Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review: Powerless (The Hero Agenda #1) by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs

Powerless (The Hero Agenda, #1)
Title: Powerless

Series: The Hero Agenda #1

Author: Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs

Publication date: June 2015

Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: For review from publishers via Netgalley

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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.

My rating: ★★★★★

If you know me at all, you know that I love superheroes. I pretty much watch all the superhero shows out there at the moment. And Marvel? Well...

With ya Marvel:

And Powerless? It was freaking amazing! Not only is it one of the best superhero books out there, but it’s also one of the best books I have read EVER! In fact, I’ve read this book twice already :) It’s just that good! It started with a bam (almost literally, too, hehe) and the action did not let up!

I loved the concept--I mean, everything Kenna knew about this world she’s lived in her whole life is turned on its head. Heroes are villainous? Villains are not as bad as you thought? What?! It’s insane.

“All my life there have only been three absolutes: ordinaries are useless, villains are evil, and heroes are good. Heroes are supposed to be the people the rest of the world looks up to, the very best examples of humanity. I’ve spent my whole life distrusting villains--hating villains--and now I find out that some heroes are just as bad. Maybe worse.” --Kenna
“Black and white is dissolving. So is right and wrong. If some heroes can be bad, maybe I have to trust that some villains can be... good?” --Kenna
“Draven might be ill-equipped to play hero, but he did his best to save me. The thought boggles my mind--a villain trying to save anyone but himself?” --Kenna
“Shit,” Jeremy gawks. “Who ever heard of villains with a hero complex?”

The execution of this... trope, I guess you could say, was very well done! Both of these authors are great storytellers on their own, but together? Magic!

The characters were also amazing. I loved Kenna! She is just so tough and independent and just relatable! And don’t even get me started on Dark-and-Scowly--I mean Draven. I adored him! *swoon* And all the other villains were fantastic, too! I mean, are they really that villainous? ;)

Nitro: “Wow. Set a few things on fire and suddenly everyone's a critic.”
Dante: “Me!” Fauxhawk shouts. “You set me on fire!”
Nitro: “I said I was sorry!”
Dante: “Like that makes it better? You burned off half my hair.”
“I close my eyes, shake my head. Who were these guys? They seem more helpless than heartless, more Three Stooges than criminal masterminds.” --Kenna
“Can you all just bloody well shut up and get moving!” Nitro says from his spot at the back of our wiggling, dysfunctional line. “It’s only a matter of time before something crawls up my pant leg, and I have to be honest, I am not okay with that.”

I am definitely Team Villain! Most heroes in this book are a bunch of pricks anyway.

 Team Villain

And the plot twists? They left me with my head spinning, but in a good way! I could not believe some of the things that were happening! It was just insane! The scariest villains are definitely the ones who actually think that what they're doing is for the greater good.

Overall, I thought this book was fantastic! It was action-packed, had awesome characters with equally awesome powers, and insane conspiracies that brought a ton of tension to the story. I loved this world and enjoyed reading every single page of it!

And here’s is a little song by one of my favorite bands that reminds me of this book every time I listen to it (I took the “hero” part in this quite literally, as you can see lol)

Alternate Paperback Cover:


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)

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