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review 2015-07-20 10:31
Who are the villains and the heroes, and why?
Powerless - Tracy Deebs,Tera Lynn Childs

The story of Kenna, the powerless of the title, is narrated in first person, present, and that might be the root of some of the downsides of the book. I did find the villains and Rebel more likeable characters than Kenna, who treads the line between trying to be determined and independent and sometimes comes across as obnoxious. (I agree with a previous comment that life would be easier if the villains' names weren't so similar to each other). She also proclaims she's smart but misses a few clues throughout the story that she's evidently seen or heard as she's the only narrator we have. And her internal monologues don’t always illuminate the character or the story and can be sometime repetitive.

There is little description of how the world is outside of the team of heroes/villains who end up working together, or how things have come to where they are, and we don't know when the story is set. The story is intriguing, and it improves as it moves along, it is easy to read, and the overall message is positive, but perhaps a more diverse point of view would help.

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review 2015-06-18 03:17
JLU Membership Would Obviously be Denied
Powerless - Tracy Deebs,Tera Lynn Childs

I 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.  Oh, maybe something happened in the second half of the book-I DNF’d it-but I seriously doubted it.  This book was just so dull of so many levels.

 

 

Which was really sad.

 

I would’ve thought the world building would’ve been stronger.  I really did.  While Tera Lynn Child’s Forgive My Fins series wasn’t perfect, there was actually some world building there.  Same thing goes with Tracy Deebs, Tempest Risingwasn’t bad world building wise.

 

Oh, wait there was Doomed But even with that catastrophe, I would think the two could pull it together to create a sensical world, but there wasn’t really anything all to this world to this world other than heroes, villains, and let’s try to do Sky High  but not do Sky High because that wouldn’t be cool.

 

Okay, I think you get a general idea of what a hot mess the world was.  But what about the characters…

 

Well, I know nothing about them other than the fact that Kenna is an idiot.  Oh, wait…I do know something about them because if you take the jacket off of the book you get  this….

 

Powerless

 

Yes, your very own character chart (sorry that my phone couldn’t display the entire picture.  But if you’re going to know anything about these characters you better look at this chart.  You also might get a little confused if you don’t look at either because these characters have names like Khardashians (they all start with the same damn letter based on family, to the point of stupidity.  I mean really, Draven.  I have no words).

 

Other than that though, the characters are pretty much archetypes and nothing else.  There’s the main character Kenna who is just dim beyond belief.  Who’s main deal is that she is powerless in a world full of super heroes-um, so was Batman but he still kicked Superman’s butt in like every episode of the JLU  ever made just saying.    Then there’s Draven who I think is suppose to be the love interest because were given a paragraph about his stupid blue eyes and about how Keena is not suppose to be attracted to him.  And there’s there’s Jeremy who is suppose to be Kenna’s ex who is basically like the Jeff Goldblum in the book (aka strangely attractive ridiculously tall nerd).   Then there’s the punky best friend and a lot of other characters I could care less for.

 

The best thing I can say about this one is that shit did happen.  It was sort of chaotic at best, but things still happened.  So there was that…

 

And yet, somehow throughout the chaos I was able to pretty much predict everything that was going to happen.  The plot was like that AU episode of The Justice League with the Justice Lords (if you haven’t you should watch that episodes it’s better than this book) mixed with Sky High. It just didn’t work.

 

I didn’t even care enough about Kenna to learn the truth about her pseudo Bruce Wayne background because girl was so useless she’s obviously no Batman.  She’s not even Ironman when he’s drunk and telling everyone he can use the bathroom in his suit.  She’s that useless with useless Bella Swan non-superpowers.

 

Overall, Powerless was a huge disappointment for me.  It had an interesting enough premises, but it was poorly executed.  To have a properly done superhero book you need a well formed world.  It can be extremely cheesy or extremely gritty, but there needs to be some sort of world that our characters are fighting for and there wasn’t here.  The characters need to be more fleshed out than a brief description on the back of a book jacket too.  And above all, there names don’t need to be Khardashian inspired.

 

Overall Rating: A DNF more on the failing side of this, since I had more problems with the books construction than it being a subjective DNF. But hey, at least the internet didn’t go out and everyone was acting like the world was ending like in Doomed.

