I loved, loved, loved this taught, tight superhero story with romantic elements and a fabulous cast of super-villains.
There’s a hint of the hard-boiled about Scorched with its punchy language, dark themes, snappy dialogue and searing wit.
The story rips along at a furious pace with plenty of twists and turns and I loved the depth to the characters. I also enjoyed how Verity, AKA the Seeker, is almost crippled by rage, not a trait usually explored in heroines.
Usually I have to turn to graphic novels to find the kind of don’t-eff-with-me heroines I adore, but this book was a perfect ass-kicking fix.
If you’re a fan of heroines who hand others their ass on a plate (raises hand), or have enjoyed the recent movies based on Marvel comics, this book may be just what you’re looking for.
My favourite quotes from the book:
“Everyone knew Equity lived on celery sticks and jealousy. So why the hell had Dad left her in charge?”
“I seem to have misplaced my crime-fighter’s spring collection while I was in the nuthouse. So sad.”
“Wait till I tell the OCD little brat he’s been made. He’ll count toothpicks for a week.”
“I crawled out like a crusty, bad-tempered turtle, raking my fingers through knotted hair.”
* ARC provided by Netgalley for review purposes.