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Powerless: Powerless, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Blood-soaked romantic fantasy lacks originality.

Powerless book cover: An ornate silver sword is tangled in vines with purple flowers

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

My favorite read to date!!!

this book was by far my most favorite!!! it does have some more mild language but no spice at all. some physical touching, but no kissing or anything more than some touching. highly recommend!! there are multiple bloody scenes

age 12+

amazing YA book. barely any inappropriate senses!! recommend for mature 12+ kids

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (5 ):

While this story works okay as a star-crossed romance, it falls flat as a fantasy, borrowing too much from popular tales and going for gore over substance. What works is that Kai and Paedyn are opposites, that they are in impossible situations together, and forced to come together under duress in some dramatic scenes. It follows the formula well and entertains. But speaking of formula, these Purging Trials are way too much like the Hunger Games -- right down to the resistance element waiting in the wings. And the last trial is the last task in the Triwizard Tournament from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: the mazes move and everything. The biggest difference is that when people die in these trials, it's not for any reason other than entertainment for the crowd or one of the contestants got so mad at another contestant they decided to kill them, and oh well. There's some gravitas missing there. Also missing sometimes: a sense of what's in the scene beyond the mooning main characters. During one trial in the woods, Kai and Paedyn fall asleep next to each other after nursing each other's injuries. Well done on the romance front, but hello? They are in front of a campfire with bloodthirsty contestants out in the woods somewhere that could sneak up at any moment. And neither one of them thought to keep watch. Here's hoping that in upcoming installments the author shows more vigilance and originality in her fantasy elements.

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