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Karma Girl (Bigtime #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  2,746 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
Bigtime, New York, is not big enough for both Carmen Cole and the superheroes and ubervillains who stalk its streets. An intrepid reporter, Carmen's dedicated her life to unmasking the spandexwearers, all because her fiancŽ turned out to be a superhero, and a cheating one at that-sleeping with none other than his nubile nemesis.

Exposing the true identities of the nation's

Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Berkley
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Sara ♥
WOW! That was SO INCREDIBLY CHEESY, it should win a cheese award! But a GOOD cheese award (cheddar/mozzarella/swiss/provolone)... as opposed to a BAD cheese award (Kraft Singles/American/Velveeta).

This book was FUNNY and CUTE and SILLY and UTTERLY-RIDONKULOUS in ALL the right ways! I LOVED IT! It got a BIT frustrating at times, when Carmen was being dense... (How did she NOT know who Striker and Fiera and Hermit and Malefica were??? But I didn't know who Mr. Sage was, either... (I kept forgetti
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Jun 07, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Originally posted at The Book Nympho


Grab your graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows because you are going to want to make some s'mores while reading this lovable campy paranormal romance!

After falling in love with Jennifer Estep'sElemental Assassinseries back in 2012 I grabbed books 1-3 in her Bigtime series when I ran across them at my local used bookstore. They've sat on my shelf waiting for me to get in the mood for a fun and light romance that involved superheroes. Well tha
Apr 03, 2008 Lucy rated it did not like it
This was on a table at my library because it is in the running for a reader's choice award. Gak! No, no, no! If this qualifies for any award, then the criteria for nomination needs to be seriously looked at.

Here's what I wish for: A funny book. A really funny book. That isn't stupid...isn't raunchy...isn't pathetically unimportant. Is that too much to ask? I can tell the author is trying to be witty and interesting. But the result is embarrassing.

Karma Girl follows a jilted woman who discovers
Valerie Tate Williams
Oct 06, 2007 Valerie Tate Williams rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what would happen if there were *really* superheroes? Karma Girl describes a world just like ours - except every town has its own superhero and ubervillain. It's just a fact of life.

This author has obviously read her share of comic books, but didn't take them *too* seriously, as so many comic book fans do. In Karma Girl, she has taken a lighthearted poke at the comic book genre and incorporated the fun, funny parts of a comic book world into a fully realized romance story.
Mar 09, 2008 Trin rated it did not like it
This was one of the worst-written books I've read in a while. Every other paragraph, the author has the narrator say things like, "my inner voice chattered" or "my inner voice screamed"; I haven't encountered such an annoying narrative tick since Tolkien's "And lo!"/"And behold!" addiction in Return of the King. Also, every time there's an "ethnic" character, they are repeatedly referred to in the text as "the black man" or "the Asian girl." I think I should apply that strategy to a novel abou ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
Après avoir lu 3 volumes de l'Araignée, j'avais un bon feeling avec Estep donc me suis lancée dans cette série qui m'a agréablement surprise car je m'attendais à une sorte de copie du précédent. Que nenni! Bigtime n'y ressemble en rien: son univers est particulier, le thème quoique désopilant est complètement différent, et le ton accrocheur.

Imaginez un monde comme le notre où chaque ville possède son lot de superhéros et de méchants. Le jour de son mariage la journaliste Carmen Cole découvre no
Nov 14, 2011 Stella rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series and immediately fell in love with the premise and characters of her Mythos Academy series, so I had a hinch that I would be in for a great story when I started reading Karma Girl, but I never expected to be blown away this much!

Karma Girl is the first novel in Jennifer Estep’s Bigtime series which is set in an alternate universe where every town in the world has their own superheroes (“someone who shows up whenever the train runs off th
Carmen Cole is on a mission. When she found her fiance in bed with her best friend thirty minutes before her wedding, something in Carmen broke. When she realized that under the wedding clothing that the two around...lay the truth of their secret identities, and that her fiance was her town's superhero and her best friend was the town's ubervillain, she did more than break. She snapped. Pictures that is. Of the two lovebirds doing the deed. Then she ran right to the newspaper ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Kajol rated it did not like it



I don't know how to start..

