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Good News for A. J. Menden Fans

Good news for fans of A. J. Menden and her Elite Hands of Justice series ๐Ÿ™‚ From here:

A. J Menden’s second book in the Elite Hands of Justice series, Tekgrrl, just came out in stores and is getting terrific reviews…And Dorchester just picked up the next two books in the series, both scheduled to come out in 2010.

No word yet on titles, but I think they’ll be Fantazia’s and Kate’s stories. Will keep you posted on release dates.

In the meantime, catch up with the first two EHJ novels:

Phenomenal Girl 5: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Tekgrrl: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

[REVIEW] Phenomenal Girl 5 – A. J. Menden

A. J. Menden
Phenomenal Girl 5 (Elite Hands of Justice, Book 1)
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 28th October 2008)
Cover art by Judy York
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

The Dragon’s murder victims are stacking up in Megolopolis, and this is Elite Hands of Justice trainee Lainey Livingston’s chance to break a major case, thus finally proving that she – Phenomenal Girl 5 – is a worthy enough superhero to join EHJ. The travel sickness from teleportation will pass, and the spells she’s learning will add another weapon to her trade. But standing in Lainey’s way from making the promotional leap is the reclusive Reincarnist, Robert Eliot, who’s both training and tempting her. How can she investigate when he’s hiding details of the crimes? Would working full-time for EHJ break her and Robert’s budding relationship?

The first half of this book is exceptionally well done. Lainey’s not perfect, though she is rather vain about her chest. Robert speaks without contractions, but Lainey calls him on it. A major spoiler puts emotions through the wringer, but as the characters’ personal lives improve, they became somewhat…annoying. I was fine with Lainey until she started playing seductress. Then we meet more of the EHJ and learn that they’re more celebrities than superheroes, doing more ad campaigns than investigation and heroics. This in itself is not a bad read, but it’s frustrating when an apocalypse is nigh and no one seems to be working the case. Lainey recognises this, but then does the same thing and spends more time with her lover. I preferred the unrequited love to the out-in-the-open relationship – there’s a stage in which most scenes end with fade-to-black shagging, and I had trouble refraining from yelling, “Get back to the freaking plot!” But this is a romance novel, not a thriller. I am not the target audience.

Maybe you can tell a lot about someone by their choice of coffee, but when Lainey goes around and collects everyone’s order…that was kind of tedious. Okay, the over-the-top EHJ heroes have grandiose beverages, whilst the down-to-earth people stick with espresso – readers could’ve figured that out on our own. That scene could’ve been cut.

Then there’s the multiple past, present and perhaps future relationships which they openly gossip about. Phenomenal Girl 5 works much better when it’s serious, not light, but I’m very picky about humour ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still, it’s a new-to-me spin on superheroes, and Book 2 in the series – Tekgrrl – should go down a treat.

Cat with Books – Thursday 8th January 2009

Manny with S. J. Day’s Eve of Darkness, A. J. Menden’s Phenomenal Girl 5, Keri Arthur’s Destiny Kills and Liz Maverick’s Irreversible. It’s only 19C today, so he’s not suffering from heat anymore. Does seem to have the blues, though. He’s purring beside me on the couch right now…

You can see more photos of other stuff at my Flickr.

[COVER ART] Tekgrrl – A. J. Menden

Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still awaiting Phenomenal Girl 5 – the shop said it’d take a month to get here, so I’ll still wait until nearly February.

Anyway, check out the tech stuff in the background on the cover – pretty nifty. And the story itself sounds better than PG5 (not that I’ve read either yet), so every thumb’s coming up ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry I couldn’t find a specific date, nor a pre-order link. Stay tuned…

A. J. Menden
Tekgrrl (Elite Hands of Justice, Book 2)
Dorchester (US: June 2009)


When she was 12, Mindy asked to go to The School like other gifted girls. Her parents sent her to another planet.


Today, Mindy’s back on Earth. She’s a mechanical genius with the Elite Hands of Justice, America’s premier superhero squad. She’s been having headaches though, and it’s not just because her longtime crush is flirting with another teammate. It’s not because she’s pushing thirty. It’s also not because of the contrary actions of former teammate Simon Leasure.

No, what’s burning her brain is a past she can’t remember, a past that has been erased. It’s a memory surging closer-in flying saucers. Her worst nightmare is returning, big time, and only she, her friends, and her one true love can stop it.

