The Good for Nothings
Cora Saros is just trying her best to join the family business of theft and intergalactic smuggling. Unfortunately, she's a total disaster. After landing herself in prison following an attempted heist gone very wrong, she strikes a bargain with the prison warden: He'll expunge her record if she brings back a long-lost treasure rumored to grant immortality. Cora is skeptical, but with no other way out of prison (and back in her family's good graces), she has no choice but to assemble a crew from her collection of misfit cellmates—a disgraced warrior from an alien planet; a cocky pirate who claims to have the largest ship in the galaxy; and a glitch-prone robot with a penchant for baking—and take off after the fabled prize. But the ragtag group soon discovers that not only is the too-good-to-be-true treasure very real, but they're also not the only crew on the hunt for it. And it's definitely a prize worth killing for.

The Good for Nothings Details

TitleThe Good for Nothings
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 4th, 2020
PublisherSwoon Reads
ISBN-139781250311252
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Adventure, Aliens, Space, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult Science Fiction, Space Opera, Comics

The Good for Nothings Review

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    This book reminded me of Cinder who can fix things and had a little sassy robot friend. Cora liked to build gadgets so it also reminded me of Nightmare from Renegades. I enjoyed the humor between a human, two aliens, and a robot. The adventures was well written, just not for me. I couldn't finish reading it and lost interest in the story.
This book was told in the first person point of view following Cora, 17 as she and her robot friend Elio attempted to distract the security guard for her famil This book reminded me of Cinder who can fix things and had a little sassy robot friend. Cora liked to build gadgets so it also reminded me of Nightmare from Renegades. I enjoyed the humor between a human, two aliens, and a robot. The adventures was well written, just not for me. I couldn't finish reading it and lost interest in the story.
This book was told in the first person point of view following Cora, 17 as she and her robot friend Elio attempted to distract the security guard for her family to perform the biggest heist of their heist career. A job that she herself didn't volunteer for. The distraction was a disaster. Her bot often shuts down and in need of a replacement. Cora decided a quick way to earn extra money was to perform the next heist without her family but landed herself and her bot in jail instead. From jail, she met some unlikely friends, Anders and Wren, where they were sent on a treasure hunt in exchange for their freedom.xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review.
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  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review. This is such a delightful and fun read set in space.The Good for Nothings is packed with snark and sass set in space that I ended up enjoying way more than I thought I would. When Cora lands herself in prison after a heist with good intentions (and to prove to her family she can fit The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review. This is such a delightful and fun read set in space.The Good for Nothings is packed with snark and sass set in space that I ended up enjoying way more than I thought I would. When Cora lands herself in prison after a heist with good intentions (and to prove to her family she can fit in) goes wrong, she's given a chance at freedom and a clean record if she, along with her new cell companions, find a legendary treasure giving immortality that is only rumored to exist.But Cora accepts the chance to be free, and especially at a chance to give her robot best friend Elio, a body that won't glitch. (And if you want my opinion, I'd do the same in Cora's shoes, because Elio is charming as hell.)The characters are lovable and adorable.You might not like them at first, but by the end of reading Banas' book, you'll probably want to be friends with all of them. Here's a run-down of our group of criminals in The Good for Nothings:~ Anders - supposedly violent, but secretly warm and fuzzy who likes lollipops and meat~ Cora - just trying her best and wanting to fit in her family to no avail (according to her mother, with the silent agreement from her father)~ Elio - the cutest robot who glitches and beeps but also wants to be as human as possible like smelling milkshakes and food (good choice, not gonna lie)~ Wren - overly chatty and probably rambles if you're in the same room, which can be annoying, but secretly she's a nice softie who's good at stealing things when no one can noticeThey all have good intentions and hearts, and it was fun seeing them develop a friendship and bond with each other as they uncover the clues to find the pieces that would lead them to the treasure. Personally, Anders was hard to warm up to at first because he's just there when Cora first lands in Ironside prison on the planet of Andilly, but he grew on me quickly as the group set off on their adventure across multiple galaxies.The Good for Nothings is, overall, a charming book perfect for who want a heist set in space with the found family trope among characters who probably wouldn't be friends in other circumstances.This review was originally posted on Bookwyrming Thoughts.
