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Powerless

(The Hero Agenda #1)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,948 ratings  ·  321 reviews
In a world of superheroes, the line between good and evil is always clear. Right?

Kenna is constantly surrounded by superheroes. Her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, practically everyone she knows has some talent or power. Kenna doesn't have a power. Sure, she's smart and independent, but surrounded by all the extraordinary, it's hard not feel very ordinary. And she's tired o
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Fay Bernstein Yes! There is going to be! As a Powerless fan, I personally asked Terra Lynn Childs in a comment! It's going to be called "Relentless" and it's coming…moreYes! There is going to be! As a Powerless fan, I personally asked Terra Lynn Childs in a comment! It's going to be called "Relentless" and it's coming out next summer! I can't wait and I'm sure, you can't either! (less)

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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Tamara
Shelves: lol, young-adult, sci-fi

It’s every child’s fantasy to have a sort of super power, be a superhero. This fantasy is manifested in acting games children often play which usually have this plot: a bunch of superheroes have to save the day or save someone they love captured by the evil super villains and this is exactly the novel’s plot except the superheroes become the super villains. Kenna, the heroine and ironically a powerless girl in a world of supernatural powers is forced to see that not all heroes are good and not a
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“Mom might be working on a way to neutralize villain powers and amplify hero ones, but I’m working on a way to create them.”




This was a YA sci-fi story about people with superpowers.

Kenna was quite a determined girl, but I could see why she felt powerless. Being surrounded with people with superpowers whilst she was totally normal wasn’t the best feeling for her.

The st
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Aditi
“It's not about who's got powers, morons. It's about who's not afraid. And who's going to do what has to be done.”

----Michael Grant, an American author


Tera Lynn Childs, an award-winning best-seller author and Tracy Deebs, pseudonym of Tracy Wolff, pens their new YA book, Powerless which is the first book in The Hero Agenda series, that is all about superheroes and their superpowers and it is mostly about those who don't belong in this lucky category or rather say someone who doesn't have any
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Molly Mortensen
There isn’t much down time in Powerless. It starts with a bang and never really lets up.

The Good:

Kenna is tough and smart. She does spend too much time thinking of tall dark and villainy, but I still liked her. And there was a little sprinkled humor throughout the book, which I always appreciate.

The side characters were so good I kept wishing to hear from their point of view. I loved her best friend Rebel! I think she’d have made a great protagonist. She’s just so much fun! And maybe a villains
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Gabrielle
actual rating: 4.5 ahhhhh it was so good I'm surprised this book shocked me on how much i loved and enjoyed it
Characters: The characters in this book felt real and not 2 dimensional they each had their own set roles and personalities and were each unique in their own way some of the dialogue and interaction between the characters were so endearing and funny they had me laughing out loud literally

Plot: The plot was very structural which i liked and seemed to have a set direction which i also enj
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Colette
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs should collaborate more often because when they do, magic occurs! From word one to the final cliff-hanger ending, I could not tear my eyes from the page. Each character fully expressed unique emotions, and the scenes exploded (in an amazing way) because of it. Overall 5/5 stars; the wait for the next book is going to be excruciating!
Colleen Houck
Really enjoyed this take on heroes vs villains. Love the name of the very good looking romantic interest. It's Draven. Isn't that a cool hero name? Glad that there is more to come. Actually really liked the ex-boyfriend as well. Girl has good taste. =)
Tamara
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heroes vs. Villains
Good vs. Evil
White vs. Black

Who will win? Who has won?



A world where one believed two things: a world where people are ultimately good and another where people are spawn from the devil. But what about the in between? Can one only be good or evil, hero or villain? What about a boy born into a villain family, but his only intention is to be good and save the people he cares for? What about a girl raised into a family of heroes, but sides with the villains when the good guys take
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Crystal
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book is perfect. Absolutely and positively PERFECT! I was SO excited to read it, and it didn't disappoint!

There's enough real-life drama to appeal to contemporary readers-can you say swoony love interest? Sci-fi readers will love the superhero aspect, and the main character who is strong and brave enough to stand up to the bad guys.

Are heroes always the good guys? And are villians always bad? That's what Kenna's going to have to decide when everything she's been told unravels before her eye
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Louisa
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was a really fantasti book! Loved reading it, loved Kenna's voice, it was so awesome, and I can't wait for the sequel! There's just so many things to be fixed! And things to learn!
 Amelia
If we ignore this horrible cover that looks like a combination of every sci-fi/ dystopian book cover ever, this book was pretty great *u* To me personally, the best thing about this book is Kenna. SHE'S FREAKING BADASS.

10 reasons why Kenna is awesome:
- she's a scientist and hella smart
- she doesn't have powers but she still kicks ass and can defend herself
- she didn't just fall for pretty eyes and a killer jawline
- even though she's "just an ordinary person" she didn't give up, instead she decid
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Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Guys, I've found the Fight Book of the Year. At this rate I'm actually wondering if there's such a thing as a Blogger's Choice Awards so I can actually nominate this.

(If there is one, point me there NOW. I'll love you forever. :p)

In a world with heroes and villains, Kenna Swift works as an intern in a lab. While working in the lab one night, Kenna gets attacked by villains and is even saved by one of them. Being saved by a villain causes her to think about what a hero or a villain really is, and
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Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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love the idea of a superhero YA book, except with the exception of a few of them, they usually don’t work. Unfortunately, Powerless falls in this trend.

