Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad's basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn't measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he's happy to join a new crew—especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own. But when they're pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he's on. And once he does, there's no turning back. Perfect for fans of The Avengers, Ironman, and classic comic books, V is for Villain reveals that it's good to be bad.
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About the Author
Peter Moore (petermoorebooks.com) has been fascinated with superheroes since he was old enough to trip over his own cape. (He didn't make a very graceful hero.) After a brief life of crime (he shoplifted some candy and got caught) he decided to devote his energy to the forces of good. Lacking super-strength, he took to working out and became strong. Lacking super-intelligence, he studied hard in high school and read a lot, which enabled him to attend Vassar College and Columbia University. Lacking superior fighting skills, he trained in boxing and Goju-Ryu karate. Finding job opportunities for aspiring heroes to be scarce, he instead has worked as a screenwriter, college professor, English teacher, film teacher, and guidance counselor. He lives with his wife and two kids in an undisclosed headquarters somewhere in New York state where he allegedly works on his writing. This is his fourth book for young adults. He strongly denies allegations that any character in this book is based on him.
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V is for Villain based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WHEN I WASN'T CRACKING UP LAUGHING, I WAS WAITING FOR MORE AS THE FAST-PACED ACTION AND ADVENTURE WENT DOWN IN HISTORY. I, TO BE TOTALLY HONEST, READ IN THIS IN ONE DAY BECAUSE I LITTERLY COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. I HAVE TO ADMIT, THE BEGINNING IS QUITE BORING BECAUSE THE PROMISE OF BRAD BECOMING A VILLAIN ISN'T ANSWERED UNTIL HIS IS WELCOMED INTO VITAL. BUT PLEASE, READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE AN ACTION, COMMEDY, ADVENTURE, SUSPENSE, AND PLOT-TWIST FAN! THANKS FOR READING!
V is For Villain is a novel that I have been waiting for ever since I first saw it on Goodreads. I’m a huge fan of comics and everything that comes with them. The heroes and villains. The spandex costumes. The unrealistic body proportions and the storylines (both the good and the bad). V is For Villain takes all of the elements that make up modern comic books, their heroes and the like and throws them into a world where superheroes, supervillains and superpowers are all very real and relatively normal. Brad Baron is the son to the deceased Artillery I and the younger brother to Blake Baron who has taken up the mantle as Artillery II. Brad’s brother is everything a superhero should be. Strong. Handsome. Charismatic and powerful. He’s almost perfect and he is the bane of Brad’s existence. Brad is normal or at least as normal as it gets in this world. Attending a high school filled with powered students and teachers, he sticks out like a sore thumb. Which is what gets him thrown into a program meant for students with meager powers or none at all. This is where Brad meets Layla, a girl with a highly illegal power, and her friends. Through them, Brad begins to think about the world in an entirely new way. Heroes might not be as good as everybody thinks they might be. Especially with their slaughtering their enemies and all the casualties and collateral damage that comes with their heroics. Unearthing the powers inside of him, Brad decides that maybe the only way to do anything really good in this world is by becoming someone bad. Reading V is For Villain was a really fun experience. Brad’s personality is realistic and will speak to a lot of teen readers who fell out of place in their lives. He’s normal. He doesn’t compare to his older brother. He can barely do much of anything until he decides that he’s totally able to and takes up the identity of a villain and utilizes his abilities. Being inside of Brad’s head is a fun experience and does make you question the lines between good and evil. V is For Villain shows that everything is grey and not just black and white. I never imagined that I would be reading a novel where I would actually be cheering on the “bad guy”. The world that Peter Moore has built in V is For Villain is one that readers will quickly get caught up in. This is a version of all those worlds built up in comic books but with actual explanations behind crazy things like skin-tight armor that somehow manages to make you still look attractive, the genetics behind superpowers and so many other things (read the book there are a lot more). Despite this being about as fictional a world as it gets it still felt very realistic and I wasn’t left squinting and wondering how certain parts of it worked. V is For Villain is written in a journal format and has a lot of juicy additions like newspaper articles and quotations from interviews—which is great. But I’m very curious about the way that the novel ends. So many things are left open-ended and I really need to know what happens next (if anything). I sincerely hope that we get some further looks into Brad’s life as a villain because just when things started to get really good the novel reached its conclusion. I would recommend V is For Villain to readers who are big fans of comic verses and the Marvel films (because come on those have been great). Readers who want a coming-of-age novel that incorporates action and superpowers will love V is For Villain. And finally, any readers who want a novel about dark family secrets, darker powers and a sibling feud should definitely give this novel a read.
3.5 stars Brad's famous brother, Blake, is a superhero, but Brad doesn't have any awesome powers like strength or flight. Brad's only power is that he's really smart. Someday, he'd like those awesome powers to appear - then he can destroy villains like his father and brother. But Brad's newest friends have different ideas about who the real heroes are. And Brad might not be as under-powered as he thinks. V is for Villain is a fast-paced superhero novel. It has many tropes of the genre, so that makes it fairly predictable, especially in the beginning when Brad is feeling terrible about himself and his lack of appropriate powers. I enjoyed how V is for Villain delved into how these superheroes came to be. Much like the X-Men, there's quite a lot of talk about genetics, DNA, and computer programs. However, one thing sets this book apart from others like it: The protagonist is actually a bit of an anti-hero. Peter Moore does a terrific job of transitioning the reader toward a stance that almost takes pity on the villains, and sees arrogance in the heroes. As Brad begins to ally himself with "the enemy," we're not so sure that's the wrong decision. Moore really embraces fuzzy morals, and that makes V is for Villain quite intriguing. The thing that brings this book down for me, other than some of the cliche teen elements, is that the world of the book was pretty underdeveloped. Since it was told from inside the elite world of superheroes, a lot of explanation was missing. For instance, it wasn't really clear how the Heroes interact with "Regulars."
V is for Villain is an exceptionally written book that uses a good deal of motifs and themes that make the reader think. Although this book is targeted mostly for teenagers, I certainly enjoyed reading it. It included a lot of relatable subjects such as bullying and feeling isolated from people and combines it with superheroes ,and let's not forget villains. It really shocked me to see how in depth the author went with his characterization of Brad ,and the dialogue was sarcastically hilarious between Brad and his brother. Defiantly a good, fast read and recommended for any superhero/villain lover out there.