Review: Powerless (The Hero Agenda #1) by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

June 1, 2015 Review 0

Review: Powerless (The Hero Agenda #1) by Tera Lynn Childs and 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.

Title: Powerless
Author: Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs
Series: The Hero Agenda #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Author
Published: June 2nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 304
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: half-flame

I have a confession to make. When I was offered Powerless for review I wasn’t paying attention this was going to be a young adult story. Not sure how I missed that. I think it was because I found the blurb so interesting. And just like the blurb, I found the story interesting as well. I world of ‘specials’ of the good and bad variety, as well normals – people with no powers that is. Our star here is Kenna. She’s one of those normal folks however she works in the world of Heroes. Their job is to thwart the Villains. Her world is very black and white until one day, break-in at the lab she works in shows her how gray everything really is. Are all Heroes good? Are all Villains bad?


I thoroughly enjoyed Kenna’s journey into the world of gray. Aided by her best friend and a cast of villains and heroes, her world is turned upside down as she tries to help do the right thing. Lots of little twists along the way kept this story fun and entertaining. The dialog was snappy and witty, the action well thought out and detailed so it was easy to picture, although there wasn’t much world building I had no problem figuring things out. What really makes this story outstanding is the cast of characters. Kenna, Draven, Rebel, Jeremy and the rest of the gang were quite the hoot. They certainly had this story rolling along from start to finish. The romance that builds between Kenna and Draven is at the right tentative temperature for all the chaos they find themselves in and everything ends on quite the revealing cliffhanger.


As my first time reading anything by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs, I find myself very happy. Enough so I’m looking forward to discovering their other books. They’ve done a great job of presenting a story well worth the read. Readers of HP and Percy Jackson books are going to love Powerless. I’ll be anxiously waiting the next book in the Hero Agenda series. 




“You never answered my question. What are you doing down here so late?”


Those bright blue eyes sear into me as he takes a step back. “I have to go.”


His sudden evasiveness makes me suspicious, so when he starts to move past me, I sidestep into his path. “Excuse me,” I say, “but this is a secure level. Are you even authorized to be down here?”


“My dad,” he says, scowling at me. “He’s a security guard.”


A security guard? The facility might be so big that I can’t keep track of everyone who works in every lab, but I know all the guards by name. Especially the night guards, since I’m usually the last one here.


Travis and Luther are on duty tonight. Travis and his wife just had their first baby, a girl named Tia. Luther is old enough to be my great-grandfather and he never married.


I take half a step back as my suspicions turn to concern. “Who’s your dad?” I demand.


This guy definitely has the look of a villain.


What if he really is one?


He glances nervously over his shoulder. “He’s—”


I shake my head and start to walk away before he can finish the lie.


He reaches for me, but I shrug him off. My heart is beating way too fast. This could go way bad, way quick.


“Please, just listen.” He waits until I’m looking him in the eye before he continues. “You know me,” he says, his voice taking on this weird, hypnotic tone. “We’ve met before.”


His eyes start to burn brighter and brighter. Oh crap. He must be a villain, and one with a psy power. The vilest kind. Fear and anger collide inside me as I wonder what to do about him trying to mess with my head. How to play this? I can’t exactly tell him I’m—


Suddenly, the floor beneath my feet shudders violently, knocking me off balance. I lurch forward into Dark-and-Scowly’s arms. He catches me, grabs my upper arms, just as a concussion wave of air and sound hits us.


That sounded—and felt—like a bomb went off in the lab. If we weren’t a hundred feet underground and shielded by every protection science and superheroes can create, I’d think the supervillain Quake had struck. But that’s impossible.


Then again, impossible doesn’t always apply in the superhero world. After all, impossible didn’t keep Dark-and-Scowly from being where he doesn’t belong.


Suddenly, every alarm in the facility blares. I freak. The lab! All that research—Mom’s and mine—is priceless. The superhero blood samples alone are more valuable than anything else in the building.


Panic overrides judgment and I push away, but his grip only tightens. The jerk. A little super strength would be really useful right now.


“You can’t go in there.”


“Who are you?” I demand, struggling to get out of his grasp. If he really is a villain, I don’t want him near me or this lab. Not with what villains are capable of. “What have you done?”


He doesn’t answer. More pissed than ever, I fake left and pull right. He follows my fake-out, and as his hair swings with the momentum, I see the mark I’d been looking for earlier. Not under his right ear like the superheroes. Under his left.




“You’re a villain.”

Hero Agenda


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One fateful summer, Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs embarked on a nine hour (each way!) road trip to Santa Fe that ended with a flaming samurai, an enduring friendship, and the kernel of an idea that would eventually become Powerless. On their own, they have written YA tales about mermaids (Forgive My Fins, Tempest Rising), mythology (Doomed, Oh. My Gods., Sweet Venom), smooching (International Kissing Club), and fae princes (When Magic Sleeps). Between them, they have three boys (all Tracy), three dogs (mostly TLC), and almost fifty published books. Find TLC and the #TeamHillain headquarters at Check out Tracy and the #TeamVero lair at Hang out with all the heroes, villains, ordinaries, and none-of-the-aboves at


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