 

Source: howdyyal.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/jlu-membership-denied-powerless-by-tera-lynn-childs-and-tracy-deebs
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text 2015-05-31 11:41
May Wrap Up
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things - Ann Aguirre
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Walls Around Us - Nova Ren Suma
Tempest Rising - Tracy Deebs
The Orphan Queen - Jodi Meadows
Demonkeepers - Jessica Andersen
Even in Paradise - Chelsey Philpot
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Not quite as epic as last month, but still a good one. I read 24 books, and there were 3 DNFs. I finished my Spring Bookish Bingo challenge last night (wrap up post for that to come. 

 

May's books

 

Inalnd - Kat Rosenfield - 2 Stars - Review

The Orphan Queen - Jodie Meadows - 4 Stars - read not reviewed

Tempest Rising - Tracy Deebs - 4 Stars - Review

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - 5 stars - Review

The Idea of Love - Patty Callahan Henry - 3 Stars - Review

The Awakening & The Struggle (Vampire Diaries volumes 1 & 2 ) - LJ Smith - 5 stars - review

Dark Triumph (His Fair Asassin 2) Robin LaFevers - 4 stars - Review

Saving Francesca - Melinda Marchetta  - 3 Stars - Review

Stormwalker - Allyson James - Review

Delicate Monsters - Stephanie Kuehn - 2 Stars - Review

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan - 1 Star - DNF- Review

A Darker Shade of Magic - VE Schwab - 5 Stars - Review

The Walls Around Us - Nova Ren Suma - 5 Stars - Review

Black Dove, White Ravem - Elizabeth Wein - 2 Stars - DNF - Review

The Secrets We Keep - Trisha Leaver - 2 Stars - Review

Demonkeepers (Nightkeepers 4) Jessica Andersen - 5 Stars - read not reviewed Everything Everything - Nicola Yoon - 5 Stars - Review

Incite (Ignite 2) Erica Crouch - 1 star - DNF - Review

Red Queen (Red Queen 1) - Victoria Aveyard - 2 Stars - Review

The Witch Hunter - Virginia Boecker - 3 Stars - Review

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things - Anne Aguirre - 5 Stars - Review

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before - Jenny Han - 4 Stars - Review

Resistance is Futile - Jenny Colgan - 3 Stars - Review

Even in Paradise - Chelsea Philpot - 4 Stars - Read not reviewed

Cold Burn of Magic - Jennifer Estep - DNF - barely managed 10% so didn’t rate.

The Heir (Selection 4) Kiera Cass - 1 Star - Review

A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz - 2.5 Stars - Review

The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass novellas) Sarah J Maas - 5 Stars - Read not reviewed.

 

Best Books this month

Everything Everything, The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, Even in Paradise, The Assassin’s Blade, The Orphan Queen, A Darker Shade of Magic, The Walls Around Us.

 

Worst Books This Month

The Red Queen, The Heir, The Secrets We Keep, Cold Burn of Magic, Incite

 

Honourable Mentions

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Gone With The Wind, Delicate Monsters

 

And A Book Haul Photo

 

 

 

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review 2015-05-18 11:31
Review: Tempest Rising
Tempest Rising - Tracy Deebs

I found a YA mermaid book I didn't hate!

 

This is one of those books I've had on my kindle for a few years now and never got around to reading. Something I picked at random on a slow afternoon. My policy with stuff I've had for ages on my kindle is if I get past the first 10% without wanting to throw something the book is a keeper. I haven't had a lot of luck with YA books with underwater themes. But this one got my attention right off.

 

While the California surfer lingo was more than a little irritating, the story got my attention pretty quickly. The mythology was pretty unique as well. There were certain times particularly when the under water world was introduced that things turned pretty ludicrous, but I was actually able to over look it and enjoy the story (even if it was absurd). 

 

I think it partly helped a great deal that I really liked the main character, Tempest. (Despite her having a rather silly and irritating name). She was spunky and attitudey without being over the top about it. Moody at times, but also quite logical and smart at times as well. The mythology was rather unique as well. In this case, the girl is well aware of her mermaid heritage through her absentee mother's side and has a choice at 17 to either give into the call of the sea or remain human. She handles the onset of new powers surprisingly well. She does have her freakouts and moments where she has a temper tantrum, but for a sixteen/seventeen year old it was pretty well done. I didn't get too annoyed with her. 

 

She has a pretty great family dynamic, Dad and two younger brothers. Absentee mother, (this is explained and plays a rather important part in the whole mermaid mythology thing). She's an accomplished surfer, has a steady boyfriend (who's a bit of an over possessive ass). Until a mysterious sexy new comer comes along. It was a tad bit insta-lovey when the new guy shows up. She has one chance meeting with him under odd circumstances in a rainstorm and then suddenly he's everywhere and her feelings are changing towards the boyfriend. 

