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Please Don't Tell My Parents I've Got Henchmen

(Please Don't Tell My Parents #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,191 ratings  ·  70 reviews
What would middle school be like if half your classmates had super powers? It's time for Penny Akk to find out. Her latest (failed) attempt to become a superhero has inspired the rest of the kids in her school to reveal their own powers.

Now, all of her relationships are changing. She has a not-at-all-secret admirer, who wants to be Penny's partner almost as much as she wan
Paperback, 318 pages
Published February 8th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press
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William Foss This is kind of a late answer, but I was wondering the same thing and tweeted Richard Roberts. He said that he is signed on to write two more books…moreThis is kind of a late answer, but I was wondering the same thing and tweeted Richard Roberts. He said that he is signed on to write two more books with the same characters and then possibly more books set in the same world. (less)
Ibrinar Too many open plot threads for this to be the end of the series. Also from authors blog "In theory, this could be the book in Penny's continuity, but…moreToo many open plot threads for this to be the end of the series. Also from authors blog "In theory, this could be the book in Penny's continuity, but not about her, published before book four. " it is about a side story but implies there will be a book 4.(less)

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Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.]

I have been following this series from its first volume, which I really liked, so I'll admit to being slightly biased. I like the main characters, the world of superheroes and villains developed here—everybody knows they exist, with more or less admiration and acceptance of what they do, and with a subverted Masquerade trope (supers don't hide per se, but there's an unspoken rule about “not getting personal”, t
C.T. Phipps
The Don't Tell My Parents series is one I am deeply enamoured of. It's on my list along with Ex-Heroes, Wearing the Cape, and Confessions of a D-List Supervillain for some of the best superhero fiction out there (along with my Supervillainy Saga of course). The books are neither dark or especially deep but they're fun.

The premise for the series as a whole is Penny Akk, daughter of superheroes Brainy Akk and the Audit, has discovered her superpowers at puberty (age 13). This results in her atte
Coyora Dokusho
It was glorious!!!! Glorious!!!! (I woke up at 1 am to start reading it - my alarm went off at midnight but then I slapped it... but my dreaming self was excited enough about the book to wake me up about 45 minutes later!! I then passed out again about 5 am or so, and managed to finish before I scraped myself out of bed and dragged myself to work... which was horrible... horrrrrrrible!!!! XD)

I feel like it was definitely a bridge book leading to new! and exciting! developments in the future but
Sean Duggan
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finished the book last night. It was like eating a sugary snack. I loved it all throughout, and then afterwards, I felt vaguely dissatisfied. The book seemed to lack focus. A lot of new characters popping up and days and weeks just kind of passing by... the latter actually kind of makes sense in retrospect since part of the plot of the book is how, as you grow up, outside responsibilities leave you less time to just hang around with your friends. But the new characters... take, for example, the ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Penny’s career as a supervillain is in jeopardy with parental interference – but there’s a more complex battle happening at school. More and more of Penny’s contemporaries are deciding to be open with their super powers. A club is formed – and of course Penny is picked to lead it

But this points to a whole cultural shift for the city as people are now wearing their powers openly, the more alien super-powered beings are now able to be join the community and it comes with a whole lot of more comple
Eric Allen
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This one is more like 2.5 stars, rather than 3.

While better than the second book, it just wasn't quite as good as the first book. Again, this book is more a collection of things that happen, than an actual story. But the boring and out of place space setting is gone, and all of the boring characters that went with it, so that's a plus. Mostly, the problems I had with this book is that it's rather poorly written, which makes it very confusing in places. The author introduces a very large cast of
Kai Günster
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero
Funny and full of empathy as always. And don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the much more personal plots. Especially Penny/Ray and Penny/(view spoiler) were very well-written teenage relationships, and Bull + Claudia was great development as well.

But it missed a proper hero/villain plot! I wanted the Inscrutable Machine in action, and I didn't get it. Kai sad!!!
Greg Farnum
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
"Henchmen" returns us to the world of superpowered Penny Akk. It is significantly better than previous novel "Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon", and thankfully returns us to the Los Angeles setting with her school and parents. The storyline is a lot more comprehensible than I remember Moon’s being, but there also isn’t the forward thrust that was present in "Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain" — it’s a series of events in Penny’s life that are enjoyable to read about ...more
Strina K
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked a lot of things, but weirdly, my favorite might be Marcia's character arc? It was just such a nice surprise that she even *got* a character arc! She spent two books as Classic Mean Girl (Now with Bonus Combat Action!!) and then she got all interesting! That never happens. I also adored every single thing about Bull and his family's story. He is such a good dad! I need to know so much about Irene! Oh, oh, also Cassie's *everything*. Awkward teenage bisexuals who just want to superh ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog
Teen super villain Penny Akk has bested adult heroes and villains, been to Jupiter, and caused a super hero to start heroing just to stop her. She’s super successful at villainy. But it isn’t what she wants. When she takes up a classmate’s challenge in an attempt to solidify herself as a hero she fails but opens the doors for her classmates to reveal their own powers. Suddenly it seems that every super powered kid wants to join the club Penny and her friends started to cover for their Inscrutabl ...more
Douglas Debner
This author pretty consistently doesn't explain story points and includes at least one monumentally stupid thing in his books. In this book a classmate of the main character gains super strength through reading a couple of martial arts scrolls. How she got the scrolls when every martial artist in the world was looking for them we are not told. How she able to use both scrolls when any individual is only suppose to be able use one we are not told. Why she then beat up her own father we are not to ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
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The roomie says 4 or better, but these books are so not for the supposed young adult target age nor for older readers, at all, and this one is too much like 90210 teen angst crap as well as silly stupid. Also so many typos and whatever that my reader was stuttering like Mel Tillis, and there was all sorts of real name, made up name, super name, and other confusions, that made it the worse of the 4, so far {just one more to go}.

