Review: Lona Chang – AshleyRose Sullivan

What would happen if Lois Lane turned out to have superpowers just like Superman?

That is the question AshleyRose Sullivan chooses to explore in Lona Chang: A Superhero Detective Story.

As with Sullivan’s previous novel, Awesome Jones: A Superhero Fairy Tale, Lona Chang promises romance, mystery, superheros and more.

Did I enjoy Lona Chang: A Superhero Detective Story? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Book 

When one of the world’s greatest superheroes dies in her arms, Lona Chang takes it upon herself to investigate his murder. Armed only with a power she barely understands and a mysterious coded book, Lona begins a quest for answers that leads her down a dark rabbit hole of secrets—secrets the ancient organization known as the Guild is determined to keep hidden at all costs.

Meanwhile, when a new threat descends upon Arc City, Lona’s soulmate (and freshly minted superhero) Awesome Jones defies the Guild, dons the cape and cowl of his father and finds a group of unlikely allies. But can Awesome trust them—or himself? He’ll have to fight his own demons first if he has any hope of defending the town–and the people–he loves.

As tensions rise between the Guild, Lona, Awesome, his allies and Arc City’s criminal underground, Lona realizes that life, and the answers to its questions, are never as simple as they seem in comic books.

The Review 

Having read Awesome Jones: A Superhero Fairy Tale the week prior, I was fully prepared for the unique writing style of Sullivan. She chooses to write in short snappy paragraphs that are reminiscent of reading comic book panels, very fitting for a book about superheroes if you ask me.

I am also glad I chose to reschedule my tour, as though you could technically read Lona Chang: A Superhero Detective Story as a standalone, I felt I got more out of the plot having read the first in the series.

As this is the second in the series I could tell Sullivan switched from world building to character development, and I felt this second novel benefited from it. Though, I did find myself wishing that I could read more about the characters and less about what the characters were reading, as I feel that each could have added just a little more to the mystery.

Lona was able to grow into her own character, separate from Awesome, with my own criticism coming from her constant scrutiny of herself. I am hoping, if there is a third outing for these characters, that Lona learns to accept herself and  let her uniqueness truly shine.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Seventh Star Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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