It was a mesh of complete utter bullshit for most part, bursting it's guts out with a pool full of cliches, what with all that talk of explodium and getting hit by lightening (and not dying or going raving mad, oh no, but gaining SUPERPOWERS instead. HOW ORIGINAL.)- AND THE THING THAT MOST APPALLED ME- the writing was all very amateurish.

I never ever expected that of Estep.

But since this book was written some tim
Jan 28, 2016 Gawelleb rated it it was amazing
Peut être que si j'étais totalement honnête, j'aurais enlevé une étoile pour le récit à la première personne du singulier! J'aurais vraiment adoré entrer dans la tête de Striker. Mais bon, l'humour, le ton décalé et les quelques passages romantiques m'ont fait couiner ! J'ai eu du mal à le lâcher (sauf quand je me suis endormie dessus, mais ce n'est pas de ma faute, j'étais dans mon lit, au chaud dans le noir). Carmen est fun, sarcastique, normale (physiquement, ce n'est pas un top), elle a de ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Brenda rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, dnf
I'm not going to be able to finish this one. I can tell it's supposed to be funny, but I haven't even cracked a smile. Carmen's "inner voice" is a character in itself, what with it chattering at her constantly. And for someone who has already unmasked so many superheroes and villains, she was super clueless about figuring things out. It was just not an enjoyable read for me.
Jul 19, 2008 Gail rated it really liked it
Holy blue eye shadow, Batman! This funny book is a sort of combination of sassy-sexy-chick-lit meets comic-book meets paranormals. On her wedding day, reporter Carmen Cole discovers her husband-to-be in the arms of her best friend and maid of honor. As they go at it, hot and heavy, their clothes reveal that he is the superhero Machinator and she's his arch-enemy, the ubervillan Crusher. Carmen, like any reporter scorned, takes a photo and her first page story revealing their secret identity ...more
Mar 06, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes comic books
Recommended to Heather by: Library-Readers choice
What a great Book!! Reading this book put me back into reading comic books about Superheros, which I haven't done for a very long time! And I think if anyone is looking to read something about fighting evil forces, this would be the one! I was actually surprised that I finished this book in one day, but I just couldn't put it down! Jennifer Estep has done a great job on this book. My praise goes out to her on her first novel

Reading this book also made me think that every one of us in the world,
Nancy Brady
Apr 15, 2015 Nancy Brady rated it really liked it
Estep's first novel is a hoot with plenty of laughs. Carmen Cole is a woman-scorned, and she vows to unmask all the superheroes and ubervillains as revenge for her fiance' and best friend's betrayal. Yet,there are surprises in store for Bigtime's superheroes and ubervillains and even Carmen herself. Add in some romance, and it is highly recommended fun reading.

Now I know why Gwen Frost (of the Mythos Academy series) had a poster of Karma Girl on her dorm-room wall. Always loved the shout out th
Peace Love and Reviews
Jul 16, 2010 Peace Love and Reviews rated it it was amazing
Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.

On Carmen's wedding day she found out that her fiance and her best friends were entangled in a very shocking way. She literally caught him with his pants down while her best friend moan with pleasure, after her heart shattered into million pieces, the shock did not end there, in the throes of undressing, she caught a glimpse of another clothing underneath, and found out that her fiance was a superhero named Machinator (controls machines with his mind) and C

Karma Girl is about Carmen Cole. She is a reporter whose main interest is to reveal the faces of every Superhero and villain. She started to do so because her fiance was one. Well, it has more to it, but it's said in the summary, so no need to repeat it.
I like Carmen. She has a likable personality, takes her work seriously, and is weird. But in a good way. I liked almost every character, even the evil ones. My favorite character (after Carmen)w
Aug 05, 2016 Yvenande rated it liked it
Actually 2.5 Stars

This book was entertaining, not great but it appealed to the little kid in me who dreamed of getting superpowers. This book was a little strange to read because it felt like the author didn't quite know what she wanted this book to be. Was this a fantasy/romance or a comic book/graphic novel? I don't know but to me it felt like a comic book with sex and without pictures. My biggest gripe about this book was the complete lack of mystery, nothing about this book surprised me. I
Aug 16, 2011 Artem rated it liked it
Shelves: superheroes, romance
So the re-release of these ebooks is 3 bucks a pop. So I bought all three and started reading.

