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Never trust a guy in spandex. In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind. That is, until the city’s newes Never trust a guy in spandex. In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind. That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life. After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.


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Never trust a guy in spandex. In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind. That is, until the city’s newes Never trust a guy in spandex. In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind. That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life. After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.

30 review for The Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    emma

    WHERE ARE THE SUPERHEROES?!!!?!?!?!! WHERE ARE THEY. (If you didn’t read that in Michael Scott’s where-are-the-turtles voice from The Office, please go back and try again.) This was, like, shockingly un-superhero-y. When I read a book called The Supervillain and Me, I am expecting hijinks. I am expecting powers. I am expecting flight and invisibility and super-strength and lots of fight scenes in which people, like, getting punched through windows and stuff. Also, because of the villain part, I am WHERE ARE THE SUPERHEROES?!!!?!?!?!! WHERE ARE THEY. (If you didn’t read that in Michael Scott’s where-are-the-turtles voice from The Office, please go back and try again.) This was, like, shockingly un-superhero-y. When I read a book called The Supervillain and Me, I am expecting hijinks. I am expecting powers. I am expecting flight and invisibility and super-strength and lots of fight scenes in which people, like, getting punched through windows and stuff. Also, because of the villain part, I am expecting nefarious plotting and criminal mastermind-dom. Plus some fun costumes and masks and stuff, for flair. What I am not expecting: high school. High school theater. High school cafeterias. High school friendships and high school crushes and high school romances and high school classes and OH MY GOD SO MUCH HIGH SCHOOL. It’d figure that the one contemporary that actually puts an appropriate amount of education into the life of a teenager is actually not even really a contemporary at all. Pretty much this reads as super contemporary-y, even though it should be pretty fantasy-y because, you know, superheroes. Do not expect villainy. Do not expect superherodom. Do not expect fun stuff or action or anything like that. If you expect “Disney Channel movie,” you’ll have more of a good time. Bottom line: This was not a bad book. It was an easy read and sometimes-almost-kinda fun. BUT IT WAS NOT SUPERHERO-Y. (thanks to macmillan/swoon reads for the ARC <3)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    To start off, I am so picky about super hero things. I literally only like X-Men. But, a bit BUT! This one sounded super cute and really good. What I liked best about this book is how character driven it was. Iron Phantom was such an interesting character, and although I already knew who he was, it was still very much a mystery.  The swoon aspects were on point. I absolutely loved the discussions between Abby and Iron Phantom, and I could really feel their spark. If you like super hero stuff, then To start off, I am so picky about super hero things. I literally only like X-Men. But, a bit BUT! This one sounded super cute and really good. What I liked best about this book is how character driven it was. Iron Phantom was such an interesting character, and although I already knew who he was, it was still very much a mystery.  The swoon aspects were on point. I absolutely loved the discussions between Abby and Iron Phantom, and I could really feel their spark. If you like super hero stuff, then you're in luck! Because there was that too! Overall a fun and swoony read!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    The Supervillain and Me was playful, fun and crazy addicting. This book was so easy to devour and I loved how the mystery surrounding the supervillain had me flipping through the pages even faster. The action moments were perfectly sprinkled here and there and I adored how character driven this book was. I always find myself falling for those the hardest and that's exactly what I did with The Supervillain and Me. Regardless of who he was with or without his mask, I knew, no matter what my dad or The Supervillain and Me was playful, fun and crazy addicting. This book was so easy to devour and I loved how the mystery surrounding the supervillain had me flipping through the pages even faster. The action moments were perfectly sprinkled here and there and I adored how character driven this book was. I always find myself falling for those the hardest and that's exactly what I did with The Supervillain and Me. Regardless of who he was with or without his mask, I knew, no matter what my dad or brother said, I wanted to spend more time with him. The city that Abby lived in was crawling with crime. The police and the superheroes were stretched beyond the limits. And with her father being the mayor and her brother being one of the superheroes, it almost felt like Abby was lost in the shuffle sometimes. Even though her family definitely loved her. So when Abby found herself being mugged she thought her brother, Connor aka Red Comet, would be the one to rescue her. Instead it was a new super. And the very next day the new super was caught on video burning city hall and then disappearing. The city dubbed him as a Supervillain and called him Iron Phantom. But he saved Abby so he can't be all bad, right? Or can he? “Abigail,” he whispered, his voice so low it nearly got lost amid the hum of the AC unit. “I’m not the bad guy. I’m not a villain. If I wanted to hurt you, I would have done it already.” After Iron Phantom rescued Abby, he started randomly showing up in her life. Their times around each other had me cracking up. But there was a secret going on in the city, and he was hoping that Abby could help him figure out what was going on. And while I hoped Abby would be able to help him out, I was definitely focused on their interactions. Every time they were together their banter was smile inducing and you could feel the sparks flying. Plus I loved that even the littlest thing that Iron Phantom did could be seductive. I swooned so hard and found myself sighing out loud. I absolutely loved that cocky, brave, selfless, thoughtful, playful Supervillain! He saw me in a way I hadn’t realized I wanted to be seen until I met him. Not a hero, not someone with powers, but just a girl. Just Abigail. The more Abby found herself interacting with Iron Phantom, the deeper she got pulled into a dark mystery that was twisted into her city. I was so nervous waiting to see what was going to happen. But all the while, her normal life chugged on. She was still working hard in theater, had her best friend Sarah in her life and she was trying to spend time with her superhero brother and father who both worked constantly. My heart hurt for Abby at times and I didn't expect for her to get into all of the perilous situations she found herself in. But I absolutely loved her. Abby's sarcastic voice and the fact that she wasn't impressed with the supers had me liking her right from the start. I even loved how she wasn't exactly 100% trusting with Iron Phantom in the beginning. She definitely thought for herself and I found myself respecting her for doing what was right and not what others would have wanted her to do. “I guess I thought if anyone could figure it out, it would be you.” He headed for my window. “I need to go.” As we got pulled further into the story, I found myself obsessed with the mystery surrounding Iron Phantom. While I guessed who Iron Phantom was right from the start, I found myself switching my mind a few times. I never should have second guess myself! And when I reached that last page I absolutely loved how everything was wrapped up. It is definitely a standalone but here's the thing, there's still so much going on in their world that future books would definitely be feasible. I absolutely adored the Supervillain and Me, so whether we stay with Abby and her supervillain or switch to another character in this world I'd be a very happy girl! *fingers crossed* *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by Swoon Reads. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Knight

    I thought this book sounded amazing but I didn't expect a lot from it. I definitely didn't expect to love it as much as I did. This book was so much fun to read and I loved every second it of. I couldn't put this book down and I never wanted it to end. I loved the concept of this book. I love superheros and I thought the idea of superheros being a common thing was awesome. I loved the characters so much and I loved the dialogue between the characters even more. Abby's banter with Iron Phantom wa I thought this book sounded amazing but I didn't expect a lot from it. I definitely didn't expect to love it as much as I did. This book was so much fun to read and I loved every second it of. I couldn't put this book down and I never wanted it to end. I loved the concept of this book. I love superheros and I thought the idea of superheros being a common thing was awesome. I loved the characters so much and I loved the dialogue between the characters even more. Abby's banter with Iron Phantom was so cute and had me laughing out loud at 2am. I loved Abby's relationship with her brother as well. I was really pleasantly surprised by the family themes in this book and I really appreciated the value that Abby had for her relationship with her brother. I also loved how Abby continued to put effort into her friendship with Sarah. I've read a lot of YA books where the main character drops their friends when something exciting happens or when they meet a boy. But Abby and Sarah stuck it out the entire book and I loved that. Overall, I loved this book so much and it has quickly become one of my favorites. I definitely recommend Men in Tights. It's well worth the read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aila