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  • The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review on The Candid CoverThe Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas was a little out of my comfort zone since I am not typically a fan of sci-fi, but this was just the book I needed to get me out of a slump. There are so many aspects of the book that I adored, including heists and a misfit group of criminals, and the tone of the book is so fun. I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a quirky and original read.❀ A HEIST GONE WRONGThis book follows a group of misfit criminals wh Full Review on The Candid CoverThe Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas was a little out of my comfort zone since I am not typically a fan of sci-fi, but this was just the book I needed to get me out of a slump. There are so many aspects of the book that I adored, including heists and a misfit group of criminals, and the tone of the book is so fun. I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a quirky and original read.❀ A HEIST GONE WRONGThis book follows a group of misfit criminals who go on a treasure hunt through space after making a deal with a prison warden. I really loved the opening scene with a heist gone wrong, and I found the setting of the novel so unique. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the humour, but I can definitely see where others will love it. This book is very fast-paced, and it will both put a smile on the reader’s face and leave them on the edge of their seat.❀ WELL-DEVELOPED CHARACTERSThe characters in this book are really well-developed, and their interactions are so much fun to read about. This group of unlikely friends is diverse, consisting of aliens, a robot, and a human, and the lessons they learn from each other are so interesting. Cora, the main character, is strong and sarcastic, and she is trying to fit in with her family of renowned criminals. I was really rooting for her, and I loved her voice. Elio, the robot, would probably have to be my favourite character since he has such an entertaining personality. His character also brings more tension to the story since he is in need of a new body.❀ AN ENJOYABLE STORYThe Good for Nothings by Danielle Banasis an enjoyable story about heists and found family. I loved the setting, and the characters are all so loveable. Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy will definitely enjoy this one.
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  • Danielle Banas
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I'm pretty fond of this book... because I wrote it. But even if I didn't write it, I'm certain I would still love it. If you like snarky sci-fi, misfit crew members, aliens who SERIOUSLY could use a hug, kickass female pirates, and robots that love to bake, then I think you'll love it too! Happy reading!
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  • Donatella
    January 1, 1970
    I won a giveaway!!! I'm sooo excited to read this. "For fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lunar Chronicles"?! Heck yes. I'm kind of in a never-ending reading slump, but this looks amazing, so I'm definitely going to pick this up soon.Review to come...
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review will also be available on *Milky Way of Books*This was a very entertaining read! A group of ragtag thieves, a warrior, a human, an elf-like thief, and a bot that likes baking but can't eat join together in a space adventure in search of a lost artifact. I loved the premise and I couldn't stop laughing. It was enjoyable and very cute. The plot was easy to follow with action scenes and a hint of romance too.But in the end, I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review will also be available on *Milky Way of Books*This was a very entertaining read! A group of ragtag thieves, a warrior, a human, an elf-like thief, and a bot that likes baking but can't eat join together in a space adventure in search of a lost artifact. I loved the premise and I couldn't stop laughing. It was enjoyable and very cute. The plot was easy to follow with action scenes and a hint of romance too.But in the end, the story was more about who your actual "family" is rather the one you have been born into. It was a book I enjoyed reading very much.
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  • Maia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsNot bad, but I didn't really connect to the characters, so even though it's a good story, it kinds of leave me "meh" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this. RTCThank you to Swoon Reads for my review copy.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun adventurous read.
  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    The Good for Nothings is a rollicking sci-fi adventure by author Danielle Banas, and is a dazzling tale of finding your true family. It showcases the idea that although the road of friendship and camaraderie may be bumpy at times, change is achievable through the strongest of bonds. Readers are swept along a treasure hunt that spans galaxies, led by a ragtag group of sassy thieves with hearts of gold hidden behind hard shells developed by hard lives lived. With danger nipping at our heels every The Good for Nothings is a rollicking sci-fi adventure by author Danielle Banas, and is a dazzling tale of finding your true family. It showcases the idea that although the road of friendship and camaraderie may be bumpy at times, change is achievable through the strongest of bonds. Readers are swept along a treasure hunt that spans galaxies, led by a ragtag group of sassy thieves with hearts of gold hidden behind hard shells developed by hard lives lived. With danger nipping at our heels every step of the way, we fly through the vast expanse of space and find ourselves on strange planets inhabited by a colorful range of people, flora and fauna. The tribulations faced inevitably crack those aforementioned shells, creating a touching narrative that leaves it mark, and one I’ll not soon forget.The characters Banas has crafted and their dynamics are some of the finest I’ve encountered in a young adult novel; their trait differences so diverse to the naked eye, but there’s a collective togetherness the deeper you dive. Initially it seems the rift between them