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Heroine Worship

(Heroine Complex #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  671 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits. But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka—who’s now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right. They were supposed to b ...more
377 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by DAW
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Without any flowery preamble, I’m just going to say Heroine Worship is so damn beautiful. I cried plenty while reading. I couldn’t ask for a better follow up.

The book started four months after the ending of Heroine Complex. Annie Chang also known as Aveda Jupiter is having an identity crisis. She’s not used at being a sidekick. In this story, we get to know her intimately.

Heroine Worship explores Annie and Evie’s relationship. If you think everything was wrapped up nicely in the first book, well
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

descriptionI LOVE the covers for this series. Perfect representation of the story and characters found within. Great use of graphics. It is colorful and eye-catching as well.description

description After reading and LOVING book one in this series, I was super excited to get my hands on this book. Alas, I am disappointed to say that this one just isn't working for me and I am tapping out at 50%.


I found this one just incredibly boring and slow, and I couldn't stand Aveda Jupiter AT ALL. She came across way too narcissistic and abr
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
Heroine Worship was such a great addition to the Heroine Complex series. This book was just as action packed and humorous as the previous book. The pop culture references, family and friend dynamics, and witty remarks were just as plentiful in this book. I found this book just as addictive as the first novel, and I do not think fans of this series will be disappointed. I will say that I would have liked to see a little bit more of Evie and her fiancé, but I was still happy with the moments that ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-sf-for-adults
I love this series about awesome (and emotionally complicated) superheroine best friends sharing a big old house in modern-day San Francisco, with cupcakes and friend-issues, tons of hilarious comedy, and some very, very hot romance with fabulous guys, too. Each book has a different heroine, and in this one, I fell so, so hard in love with Aveda Jupiter (a.k.a. Annie Chang)’s emotional journey as well as her friend-journey with fellow superheroine Evie; the creation of a real found family that c ...more
Wendy F
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Oh my goodness, Heroine Worship was so cute and original! I guarantee nobody has read a superhero novel like this series. In the first book we got attack cupcakes, and this one is full of surprises that were just as creative! I feel like I’m an imaginative person, and I would never have thought of turning mundane every day things into possessed demons. I love it!

Not only do I think this series has a completely original plot, I also love that it’s not only about romance. While the relationship be
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Heroine Worship is the second installment in author Sarah Kuhn's Heroine Complex series. Heroine Worship picks up a few months after Heroine Complex. This is a series that is set 80 years after Demon Princess Shasta sent her humanoid demons through a portal which shut immediately. When the portals shut, it killed the invasion team, and sent their powers into various San Franciscans Evie Tanaka and Annie Chang. Annie aka Ave
Book Riot Community
Heroine Worship isn’t an easy book to write about, because it means so much for an audience that doesn’t see itself much in literature: young Asian women who might be looking for representation but so rarely get it in mainstream books. In Heroine Complex, she introduces best friends Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter, living millennial lives in San Francisco while fighting off demons trying to take over their city. In Heroine Worship, we return to Evie and Aveda’s life through the eyes of Annie Chang ...more
Sherwood Smith
Aug 03, 2017 added it
Shelves: fantasy
A fun sequel, this time told from the POV of super heroine Aveda Jupiter//Annie Chang.

And though we have a new supernatural big bad to find and defeat (which operates through a squadron of Bridezillas in a series of cinematically slapstick scenes), the central issue is that dichotomy between Aveda Jupiter, and scaredy-nerd Annie Chang who will never be good enough for her turbo-charged high achiever-oriented parents.

She also has to resolve her equally hot and cold feelings toward Scott, hers an
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am just so starry-eyed over this series. It's so good and funny and cute and bags of dildos. Anyways, LOVE.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
teared up a little at the end. loved the character development and honest discussions of healthy relationships. and of course the demon fighting action😁
Just now adding this but oh man what a pitch perfect has everything I could ever want in a book especially a romance one and has so many familiar elements to me, I cannot wait to read Sarah Kuhn's future writing.

Annie Chung is such a fabulous relatable heroine and I loved seeing the cast back together from Heroine Complex and the hints of Bea's book which I desperately desperately need now. The romance is so great ofc but the friendship between Annie and Evie, the complicated relation
This is a fairly disappointing follow-up to the excellent Heroine Complex. This book follows Aveda Jupiter/Annie Chang, the titular superheroine, and while it's fun to get in her head, the plot is so lackluster and silly that it takes away from the attempted character development. It also felt a little over-the-top, and at times the characters are both too good at communicating and willfully terrible at communicating. I found myself thinking that Aveda gets a raw deal at several points in the bo ...more
Maire Magnus ♀
Who doesn't love character development?!??!
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

With legitimately crazy bridezillas, amusing incident reports, and a dab of romance, HEROINE WORSHIP manages to follow in the footsteps of HEROINE COMPLEX nicely. Clever and entertaining, HEROINE WORSHIP is an excellent entry in the urban fantasy genre.

