Sidekick by Auralee Wallace
Published by: Escape Publishing – Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd
Review Written by: Dani Hoots
Sidekick by Auralee Wallace is a story about a young girl by the name of Bremy St James who has run away from her billion dollar father and is now trying to live on her own for once in her life. Through fate, she is brought together with a vigilante by the name of Dark Ryder and together they have to stop a new evil villain circus that has been causing chaos throughout the city. But the more they fight, the closer they find out that not everything is what it seems and what the true reason Bremy left home for.
This story was a great mix of comedy and superhero storyline. It felt like I was watching CBS’s 2 Broke Girls and CW’s Arrow at the same time.
I thought Auralee Wallace did a great job telling a superhero story. Each character had their own voice and attitude and no one felt like a cardboard cutout. The characters were stereotypical for a superhero story, but portrayed in a way that didn’t seem overdone. I loved each and every one of them, even the Russian owner of Bremy’s apartment that reminded me of a certain old man that you never wanted to mess with…
I also enjoyed the computer genius Bart and the creepy Korean neighbor Queenie. Both had a very unique voice and I loved how the characters developed. The little things that Auralee Wallace puts into the story bring it to life and makes her characters all distinct, I never lost track of who was talking.
The villain’s circus I found to be a fun twist on the story. It has been done before, but the villain didn’t feel like a cutout either. We got to learn why the villain was the way she was and how she got to be the leader of this circus. A lot of the times villains like these don’t have a great backstory and are just evil to be evil, but this character had a good backstory that I very much appreciated.
Some questions were left unanswered, but I found out on the author’s blog that she is writing a second novel, which I am very excited for. Auralee Wallace has great potential with this series and I can’t wait to see where she leads us.
I give this novel a 5/5 for being so interesting, unique, yet stick to the superhero troupes that we all love.