is too wide to traverse, but as the story continues, bonds strengthen and bloom into something truly beautiful. Their tale is a true testament to the power of found family, where all are willing to step forward to pull another away from the edge of despair. There’s also hints of a tender and heartwarming romance, so subtle it feels so real.Cora is a conflicted and outlying member of a crime family, taught to disassociate herself from emotions and care for nothing but the job at hand. She’s driven by her need to prove herself to those who refuse to believe in her, and her efforts land her in one of the most infamous prisons known in all the galaxies. She’s joined by her sidekick Elio, a vintage AI that expresses human emotions to the fullest, and has a penchant for baking and operating in the exact opposite way than that he was intended for. Our duo meet Wren, a skilled thief that wears her heart on her sleeve (sometimes), and Anders/Andy/Andykins, the brooding male counterpart, feared and protected by his tough exterior shell, but pained beyond belief by sins of the past within. With this cast it’s all about balance, and Banas executes this skillfully.In addition to wonderful characterization, the action and adventure, ripe with danger and secrets and puzzles, is non-stop throughout the entire novel. As readers are towed along on a hunt for the remaining keys to a treasure of immeasurable wealth, we’re transported to various planets across galaxies, and met with wondrous landscapes and creatures as diverse as our main cast. Only an incredible imagination can conjure up what peppers these pages. A recurring theme throughout is the stark contrast between beauty and underlying peril, and this is portrayed perfectly. Lurking menace and uncertainty is a catalyst for betrayal, and the many finely constructed trials faced is the driving force for not only the advancement of the plot, but for the evolution of the characters, as well.This book’s uniquely original cover illustration is what initially caught my attention, but the story itself and how it is told is so wonderfully consuming. A simply conveyed tale told in first-person narration gives readers an insight into the ongoings in Cora’s mind – her intentions, most cherished hopes and dreams, the internal conflict she constantly battles. It’s a refreshing story that doesn’t take itself too seriously until it absolutely needs to, and when it does, it’s done so exceedingly well. I found myself laughing out loud at its healthy amount of sarcasm and banter, evocative of Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s fast pace led by nail-biting action completely saturated with tension made this a sure page-turner. Banas has created something fantastic here, and I can only hope to see more in the future.The Good for Nothings is a story I went in to with high hopes, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I was presented. This is a perfect example of a feel-good tale that packs a serious emotional punch when read the way I believe it’s intended to be read. Sure, there’s enough sass in here to keep this a light-hearted read, but the level of poignancy that builds this book’s foundation is something special. If you’re looking for a strange and alluring space opera-esque adventure, this is one that can definitely be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. I highly recommend.Note: A huge thank you to the author, Swoon Reads, and Xpresso Tours for providing me a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tonja Drecker
    January 1, 1970
    Reminding a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy, these pages are packed with action, humor and more than a little heart.Cora is the daughter of the most renowned crime family in the universe, but her life isn't what anyone probably suspects, especially since she can't seem to live up to her mother's expectations. When the latest heist...um, job...ends up in disaster thanks to Cora's supposed mistakes, she decides to prove herself once and for all. Which lands her in prison. Her two cell-roomies are m Reminding a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy, these pages are packed with action, humor and more than a little heart.Cora is the daughter of the most renowned crime family in the universe, but her life isn't what anyone probably suspects, especially since she can't seem to live up to her mother's expectations. When the latest heist...um, job...ends up in disaster thanks to Cora's supposed mistakes, she decides to prove herself once and for all. Which lands her in prison. Her two cell-roomies are more than irritating, but when one comes up with a plan to escape, Cora's in. Of course, it doesn't go as planned. Instead, the prison director breaks a deal—steal a treasure (which borders on myth), and they can go free. Not only do they have to find said treasure, but it's a deadly quest. Add the director's own lies and schemes, and Cora knows she's in over her head. But that doesn't mean she has any other choice.When I saw the cover, I'll admit that I wasn't sure this read was going to be as fun as I'd hoped, but I was pleasantly proved wrong. This story is simply a fun, entertaining read with explosions, near escapes, odd aliens, evil plots, twisted characters, snarky humor, true friendship, lots of food, and tons of heart. Oh, and some quirky romance, too. The pages fly by with ease and created more than one or two smiles along the way.Cora is a great character to pull this type of story together. She's snarky, she's tough...and yet, she's neither of these. The first chapter already made her more than likable as she tries to live up to her name, almost makes it, and desperately fails. But there's so much fire in her, and she's a piece of gold in her own way. I loved her friendship with her robot, but then, that robot was impossible not to like. The idea of friendship and trust and family are what centers this tale. Not that everyone can be trusted. There are characters to love, characters to hate, and those that are very hard to see what their true intentions might be. As to the romance...well, that one fits the rest of the story nicely.In other words, anyone who loves a bit of hair-brained fun with heart and spacey adventure will want to pick this one up. I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley and enjoyed this one more than I thought I would.
