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Glitter and Trauma

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A reluctant superhero is on the hunt for a sidekick she doesn't want. An urban fantasy adventure story with a superhero twist. An essential novella for comic book fans.
Kindle Edition, 61 pages
Published April 14th 2012 by Emma Kathryn
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Thomas Winship
Sep 28, 2012 Thomas Winship rated it it was amazing
In “Glitter and Trauma,” Emma Kathryn introduces Sarah—aka the Illuminator—a superhero in a world where shadows harbor more than the run-of-the-mill beggars and thieves. Joined by her friend (who wants to be her lover), Patch, and her sometimes lover, Leech, Sarah kicks ass, takes names, and keeps the world safe.

Sarah, a Taker of Power (it sounds negative, but isn’t), has been fighting the good fight since she was a teenager, but she’s been missing one thing all along: the Giver of Power she’s
Diantha Jones
Jun 02, 2012 Diantha Jones rated it liked it
Glitter and Trauma could have been a lot of things it’s not. It could’ve been loads of fun, crazy exciting, and two tons of hilarious. However, I found myself confused half of the time and wishing I had an explanation.

The main character, Sarah, is my kind of kick-ass heroine. She’s sarcastic, impatient, and loves a good fight. The other characters ranged from totally loved (Patch), to really liked (Leech), to totally annoyed me (Ellie). But the range of characters gives the story a nice feel an
May 13, 2012 Kai added it
I lucked into a free download of this book for Free Comic Books Day, and I'm glad I took the opportunity. There were some genuinely suspenseful parts, such as the flashbacks to Sarah (aka The Illuminator) and what she was like in high school, and the fight during which she discovered her powers as a Light One during her first encounter with a Dark One.
I also liked the little self-referential bits, such as the joking references Sarah makes to comic book heroes like the X-Men. It showed me that
Jul 30, 2012 Tragedienne rated it it was amazing
After reading "Puppets & Dolls" I have been aching to read more work from Emma Kathryn. So I was ecstatic to find that she had written a second novella. Action packed, and very well written. Although this feels like a second part should be added on the story. The story also works as a stand alone piece. Ms. Kathryn definitely wraps up this jewel quite nicely and offers a delightful "black bow" on top of it. Not a novel for the mainstream but if you're looking for something dark, action packe ...more
Noree Cosper
Nov 23, 2012 Noree Cosper rated it really liked it
This book was action packed. All the character were well rounded, from Sarah, the kickass main character, to Patch and Ellie. Even Leech. My favorite parts of the book were glimpses into Sarah's past and how she discovered her power.

I wish there was a little more background on the Light and Dark, but this is a novella so I understand some of the lack of depth.

Bottom line. This is a fun book and I;m looking forward to seeing it in comic book form.
Troy Blackford
May 30, 2012 Troy Blackford rated it liked it
This was an interesting novella by a young, upcoming writer. A sort of play on the 'superhero' theme, it is set in London and has everything you would expect in a mashup of horror, fashion, and heroics: vodka, shadow demons, dominatrix boots, Lady Gaga music.

Clearly intended to be the first of a series, the story ends on a rather 'to be continued...' note, but the flashbacks to the main character's youth and the interesting portrayal of nightlife-gone-wrong make this novella worth a read.
May 12, 2012 Samuel rated it liked it
It was okay. It certainly was terrible, or even bad, but neither was it excellent. If you like stories that don't quite play it straight, then I suggest this story.
Jun 21, 2012 Ani rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
It just seemed to lack in some areas in my opinion. It was a great, quick subway read but wasn't satisfying in the slightest.
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Emma Kathryn is a horror writer from Glasgow, Scotland. She has had several short stories published in various anthologies in the USA, Canada and the UK.

You can find her blog at http://bewarethevampirebunnies.blogsp... or on Twitter @girlofgotham

She is rather tiny and rather mad.
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