Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Bigtime #1
Date Published: May 1, 2007
Bigtime, New York, is not big enough for both Carmen Cole and the superheroes and ubervillains who stalk its streets. An intrepid reporter, Carmen's dedicated her life to unmasking the spandexwearers, all because her fiance turned out to be a superhero, and a cheating one at that-sleeping with none other than his nubile nemesis. Exposing the true identities of the nation's caped crusaders and their archenemies has catapulted Carmen from her sleepy southern hometown to the front pages of the country's biggest newspaper, The Exposé. Hobnobbing with millionaires and famished fashionistas is all in a day's work for a woman on the trail of the Fearless Five and Terrible Triad. But when Carmen gets the scoop of her career, her life comes crashing down around her. And even Bigtime's sexiest superhero, Striker, may not be able to save her.
Holy Awesomesauce Batman! We've got a winner here! :) This is a paranormal romance, but with a twist. The paranormal creatures are super heroes! It's the Incredibles meets Sex and the City and I had SO much fun reading it! It's just so original. I can't believe that there aren't more superhero novels out there... I mean I guess that world is dominated by comic books but I love me some spandex hotties too! Superheros, Ubervillains...everything is so campy and just...fun! And let me tell you, Karma Girl maximizes on the cheese-factor. It's making fun of comic books, superhero blockbusters, and comic nerds everywhere, but was so funny, endearing, and loved to make fun of itself and I totally adored it!
So the book begins on Carmen's wedding day. She's been feeling off about how her relationship with her fiance has been and decides to have one last chat with him before the wedding. Turns out that the bad luck that comes from the groom seeing the bride before the wedding is nothing compared to the bride seeing her hubby-to-be, pants down with the maid-of-honor wrapped around him tighter than a garter. Even worse, among the discarded bridesmaid gown and tuxedo, there are two slips of spades...turns out that not only were the two doing it behind her back, they are also the town's superhero and ubervillian! So what does a woman scorned do? Reveal their secret identities to the world of course! Flash forward and Carmen's built a career off exposing the supers. She's got a great job, is rolling in the money, and everything seems to be going her way...until one of the superheroes, Tornado from The Fearless Five,commits suicide after she reveals his identity, turning one time fans into screaming attackers and protesters outside her apartment.
Now Carmen's been sentenced to the celebrity and hoity-toity socialite beat of the paper and instead of having fame and fortune, she's hated by nearly everyone in the city. Not only that, but her ability to track down and unmask superheros has attracted unwanted attention from the Terrible Triad...the ubervillain trio of Bigtime and they want Carmen's unique brand of skills. So they kidnap her. The succeeding events read exactly like a comic book with diabolical threats, mad-scientist like tendencies to experiment first and ask questions later, and of course lots of monologuing out of the villains. They let Carmen go with the orders to unmask the rest of The Fearless Five or else she will become the victim of the Triad's latest toxic waste experimentation program.
Enter Striker, superhero extraordinaire. And he's definitely that little extra above ordinary! He's sexy as hell, has that traditional superhero six pack I was talking about earlier, has a leather suit that does EVERYTHING justice, and is strong, just, true, loving...gosh I could just go on and on and on! Unfortunately, the superhero that committed suicide? Yeah...he was one of Striker's best friends and a member of the Fearless Five. Talk about star-crossed romance! Still, I actually really enjoyed their relationship and how they fell in love. It seemed like they were both kind of shocked to find themselves falling for the other, and then there was the usual fighting against true love before finally falling into each others arms.
I give Karma girl a solid 4 Keys! Leaning to 5! I loved pretty much everything about this story. Even though it was a tad corny, you kind of expected it from a story that is usually told in comic book format. There was excellent dialogue, fabulous plot lines and even the imagery really helped you get into the superhero blockbuster mindset. This was my second taste of Jennifer Estep. I read her Mythos Academy series a few months ago and I have to say that I love her adult writing much more than her Young Adult stuff. Maybe it's because the adult work doesn't seemed dumbed down or that there seems to be much more originality in the worlds that she writes for her adult series.