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The Good for Nothings

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Cora Saros is just trying her best to join the family business of theft and intergalactic smuggling. Unfortunately, she's a total disaster.

After landing herself in prison following an attempted heist gone very wrong, she strikes a bargain with the prison warden: He'll expunge her record if she brings back a long-lost treasure rumored to grant immortality.

Cora is skep
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book reminded me of Cinder who can fix things and had a little sassy robot friend. Cora liked to build gadgets so it also reminded me of Nightmare from Renegades. I enjoyed the humor between a human, two aliens, and a robot. The adventures was well written, just not for me. I couldn't finish reading it and lost interest in the story.

This book was told in the first person point of view following Cora, 17 as she and her robot friend Elio attempted to distract the security guard for her famil
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 50%

The Good for Nothings is a light-hearted take on a thieving space crew that really relies on humor. Of course, what's funny is subjective and unfortunately the humor in this really didn't work for me and made it a pain to get through. By halfway it was clear where the book was going and I decided it was better to cut my losses. The main character is the grumpy, misfit daughter of a well-know crime family who gets in trouble, finds her self in prison, and forms a crew with her cellmates
Danielle Banas
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I'm pretty fond of this book... because I wrote it. But even if I didn't write it, I'm certain I would still love it. If you like snarky sci-fi, misfit crew members, aliens who SERIOUSLY could use a hug, kickass female pirates, and robots that love to bake, then I think you'll love it too! Happy reading! ...more
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review. This is such a delightful and fun read set in space.
The Good for Nothings is packed with snark and sass set in space that I ended up enjoying way more than I thought I would. When Cora lands herself in prison after a heist with good intentions (and to prove to her family she can fit
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***4.5/5 Stars***

The Good for Nothings was an incredibly fun twist on Guardians of the Galaxy meets YA. It had heart, humor and charm wrapped up in a story that was oh so fun! This is the type of book that is impossible not to devour in one sitting. And space pirates?! I. Was. Obsessed! With characters that were flawed and relatable, I found myself deeply caring for this fabulous group of misfits. I could read so many stories about their antics together! So if you’re looking for a book that is f
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The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas was a little out of my comfort zone since I am not typically a fan of sci-fi, but this was just the book I needed to get me out of a slump. There are so many aspects of the book that I adored, including heists and a misfit group of criminals, and the tone of the book is so fun. I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a quirky and original read.


This book follows a group of misfit criminals wh
May 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaways-i-won
I won a giveaway!!! I'm sooo excited to read this. "For fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lunar Chronicles"?! Heck yes. I'm kind of in a never-ending reading slump, but this looks amazing, so I'm definitely going to pick this up soon.

Review to come...
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a super fun caper, found family, high action story that surprises you with all the feels. This book is chockfull of parents that don't give a damn and the emotional turmoil / baggage that leaves their children to slog around. I do have to say the real story I want to read is of Cora's grandma and Verona! ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review will also be available on *Milky Way of Books*

This was a very entertaining read! A group of ragtag thieves, a warrior, a human, an elf-like thief, and a bot that likes baking but can't eat join together in a space adventure in search of a lost artifact. I loved the premise and I couldn't stop laughing. It was enjoyable and very cute. The plot was easy to follow with action scenes and a hint of romance too.

But in the end,
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Not bad, but I didn't really connect to the characters, so even though it's a good story, it kinds of leave me "meh" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I loved this.


Thank you to Swoon Reads for my review copy.
Alex Ryder
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read with charismatic characters causing a lot of trouble.
It remembered me a lot of Guardians of the Galaxy by marvel.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Not as funny as I was expecting, and I didn’t really care for the main character Cora. She is constantly thinking about betraying Wren and Anders, and while I understood that she came from a horrible family where backstabbing was common, it made her hard to like. Elio gave me vibes of Iko from the Lunar Chronicles and Anders reminded me of Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy.

However, the plot relied heavily on the group stumbling into the right place at the right time, and I wasn’t invested in th
Katie P.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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What to say about this book? It's fantastic, for a start! It really reminded me of a Pathfinder campaign I played in the Spring! A quirky group of thieves, a heist gone wrong, and so many elements on fantasy and science fiction that I adore! This is a quick read that is non-stop enjoyable and incredibly funny! This book features well-rounded characters, reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy, a fast pacing, and a story line that will suck you in from
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun adventurous read.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great fun YA adventure
Sep 22, 2020 marked it as dnf
Dnf at 50%. This was trying way too hard to be Guardians of the Galaxy, but fell very short.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Review to come.

Rating - 3/5
Silly Goose
The Good for Nothings: ★★★★.5

Awww my little Lunar Chronicles obsessed heart just melted.

Contrary to the popular review, I got rather attached to these characters and I really hope we get to see them again. It was a very funny read, however it occasionally felt too comedic, to the point where there was an unrealistc amount of bickering happening, but I get it.