    Summed up in three words: Generic Superhero Book. Don’t get me wrong, The Supervillain and Me was fun, it really was. But it was also flighty and frivolous and flat and… you get the point. You know that one movie, Sky High? It had a bunch of no-name actors, from what I remember, and it was about a white boy attending a school full of superheroes. I really liked it when I was little. This book reminds me of that movie. It’s very light-hearted and cute, leaving nothing but a sweet aftertaste in th Summed up in three words: Generic Superhero Book. Don’t get me wrong, The Supervillain and Me was fun, it really was. But it was also flighty and frivolous and flat and… you get the point. You know that one movie, Sky High? It had a bunch of no-name actors, from what I remember, and it was about a white boy attending a school full of superheroes. I really liked it when I was little. This book reminds me of that movie. It’s very light-hearted and cute, leaving nothing but a sweet aftertaste in the end. The reason why it won’t get higher than a 2.5 star from me is because it’s so generic. The world-building is incredibly shallow, the characters don’t exactly stand out, and I predicted the plot from the second chapter. It doesn’t help that the book is also way too long. I swear, 100 out of these almost 400 pages was unnecessary high school angst and the main character being oblivious to the things around her. I really do think this works for a younger audience. I would have enjoyed it more about 5 years ago. But now? Eh, I think superheroes can do better. Especially with more unique ones like Renegades by Marissa Meyer and Vicious by V.E. Schwab out in the world. This book was basically Sky High x High School Musical. The generic main character Abby has a brother for a superhero, while she’s balancing a potential love interest who’s also a superhero but getting framed as a supervillain. Oh, also, the title kind of led me to think of the characters having a moral dilemma about what constitutes right/wrong but the plot ultimately follows the same generic pathway of clear-cut distinctions between the heroes and villains. Nothing too exciting to see here. “I didn’t need the reporter to spell it out for me. The man who saved me last night was no hero. He was a villain.” Sure Jan, keep telling yourself that. Anyway, the plot is simple and easy to follow, the characters didn’t really stand out (except for that one bisexual character that got weirdly, ~15 pages of page time!). I felt like I was watching a kid’s TV show. And me, being the curious person I am, ended up reading the ending of the third book that this author has on WattPad (LOL) and suffice it to say, I’m for sure not sticking with this series. Also, background note: superpowers appeared out of nowhere and NO ONE knows why. There are no scientists trying to figure it out. There is no explanation. Maybe radiation? I'm laughing because radiation => superpowers is a plotline that was done YEARS AGO. (Also debunked years ago, but who am I to say anything in the world of fiction.) Sorry, but... OUT OF ALL THE POSSIBILITIES. There’s not much more to talk about this book, despite it being almost 400 pages. I was pretty bored while reading this, even though it was supposed to be a quick read, and I really found myself struggling to pick it up. Final verdict? Save your time. This is fun if you’re looking for something very generic, buttt I’d say start with other YA superhero books first, because then you’d actually be rooting for characters you actually cared about. Thank you Macmillan for the review copy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ✧ k a t i e ✧

    "He saw me in a way I hadn’t realized I wanted to be seen until I met him. Not a hero, not someone with powers, but just a girl. Just Abigail." Eh. This was okay. It's honestly what I was expecting: a cheesy superhero novel that was focused on the romance. But it was super generic. The characters were okay. There really wasn't anything exciting or different about them, they were just there. They were stereotypical characters. Abby, the smart girl who's into theater but not sports. Connor, the "He saw me in a way I hadn’t realized I wanted to be seen until I met him. Not a hero, not someone with powers, but just a girl. Just Abigail." Eh. This was okay. It's honestly what I was expecting: a cheesy superhero novel that was focused on the romance. But it was super generic. The characters were okay. There really wasn't anything exciting or different about them, they were just there. They were stereotypical characters. Abby, the smart girl who's into theater but not sports. Connor, the jock (or I guess superhero in this case) who is not booksmart. Fish Boy (I don't know if revealing his name is a spoiler so I'm not going to say it), the side character who has funny one liners. Sarah, the fangirl best friend who squeals. at. everything. And Iron Phantom, the "supervillian" who is sarcastic and falls in love with the superhero's sister. This book was just very cliche characters that didn't really stand out to me. Abby and Iron Phantom's romance was cute and fluffy. I enjoyed, it was my favorite thing from the book. But it felt like this book was too focused on Abby and Iron Phantom. There wasn't alot of action scenes. You don't get a real feel for the superheros in the world, you just hear about them. Using the term supervillian was honestly misleading because Iron Phantom isn't one. Even in the description he's called a vigilante so I don't know why supervillain is in the title. Iron Phantom should've been a little more villiany or the title shouldn't have villian in it. Maybe I'm just being very nitpicky. Also, do not get me start on the names of the supers in this book. You have Red Comet, Iron Phantom (which I don't hate), and Fish Boy. Fish Boy . I mean, c'mon. Really? Even Aquaman doesn't have a name that cringy. The one thing that bothered me alot and caused me not to give this book higher than 3 -stars was Abby, Iron Phantom, and Connor's interaction at one point in the book. When Connor finds out who Iron Phantom is he gets really possessive of Abby. And so does Iron Phantom. They both fight over her, saying they know what's best for her, pulling her arms and acting like she can't speak or make decisions for herself. It just really didn't settle right for me. Overall, this is a generic superhero story with stereotypical characters, a cliche plot, but a fluffy romance with some funny lines. It's a quick, lighthearted read that isn't a terrible.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    I expected something fun and cute, when I read this book, but I also got a story with a lot of heart, and a reminder that we can all be some sort of superhero. • Pro: Abby was so complicated. She had all these feelings, which were in constant conflict with each other, and Banas did a great job helping her work through some of them. I loved that when the going got tough, Abby dug in and came out with her fists up. • Pro: This story had that old school superhero feel - think Adam West era Batman. T I expected something fun and cute, when I read this book, but I also got a story with a lot of heart, and a reminder that we can all be some sort of superhero. • Pro: Abby was so complicated. She had all these feelings, which were in constant conflict with each other, and Banas did a great job helping her work through some of them. I loved that when the going got tough, Abby dug in and came out with her fists up. • Pro: This story had that old school superhero feel - think Adam West era Batman. This is not a bad thing in my book, because I always found Batman to be amusing and enjoyable. • Pro: Sibling relationships are something I tend to enjoy in books, and Abby and her brother had a great relationship. They kind of only had each other, with their father throwing himself into saving the city full-time, and she may not have had super powers, but Abby provided a lot of encouragement, love, and support to her brother. • Pro: I am going to tell you right now, I did not select this book for the superheroes, I selected it for the fun factor and the romance, and I was very pleased with both. Though I did predict, who the Iron Phantom was, I still enjoyed the build-up to the unmasking. I also really loved the quiet moments Abby and the Iron Phantom spent together, getting to know one another better and exploring their friendship. I was definitely shipping this ship. • Pro: As with any superhero story worth its salt, the loss of a parent played a role in this story. These characters were carrying around a lot of residual pain and grief, which they worked through during the story. It was the moments surrounding this loss, which packed an emotional punch for me. • Pro: I was team Iron Phantom from the get-go. The interactions between him and Abby were adorable, and the banter was snappy and made me smile. • Pro: The story really moved along. Between the romance, the mystery, the rescues, the nefarious plot, and the school play, there was lots to keep my attention, and I throughly enjoyed it all. Overall: A fun romance filled with a little mystery, action, superhero antics, and swoons. I, for one, and looking forward to more Morriston Superheroes. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  8. 4 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    4.5 stars OMG .. I REALLY enjoyed this book so much .. I like these kind of books it's so relateable and remind me of those cute and fluffy super hero movies So this story is set in a city called Moriston where superheros are a part of society, until a super villian called the Iron Phantom is attacking the city in so many ways, and that's how Abby out main character is tangled in all this since her father is the Mayor of the city it was really cute and I liked how Abby's character developed and t 4.5 stars OMG .. I REALLY enjoyed this book so much .. I like these kind of books it's so relateable and remind me of those cute and fluffy super hero movies So this story is set in a city called Moriston where superheros are a part of society, until a super villian called the Iron Phantom is attacking the city in so many ways, and that's how Abby out main character is tangled in all this since her father is the Mayor of the city it was really cute and I liked how Abby's character developed and the romance was SO on point I LOVED it :D .. most recommended

