May 25, 2015

ARC Review--Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs

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.

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

When I saw Powerless was written by Tracy Deebs along with Tera Lynn Childs, I knew I had to have it because I have LOVED Tracy Deebs' books! Her Tempest Maguire trilogy was a favorite mermaid read of mine so I was curious about this new superhero book! I haven't read too many of those all things considered, especially since I love watching the comic book/superhero movies. But I was not prepared to be totally blown away with Powerless! It was extraordinarily awesome and I am left weeping for more!

Kenna is a normal human girl. Her parents were superheroes, her father died when she was young and her mother is more of the super genius type of hero. Kenna though has her own unique talent thanks to her mom, she is immune to hero and villain's superpowers. She takes an injection every so often that gives her this immunity and it's come in handy a few times, but it's a secret she must keep or else there would be trouble for her and her mom. And in part, it's what gets her into trouble one night while she works in her mom's lab. She's her mom's "ranscriptionist", basically copying her mom's sloppy notes into legible format. One night, villains break into the lab and all hell breaks loose.

It's not long before Kenna learns that there is more going on to the villains breaking in. They were looking for someone they believe the heroes are keeping prisoner, but Kenna isn't quick to believe it all. Until her best friend, Rebel fills in her on a thing or two. It's not really until Kenna's mom gets kidnapped or otherwise goes missing that she's willing to get on board with a rescue mission.

Now Kenna puts aside long held prejudices against the villains and works with them. The heroes have been keeping secrets for too long. Plus, she needs to find her mom so she can get another dose of her shot to keep up her immunity, for the medicine is already beginning to wear off.

This was just such an action packed read! I loved every minute of it! If I hadn't had prior obligations to take care of yesterday, I could easily see myself finishing this then! It was incredible!! I loved this cast of characters, we have our heroine Kenna, who has a few things to learn about herself. Internally, emotionally, and all that jazz! But the villains, oh my! I love those guys! They are incredible! Draven is Kenna's potential love interest. I love how these two interacted. She stands up to him, especially when she's against him. And he even tries to be heroic, almost, in the little things that he does around her. Otherwise, these two are pretty much in each other's faces shouting a lot and arguing, but you can definitely tell that these two have a chemistry together long before they realize it!

And then there's Dante, Draven's cousin. It's his brother who is missing and he just so happens to be Rebel's secret boyfriend. We learn a lot about hero and villain differences in this one. It's definitely something you could see with some prejudices that still exist in our society today, and here these teenagers are able to shove those aside and work together, even get as close to friendship then you wouldn't think possible!

There's also Nitro, another villain who cracks me up! He's a bit hotheaded, but man does that boy have power! Then bring in Kenna's ex-boyrfriend, hero Jeremy, who's basically a techno-whiz and wow! The dynamics between these guys is hilarious! Not to mention a little bit of jealousy on Draven's side!

Not only was this an action packed read, it was quite suspenseful! It sort of had a conspiracy theory going, but we have yet to learn the whys of it all. There's still a lot left unsaid and even more added mysteries and questions get brought up by the end! And let me tell you, I about had a heart attack at about the 96% point! And just as I can almost, almost breathe a sigh of relief, the tension mounts up again and so does my heartrate! The wait for the next book will be excruciating!! It will be painful and unbearable!! And OMG I SOOOO need there to be second book asap!!! The journey has only just begun for Kenna as she learns the true difference between hero and villain!

If you're looking for a different kind of read, you can't get more different than a superhero and super-villain kind of read! Action packed, tension driven, filled with suspense, comedic relief, stunning revelations and of course, a budding romance, this book has it all! Powerless was quite the powerful read!! ;) And I so cannot wait for more! 

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

Powerless releases June 2, 2015


  1. I'm so glad to see that you rated this one 5/5! I've been seeing it around a lot and I keep seeing it on Netgalley, but for some reason I never actually request it. I just may have to now. I'll also have to check out her mermaid series!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. I'm LOVING the sound of the potential romance! The banter with sparks is definitely a trope I enjoy. :) And books that make your heart stop and give you mini panic attacks are the best. ;)

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

  3. This books sounds completely amazing. I can't wait for this book. If you had a mini heart attack near the end of the book I would probably be dead!
    Naomi @The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

  4. i have seen a lot of conflicting views on this book but maybe just maybe i'll give it a chance. And there's superheroes in here too.

    Great review:)
    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  5. OMG I'm so jealous. I wanted an ARC of this book because I love Tera Lynn Childs and Tracey Deebs!!! HOLY I'm so excited for this book and ur awesome review just made me even more giddy. Awesome review :D

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

  6. I just adore books about kids with superpowers and the fact that her parents are superheroes is very new and interesting. I haven't read anything by these authors yet, but I'm adding this to my calendar and tbr right now. thank you for sharing!

  7. I haven't heard of this one before, but it sure sounds entertaining and heart-racing! I'm so glad this was a winner for you :) Great enthusiastic review!

  8. I love the parents being hero and villian in this -- thanks for the heads up and the review!!

  9. yay so glad you loved this read. I love Tracy Deebs. She is one of my favorite peoples. Author and person. I can't wait to dive into this one.

  10. YAY! I am so excited that you loved this one. I just started reading it last night but I feel alseep before I could really get too far into it. Now I am excited to go home so I can read more tonight.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs


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