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on May 22, 2011 :
I hate to say it, but I'm not a big fan of the cover. I understand it ... I'm just not a fan. It reminds me of the old comic books with how the two girls are drawn.
The story definitely has action and suspense while still dealing with the normal teenage feelings of inadequacy, jealousy over an older sibling and low self-esteem.
It definitely kept my interest. However, I must say the ending lacked a little oomph for me. I understand why the author went in the direction she did, but I did not find it as exciting action-wise as the pages before it.
Ellen - Holly's older sister and superheroine, Suprema - Ellen has taken after her father's side of the family and has become a superhero. She's smart, attractive, fun and people are drawn to her ... which can be a source of contention where Holly is concerned.
Holly - Ellen's younger sister and normal human - Holly has her father's physique, but her mother's human nature. Holly is jealous of Ellen and how perfect she is. Only when Holly is thrown into an unexpected situation does she somewhat understand how Ellen's life must be.
Tad - New kid in town - He has just arrived in Century City and is Holly's crush. Even though Tad is in Ellen's grade, Holly tries her best to get Tad to notice her and like her. He's the All-American good looking hunk that all the girls go ga-ga over.
There were a couple writing errors and some questions left unanswered (for me), but overall I was drawn into this book and enjoyed it. I would recommend this more to the teen crowd rather than the adults.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on April 12, 2011 :
My Superhero Sister by Toni LoTempio is a light, fun read. One you could probably read in one sitting. I loved all the aspects of a traditional superhero story, with the story not actually being about the superhero, but her very normal little sister. Holly is the focus of MSS, but she is a wonderful character. She’s smart, funny and has a little bit of an unusual hobby. She likes to collect bugs. Her fascination with them plays a pivotal role in the story too. Her and her sister Ellen have a normal sibling relationship, it’s just Ellen has super powers. Holly is of course sometimes slightly envious of her sister, but realizes being a superhero is not as fun as she thinks. She has a great relationship with her parents. Her mother is very loving and worries about her little half superhero family. Her father is a vet in his downtime, being the other superhero in their family. Anti-hero is the bad guy and is of course bent on world domination. He’s one of those smart-dumb people. You can't help but dislike him. It ends up being Holly who mostly saves the day with an unexpected transformation. She has the help of her best friend Mona, and Mona's uncle Professor Kane. I would say this is a book for younger readers, maybe the 10-15 year olds. The story is engaging and the characters are fun. There is a little romance, but it’s only G rated and is very cute and sweet. I found quite a bit of the story funny, it made me smile. If you’re after something for your younger readers then grab a copy of My Superhero Sister, you won’t be disappointed.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
L. A. Wright
on April 08, 2011 :
In the tradition of comic book heroes everywhere, Toni Lotempio has put together a fun and energetic young adult fiction dealing being an outcast in a family of superheroes. Holly Hamilton is a normal young teen and takes after her mother. Now many would not find this to be an issue, but Holly does not live in a normal family. Her father is Invincible Man, an incredible Super Hero. Again, this is kind of cool unless of course your sister takes after that side of the house. In her case, Ellen was the recipient of the super power genetics. Her super name is Suprema. Holly’s friend Mona thinks she is jealous of her sister, but Holly knows that is just ridiculous. I just does not seem fair that she does not have even a bit of superpower herself.
In school, she also has to compete with her sister who is also super cool, even without her powers. She is on the cheer squad, and well-liked by both the students and the teachers. Holly is not good with the same types of studies, but she does excel in science. During lunch, she notices that two new students have started at school. Eddie is kind of a geek but Holly’s friend Mona thinks he is dreamy. Holly on the other hand finds Tad the other new student to be quite attractive. He appears to be attracted to her sister Ellen.
When the family finds out that Anti Hero has escaped Space Station Prison, they are deeply concerned. Invincible Man was retired because during the capture of Anti Hero, he had lost most of his super powers. He had almost lost his life. When a new hero shows up, Holly wonders if it is possible that Anti Hero has found a new way to finish the job on her dad. Can she figure it out before it is too late? Can she, with her scientific mind be the one to save her family?
