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The Cloak Society (The Cloak Society #1)

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The first in a thrilling, action-packed middle grade trilogy, which School Library Journal declared "will likely find the same wide appeal as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books.

The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago the Cloak Society was defeated by Sterling City's superheroes, the Rangers of Justice, and v
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by HarperCollins
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Mar 21, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. The characters are believable and well written. The story progressed quickly and held my attention. It was a great YA story and I'm really looking forward to reading more of the series.
Nov 05, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Jeramey Kraatz’s The Cloak Society takes an interesting look through the eyes of villain. Twelve-year-old Alex Knight is a member of a villainous group called The Cloak Society who happens to have super abilities. He has been training his whole life to follow the footsteps of his parents to become one of the great villains in the world. On his first mission, instead of following it, he saves a girl named Kirbie who happens to be a Ranger. The Rangers of Justice were responsible for the Cloak Soc ...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 20, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing
Alex is a junior member of the villainous Cloak society, so for his 12th birthday, he and the other Betas (young members) participate in robbing a bank. Alex is supposed to use his telekinesis to open a bank vault door, but fellow team members Mallory and Titan have to take over when he can't. He also makes the super villain faux pas of saving a member of the Junior Rangers, Kirbie, when she is almost killed by a flying fire hydrant. He doesn't know why he would do such a thing, other than it se ...more
Patricia - Lady with Books
Apr 10, 2013 Patricia - Lady with Books rated it it was amazing
I was surprised when I started seeing themes of brainwashing and manipulation and the morality of killing your opponent in a middle grade superhero novel. The adults of The Cloak Society are out for revenge and domination and have turned their own children into weapons and sacrificial lambs. The children are brainwash into following Cloak’s agenda. Those who are not powered are treated like second class citizens and basically slaves. The prejudice and elitism is discomforting to read. Alex, our ...more
Rashika (is tired)
I loved this but there were a couple of issues that I had that make it hard for me to give this cute little book a higher rating.
Joseph Leskey
I enjoyed this book so much that everybody in the world ought to enjoy it or else… nothing. Why? I have no clue; I'll have to figure that out before the end of this review.

Number one, this is urban fantasy. Fantasy that takes place in a modern environment even. There is no genre that compares to urban fantasy. THIS MODERN WORLD WITH FANTASTICAL ELEMENTS.

Number two. This book includes questions of loyalty. Questions of loyalty might be even better than urban fantasy. And this was an especially
Hazel West
Feb 11, 2014 Hazel West rated it liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I'm not the biggest fan of superhero stories, but well, when it comes to the villains, everyone loves a good villain and I really liked the premise of the story featuring a young supervillain in training who has some moral issues with the people he's siding with.

Cover--Yea or Nay: The cover is cool-looking and will likely catch kids, especially young boys' attention (it caught my younger brother's) but I don't care for how Alex is portrayed. The title emblem is my f
Mary Catelli
For his twelve birthday, Alex gets to go on a bank robbery.

Raised from birth in the Cloak Society -- on its fourth generation from the first scientists to gain power, bent on world-domination to "right a world that's wrong" -- this is his first chance to show his skills. He fails to get them into the vault with his telekinetic powers; two other young teammates (the Beta Team) do it. And worse, in the following fight, he reflexively saves the life of one of the superheroes. His mother does not ap
Oct 11, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story, and I was plesently surprised that it was told from the perspective of the super villian instead of the super hero perspective. Alex is a typical pre-teen with friend problems and parent problems. Once he starts to have a conciounce and question how he was raised because the actions that his parents and peers are taking just does not sit well with him. I like the fact that this story has Alex think for himself, he doesn't just react. I think that for pre-teens that ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
I won an ARC copy of this book on Goodreads.

Alex is training to be a member of the Cloak Society and follow in his parents footsteps. The Cloak Society are enemies with the Rangers of Justice and want to seek Revenge on them. While Alex is on his first mission , he saves the life of Kirby a member of the Young Rangers. After saving Kirby's life and discovering the true intentions of the Cloak Society's plans, Alex begins to question where his loyalty lies.

Filled with action packed battles, and m
Daniel Parkinson
Jan 21, 2016 Daniel Parkinson rated it it was amazing
This book was full of sinister plots, victories, and twists. I liked it because it was about superheros fighting super villains. Anyone who likes superheros needs to read this.
Abigail H. Leskey
Content: c**p twice, some violence.

Nobody {Jill will leave you lonely, dying in a filthy ditch}
YES YES YES YES!! *nod nod* Yes I like this one, and I think I'll be keeping Misty if you don't mind.

I read a sample for this books years ago on my kindle, but I never had enough money to order it off of Amazon. So when my tio and tia gave me amazon money I jumped at the chance to get this book (even though it is kinda small in comparsion to some of the other books I read) and I do not regret it one bit!

