''The Girl Who Would Be King'' is a novel by Kelly Thompson, the publishing of which was funded through Website/{{Kickstarter}}.

The story follows Bonnie Braverman and Lola [=LeFever=], two teenage girls with superpowers. Bonnie, after living in self-imposed isolation for years following the death of her parents in a car accident, decides she wants to use her abilities to protect people. Meanwhile, Lola kills her mother and sets out in pursuit of wealth and power, and is willing to do absolutely anything to get when she wants. When they meet, their battle will shake the world.

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This novel contains examples of:
* TheAlcoholic: Delia became one after losing her powers. Lola eventually becomes one as well.
* AlliterativeName: Bonnie Braverman and Lola [=LeFever=].
* AmplifierArtifact: The raven stone. [[spoiler:Though it's not actually the stone itself, but rather the symbol on it]].
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: The Bravermans and the [=LeFevers=], forever at war, neither side capable of winning or losing.
* BathSuicide: Attempted by Lola, but fails because of her healing factor.
* BulletproofHumanShield: Lola uses Albert as one.
* DeadPersonConversation: Bonnie and Lola's mothers appear to them in SpiritAdvisor sort of way at various points throughout the book.
* DeadSidekick: For Bonnie, the death of [[spoiler:Bryce]]
* DeathSeeker: Lola, by the end.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Thought not as dark as, say, ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the book takes a pretty serious look at many superhero tropes. For example, Bonnie has trouble balancing her jobs, personal life, and heroics, and she had trouble getting those jobs in the first place.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: [[spoiler:Bonnie kills Lola, but cannot alter the balance between good and evil. She will die young, one of her daughters will be good and the other will be evil, and the endless conflict will continue.]]
* DumbMuscle: Lola's one complaint about her powers are that they don't include heightened intelligence, meaning that despite her ambitions she's stuck in a dumb muscle role.
* FlyingBrick: Bonnie and Lola's powerset.
* FriendlyEnemy: Delia and Scarlett had this kind of relationship.
* HealingFactor: One of Bonnie and Lola's powers.
* InTheBlood: The Bravermans are all inherently good, the [=LeFevers=] are all inherently evil.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Bonnie to Clark.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: Lola inevitably ends up killing everyone she cares about when they betray her.
* LeftForDead: Happens to Bonnie and Lola twice each.
* MeaningfulName: Bonnie means "Good"; Lola means "Sorrow". And of course there's "Braverman" versus "[=LaFever=]".
* MoralityPet: Liz for Lola. [[spoiler:After killing Liz, Lola goes entirely insane.]]
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: After killing [[spoiler:Elizabeth]], Lola keeps her ear and talks to it like she's still alive.
* TheNicknamer: Lola takes pleasure in coming up with demeaning nicknames for her henchmen rather than bothering to learn their real ones.
* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:Bonnie during the final battle.]]
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Lola
* ResurrectiveImmortality: A Braverman or a [=LaFever=] won't stay dead unless they have a daughter who can inherit their power.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Lola
* SensoryOverload: Lola suffers this when she first discovers her super hearing, though she manages to overcome it.
* TheSociopath: Lola
* TheSpeechless: Bonnie, due to trauma from the car crash that killed her parents, stops speaking until she turns 18.
* SpiritAdvisor: Scarlett to Bonnie and Delia to Lola. However, they don't actually do much -- Scarlett would like to help, but is prevented by geis from actually doing so; and Delia doesn't even want to help, and shows up just to mock Lola.
* SuperSenses: Bonnie and Lola have super hearing and vision.
* TakeOverTheCity: Lola declares herself King of Los Angeles.
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: A recurring fear of Lola's, and the reason she is wary about killing police or anyone who might catch the government's attention.