Playing with Fire by Gena Showalter
Playing with Fire
by Gena Showalter
Pros: Funny and cute
Cons: Somewhat flip
How would you like to go to sleep tonight as your same old self, but wake up tomorrow with super powers?
That’s what happens to Belle Jamison. A girl with a snippy tongue and a hard time keeping a job, but with a heart of gold, gets unknowingly dosed with a “secret formula” that turns her into a weather wizard, able to affect all four elements, depending on how she feels at the moment.
This book starts off a little rough, seeming to aim more for clever quips than developing characters, but smooths out as it gets going. Belle, the heroine, remains smart-mouthed throughout, but begins to seem less like a cardboard cutout and more like a real person as things progress.
The hero – Rome Masters – is quite drool worthy and apparently somewhat of a saint, as he puts up with Belle’s childish behavior and gives her the benefit of the doubt until she starts to shape up.
The whole thing improves quite a bit once you get into the meat of the story – Belle learning to control her powers, chasing down the bad guy, saving the world – you know, the usual – and ultimately turns into a pretty fun romp through super power land.
I wouldn’t call this an award winner by any stretch of the imagination, nor is the premise especially creative. But overall, it was a fun and lighthearted story that kept me pretty well entertained with moments of outright laughter. An interesting enough book to encourage me to give this author another go next time I’m at the book store.