The Amelia Academy: Standards

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Chris Stand was once Kid Standard, sidekick to the most powerful superhuman on the planet. He left it all behind him a decade ago, and had happily slumped into obscurity since then. Chris finds himself dragged again into the world of flights and tights when an ex-villain offers him a teaching position at The Amelia Academy: a school for metahuman youth. More

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About Paul Mundane

Paul Mundane lives in Kitchener Ontario with his wife and kids. He slings coffee for a major corporation when he's not writing. He also has a book out. It's called The Amelia Academy, and chances are it's why you're reading his bio. You should buy a copy if you haven't yet.

Reviews

Review by: Moon Rose Publishing on Aug. 04, 2012 : star star star star
Good Points

I was sucked in from the first few pages, intrigued by the main character of Chris. From the first page, you got the feeling of bitterness and resentment towards his previous occupation. The story was very well-written, nothing skipping or being missed out in the excitement of the story-line. As you all know, I love character-driven books, and this one had more interesting characters than I knew what to do with! I loved that the characters were all so varied, and you could do so much with so many of them being superheroes or villains…but even the characters that weren’t were still engaging. I also thought it was good that a story like this could have been so cheesy, but instead the author has wrote this book in a very tongue-in-cheek style, with a hint of satire, which occasionally had me giggling. The storyline also had a good sense of grounding, this certainly wasn’t the usual ‘good guys always win’ attitude you normally would expect with a story like this.

Bad Points

There were a few typos and grammar mistakes within the book. Certainly not enough to stop me reading, but they were there so need a mention in the requirements of honesty. There were also a couple of points where the dialogue points between characters were not always that clear, and it would have been good to see this made perfect. I also wished the book was longer! Although in fairness, that is not really a bad point.

Overall

I thought this was a clever take on a story that otherwise could have just been another fun story about superheroes and villains, but the author turned it into something funny and satirical instead, with a great storyline to boot. It kept me glued from the first page, and although it’s not my usual genre, I definitely enjoyed reading it! I cannot wait to see what this talented author comes up with in his next books in the series.

I give it……4/5 stars!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Deirdre Tara on April 03, 2012 : star star star star star
A Great Read! Dialogue and visuals keep for page turning. Funny, sexy, dark and bright. I highly recommend. Only 100 pages so I don't want to give anything away! I loved it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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