Karma Girl (Bigtime, #1)
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Karma Girl (Bigtime #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,005 ratings  ·  267 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 fiancé 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...more
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...more
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
Valerie Tate Williams
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....more
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
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...more
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...more
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 prop...more
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 were...er...working 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



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...more
Mar 06, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
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,...more
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. It...more
Peace Love and Reviews
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...more
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...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
A light, fun, fantastic street view of comic book heroes, I enjoyed KARMA GIRL immensely. Carmen Cole is a heroine after any bookworm's heart, leveraging her organizational skills with intuitive leaps to make one heck of a reference librarian (though no librarian would travel with garbage bags full of Xerox copies, Carmen could benefit from the data-savvy of a few actual library science classes). Ultimately, Carmen learns that even without super powers, one must be careful to work for the side o...more
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
Mysterio ...wwetkd...

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...more
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...more
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 un...more
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...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...more
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...more
Es sollte ein ganz besonderer Tag für Carmen werden, immerhin wollte sie heiraten.
Doch wie es schien hatten ihr Verlobter und ihre beste Freundin andere Pläne, denn sie erwischt die Beiden in flagranti 30min vor der Trauung. Besonders delikat macht es die Tatsache, dass Matt "The Machinator" - der Superheld - und Karen "Crusher" - seine Erzfeindin Nr. 1.
Nach dieser Blamage will Carmen nur noch eins: Superhelden und ihre Feine entlarven!

Meine Einschätzung:
Wer mich kennt, der weiß das...more
Okay, so I bought this as a boxed set. I figured what the heck, it's on sale for .99¢ & I love Jennifer's Mythos series. I am so happy I did. I have been in a reading funk. Everything I start seems like the same old story, new names, different author. I stopped listing the books I'm currently reading because I can't seem to get past 15% of a book.
This book was so different from anything I've read in about 6 months, I zoomed through it in a day. Yes, it's superheros, yes it is over the top,...more
3.75 stars but I rounded up. This was pure cheese. A fun and silly cheese. It was a good read to kind of cleanse the palate from serious and dramatic or paranormal or whatever genre one has been reading too much lately. It is not the best book ever written not is it the most original, but if you just take for what it is, a light read, it is fun and makes you laugh.

Carmen has been snubbed by her fiancée on her wedding day. She catches him in flagrante with none other than her BFF. Add to that, th...more
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Carmen Cole has dedicated the last several years of her life to unmasking the superheros and ubervillians that have cropped up all over the country when at last, she is hired by one of Bigtime's major newspaper to do the same for their superhero team, Fearless Five. After unmasking the first of the FF, Tornado, who then goes on to commit suicide Carmen loses her passion for her task and is relegated to the society fashion pages until the night that she is kidna...more
Just another Fangirl
Well... First the good stuff: I LOVED the setup. Really creative and even though I usually don't like stories where you are just thrown into a strange world without any real explanation, I didn't mind with this one.
I enjoyed that everybody had alliterative names. Again, very creative.

But I sort of had the feeling that the author didn't know what she wanted this book to be. It also felt like her writing style changed every couple of pages and sometimes she would put her focus on pretty pointles...more
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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...more
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.
Jeanne Walz
I absolutely loved this book. With my recent obsession with superhero movies, I was sucked right in. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline from beginning to end. In my personal life, I live by karma and hope what goes around comes around. This aspect of the book was an additional draw for me. Plus, I loved the traditional way by which a superhero is created. It is very similar to your typical comic book superhero and stays true to their origins. Now that I am finished, I find myself evaluating each...more
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW'S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available.

More about Jennifer Estep...
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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.”
“Can you play the piano like Beethoven? Or sing like Carly Simon? Can you take fie pages' worth of quotes and turn them into a usable story ten minutes before deadline? I don't think so, unless you have more hidden talents I don't know about. We all have our special sills. They don't make us better or worse than each other. Just different” 17 likes
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