Tuesday, June 9, 2015

YA Book #Review: Powerless (The Hero Agenda 1) by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs .@sourcebooksfire .@teralynnchilds .@tracywolff

Book Title: Powerless
Author:  Tera Lynn Childs  |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
Format: ebook, Trade Hardcover
Cost: $16.99
Pages: 295
How I got it: BEA 2015 
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
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Kenna is tired of being "normal". The only thing special about her is that she isn't special at all. Which is frustrating in a world of absolutes. Villains, like the one who killed her father, are bad. Heroes, like her mother and best friend, are good. And Kenna, unlike everyone else around her, is completely ordinary— which she hates. She’s secretly working on an experiment that will land her a place among the Heroes, but when a Villain saves her life during a break-in at her lab, Kenna discovers there’s a whole lot of gray area when it comes to good and evil and who she can trust.. After all…not all strength comes from superpowers.

This was one of the most fun books I have read all year. I kept telling myself one more page, then I'll go to sleep, before I knew it, I was done and it was 330 am in the morning.  I loved this story. I laughed, I cackled, I gave it dirty looks, and I just couldn't put it down. I was totally enchanted and didn't stop reading until I got every last drop from it.  I kept looking at the pages left and freaking out that there was so much more story left. and man did these ladies leave us a cliffhanger.  I can't tell you how much this story made my day.  It was good I mean really good.  Filled with lots of actions, small mysteries and of course an overarching mystery as well.  I loved the way this story built and created a story without trying too hard to create a huge world.

Kenna isn't your typical character, an ordinary girl in a world of superheros she's got plans to make them respect her as well as seek revenge for what happened to her many years ago.  She was funny, relateable quirky without being too far out and man did she have some epic lines.  She totally made the story worthwhile.    The story is told from her point of view and I loved that she wasn't just a wonderful character, she was also smart, she didn't just throw herself into danger, she had a plan, and when it didn't work out she had a back up.  She never pretended to be more than she was and I loved her for that.  Her moments of vulnerability made her a more rounded and relateable character and I couldn't wait to see her growth.  Her friends were also funny and her best friend was so wonderful as well, complex, flawed and still a kick ass chick.

This story wasn't just about a romance (of which there are two really good ones), or all action (of which there is plenty) or the mystery (again of which there is plenty), it felt like tuning in a catching up with a great story, like what a good tv show should be, a mystery for this episode but something that makes you tune back in next week.  The cast of characters were entertaining, and witty, silly at times, but felt real and very much like the teenagers they were.

I loved the way information about their world was shared without information dumping, nor did it drag out, things happened and unfolded naturally and in a way that pulled you along and allowed you to feel like you were there and already understood how the world worked without complicated explanations.  I loved that, I got to see the characters instead of being told who and what they were.

I will say I guessed a few plot points, only because I'm a suspicious kind of woman, but I felt they were worked into the plot extremely well.   I enjoyed the humour, the conversations, the inner monologues of Kenna, the romances we see and the knowledge that we are going to get to explore more of this world and the others that are here.

What really made me love this story wasn't just all of these, but the real moral of the story. Not everything can be black and white, and titles are only that, the people wearing them may not always live up or down to them. And I loved Kenna's discovery and how it challenged her world view.
Happy Reading and I hope you really enjoy it 

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