My biggest complaint about HEROINE WORSHIP was the switch in narrators from Evie to Aveda/Annie was mildly annoying. Evie was less narcissistic, and at times Aveda's inner monologue got repetitive and gr
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
If interested, please see my review at Girls with Books
S.E. Anderson
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you read my review of Heroine Complex last year, you’d know I’m all over this amazing series! Two badass female Asian-American heroes, fighting demons and taking names? I’m in! So when I saw the sequel was coming out this year, I pounced. And Heroine Worship delivers everything I wanted and more!

The biggest change compared to Heroine Complex is the different POV: we’re no longer following Evie, we’re following Aveda. Aveda feels awful for the way she treated Evie in the last book, and is work
Lexxi Kitty
There were two reasons why I was reluctant to try this book. Though, before I get there, I should note that I rather enjoyed the first book in the series and eagerly turned to the second. So, those two reasons? 1) The story turned from following Evie Tanaka to following Aveda Jupiter (who is, quite frankly, a rather unlikable character in book 1 of this series); 2) price.

But, eventually – long after publication (so long after that the third book in the series had already been published before I
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I ordered this book right after I finished the first book in this series.

And this is yet another fun read.

Aveda is not as easy to like as Evie, in fact I didn't much like her in the first book. But in this book you get to see more about what makes her tick, and soon I could understand why Aveda is such a difficult person. I even started to root for her. It sure helps that Aveda is aware of her flaws and is actively trying to better herself, even though not always in the best way. By the end of t
I started with the second book of the series, and I don't think it made the reading difficult at all.

This was a really lovely story; anxious protagonist coping with the fact that she is no longer the One Biggest And Best superheroine and also bringing all her determination to bear on being the Best Friend and Best Maid of Honour ever! Friendship, comedy, those heart-hurting fights you have when everyone is trying to do the right thing and is just not getting it, found family, bridal hijinks.

Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love everyone in this bar. (and related to Aveda/Annie way more than I thought I would, who knew)
Great series!

I just have two major gripes about it. The Romance and The Pacing. (Mild spoilers ahead)

This book was slow in the beginning. Then it just seemed to pick up the pace until the end just wooshed by.

I could spot the romance from three towns over. While I do appreciate the talking and resolving of issues in all the relationships in this book, the romance felt a bit... iffy and forced? Flat like Scott's abs? I don't really buy it. I hope this isn't going to be a trend in the romance ter
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I absolutely adored Heroine Complex (see my review here), I am a huge fan of superhero stories so this series is right up my street. When I saw that Heroine Worship, was on Netgalley, I decide to request it and I was approved. I'm very grateful for that. Since this book is the second in a series, there will be some spoilers for the first.


I really enjoyed the story, it was a load of fun. However, I had the feeling I was readin
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This installment of the Heroine Complex series is even better than the first. I had a hard time putting it down! It's got the same humor, action, heart, romance, and clever dialogue of the first book, but the storyline itself feels a little more polished in the second book.

This book is from the POV of Aveda Jupiter, the Chinese-American Superheroine who is the best friend of Evie, the POV character from the last book.
Focusing on Aveda Jupiter after seeing her from Evie's perspective in the previous book is wonderful. Because Aveda wears short shorts and Evie wears t-shirts, and that doesn't mean they can't be best friends. A dynamic duo inspired by the Heroic Trio. I genuinely appreciate how much these books focus on the relationships between friends, sisters, and women in general.

And of course this is nicely illustrated in the villains of this book: Bridezillas obsessed with the dress. By having demonic en
Emma (howlsmovinglibrary)
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5
Heroine Complex and Heroine Worship are an odd duology of books. On the one hand, I think the story is, in the nicest possible terms, ridiculous. While we had demon cupcakes in the first book, in Worship the main villains are ‘Bridezillas’ under demonic possession. It strains my reading credulity, and I often find myself scanning through the action scenes at best. And yet…these books have some of the most relatable and interesting characters I’ve read, and that means I’m kind o
C.T. Phipps
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
HEROINE WORSHIP is the sequel to HEROINE COMPLEX which is about Aveda Jupiter and her best friend Evie Tanaka. This is a very entertaining book about Aveda trying to adjust to the sudden drop in crime rate, her best friend getting married, and her own lack of an identity without heroism.

It's a great and silly book with Bridezilla villains, crazy demon possessing dresses, and other weirdness. Oddly the thing that worked best for the story is Aveda trying to deal with a past crush of hers that da
I think this was more of a 3.5 but I ended up enjoying Annie/Aveda as a messy character who resolves to try and do better. I’m not a huge fan of the absurd and twee approach to humor and world-building, to be quite honest, but I really like that the core of this series is a complicated and evolving friendship. The romance was also quite sweet and didn’t involve surprise demon parentage this time.
A perfect continuation of the first book, with the added bonus of plenty of good and relatable friendship moments throughout the entire book. I knew I’d end up hardcore loving Aveda once I got a better look into her character and oh man, every moment with her and Scott both energised me and generated a bunch of heart squeezes.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I’m mad at myself for not reading this sooner. I should’ve realized earlier that Aveda was going to be my favorite. Part of this book are uncomfortable to read but that’s because of how strongly they resonated with me. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book, and now need to go back and read the first in the series! It’s full of humorous supernatural situations, weird superpowers, and off-color jokes - but also a lot of soul-searching about being yourself, true friendship, family, and race.
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Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote The Ruby Equation for the comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, comic book contin ...more

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