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Welcome to Gemini City, where super-battles disrupt rush hour, insurance claim adjusters rival rock stars, and villains stash the souls of murdered superheroes inside little children. It’s been ten years since Shay Sinclair’s parents were murdered by a super villain, leaving she and her sister to fend for themselves. Now at age sixteen, Shay has something that villain wants Welcome to Gemini City, where super-battles disrupt rush hour, insurance claim adjusters rival rock stars, and villains stash the souls of murdered superheroes inside little children. It’s been ten years since Shay Sinclair’s parents were murdered by a super villain, leaving she and her sister to fend for themselves. Now at age sixteen, Shay has something that villain wants. Something he needs. After a chance encounter with a superhero in a stairwell, something awakens in Shay, something that could get her killed. Max Steel has spent the last ten years searching for the soul of his lost love. When he felt his lost love's spark inside Shay, he had to go after her. But Shay isn’t into superheroes. So, Max must get creative. He invites Shay into a seductive world of fame, glamour, luxury, and epic battles with villainous foes. Now that Shay's in the mix with superheroes and crazed villains, everyone wants a piece of her. A super villain wants to devour her soul, a superhero wants to love her, and Shay just wants to go back to her normal life. It's not like in the movies. In real life, superheroes suck.


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Welcome to Gemini City, where super-battles disrupt rush hour, insurance claim adjusters rival rock stars, and villains stash the souls of murdered superheroes inside little children. It’s been ten years since Shay Sinclair’s parents were murdered by a super villain, leaving she and her sister to fend for themselves. Now at age sixteen, Shay has something that villain wants Welcome to Gemini City, where super-battles disrupt rush hour, insurance claim adjusters rival rock stars, and villains stash the souls of murdered superheroes inside little children. It’s been ten years since Shay Sinclair’s parents were murdered by a super villain, leaving she and her sister to fend for themselves. Now at age sixteen, Shay has something that villain wants. Something he needs. After a chance encounter with a superhero in a stairwell, something awakens in Shay, something that could get her killed. Max Steel has spent the last ten years searching for the soul of his lost love. When he felt his lost love's spark inside Shay, he had to go after her. But Shay isn’t into superheroes. So, Max must get creative. He invites Shay into a seductive world of fame, glamour, luxury, and epic battles with villainous foes. Now that Shay's in the mix with superheroes and crazed villains, everyone wants a piece of her. A super villain wants to devour her soul, a superhero wants to love her, and Shay just wants to go back to her normal life. It's not like in the movies. In real life, superheroes suck.

53 review for Superheroes Suck

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Ten years ago, Shay's parents were murdered by supervillains. Now, as curious as teen Shay is about superheroes, she agrees with her older sister and guardian, Evie, that they are a nuisance to Gemini City because of the property they break and the people endangered. Evie plots to sue the superheroes and in a crazy twist, Shay is dragged along with her to become the heroes new "babysitters." With such close proximity to the heroes, secrets start to be revealed. Superheroes Suck is a quirky super Ten years ago, Shay's parents were murdered by supervillains. Now, as curious as teen Shay is about superheroes, she agrees with her older sister and guardian, Evie, that they are a nuisance to Gemini City because of the property they break and the people endangered. Evie plots to sue the superheroes and in a crazy twist, Shay is dragged along with her to become the heroes new "babysitters." With such close proximity to the heroes, secrets start to be revealed. Superheroes Suck is a quirky superhero story that mostly features the opposite side of the story than we usually see - the side of the humans whose lives are affected by the superheroes, for good or evil. For instance, when going to work one morning, one doesn't know in advance that their work building was destroyed by heroes minutes before one arrives. And when one is publicly known to associate with powerful heroes, it makes one a target for the villains to hold for ransom. This book has an additional twist, too, which you can read about in the description. Ten years ago, the day Shay's parents were murdered, a woman superhero was killed. Unbeknownst to everyone, the villain placed the hero's soul into Shay's body where it is when this novel begins. Imagine Shay's surprise when the "deceased" hero's superhero boyfriend senses his girlfriend inside of Shay and wants to follow Shay around everywhere. Does the attraction Shay feels for this hero come from her soul or the superhero's inside of her? And which one does the hero like - Shay or his old girlfriend? Talk about confusing. (As a side note, I didn't like how this particular plot-line turned out, but that's all I can tell you.) I enjoyed this book because it was funny and exaggerated to what we normally call superheroes. I LOVED Shay's personality. She was definitely young, as opposed to Evie who is also a POV character, but I loved her teen soul and obsession with science. She was brilliant. The plot was pretty intriguing as well, unique and a little clever. I recommend this book to YA and NA superhero fans. I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own, and I received no compensation for sharing them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    books are love

