Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen (Please Don’t Tell My Parents #3) by Richard Roberts
I received this copy from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.
What would middle school be like if half your classmates had super powers? It’s time for Penny Akk to find out. Her latest (failed) attempt to become a superhero has inspired the rest of the kids in her school to reveal their own powers.
Now, all of her relationships are changing. She has a not-at-all-secret admirer, who wants to be Penny’s partner almost as much as she wants to be Penny’s rival. The meanest girl in school has gained super powers and lost her mind. Can Penny help her find a better one? Can she help an aging supervillain connect with his daughter, and mend the broken hearts of two of the most powerful people in the world? And in all this, where will she find time for her own supervillainous fun, or even more dangerous, to start dating?
It’s going to be a long, strange semester.
This was a very entertaining read, I enjoyed how the author showed the super community, all the villains and heroes mixed up together from their young years till the adulthood. It shows that each of them has a rightful place.
Penny and her friends create a delightful bunch of kids who simply can’t resist using their powers. And who could blame them? If I could, I would be doing the same thing :D.
In this story you’ll find plenty of shows of powers, from the first opening fight at a school game, till the final battle, a fantastic display of superpowers, various inventions and strategy skills. All kept in a fast paced story about friends trying to discover what they really want to do with their life.
As much as I enjoyed reading the book, I find it hard to pinpoint the main plot. There were so many interesting things going on that I can’t really say which of the events were the most important. Certainly there was a lot of character development, which is great and I would love to read more about our heroes / villains in the next book, but I’d love to see where is this all heading. Since this was the first book I’ve read from this series I intend to read the previous two books soon. It seems I did miss few things from earlier stories and I want to fill in the gaps :).
About The Author:
Richard Roberts has fit into only one category in his entire life, and that is ‘writer’, but as a writer he’d throw himself out of his own books for being a cliche.
He’s had the classic wandering employment history – degree in entomology, worked in health care, been an administrator and labored for years in the front lines of fast food. He’s had the appropriate really weird jobs, like breeding tarantulas and translating English to English for Japanese television. He wears all black, all the time, is manic-depressive, and has a creepy laugh.
He’s also followed the classic writer’s path, the pink slips, the anthology submissions, the desperate scrounging to learn how an ever-changing system works. He’s been writing from childhood, and had the appropriate horrible relationships that damaged his self-confidence for years. Then out of nowhere Curiosity Quills Press demanded he give them his books, and here he is.
As for what he writes, Richard loves children and the gothic aesthetic. Most everything he writes will involve one or the other, and occasionally both. His fantasy is heavily influenced by folk tales, fairy tales, and mythology, and he likes to make the old new again. In particular, he loves to pull his readers into strange characters with strange lives, and his heroes are rarely heroic.