Author: Lizzy Ford
Series: (Part 1)
Pub. Date: June 1st, 2016
Sand City, a town in the Pacific Northwest, where the rents are too high and the rain never stops. On the surface, it appears normal – except this city is run by General Savage, an alleged supervillain.
Fleeing Chicago and the disastrous mistakes of his past, Doctor Kimber Wellington accepts a job at the only hospital willing to hire him. Grateful for a second chance, he ignores the city’s strange obsession with supervillains.
That is, until the daughter of General Savage nearly dies in his arms. Kimber couldn’t be any more different than Reader, the self-professed supervillainess-in-training, who insists she has superpowers that just so happen not to work around him. She’s deranged, violent, abrasive – and has never known kindness from anyone else.
Unfortunately, helping her places Kimber in the crosshairs of Reader’s arch-nemesis. Drawn to the part of her that’s good yet horrified by her dark, violent world, Kimber finds himself at a crossroads: stay in Sand City at the potential cost of his own life, or abandon the city, the people and the compelling supervillainess who need him.
Lizzy Ford has some great works from what I remember. I’ve read and loved many of them, so I can honestly say that Supervillainess is not something I expected out of her. The only supernatural and/or paranormal part in the entire book is superhero powers (and how superheros and villains are the norm), and I’m definitely not used to that from her. Along with that, it was a strange book. I couldn’t get into the proper mindset of thinking that superheros and villains were real, in a sense that the government and police force would obey the villain and not fight back.
Because I couldn’t get myself to fall into the world like that, I felt disconnected. I couldn’t fully understand the actions some characters took, especially at the end. I did enjoy this book however, because it’s still from Lizzy Ford and it did have some great scenes.
Kimber is a former drug addict who escaped his old life to enter a new one far away from his past. Who cares if the town has a weird obsession with heroes and villains? So long as he can do good and help save lives as a doctor, he can easily overlook the oddities in his new home. That is, until he meets Reader, a local villain. Compassionate, insecure, and determined, Kimber sets limits for himself that Reader helps him cross, or at least see. And yeah most of the time he was feeling sad or insecure because of his past drug habit, so he came off a bit whiny, but it helps shape his character.
Reader is fierce and loyal, determined to make her father proud. Her horrible past doesn’t seem horrible to her because it’s all she’s known, and Kimber helps her see how she’s been mistreated, how there are other options. Reader is a kickass female character with a strong determination and will. She brought humor and hope into the story.
Is great, as we get to see inner workings of the government (kinda), heroes and villains, and the city. However, this might’ve been a more engrossing read if we had more background on the underground workings of the heros and villains so we could understand them more in general and why things worked out the way they did.
I enjoyed reading Supervillainess, and despite a few issues this is a world I can see myself delving in to again.