I haven't read a book like this since... Mmmm I am gonna have to say Percy Jackson. The chara
Tate P
Dec 11, 2016 Tate P rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-nine-weeks
The Cloak Society by Jeremy kraatz is very good book about a boy named Alex who wants to join the high council of the cloak society when he grows up. Alex has the ability of telekinesis, the ability to manipulate things with your mind. This power serves him well. The protecters of the city they live in The Rangers Of Justice are their enemies, they plan to destroy the Rangers once and for all with an attack on justice tower. The attack is only a couple weeks away when they commit a huge heist. I ...more
Shanshad Whelan
Nov 14, 2012 Shanshad Whelan rated it really liked it
Not bad. I've read a few villain-perspective fiction stories that really fall apart or just tend to clunk along. This one manages to entertain, even if it does suffer from some painful plot cliches. I just wish the beginning chapter didn't feel so all-fired out of place. The intro narrates things from the perspective of an outside viewpoint, and slightly tongue in cheek . . . until we finally zero in on Alex (our protagonist).

The resulting story isn't all that surprising, but it is entertaining
Sep 30, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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This is one of those books that requires you to look into the plans you have for the coming couple of days because once you start, you won't be able to stop until you run out of pages. This is a great story. It asks you to look into the meaning of good and evil. Alex Knight is the villain that can't really reconsile himself with his evil ways. As part of a society of villains, he is forced to grapple with the fact that a part of him doesn't believe in the life he was born into no matter how well ...more
Janna Thalman
Jan 30, 2013 Janna Thalman rated it liked it
I really did enjoy this book. Just thought it a bit simple but since it is written for younger kids that makes sense. We actually gave it to Josh for his Christmas book but he wasn't too interested in it so I ended up reading it instead. It's about a boy who's born a Supervillain but starts questioning after he meets a Hero. The only thing I didn't like was that he questions his parents and their teachings at a very young age. Which I can't decide how I feel about actually. Since he was actually ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mykidbooks
I have to admit, I've always wanted super powers...but since I've never had a transformative encounter with a super charged spider, toxic waste, or extra-terrestrial matter I will settle for reading about super heroes and villains. I really enjoyed this book. It is a fun adventure with characters that you care about and kids learning who they are rather than who their parents want them to be. I am looking forward to the next book in this series or the aforementioned transformative experience.
Aug 02, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Middle grade fun for all ages. I really enjoyed this book, the superpowered teens was an interesting aspect.

I'm a comic book fan and so I'm always interested in books, especially middle grade level, for my kids. This is one that I'll definately add to their shelf.

I grew up in a small town in West Texas and so I've been to Sterling City lots of times. It really put a smile on my face as I was reading this book whenever it mentioned Sterling City. Fun fun!!

If you read 'Vindico' this summer be su
Laura Phelps
Dec 27, 2012 Laura Phelps rated it really liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2012
A surprising twist on the good vs. evil theme. Alex is being initiated into the Cloak Society, a superviillain group fighting to defeat the Rangers of Justice. To his (and everyone elses) shock, though, in a crucial moment in a battle, he saves the life of a young Ranger. This action leads him to question what the Cloak Society is fighting for and his moral dilemma is palpable. Strong characters, fast pace, interesting themes and a great cover will definitely appeal to readers!
Jan 28, 2013 Tracie rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, adventure, fantasy
Alex is on the beta team of Cloak Society the secretive, fearsome super villain team. He's been raised to understand that their mission is to rule the world so why does he save a beta from the superhero team on his first mission out? Though I think Alex began to question his upbringing a little too easily, this fast-paced adventure story will keep readers waiting for the next book. I loved it!
Syed Absar
Jan 15, 2016 Syed Absar rated it it was amazing
I think this book is a really good book, it is about Twelve-year-old boy, Alex Knight he is a dedicated junior member of Cloak who has spent years mastering his telekinetic superpowers and preparing for the day when Cloak will rise to power again. Cloak is everything he believes in. I reccomond reading this book and give it a 9/10.
Mar 20, 2013 Samma rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to like this book, but I actually did. I would have preferred a stand-alone rather than the beginning of a series, but I guess that's alright in the long run of things. The characters are likable and the story is very plot driven. Not a lot of extra "fluff".
I hope this is a series, because I really liked this book and it sure did feel like a cliffhanger at the end!
Dawn Trlak-Donahue
Somewhat interesting - but definitely wasn't a book I couldn't put down. My middle grade son couldn't get into it.
Jen Bojkov
Nice action/adventure type story. Bad guy gone good. Can't fight his natural impulses to do good instead of evil. How will he explain it to his parents? Book one of three.
Dec 05, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
Loved this book... so suspenseful!
Dawn Taylor
Jan 03, 2017 Dawn Taylor rated it really liked it
This was a great concept for a series. It is a great one for MG readers.
In full disclosure I won an advanced readers copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Alex is a teenager in a villainous group known as Cloak. He has spent his whole life being trained for a criminal life. The group was founded by a group that gained superpowers, but was rejected by society. Their archenemies are the group of superheroes known as the Rangers. During his first mission Alex instinctively saves the life of Kirbie, one of the junior Rangers. Later he has a run in with Kirbie, where
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Author of the middle grade series The Cloak Society from HarperCollins--a trilogy about a super-powered kid born into a family of supervillains.

I grew up in Odessa, Texas, studied advertising and English at TCU, and graduated from the MFA program at Columbia University where I studied nonfiction writing. I've worked as a snow-cone maker, barista, retail mannequin dresser, a singing/dancing napkin,
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