In My Super Hero Sister, Toni Lotempio has taken a normal family with all the interactions of any that you meet, and yet added another dimension with the super powers. There is sibling rivalry, and jealousy, and yet there is love and caring as well. Holly is a fun character, full of deviousness and energy. Her friend Molly is a great foil to her personality and brings out the devil in her.
Holly gets into all kinds of scrapes, and wants so much to be a part of everything. When she tries to find Magna Boy’s alter ego, she puts herself in danger. Can she find the answers in time to save her father and sister? Will she finally be the hero of the hour?
This would be a fun book for the young adult on your list. It is a cross between a novel and a comic book. It is fun and exciting with characters that have super powers. As usual, they are trying to save the world from evil. It is well done and quick paced. The conflicts and personalities feel like those you find in school and with friends. This is a nice and light read, with a twist of fun.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
on Feb. 15, 2011 :
I read this pretty quick.It is a easy read with only 190 pages. Very good YA book (Young Adult) book.
Not much interesting to adults but I know if I were a tween or teen this would be a book I would have loved.
If you have a tween or teen then I think this will be a great book for them
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2011 :
Holly Hamilton lives in Century City where her dad, Invincible Man, defends the good citizens against all evil--or at least he did until he lost most of his powers fighting against Anti-Hero. Now he leaves all the city-saving to Ellen, Holly's big sister, who flies about in a cape as the superhero Suprema. Holly is 100% human, like her mother, and she's going through an awkward phase complete with glasses and retainers. While Holly spends all her time collecting bugs, doing science experiments, and hanging out with her equally uncool friend Mona, she can never measure up to her super sister who's not only high-powered but also an academic whiz and a head cheerleader. But the presence of a new superhero in town begins to put Holly's sisterly jealousies on the back burner as she tries to figure out whether Magna Boy is a friend or foe.
Holly has a pretty good family life--her mom adores her, her dad's a vet in his spare time, and her sister Ellen's not stuck up, she's just naturally good at everything. Holly's getting along fine in life until a new guy shows up at school. Well, actually, two new guys. Eddie McGee is a classic nerd archetype, but Holly's interest is drawn by another new guy, Tad, who's a classic hunk archetype. She develops an instant crush on Tad, but she knows that he's more in her sister's league. Holly's distressed that he'll never see past her exterior to give her a chance, though she's interested in him mainly for his exterior qualities. Still, this is a light, sweet story so nobody's really trying to objectify or use anybody else.
When I started this book, I wondered if it would have a comedic or sarcastic slant to it, but the superhero tropes are played pretty straight from the 1960's and earlier comic book eras. The 80's comics started deconstructing heroes in stories with gritty settings and gray morality (Watchmen, most of Batman, etc), and even though heroes are getting rebooted and reconstructed these days, I think I usually expect a twist. If you like the classics heroes, villains, powers, and mysteries, then this story is a great example of how the original plot elements work.
To me, the story is clean enough and sweet enough that it feels more like a Mid-Grade, and it'll be a good superhero adventure for younger teens and tweens.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Jan. 30, 2011 :
Holly Hamilton is jealous of her older sister. I mean who wouldn't be? Ellen is smart, she's a cheerleader and...she's also a superhero named Suprema. But as much as she finds her sister annoyingly perfect, Holly appreciates the help her sister can provide...especially during her English class.
Holly takes after her mom and doesn't have any superpowers like both her sister and father. Her father had to retire once he lost most of his powers thanks to his nemeses, Anti-Hero. When Anti-Hero escapes from his Space Prison and two new guys (a heartthrob and a geek) arrive in town, Holly and her sister argue over which boy could be Magna Boy, the new superhero. Could Magna Boy be working with the enemy and what plan does Anti-Hero have? It's up to Holly and her best friends' uncle to help save the day.
I finished this book in less than 24 hours. I enjoyed this even more than I thought I would. My Superhero Sister is a very refreshing read. I love the fact that everyone in town knew about the existence of superheroes. It's normal for them to see Suprema fly over town. The only thing they didn't know was the identity of the superheroes. Holly is sworn to secrecy, even with her best friend Mona.
My Superhero Sister is an easy and very fun read. I couldn't stop rooting for Holly at the end. My Superhero Sister is a great YA fantasy novel for anyone who likes some great superhero action.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)