Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 2, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
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.
Holy Cow, did I love Powerless. The book just kept getting better and better. I love me some super powers books and this world was just plain cool. There are villains, super villains, heroes and superheroes. And then there are the ordinaries. I don’t know the breakdown of how many villains there are versus heroes and versus ordinaries. That was my only sticking point with Powerless. It felt like we were just kind of dropped into this world without any real explanation. Kenna, the main character just starts talking about heroes and vilians and all these organizations like it is totally normal, without really telling how the world got to be this way. Scientists and experiments played a role in creating the first wave of powers, but you don’t learn too much more than that. You do learn some more as you go along. And honestly, I was so quickly swept up in the thrill of the storyline that I didn’t care too much about being dumped into this world.
Kenna is the daughter of a super famous hero that was killed by a villain, and a powerful scientist that does a lot of super secret work for the hero task forces. So to say she dislikes Villains is putting it mildly. But, things are never quite what they seem and the heroes have secrets. I am not telling you any more than that, but I don’t think that a big government agency looking to take control would have some not so shiny secrets and skeletons of their own. This sets off a world wind adventure with a great group of characters. There are villains, heroes and ordinaries all working together. And I loved their group. They bickered and fought and formed really great friendships. And the romance in this one was great. I loved Draven.
Powerless is the first book in a new series that I just know is going to be one of my favorites. It has a great romance, lots of action, plenty of twists and turns and some awesome super powers. Fans of x-men will love this book. Kenna is great. I loved her as the main character. I thought it was fantastic that she was more than ordinary (kind of) but that she didn’t have powers. It would have been so easy to have just made her a powerful hero and had it be her v. the villains. But what Tera Lynn Childs and Tracey Deebs came up with was so much better! And the ending. I think I held my breath for the last 10 pages. Holy cow! Someone please get me book 2 right now!
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