Almost Invincible (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #3) by Kristen Brand #BookReview @brandedkristen

Cover: Almost Invincible
(The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #3)
by Kristen Brand

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A theme park turns into a death-trap of sadistic supervillains…

White Knight is the most popular superhero in the country—which is bad news for David Del Toro, formerly White Knight, who retired from heroics years ago and just wants some peace and quiet. When the White Knight ride at a superhero-inspired theme park has a grand reopening, Dave is more than happy to give his complimentary tickets to his daughter and her friends and spend the day at home. But then the park gets taken hostage by supervillains.

The man known as Bloodbath spent the last decade in a maximum-security prison and blames White Knight for putting him there. He’s given an ultimatum: the hero comes to face him, or he’ll kill every tourist in the park. Dave barely managed to beat Bloodbath while in his prime and doesn’t like his chances now that he’s old and busted. But unless he does something, every innocent person in the park is going to die…including his daughter.

Almost Invincible is the third book of The White Knight & Black Valentine Series but can be read as a standalone. If you like tense thrillers with big, superpowered action, don’t wait—download Almost Invincible now!

 

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Pulp
Books
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superheroes
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense
Series: The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #3
Length: 151 pages
Release date: 2017-09-30

 

Teaser


I crashed through a storefront window before slamming into a shelf. When I finally hit the floor, it knocked the wind out of me, and I spent several seconds just trying to inhale. My chest hurt. My back hurt. My head – on second thought, it’d be easier to list the things that didn’t hurt. I shifted experimentally, trying to see how much my body would rebel when I moved. It was as agonizing as expected. Something heavy lay on top of me, and it turned out to be a life-size replica of White Knight, hands on its hips and a stupid smile on its face. I shoved it off with a grunt.


My Opinion

In this book, David del Toro gives his tickets to a superhero theme park reopening to his daughter and her friends. A few hours later he learns about a hostage situation at that park.

With “Almost Invincible”, Kristen Brand presents us with a part funny, part tragic fight between revenge-hungry supervillains and courageous yet desperate superheroes. The story is intriguing, comprises interesting turns, and has a good flow. I was drawn into the story for the major part of the book, I just did not fancy the longer passages on the White Knight’s ailments between and during the fights. I had a good time reading “Almost Invincible”.

This is for you if you like superheroes, suspense with twists, and a mixture of strange events and sometimes funny situations.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳  (some mild to medium swearwords throughout the story)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (fight scenes include some gore)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

 

About the author

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she’d want telekinesis so she wouldn’t have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she’s not writing, she’s usually reading novels or comic books.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://www.kristenbrand.com/
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/brandedkristen
Amazon:  Kristen Brand
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/b6xjMp


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Almost Invincible”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Almost Invincible” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Hero Status (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #1)

Review:  Villainous (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #2)

 

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Villainous (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #2) by Kristen Brand

Villainous

The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4.2  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Valentina Belmonte isn’t evil anymore—honest. She’s hung up her supervillain costume, retired to Florida with her family, and hasn’t committed a crime in years. (Well, not a felony. What’s a misdemeanor here and there if you don’t get caught?) This time, she’s not the one in trouble with the law—her goody-two-shoes, former superhero of a husband is.

He saved her life two months ago but committed a spectacular amount of assault and property damage along the way. The feds plan to press charges…unless Val does something for them in exchange. Apparently, an old friend of hers is importing a deadly drug that gives people temporary psychic powers. The feds want to send in Val with a wire to get evidence to bring him down. Sounds simple enough, but things turn deadly fast, and Val finds herself up against another supervillain—one who can out-play her at her own game.

Val’s worried she’s gone soft since retirement, but if she doesn’t get the feds the evidence they need, her husband will end up rotting in one of the most hellish prisons in the country…

 

Genre(s):  Superhero, Fantasy

Series:  The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #2

Length:  164 (estimated)

Release Date:  September 28, 2015

 

Teaser


“This is Agent Nicole Lagarde,” said the prosecutor. “She’s here to make sure everything goes smoothly.”

“To make sure I don’t mind-control you into dropping all charges and then telling me your bank account information, you mean,” I said.

The prosecutor tugged at the collar of his shirt as he sat down. “That, too.”


 

My Opinion

This book picks up where the last one ended, taking us back to retired superhero Dave del Toro and his wife Valentina Belmonte. After saving her life two months before, he might now have to go to jail – unless Valentina gets sufficient evidence against a drug trafficker. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Villainous, Kristen Brand has created a thrilling story of a loving wife trying to keep her husband – a former villain with superpowers – out of jail. Villainous is a gripping and touching read with human characters, not only enjoyable for superhero fans. You get to know the characters better and better as the story proceeds, the nerd in me had reasons to chuckle and also hold my breath along the way. I was drawn into the story – trying to stay one step behind Val.  😉

This is for you if you like thrilling suspense with twists and a mixture of strange events and sometimes funny situations.

This is the entertaining second instalment of a superhero series.

Recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person

 

About the author

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she’d want telekinesis so she wouldn’t have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she’s not writing, she’s usually reading novels or comic books. Hero Status is her first novel.

 

Connect with the Author:

 

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Villainous?  Or – if you did not yet read Villainous  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Villainous was filmed – who should direct them, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Hero Status (The White Knight & Black Valentine Series, #1) by Kristen Brand

Hero_Status

The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

 

My rating:  4.3  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Dave Del Toro used to be a superhero. Now he’s retired and happily married—to his former nemesis, Valentina Belmonte, better known as the Black Valentine. The two have settled in sunny Miami and left the past behind them. No more masks, capes or handcuffs. At least, not outside of the bedroom.

But then the famous hero Supersonic turns up dead, and Valentina is arrested for the murder. Dave knows she’s innocent, but he has to find the real killer if he wants to prove it. Investigating on his own, dodging the law, he gets tangled in a web of conspiracy that will take more than super-strength to break. If Dave wants to save his wife, he’ll have to cross lines no hero ever should…

 

Genre(s):  Superhero, Fantasy

Series:  The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #1

Length:  235 (estimated)

 

Teaser


“Valentina Belmonte?” asked Agent Cox.
She arched her thin eyebrows, looking down on him even though he was taller.
“Yes?”
“You’re under arrest.”
The shock hit me like a bullet. And yes, I’m bulletproof, but the things still hurt. I forced my voice to remain calm as I asked, “For what?”


 

My Opinion

This book introduces you to retired superhero Dave del Toro and his wife Valentina Belmonte. As their doorbell rings in the morning, Dave doesn’t have a clue how crazy his world is going to get. I will not tell you more about the stories than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Hero Status, Kristen Brand has created a thrilling story of a loving husband trying to find out who framed his wife – a former villain with superpowers – for the murder of another superhero. Hero Status is a gripping and touching read with human characters, not only enjoyable for superhero fans. You get to know the characters better and better as the story proceeds, the nerd in me had reasons to chuckle and also hold my breath along the way. I was drawn into the story – trying to stay one step behind Dave.  😉

This is the very promising first instalment of a superhero series. I’m eagerly waiting for the second instalment.

 

About the author

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she’d want telekinesis so she wouldn’t have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she’s not writing, she’s usually reading novels or comic books. Hero Status is her first novel.

 

Connect with the Author:

 

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Hero Status?  Or – if you did not yet read Hero Status  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If any of the Hero Status were filmed – who should direct them, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