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The Academy Defenders by T.J.   Robinson
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May 31, 2012

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Read from May 31 to October 22, 2012

When I first started reading T.J. Robinson’s book, I found myself comparing it a lot to Harry Potter - there is a secret school, different houses, a story about the founders, evil in unexpected places and special powers. However, The Academy Defenders does stand out on its own.

The Atlas Academy is a special school for kids with powers, who are trained to become Guardians - people who protect powerful men and women in the world. Lincoln comes into his powers at age twelve when he and his mother are attacked in their home. He finds out then that both his parents are Guardians and that there is a secret school where he will learn to use his powers. Link is an extremely strong Guardian with the advanced ability to control the elements (or rites). The story follows him as he navigates his new powers and makes new friends. When their school is under attack, Link and his friends must band together to help defend their school.

I think fans of the Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and X-Men series will enjoy this story. Once I got over the initial introduction to a magical world I was able to enjoy the story. It was a bit slow in the beginning (mostly due to all the world building and introductions), but halfway through the novel it found its perfect pace. There were a few twists in the end that I didn’t see coming and I enjoyed those, however, I don’t think I will continue the series - perhaps I’ve just had enough of magical schools and special powers for a bit. I’m sure in a few years I might change my mind, after all, it was a good read.

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05/31/2012 page 40
12.27% "cute"
06/05/2012 page 103
31.6% "not bad, not bad"
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