Monday, November 25, 2013

TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY: Powered by Cheyanne Young

POWEREDRelease date: November 28th 2013
Published: 336Love

Goodreads Summary:
Maci Might's sixteenth birthday is supposed to be the day she's awarded Hero status. But thanks to a tiny anger problem and a questionable family tree, King City's elders think it's best if she doesn't join the Hero ranks. Determined to change their minds, Maci will break whatever rule it takes to prove she's Hero material. As her hair darkens and her anger grows, everyone turns against her except Evan; a childhood friend turned scientist who may be able to unlock the secrets hidden in her DNA.

When a villain attacks King City and her dad is held prisoner, Maci discovers a truth she refuses to believe. She may not be a Hero after all—but this time the Heroes of King City need her more than she needs them. And she won't let them down.

I feel like this superhero genre (maybe subgenre?) is a really cool thing. It seems to be emerging, is it just me? Maybe it's because I've never read a superhero novel before and I've read two in a row? Who knows? But I was excited when I finally got my hands on this one (figuratively speaking, because it was an e-book). And holy cow, if I had had the time to read it all at once I would have. This was amazing.

So this book is told all the way through from Maci's POV. I swear, I fell in love with her in exactly two pages. She starts off strong, her character is great. Does it have flaws? Duh! But that's what makes her interesting. Especially because she probably is evil, but she tries so had to be good. I love books that make me think, and Maci sure did make me think. (More on that later.)
Evan starts off as a minor character but I guess correctly at his role later. Literally, the second he showed up. I knew. But he was pretty great regardless. He's all smart and dorky and he's so fun! I would love to hang out with him. Book boyfriend? Almost. But saying why would spoil everything, so I'll talk about that later(:
Crimson is Maci's best friend. Apparently she's pretty hot. Not that I would know at all. But she is pretty cool. Doesn't play that big of a role. She starts big but the plot drowns her out pretty fast.
There's also Maci's dad and her brother. They're mostly talked about but not around for most of it. Still, they make it interesting.
Other than that, there aren't too many characters. Most are minor, but I suspect they'll be major characters later. There's Pepper, the costume designer. He reminds me of Cinna, but that is all I will say.
 A character named Aurora shows up, as well as a hooded figure who I will not reveal. So I'm definitely excited to learn more about them.

I thought this book was great. The characters were interesting, I was emotionally involved. There were omigod-I-can't-believe-that-just-freakin-happened moments all over the places. VERY EXCITING. I was able to guess a few things. Example: I knew exactly who that hooded figure was. Mostly because that's exactly what I would've done. So even though it was predictable, I appreciated it a lot.
I will warn you though. It starts off right away, with the action and excitement. And then the middle is a lot of filler pages. Where nothing really happened.
Here's the deal. I see what Cheyanne Young did and why. However it slowed down the pacing a lot. Did I like it? Yeah. It got the the essential YA love part over with. And then it was over and went back to the fast pace.
Yes, it seemed at odds with Maci's character. Because she's determined and she pretty much does what she wants. So I was surprised that she let herself be holed up for so long. But at the same time, that lull brought a lot of information to the table.
So, yes, it's exciting. But watch out for that middle part. And know that the action returns and the ending is CRAZY. I cannot stress enough that I loved it. I am so looking forward to that next book.
For the record, that ending was totally Maci.

Side note:
I just want to point of the thoughts this book provoked. I'll discuss them fully later, but I want to bring them up now. Just in case there are fellow deep thinkers out there.
This book raises the question of good vs evil a lot. Everyone thinks Maci is evil. She's determined to prove that she deserves Hero status. I admire that so much. But it makes me wonder: what makes someone evil? A gene in your DNA, like Evan was trying to locate? Or something greater? Can you choose?
Can you really overcome your own nature?
There's the question of what's right and wrong. Do people deserve to die if they've killed? Do we have the right to decide that?
I will leave you with those thoughts.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Why: it was amazing. I loved it so much I'm willing to overlook the slow-paced middle. The beginning and ending made up for it. Maci herself made up for it. Great stuff

Sci-fi lovers. Anyone who thinks they might like the superhero genre (or subgenre or whatever it is). Also anyone who likes action and amazing plot twists


About the Author
Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.

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