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*Possible Spoilers ahead in discussion*
Summary: Tori Lewis discovers she has a superpower. Meanwhile, her new husband, Joe Clarke, also has a secret identity.
- I love the pop culture references. There’s mention of or reference to Spiderman, The X-Files, Superman, and much more in here.
- The limited first person perspective slipped into stream of conscious a few times. That took some getting used to. In general, the amount of arghs and grrs should be kept to a bare minimum in books, especially audios.
- Tori’s idea of research is comic books.
- The main character has about the worst luck with muggers ever.
- It was on the long side. I think it would have been a smoother ride if it lost a few hrs in the middle.
What I couldn’t connect with … :
- This is one of the severest cases of genre hopping I’ve seen in a while. It’s mostly a lighthearted romantic comedy set in a mildly urban fantasy setting. In addition, there are elements of Christian romance, Harlequin romance, mystery, and scifi. I happen to like most of those, but I’ll admit the blend is not always pretty. Odds are very good that either you’re going to be offended by the amount of intimate scenes described between the newlyweds or you’re going to be offended by the amount of times Tori prays or somebody brings up a Bible verse.
- Content warning: contains curse words, contains what I’d qualify as “moderate spice adult scenes”
- There’s a fair amount of very slow build … I clocked it. It took Tori 7.5 hrs to tell Joe the truth, and it took him about 9.2 hrs to tell the truth. That’s weeks upon weeks in their time. I’ll tell him soon, I’ll tell him later, etc. vs. I’ll tell her soon, I’ll tell her later, well maybe … It got maddening.
- The plot threads aren’t really all wrapped up at the end. Most of them are acknowledged at the end but they’re brushed off in a “that’s not really our focus as super heroes” vibe.
What I liked:
- The narrator fit the character well. Overall, it was a solid performance.
- There are a ton of really cool threads in here. (The scifi and mystery aspects could have definitely been expanded upon.)
- I enjoyed Kane (sorry about spelling, I heard the audio) as a villain.
- The last hr and a half was excellent. Once they leveled with each other and finally got to the exciting stuff including the showdown, it was awesome.
Conclusion: If you can handle the “heat level” and don’t mind genres flipping all over the place, it’s an intriguing tale.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Don't take this the wrong way but there was to much God, you can be religious without putting him/her in every conversion. And you can have faith without praying over every little thing. Seems everyone in the book (all but the bad guy anyway) wanted God to control every part of there life to keep them from taking any responsibility.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The base of the story was good but to took to long to get any meat.
Which character – as performed by Catherine Gaffney – was your favorite?
Bull, he was the only guy who didn't seem to take him self to seriously.
Was Unexpected Superhero worth the listening time?
Maybe I'm still not sure.
Any additional comments?
There are some messages I'm not sure i like in this book;It's OK to drug your children to keep them in linePeople always putting there spouse over there childrenThe hero's having a blanket if your not with us your against us policy on any one who has powers, unless organized big evil. Then you ignore them till they mess with you first.There are others but there the ones that stuck with me.
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