The Supervillain and Me
By Danielle Banas
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.
Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with ARC of The Supervillain and Me through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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.
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