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Relentless
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Relentless
The Hero Agenda Series, Book 2
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Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for...Kenna is tired of being lied to-and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only...
Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for...Kenna is tired of being lied to-and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only...
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  • Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for...

    Kenna is tired of being lied to-and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn't commit and her mother is being held captive in a secret governmental prison.

    Kenna is determined to stand up for what's right and save those she loves from unspeakable fates. It's time for the betrayal to end. It's time for the real criminals to face justice.

    But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna's going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength: her resilience. Because when Kenna's pushed to the limit, she doesn't break down. She fights back.

    The Hero Agenda Series:
    Powerless (Book 1)
    Relentless (Book 2)

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    Chapter 1

    "This is Jeremy Abernathy, reporting for Superhero News live from the SHN Power Chopper high above the supervillain trial of the century. Today, Rex Yes-I'm-a-Sadistic-Tool Malone and the entire Yeah-We're-Even-Bigger-Tools Collective are opening the trial of obvious-threat-to-humanity Draven Can't-Operate-a-Computer-to-Save-His-Life Cole-"

    "Jeremy..."

    "Ah, and there's our intrepid on-the-ground reporter now," he continues, his voice coming loud and clear through my earbud. "The situation is probably pretty tense down there in the courtroom. Let's check in with Draven's ladylove, the incomparable Kenna Who's-the-Ordinary-Now Swift. Kenna?"

    Someone else on our system snickers. Probably Nitro.

    I clench my teeth and fight the urge to respond.

    "Radio silence," Riley reminds the group. "Before a big event like this, my dad always scans radio frequencies for chatter in case-"

    Riley's feed cuts out abruptly.

    Nobody says anything else, not even Jeremy, and I have to admit I kind of miss his annoying banter. Especially since I know he's just trying to keep me from freaking out. Not that it's working-but that's more me than him.

    I've never been more freaked out in my life. And after growing up as an ordinary in a world of people with superpowers, that's saying a lot.

    Of course, that was back when I still thought the heroes were the good guys. Back when my life still made some kind of sense.

    Back before my mother went missing, my best friend gave herself up to the heroes, and my boyfriend got captured and put on trial for crimes he would never commit.

    All of which have led me here to League Headquarters.

    Into the lion's den.

    My fake SHN credentials got me into the courtroom where Draven is to be tried, a courtroom currently filled with superheroes who are loyal to the League. Which means I'm surrounded by them, fenced in on all sides as I sit here waiting for the trial to start, terrified with each moment that passes that one of them will recognize me beneath my disguise.

    I'm channeling my inner Rebel, taking a page out of my best friend's book with a platinum-blond wig, hot-pink lipstick, and a blouse unbuttoned just enough to keep security from looking too closely at my face. A face that's been plastered on wanted posters throughout the superhero and ordinary worlds in the twelve days since we destroyed the secret superhero bunker-which means if anyone recognizes me, I'll be on trial right next to Draven.

    Mr. Malone doesn't think too highly of villain sympathizers, as he calls us.

    And if that isn't bad enough, me getting caught would be the least of our problems. Because we all know that Draven isn't about to get a fair trial. No villain would, but especially not Draven. He's about to become an example. He's Mr. Malone's greatest capture to date, and he knows secrets Rex would kill to keep quiet. He is a secret Rex would kill to keep quiet. Which means once this farce of a trial is over, Draven's a dead man.

    Unless we break him out of hero custody today. Now. Before this mockery of a trial can even begin.

    Which is exactly what we plan to do-as long as I don't get identified before they bring him into the courtroom.

    Just the thought has me slouching in my seat as Rex walks through the door in full superhero regalia-a crisp white jacket with red epaulets, decorated by an array of red, blue, and yellow ribbons over his left pec and a big, gold League badge...

About the Author-

  • Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning and bestselling author of teen fiction about a mythological high school, mermaid princesses, monster-hunting triplet descendants of Medusa, and dark fae princes.

