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Villains Rising: The Cloak Society, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Slower-paced superhero sequel keeps violence in check.

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VILLAINS RISING: THE CLOAK SOCIETY, BOOK 2 is one of those books that needs the old sports-movie cliche of a montage -- maybe a few of them. One for when Alex and team start training together. One for Gage in his workshop fixing the Gloom weapon, when he tests things on Alex and Amp and fails and everyone waits and bites fingernails. One for planning meetings with maps and snips of newscasts as the new team tries to plot their next move. One for preparing for their mission to the underground lair. Then we could get to the action faster and get to meeting those cool Omegas -- just when you think there aren't any superpowers left to think up, the author offers us a few more slick ones. (Well, maybe one derives from a Wonder Twin's ability to turn into water, but this is way, way cooler.)

Fans of superhero tales should still be drawn in enough to find out what happens to Alex and friends in Book 2 and beyond -- they definitely have a lot stacked against them -- but don't expect a fast and thrilling read until near the end. It may be helpful to skim until you get there.

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