Thursday, January 19, 2017

Powerless By Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs|Review

Powerless (The Hero Agenda #1)
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 3rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

Kenna is tired of being "normal." The only thing special about her is that she's isn't special at all. Which is frustrating when you're constantly surrounded by superheroes. Her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, practically everyone she knows has some talent or power. Sure, Kenna's smart and independent, but as an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world, it's hard not to feel inferior.

So when three villains break into the lab where she interns, Kenna refuses to be a victim. She stands her ground. She's not about to let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too.

But in the heat of battle, secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life. Twice. Suddenly, everything Kenna thought she knew about good and evil, heroes and villains is upended. And to protect her life and those she loves, she must team up with her sworn enemies on a mission that will redefine what it means to be powerful and powerless...

My Thoughts

This book was one gigantic cliché. Main character is ordinary whereas the world around her is extraordinary. Main character is confronted by the people who didn’t directly kill her father but had just as much to do with it as those who actually did. Main character befriends the enemy. Instant Romeo and Juliet love. Main character discovers she has superpowers after living 16 years without so much as a sign until her entire world crumbles. 
I knew from the beginning that this book was a going to irritate me. Especially the writing and the main character. The writing is far from fantastic. It felt more like a middle grades book than young adult. It also felt as if the reader didn’t have the freedom to think or ponder the possible outcomes of each conflict. Every consequence was predictable. Every one of Kenna’s foolish actions and poorly thought out plans were easily foreseen and thwarted. A strong, brave female lead is growing more and more popular theses days, but Kenna’s character was anything but. Her choices were unwise and foolish. I felt like her bold and defiant attitude was forced into the reader’s mind by her words but her actions failed to justify and realize the idea. Honestly, it was incredibly hard to get over Kenna’s character. She could never take the blame. Somehow, Kenna managed to pin it to someone else and that someone always seemed to be Draven. Her bipolar personality untimely lead me to demote a star from my original rating.
Overall, all the characters deserved more development, especially with their ridiculous names.

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