Thursday, May 14, 2015

#TBR Thursday-SVA Series



Today I'm sharing a completed YA series with you. It all started when the author had a thought: Who trains the super villains? And from that single question, the Super Villain Academy series was born. This series released with a bang when King of Bad shot to #7 of Amazon's bestselling superhero titles and went on to spend eight months on the publisher's Top 5 bestsellers list.

While I'm not a big fan of stories where the bad guy is the hero, Kai Strand did a wonferful job of making me want to root for the villains at this school. If you love superhero stories and are waiting for the Batman Superman v Superman movie like I am (oh why couldn't Christian Bale sign on for this one?? Please do better than you did in Daredevil Ben Affleck!) then I highly suggest this series to tide you over. Need more? Here are the blurbs (and amazing covers!) in reading order:


Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he’s recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. 

In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA. He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners.

Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?





The supers are balanced. Academies have altered their curriculum to teach both sides of the super power spectrum. All’s well in the super world. Right?

When Mystic kidnaps Oceanus, Jeff learns it isn’t all right. Turning to the newly balanced supers for assistance, he panics to find they’ve done nothing to rescue Oceanus. When no ransom request follows, he worries Mystic’s plan never included returning his girlfriend. Frustrated, he’s forced to work with the only super willing to help. Oceanus’ ex-villain, ex-boyfriend, Set.

Mystic isn’t the only one hiding something. Nothing about Jeff is balanced. Temper flares result in scorched clothing or flying furniture, and his charm has become an indiscriminating people-magnet.

Jeff is convinced, or maybe just hopeful, that his lack of control is directly related to Oceanus being gone. But will he and Set find her before Jeff 
                        loses control completely and will they find her alive?



The world is in chaos. Violence and thievery reign. And with the supers still balanced, it’s only getting worse. Without good versus evil, the supers care less and less. In order to restore purpose, the world needs its super heroes and its super villains, but the one who balanced them in the first place is missing.

Sandra’s concern over finding her brother Jeff, isn’t her only problem. Her pathetic excuse for super powers has left her needing a new ankle. And though she’s still very much committed to her boyfriend, Source, she’s growing unreasonably attracted to Set, the boy who double-crossed Jeff by stealing his girlfriend.

When Sandra is taken and held as bait by some kids who want to unbalance the super world, it becomes the inciting event that changes things for supers everywhere and forces them to answer the question, “Hero or villain?”













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2 comments:

  1. Such an amazing spotlight on the series, Mary. Thanks so much!

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