    This was interesting. I began not really liking Evie due to her feeling she is the only one that knows what is best. She is very rigid about things. You can see that her intention for everything she does is to keep her sister safe. Especially after what happened to their parents. Shay was an awkward teen who was sweet and smart. She didn’t care what others thought but she did care about her sister and what she wanted. Everyday for her was where she saw superheroes fight villains and her sister go This was interesting. I began not really liking Evie due to her feeling she is the only one that knows what is best. She is very rigid about things. You can see that her intention for everything she does is to keep her sister safe. Especially after what happened to their parents. Shay was an awkward teen who was sweet and smart. She didn’t care what others thought but she did care about her sister and what she wanted. Everyday for her was where she saw superheroes fight villains and her sister go in to do the insurance aspect afterwards. Shay isn’t really liking either villain or hero but she does respect the superhero. Suddenly she meets Max and things get crazy. She feels sparks with him and he with her but doesn’t know why. Suddenly her world goes upside down when her sister decides to do something shocking to the superheroes. Now she is stuck in a position that allows her to use her love for science to change how fighting occurs. Only this goes upside down and sideways. Now she is wanted by the villains, her sister isn’t acting normally and Max is feeling something towards her due to the activation of the second soul. She is trying to find herself and in the process her best friend is having a hard time with all the changes in her world. Max is trying to figure out who he wants and Evie is trying to protect her. The villains seem to have more to them. Lucius is true evil and you can see that Cyrus only follows him at first because he is his brother. Cyrus wants good things and is brilliant but does get caught up in his brothers twisted dreams and what he does to Evie was so wrong. You can see his love for her but also his desire to do what he hopes will help others clouds his judgment. The story of good vs. evil is written with a fun twist. We see Shay come into her own and find that she is stronger for it all. We see her mind and her maturity but also that she is only in high school as well. she does a great job figuring out where she belongs at times but also is so confused by her feelings. She does grow and what Max says at the end was incredibly swoony. Simon and how he helped Evie see all sides and show her that she is family with the superheroes. The plot is imaginative and fun. We see so much action and danger. There is imagination in the story that makes it unique and the perspective of the villains was unique. A great tale that keeps you in the tale and enjoying the journey of Shay and how she goes from thinking heroes suck to becoming one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Adorno

    This was definitely a fun read for me! I love superheroes and this was a fun twist on them for sure! It was one of those stories that was fast paced so I didn’t want to put my book down I love books like that. I do think there were one or two plot holes but nothing that kept from enjoying the overall story. If you love superheroes I think this is def a book to check out! Great for a fun and quick read maybe while on vacation!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kaelan Rhywiol

    I don't read a lot of YA, because it has to be so dark as to really be written for adults before I can usually enjoy it. Ms. Zakian is the exception to that rule because she has the knack of writing teens as they really think. Something that is so rare in this industry. I *always* buy her books for my tween, who also loves them. And as usual, the author sucks you into her world easily with her stunning, brilliant prose. The characters are truly written how young adults think and respond to thing I don't read a lot of YA, because it has to be so dark as to really be written for adults before I can usually enjoy it. Ms. Zakian is the exception to that rule because she has the knack of writing teens as they really think. Something that is so rare in this industry. I *always* buy her books for my tween, who also loves them. And as usual, the author sucks you into her world easily with her stunning, brilliant prose. The characters are truly written how young adults think and respond to things, so I really appreciate seeing that in YA. Most YA lacks that, being written by, on average, 40 year olds who think completely differently from a teenager. Some of the choices Shay makes are exactly the choices I made as a kid, so to see that on page was pretty powerful for me. With the author's signature fantastic pacing and well thought out, quirky sense of plot, this is definitely a must read if you like YA like it should be written and if you like Superheros. It's a fantastic book. The author nails the confusion a teenager would feel given the circumstances in the book, and honestly? I really loved that she exposed the way kids who experience trauma tend to grow up a bit faster than adults around them expect or approve of. Another win for Ms. Zakian.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)

