I’m running a wee bit behind this week – so sorry for the delay in the weekly review post! Worth the wait though, this week I’ve had the chance to indulgence my slight geek obsession with a superhero themed romance, ‘Even Villains Go to the Movies’ from Liana Brooks.
Choosing between good and evil has never been this much fun.
When your mother is America’s Superhero Sweetheart and your daddy’s the Number One Super Villain, you grow up feeling a little conflicted.
I’m a complete super-hero geek so was very excited to get my paws on a super-hero themed romance. There was a lot I really loved about this novella – the main character, Angela, was very relatable to. She was smart, sassy, cynical at times but still trying to do the right thing – you can’t help liking someone who can alternate effortlessly between sweet and kickass! 🙂 I also loved the interplay between her and the rest of her family, the letters ‘home’ at the start of each chapter had a great style to them – the way they put across the relationship between them was done very well. I’m also a sucker for the minions, and would have liked to see more of them. She can also hold her own with anyone, and I loved some of her exchanges with Arktos and Tyler – funny and smart as well as hot.
There were a lot of characters introduced in quite a short novella. In some ways this did work well, as it added a lot of intrigue and mystery and I was still guessing on the identity of certain people right to the end. I did find it made things a little confusing at times though, I struggled sometimes to try and keep everyone straight in my head – especially with the added elements of secret superhero identities, stunt doubles, disguises etc.
It’s a little hard for me to talk about the main hero, as I don’t want to give too much away about who she actually ends up with. I did like the ending, I thought for the most part things were tied up well and it seemed believable. The only slight criticism I had was that because the story was quite involved, and there were a lot of characters, it took a bit for the actual main relationship to start building up properly. Once it did though I really enjoyed it and the ending gave me just the warm and fuzzy feeling I look for. I also liked the glimpses of Angela’s parents and will definitely end up going back and reading their story as well.
Overall, very enjoyable short read, loved the superhero world-building and combined a complex story with a sweet romance very well.
If you want to read for yourself, you can get hold of Even Villains Go to the Movies at Breathless Press here.
Hope you enjoy! x