Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Heroes & Villains
Author: Harper Kingsley
Series: Heroes & Villains #1
Heroes: Blue Ice & Darkstar
Genre: M/M Paranormal/Fantasy
Length: 130k+ words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: All Vereint ever wanted was to be a superhero, fight alongside the other great heroes of the city and beat down the villains that plague them. There’s just one problem: he sucks at it, at least according to the other heroes and the majority of the city. Instead of the greatness and glory of which he dreamed, Vereint spends his days alone, exhausted, and depressed.
When the mockery and derision finally go too far, Vereint decides he’s reached his limit. If he’s never going to be good enough to succeed as the hero Starburst, maybe it’s time to try the role of villain instead …
It’s hard for me to write this review because I loved the premise of the book but I had a huge issue with the execution. I LOVED Vereint as a character. He just wanted to help people, that was his dream, and then when he tries he gets bullied so much that he’s miserable because he’s not living up to the other superheroes who are bullying him. When he turns into a villain, I was super excited because he was no longer self-conscious and miserable. He decided not to give a crap and that changed him so much and gave him so much confidence to do whatever he felt like doing.
As for Warrick, I hated him. I didn’t like him as a character at all. Towards the end, I started warming up to him but honestly, I couldn’t understand how a guy who was supposed to be saving the world could be suck a dick to another superhero. The bullying he was doing was just so disgusting. He needed to be dropped down a peg or ten. And his opinion of the people he was saving was just so ridiculous, IMO. I just could not understand why he was a superhero when he obviously hated it so much.
What I enjoyed about the book, though, is the push and pull between Blue Ice and Darkstar. I loved their banter and I loved the chase between them. I ultimately liked that Blue Ice kinda new Darkstar wasn’t a bad guy but the attraction between them stopped Blue Ice from really taking Darkstar down. However, while I liked those parts, it was hard for me to enjoy this writing style. There was so much repetitiveness, I had to start skimming. The author could have probably shortened the story about a hundred pages or so with just how much the same thing was said over and over.
In the end, I liked the story but it was hard for me to really stay in the story because of how repetitive Warrick and Vereint’s thoughts were. And while I loved Vereint, I didn’t liked Warrick much. The premise of the book is a good one, though. The whole superhero and supervillian aspect was fascinating to read about and the battles they get into. However, while I had some issues with this book, I still think readers should give it a try to see if they enjoy it because they might not have the same opinion as me.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*