I Did NOT Give That Spider Superhuman Intelligence! (
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book, it returned back to Earth and dealing with being a teenager having superpowers and not wanting your parents to know you are the head of a middle school supervillain team.

It got back to the feel of the first book and we get to see Penny coping with her skills, her desire to be a superhero when her powers are more villainous AND dealing with the fact that all the other super powered kids in her school are coming out into the open and wanting to be part of her aftersc
Ruby Ridge
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
The series continues to get worse, this book was so unfocused it was really hard to read.
Penny was just not Penny, the romance was unnecessary and pathetic, I just could not get into her character.
Ray is becoming a more ridiculous character as the series progresses - write him out, the series would have been better if he had not been involved at all.
Clair - I'm just confused.
(view spoiler)
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad at all. A lot of different characters/villians/heroes of the child variety were introduced on this one. Almost to the point where I just stopped remember who is who. With that number of folks just running about there was no way a deus ex machina moment wouldn't just pop out when the Inscrutable Machine got into a pickle. I still overall enjoyed this story enough to continue with the series.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finished 4/18. This book is adorable...though I am getting a little tired of some of the characters, which for me usually means they stopped growing. Hopefully it’ll pick up in the next one. I’d like to know more about Claudia. And if some of the other creatures come back from their other books...
Daniel Woodward
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun loving look at villians,even if they don't want to be. Good for all ages,and a fine adventure story recommend this series to superhero fans and just everyday readers alike.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked the return of story-telling from where we were in book 2. This book is more like a Slice-of-Life that happens to be in a world with super powers. I like where this novel left the characters for the next in the series.
Michele Koning

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Yeah yeah I’m sure you can do something like that
Bram Slaats
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I like the oops I did it wrong approach to being a superhero. can't wait for the fourth book.
R.S. Jinks
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series. If it deals with super powers I am there. A great entry. I would be happy as a pig in mud if this series went on forever.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some new twists, more mad science (or, more accurately, mad engineering)

Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
These books are a delight. Penny is a treat, and this book had a lot of fun involving her classmates coming into their own. I can't wait to start the next one.
I liked this one nearly as much as the first. While in many ways having less plot than "I blew up the Moon", I found it much more engaging.
Leona Woolfolk
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's something so amazing about listening to a story that's not filled with the usual drama I find in my other reads, or the drama is a lite version of what I'm used to. Please Don't Tell My Parents I've Got Henchmen was all of this; so refreshing.

The main character, Penny, was such a hoot. Between her inner dialogue and antics I just loved her character. Emily Woo Zeller does all the characters almost perfectly, except the males, but she especially does Penny's really well. Having never re
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for an e-ARC of this book to review. Though I received this e-book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.

Goodreads Teaser: "What would middle school be like if half your classmates had super powers? It's time for Penny Akk to find out. Her latest (failed) attempt to become a superhero has inspired the rest of the kids in her school to reveal their own powers.

Now, all of her relationships are changing. She has a not-so-secret adm
Edgar Perez
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Despite the super stuff, the life experiences are still present and the characters lovable.

Really liking where it's going to
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
DISCLAMER: I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There are some authors out there who can take a variety of disparate plotlines and assemble them together in a glorious tapestry of wonder and glory. Richard Roberts is not one of them. Roberts is a fine writer who desperately needs an even finer editor. There were a ton of things going on in this story and a lot of plot threads were left unresolved at the end of this story. The story wandere
hao nguyen

I really, really wanted to like this. I truly did. That's why it's so sad, actually.

*There are spoilers in this rant*

Let's start with the good ( if few ) parts. I appreciated that Penny was trying to be a hero (only the first time). Also, the Ray/Penny thing was cute (the first time). Claudia and Bull...adorable.

Criticizing time! Yay! (Note the sarcasm)
Okay, so literally EVERYONE changed. I get that this might be a series that depends on turning perspectives on their head, but c
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading it. There's plenty of inventive super powers as well as some of the old standby's that are fun to imagine. The book is essentially them going through most if not all of a school year. There isn't too much action in this book, though there is some fighting there are only a handful. Penny does a couple inventions.

Overall I think I like this book a little more than the second but not as much as the third. I was excited about the going in to space thing but that story just didn't
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