I really don’t know why it’s that difficult to pull off a superhero type book. Because there’s so many directions you can go. From over the top campy, to dark and gritty, you can essentially do anything with superheroes. Unfortunately, Powerless did nothing with its world. Really, nothing.
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Amber (The Book Bratz)
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This book was so much fun! Superheros? That is some what new to me. It was an interesting concept that I wasn't 100% sure about, but by the end of the story I knew that this series is going to be amazing. Growing up my favorite movie was Sky High (The one about the superhero teenagers that go to a superhero high school along with children of Villains) and this book reminded me of that. Though this book was much better.

Kenna's world was always blac
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Liviania
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't resist reading POWERLESS. I like Tera Lynn Childs' Greek mythology-inspired series and Tracy Deebs' romance novels as Tracy Wolff. Plus, novels featuring superheroes are one of my favorite things. A topic I like by authors I enjoy? Yep, no way I could resist.

I'm glad I didn't. POWERLESS is a propulsive read that both tells an exciting story and sets up several future plotlines for a series. It all starts in a lab, where Kenna Swift is working late. Kenna is powerless, but she's also i
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Bee

DNF @ 24%

Ugh, I just can't anymore. Kenna is so annoying! She's stupid, oblivious and more stupid. The book starts off with villains breaking into her lab. She's almost kidnapped and tortured (or so it seems), but the villains don't actually really harm her and one even helps her. Still she keeps to the mindset that society put on her. Villains are bad, heroes are good. Because the people upstairs say so and they MUST be right. Right? No. Then she's still thinking about the guy that almost saved
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Miss Chevious
3.75/5
Okay, here goes:

I'm a sucker for pretty much anything and everything superhero related. So, when I saw this, I snapped it up immediately. Now, while I really enjoyed it, it did leave me with some complaints and asking a couple questions.

One: The character development was like pulling teeth. Trying to get any background info on characters, powers, or world building was really kinda frustrating. For example: Kenna hugs her friend Rebel after being attacked and Rebel makes mention of a detail
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Saruuh Kelsey
((4.5 stars))

Powerless isn't what I expected at all. I thought I'd like the main character, but I expected her to be a lot more affected by her lack of powers. I thought maybe she'd whine a lot, worry about having no powers and nothing would get done, and I thought there'd be a whole lot of self pity. And I expected that to stunt my enjoyment. Boy was I wrong.

From the first page it's pretty clear Kenna is not a person to mess with. She may be powerless but she isn't helpless, not by half. She's
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Maddison
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
Best book I've read in a while! It was so full-on all the time. I just loved every minute of it. I can't believe I have to wait like aaaages for the next book to come out. I don't know how I'm going to do it.
Max Baker
Thank You Netgalley for providing me with a free review copy

I don't remember when I've ever had this much fun reading a book before. I've had this dopey smile on my face since page one and I'm once again, very thankful for my habit to impulse request on Netgalley.

Powerless revolves around Kenna Swift, a powerless girl who's the daughter of a renowned scientist and a long-dead superhero. I really wish I could have seen the look on my face when I started reading and realized that Kenna was a sarca
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Aila
I received an ARC from the author and yes, I assure you, this is an honest review.

I started this book at 1:30 am in the morning because I'm currently suffering from jetlag after my trip to China. Before I knew it, I finished the book and it was 4 am. Yeah, terrible for my jetlag, but I couldn't put the book down!

Fast-paced and exciting, Powerless is about a world where class hierarchy is divided into Ordinaries, Heroes, and Villains. Although the main character Kenna lives in the Heroes world,
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Pamela
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I love this book but I have to say it was pure entertainment!
I don't think I've read a superheroes book before so this was initially what drew me in. And the fact that the blurb made the MC sound like a villain. Woah!
The blurb isn't telling all about this book. It is much more that it.

The MC is a normal girl meaning she have superheroes parents who are badass and smart and she doesn't have any power. For some reasons this ring a bell. This seems to be almost same theme for some YA
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Shelley
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Powerless, by authors Tera Lynn Childs (Fins, Medusa Girls) and Tracy Deebs (Tempest), is the first installment in The Hero Agenda duology. The story is narrated by Kenna Swift, a teenager who is growing up among villains and superheroes. In fact, her own mother Jeanine is a famous scientist who has developed a slew of toys that superheroes use when fighting the bad guys, and her father was once one of the best superher
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Lexie
Oct 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Look I'm tired, cold and head achy so this won't be a pretty preliminary review. But I am SO not in love with how this book played out. Pacing problems, character motivation problems, deus ex machinations up to high hell...

I'm over it.
Megan
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can read my full review on my blog: http://pitchblacksky.net/book-review-...

Overall: A fast-paced, entertaining YA sci-fi novel with lovable characters that is definitely worth your time, even if you're not into the superhero thing!
Tyrean
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and thought-provoking YA read with a huge twist on hero stereotypes.
Carrie
Once Upon A Dream Books

To be honest here, even if I had not already read the blurb and fallen in love with the superhero idea, I would have requested to read this book from NetGalley anyways. Even without knowing a single thing about it. I'm a big fan of Tera Lynn Childs already. (I loved her greek mythology based series, rather enjoyed her mermaid one, and absolutely fell in love with her Darkly Fae series 1 /2. And that is just her YA stuff.) While I had never read anything by Tracy Deebs (Tracy Wolff) before, with
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Kyra
It's a good book, but the really annoying part is that the protagonists just keep failing. It's basically about how Kenna is powerless in a world of superheroes and villains and she then happens to meet a villain that saves her life. She uncovers the truth and fights for justice and blah blah blah.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
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 m
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Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning YA author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series.

     

Her newest release is Myths and Mistletoe, a holiday story collection. She also wrote the City Chicks series and co-wrote the Hero Agenda and Creative HeArts series.

   
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