  9. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME promised a light, fun read about superheroes from the point-of-view of someone ordinary. And while that is true, the majority of the novel takes place at Abigail's high school, focusing more on the drama of auditioning for a play and dealing with potential crushes than on superheroes and villains. A quick read, THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME is predictable and not always in a fun way. Abby is clumsy, caught in a potential love triangle, and lacking in agency. As the back copy sta THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME promised a light, fun read about superheroes from the point-of-view of someone ordinary. And while that is true, the majority of the novel takes place at Abigail's high school, focusing more on the drama of auditioning for a play and dealing with potential crushes than on superheroes and villains. A quick read, THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME is predictable and not always in a fun way. Abby is clumsy, caught in a potential love triangle, and lacking in agency. As the back copy states, she follows Iron Phantom around. It's more his story than hers because there's never a moment where she decides to investigate the threat for herself. Iron Phantom provides the questions and the answers while stalking her and refusing to tell her his true identity for the sake of creating extra drama. Readers looking for some light hearted high school drama will find enjoyment in THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME's pages. The relationship between Abby and her brother is heartwarming. But the novel suffers from pacing issues, and a lack of conflict and agency on Abby's part.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

    Superheroes have been having an amazing decade. With Marvel delivering incredible movie after movie, and DC entertaining me every week with shows like Arrow and The Flash, nerds really are having their moment. (I won't talk about DC movies. Blegh.) So why not have more superhero movies? I'm definitely down for it, which is why I was excited to get a copy of The Supervillain and Me, Danielle Banas' debut novel. I really liked the idea of superheroes being fairly common and with better and worse ab Superheroes have been having an amazing decade. With Marvel delivering incredible movie after movie, and DC entertaining me every week with shows like Arrow and The Flash, nerds really are having their moment. (I won't talk about DC movies. Blegh.) So why not have more superhero movies? I'm definitely down for it, which is why I was excited to get a copy of The Supervillain and Me, Danielle Banas' debut novel. I really liked the idea of superheroes being fairly common and with better and worse abilities. (Lol at Fish Boy.) Seeing them be normal people as well, with families and everyday responsibilities, gave it a bit of a The Incredibles feel. I particularly loved that Danielle didn't focus on one of the supers for her main character, but the very ordinary sister of a super, having to deal with life on the sidelines. But this gave her the opportunity to be her own hero! And get a bit of super love on the side. ;) Though a bit predictable, The Supervillain and Me was a light, fun read for your summer break! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Abby Hamilton's brother is Red Comet, the superhero in charge of saving the city. And her father is the mayor of the crime-ridden city. All's going well, until a new super shows up—and rescues Abby right before he burns down city hall. But the Iron Phantom tells Abby he's not a bad guy, he's actually a good guy. And he's hot... UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT This is a DNF at 68%. Maybe it gets better, maybe it doesn't. I already got past one big reveal, but I still stand by my initial assessment that thi Abby Hamilton's brother is Red Comet, the superhero in charge of saving the city. And her father is the mayor of the crime-ridden city. All's going well, until a new super shows up—and rescues Abby right before he burns down city hall. But the Iron Phantom tells Abby he's not a bad guy, he's actually a good guy. And he's hot... UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT This is a DNF at 68%. Maybe it gets better, maybe it doesn't. I already got past one big reveal, but I still stand by my initial assessment that this is Twilight in superhero form. Maybe this changes. Maybe it doesn't. So far, signs point towards Twilight. (view spoiler)[Lemme just put this out there...this book won the 2014 Wattys on Wattpad (although tbf, there are really unique and awesome stories to be found on WP), a site known for fanfiction, so draw your own conclusions (hide spoiler)] At 23%, I started counting similarities/YA tropes: 1. Abby Hamilton is super, super, super clumsy (view spoiler)[Granted, unlike Bella, she's apparently fairly talented at singing/acting, but we never see her practicing (or geeking out to Broadway show tunes or whatever like she says she loves) because boy toy quickly sucks up all other interests and activities—except the play she's the heroine in, to show she's totally not Bella bc, talent. Methinks it's going to take a little more to distinguish yourself, Abbellastasia. (hide spoiler)] 2. Abby Hamilton has no mother (Bella's mom is basically an absentee parent anyways), and her dad is loving but kinda negligent and also moderately important as the major of the town (but of coooooooourse this does not make Abby popular!). Bonus: in this world her Jasper is Connor, the superhero. 3. She's not hot. I mean, she's blonde and skinny, but she has acne on her forehead that ruins her features and forces her to cover it up with makeup. She's a total dog. 4. We had the "Edward Cullen catches Bella from near-fatal fall out of nowhere" 5. the love triangle with an interesting twist, the describing herself in a mirror 6. the chin-grabbing 7. the alpha-male possessiveness 8. the breaking and entering 9. the watching her sleeping (watching. her. sleeping) 10. the alpha male stalking and physically and emotionally isolating his prey—and asking her to trust him without giving her any other reason beyond his hotness (and she does trust him and go along with him...because duh, he's a hottie) 11. case in point: disappearing female best friend as love interests highjack her life 12. the tickling. OMGF the tickling scene. the dude literally knows her three days and he tickles her!!!! 13. aaaaaaaaaaaand he's rich 14. he calls her "Abigail," and says her name practically every other sentence. She goes by Abby. No one but this dude calls her Abigail. To top all this off, I have literally no clue about Abby's motivation. Iron Phantom literally breaks into her room and tells her that he's on a mission to bring down her father because ~shady shit~ and tells her to trust him without actually ever telling her any details, and she goes along with him. She chooses a total stranger over her brother and dad for no other reason than he makes her downstairs tingle. Aside from the love interests, I haven't mentioned the casual misogyny thrown everywhere, but goodness gracious this is ridiculous. All this isn't even discussing the slipshod plotline of the microchips or anything else. Again, maybe this changes. Maybe it gets better. But with less than a third left of the story, it isn't worth my time. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine Manzari

