Carmen Cole steps into the dual role of reporter and possible love interest. The fact that the people in the story can never easily recognize the superheroes even if the disguise if fairly flimsy and the clues are obvious is standard for comic books. Yet most alter egos are not as flashy and prone to flaunt themselves as those in Karma Girl. You did seem to stick to the Comic Code in that most violence is subdued, authority figures are respected, the details of crimes are vague though presented as sordid , villains pay for their actions and Right triumphs in the end. Both were a bit startled by it but took their time and I thought understood each other, until Carmen almost blew things. By the end, I wanted to slap her.
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Hobnobbing with millionaires and famished fashionistas is all in a day's work for a woman on the trail of the Fearless Five and Terrible Triad. But when Carmen gets the scoop of her career, her life comes crashing down around her. And even Bigtime's sexiest superhero, Striker, may not be able to save her.
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Preview — Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep. Bigtime, New York, is not big enough for both Carmen Cole and the superheroes and ubervillains who stalk its streets.
Exposing the true identities of the nation's Bigtime, New York, is not big enough for both Carmen Cole and the superheroes and ubervillains who stalk its streets. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Carmen Cole , Lulu Lo. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Karma Girl , please sign up.
Is this age appropriate for a 13 year old? Elizabeth I would say no unless this 13 year old is allowed to read or okay with reading fairly detailed sex scenes. See 1 question about Karma Girl…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Karma Girl Bigtime, 1. It got a BIT frustrating at times, when Carmen was being dense But I didn't know who Mr.
Sage was, either I kept forgetti WOW! I kept forgetting about him All right This is stolen from my friend Candace's review: The story is about Carmen Cole, a young reporter, who on the day of her wedding, discovers her fiance in bed with her best friend who are also the Machinator — a superhero and Crusher - a villain, respectively. Furious, Carmen 'unmasks' them to the public.
She then, as your typical woman scorned, goes on to unmask several others until finally, one unmasking leads to the superhero committing suicide. Distraught by what she has caused Carmen hangs up her unmasking pen and paper and goes to work writing "society" news for the paper. That is, until Malefica the leader of the Terrible Triad abducts her and gives her one month to unmask Striker, the leader of the Fearless Five.
I'm giving this book 5 unbelievably hilarious stars for being so ridiculously entertaining. I WILL be reading the other two books in the series!
View all 4 comments. They've sat on my shelf waiting for me to get in the mood for a fun and light romance that involved superheroes. Wel 3. Well that mood hit me and here I am today talking about the 1st book, Karma Girl. Now Estep has warned me that the Bigtime series is nothing like the Elemental Assassin series and that's true.
But it's not a bad thing. The writing is still Estep which is great and there are fun characters that Estep known for delivering but there's a touch more romance in Karma Girl.
Yes, you get a few hot detailed smexy scenes. But hey, it's a romance so that's allowed. Our heroine, Carmen Cole came to Bigtime which I picture as a fictional New York after she got her heart broke on her wedding day.
She's been going from town to town and newspaper to newspaper uncovering superheroes and ubervillains in the name of revenge. But after one superhero ends his life after being exposed by Carmen she hung up her cape busting ways. I love how there are superheroes and villains all over the country. Carmen has a knack for puzzles and it really makes her good at unmasking the superheroes.
They way her system works when she finds the real identity to the superhero it helps her uncover their villain counterpart. So Carmen decides to use her time figuring out who Striker, the leader of the Fearless Five is in order to find out who Malefica really is. While Carmen is researching she gets to know Striker and she can't help be feel an attraction to him.
And that attraction is returned by Striker. While fire is not one of Striker's powers, he still manages to turn up the heat with Carmen. Karma Girl might be Estep's first published book but it reads like she wrote it yesterday.
If you are an Estep fan and looking for something on the fun side with superheroes and a lovable noise reporter, I think you'll have a grand adventure flying through the streets of Bigtime. I was too jealous of the cheesecake to continue. Oct 06, Valerie Tate Williams rated it really liked it.
Karma Girl describes a world just like ours - except every town has its own superhero and ubervillain. It's just a fact of life. In Karma Girl, she has taken a lighthearted poke at the comic book genre and incorporated the fun, funny parts of a comic book world into a fully realized romance story.
Carmen Cole, having been betrayed in the past by her fiance, who turned out to be a superhero all unbeknownst to her , is on a mission to unmask them all. Why should they get to hide behind their secret identities? She builds a career around her ability to dig into the lives of the superheroes and ubervillains and expose them for who they really are. Until tragedy strikes, all because she's done her job too well. Her career takes a dive, as well as her reputation, and she's keeping her head down as she tries to figure out what to do with her life.
Just about then, the Terrible Triad of ubervillains captures her and, with dire threats of horrible consequences, forces her to resume her crusade. Expose the secret identity of Striker, the foremost superhero of Bigtime or die a horrible death - or worse! What's a girl to do? Well, I won't tell you. You have to read it to find out. Suffice it to say that this is a very entertaining read, filled with all the excitement and bizarre twists and turns of a good comic book, and the warmth of a building romance.
Will Striker save her? Will she ever be able to find the zipper in Striker's leather suit? Tune into Karma Girl and find out! To rate this review, add your own, view book trailers and more, visit www.
Mar 09, Trin rated it did not like it Shelves: romance , american-lit , fantasy. This was one of the worst-written books I've read in a while. Every other paragraph, the author has the narrator say things like, "my inner voice chattered" or "my inner voice screamed"; I haven't encountered such an annoying narrative tick since Tolkien 's "And lo!
Also, every time there's an "ethnic" character, they are repeatedly referred to in the text as "the black man" or "the Asian girl. The plot is also incredibly predictable--Carmen Cole, plucky girl reporter, tries to unmask a series of superheroes and "ubervillains," only their identities are so painfully obvious, one begins to think that Carmen and her inner voice must have recently suffered a head injury.
Add to that a bland romance, full of dueling tongues and other bad smutfic cliches, and you have a book I'm really baffled that I bothered to finish. However, if I hadn't, I might have missed the best line in the thing. Says the supposedly supergenius ubervillain Frost: "Your lack of intellect is too small to calculate!
Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep
Hobnobbing with millionaires and famished fashionistas is all in a day's work for a woman on the trail of the Fearless Five and Terrible Triad. But when Carmen gets the scoop of her career, her life comes crashing down around her. And even Bigtime's sexiest superhero, Striker, may not be able to save her. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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By Jennifer Estep. Shocked and hurt, Carmen reveals their secret identities and then decides to devote her life to unmasking every superhero and ubervillain who crosses her path. But with the Terrible Triad lurking around, this is one story that just might be the death of her Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Romance.