Sunday, 1 December 2013

(ARC) Book Review (277): Almost Super - Marion Jensen

Almost Super

Publication: 21st January 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 256
Genre: Fantasy
Age Appropriate: Middle-Grade
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Savvy meets The Incredibles in this fresh, funny middle-grade debut about two brothers in a family of superheroes who must find a way to be heroic despite receiving powers that are total duds.

Each leap year, on February 29th, at 4:23 p.m., every member of the Bailey family over the age of twelve gets a superpower. No one knows why, and no one questions it. All the Baileys know is that it's their duty to protect the world from those evil, supervillainous Johnsons.

Today, Rafter Bailey and his brother Benny are finally going to get their superpowers. Benny wants to be a speedy, and Rafter hopes he gets super strength so he can save the day just like his grandfather. But when their powers arrive, they are, well, duds. Rafter can light matches on polyester, and Benny can turn his innie belly button into an outie.

Suddenly Rafter and Benny's world is turned upside down. Especially when they realize that Juanita Johnson, the villain in Rafter's algebra class, thinks that her family are the superheroes and the Baileys are the villains.

What if everything Rafter thought he knew about superheroes turns out to be a lie? He may not have an awesome power, but with the help of Benny and an unexpected friend, he could just be almost super.
My Thoughts.
Almost Super by Marian Jensen is an action packed story with an extremely entertaining plot and equally intriguing characters.

February 29......4.23pm

It was meant to be the best day of brothers Rafter and Benny's life, this was the day they were both to come into their superhero powers, instead what they get is far from superhero like in any way.

With their dreams shattered of aiding their family in the fight against their arch-enemies the Johnson family, whom also have super powers and are the villains in the town, Rafter and Benny worry about coming face to face with Juanita Johnson a classmate who also got her powers the same time as the boys and now would be able to defeat them both.

But each family is under the same belief that each other are the villains, can they finally put their differences aside to help defeat an even bigger threat?

I don't get the chance to read a whole lot of middle-grade books and when I do I love it when I find an extremely well written one as this one is.

From the way this ended I'm hopeful that this is the first book in a series, I would love to continue on with this story.

For those who like stories with a whole lot of action and adventure definitely pick this up!

I give this 4/5 Stars.

By day I’m a mild-mannered instructional design manager at American Express. By night, I write books. Superhero books. Books that will make you laugh, cry (because you’re laughing so hard), and throw your fist in the air and shout “Hiiiyiiyiyiyiiiyi!” It’s not as hard to pronounch as you may think.
My first book, Almost Superis set to come out in January, 2014 with Harper Collins.

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