Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell
Author's Blog: http://www.islandofdren.com/blog.html
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/High-School-Heroes/353933315067?sk=wall
Buy the Book: Paperback, Kindle($4.99)
What if...you discovered you had the ability to read minds? What would you do with that power? On Christine Carpenter's first day of her sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson High School she makes a startling discovery. She can hear peoples' thoughts. After convincing herself she's not going crazy, Chris must learn to control her amazing mind-reading ability. Using her power she quickly realizes her crush, the captain of the football team, is also blessed with a special ability. She is soon sucked into a world she never thought possible when two more of her classmates, and a teacher, turn out to have powers as well. What are they meant to do with their special gifts that can either help, or harm others? Christine soon finds out when a monster, lurking in the depths of her school, threatens to murder the student population. When it becomes apparent that the creature is someone she knows, she must decide whether to try and save him, or destroy the beast. If she chooses destruction, can she live with the consequences?
I hate to say it, but the cover of this book was a definite turnoff for me. It's just not my style. I fell in love with the story (which I was reading on the computer), and then saw the cover later and said, "Really?" And I am definitely guilty of judging many books by their covers, but I urge you not to let that happen with this book!
Aside from that I really enjoyed this book! I loved that Christine was smart. I'm so sick of reading books about girls, who's characters I like, but are too dumb to realize something that's staring them in the face! And I just loved how down-to-earth she was. It wasn't a "Yay, I have superpowers so I'm off to save the world!" kind of book. She thought becoming a superhero was just as rediculous as I would (you know, if I'm ever confronted with that type of situation ;)
I also loved Ethan. And yes, it's kind of cliche to love the main guy, but I couldn't help it! He was just too cute in his nerdy-jock way! I loved how much he wanted to be a superhero even though Christine told him he was crazy! And how he let her know that (as cheesy as it sounds) she couldn't abuse her powers.
Lastly, I would not usually read super hero books, but there was something about this one that caught my attention. The fight scenes and "powers" could have been very cheesy, but I thought they were very well done. The story sucks you in, so that all the conversations about superpowers seem completely natural. That, I think, is what really won me over, the fact that he could make me think, "Maybe superheroes really do exist."
- Sexual content: Mild
- Profanity: Mild/Moderate
- Violence: Moderate
- Other Notables: Some Bullying