Title: Superhero Syndrome
Author: Caryn Larrinaga
Genre: Urban Fantasy, New Adult
My Rating: 5/5
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Minor Spoiler Warning
Tess McBray was dying. The Solstice Syndrome had no cure, and she resigned herself to an early grave. But just when she gave up on survival, all her symptoms mysteriously disappeared.
All but one symptom, anyway. Something is wrong with Tess’s hands. They absorb any material they touch, and her skin turns to wood, or steel, or concrete. It doesn’t take this comic-book obsessed 21-year-old long to figure out what’s going on: somehow, she’s developed super powers. And she’s not the only one; across the country, people are coming forward and sharing their gifts with the world. In her own city, where the police are battling a human trafficking operation, a masked vigilante called The Fox is saving lives and stopping criminals.
Tess doesn’t know where she fits into this new, super-powered world. But when people around her start disappearing, she can’t just sit on the sidelines. Teaming up with The Fox to create the world’s first superhero duo might be the only way to rid her city of evil and save the people she loves most.
I loved this book! I read 75% of it on the first day! I would have finished it except for that whole real life bit getting in the way. But, yes, loved it! I was never not going to love a book about superheroes!
The story opens with Tess in hospital, dying of a rare and incurable disease that has struck down members of the population. She does not want to die alone in her hospital bed, but on her own terms, watching the meteor shower and witnessing something beautiful in her final moments.
But here’s the thing, they are not her final moments. Upon waking, Tess feels better than she has in months.
I just loved Tess. She is rash and impulsive and very much wants control in her own life. Plus she’s a huge comic book nerd! Leaving home almost immediately after high school, Tess has every intention of never looking back, but the last thought she has before ‘dying’ was of her sister, Bethany.
So, on a whim, Tess decides to move back to her hometown, soon learning about a spate of disappearances that have occurred in her new neighborhood.
The interactions between Tess and her sister really broke my heart. The sisters attempt to rekindle a relationship that has always been fraught with tension. Bethany appears so put together, giving off an aura of perfect domestic bliss. But it is an illusion. Sweet kind Bethany married a brute of a man straight out of high school. The main sticking point between the sisters. Watching them both try rebuild a broken relationship was beautifully bittersweet.
Then there is Reed. Tess and Reed don’t get off to the best of starts, since she initially believes he was stalking her down a darkened street. Which, he kind of was, but for very valid and not so creepy reasons. They strike up a bit of a friendly flirtation and one of my favorite scenes is *SPOILER ALERT* when she takes him back to her apartment, forgetting that she has her walls covered in sketches of his alter ego, The Fox. He takes it in stride while Tess is mortified. Good times.
When her sister goes missing and the police fail to help, Tess is all over it. No matter that she has yet to figure out how to put her new found powers to use. She care’s not one iota. If The Fox, (a masked vigilante with inhuman agility and speed) can make a difference, then so could she. She gets pulled deep into a world of human trafficking, aided by The Fox himself.
This is a great book, and I would definitely recommend to fans of urban fantasy and superheros.