    I really loved this book. It was fun and quirky. I had one lingering question at the end of the book, an assumption that was overlooked and not answered, but I have a feeling it will be answered in the next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Glory

    3.5 звезды Очень приятный, где-то забавный, где-то серьезный супергеройский янг адалт. Действие происходит в городе, погрязшем в преступности, эдаком Готеме. Благо в этой реальности с нею вполне успешно борются супергерои, в Морристоне их аж целых два: Красная Комета и Фишбой. Они спасители и народные любимцы, девицы визжат, обвешивают их постерами стены комнат и встают в очередь за автографами. Все, кроме Эбби. Потому что она-то знает, как минимум кто скрывается под маской Кометы - ее старший бр 3.5 звезды Очень приятный, где-то забавный, где-то серьезный супергеройский янг адалт. Действие происходит в городе, погрязшем в преступности, эдаком Готеме. Благо в этой реальности с нею вполне успешно борются супергерои, в Морристоне их аж целых два: Красная Комета и Фишбой. Они спасители и народные любимцы, девицы визжат, обвешивают их постерами стены комнат и встают в очередь за автографами. Все, кроме Эбби. Потому что она-то знает, как минимум кто скрывается под маской Кометы - ее старший брат Коннор. Коннор мочился в кровать до восьми лет, и никакие горы мышц и костюм из спандекса не заставят меня забыть ночи, когда он врывался в мою комнату в мокрой пижаме. Отец их мэр, который так же жаждет искоренить преступность, потому с сыном-супергероем они заняты активной общественной деятельностью, а Эбби... просто живет, храня эту тайну и стараясь не винить брата за смерть матери, которую тот, будучи таким одаренным, не спас от грабителей. И вот в один не самый прекрасный день нападают и на саму Эбби, но спасает ее не Коннор и не второй местный герой, а какой-то неизвестный супер в черном костюме без опознавательных знаков. Он умеет исцелять и телепортироваться. А еще у него зеленые глаза. Когда на следующий день этого же супера обвиняют в поджоге мэрии и объявляют первым в истории города суперзлодеем, Железным Фантомом, Эбби не знает, что делать, но с выводами не спешит. В конце концов, не всегда все именно так, как кажется. И пока Эбби разрывается между преданностью семье и дружбой с Фантомом, кто-то плетет заговор. Кто-то без костюма и способностей, настоящее зло. Я не назову роман прям таким глубоким, но в нем есть хорошие мысли о добре и зле, о семье, о потерях, о самоопределении. Приятный юмор, не картонные персонажи. История сравнительно небольшая и читается очень легко. Здесь есть и школьные будни, и шпионские вылазки в стан врага, и уморительные диалоги, и отрефлексированное прошлое. Повествование ведется от лица Эбби, и голос у нее приятный. Она не идеальна, но лично я нашла много точек соприкосновения и с ней, и с ее видением мира, хотя порой ее хотелось встряхнуть. А еще тут совершенно разные, но такие интересные суперы - судя по названию серии, дальше нас ждут книги про самого Коннора и Фишбоя, и их я тоже с удовольствием прочту. А у этого романа завершенный сюжет.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    This was fantastic! I absolutely loved it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    This was cute and fun. RTC for a blog tour.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    After discovering a newfound love of superhero books, The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas caught my eye. The book follows a girl who partners with the town’s “villain,” and the main character is likeable. I especially enjoyed the setting and how believable it is. If you are a fan of superhero books like I am, I would definitely recommend this one. Full review on The Candid Cover

  17. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I was sent an early copy of this from Fierce Reads in exchange for an honest review. I always gravitate towards superhero stories and this definitely didn't disappoint. I could not put this book down! When I started it I felt like I knew who the guy behind the mask was and I am so glad I was wrong. I enjoyed the progression of every character and the ending. Hopefully there's a second book soon because I need more! I also need and Iron Phantom artwork in my life...I'm just saying. *wink wink* I w I was sent an early copy of this from Fierce Reads in exchange for an honest review. I always gravitate towards superhero stories and this definitely didn't disappoint. I could not put this book down! When I started it I felt like I knew who the guy behind the mask was and I am so glad I was wrong. I enjoyed the progression of every character and the ending. Hopefully there's a second book soon because I need more! I also need and Iron Phantom artwork in my life...I'm just saying. *wink wink* I won't post spoilers as this hasn't been released yet, but if you like superhero stories I believe you will enjoy this. The Supervillain and Me felt in many ways reminiscent of the Playstation show Powers and I loved that show. Danielle's writing style is fun and easy to follow and I definitely think you all should check her out! Since this comes out on my birthday I may have to put a finished copy of this on my wish list.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    The more I look at this cover and read the synopsis the more I hope our "villain" is a Deadpool-esque hero. --- I am all for Villian love interests, so sign me up! Lol

  19. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    this book....is dumb it reads like fanfiction with the names filed off and then just so lazily replaced?? why would anyone read this instead of just reading fanfiction about like, actual superheroes (actual like established, I know there aren't real life superheroes) (except for the Fab 5 on Queer Eye) anyway for real this was too dumb to be enjoyable on any level, like I know it's from Swoon Reads so it's meant to be a light romance but I don't care about these characters and their relationship at this book....is dumb it reads like fanfiction with the names filed off and then just so lazily replaced?? why would anyone read this instead of just reading fanfiction about like, actual superheroes (actual like established, I know there aren't real life superheroes) (except for the Fab 5 on Queer Eye) anyway for real this was too dumb to be enjoyable on any level, like I know it's from Swoon Reads so it's meant to be a light romance but I don't care about these characters and their relationship at all? Like I could conceivably forgive just glossing completely over the superhero/villain shit if underneath it I cared about these characters and their relationship? (Which was kind of the case with Marissa Meyer's Renegades tbh) But...I don't.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eeva

    It's such a cute and sweet read. It's not the best book ever written and the Iron Phantom's true identity is the least surprising surprise in the history of surprises but I really enjoyed reading ot amd Im excited for the next part!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (Firstbooklove)

    (I received a free review copy from Xpresso book tours in exchange for an honest review) “I’m not who you think I am.” The Supervillain and Me (Morriston superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy Rating: 5 stars (Review) (DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.) Abby constantly lives in the shadow of her older brother, since he’s a superhero, the Red Comet. After Abby is saved by the mysterious supervillain, Iron Phantom, she isn’t convinced that he is a b (I received a free review copy from Xpresso book tours in exchange for an honest review) “I’m not who you think I am.” The Supervillain and Me (Morriston superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy Rating: 5 stars (Review) (DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.) Abby constantly lives in the shadow of her older brother, since he’s a superhero, the Red Comet. After Abby is saved by the mysterious supervillain, Iron Phantom, she isn’t convinced that he is a bad guy, unlike the city who claims he is a horrible villain. When I saw this blog tour, I immediately applied because this book has been on my TBR since last year and I was so excited to read this book, and I literally fangirl-ed myself to death when I realised that I was going to get a review copy for the blog tour! I actually predicted who Iron Phantom was already, but I really found Iron Phantom and Abby’s interactions really cute. This book also emphasised on how difficult it actually is to be a hero. I did kinda hope that Abby would have gained some special abilities though. This book was comedic and addictive, I really couldn’t put it down. I really liked the story progression and really liked and enjoyed this book! I finished it in one sitting and I wanted to read more ASAP! (Imagine my horror when I realised I was reading a review copy, and that the book was only going to be released a day before my review while my heart agonised about wanting to read the 2nd book).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Valarauco