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  • Dini Kamayana
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to Xpresso Tours for including me on this tour, and thanks to Netgalley, Swoon Reads and the author providing the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.The moment I saw this cover I knew that I would enjoy this book and I wasn’t wrong! This was a great ‘popcorn read’ that’s quick and easy to digest and full of fast-paced, space opera style drama and action. It gave me strong Guardians of the Galaxy, Aurora Cycle and Illuminae vibes and as those are some of my all time favourite s Special thanks to Xpresso Tours for including me on this tour, and thanks to Netgalley, Swoon Reads and the author providing the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.The moment I saw this cover I knew that I would enjoy this book and I wasn’t wrong! This was a great ‘popcorn read’ that’s quick and easy to digest and full of fast-paced, space opera style drama and action. It gave me strong Guardians of the Galaxy, Aurora Cycle and Illuminae vibes and as those are some of my all time favourite space dramas, it was no surprise that this book sucked me into its orbit very quickly. While I wouldn’t say it’s the most original or entirely unpredictable, sometimes you just need a fluffy entertaining read that you can laugh with and this certainly delivered!I loved Cora, Elio, Anders and Wren! They were the perfect group of rag tag misfits that you can’t help falling in love with. Although their friendship starts unconventionally–I mean, they meet in prison–and it was based on mistrust and lies to survive, I loved seeing all their characters grow and overcome their insecurities and fears to embrace the friendship. They all come from broken backgrounds with families who don’t care for them and their “quirks” have seen them be relatively friendless, but as they set off on this high-stakes action adventure, there’s a strong found-family vibe that develops and it’s simply heartwarming. Not to mention that the banter within the group is just hilarious! Although I loved each character, my favourites were definitely Elio and Anders. Again, while they’re not the most original of characters and they do fall into their tropes, they gave me all the warm cinnamon roll feels that I’m a sucker for!If you’re looking for a book that has great friendships, a smol growing romance, a fast-paced space adventure full of crazy planets and creepy aliens, as well as found family vibes, I would definitely recommend this book.The Good for Nothings was such a fun ride and if the author decides to give these misfits more stories, I’d very happily read them!Visit my blog to enter the tour wide giveaway (US Only)! Giveaway ends 13 August 2020.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    My first Danielle Banas novel is a blast to read. It's filled with laughter, action and adventure, friendship, tragedy, and a little bit of romance.  What more could you ask for?Cora is part of the infamous Saros crime family of thieves and ne'er do wells. With her best friend Elio, the endearing and selfless robot who sees the best in others, she tries to prove herself to a greedy and unloving mother by attempting to steal a priceless treasure only to end up being thrown in the worst prison in My first Danielle Banas novel is a blast to read. It's filled with laughter, action and adventure, friendship, tragedy, and a little bit of romance.  What more could you ask for?Cora is part of the infamous Saros crime family of thieves and ne'er do wells. With her best friend Elio, the endearing and selfless robot who sees the best in others, she tries to prove herself to a greedy and unloving mother by attempting to steal a priceless treasure only to end up being thrown in the worst prison in the galaxy. In prison, she finds a couple of unusual friends: An Earthan pickpocket and petty thief named Wren, and a fierce and grumpy Andillian nicknamed Anders. Learning to trust is hard for all of them, and unfortunately, one of them will betray the others.The banter between the four friends is LOL funny as they get to know one another's fears, likes, and dislikes. Watching Anders turn from grumpy and frightening to sarcastic and loveable is a sight to see. Not to mention watching Elio's obsession with food even though he can't eat it.  Wren is a treat as well with her sassiness, her longing for friendship, and her kleptomania. And Cora, who sees others' auras, is the narrator, the hacker, and bomb-maker, who thinks she is only a bad distraction for her crime family, but she ends up being a great friend to Cora, a good distraction to Anders, and a best friend to Elio. Let's not forget all of the evil and colorful characters they meet along the way.Overall, this is a delightfully refreshing page-turner of a book. It's a caper with alien misfits on a mission to save their lives and finding true friendship along the way. If you are looking for a hilarious tale with bloodsucking plants, a pigman, shapeshifters, and lollipop-eating Andillians, give this book a try.  Thank you to Ms. Banas for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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  • Shohinee
    January 1, 1970
