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V is for Villain by Peter Moore

Here's the synopsis to Peter Moore's awesome super villain book V is for Villain: 


     Brad Baron is used to looking lame next to his big brother Blake (A.K.A Artillery of the elite Justice Force). While his brother got the looks, muscle and super powers Brad got the brains. Even in his high school he's a social outcast where having super powers is the norm. So when he makes friends with a crew of kids who are more into political action than weight lifting he's all in especially when he gets to spend time with the girl Layla who may have a totally illegal and secret super power. And with her help Brad begins to hone his own illegal and secret power of his own. 

     But when they get caught up in a world of nefarious villains, super battles, and startling family secrets, Brad has to choose which side he's one. And once he does, there's no turning back. 

So I just have to say that I am a huge fan of this book. This is the first time that I've read anything of Peter Moore's , but from what I've read I'm impressed. I love super heroes and I always enjoy a good super hero book, when I can find one that's decent. This one, I have to say, is more than decent. Brad Baron (I love his name by the way) is sarcastic and funny and I like how he's stuck in this family of greats, where he's the small guy who's got nothing but brains. The characters are great and original, but what really stood out in this book to me was how Peter Moore was able to make me a fan of Brad all the way through Brad's evolving personality and self. He starts it out where Brad is stuck in this high school where all the great super hero kids go to learn how to become heroes. They're  all tall and beautiful and muscular where as he's completely average. And then he has a brother that everyone in America adores and a father that he never knew, that was adored by all also. Peter Moore made it so that you completely feel sorry for the guy. You feel sympathetic and empathetic toward him from the very beginning. And at first you think that these heroes are the perfect stereotypical heroes. They save the day, hunt down the bad guy and kill them. I have never questioned that before. That in some super hero movies and books the hero is allowed to kill off the villain because they are good and their prey is evil. Well,  as the book goes on Brad does question that. Why do the heroes get to kill villains and Phaetons (humans that injected themselves with super hero DNA that had bad side effects)? And then he begins to question why is secret and illegal power, that he can't help having, is just that: illegal. Why do the heroes get to have their super strength and flight while he isn't allowed to use his? through out the book he begins to realize that the heroes aren't exactly heroes. They're  people with super human abilities killing people and making themselves high above everyone else. As Brad realized these things you still stay on his side, despite him slowly turning into a true villain and going beyond his families stereotype super hero legacy. By the end, you want him and the other villains of Peter Moore's world being the heroes instead of the other way around. I found it all very interesting how he did it, because Peter Moore's super hero world is exactly how I pictured the real world with heroes. He had the political side down and super powers there were awesome. Brad's friends who were also villains were great characters especially the love interest Layla. She was great and colorful and spoke her mind. Never did she waver from Brad's side. Anyway, I could gush and gush about this book for hours but I think you'll want to read it for yourself. I would recommend this book to ages sixteen and older because they do say a few mildly bad words. Actually I don't even think there's a single kiss in the book at all. I peg this book as a must read to all of you who love super heroes and want to see what its like in a villains mind. I hope you find and read this book and love it as much as I do.


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