    Cover Mich hat das Cover direkt angesprochen. Es passt wunderbar zur Geschichte und obwohl nicht viel zu sehen ist, hat es den Charme der Geschichte durchaus eingefangen. Es ist irgendwie süß und frech und gefällt mir sehr gut. Meine Meinung Als ich das Buch vor ein paar Monaten entdeckt habe, wusste ich sofort, dass ich es lesen muss. Ich liebe Superheldengeschichten und kann nie genug davon bekommen. Noch besser als Superhelden gefallen mir natürlich Superbösewichte. An dieser Stelle kann ich euc Cover Mich hat das Cover direkt angesprochen. Es passt wunderbar zur Geschichte und obwohl nicht viel zu sehen ist, hat es den Charme der Geschichte durchaus eingefangen. Es ist irgendwie süß und frech und gefällt mir sehr gut. Meine Meinung Als ich das Buch vor ein paar Monaten entdeckt habe, wusste ich sofort, dass ich es lesen muss. Ich liebe Superheldengeschichten und kann nie genug davon bekommen. Noch besser als Superhelden gefallen mir natürlich Superbösewichte. An dieser Stelle kann ich euch auch gestehen, dass ich mehr als eine ausgewachsene Schwäche für Tom Hiddlestons Loki habe. Ich meine seht ihn euch an. Ist er nicht einfach wunderbar? Doch ehe dieser Beitrag jetzt in eine absolute Fangirl-Eskalation ausartet möchte ich euch lieber erzählen, warum mich dieses Buch so glücklich gemacht hat. Abby lebt in einer Welt, in der es Superhelden wirklich gibt. Noch ist nicht genau geklärt woher sie kommen und wie sie ihre Kräfte erhalten. Oft sind es traumatische Erlebnisse, die für die Erweckung der Kräfte sorgen. Abbys älterer Bruder ist einer dieser Superhelden und hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, ihre kleine Stadt zu schützen. Hin zu kommt das Abbys Vater der Bürgermeister der Stadt ist und ein ähnliches Ziel hat, dieses aber mit anderen Mitteln verfolgt. Als plötzlich ein weiterer junger Mann in Spandex auftaucht, scheint es zu erst, als wäre er der ultimative Bösewicht. Iron Phantom hat Abby vor einem Überfall gerettet und dafür gesorgt, dass sie sicher nach Hause kommt. Nun möchte er aus ihrer Bekanntschaft etwas Profit schlagen, um es ein wenig netter auszudrücken: Er braucht ihre Hilfe. Den es gibt jemand der Iron Phantom einen Haufen Probleme und Angriffe auf die Stadt in die Schuhe schieben möchte. Viele von uns haben sich vermutlich schon einmal vorgestellt, wie es wäre in einer Welt voller Superhelden zu leben. Ich für meinen Teil habe jeden Marvel Film schon mehrmals gesehen und fange ganz langsam auch an Comics zu lesen, die von Superhelden handeln. Vielleicht habt ihr, ähnlich wie ich, sogar schon einmal darüber nachgedacht, welche Superhelden-Fähigkeit ihr gerne hättet. Dieses Buch regt den Leser definitiv dazu an. Es spielt in einer Welt, die unserer gar nicht so unähnlich ist, eine Zukunft, die nicht wirklich entfernt erscheint, daher ist es umso leichter sich in Abby hineinzuversetzen. Als Hauptfigur hat mir Abby gut gefallen. Sie stellt meiner Meinung nach die richtigen Fragen, steht aber gleichzeitig auch gewaltig auf dem Schlauch was sie doch irgendwie niedlich macht. Obwohl sie keine besonderen Fähigkeiten hat, ist sie fest davon überzeugt, sich verteidigen zu können und hat es sogar manchmal satt, das ihr Vater und ihr Bruder sie absolut abschotten wollen. Als Tochter des Bürgermeisters bekommt sie deutlich mehr mit, als andere Jugendliche in ihrem Alter. Abby hat auch eine tolle beste Freund, Sarah. Ich finde die beiden genial zusammen. Naheliegender Weise reden sie zwar viel über Jungs, aber es scheint nicht all ihre Gespräche zu dominiern. Sie haben einen angenehme Chemie. Grabbing his snack, Connor left the room. "What do you think?" I asked Sarah one we were alone. She eyed Connor's fast-food bag. abandoned on the table. "I think ... that there's one burrito left and I'm going to eat it before your brother does." Shaking my head, I ushered her toward the microwave. "Give me half and I promise I won't tell him." - The Supervillain and Me. Chapter 7. Abbys Bruder Connor gehört den Superhelden an. Er hat seinen Fähigkeiten nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter entdeckt und versucht seit dem die Stadt zu retten. Auf seinen Schultern liegt eine gewaltige Last, die er sich zum Großteil selbst aufgeladen hat. Trotzdem gelingt es im oft das richtige zu sagen, um die Situation wieder etwas auf zu lockern. Er ist eine unglaublich angenehme und lustige Figur. Ich mochte ihn und seine Dynamik mit Abby sehr gerne. Manches in dem Buch mag sehr vorhersehbar sein, doch ich finde die Autorin macht das mit ihrem besonders humorvollen Schreibstil wieder wett. Es gelingt ihr mit einem Augenzwinkern selbst die kitschigsten Szenen etwas weniger ausgelutscht klingen zu lassen, als sie es vielleicht sollten. Sie hat mich mit ihrem angenehmen Stil so gefesselt, dass ich das Buch am Ende überhaupt nicht mehr aus der Hand legen konnte und es mit einem wirklich breiten Grinsen zu Ende gelesen habe. Der Witz und Humor der Figuren zeichnet dieses Buch meiner Meinung nach wirklich aus. Ich habe sehr viel gelacht und ich hoffe sehr, dass es nicht ewig dauert, bis ein möglicher zweiter Band erscheint (mehr Connor?!!). Wie ihr vielleicht vermutet habt, hat mich diese Geschichte völlig überzeugt. Schon lange hat mich kein Buch mehr so gefesselt, begeistert, zum lachen und zum seufzen gebracht. Zu Beginn hatte ich Angst, ich würde es zu sehr mit Renegades von Marissa Meyer vergleichen, doch die Bücher haben wirklich nichts gemeinsam, außer das es Superhelden gibt. Die Autorin konzentriert sich hier viel stärker auf den Aspekt der Liebesgeschichte und lässt noch einige Fragen zu ihren Superhelden offen. Ich hoffe allerdings stark, dass wir auf diesem Gebiet noch mehr in weiteren Büchern lernen werden. Von mir gibt es volle fünf Monster für ein geniales Buch, welches definitiv zu meinen Jahreshighlights gehört (nicht zuletzt weil ich ein Bild von Loki in den Beitrag einbinden konnte). Ich hoffe sehr, es gefällt euch genau so und kann es euch nur wärmstens empfehlen!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    7/10 Супердлинное ревью на книгу «Суперзлодей и я» Главная героиня Эбби - среднестатистическая девчонка, не королева школы, но (во славу Перуну) и не затюканная серая мышь. Она живет в Морристоне, городе, где зашкаливает преступность. Благо, есть доблестная полиция во главе с ее отцом и местные супергерои: чешуйчатый блогер Фишбой и мечта всех девчонок (и некоторых парней) Красная комета, который, по совместительству, является старшим братом Эбби, Коннор. Благодаря особому шестому чувству эти 7/10 Супердлинное ревью на книгу «Суперзлодей и я» Главная героиня Эбби - среднестатистическая девчонка, не королева школы, но (во славу Перуну) и не затюканная серая мышь. Она живет в Морристоне, городе, где зашкаливает преступность. Благо, есть доблестная полиция во главе с ее отцом и местные супергерои: чешуйчатый блогер Фишбой и мечта всех девчонок (и некоторых парней) Красная комета, который, по совместительству, является старшим братом Эбби, Коннор. Благодаря особому шестому чувству эти двое всегда знают, когда где-то происходит преступление и тут же мчатся помешать злодеянию. Вот только однажды сверхъестественная чуйка подводит ребят, и от вооруженного грабителя Эбби спасают не эти двое, а новый неизвестный супергерой в чёрном костюме. Но на следующий день выясняется, что этот парень ответственен за поджег здания. СМИ в этом городе работают превосходно и моментально информируют жителей о любых сверх-мутках. Преступления, в которых обвиняют Железного Фантома (погонялово из-за деталей костюма и способности исчезать), растут со скоростью снежного кома. И однажды единственный суперзлодей Морристона заявляется к ней, утверждая, что все не то, чем кажется и просит помощи Эбби в поимке настоящего преступника. В этой книге мне понравилось несколько вещей: - Главная героиня. Пусть Эбби и проигрывает братцу в силе и способностях, но она умная, храбрая и с неплохим чувством юмора (отдельное спасибо автору за то, что она не возвела эти вещи в абсолют!) - Сцены обитания супергероев в естественной среде. Чего стоит Коннор в супергеройском костюме, поедающий буррито или поющий песни из Мулан во время полёта. - Автор касается и нескольких серьезных вопросов. Не рассматривает их подробно, не препарирует, лишь обозначает, но и это больше, чем в некоторых весьма популярных книгах. Например, она говорит о беспощадности нашего общества, очень быстро забывающего о твоих благих делах и концентрирующихся на твоих неудачах, что было продемонстрировано в случае Красной Кометы и Железного Фантома. - Помните, Стив Роджерс спросил у Старка, кто же он без костюма? Так вот, Даниэль Банас уверено заявляет: под костюмом - личность. Даже без суперсил, лишь один из миллионов, у тебя есть семья, друзья и масса возможностей, чтобы проложить свой путь в этом мире. - Хороший юмор, который делал чтение приятнее. ”- На будущее, я больше предпочитаю