Monday, October 6, 2008

Phenomenal Girl 5-A.J. Menden

Phenomenal Girl 5
A.J. Menden
Dorchester Shomi, Nov 2008, $6.99
ISBN: 0505527863

Lainey Livingston is a do-gooder superhero who cares more about doing the right thing than about her image. She is particularly excited about being accepted by the Elite Hands of Justice (EHJ), the top guns of superherodom. However, before she is deployed by the EHJ, Lainey must serve a two year apprenticeship under the guidance of reincarnist Robert Elliot.

Lainey figures two years will go fast and besides she figures she will learn about super tactics from the world’s smartest person. However, she also knows he is the toughest task master of pupils; having kicked out those he felt were not up to the job. However, as Laney accepts all that Robert hand grenades at her, she falls in love with her teacher. She tries to hide her feelings as superheroes don’t do love and besides he will outlive her by a zillion new lives.

This is a lighthearted fun superhero action-packed romance starring three (read the novel for an explanation) “individuals” struggling with love. The story line is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive as Lainey’s heart leaps over tall buildings in a single beat. Fans who relish something different will want to read this engaging science fiction romance as the teacher and the pupil must first save Megolopolis before their hearts.

Harriet Klausner

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