Book Review: How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good by Michael Fry

Title: How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good
How to Be a Supervillain #2
Author: Michael Fry
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Published: May 1st, 2018
Page Count:  352 pages
Format:  Hardcover
Source: From the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion

A sequel has never been this being bad! In this highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling How to Be a Supervillain, Victor Spoil must save the world from an evil scheme to enslave the superheroes and villains--to his parents' utter disappointment.

Victor Spoil hates the Junior Super Academy. It makes him cranky--and his parents couldn't be prouder, because supervillains aren't meant to be nice. Until Victor confesses he wants to leave and become a librarian. The horror!

But when superheroes and villains--including his parents--start disappearing, only a dedicated do-gooder like Victor can track them down. He discovers that the supers are being captured to square off against aliens in gladiator-like shows. And unlike the scripted fights that the supers usually sign up for, these battles are to the death!

Victor and his fellow super students must join together and harness their super powers to battle this dastardly mega-villain. But to be a hero, Victor finally has to embrace his inner villain. Will he be able to stoop that low?
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good turned out to be such a fun read! It's about a GOOD supervillain who is tired of living the super life and is considering to become a librarian (despite everyone's protest) but before he even tries, he gets pulled into another super adventure where he and his friends have to save all the kidnapped suppers from an unknown villain!

One of the things I loved the most about this book is the type of superpowers all the supers and villains have. Our main character Victor Spoil is a Tickler (he tickles everyone intensely!), but you can also find every kind of peculiar powers and names such as Dr. Deodorant, Moldy Dave, Smelly Foot, Flame Kicker, Worm Boy, Yeastmaster, and so on!

The illustrations found inside helped a lot to imagine the characters and their fun quest. I often found myself staring far too long into some, taking in all the little details like finding random characters among the supers.

I must confess I did not read the first book in this series, but I truly believe this sequel can be read as a standalone. It provides a swift summary of Victor's previous success of saving the world (and failing at being a super villain) so readers won't feel lost if they decide to pick up this sequel instead of the first (though it would be fun to read back-to-back!).

Final Verdict:

How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good is a fun middle grade super adventure that readers of every age will come to enjoy! I know my younger self would have enjoyed this book so much (as I did now!). It brings back great memories of witty reads full of humor and funny illustrations in the likes of Captain Underpants.

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