    This was such fun read! I am a huge fan of superheroes and comics, so this was right up my street, as it combines heroes/villians and a little cheeky humour to really make the story shine. I loved that the author brought together the normal characters of a hero story, with those that have powers and save people, as well as their counters, who are attempting to tear down the lives of everyone. However, the author also gave us the realistic flip-side, in that the people despise them because of the This was such fun read! I am a huge fan of superheroes and comics, so this was right up my street, as it combines heroes/villians and a little cheeky humour to really make the story shine. I loved that the author brought together the normal characters of a hero story, with those that have powers and save people, as well as their counters, who are attempting to tear down the lives of everyone. However, the author also gave us the realistic flip-side, in that the people despise them because of the damage and havoc they cause, as well as being caught up in a storm they didn’t ask for. It added a real excitement to the story, making it fun to see a few sides of the story, as well as have that bit of humour to really bring a giggle to me. The main character was brilliant! She had a spark to her, really making her battle her way through something she didn’t ask for and didn’t really want, but making the best of it. She was exciting and really fun to get to know. Overall, this was a great story! I enjoyed it and found myself laughing a lot, as well as just enjoying the overall tale.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Hammelef

    I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher (thank you) in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of superhero stories and movies so this premise sounded unique as it focuses on the superhero impacts on "regular" people, so I knew I had to read this book. I loved Shay and her intelligence and love for science. I enjoyed her sense of humor and loyalty to her sister Evie. I also enjoyed the "clean" romance and respect between the interested parties as far as the age differences. Ma I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher (thank you) in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of superhero stories and movies so this premise sounded unique as it focuses on the superhero impacts on "regular" people, so I knew I had to read this book. I loved Shay and her intelligence and love for science. I enjoyed her sense of humor and loyalty to her sister Evie. I also enjoyed the "clean" romance and respect between the interested parties as far as the age differences. Max is a book boyfriend as he not only is an athletic, muscular superhero, but he's also vulnerable, sweet, respectful, compassionate, and would risk his life for others. He has faults that make him endearing. This book was so much fun with the action and twists along the way that I didn't see coming. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read superhero stories and family stories that are packed with action and humorous moments too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jones

    Just to be clear I am giving this book 4.5 stars!! I really liked this book! Shay is your average teen, who lives with her older sister who hates superheroes...Yes, totally normal except not! Shay meets Max the superhero in a stairwell, and their story begins! Shay reminds Max the superhero of his very dead superhero girlfriend...Shay is quite taken with him but she is a minor so yeah...but that whole "I like you/ you remind me so much of her" is super weird and could totally be predatory except Just to be clear I am giving this book 4.5 stars!! I really liked this book! Shay is your average teen, who lives with her older sister who hates superheroes...Yes, totally normal except not! Shay meets Max the superhero in a stairwell, and their story begins! Shay reminds Max the superhero of his very dead superhero girlfriend...Shay is quite taken with him but she is a minor so yeah...but that whole "I like you/ you remind me so much of her" is super weird and could totally be predatory except Max the superhero doesn't try anything with Shay. Except wanting to be near her all the time, which Shay's older sister Evie definitely nips in the butt everytime! Did I mention that Shay is freakishly smart, like really smart...I recommend this book if you're looking for a quick read, great character development, and some kick*** heroes!

  8. 4 out of 5

    library4one

    Jamie Zakian presented a new way to look at superheroes. Her heroes are real, down-to-earth characters. I liked this image. Also Shay is a good representation of a teenager. I feel like most YA novels give teen characters too many adult characteristic, but considering Shay's back story, her character is believable. The pacing of the story is incredible. I really didn't want to put it down. I do feel like I would liked a little more exposition to give me a break between the action and also to bui Jamie Zakian presented a new way to look at superheroes. Her heroes are real, down-to-earth characters. I liked this image. Also Shay is a good representation of a teenager. I feel like most YA novels give teen characters too many adult characteristic, but considering Shay's back story, her character is believable. The pacing of the story is incredible. I really didn't want to put it down. I do feel like I would liked a little more exposition to give me a break between the action and also to build the relationship more between Evie and Simon. Him saying they were family at the end through me for a loop because you don't read about them interacting much. All in all it was an entertaining read. I'm really hoping there's a second one because I'd like to know what happens to Max and Shay.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elesha

    This book was fun! I enjoyed the fresh, practical look at superheroes, along with the characters. I'd love to read more...I hope there will be a sequel :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erica Mae Campos