 

This is one of those rare cases (for this reader at least) where I was able to overlook the insta love because the story was so well written. Its got some great action scenes, some romance. And as I mentioned, once the underwater world comes into play it does get a little silly in parts. Again, I could over look it. I still wanted to know where the story was going. 

 

All in all, a fun read with unique mythology and great characters. A series I am definitely looking forward to continue. 

 

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review 2014-03-03 23:58
Book Review: Doomed by Tracy Deebs
Doomed - Tracy Deebs

A copy of this novel was provided Bloomsbury Australia in exchange for an honest review.

 

Doomed was fantastic.

 

As soon as I ripped open my package from Bloomsbury, I was excited. I swear I am more excited about the review copies I don’t ask for, than I am for the ones I do. I love seeing what the lovely Bloomsbury people have sent me, what the book is about, and whether or not I like it when I read it. As soon as I read the synopsis of Doomed, I was hooked. I decided it was the next book I was going to read. And? Doomed lived up to its awesome synopsis. In every way.

 

There were three things that I really adored about Doomed. And I shall go into a bit of detail for each.

 

One. Lack of insta-love. Aw, man. You do know how hard it is to find a young adult book that doesn’t dive head first into a case of the insta-love? I know you do. Which is why Doomed was so fantastic. I mean, the romance was barely there. The world was ending – romance isn’t exactly the most important thing right at the moment. But it was there enough that you weren’t begging for more. I mean, there was only one kiss and it happened in the last chapter (or so). A kiss at the end of the book! *throws confetti* I mean, I am proud when an author manages to keep 100 pages kiss-free, but a whole book? *gives trophy to Deebs* As you can tell, I am ridiculously over the moon about the way the love was portrayed in this novel. And I haven’t even mentioned the characters yet!

 

The characters in Doomed were a tad unbelievable, but I didn’t mind so much. There are really only three characters, and I am amazed that I wasn’t bored to death with the same three people travelling across the country in a car. For 500 pages. It was amazing. But, onwards. We have Pandora, our main character. She’s a bit artsy, very tall, and a wonderful mix of hysterical and brave all at the same time. The other two characters are Theo and Eli. Step-brothers who aren’t related by blood at all. Theo is the broody one, but he’s also a preppy genius boy. Eli is our token band-shirt wearing, dimple-cheeked sassy boy. I liked both of them for different reasons. Theo was ridiculously smart, and I was left wondering a few times: no way, that’s just too knowledgeable. But I didn’t mind all that much. He was interesting to read about.

 

Two. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I started Doomed, and I was about 25 pages in, and I had to make dinner. I didn’t want to. All throughout, I just kept on thinking about this book, and how much I wanted to go back to it. When I read it before bed and finally turned out my light to go to sleep, all I did was think about the story. I love nothing more than a book that really gets under your skin, and makes you think about it. Whenever I stopped reading Doomed, I wanted to pick it back up and race through to the finish.

 

Speaking of the finish. There were about 50 pages or so until the end, and I started to panic. There was not enough time for everything to happen. And there wasn’t. Turns out this is the first book in a planned series! It did end quite well, and could probably manage being a standalone, but I have way too many unanswered questions, and I want to read more of the romance! See aforementioned kiss AT THE END OF THE BOOK.

 

Three. That this wasn’t just a fluff piece about a computer virus. There were actual social issues weaved into the book, and even a reason behind the virus. Whilst I didn’t agree with the way he went about it, I can understand why he created the virus, and what led him to do it. (Vague 'he' intended for your enjoyment of the book). Being a strong environmentalist myself, I loved reading about all the information and predictions and scenarios that were presented Doomed. It made me not only love the story that I was reading, but I was able to identify with it, as well. There is nothing I like more than an author who can present real world issues weaved into an unreal world.

 

Doomed is a must read for anyone who is a fan of science fiction with a technological twist, real world issues, realistic relationships, and a great storyline.

 

© 2014, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity. All rights reserved.

 

Your Turn: Do you like reading about topics that you're interested in? Do you think a kiss in the end of the book is too late, or perfectly non insta-love-y? Let me know in the comment section below!

Source: delicateeternity.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/book-review-doomed-by-tracy-deebs
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