by Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs
Published by Sourcebooks, Fire on June 2nd 2015
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Superheroes – they are everywhere this summer! From summer library reading programs to the big screen. You can’t step two feet without tripping over a new superhero. Or an old one made new and shiny. You would think I’d be sick of them by now. I kind of am. But somehow reading a story about a girl with zero powers who was raised in the world of heroes and villains felt… right.
Smack dab in chapter one we are catapulted into action and suspense when the laboratory Kenna Swift is working in is infiltrated by villains. It’s through the small build up and action throughout these scenes that the authors tell us all we need to know to get us started in this hidden world of heroes and villains. If you’re a reader that likes a bit more time to process more complex worlds, it may take you longer to catch on to some of the “rules” of this world. Don’t worry, all are explained thoroughly further in the book.
I think because there was so much world building going on during the story that there wasn’t room for all the world building I would have loved to have seen – I wanted so much more! I think they missed out on some key items like how in the world do they keep heroes and villains secret from the rest of humanity?! It’s alluded to and I could tell you but that would give away a bit of the story…
I loved the story! Yes, it does end on a cliffhanger BUT! BUT! Believe it or not, I totally flipped over the ending – it was magnificently done and I didn’t hate on the cliffhanger for even half a second. That is rare for my relationship with cliffhangers.
One tiny pet peeve and it may have been taken out of the final draft… I hate when a protagonist says the words, “my team”. I read that and somewhere a nail scrapes down a chalkboard and an angel looses it’s wings, or something to that effect.
Lastly, not to be too stereotypical, but my favorite character was Rebel. I think I’m excited to see more of her more than anyone else! If you’ve read the book, you’ll know there’s a lot of storyline tied up in her character, about as much as our main girl, Kenna.
If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend this for the fabulous banter between the colorful characters, the originality of the story, and, well, um, Draven…