    Review originally posted at my blog for Xpresso Book Tours: https://bookishpuffcorn.wordpress.com... Superheroes Suck by Jamie Zakian is well, about supers. I can still remember the time wherein I’ll refuse to pick up a book or watch a movie with superheroes in it. I HATED superheroes. Then my guy came along, and suddenly, I’m on a mission to find out if I’d grow to like them and I did! Thanks to Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, MCU movies, and CW series, I’m suddenly craving for a lot of superhe Review originally posted at my blog for Xpresso Book Tours: https://bookishpuffcorn.wordpress.com... Superheroes Suck by Jamie Zakian is well, about supers. I can still remember the time wherein I’ll refuse to pick up a book or watch a movie with superheroes in it. I HATED superheroes. Then my guy came along, and suddenly, I’m on a mission to find out if I’d grow to like them and I did! Thanks to Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, MCU movies, and CW series, I’m suddenly craving for a lot of superhero action. Okay, I’ve been honestly wanting to pick up this book ever since I participated in the cover reveal. Wouldn’t you look at that wonderful cover? I can already feel the action scenes just by looking at it, lol. This book made me remember of Captain America: Civil War wherein superheroes are policed due to the amount of damage they left every time they fight with an evil super villain. Well, I get that it really isn’t their fault and everything is unprecedented. Enough rambling, Shay is the MC of the book. She’s a pure genius and what, can make super weapons and have her own lab at the age of 16? And I forgot to mention that she’s got a genius lab assistant too(Hetal)! Ah, she’s living the dream. The downside is, she get to have two souls inside her body. Is that a downside, really? Because I think that would be really cool too, haha. Although, I think it’s really safe to say that the characters in the book are all soooo badass. Evie is Shay’s older sister and legal guardian. Their parents died 10 years ago and ever since, Evie stood as a mother to Shay. Evie is a claims adjustor and the mind behind the SPU or the Superhero Policing Unit, forcing the trio of Gemini City’s superheroes to only go on approved missions. Simon as Mr. Amazing has super strength. Alexie as Electri-Luxie, has electric charge powers. Max as Firestorm, is able to wield and is resistant to fire. They are the superheroes of Gemini City. Together, they protect the city against supervillains. Their archenemies are their former friends: Antiserum and Dr. Mayhem. So, it seems like a lot of names to remember again. And yes, it really is. I had little trouble and was all mixing them up from the start but everything was good as the story progresses. Characters, check. Backstories, check. Powers, check. Cool scientific stuffs? Awesome. I loved the part of the book wherein Shay and Hetal are speaking science and developing impressive weapons. Fire away! There was a lot happening in the story, though I wouldn’t mind if everything would take it’s time. And the ship, ah. I want to love it but I’m like waiting for something that isn’t going to happen. Well, there’s the age matter. Max is about 10 years older than Shay and that would be really icky. Though, Shay didn’t really feel that much of a 16 years old. Or is it the other way around? I can’t really think for certain. The book was really awesome. However, I felt a little lost as it nears the ending. It felt like I haven’t gotten enough. More like, “wait, I haven’t felt the connection yet.” I didn’t feel that absorbed and connected with the story. Maybe just more of it would do it’s thing? Or is it just my excuses because I wanted more? Lol. And don’t forget Alexie! I love female heroines! With all the hype from superhero movies, this book is just right on time and would make a really great read. Overall, I rate Superheroes Suck by Jamie Zakian, 3.5 out of 5 stars!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Faizal

