Tuesday, May 31, 2011

High School Heroes

Author: James Mascia
Series: High School Heroes
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell
Publication Date: August 29, 2010
How Received: For Review

Summary: (as quoted from Amazon)What if...you discovered you had the ability to read minds? What would you do with that power? On Christine Carpenter's first day of her sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson High School she makes a startling discovery. She can hear peoples' thoughts. After convincing herself she's not going crazy, Chris must learn to control her amazing mind-reading ability. Using her power she quickly realizes her crush, the captain of the football team, is also blessed with a special ability. She is soon sucked into a world she never thought possible when two more of her classmates, and a teacher, turn out to have powers as well. What are they meant to do with their special gifts that can either help, or harm others? Christine soon finds out when a monster, lurking in the depths of her school, threatens to murder the student population. When it becomes apparent that the creature is someone she knows, she must decide whether to try and save him, or destroy the beast. If she chooses destruction, can she live with the consequences?
My thoughts:
Let me just say that James Mascia's writing and storytelling is amazing. He was able to make me feel conflicted about the characters, especially protagonist Christine. When she first starts to develop her mind reading and mind controlling abilities, Christine tries to ignore them. Then, when she finally embraces her powers, it goes to her head. At points in the book I felt like she was too selfish using her superhero powers for her own personal gain, and at other times I completely understood that she really didn't mean to be that selfish; she was just trying to do the right thing. Ethan was a really awesome character, as he wants to use his powers to help others, and is continually attempting to get Christine to think like him. Suprisingly, I really liked Savanah. At first, her stuck up attitude makes you think she's just another snotty character, when really she is very nice. High School Heroes is a book that will keep you guessing until the very end, and if your looking for a novel that is full of suprises and adventure, I would definitely reccomend picking up High School Heroes today!!

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