What I Loved:
In the first book of this series, I was interested in Patricia’s character, but I wanted to know more about her. I was so excited that she played a prominent role in this book! I enjoyed reading more about her!
Friend or Foe picks up right after the ending of the first book in the series, Going Through the Change. I was happy to see this immediate follow-up to the first story. Patricia O’Neill is still on the scene from the big battle and is trying to evade answering questions of officers and a man, from an unidentified organization.
Cindy, on the other hand, has escaped the scene with her jewels and her quickly regressing body. She’s on a bus trying to figure out where she can go to fix her anti-aging problem when she is confronted by someone from her past that may be able to help her but is it for a price?
How I Felt:
Patricia’s story was focused on what I believe will be leading to her next steps in life. She seems to be struggling with herself. Her reptilian exterior may be a reflection of her internal frame of mind. I find her to be the most difficult character to understand and I believe that her lizard body with skin that cannot be damaged or penetrated is such a perfect characterization for who she is. I enjoyed her struggles over what she should be doing, how she should act to be a good friend, and if she deserves the friendships based on her actions.
The other half of the story follows Cindy as she escapes everyone. I did not connect with her at all in the first book, but this story gave me some insight into who she was, and I found myself excited at little positive things that happened to her. This was a pleasant surprise, and I find now that I am really interested in where her story is going to go!
The pace of this story was fast, with scenes flowing quickly from one thing to the next. It is a novella, and at only 65 pages, it is a super fast read. I liked that it was a fast story, but it focused on two characters, so I did feel like there was good character development and details to build the scenes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this follow-up to Going Through the Change. I loved the development of the two characters featured, and the plots were enjoyable.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Friend or Foe to readers that enjoy a fun fantasy based in a contemporary setting. Readers that like main characters that are more mature will especially enjoy the characters!
I would suggest reading the first book in this series, Going Through The Change, before reading this book. Friend or Foe picks up right at the end of the first book, and I believe a reader will better understand the characters and situation if they have previously read book 1. You can see my review here.
Where to Find This Book:
Friend or Foe by Samantha Bryant is available at these sites.
Patricia O’Neill never asked to be a hero. But when her best friend’s experiments transformed her into the Lizard Woman of Springfield, she answered the call alongside the other victims.
Going Through the Change was only the beginning. The menopausal superheroes wanted answers, but getting them didn’t solve their problems and now their secrets are out.
Just the Facts:
Friend or Foe by Samantha Bryant
Series: Menopausal Superheroes, Book 1.5
Page Count: 65 pages
Publisher: Falstaff Books
Pub Date: March 29, 2020
I was provided an advanced listening copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.