Jennifer Estep is one of my all time favorite authors, so when I heard that she just released a new short story ebook set in her Bigtime series I literally squealed in delight. When I found out that I got to read A Karma Girl Christmas for LE, I squealed even louder because that meant I got to read it right away!
It’s Christmas time in Bigtime, New York, but society reporter Carmen Cole isn’t in the mood to celebrate since her husband, Sam, has to go on a business trip and might not make it home for the holiday. But Carmen has plenty to keep her busy, since she moonlights as Karma Girl, a member of the Fearless Five superhero team.
On Christmas Eve, Carmen, as Karma Girl, is assigned to guard toys, clothes, food, and more that are intended for needy children and their families. But an ubervillain also has his eye on the toys and plans to steal and then sell them to the highest bidder. Carmen will have to use all her empathic powers just to stay alive, not to mention make sure Christmas is a happy one for all the kids who are counting on her. It’s all in a night’s work for a superhero …
My only complaint was that A Karma Girl Christmas was way too short. I was just getting back into the world of Bigtime when it ended. There was action, romance and witty banter galore. The characters from Karma Girl, Hot Mama and Jinx were all there, though the plot focused around Carmen.
Although A Karma Girl Christmas takes place after the event of Jinx, it can be read as a stand-alone. Estep did a wonderful job giving briefly the who is who, but I would suggest that you read Karma Girl first, just so you can at least know how Carmen became a superhero.
A very short, sweet, funny, holiday themed story, fans of Bigtime will enjoy A Karma Girl Christmas and those new to the series can get a glimpse of what the rest of the series is like.
I really liked the first one in this series, but I found this one a bit lacking. Still going to continue to read the series though as I really enjoy Estep’s writing style. Also need to read Elemental Assassin as well…