Review: The Supervillain and Me

In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.

That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.

After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.

The Supervillain and Me is a playful YA novel that’s just a very fun read.  The mystery behind who this new villain, Iron Phantom, is, well, that was enough for me to keep the pages turning because the clues will keep you second-guessing yourself.

Abby is a normal teenager living in a city that’s filled with crime.  Her father is the mayor and her brother, unknown to anyone outside the family, is the hero Red Comet, who is often saving the day from these criminals crawling around the city.  Then one day, Abby is saved from a criminal by Iron Phantom, only it seems he’s a villain; not a hero.  However, as she begins to have more encounters with Iron Phantom, Abby begins to see that there might be more of a hero side to this villain than the city seems to think.

The interactions between Abby and Iron Phantom had me cracking up.  They had great chemistry together and their banters always left a smile on my face.  And let’s face it, I even found myself loving that dang supervillain!

The most fun part of the book though was again, trying to figure out who Iron Phantom was.  There were two possibilities, and you keep getting pulled into thinking it’s one, and then suddenly you think it’s the other.  It was definitely a good little mystery to solve, all while watching Abby and Iron Phantom trying to figure out what exactly is happening in their city, and who’s behind it.

Overall, I think this book is great for any audience because it’s a fun, clean story that just leaves you feeling good and satisfied at the end of it all.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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