    *POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD… BEWARE* Superheroes Suck is an okay book. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading, so I guess that’s a plus. With that said, it had its share of problems. Biggest problem: “Welcome to Gemini City, where super battles disrupt rush hour. Claim Adjusters are like rock stars, and villains stash the souls of murdered superheroes inside little children.” That part should have not been included on the cover or quick summary. The basic story is that Shay, the main protagoni *POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD… BEWARE* Superheroes Suck is an okay book. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading, so I guess that’s a plus. With that said, it had its share of problems. Biggest problem: “Welcome to Gemini City, where super battles disrupt rush hour. Claim Adjusters are like rock stars, and villains stash the souls of murdered superheroes inside little children.” That part should have not been included on the cover or quick summary. The basic story is that Shay, the main protagonist, is a super genius. And she has a second soul that of the dead superhero Jenna trapped inside her body. Her older sister works as someone who cleans up the messes that superheroes make and she is also dating one of the supervillains. Shay’s life is completely and unexpectedly intertwined with powered people. When Shay meets Max, Jenna’s ex, it leads to a series of events that leads to Shay becoming more involved in the superheroes lives. It was hard for me to relate to Shay. It’s not like I haven’t read any books about female protagonists. But I just couldn’t relate to her. She is wicked smart and can create gadgets out of the blue that they need to fulfill any problem (kind of reminds me of Cisco from The CW’s The Flash). She creates a soul detector to find out if she really has two souls. She also programs nanobots to remove Jenna’s soul towards the end of the book. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there is no tension because she can basically build whatever. The powered people were a constant struggle for me. I honestly couldn’t care about them. There is barely any background information about them. Max was probably the one with the most information. But I still didn’t like him; he’s only there to fall in love with Shay, he brings nothing to the story. Alexie is there to possibly trick the villains, but it genuinely seemed like she would be okay either way. Simon is there; he does nothing. Lucius is overpowered with unexplained powers, yet he still loses for some reason. Cyrus again seems like he’s there for no reason, perhaps to show that he had good in him, but he followed his brother no matter what (not sure). And lastly the Mimic. That came out of the blue. I had shape shifting characters. Once that character was introduced, I couldn’t trust anyone and that totally ruined everything for me. And what weird luck that the first person Lucius puts into the “get powers” machine turns out to be a shape shifter. The story of how everyone got their powers and their integration into earth society would have made a better story. I’m a sucker for origin stories. Last comment: I hated the judge so much. Extremely unprofessional. He failed to do his job! Overall the concept was great, the execution was flawed. *I would like to thank Jamie Zakian and LibraryThing for giving me a free copy of Superheroes Suck.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ai Miller

    I want to say first that I received a copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, and I'm grateful to the publishers for the opportunity to read this book. This was a lot of fun, way more fun than I was expecting. It wasn't as centered around the aspects of it I thought it might be at first, but it's definitely a fun time with a lot of moving parts that weren't super dizzying and all made sense. Tightly told, really well paced, and the mysteries aren't too easily figured I want to say first that I received a copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, and I'm grateful to the publishers for the opportunity to read this book. This was a lot of fun, way more fun than I was expecting. It wasn't as centered around the aspects of it I thought it might be at first, but it's definitely a fun time with a lot of moving parts that weren't super dizzying and all made sense. Tightly told, really well paced, and the mysteries aren't too easily figured out nor do they seem to come out of left field. My biggest issue with the book is a spoiler so: (view spoiler)[the whole thing with Max being in love with Shay was a NIGHTMARE. Like for the most part it was handled okay narratively, with lots of people being like "she's a child, you CAN'T" and really he responded okay except it just like didn't stop? And the part where he was like "I won't flirt with you if you don't flirt with me" made me ALL KINDS OF UNCOMFORTABLE because it's not her job to maintain boundaries??? And the way it was resolved within the story was like... really struck me as a bad note to end on. (hide spoiler)] Overall though, this was a pretty fun read, and I'd recommend if it you want more interactions between superheroes and competent, talented folks without powers. The ending is a nice balance of "could be a sequel, could be a standalone" and I'd be happy either way, really!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Luda

    3.5/5 It was an enjoyable read and great pick if you're interested in the concept The plot is interesting, filled with action and fast paced. All the chapters are full of action and twists that keep you guessing. This book was like reading a DC/Marvel book and it reminded me superhero movies/ tv shows and I really liked that.. The characters were great and the superheroes had cool powers.I do think there were a few plot holes though. We didn't learn how the superheroes are created or how they go 3.5/5 It was an enjoyable read and great pick if you're interested in the concept The plot is interesting, filled with action and fast paced. All the chapters are full of action and twists that keep you guessing. This book was like reading a DC/Marvel book and it reminded me superhero movies/ tv shows and I really liked that.. The characters were great and the superheroes had cool powers.I do think there were a few plot holes though. We didn't learn how the superheroes are created or how they got their powers. Also they were superheroes and most of the time they did nothing. I really liked the fact that there wasn't a main love interest and the "romance' wasn't a huge part of the story.. The characters were diverse and smart and they all worked together to fix certain situations. I would recommend it if you love superhero stories and want an easy and fun read for the summer. *thanks to the publisher for sending this to me for review*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Ralls

    This had all the makings of a good book. Excellent concept, with characters that appeal to a wide audience and decent writing as well. For myself, I wasn't impressed with the work, ultimately, but I would recommend it to younger readers with interests in superhero stories, but that crave more than a simple comic or a staged trove of heroes (i.e. DC/Marvel worlds). It moved quickly and is sure to keep readers who are easily distracted more entertained.

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