I haven't read any Vaughn since I reviewed Kitty’s House of Horrors here a few years ago. This book, in some ways, seemed more polished than the previous read. I don't think it is classified as a YA (young adult) but I think it reads as a YA novel. That isn't a bad thing, just my perceived market focus. Anna, the protagonist is struggling to find her way to maturity while dealing with an inherited not so super superpower.
I got a feel for the old comic book heroes from this book. I'm quite sure that was intentional. Vaughn creates a good
kind of setting. She appears to have a
good grasp of the teenage psychic or a very good memory of her own teen
years. As a former guidance counselor,
I recall quite clearly how teens struggle to create an identity clearly their
own. Taking after your parents is often
perceived as a fate worse than death. Gotham City
The book had a lot of action and angst. Relationships are explored and renewed. Celia's situation forces Anna to realize what is really important. Vaughn does a nice job reinforcing family values.
I recommend the book.
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This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.