Review: Superpowered

Superpowered by James Schannep
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the Choosy Bookworm. If I could figure out how to send the author back his 99-cents for the gifted book, I would.

Unfortunately, this is one of those instances in which I judged a book by it’s cover and thought it would be a cool little superhero story. There might be one in there, but this is also one of those insipid Choose-Your-Own-Adventure things; you know, like they had back in the late eighties for kids with no imagination whatsoever?

Luckily, I missed most of those in my childhood, and have only been subjected to a few of them, usually parodies, since then. I honestly thought “Click Your Poison” was some sort of odd subtitle that would be explained in the story, in a much less blatant way then actually clicking to follow the story (which is disruptive when you’re trying to read on a Kindle, since you have to make a lot more movement than just clicking “Next Page” as in a sane book. And an accidental click forward or back can make you completely lose your place.

I went through three or four of the story lines and really wasn’t all that impressed. On the plus side, the cover was rather nice, and it didn’t reek of 90’s Image Comics or New 52, so it does have that in it’s favor. But all in all, I would’ve preferred this to be a proper novel about superheroes and supervillains. Gimmicks shouldn’t overshadow good writing.

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