I'm excited to share my review for the young adult superhero fantasy, Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain by Richard Roberts.
I have to admit, he had me at the title. I think that the title and the premise are absolutely adorable. So, I had high expectations, but wasn't disappointed. The story is as fun and cute as the title suggests. Penny Akk is the daughter of two "out" superheroes and is desperate to gain her own superpowers. When her powers first show up, her parents think it's a fluke, and she won't really be a superhero for several more years. However, her powers just keep coming, and she decides to develop them in a secret lair with the help of her best friends Claire and Ray.
One of my favorite things about the story was the character development. Penny, Claire, and Ray are all at a formative age and they change and develop before our eyes...and I don't just mean by developing super powers. :) I enjoyed watching them go from children to superheroes/supervillains in the course of the novel.
This book would be appropriate for advanced middle grade readers and above. However, adults, please do not be turned off by the age range. I'm not the type to generally enjoy reading middle grade or young YA for pleasure, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. If I have one complaint, dear sir, please lay off the explanation points!! ;)
I highly recommend this! I look forward to checking out more of the books by Richard Roberts.