Cheyanne has done a great job of capturing a main character's angst without going so overboard, you want to knock her upside her head. Not to mention, this character is a female potential SUPERhero. How often do you see a YA book with that kind of plot? Hardly ever. Maci Might has the ability to be a hero, but her temperament keeps getting in the way. Which makes the story, though not all that enjoyable for Maci, highly entertaining for the reader.
The other thing that I loved was that Maci was at first fighting with being different than everyone else, but learned, as the story progressed, to embrace this individuality and own it (even though it was socially unacceptable), which is something so many young adults (and even adults) struggle to do on a daily basis.
Quote #1: I say something lighthearted and dumb because my brain sucks. "Are you supposed to make out with someone for the first time while they're half paralyzed because you slammed them into a wall?"
Ha ha. Oh, Maci.
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.
POWERED is the first in a trilogy. I loved Cheyanne's MOTOCROSS ME, but this one was even more up my alley than MM was. As I was skimming reviews on Goodreads, I noticed there aren't very many complaints for POWERED (and rightly so), but the few mentioned had to do with a slower pace about halfway through the story. To which I say, the slower pace was needed, because it allowed us to get to know the characters more as they got to know each other. What happens between Evan and Maci would not have been believable had that part have been taken away. And, those slow times where they hung out and whatnot were the times I laughed the most. So while I see what some readers were saying, I appreciated the change of pace. :)
One last quote: Oh, to be a bird and have no worries other than--Which way is south?--every time winter rolls around.
And I agree, Maci. Orange Gatorade is WAY better than lemon lime. :D
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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 family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world. Connect with her at www.CheyanneYoung.com