Unsung Heroine is the epitome of a great time, matching down-to-earth characters with larger-than-life scenarios to hilarious effect. This isn’t your typical superhero team fighting evil demons who threaten the world with extinction. This is a team of deeply connected friends working their hardest to defeat demons that manifest in the most absurd ways. You’ll laugh your ass off as you read the intense fight scenes, trying to decide which is more terrifying: a possessed microphone cord intent on strangling a newfound diva, or a handheld microphone that sprouts teeth and flies around with a mind of its own.
I was surprised at how intensely I was able to connect with the characters. We get to know Lucy well, getting a glimpse under the surface of her sparkling persona to see the pain she’s overcome in her life. The novella is a love story at the core, showing us how complicated relationships can be, especially between friends who’ve cared for each other for so long. Pair that kind of deep narrative with a high stakes karaoke competition and unexpected demons and you have a hit.
Overall, Unsung Heroine is fun, heartfelt, and hilarious. You’ll fly dramatically between moments of sorrow, of love, and of danger tinged with humor. In a way, the book is the epitome of divahood, proving that no matter what, the show must go on.
By Sarah Kuhn
Published by DAW
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.