Reviews-

  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2016
    With occasional timeouts to lock lips, underdog villains heroically turn the tables on a villainous hero in this sequel and (likely) closer to Powerless (2015).Lest any hint of complexity intrude, areas of Colorado and one site in New Mexico stand in for the whole world, and, except for megalomaniac leader Rex Malone, the heroes are faceless thugs whose sole role is, a la Imperial Storm Troopers, to shoot wildly and die. Both heroes and villains are conveniently endowed with single superpowers and nicely labeled with natural neck tattoos. The action begins as former "ordinary" Kenna rescues her villain boyfriend, Draven, with help from a mixed bag of villains and renegade heroes, and climaxes when the white teen takes on Malone in another "secret hero lab" (the first having been destroyed in the opener). It's filled in between with inconclusive ambushes and firefights, along with lip-swelling smooches and labored teen banter. Meanwhile, as further evidence that the whole scenario is phoned-in, Malone utilizes a form of mind control that only seems to work when it suits the plot, and Kenna develops a "serum" (more accurately a chemical compound) that magically confers immunity to superpowered but not regular attacks.Even the snogging doesn't generate much heat in this cliche-ridden climax. (Romantic thriller. 12-15)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2016

    Gr 9 Up-Kenna lives in a world of dichotomies-people are either labeled "Heroes," like her own mother and BFF, or "Villains," like the man who killed her father. However, Kenna is an odd girl out, as she is neither-she is just plain old boring normal. In the first entry, Kenna, attempting an experiment to change her lot in life, is saved from a dangerous break-in at her lab by a Villain, which causes her to realize that the world might not be so clearly defined as she thought it once was. In Relentless, Kenna is on the run from the government after having unearthed secrets about superpowered people while her boyfriend is in jail awaiting execution and her mother is held captive. However, there are even more secrets to be exposed that will tie all Heroes and Villains together. To survive long enough to expose them, Kenna must rely on her greatest power-her unwillingness to back down from a fight. Give to young adults looking for an action-packed title to read between their wait for the next installments in the various popular comic book movie franchises.

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books urbangirlreview - Normally, I love Tera Lynn Childs's books but Relentless just didn't do it for me. I liked the first book in the series but the second book was a huge miss. Come on this is a super-hero (or villain as the case may be) book - the sky's the limit (and not even that with superpowers involved). I should have been on the edge of my seat and gripping the book in anticipation of would happen. Yet, I couldn't care less what would happen to the characters. A character could die: Me: ... Book: Hello, are you listening because a character DIED! Me: Wait, what?! Sorry, thinking about what I'll have for lunch. A character died? Book: YES! It's time to weep, cry "NO", and be shocked!!! Me: *Searching inside myself for any emotions about it and not finding any* Sorry, nothing's coming. Book: *Big Huff* For me, if I couldn't care less about what happens then that's a death sentence for any book. Maybe it's just middle-book-syndrome and the third book will be fantastic but I'm critiquing this book. Personally, I thought this series would be a knock-out with Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs writing it! I had a high standard for this book so that might be why I'm so disappointed. But as they would say on Project Runway, they went too safe when they wrote the book. Side note: The book cover does nothing to sell the book either. I look at it and see generic and uninspiring. A girl and guy walking into some non-distinctive white light with some buildings on the side. Could have been so much more creative.
  • School Library Journal "Give to young adults looking for an action-packed title to read between their wait for the next installments in the various popular comic book movie franchises."
  • One Way or an Author "Readers looking for a fast-paced adventure featuring characters that you just can't help but root for should definitely pick this one up!"
  • Girls with Books "The authors continue their flawless writing in this book. Totally loved the action scenes because they really made you feel like you were right there in the battle. The pacing was extremely well done and kept me glued to the pages. When I was forced to stop reading for adult duties, such as work, the scenes floated in my mind all day and I rushed home to dive back in. Totally loved it!!"
  • A Great Read "Relentless was an action packed, amazing read!"

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