Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Egmont, 5/11/10
Damien Locke had me at hello! This snarky, self-involved teenager who is expecting to become a super-villain on his 16th birthday is in for a complete shock when his thumbprint is an X as opposed to a V. Thank goodness it's not an H, because he might just have to fling himself off the tallest building in Golden City.
When the surprise X shows up, he needs to talk to his mom and fast. How could this happen? His father was a villain, right? Not so fast... Turns out Madame of Mayhem had a tryst inflagrante in a dirty bathroom with *gasp*-- a superhero! Thus resulting in the X on Damien's thumb.
Chelsea's writing is spot on and her snark and wit shine through this book. I found myself laughing out loud at Damien's antics, I think because I wish I had thought them up! Even my little one would ask why I was laughing and smiling. I love books that make me giddy. The secondary characters are interesting, but I found the resolution between the relationship with Damien/Kat and Damien/Sarah to be a bit rushed. I definitely can't wait to read a sequel and anything else that Chelsea comes up with. Her voice is fresh and new and something that is seriously lacking lately.
I received this copy at BEA. I didn't make her signing because her line was so long and they were shutting people off. I went to Egmont, ready to plead and beg with Elizabeth or Alison to find a copy! I would've been willing to give up my firstborn (they don't need to know she's 19!) :) Thankfully, Chelsea was there. Found a book, signed it, AND stamped it with what looks like a notary seal! (she went all out for her books!)
Simply an amazing book!