яд. Он действует быстро. И в большинстве случаев безболезненно. - Но в чем же тогда веселье? - И ты называешь меня злодеем.” Моменты, в которых для меня чего-то не хватило: - Эта идея с поголовным чипированием населения какая-то слишком уж неоригинальная и скучная. - Не хватило эмоционального накала между героями и во время финальной битвы. В этом плане книга прошла очень ровно. - Экшена вообще в книге мало, будничную жизнь Эбби в мире супергероев лишь изредка разбавляют небольшие встречи с преступным миром, который, по идее, ну уж очень угрожает жизни горожан. - В книге есть юмор, да, но язык автора весьма прост и лишён радующих глаз украшений. Да и цитат я выделила всего лишь пару штук, несколько из них чисто для ревью. - Из-за названия я ждала прям злодея. Обаятельного, харизматичного, но именно плохиша. Увы, не всем мечтам суждено сбыться. Как итог, «Суперзлодей и я» - неплохая лёгкая книга. Так как я не нашла в ней чего-то, что прям резко выделило её из многотысячных стопок янг эдалта, рекомендовать всем и каждому её я не могу. Но если я ищете, чем скрасить пару праздных часов, присмотритесь, ну а вдруг. P.S. Сомневаюсь, что у книги будет значительная фан-база, о чем заранее жалею. Как я говорила ранее, у многих хайповых книг на все 300-400 страниц ни одной толковой мысли не наберется, а тут они есть. Да и вообще, под конец не совсем и хотелось прощаться с этим миром. Поэтому надеюсь, что продолжение будет и его я прочитаю.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Supervillain and Me is the first book in the young adult superhero fantasy by Danielle Banas, called the Morriston Superheroes series. I missed yesterday's top ten tuesday post, which was top ten books of 2018...so far. But if I had gotten my post up, this book would have for sure made this list! I loved The Supervillain and Me so, so much! I am going to come right out and say that I am a pretty big fan for super **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Supervillain and Me is the first book in the young adult superhero fantasy by Danielle Banas, called the Morriston Superheroes series. I missed yesterday's top ten tuesday post, which was top ten books of 2018...so far. But if I had gotten my post up, this book would have for sure made this list! I loved The Supervillain and Me so, so much! I am going to come right out and say that I am a pretty big fan for superheroes and super powers. I love all things X-men, Avengers and pretty much any marvel or DC comic hero/villain. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that as soon as I saw the cover and summary for The Supervillain and Me, I was fangirling for it right from the get-go. That being said, I still had no idea just how much I would fall in love with this story and these characters. Danielle Banas knocked it out of the park with The Supervillain and Me! The Supervillain and Me is set in a world where some people develop powers. The supers then tend to become a superhero for their city. The Supervillain and Me is set in the town of Morriston. Morriston currently has two supers- The Red Comet and Fish Boy. Go ahead and guess which one is the city favorite? (just kidding, Morriston loves both of them) And then we have Abby, our main character. Nope, she doesn't have powers but she is the sister to the Red Comet. I thought this was a cool way of making her super hero adjacent, without actually giving her super powers. But then a new super shows up on the scene- the Iron Phantom, except he is no hero. He is Morriston's very first super villain. And that is all I am going to tell you about the set up of this story, because you just have read it for yourself and watch it all unfold. But now let's talk about the characters and the reasons why I loved The Supervillain and Me so darn much! I loved every single character in this book. Abby is great. Her best friend, AKA the Red Comet super fangirl is a hoot and a really great friend. And of course I totally loved the romance between Abby and Iron Phantom. The romance was very front and center and so much fun, and totally swoony. If you like your superhero books with a heavy dose of romance, The Supervillain and Me is the perfect book for you. I will say that I knew who the Iron Phantom was pretty early on, but I still loved every second of this book. I loved that so many of the characters were in high school. (It is a young adult  book, after all!) Danielle Banas did a fantastic job fleshing out her characters and friendships and relationships. And her writing was funny and conversational and flowed perfectly the whole time. There was not a single instance where I found the plot dragging on. The Supervillain and Me was a fast paced book that I honestly never wanted to end. I am so happy this is going to be a series, and after that ending I am super interested to see what is going to happen in book 2.  Overall, The Supervillain and Me was a fun action filled super hero romance that I totally ate up. If you like superheroes, young adult books in a high school setting and a freakin' fantastic swoony romance, The Supervillain and Me is going to be your new favorite super hero book. It is my new favorite super hero series! I dare you to read this book and not become an Iron Phantom (or Red Comet...or even Fish Boy) fangirl. Danielle Banas did such a fantastic job with The Supervillain and Me. It is one of my favorite books in 2018 and Iron Phantom is one of my favorite book boyfriends of 2018! You need to read this book.  This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  25. 5 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If I had to sum of The Supervillain and Me, I would call it a fluffy superhero read. And I was ALL there for it! Usually when I think of superheroes and villains, my mind goes to action movies. Big explosions. Lots of things going on all at once with big fight scenes. This book isn't that. Honestly, I'm not sure if I can even liken it to Marissa Meyer's Renegades (another YA superhero/v This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If I had to sum of The Supervillain and Me, I would call it a fluffy superhero read. And I was ALL there for it! Usually when I think of superheroes and villains, my mind goes to action movies. Big explosions. Lots of things going on all at once with big fight scenes. This book isn't that. Honestly, I'm not sure if I can even liken it to Marissa Meyer's Renegades (another YA superhero/villain) because it just didn't have all the EXTRA-ness I expect with superheroes. That said, I actually really enjoyed The Supervillain and Me, devouring it in one sitting. Abby is a pretty basic character. High school student, involved in the school musical, does her homework. Other than her brother being one of the superheroes in their town, there's nothing really remarkable about her. Or her brother, really. Or any of the characters. They all came off fairly generic in a Disney channel sort of way (you know, how half the old movies could have had cast shifts and nothing would change?). No? Maybe that's just how I saw it. So I wasn't here for the characters. The plot followed a line of mystery surrounding the Iron Phantom, the supposed new supervillain of Morriston. This gives way to a romance subplot and then you get your final showdown. Easy to follow. Nothing extra special. Much like the characters, I didn't see a ton of depth in the story or the world itself (maybe that will be explored in the next book, I'm not sure). But why, oh why, would I give this book such a high rating if I have all these negatives? It. Was. Entertaining. I wasn't looking for a super intricate story. Honestly, that Disney channel vibe? I used to love watching those cheesy fluff movies and The Supervillain and Me is a lot like that. Plenty of teen drama with a slight fantastical flare for good measure. If I'd read this book at a different time, in a different mood, this review might be a bit more critical.  When I finished this book, I wanted to read the next. That is what gives it those extra stars. The writing hooked me and despite the lack of substance I would have expected from a fantasy/contemporary mash-up numbering over 300 pages, I didn't put it down from start to finish. At the same time, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who isn't interested in that sort of fluffy superhero read. There are cringe-worthy moments, and depending on how you feel about the included love story, you might just leave this one untouched. Just to be completely honest here. Personally, I had a lot of fun reading The Supervillain and Me. It's quirky and light and exactly what I needed at the time. I'll definitely be checking out future books by Banas, including any installments in this series. Because sometimes a bit of cheesy superhero fluff is exactly what you need! Find Me on: My Blog || Twitter || Instagram || Bloglovin'

