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This was going to be a special year for the Parker sisters. Eve was going to dominate in the classroom and on the basketball court. Gwen was going to make the starting five and go down in history as the greatest prankster ever. Ana was going to do as little as possible. But without warning, all three sisters gain extraordinary abilities that defy science... powers that com ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published February 16th 2014 by Thelegend Publishing (first published February 1st 2014)
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Stephanie Swint
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I hear ‘Sins of the Father’ and I think crime novel or mystery/thriller but not a badass middle grade novel about three teenage black girls with superpowers. That said, as you read the book the title makes perfect sense. It’s fun and it had me laughing genuinely as an adult without kids. I hesitate in calling it badass because Thelonious Legend was very age appropriate and had no profanity in the book, but I just can’t find a more appropriate word.

The Parker sisters are affluent, intelligent, an
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Thelonious Legend
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
OK, disclaimer... Thelonious Legend is my pen-name and I actually wrote the book so hell yeah I'm going to give it five stars! But don't let that dissuade you from reading it. I have it on high authority that it might be the best book ever written and will undoubtedly change your life! Or so I've been told.
LuvBooks
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, drama
This book was well written. I mostly enjoy how the book isn't "dumbed down". Most of the books I've read explain things readers already know and don't give the reader a lot of inference. I find that slightly offensive, to under estimate your readers. For example, " . . . the burning flames danced around the room . . ." Again, I absolutely love the description and picture painting, but seriously? Burning flames? I know fire is hot and flames burn. I understand that many authors don't do this on p ...more
Musings of A Romance Junkie
Do not let the cover or the synopsis of this story fool you into thinking that this story is just for youngsters. I am a proud member of the 40+ club, and I can’t remember enjoying a story more than Sins Of The Father. I haven’t laughed this much, reading a story in I don’t know how long. And as the title of the story implies, the father done f*cked up…

The story begins with a scientific experiment gone wrong, and you’re initially confused as to what this has to do with the Parker sisters: Eve, G
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John Winston
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical middle grade read, but essential.

I teach creative writing to middle school students in Detroit Michigan. The dilemma is, and always has been, trying to find literature that empowers my students, not limits them. Enter, “Sins of the Father”: The Powerpuff Girls meets Charlie’s Angels in living colour. SOTF brings diversity to the genre like never before. We can put a person of color in the White House, but not in a cape and definitely not in mainstream literature, the forbidden f
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Amie's Book Reviews
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
SINS OF THE FATHER by Thelonious Legend

I won a paperback copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway program.

Synopsis:

The Parker Sisters seem to have it all. They're rich, they're athletic and they are receiving an amazing education.

It seems like their lives are close to perfect and when they suddenly seem to develop some sort of super powers, they see it as a blessing.

However, they soon discover that the side effects of these powers just might kill them. The sisters have to band together t
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Tamara Philip
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
So I literally just finished reading this book, not even an hour ago so everything is very fresh in my mind.Therefore I may have to come back and change somethings once I’ve had time to truly mull this amazing book over.
This is the authors debut novel and WOW he comes straight out of the gate rearing to go.It was fast paced, energetic drama from the first page to the last and I know the rest of the series will only get better as Thelonious Legend’s writing style improves and evolves.
I loved that
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Milan
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is definitely one of the better Young Adult books out there. It's a nice acknowledgment of the more realistic side of the science fiction genre. The journey the three sisters take will have you laughing and crying right along with them. With highlights of action, humor, romance and some illegal adventures and procedures, this book is sure to warm its way close to your heart. Although the book is a little choppy with it's scenes, it's a well-written novel overall. Amazingly written for ...more
Indy
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book! It was different from anything else I've ever read. First of all, it was funny, action-packed, and overall, just left you hanging on the edge of your chair. I loved the prologue and the descriptive style Mr. Legend uses. Second of all, it was unique. Overtime many of us readers find ourselves reading stories with the same plot lines and the names of characters changed to make the book seem different. This book was completely original and had many hidden gems in it. I'd def ...more
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
This was an awesome, fast-paced adventure that had a cinematic quality and plenty of diversity. The action and the humor never let up. I enjoyed the sisterly dynamic between Eve, Gwen and Ana. And it's refreshing to read about well-to-do and achieving Black families. Though mom and dad - Barry and Michelle (wink wink) were the loving, if slightly overprotective types.

Everything about this novel was top notch - the adventure, the mystery, high school drama, sisters who differ yet have each other
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Kayti Raet
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sins of the Father by Thelonious Legend is a middle grade speculative fiction novel set around the lives of the Parker sisters, Eve, Gwen, and Ana who discover that they have super powers. Eve cans suddenly move so fast it is like everyone else has stopped moving, while Gwen can bench-press five times her own body weight and is virtually indestructible, and Ana, who has always been smart has now upped her math skills exponentially.
But these new powers come at a price and the Parker sisters must
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Kym
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, ya-mg-diversity
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was excited for this book because I'm in constant search for a book with African-American protagonist where we don't see any of the African-American stereo types. I can't stress the importance of books featuring African-American characters where the protagonist must over come to temptation of drugs and gangs, or where the character is affected by absentee parents, teen pregnancy, or abuse. There are children who grew up in ...more
Weezie
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, diverse-books
I give this book a solid 3.5 stars.

I loved the characters. We have an incredibly huge shortage of books that involve marginalized characters that are not "trying to escape the hood/barrio/rez" and I was so excited to see a book about not only about Black girls but Black girls who also had privilege in the form of financial security.

The storyline was interesting and I loved the ending, the way it wrapped but fairly nicely but also left room for the series to be continued.