Good News for June 2009

Dorchester SHOMI will publish A. J. Menden’s second Elite Hands of Justice novel (following Phenomenal Girl 5), Tekgrrl, in June 2009 ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s Purchase

Anyway, I tried to help the publishing industry by buying a book today. Okay, I lied – I really just bought the book because I wanted it. Selfish, aren’t I? I would’ve bought more – there were two other books I would’ve definitely bought had they been on shelf, but alas…

Yeah, so I snagged the only copy on the shelf of Marianne Mancusi’s Razor Girl. So now I can stare at the gorgeous art whenever I freaking want ๐Ÿ™‚ I asked about the state of Liz Maverick’s Irreversible, and while it was on their computer database, apparently no Borders store in Victoria has any copies yet. And even more unfortunately, A. J. Menden’s Phenomenal Girl 5 was not even in the database yet. I’ll try again in a month or two, or maybe I’ll just order them from Romance Direct (I think I have some loyalty dollars to spend). But not now – must finish purchasing Christmas presents. Then we’ll see…

[COVER ART] Stolen Magic – Esri Rose & A. J. Menden Fans

Esri Rose has revealed the cover for Stolen Magic. I wouldn’t call the colour “tomato”. More like “sunburnt Englishfolk in Australia”.

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November 2008 Releases

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, check October 2008 Releases. I’ve tried to be as accurate as I can with publishers, countries and dates, but a lot could happen between now and their release dates. Still, hopefully you’ll find some of this useful. US: USA. UK: United Kingdom. AU: Australia.

Heather Graham
Deadly Harvest (Flynn Brothers, Book 2)
Harlequin MIRA (US: 1st November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Jeremy Flynn finds he’s needed desperately when his old police diving partner winds up in serious trouble. While on a vacation to patch up their marriage, his wife disappears, and he’s suspected of murder. Rowenna believes that a man must keep an open mind, but even she is stunned by the ancient and diabolical rites being practiced beneath the history and modern day wiccan movement of her home town, where, suddenly, a trip into the cornfields is a trip into the psychotic mind of a killer with an agenda.

Suzanne McLeod
The Sweet Scent of Blood (Spellcrackers.com, Book 1)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: 1st November 2008) – Paperback)

Genevieve Taylor is a Sidhe, one of the noble fae and she’s unusual, even in present-day London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with the human population. Genny is a rising star at Spellcrackers.com, where she finds the M in magic – which invariably leads to mischief, malice and murder. Spellcrackers.com is affiliated to the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. Genny also works as a volunteer at a clinic which treats victims of vampire attacks. Then there’s her extra-curricular activity, extracting vulnerable fae lured by the local fang gangs. Genny certainly doesn’t want any closer involvement with the vampire community. But when Mr October, one of the hot calendar pin-up vamps, is accused of violently murdering his girlfriend, Genny’s called on to repay an old debt and prove his innocence. And that means consorting with some of the sexiest vamps in London!

A. J. Menden
Phenomenal Girl 5 (Elite Hands of Justice, Book 1)
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 1st November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Lainey Livingston has just been made a member of the Elite Hands of Justice, the world’s premiere cadre of superheroes. Her work with the Red Knights and the Power Squad was impressive; all her senses are extraordinary, and her great strength and ability to fly are equally remarkable. But no one gets a free pass to active duty, and Lainey’s next test is going to be her hardest. She’s to train with the Reincarnist. Robert Elliot, the Reincarnist. A magician who has lived multiple lifetimes, he’s the smartest man in the world – and Lainey’s last obstacle. He was personally responsible for seeing Pushstar wash out. But his eyes are the softest, kindest that Lainey has ever seen, and he’s just the sort to knock her for a loop. Lesson #1: Romantic entanglements among crime fighters are super exploitable, and falling in love with a man who “can’t die” is like waving a red flag at a bull. Especially when the most fiendish plot ever is about to break over Megolopolis like a wave of fire.

Stephenie Meyer
Twilight (Twilight Saga, Book 1)
Hachette (US, UK: 1st November 2008) – Paperback

Bella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.

