Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: To the Fifth Power (Powers Trilogy #1) by Shirin Dubbin

Release Date: July 29, 2013
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Source: Provided by Netgalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon

Three years ago, Zola Noite's nemesis killed her sidekick and forced her to watch. The guilt drove her to hang up her cape. Zola knows one thing for certain. She will never be a superhero again.
Psychologist Dr. Arturo "Fort" Forte specializes in super-powered mental health. He’s the only reason Zola can once again call herself sane—although, truth be told, the heat between them is slowly driving her back to mad.
When three mega-villains escape the prison Fort oversees, all Zola's best laid plans go up in flames. Fort asks her for help, and she can't turn down the man she's secretly come to love. As battles ensue and clues add up, the one thing Zola trusts is called into question: Fort's true agenda and which side he’s on.

To the Fifth Power had two elements that I really enjoy in fantasy novels. The first was an emotionally damaged protagonist. There is just something about dark, flawed characters that always captivates me. The second element is one that I've only recently discovered outside of the graphic novels that I read, and that's superheroes. This is the main reason that I chose this story. Of course, the Catwoman-like cover helped grab my attention as well.

The overall story had an interesting concept. Zola, a former superheroine known as the Watcher, comes out of retirement to take on the task of returning three mega-villains to Archesis Institute. She receives help from the man who treated her after her mental breakdown, Dr. Forte, better known as Fort. She knows very little about Fort and there are trust issues involved, but that doesn't stop her from lusting after him. 

While I enjoyed parts of the story, it felt like something was lacking in the writing. There were some scenes that didn't seem to make much sense and many that could have benefited from more vivid descriptions. There were also things that were described that didn't feel believable, like Zola having uncanny observation and assessment skills. I saw very little evidence of either of these abilities being anywhere above average. 

I was surprised to learn that To the Fifth Power was published by Entangled because it reads more like a self-published story (minus the typos). I can't say that I won't read the sequel when it releases, but I'll definitely wait and read the reviews before I decide to purchase it.

If you're looking for an amazing superhero fantasy with romance, I would suggest trying Justice by Jennifer Harlow. I promise you'll love it.


Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

Sounds like this book had more potential than it delivered. Such a shame, because I don't know many superhero books and they always sound like fun. Great review :)


Addicted2Heroines said...

Thanks, Mel! If you ever come across any really good superhero books, let me know ;-)

Talk Supe said...

Funny she used to be the Watcher... instant replay The Watchers movie which sucked IMO.

Hmmm... maybe the writer needs to read more graphic novels to get the feel and sequencing of "superhero" stories. It's a totally different genre and the superhero brand of action is significally different from the normal or even Urban Fantasy one.

Happy weekend!

Alexa said...

That is too bad that this didn't work out for you. My boyfriend is a big superhero/Marvel buff and I was thinking about reading this one to see more into the superhero world and I'm sad that you didn't like it.

Thanks for the great review!


Hmmm. Too bad, this looked cool.

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