Two issues each worth removing a star (hence my three star rating):
1. Carmen Cole is to investigative journalism is what Glen Beck is to calm discussion. At first I said "OK", she is heartbroken, angry at the world and might not realize some things. But at some point not recognizing a guy after you have seen him "that" close becomes stupid. I enjoy feeling smart when I solve the mystery a few pages bef
Ok I loved this book. Loved. It. Not because it's not some literary masterpiece, because it is not, but it is just so fun. I like the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep and that series mentions Karma Girl, Gwen has a poster of her on her wall so I've been curious. I finally got to this series and I'm so glad I did. Yes it has that super cheesy factor, but the writing is engaging, the characters are fun and witty and I just love the writing style. I did not want to put this book down, which ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Bird rated it really liked it
This is my first foray into superhero fiction, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to admit that I've always had a thing for Batman *blush* and wouldn't mind having a sexy superhero of my own.

Some people have complained that the identity of the superheroes was obvious from the beginning. To which I respond, Of course it was! (Jennifer Estep also addresses this concern on her website.) In almost all superhero movies, the identity is blatantly obvious to the viewers. (Clark Kent's disguise of blac
Krista D
Jun 19, 2015 Krista D rated it liked it
3.5 stars - Could you really hate this book if you take it too seriously and are not in the mood for something light and fluffy? Most definitely!

This book was hokey and predictable, but I still loved it for some reason. Probably because it's basically a romance between an average girl and a Batman/Superman type hero, and who doesn't want to get it on with a superhero?!? I would have given the book a higher rating if the author had edited down the length of the book.

I've seen this series labele
Jan 02, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carmen Cole does what every self respecting girl would do when she finds her fiancé and best friend getting it on on what should be her wedding day, she gets revenge by not only outing their cheating but also revealing their secret identities as the town superhero and ubervillain! Determined to save any other unsuspecting females from being deceived in a similar fashion she puts all her time and energy into outing every superhero and ubervillain. Along the way she alienates herself and others ...more
Karma Girl was like watching a full length Saturday morning cartoon; cheesy, over the top, surprising and predictable with added spandex.

Carmen Cole, reporter, on her wedding day gets a bad feeling and goes to see her fiance to find out what is bothering him. She discovers him getting busy with Carmen's best friend the bridesmaid, she also discovers he is a superhero and the friend is an ubervillain.

Thus a revenge crazed Carmen sets out to unmask all superheroes and villains, no matter who they
This review also posted at A Bookish Compulsion

Karma Girl was a fun and quirky story—filled out by tropes and expectations straight from the pages of comic book lore and brought to life with a heavy helping of suspension of disbelief—this light read was filled with both laugh-out-loud moments and sweet sentiment. Karma Girl was cotton-candy story complete with see-through plot and guessable mystery, none-the-less it was a fun and enjoyable read that had enough comedic value and lustful steam to
Sep 25, 2007 Diana rated it really liked it
Carmen Cole, betrayed by her fiance (a superhero) and her best friend (a villain) on her wedding day, has dedicated her life to exposing the true identities of superheroes and villains. When her expose leads to the suicide of superhero Tornado, she is torn apart with guilt and retires from the unmasking business. But now uber-villain Malefica has given Carmen a deadline: unmask the Fearless Five (including their sexy leader Striker) or suffer a fate worse than death...

The book has a lot going on
Sep 18, 2012 Carlyn rated it it was amazing
A great story full of laughs, action and comic book heroes!
When Carmen finds her best friend sleeping with her fiance a half hour before the wedding she is not only shocked by this she is also stunned to find out that they are the towns resident superhero and ubervillian! Every town and city has a least one so she gets her revenge by revealing their identities.
This takes her to Bigtime which has some of the most famous superheroes and ubervillians in the world. During her search for their identi
Christy Stewart
Great premise that needs to be stolen by different authors who can all do different spins on it.

The book was too chick-lit. The cliches of the genre ate away at everything that would have made this book great.
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
This book turned out to be a lot of fun. I really liked it and Carmen was a pretty good heroine. and who couldn't love Striker?
Jessica Bryan
Jan 31, 2015 Jessica Bryan rated it it was amazing
Not my normal kind of book but I absolutely loved this!
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righ
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“Well, what did you have for lunch?” I snapped. “Surely that’s not top secret superhero information.”

“Steak with mashed potatoes and a side salad,” Striker replied. “And a piece of chocolate cheesecake for dessert.”

I gave up on conversation after that. I was too jealous of the cheesecake to continue.”
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