Sunday, September 28, 2008

Review - Phenomenal Girl 5 by A. J. Menden

Phenomenal Girl 5
A. J. Menden
Dorchester - SHOMI
October 28, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-0505-52786-8

Book Blurb:
Lainey Livingston has just been made a member of the Elite Hands of Justice, the world’s premiere cadre of superheroes. Her work with the Red Knights and the Power Squad was impressive; all her senses are extraordinary, and her great strength and ability to fly are equally remarkable. But no one gets a free pass to active duty, and Lainey’s next test is going to be her hardest. She’s to train with the Reincarnist.

Robert Elliot, the Reincarnist. A magician who has lived multiple lifetimes, he’s the smartest man in the world—and Lainey’s last obstacle. He was personally responsible for seeing Pushstar wash out. But his eyes are the softest, kindest that Lainey has ever seen, and he’s just the sort to knock her for a loop. Lesson #1: Romantic entanglements among crime fighters are super exploitable, and falling in love with a man who “can’t die” is like waving a red flag at a bull. Especially when the most fiendish plot ever is about to break over Megolopolis like a wave of fire.

My thoughts:
All of her life Lainey has wanted to become a member of EHJ, and she’s finally achieved her goal. The only catch to her new job position as Phenomenal Girl 5 is to train with the Reincarnist, Robert Elliot. He’s a brilliant man and possesses powerful magic after so many years of coming back filled with information from pervious lives. Unfortunately he’s also stubborn and disconnected from anything beyond his work. Despite his faults, Lainey finds herself drawn to him more each day. If not for his knowledge and skills, she’d never survive their current case.

While he does remember much of his past lives, losing the people you love because you can’t remember them has taught Robert a lesson. Now he focuses on his work and stays away from relationships. His new trainee is testing his ability to remain in his role as teacher with her refusal to follow his lead without question. Even if he can’t keep her with him, the thought of losing her forever will have him doing anything it takes to keep her alive.

Whether you think you’re a superhero fan or not, Phenomenal Girl 5 is a story you won’t want to miss. This is Ms. Menden’s debut, and she’s done a fabulous job of creating her fictional world. Her writing style is easy to follow and it skillfully showcases her talent. The storyline is well-written and fresh, the action is plentiful, and her superheroes are too intriguing to resist. Phenomenal Girl 5 is a fast-paced and entertaining read that has just the right amount of romance to have readers routing for love to win the day. I look forward to seeing what this author’s imagination brings us next.

To learn more about Phenomenal Girl 5, please visit the author’s site: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


samantha.1020 said...

This sounds really good. I'll add it to my TBR list. Thanks!

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Samantha - I really enjoyed it, hope you will as well! :)

RachaelfromNJ said...

I've had this one on my wishlist for a while. Anything SHOMI, I love. It sounds really good. I need to get on some kind of SHOMI list. I want them all!!

Kimberly Swan said...

It's pretty great knowing that just about any book you get from the SHOMI line is going to be such a good read. :)