Lilith Saintcrow
Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (AU: 1st November 2008)

Jill Kismet, Dealer in Dark Things. Spiritual Exterminator. Demon Slayer – it’s not the type of work you can put on a business card. But every city has people like me. Usually the police have us on payroll as consultants, because what ordinary cop can face down a Were or an ordinary shapechanger, or an Assyrian demon? Not to mention the silvers or the Black Mist, the adepts of Sorrow House or of the Middle Way? What ordinary cop stands a chance against a Trader, even? People disappear all the time, it’s an epidemic; some of the disappearances are murder, some are fugitives, some are kidnapped by other human beings. Some of them are even found again. But a good proportion of them are taken by the things that go bump in the night. And then it becomes a hunter’s job to bump back. Hard.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Swallowing Darkness (Merry Gentry, Book 7)
Random House (US: 4th November 2008; UK: 6th November 2008; AU: 15th November 2008) – Hardcover

I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child – twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children. Bearing an heir has placed me halfway to my aunt’s throne, that much closer to my reign over the Unseelie Court – and well ahead of her son, my cousin Cel, in this race. Now I must stay alive to see my children born and claim my place as queen. But not all in faerie are pleased with the news, and conspirators from every court in the realm plot against me and mine. They seek to strip my guards, my lovers, from me by poisoned word or cold steel. But I still have supporters, and even friends, among the goblins and the sluagh, who will stand by me. I am Meredith Nic Essus, and those who would defy and destroy me are destined to pay a terrible price – for I am truly my father’s daughter. To protect what is mine, I will sacrifice anything – even if it means waging a great battle against my darkest enemies and making the most momentous decision ever made as princess of faerie.

Faith Hunter
Bloodring (Rogue Mage, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (US: 4th November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St Croix is no ordinary “neomage.” Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

Jordan Summers
Red (Dead World, Book 1)
Macmillan Tor (US: 4th November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Gina Santiago is a member of an elite tactical team in charge of protecting the world. She’s devoted her life to apprehending the most heinous criminals that prey on society – and now she’s after the worst one yet. On her own, with no backup, the trail takes her to a dusty, tight-knit town on the fringes of society, where everyone’s a suspect. Even the sexy sheriff, Morgan Hunter, isn’t telling her everything. Gina knows he’s trouble, but she’s inexorably drawn to him. The closer Gina comes to finding out the secret of this sleepy little town and its big bad sheriff; the closer she comes to catching the predator, the more scared she gets – because she’s beginning to realise that she has a secret too. A secret that will change Gina’s life…and make her the killer’s prey.

Kelley Armstrong
Living with the Dead (Otherworld, Book 9)
Hachette Orbit (UK: 6th November 2008) – Hardcover

Robyn Peltier has always lived a normal life. So when her boss is murdered and she is named prime suspect, she is way out of her depth. As the bodies pile up only her friend Hope, and Hope’s somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl, are on her side. Hope, meanwhile, has a few secrets of her own. Namely that she is half-demon, and her ‘spooky’ boyfriend is actually a werewolf. Hope also knows that Robyn has accidentally stumbled into a bloody supernatural turf war. And the only way she can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she’s safer knowing nothing about…

Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)
Penguin Razorbill (US: 13th November 2008) – Paperback

Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret…She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…

Kim Harrison
The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, Book 6)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 25th November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

In the Hollows, where the natural and the supernatural co-exist – not always peacefully – desperate times often call for unorthodox measures. But bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan did the absolutely unthinkable to save the lives of her friends: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins have come home to haunt her. As Rachel hunts for the truth behind a terrifying murder, the discovery of a shocking family secret is about to throw her entire life into question. And the long-lost ancient knowledge she seeks resides in the demonic ever-after. But there are some lines that should never be crossed – like the one Rachel Morgan’s stepping over…again!

October 2008 Releases

Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 2 – Paperback)
Hachette Livre Orbit (AU: October 2008)

Mechanic Mercy Thompson is woken at 3am by a vampire calling in a favour. He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won’t be noticed – and Mercy’s shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate. But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him. She can count on the supernatural community for protection – and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways too – but when it comes to being proactive, she’s on her own.

Anya Bast
The Chosen Sin (Trade Paperback)
Penguin Berkley (US: 7th October 2008)

The Chosen are vampires fighting for their very existence. It is Daria Morris’s destiny to become one of them…Daria is a special forces agent with one obsession: to wreak vengeance on the vampire who nearly destroyed her. But to succeed, she must become something she detests: a vampire. Her fate rests upon Alejandro Martinez, a sexy vampire with whom she once shared an unforgettable night of scorching passion. Now, while Daria struggles against her newfound bloodlust, the two must slip into the shadows to bring a monster to justice – even as their desire threatens to consume them…

Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner (eds.)
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (Hardcover)
Penguin Ace (US: 7th October 2008)

The holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard for lycanthropes. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest and saddest werewolf tales by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon with a silver bullet close at hand.

