a debut novel, it was impressive; I enjoyed Auralee Wallace’s writing style and the comical style superhero journey we were taken on. A few things were left unresolved so I’m hoping this is the start of a new series. Special mention to the fabulous cover as well!
Thank you to Harlequin/ Escape Publishing Australia for the opportunity to read and review Sidekick.
About the author: Auralee Wallace is an author of humorous commercial women’s fiction and occasional guest blogger at Penny Dreadful Books and Reviewshttp://pennydreadfulbooks.me/. She is a member of the RWA, and her debut novel, Sidekick, a superhero urban fantasy, placed as a finalist in the Virginia Fool for Love Contest, The TARA Contest and The Catherine. Sidekick has been picked up by Harlequin’s Escape Publishing and is due for release June 1st, 2014. Auralee has a Master’s degree in English literature and worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level. Her latest project, Camp Murder, a cozy mystery with an edge, combines the traditional elements of a good whodunit with a little romance, a little danger, and a lot of fun. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children and three 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. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog http://auraleewallace.com/.