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Can an accountant defeat a supervillain Celia West, only daughter of the heroic leaders of the superpowered Olympiad, has spent the past few years estranged from her parents and their high powered lifestyle She s had enough of masks and heroics, and wants only to live her own quiet life out from under the shadow of West Plaza and her rich and famous parentsThen she i The daughter of the world s greatest superheroes has no superpowers, and just wants to be left alone to have a nice, normal life as an accountant But then she s kidnapped yet again, and then her parents arch nemesis is put on trial for tax evasion and she s called as a star witness Modern stories about superheroes usually go one of two routes as grim and depressing as they can get ex Watchmen, anything by Frank Miller or wry and ironic, like the genre is a joke and they re above it The daughter of the world s greatest superheroes has no superpowers, and just wants to be left alone to have a nice, normal life as an accountant But then she s kidnapped yet again, and then her parents arch nemesis is put on trial for tax evasion and she s called as a star witness Modern stories about superheroes usually go one of two routes as grim and depressing as they can get ex Watchmen, anything by Frank Miller or wry and ironic, like the genre is a joke and they re above it Rarely, a book manages to do neither, but still manages to feel realistic and current This is one of those books The characters have believably complicated emotional lives and motivations, even while there are dastardly plans and superpowers all around The end is a little weak, but overall I really enjoyed this It s one thing to believe your parents are perfect, and another to know they are Celia s parents are super heroes, and she has spent ten years trying to escape their shadow Unfortunately, her biggest teenaged rebellion resulted in their unmasking, which turned her into every criminal s favorite hostage Now she s working as an accountant on the case that will put away her family s biggest foe but will her own mistake be exposed It s a multi layered book I couldn t help but read Celia s super It s one thing to believe your parents are perfect, and another to know they are Celia s parents are super heroes, and she has spent ten years trying to escape their shadow Unfortunately, her biggest teenaged rebellion resulted in their unmasking, which turned her into every criminal s favorite hostage Now she s working as an accountant on the case that will put away her family s biggest foe but will her own mistake be exposed It s a multi layered book I couldn t help but read Celia s superhero dad as a rageoholic, whose emotional bullying nearly loses him his only child, while her mother is an enabler, and Celia is the teenager who must escape an abusive him Her friends are few and precious, and despite someone s deliberate plan to use her to destroy the city, she is determined to stop the coming war between superheroes and a mastermind bent on slaughter This is my second reading, and I liked it eventhan last time, obviously It seems like so many of these superhero novels are written by people who, don t have fond memories of the original superheros I m not sure Carrie Vaughn feels that way she seems to me to fall into the nobody could REALLY be that much of a hero slot as her book sets out to prove.Celia West is the grown normal read non super powered daughter of the Worlds Greatest Super Hero Couple Sky High did it better We get treated to her misery at having had to grow up with her angry dad and It seems like so many of these superhero novels are written by people who, don t have fond memories of the original superheros I m not sure Carrie Vaughn feels that way she seems to me to fall into the nobody could REALLY be that much of a hero slot as her book sets out to prove.Celia West is the grown normal read non super powered daughter of the Worlds Greatest Super Hero Couple Sky High did it better We get treated to her misery at having had to grow up with her angry dad and super competent as well as super mother AND we get the story of her rebellious teen age years , all not her fault and completely understandable of course because her life with her parents was just sooooooo unbearable Pardon me as I gag.Of course as we discovernothing is what it seemed or what anyone thought it was.Yes, yes, we ve been there, done that got the T shirt Enjoy it if it s your cup of tea I didn t hate itmuch, but I didn t like it either Not for me I almost went with 2 stars but then I thought, why kid myself There are books I ve rated 2 stars I liked far betterso, maybe 1.3, or maybe.5 Oh well So it seems that this book was destined to help me make up for lost time I absolutely could not put this book down once I started it And I have to say that I was completely surprised by this book It was so much better than I ever thought it would be It starts out feeling a little comicbookish, a little cartoony I mean, it s about super heroes, for goodness sake And that aspect of the story is very comicbookish not that that is a bad thing If that was all there was to the story, I d have So it seems that this book was destined to help me make up for lost time I absolutely could not put this book down once I started it And I have to say that I was completely surprised by this book It was so much better than I ever thought it would be It starts out feeling a little comicbookish, a little cartoony I mean, it s about super heroes, for goodness sake And that aspect of the story is very comicbookish not that that is a bad thing If that was all there was to the story, I d have still liked it, but it would have been a 3 star like, rather than a 5 star love But there was so muchto this story than a good vs bad, superhero vs villain story This was a really interesting and innovative twist on the story that sucked me right in and kept me glued to the pages until there weren t anyof them And now I feel a bit sad that it s over I was very surprised at how emotional this book was I completely identified with the main character s feelings of isolation and desperation and despair and frustration and everything in the situation that she was in In fact, I thought she handled the situation infinitely better than I would have I would have probably shut down and closed up shop and said screw it, then I have to give Celia credit for not doing that, and not giving up I really loved this book, and as an introduction to Carrie Vaughn s writing, it was amazing Now my only concern is that her other books might not live up to this one