I think, by far, the best and most original part of this book was Cora's attachment to Elio. Those were easily my favourite scenes because
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it

The Good for Nothings is a rollicking sci-fi adventure by author Danielle Banas, and is a dazzling tale of finding your true family. It showcases the idea that although the road of friendship and camaraderie may be bumpy at times, change is achievable through the strongest of bonds. Readers are swept along a treasure hunt that spans galaxies, led by a ragtag group of sassy thieves with hearts of gold hidden behind hard shells developed by hard lives lived. With danger nipping at our heels every
Tonja Drecker
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reminding a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy, these pages are packed with action, humor and more than a little heart.

Cora is the daughter of the most renowned crime family in the universe, but her life isn't what anyone probably suspects, especially since she can't seem to live up to her mother's expectations. When the latest, job...ends up in disaster thanks to Cora's supposed mistakes, she decides to prove herself once and for all. Which lands her in prison. Her two cell-roomies are m
Dini - dinipandareads
Special thanks to Xpresso Tours for including me on this tour, and thanks to Netgalley, Swoon Reads and the author providing the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The moment I saw this cover I knew that I would enjoy this book and I wasn’t wrong! This was a great ‘popcorn read’ that’s quick and easy to digest and full of fast-paced, space opera style drama and action. It gave me strong Guardians of the Galaxy, Aurora Cycle and Illuminae vibes and as those are some of my all time favourite s
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My first Danielle Banas novel is a blast to read. It's filled with laughter, action and adventure, friendship, tragedy, and a little bit of romance.  What more could you ask for?

Cora is part of the infamous Saros crime family of thieves and ne'er do wells. With her best friend Elio, the endearing and selfless robot who sees the best in others, she tries to prove herself to a greedy and unloving mother by attempting to steal a priceless treasure only to end up being thrown in the worst prison in
Shohinee Deb
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excerpt of the book review on my blog

.......My relationship with the sci-fi genre is complicated. Unlike murder mysteries that I wil be reading even in my afterlife, I am extremely critical about the sci-fi I read. I approach this genre with caution. Because I feel that while science fictions are highly imaginative, they also stand the risk of losing their audience somewhere along the story. Sometimes the futuristic elements could be a little difficult for
Grace Williams
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Join Cora, Elio, Anders, and Wren as this rag-tag group of four sets off across the galaxy to search for infamous keys that lead to a priceless treasure...or at least one that may make them very, very rich and win them their freedom.

This is a very hard book for me to give thoughts and opinions on. For the better half of the book I had to drag myself to my kindle to read, and found myself needing to take several breaks from it because I desperately did not want to continue. I was very disappointe
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, The Good for Nothings is a jelly-filled donut. The powdered sugar is delicious but messy, and the jelly brings that tangy, sweet flavor to action.

Cora Saros has always felt like an outsider in her family, especially trying to keep up with their intergalactic burglary and smuggling; Elio, her bot, is the only one who gets her. Her expertise lends itself more to the technical side of things, and when her devious mother Evelina tasks her and Elio with
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I have conflicted feelings about The Good For Nothings.

On the one hand, I think this book contains some incredibly complex and interesting characters. I especially loved Wren, who is a good twist on the common cocky boy trope. In the few books that do have confident female characters, they unfortunately tend to come across more pretentious, but Danielle Banas managed to pull Wren off perfectly.

Elio was also a fun character, his odd mannerisms really adding to the story.

The relationships in thi
Alexis Hester
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2021
“Group of ragtag misfits galavanting through space” is on of my favorite tropes, and I ADORED The Supervillain and Me, so I was very excited for this!! It didn’t QUITE live up to my hopes - I didn’t love it as much as I wanted - but it was still a fun space time and therefore very worth it.

The plot was a little thin, but in fairness, I’m in it for the found family, not the plot. I read fanfics with thinner plots on a daily basis so I’m not one to judge. I didn’t fall in love with the quartet imm
The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas is a fun space romp.
Cora, the daughter of well known crime lord family, struggles to fit into her family. During a job gone wrong she and her glitchy robot companion, Elio, get caught and placed in prison with two others. Wren is a human thief and Anders is a disgraced Andilly warrior.
There the warden makes a deal with Cora, if she can find the three keys, and the treasure he is searching for he’ll let her go. With not much time left for Elio, Cora agree
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
That was so good!! I couldn't stop reading. :)

Cora is the daughter of a crime family, but she didn't exactly inherit the family's talents. She is the best at reading auras, and her inventions mostly work, but when her mother puts her in charge of distracting the guards at the huge job, she makes a complete mess out of it. To make up for it, and get back into the family's grace (mostly for the paycheck she desperately needs) she and her BF robot try to rob the family's next job a day before. Unfo
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Danielle Banas is the author of THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME and THE GOOD FOR NOTHINGS. She earned a degree in communication from Robert Morris University, where she spent slightly too much time daydreaming about new characters instead of paying attention in class. When she isn't writing, Danielle can be found loudly singing show tunes, spouting off Disney World trivia, and snuggling with her puppy. Sh ...more

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