Thursday, 14 May 2015

Review: Powerless by Terra Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs

Powerless (The Hero Agenda, #1)Powerless

Author: Terra Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs
Series: The Hero Agenda
Pages: 320
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: 2nd June 2015
Amazon – TBD

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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. 

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

This book surprised me, I am not a big fan of superhero teens and at the beginning I felt it was quite juvenile and I had no idea what was going on but as it progressed it became entertaining but it isn’t a book I could take seriously at all for some reason.

Our MC is snarky and witty Kenna Swift, a powerless girl and the daughter of a renowned scientist and a long-dead superhero. Kenna was a fabulous kick-butt character that was fearless and wonderful, her inner dialogue was great.

I found the plot to be interesting but there were many unanswered questions - when a group of villains break into the top-secret hero lab and demand information from Kenna, I expected a little more angst and drama but it wasn't to be. The whole secret society aspect was interesting but I don't feel it was explained as well as it could have been.

What was missing from this book was world-building, I needed to know what had happened and what was going on, it wasn't explained - it all just exists. What is the main purpose of the villains/heroes - why are they needed & how come everyone is completely oblivious? I was baffled, there was no saving or heroics or freaky bad behaviour.

The side characters were each interesting but we don't get to know them too well, I would have loved more information about them and their pasts and powers - hopefully in the sequel this will be expanded on.

I enjoyed the writing style, the banter between the characters was an aspect I really enjoyed. The pacing started of slowly but then by the midway point it seemed to flow at a rapid pace, I would have loved it to be evened out to emphasise certain aspects such as the danger.

Powerless was an entertaining, fun read but It was light-hearted and a book I couldn't take it seriously unfortunately. 

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read Powerless.


  1. Great review:) Powerless sounds fun.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

    1. Thank you Aparjita :-) this was a fun, light-hearted read.

  2. The cover and title sound amazing though, I haven't heard of it before - but I'm glad it was entertaining though, I shall be adding this to my TBR :) Awesome review!
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I love the cover too Benish! Thank you kindly :-)

  3. I don't mind light hearted reads. I like books that don't take themselves to seriously. Sounds good.

    1. This was definitely light-hearted, not at all series which I found refreshing :-)

  4. I can see where you wanted more, but sometimes these light-hearted reads are great after a heavy one


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