Review:: Girl Reporter by Tansy Rayner Roberts

From the award winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine comes a brand new novella about girl reporters, superheroes, and interdimensional travel.

In a world of superheroes, supervillains, and a machine that can create them all, millennial vlogger and girl reporter Friday Valentina has no shortage of material to cover. Every lottery cycle, a new superhero is created and quite literally steps into the shoes of the hero before them–displacing the previous hero. While Fri may not be super-powered herself, she understands the power of legacy: her mother is none other than the infamous reporter Tina Valentina, renowned worldwide for her legendary interviews with the True Blue Aussie Beaut Superheroes and her tendency to go to extraordinary lengths to get her story.This time, Tina Valentina may have ventured too far.

Alongside Australia’s greatest superheroes–including the powerful Astra, dazzling Solar, and The Dark in his full brooding glory–Friday will go to another dimension in the hopes of finding her mother, saving the day, maybe even getting the story of a lifetime out of the adventure. (And possibly a new girlfriend, too.)

I received an eARC from The Book Smugglers Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I found out about this book when the cover was revealed and I knew that I had to read it. Give me a story about a female reporter literally any time and I’ll suffer through almost anything. I’ve enjoyed the other books I’ve read through the Book Smugglers, so I had high hopes for this one.

Y’all, it did not disappoint. The opening felt like an old time-y movie reel in the best way. It felt like it should be read in that transatlantic accent that no one ever actually used (listen here if you want to hear what I mean).

Friday Valentina’s voice is so incredibly fun and strong, that even though I hate watching vlogs and TV news, I would watch her work if she were real.

If you enjoyed April Daniels’ Dreadnought series, but wanted something more lighthearted, this will be up your alley. It’s all about family – found and biological – and feminism. I could not put it down, and found myself laughing out loud regularly… which is a problem when I was sneakily reading it at work.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ridiculousness of this novella, and I think you will, too! I highly recommend it! You can pick up a copy for yourself on Amazon, and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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