by Danielle Banas
Series: Morriston Superheroes #1
Published on July 10, 2018 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult
Never trust a guy in spandex.
In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.
That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.
After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.
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If I had to sum of The Supervillain and Me, I would call it a fluffy superhero read. And I was ALL there for it! Usually when I think of superheroes and villains, my mind goes to action movies. Big explosions. Lots of things going on all at once with big fight scenes.
This book isn’t that.
Honestly, I’m not sure if I can even liken it to Marissa Meyer’s Renegades (another YA superhero/villain) because it just didn’t have all the EXTRA-ness I expect with superheroes. That said, I actually really enjoyed The Supervillain and Me, devouring it in one sitting.
Abby is a pretty basic character. High school student, involved in the school musical, does her homework. Other than her brother being one of the superheroes in their town, there’s nothing really remarkable about her. Or her brother, really. Or any of the characters. They all came off fairly generic in a Disney channel sort of way (you know, how half the old movies could have had cast shifts and nothing would change?).
No? Maybe that’s just how I saw it.
So I wasn’t here for the characters. The plot followed a line of mystery surrounding the Iron Phantom, the supposed new supervillain of Morriston. This gives way to a romance subplot and then you get your final showdown. Easy to follow. Nothing extra special. Much like the characters, I didn’t see a ton of depth in the story or the world itself (maybe that will be explored in the next book, I’m not sure).
But why, oh why, would I give this book such a high rating if I have all these negatives?
It. Was. Entertaining.
I wasn’t looking for a super intricate story. Honestly, that Disney channel vibe? I used to love watching those cheesy fluff movies and The Supervillain and Me is a lot like that. Plenty of teen drama with a slight fantastical flare for good measure. If I’d read this book at a different time, in a different mood, this review might be a bit more critical.
When I finished this book, I wanted to read the next. That is what gives it those extra stars. The writing hooked me and despite the lack of substance I would have expected from a fantasy/contemporary mash-up numbering over 300 pages, I didn’t put it down from start to finish.
At the same time, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who isn’t interested in that sort of fluffy superhero read. There are cringe-worthy moments, and depending on how you feel about the included love story, you might just leave this one untouched. Just to be completely honest here.
Personally, I had a lot of fun reading The Supervillain and Me. It’s quirky and light and exactly what I needed at the time. I’ll definitely be checking out future books by Banas, including any installments in this series.
Because sometimes a bit of cheesy superhero fluff is exactly what you need!