Kevin Anderson (ed.)
Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories Presented by the Horror Writers Association (Trade Paperback)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US: 21st October 2008)

Charlaine Harris reveals the dark side of going green, when a quartet of die-hard environmentalists hosts a fundraiser with a gory twist in “An Evening with Al Gore”…In an all-new Dresden Files story from Jim Butcher, when it comes to tracking deadly paranormal doings, there’s no such thing as a “Day Off” for the Chicago PD’s wizard detective, Harry Dresden…Sherrilyn Kenyon turns a cubicle-dwelling MBA with no life into a demon-fighting seraph with one hell of an afterlife in “Where Angels Fear to Tread”…Celebrity necromancer Jaime Vegas is headlining a sold-out sรฉance tour, but behind the scenes, a disgruntled ghost has a bone to pick, in Kelley Armstrong’s “The Ungrateful Dead.” Plus tales guaranteed to get under your skin – in a good way – from Janet Berliner, Don D’Ammassa, Nancy Holder, Nancy Kilpatrick, J. A. Konrath and F. Paul Wilson, Joe R. Lansdale, Will Ludwigsen, Sharyn McCrumb, Mark Onspaugh, Mike Resnick, Steven Savile, D. L. Snell, Eric James Stone, Jeff Strand, Lucien Soulban, Matt Venne, Christopher Welch.

Kelley Armstrong
Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld, Book 9 – Hardcover)
Random House Spectra (US: 21st October 2008)

Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles after her young husband’s sudden death, trying to put some distance between herself and her memories. Though she’s still grieving, the challenges of her new life as the PR consultant to Portia Kane – the world’s most famous celebutante wannabe – can sometimes be amusing, even distracting. But when her client is gunned down in the back room of a nightclub, Robyn is suddenly on the run as the prime suspect in the murder. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems like only Hope Adams, Robyn’s best friend, and Hope’s somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl are on Robyn’s side. Hope Adams follows the kinds of stories whose headlines scream from supermarket checkout lines. But the difference is that Hope’s stories are even weirder – and they’re all true. Though determined to help Robyn, Hope knows it’s only a matter of time before her friend is caught. But it’s not the police Hope is worried about. For Robyn has gotten herself in the middle of a turf war between two powerful Otherworld cabals who’ll spill any amount of blood – human and inhuman – to protect what they consider theirs for all eternity. And the only way Hope can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she’s safer knowing nothing about.

Mario Acevedo
The Undead Kama Sutra (Felix Gomez, Book 3 – Mass Market Paperback)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 28th October 2008)

Felix Gomez returned from the war in Iraq a changed man – once a soldier, now forever a vampire. So the undead underworld put his skills to work as a private detective, specialising in the sordid, the sexy, and the supernatural. After surviving aliens, nymphomaniacs, and x-rated bloodsuckers, it’s high time for a vacation. Now the aliens are back in a fiendish conspiracy with the U.S. government, and only Felix stands between them and the Earth women they covet. But when an army hit man attacks Felix and the bodacious vampire sexpert, Carmen, not even the astonishing erotic powers of the Kama Sutra for the Undead may be able to save them.

Keri Arthur
Destiny Kills (Myth & Magic, Book 1 – Mass Market Paperback)
Random House Dell (US: 28th October 2008)

When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has – and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game. Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human – and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive – until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels…

Kim Harrison
A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows, Book 4 – Hardcover)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 28th October 2008)

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her – not necessarily in that order. Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses – savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary. Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.

A. J. Menden
Phenomenal Girl 5 (Elite Hands of Justice, Book 1 – Mass Market Paperback)
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 28th October 2008)

Lainey Livingston has just been made a member of the Elite Hands of Justice, the world’s premiere cadre of superheroes. Her work with the Red Knights and the Power Squad was impressive; all her senses are extraordinary, and her great strength and ability to fly are equally remarkable. But no one gets a free pass to active duty, and Lainey’s next test is going to be her hardest. She’s to train with the Reincarnist. Robert Elliot, the Reincarnist. A magician who has lived multiple lifetimes, he’s the smartest man in the world – and Laineyโ€™s last obstacle. He was personally responsible for seeing Pushstar wash out. But his eyes are the softest, kindest that Lainey has ever seen, and he’s just the sort to knock her for a loop. Lesson #1: Romantic entanglements among crime fighters are super exploitable, and falling in love with a man who “can’t die” is like waving a red flag at a bull. Especially when the most fiendish plot ever is about to break over Megolopolis like a wave of fire.

