Spectra by Amy Sumida – A Book Review

Posted January 21, 2020 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Spectra: A Cynical Superhero

(Spectra – Book 1)

by Amy Sumida
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Slow Burn PNR RH, Superhero
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

A little bit X-Men with a dash of Avengers and a whole bucket full of Supernatural – this book comes out of nowhere and smacks the reader with intrigue, romance and plenty of action. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Aliens, Mutants, Mythical Creatures, and Magic merge in this fresh take on female superheroes.

They think she’s a superhero. She thinks they’re delusional.

I thought I knew who I was; translator for the President of the United States, adopted daughter of a dryad, and a supernatural with the ability to manipulate reality through colors.

Then I met an angel—an Arc warrior of the Triari Host—and everything began to change. Women are disappearing, strange Supes are running rampant in D.C., a sexy Demon prince is stalking me, and it seems as if everyone is after my blood.

I don’t know who I am anymore, but I know who I’m not; I’m not a damn superhero.

No matter what anyone says.


The Spectra Series is a slow-building, reverse harem, fantasy, urban, paranormal romance.

Thoughts on Spectra

I was a little unsure about trying this book, but when I saw it on a recommendation list – and considering that it is a KU title, I decided to take the plunge and explore this new world. And boy am I glad I did!

This book is a little bit of everything, rolled into a pretty batter and sprinkled liberally with romance and mystery. We’ve got Aliens, mutants and myths – all of which fall under the umbrella of the Supernatural. Those aliens? They are where our Angel and Demon legends come from, but they are far from alone. There are also tree people, blood suckers, stone men and even those that can affect the weather…. just to name a few. It’s a mishmash of extremes and extremely well done, pulling mythos and urban legends into a tale that strikes at the wanna-be Superhero in all of us… and ends on an Avenger’esque note.

Favorite Lines

I don’t care how psychopathic or brutish a man is; make him think that his dick has fallen off, and he’ll turn into a puddle of sobbing jelly. (2%)
I’m the Queen of Sarcasm, and I rule the Kingdom of Derision. (19%)
I hate motorcycles. People rave about the freedom and the sex-appeal of having a piece of vibrating steel between their legs. Frankly, if I was looking for that kind of thrill, an actual vibrator was a safer choice and it wouldn’t mess up my hair like a motorcycle; not unless I was feeling quite frisky indeed. (44%)


  • Very well written.
  • Refreshingly Original Concept.
  • I love the characters, ALL of them.
  • The blurb mentions that this will be a RH, and though this first book does not in any way indicate that, we still meet the ones that will probably be in the harem. I hope. PLEASE, PLEASE!
  • President Colton… can we please have a President like him? Seriously?
  • And on that note…. can he please be in the Harem?
  • The Supermarket. So clever.
  • Some parts are flat out LOL.


  • Minor editing errors, does not detract from story.
  • Some of the names are a little ‘too’ on the nose… not the Superhero names, but the character names. Lt. Colonel Jack O’Neal… really?


First Person, Single POV

Ending Type



R (but still classy)

Romantic Dynamic

Unsure of final outcome, but THIS book is M/F

Character Age Range

34+ (but age does not really matter here)

My Final Verdict on Spectra

4 out of 5 Stars

Wonderfully original with an allegro tempo that keeps the story moving, Spectra introduces a new world with new rules and familiar character archetypes. Classy, well written and inventive, this Superhero / Paranormal romp is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Published October 31st, 2018
382 Pages

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Your Turn

Have you read this book yet? What did you think? What about other books by Amy Sumida? Leave a comment, I would LOVE to talk!


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