Published: Dec. 16, 2011
Words: 44,912 (approximate)
Ages 9 and up. Learn the fantastic origin of our beloved Halloween Heroine. When 13-year-old Eve Halloran dresses as a famous superhero for a costume party, she finds herself imbued with amazing, supernatural powers. But as an evil from World War 2 resurfaces on this shadowy night, she learns that it takes more than empowerment to truly be a hero.
Ages 9 and up
What if your Halloween costume could turn you into a superhero? That's the question facing 13-year-old Eve Halloran. From the moment she put on the strange, orange and black outfit that she found in her mother's closet, she has discovered that it can give her supernatural powers. Now, to learn the secret of her new abilities, Eve must try to solve the mystery of a legendary superhero who disappeared during World War 2. But she had better solve it soon. Because the notorious arch-villain Jack-O-Ripper has surfaced after years of hiding. To stop him, Eve is going to have to fight her way through an army of monstrous clones, acid-spitting larvae, a radioactive ghost and a Voodoo doll with a mind of its own. Get ready for a Smack!-O-Lantern of excitement with a girl so tough... it's scary!
50% of all author royalties from this series will benefit Free The Children, an excellent charity that helps kids around the world.
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on Feb. 06, 2012 :
This is a really fun read. It's clearly inspired by the comics and pulp serials of the 1950s - the Golden Age of comics - and the author's evident love of the genre comes through unashamedly. What I enjoyed most was the simplicity, harking back to the days when superheroes were the good guys and supervillains were plain and simple bad guys - none of this modern Dark Knight style moody moral introspection or politically correct psychological attempts to justify the villains' motives. As you'd expect from a kids' book, it's a straightforward, old style, easy to read comic book caper. Except, of course, for... no, I won't spoil it for you!
The only real criticism I have is that the 1950s setting didn't really come across clearly enough. A little more period detail would have been cool.
But overall, a good, entertaining read, reminiscent of Kick Ass, but for younger readers, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)