The only real issues I
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N.D.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its's always nice and far too rare to read young, African American female youths written as super heroines. That's what I most enjoyed and appreciated about this book. There were good scenes of humor, drama, and action. The relationship between the sisters, especially the squabbling, rang true. I will say that having three lead characters is a lot, especially when there are so many other characters for the reader to get to know. And the dialogue, while good overall, was too adult in places for s ...more
Kari
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid reader. Sometimes theymake it to my Goodreads list and sometimes they do not! THIS book had be LOL at times. I read this after a particularly difficult time in our lives, and after reading very heavy theological writings, conflict resolution matters, and abuse recovery literature (counseling items). THIS BOOK TOTALLY FIT WHAT I NEEDED TO TAKE A BREAK AND JUST LAUGH!! Well written and just a good story! I have given it to my niece (13) to read and have given the title to my youth gro ...more
Geraldineyoung
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Geraldine Young: Experience this "read on" page turner. Get ready for laughter, fun, the unexpected and some anxiety as these sisters journey through some extraordinary escapades. Some scenes are so vivid that as a female adult reader my motherly concerns would kick in. Their sisterly comradery, competitive spirits, diverse talents and abilities makes for delightful action packed reading from start to finish. Looking forward to the next edition!
Bree Hodges
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Fun read! To me, this book was a fast, fun filled journey and I really enjoyed reading about the characters and plot :)
Andrew Bernstein
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 star. Mr. Legend's first book is a fun read. As the father of a teen girl I enjoy reading books with strong capable teen girl characters. Definitely a clean YA book, but accesible and enjoyable for all ages. The book is funny, the main characters are well rounded, individual and ocmplete and the story feels like it has a conclusion but is obviously left open for future adventures (which I plan to read).
Dawn
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book! Looking forward to reading sequel!
MissFabularian
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this! It's gems like this that keep me coming back to indies. Please excuse me while I *swoon*.
Sins of the Father is a recipe of black girl magic + Blackish + action/ninja/fantasy that is witty satisfying, and glorious. For more of this review click here.
Giuliana Evangelista
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book, I will be honest with you and say I wasn’t very intrigued. I just didn’t see the purpose of the introduction. That part just confused the heck out of me and it took me a while for me to get involved into the book. Let’s go on to the characters. I don’t really like to put up long reviews, I like to get straight to the point. The first character I met was Eve, and I liked her character. She is just the perfect amount of normal I needed from the book. Gwen on the oth ...more
Kym King
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thelonious Legend is an amazing sci-fi writer that I met via twitter, he hosts the #BlackWritersChat and the #BlackComicsChat monthly. We followed each other and now I am honored to be reviewing his latest book Sins of The Father. What I love about Thelonious, is he is one of the many authors I have discovered via twitter that are always campaigning for more diversity in not just books, but all forms of media. Sins of The Father, without giving too much away, is a book about 3 African American s ...more
Skye Kilaen
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for geeky, indie creative media made with love. I sat down intending to just start this book (which I received a review copy of for a book tour on my blog)... and stayed up late to finish the whole thing. That doesn't usually happen to me, I'm very protective of my bedtime! But by the time I was halfway through the book, I needed to know how it ended.

Four reasons why it hooked me so well:

1. Multiple female lead characters, with diversity of personality, appearance, and motivations a
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Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
Okay. There is actually a lot of potential in this book.

I thought it had editing issues.

Another thing is, is that there are three main characters in this book. The book is told in third person... I personally would have liked it much better if the book was told in three separate perspectives so that way I could connect with the characters better.

Also, there really isn't a lot of plot and character development. That was another thing that bothered me.

I also felt like I was reading a galley instea
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Veronica
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 12-15 year old girls who want an adventure!
Sins of the Father left me on a happy note, and I'm glad I've read it. Thelonious Legend provided me with an ebook copy of this book for an honest review. And here it comes:

Bad things

I'll start with the not so good things first.
Sometimes it was a little slow, and I was confused at what was going on, but that's probably partly my fault.
The cover didn't really go with me. The cover is only a small thing though, and it's bright and bold.
When I finish a book I like everything wrapped up well and hap
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Erin Skiller
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Claudia
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
One of the better young adult books I've read this year, the characters are well developed there's no annoying love triangle and no "I turned sixteen today, something big is gonna happen I just know it".
Three sisters, each with there own challenges and personalities gain powers that defy the laws of science. Racing against time they need to find out how to cure the side effects or essentially they're dead. Well written and exciting this book was fun to read.
The only issue I had with this book i
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Kevin Wayne Williams
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book in preparation for a podcast for Black Girl Nerds, as Thelonious, Tiffany Davis, and I were all being interviewed.

Thelonious has done an excellent job of updating a traditional YA theme (three teenage girls having big adventures under their parents' noses, a theme which probably began with Nancy Drew in the thirties), incorporating a more modern science fiction sensibility and a more ethnically diverse cast of characters. It provides a positive image for black girls that want to
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L.A. Hendricks
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blerd-book-club
Slow start, but fantastic ending! It took me a while to get into this book. I initially had some trouble adjusting to the rhythm and pacing - not to mention those three middle school sisters with vocabularies stronger than most adults!! But once the book began exploring the relationships the sisters had - with each other, with their parents and with their classmates, the story became much more engrossing. Having had at various times Eve's standoffishness, Gwen's forcefulness and Ana's Super Dork ...more
Misty Iputi
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Sins of the Father was a fun and exciting book to read. Once I started to read it I could not put it down. The ideas and scrapes the sisters get themselves into had me laughing to myself. I am giving this book a 5/5 star as I finished it in one night and was chuckling throughout it.
PERSONAL NOTE
I wanted to read a book that was fun and upbeat and this is what I needed. It also showed though how no matter how different sisters are or no matter how much they fight they will stick together when the
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