Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published by Escape Publishing on June 1, 2014
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Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.
Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.
Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.
Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.
Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...
Sidekick by Auralee Wallace is told through the eyes of Brianna St. James (Bremy for short). She’s a little down on her luck after a falling out with her immensely rich, powerful, and criminal father Atticus St. James. She can’t find a job, which means she can’t pay her rent. And if she can’t pay her rent, her landlord (whom she suspects is currently or formerly a mobster) has threatened bodily harm. Bremy would very much like to keep her fingers so she heads to the bank to withdraw every last dime she has from her savings, only to be robbed at gunpoint by a circus troupe (I’m laughing as I type this).
And thus is the start of Bremy the crime-fighter. The city’s very own crime-fighter, Dark Ryder, becomes Bremy’s inspiration for protecting the city. While Bremy makes it her mission to help Dark Ryder rid the city of the increasingly troublesome circus troupe. Dark Ryder just wishes that Bremy would stop being so “helpful”, because Bremy’s version of help usually ends with things blowing up and Dark Ryder having to save Bremy. But Bremy’s assistance will come in handy once it’s revealed that her father is up to no good and the entire city is in danger as a result.
What can I say about the super amusing and endearing read that is Sidekick? There was action, comedy, a smidgeon of romance, drama, and the most peculiar cast of characters I’ve come across in a long time. This book will make you laugh out loud one moment, and cringe the next at Bremy’s well-intentioned but rather clumsy attempts at heroism. Bremy may be somewhat clumsy and ditzy, but she has a big heart and it is so very easy to relate to her. I fell in love with this character who started out so lonely, discouraged, and down on her luck, but ended up with so much courage, and the support of a group of well-meaning people. She deserved it. And I admired her for her persistence to become the hero she so desperately needed to be: for her sister, the city, but mostly for herself.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for something that will make their day a little brighter and put a smile on their face. It definitely put a smile on mine. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).