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cg Marinelli

    As soon as I saw The Supervillain and Me on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. I'm a die hard superhero fan and a die hard YA fan, so the combination of the two was practically screaming my name. I started reading it the minute I was approved...and finished it two hours later. I can already tell you that Danielle Banas is going to become one of my insta buy authors--her writing style has to be one of my favorite that I've read in a while, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next. Thi As soon as I saw The Supervillain and Me on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. I'm a die hard superhero fan and a die hard YA fan, so the combination of the two was practically screaming my name. I started reading it the minute I was approved...and finished it two hours later. I can already tell you that Danielle Banas is going to become one of my insta buy authors--her writing style has to be one of my favorite that I've read in a while, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next. This story is so freaking funny and cute!!!! Banas does a fantastic job of pulling the reader in with her fun and easy to follow writing style, and I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. Overall, I thought the story was perfectly paced with no dull moments, and I just couldn't put it down. The one complaint I have is that, although I enjoyed the story, it was somewhat cheesy and cliche. The cheesiness didn't bother me at all because that's to be expected with anything involving superheroes, but I was able to figure out one of the big reveals of the story very early on. Even though I found the plot to be a bit predictable during certain parts, it didn't do too much to diminish my enjoyment of the story. I also wish we got a little bit more background on Morriston and why it's so crime ridden when other cities don't seem to have that big of a crime problem. Overall, I thought the story was super fun and action packed, and I really enjoyed it.
            The characters were probably my favorite part of The Supervillain and Me, and I could tell that Banas had spent a lot of time creating each and every one of them. Abby was a wonderful main character, and an absolute theatre nerd. She had so many wonderful lines that had me in stitches, and her romance with the Iron Phantom was absolutely swoon worthy. The Iron Phantom himself was a fun character as well, and I enjoyed getting to know both of his personas. Each of Abby and the Iron Phantom's interactions in Abby's bedroom were some of my favorite scenes of the entire book. The other supers we get to meet in the book, Red Comet, Abby's older brother, and Fish Boy, were both really fun as well. I loved getting to know each of  their back stories and see both of them in action. Sarah, Abby's best friend, might've stolen the show for me because she reminds me so much of some of my friends who have One Direction shrines as opposed to Red Comet shrines. I love the description of  her car as well as her reaction when she discovers Red Comet's true identity. As one of my teachers one said, a good plot is only possible through good characters, and the plot of The Supervillain and Me is truly driven by the wonderful character development done by Banas.
 In conclusion, I give The Supervillain and Me four out of five stars for being a funny, cute, entertaining story that's perfect for the summer time. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys super heroes and  cute teen romance stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nasty Lady MJ

    To see review with gifs click here. Another day another DNF… I say that too much than I should. And to be fair, that imprint should’ve warned me enough to steer clear of it. I’m pretty sure that imprint was created in mind to raise my hopes that it would be full of great books and then ruin them ’cause why not. I hate that imprint. Seriously, with Swoon Books I have terrible luck with them. But with The Supervillain and Me I had high hopes. Because men in tights, ya’ll. Well, and super heroes. The thi To see review with gifs click here. Another day another DNF… I say that too much than I should. And to be fair, that imprint should’ve warned me enough to steer clear of it. I’m pretty sure that imprint was created in mind to raise my hopes that it would be full of great books and then ruin them ’cause why not. I hate that imprint. Seriously, with Swoon Books I have terrible luck with them. But with The Supervillain and Me I had high hopes. Because men in tights, ya’ll. Well, and super heroes. The thing is, the world building for this book was incredibly bland and so were the characters. Also, within the 100 pages I read this book really didn’t hold my interest so…DNF. To be fair to the book, I read it during vacation so my reading experience of it was sporadic at best. However, if it was good enough I would’ve focused my attention on it and finished it. However, I was just damn bored with the thing if we’re going to be honest. What’s a shame is this thing had an interesting set up. Had the relationships been explored some more, the dynamics played up some more, I feel like I could’ve enjoyed this one. As it was though, I felt like I was merely getting a skeleton outline of a story that wasn’t fully fleshed out. I can also see that some weird sort of a triangle was developing, but when your characters are barely formed who cares. And that was my whole attitude with this book who cares. And that’s how I knew I had to stop. I am really tired of being on a reading slump. Sometimes actively I pick books I know that are going either be a hit or a miss for me, but not in this case. I genuinely thought I would like it. I wanted to like it, but it just didn’t work for me. It’s a shame I hate saying, but there’s a reason this imprint is on my shit list and this sort of epitomizes it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna Kalashnikova

