Sunday, 8 June 2014

Review: Sidekick

Sidekick by Auralee Wallace
Title: Sidekick
Series: none
Author: Auralee Wallace
Published: Escape Publishing; 2014
173 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 1 star
 Description (from Goodreads):

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...

My Thoughts:

DNF 25%

I'm sorry but I cannot read another word of this. I don't know what I expected but this was terrible and that is putting it nicely! It made little sense and rivalled
Queen of Broken Hearts with its level of crappy writing.

How I am supposed to take a books seriously when:

1. It opens with a scene where our protagonist, Bremy, is at a bank trying to get a loan for $100 and wondering why the teller won't let her. The next thing we know the friggin' circus comes into the bank, complete with tumblers, contortionists, midget cross-dressers and scary clowns, and start performing - yes, in the bank. I mean, what? They all then randomly pull out guns and threaten the costumers.

This alone was off-putting. It was absolutely ridiculous! Not to mention that it poorly described and plotted so I could barely follow what was actually happening.

2. Bremy needs to pay off her landlord, a mobster who isn't exactly the most patient person, so she decides to go to the local strip club to see if she can get a job there serving drinks. When she walks in the stripper girls immediately approach her and start hissing at her. The owner of the club them tells the Vipers - yes, he calls them Vipers! - to back off. Bremy just stands there wondering who would be the first one of them to eat her because she is sure that of them are vampires . This is set in the modern non-vampire-infested world so why the hell would they freakin' eat her!?

If this craziness wasn't off-putting enough, Bremy's dumbness most certainly was. When she describes the strippers, she describes them as wearing only three colours: red, black... and fishnet . If that was meant to be humorous it didn't work. It makes Bremy look even more stupid than she already did.

I cannot honestly read another word of this rubbish. I wouldn't recommend this. I won't be finishing this off and I doubt I will bother reading anything else by
Auralee Wallace if this is what her work is like.

Note: a copy was provided courtesy of Auralee Wallace and Escape Publishing, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given or taken during this process.

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