Thursday, January 23, 2020

Archvillain by Barry Lyga

Mighty Mike isn't who everyone thinks he is. But Kyle Camden knows the truth. Kyle is a genius prankster who happened to be in the field the night Mighty Mike the Alien was created. To everyone else, he is a kid with amnesia who happened to get superpowers from the storm that really formed him.

Mike isn't the only one with superpowers though. Kyle also got powers, but decides to use them to save the world from Mighty Mike by exposing him for what he truly is. But, unless he wants to expose himself in the process, he must do his work under the alias, The Azure Avenger.

Archvillain was very interesting in terms of the superhero genre. It showed the opposite end of the story, but from this point of view, it doesn't seem as sinister because the villain thinks that he is the good guy saving everyone from the "hero."  This is the first book of the series in which there are three so far. I can't wait to read and write about the rest of the books.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Minion by John David Anderson

Michael Morn was an orphan for most of his life, until he is adopted by his new father. He isn't sure why but, while he was growing up, he discovered that he had a special ability. If he wanted to, he could convince someone to do or think anything he wanted. So when his adopted father wanted him to use his ability to commit some crimes, he didn't argue because he was so happy just to be wanted by someone.

It isn't just him though--his father makes little boxes that has technology capable of amazing feats. When Fat Tony, the local gang leader, finds out about Michael's power, he drags Michael unwillingly into a war with a super villain. Will Michael be able to stop the villain and what connection does his power have to his past?

This is a companion book to Sidekicked. This book shows how good people can do bad things just for approval. Michael had lots of power, but as he matured only, he only used it when necessary, yet when he was younger, he used it for approval from the other kids.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Throwback by Peter Lerangis

Corey Fletcher isn't a normal kid. He imagines things so bizarre that no one else even begins to understand. That's when he finds out that like his ancestors--he can travel through time if he has a piece of metal from the time period he wants to travel to.

When he accidentally changes the past, he turns into the world's first throwback, a time traveler with the ability to change the past. But, when he tries to go back and change a dreadful family horror, he accidentally travels even further back in time and gets stuck. Now he must make his way around and try to find his way back to his own time.

This is the first book of a new trilogy. I love how original the story was. The entire new twist on how time travel works was eye-opening. The different ways time periods interacted was amazing and the characters fit it perfectly.