    I have always been fond of villains a bit more than superheroes, so I jumped into this book right away. It's been such a pleasant read, and I feel quite sad saying to goodbye to it. I think I befriended Aby and Iron Phantom and was like a fifth wheel in their company. Lol. Basically, the story takes place in the world where seeing superheroes save the city is a common place. Abby, our protagonist, is a high school student whose brother is a famous Red Comet. He got that name as he has supervision I have always been fond of villains a bit more than superheroes, so I jumped into this book right away. It's been such a pleasant read, and I feel quite sad saying to goodbye to it. I think I befriended Aby and Iron Phantom and was like a fifth wheel in their company. Lol. Basically, the story takes place in the world where seeing superheroes save the city is a common place. Abby, our protagonist, is a high school student whose brother is a famous Red Comet. He got that name as he has supervision and flies just like a comet. All supers wear pandex costumes, so there is like 0% chance that you will guess their identity. Abby along with her friend Sarah volunteered to act in a school play. By the time the first rehersal goes down the heel and ther director Mrs.Miller calls it a day, Abby makes a decision to go home on foot as her brother is saving the world, her dad is busy with making the city safe again and her friend's already left. It's good to mention that the crime rate has skyrocketed to the unbelievable percentage in the past few years. She's pondering her relationship with brother when she is attacked by a stranger. The whole life flashes before her eyes when all of a sudden an imfamous Iron Phantom comes to her rescue. That's where story begins to unfold with interesting and unexpecting plot twists. I truly enjoyed this book and gave it 4.5 ouf of stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Elizabeth

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve giggled and swooned over a book so obnoxiously. The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas was such a pleasant surprise of a read and I’m so glad that I had to the opportunity to receive an early copy for review. I flew through this book within a day! I can’t say that I’ve read many superhero based books, in fact I think this might have been my first. And as original as it was, this book still reminded me of the movie Sky High :) The Supervillain and Me stars ma It’s been quite a while since I’ve giggled and swooned over a book so obnoxiously. The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas was such a pleasant surprise of a read and I’m so glad that I had to the opportunity to receive an early copy for review. I flew through this book within a day! I can’t say that I’ve read many superhero based books, in fact I think this might have been my first. And as original as it was, this book still reminded me of the movie Sky High :) The Supervillain and Me stars main character Abby Hamilton, a common folk in a world of superheros. Left in the shadows of her older brother who happens to be the famous Red Comet superhero with powers that keep destruction and violence at bay within the city, Abby is overlooked by her friends and family. That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life. Who’s to blame for the sudden chaos- the city says this supervillain known as Iron Phantom. Abby thinks otherwise. Soon after a series of events, Iron Phantom and Abby find themselves caught up within the chaos. Although Abby doesn’t quite trust this mysterious supervillain, he convinces her that there’s something not right with the city officials and perhaps there’s more to the unexplainable actions within the city. The two investigate the city’s darkest secrets as it is not Iron Phantom causing the deadly mayhem. If not the city’s known supervillain, then who? As simple as this book sounds, and it is simple, I had loads of fun with it! A fast read with delightful humor and a swoon-worthy romance, this book was a treat! I loved Abby’s voice as a the narrator as well as her charming sense of character. “I had zero muscles to protect myself against the supervillain who came knocking just after midnight. But I did have a steak knife. “Holy shit!” Iron Phantom ducked as the knife whizzed over his right shoulder, the tip embedding in the wall. “And again with the throwing.” “I have more than one tonight.” I pulled the second knife out of my pocket as I stood my ground on the opposite side of my bed.” As well as an awesome protagonist, her unexpected romantic relationship with the city’s villain is my favorite sort of quirkiness. How this peculiar sort of bad guy manages to get with Abby through continuously entering her life, even when she purposely avoids him and his madness, is beyond exciting. Highly recommend this book to anyone within the YA book community interested in a spicy romance + eccentric supervillains.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars CW's: Violence, Murder Thank you to xpresso book tours + Swoon Reads for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest Review I was honestly excited for The Supervillain and Me, it was on my most anticipated releases list and I was so happy when I got an eArc for a Blogtour. However, sadly this completely failed to meet my expectations and ended up to be a disappointing read. The beginning wasn’t too bad, but the more the book went on the more problems I had, so Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars CW's: Violence, Murder Thank you to xpresso book tours + Swoon Reads for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest Review I was honestly excited for The Supervillain and Me, it was on my most anticipated releases list and I was so happy when I got an eArc for a Blogtour. However, sadly this completely failed to meet my expectations and ended up to be a disappointing read. The beginning wasn’t too bad, but the more the book went on the more problems I had, so I thought that I would list what bothered me. • For a book about superheroes, superheroes were not that present. I expected there to be a greater emphasis on the powers and lives of superheroes but instead we got more love story than that. I also wasn’t a fan of how the powers were under-explained. “No one knows how they came to be” might be a convenient tactic to not explore the worldbuilding further, but it’s not satisfactory for the reader. I also wanted more superheroes and generally know more about their background story. My need for superheroes was not fulfilled. I would definitely recommend that you read Renegades instead! • The Plotline was really weak and superficial. I generally felt like the transition between scenes could have been done better, because some scenes ended very abruptly and suddenly the next paragraph would be a completely new scene that wasn’t that related to what happened before. The entire plot felt very weak and not fleshed out enough. We spend too much time with the romance and therefore the other plotline with the ‘mystery’ that’s going on is neglected in the first half only to be picked up in the second half. This felt too much like an afterthought so this wouldn’t be a pure romance story. • The secondary characters were pretty flat. No one is really fleshed out and the main character’s best friend is literally the stereotype of an obsessed fangirl, which I wasn’t here for at all. • The main character had no agency. I liked that I could identify with her, but she also fulfills a lot of tropes like “the clumsy girl” and generally had no own agency. She only did what Iron Phantom told her to do without any explanation. He rushes in without explanation and demands her help for something that he has no more information about and she just goes with it. Apart from that Abby has no character Arc, she doesn’t realize that she doesn’t need to be a superhero to save lives … instead she stays pretty much the same, at least in my opinion. I didn’t like that she had no own drive. • The romance was super creepy and quickly became annoying. In the beginning I was ready to give them a chance, because it was a enemies to lovers romance between a supervillain and the superhero’s sister. But quickly their relationship disturbed me. Iron Phantom literally shows up multiple times IN HER BEDROOM and is being super creepy about it. Hello??? I would call the police if someone arrived in my bedroom and claimed he needed my help with something. Abby literally keeps knives under her pillow and generally seems a bit afraid (as she should be!), but it’s so quickly brushed off. She doesn’t even know the guy and it doesn’t matter that he saved her before! Iron Phantom also could be a really alpha guy, always trying to protect her and often it felt like he was belittling her. The things he did that made me uncomfortable just build up until I really was seeing that the romance was becoming problematic. The consent is really dubious, as he keeps stalking her and appearing in places she visits … and generally touches her face etc. without her consent which is never okay!! • Furthermore I hated the entire “I can’t tell you who I am”, storyline. It so quickly become repetitive and boring to me as the reader. I generally am annoyed with romance tropes that rely on miscommunication, because they are frustrating me! Iron Phantom would not tell her who he was until the last possible minute and it annoyed me so much, as Abby was rightfully angry at him, only that she was so often swayed by him. I also pretty much guessed who he was from the very beginning. There was an attempt of the author to disguise his identity … but it was SO obviously a red herring (misleading clue to pull the reader off the right track)! IN CONCLUSION: The Supervillain and Me was a pretty disappointing read, as it didn’t deliver cool superheroes like it promised. Instead I got a story that was 80% problematic romance, flat side characters and wonky worldbuilding. The main plotline was centered around the romance and other plotlines were weak and felt like they were added in like an afterthought.

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