[GUEST BLOG] Eye on SHOMI: A. J. Menden & the Elite Hands of Justice

(Author photo from here.)

The world of the Elite Hands of Justice and the cities they inhabit – Megalopolis and Covo City – were created so I could play with both superheroes, magic and celebrities, all things I like. Though it hasn’t been touched on yet in the series, there’s probably supernatural creatures hiding in a dark alley somewhere.

My heroine in Phenomenal Girl 5, Lainey Livingston, lives in a world where magic and superheroes are an everyday occurance. Children are tested for powers at the onset of puberty. This isn’t to say that some kids don’t hide it or otherwise slip through the cracks (where do you think villains come from?), but those that are found are sent to a special school to develop and train their powers. Magic ability is considered a “power” and all of those who attend the School have a basic idea of how magic works. Those who do have the ability to use magic go off on their own path, to work with mentors to train them how to use spells while the rest of the students, Lainey included, continue on with their own specific studies. Most of the students’ goal at graduation is to be recruited for one of the major hero teams. For every student who “makes it,” there are plenty of those who don’t. But we don’t see those students. Yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ And again, where do you think villains come from? Along those lines, there are also people who get their powers through accidents or scientific experiments.

To those fortunate people who grow up with special powers, being a hero is a job, much like being a firefighter or a police officer, or even a professional athlete. They go to interviews to try to get on the best teams, jockey for position and authority on each team, and tend to date within the workplace. In many ways, Phenomenal Girl 5 is a workplace drama ๐Ÿ˜‰ That was part of the fun of it for me: this is a job to Lainey and her friends. There’re aspects of her job she doesn’t like doing, her co-workers fight and bicker, people get mad or can’t hack the job and quit, she gets overlooked for the big assignment, and she’s being trained by someone who is difficult to work with ๐Ÿ˜‰ We can all relate to that.

At the same time, to the civilians, the heroes are celebrities. Much like we glorify and raise up (to then tear down) the beautiful people in Hollywood, the civilians do the same to the heroes in my world. The heroes are the subject of the gossip rags, the paparazzi take their photos, they seek publicity and interviews, and have merchandising rights. The Elite Hands of Justice, which is the most famous superhero team, live in a building that has a museum and gift shop on the bottom floor. There’re EHJ mugs, t-shirts, snow globes and action-figures. There’s an EHJ Saturday morning cartoon. This isn’t to say that all the heroes are glory hounds: The Reincarnist is very disappointed in the turn the EHJ has taken, but he still gets his picture taken when he goes out to dinner. Whether he likes it or not.

This brings up the two cities we see in Phenomenal Girl 5 – Megalopolis and Covo City. The EHJ’s headquarters is in Megalopolis, a large city where everything happens and they are the center of attention. I picture Megalopolis to be like our New York or Hollywood, somewhere where there are restaurants and clubs to be seen at, shops where you can buy the latest couture, and you might see a celebrity dashing into the local coffee shop for their morning fix. It’s the larger-than-life city.

Covo City, where the Reincarnist makes his home, however, is the opposite. It’s more of an every day big city. Sure, there’s crime, and villains to fight, but it’s not as flash as Megalopolis. The reclusive Reincarnist can live on the outside of town and not have paparazzi and star tours passing by his gate every day. While you might get an occasional paparazzo or sightseer who knows the Reincarnist lives nearby, they’re not as prevalent. Celebrities aren’t expected or noticed in a city like that. And Lainey, who’s pretty much an unknown at the beginning of the book, can go anywhere and not attract any attention. The strange part of all of this is I don’t like big cities. Way too many people for me. I’m reclusive like the Reincarnist.

You might also wonder how the police feel about the heroes. Like you might expect, some of them like them, and some of them hate them. The police are doing the same job as these people, fighting crime, yet without the flash costume, celebrity status, or the big bucks. You can see why they’d hate them. But some of them take the help and expertise they can get. You see both kinds of the Covo City police force.

So that’s my look into the world of the Elite Hands of Justice!

Relevant Links

Phenomenal Girl 5