The third book in the smart, snarky, and action-packed Heroine series completes the "Heroic Trio" as Bea Tanaka joins her sister, Evie, and diva Aveda Jupiter in their quest to free San Francisco from its demon portal problem
If there's one thing Beatrice Tanaka never wanted to be, it's normal. But somehow, her life has unfolded as a series of "should haves." Her powers of emotional projection should have made her one of the most formidable superheroes of all time. And she should have been allowed to join her older sister Evie as a full-fledged protector of San Francisco, pulverizing the city's plethora of demon threats.
But Evie and her superheroing partner, Aveda Jupiter, insist on seeing Bea as the impulsive, tempestuous teenager she used to be--even though she's now a responsible adult. And that means Bea is currently living a thoroughly normal life. She works as a bookstore lackey, hangs out with best friends Sam Fujikawa and Leah Kim, and calms her workplace's more difficult customers. Sure, she's not technically supposed to be playing with people's mental states. But given the mundanity of her existence, who can blame her?
When a mysterious being starts communicating with Bea, hinting at an evil that's about to overtake the city, she seizes the opportunity, hoping to turn her "should haves" into the fabulous heroic life she's always wanted. But gaining that life may mean sacrificing everything--and everyone--she holds dear...
The decisively entertaining and deceptively complex final installment in Kuhn's Heroine trilogy (after Heroine Worship) is saturated with action, surprises, and a beautifully developed cast. Twenty-two-year-old Bea Tanaka is the baby of the Jupiter/Tanaka support team. Her ceaseless arguments have finally worn down her older sister, Evie, and it's now official: Bea is an intern superhero in slightly demon-infested San Francisco. Unfortunately, Bea has a few issues to deal with: impulse control, her dead mother leaving her messages, a newly developing mental power, and a sudden, very surprising romantic interest in one of her best friends, Sam. What's a heroine to do when she's coming of age and is faced with the one thing she wants most in the world? Bea's narration reintroduces readers to the young woman who's desperate to be grown up, even as her friends and family still think of her as an adolescent. Poignant scenes are interspersed with the high jinks fans of the series have come to expect, making this a hugely fun, yet intensely thoughtful take on superheroics and new adulthood.