20 MayBlack and White 17

I’m going to work backward on my list, because I don’t want to start forgetting some of these most recent books. I know it’ll make the older reviews I need to write a little more tricky to do. But alas, it’s my own fault.

Black and WhiteAnyway, book 17 was Black and White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlyn Kittredge. I can’t really remember how I stumbled across this book. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time, but it wasn’t available in print anymore (that I could find, anyway). So on my recent holiday I wanted to take my ereader, it was the perfect book for me to download and take.

In a future world where superheroes walk the streets, former best friends Callie Bradford (Iridium) and Joan Greene (Jet) are now mortal enemies. Jet is a straight-laced, by the book superhero who is charged with the task of protected the city of New Chicago. Iridium keeps one of New Chicago’s sectors under her boot, practically running the underworld. They haven’t seen each other for over five years, until a mysterious plot begins to have them running into each other.

I really enjoyed this story! I wasn’t certain I would because I tend to have a love-hate relationship with Urban Fantasy. But because my own story writing has taken me in this direction, I’ve decided to read more into the genre.

As a co-authored book, Kessler writes as Jet and Kittredge writes as Iridium. I likely wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t seen someone post this on Goodreads. The story flows back and forth between the two smoothly, with only the odd gap in chronology. It also jumps back and forth in time, which can sometimes grate on my nerves. But in this story it serves the purpose of building the world in which Jet and Iridium live, as well as constructing how these two former best friends became mortal enemies. It was a realm that was fun and different, and it was nice to have female superheroes as front and center.

The action in this story is continuous, and I didn’t really find any points where I wanted to put it down. I have to give the disclaimer that a few points were predictable, but not to the point that it took away from the book.

All in all I really enjoyed this book – it was refreshing! I give it four stars. Can’t wait to read the second book!

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