Publisher's Note:  

Kenna is tired of being "normal."

The only thing special about her is that she 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'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...

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Powerless (Hero Agenda, #1)

by Tara Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

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Overall Review:  

Like any dependable super hero story should, proceedings start off in a lab, go totally awry, and end with someone getting super powers. And although these incidents do take place in Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs' Powerless (Hero Agenda, #1), it's not exactly to protocol, so don't expect everything to go according to plan.

Life, as Kenna Swift knows it, goes completely berserk when facts come to light that make her begin to question everything she believes in.

All my life there have only been three absolutes: ordinaries are useless, villains are evil, and heroes are good.”

Told through first person, Kenna guides readers in a world where super heroes and villains live among the oblivious masses. Kenna might not have any supernatural powers of her own, but as readers will find, her strength comes from her courage to stand up against the odds. She is a brave, young protagonist who is willing to do what she believes is right, even if it means partnering up with some unlikely cohorts.

This capricious partnering is what gives the novel its amusement and will hook readers. So whether you're rooting for the good guy, bad guy, or changing your mind with each role reversal, the storyline will keep your attention.

Gender neutral, fast paced, sprinkled with humor, and rich with teen escapades (especially the instant attraction kind). Powerless, reads to some extent like James Patterson's Maximum Ride series. Unfortunately, unlike Patterson, the quality of writing lacks diversity as some descriptions are used more than a few times.

Don't be too disappointed that Powerless ends unresolved, as there is sure to be more sci-fi high flying adventure in the follow up novel Relentless (Hero Agenda, #2).

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  27 religious exclamations; 60 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 5 derogatory names; 37 scatological words; 18 anatomical terms; 1 offensive hand gesture. Note: British slang that may be considered swearing is not tallied. Acronym WTF is not tallied.

Violence/Gore:  Report of death from experiments, no details; male character is kneed in the groin; character hits another character; what is thought to be a bomb causes destruction of property; extended scene (about 1 paragraph) character recalls seeing loved one being murdered (non-graphic); character trips and falls (comical); implication that character may have hurt others; extended scene (about 1 paragraph) character is tackled, characters try fighting one another off (somewhat comical); mention of past attack; character is forcefully grabbed and dragged away; character stomps down on character's foot; character is threatened as a fireball is hurled at his/her direction; implication that violence was and is taking place in the form of human experiments; character throws fire blast injuring another character; character hits another character in the face with object; character is accidentally knocked over; character is accidentally hit on head; report of possible kidnapping; idle threat; extended scene (about 1 page) character hears character's screams, witnesses character tied up bloody and bruised, being hit repeatedly; character slams wall causing injury; character's screams cause minor property destruction, other characters must take cover; threat; bounty is set on character; extended scene (about 1 paragraph) characters discuss the pros and cons of starting a war; report of past violence; character accuses character's loved one of conducting science experiments to murder others; house appears to have been broken into with property destruction; appears character may have been hurt and taken against his/her will; character hits another character (somewhat harmless); character threatens to harm others to get what he/she wants (2x); character pokes another character; character lunges at another character; character bends another character's arm at an odd angle; character is slightly burned; characters pretend to get into a physical fight; character trips another character (comical); report of threats; exchange of threats; character described as being bruised and bloody; character grabs character's collar in a threatening manner; character shoves another character (2x); character punches another character; extended scene (about 1 page) characters get into a physical brawl, kicking and punching, causing injuries to one another; characters try and use powers to hurt one another (2x); threat; character accidentally hurts him/herself; characters witness body bags being carried to incinerator to be disposed of; character uses power to causes other character pain, mention of blood; character tackles another character (harmless); character searches bodies in body bags in search of a friend (creepy); character throws another character across room; character threatens and kicks another character; guards train their guns on characters ready to shoot; characters see houses on fire; restrain and kill order is issued on characters; character is accidentally mildly electrocuted; threat is issued as a warning; character grabs another character in a threatening manner; character is punched repeatedly, shoved; threats are made; mind control causes character to bleed; objects are set on fire; character is accidentally burned; character places hands around character's neck; character's head is smacked; gun shots and tear gas is fired at characters; characters must use their super powers against armed gunman; character is tasered; characters use powers to forcefully more people out of their way; character is set to be executed.

Sex/Nudity:  Female thinks male is handsome (few times); character witnesses teens kiss and embrace; teen declares he/she/ is in love; mention of teens ex-significant other; teens embrace; rubs hand; character holds character's face in between his/her hands; character wipes away character's tears; character squeezes character's hand; male character is described as hot; wink; character rubs another character's back (2x); embrace (7x); character puts hand on character's waist; male character perceives another male is checking out female character; character thinks about kissing another character (2x); kiss (3x); character places a hand on other character's knee; extended scene (about ½ page) descriptive kiss between teens with caressing; hand holding (2x); character rubs another character's shoulders; character places hand on character's back; character squeezes character's hand; character rests head on character's shoulder; character places fingers to character's lips; character kisses character's hand; character is revealed to be an illegitimate child.

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Kidnapping, killing, torture/science experiments on humans, death of loved one(s)/murder, computer hacking, breaking and entering.

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Teens enter bar, witness bartender pouring vodka shots; teen character pretends to be inebriated; implication that adults are drinking alcohol (2x).

Reviewed By MaryLou
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