    This is an excerpt of the book review on my blog https://trails-of-tales.com.......My relationship with the sci-fi genre is complicated. Unlike murder mysteries that I wil be reading even in my afterlife, I am extremely critical about the sci-fi I read. I approach this genre with caution. Because I feel that while science fictions are highly imaginative, they also stand the risk of losing their audience somewhere along the story. Sometimes the futuristic elements could be a little difficult for This is an excerpt of the book review on my blog https://trails-of-tales.com.......My relationship with the sci-fi genre is complicated. Unlike murder mysteries that I wil be reading even in my afterlife, I am extremely critical about the sci-fi I read. I approach this genre with caution. Because I feel that while science fictions are highly imaginative, they also stand the risk of losing their audience somewhere along the story. Sometimes the futuristic elements could be a little difficult for the reader to hold on to.Therefore, I consider a science fiction with a systematic combination of the impressions the blurb/ book cover make on me and my impeccable book intuitions. I need to be absolutely sure before starting to read a sci-fi.And oh my, did The Good for Nothings come prepared to convince me! First of all take a look at the cover. Doesn’t it make your hand itch to take a peek inside. If the cover is so interesting, how amazing would the story be? Extremely, is your answer.Then I read the blurb. And what words do I see? A robot who is a baker? Tell me that does not interest you in the slightest?!Most importantly my book intuition practically shouted at me- “Why is it taking you so long to sign up for reviewing this?!”When your intuition resorts to shouting at you, you better know that it is important.I simply lapped up The Good for Nothings. The creativity of the story does not compromise on the element of relativity at all. In fact, you can find a bit of yourself in perhaps all the characters, humans, aliens and robots included. Besides, the action sequences are wrapped with palpable excitement.The Good for Nothings has a tendency to tickle your funny bone when you least expect it. You don’t laugh out loud but you find yourself smiling and giggling. And the smile stays till the last chapter.The humour doesn’t just spill out from the character interactions but it is rather a natural part of the story flow......
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  • Grace Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Join Cora, Elio, Anders, and Wren as this rag-tag group of four sets off across the galaxy to search for infamous keys that lead to a priceless treasure...or at least one that may make them very, very rich and win them their freedom.This is a very hard book for me to give thoughts and opinions on. For the better half of the book I had to drag myself to my kindle to read, and found myself needing to take several breaks from it because I desperately did not want to continue. I was very disappointe Join Cora, Elio, Anders, and Wren as this rag-tag group of four sets off across the galaxy to search for infamous keys that lead to a priceless treasure...or at least one that may make them very, very rich and win them their freedom.This is a very hard book for me to give thoughts and opinions on. For the better half of the book I had to drag myself to my kindle to read, and found myself needing to take several breaks from it because I desperately did not want to continue. I was very disappointed because, despite what is suggested in the summary of the book, it was nothing like the Lunar Chronicles and resembled a very watered-down version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It wasn't until maybe the last 30% of the story that I felt like it really picked up pace and I got interested in what was going on. I also got extreme whiplash from what I perceived to be a sudden plethora of Guardian references and comparisons towards the end (not super obvious, just inferences I can make after seeing the movies so many times).Those things being said: I really enjoyed the dynamic between our four crew members and I feel like they really developed as a team and family towards the end of the story as did the plot and pretty much everything else. This was a fluffy and predictable book that provides another option for readers who are normally averse to the fluffy and predicable of the romantic variety in their reading. I would recommend this book for younger YA readers, if not some juvenile as well mostly because content-wise there isn't a whole lot to be concerned about. We have a few cuss words and hand gestures thrown in, but the romance stays pretty innocent making it perfect for readers who may be ready for a mild introduction to YA. **I received this book for free from its publisher and the Netgalley website in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Katie P.
    January 1, 1970
    Blog ✍ | Facebook 👩 | Twitter 🐦 | Instagram 📸What to say about this book? It's fantastic, for a start! It really reminded me of a Pathfinder campaign I played in the Spring! A quirky group of thieves, a heist gone wrong, and so many elements on fantasy and science fiction that I adore! This is a quick read that is non-stop enjoyable and incredibly funny! This book features well-rounded characters, reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy, a fast pacing, and a story line that will suck you in from Blog ✍ | Facebook 👩 | Twitter 🐦 | Instagram 📸What to say about this book? It's fantastic, for a start! It really reminded me of a Pathfinder campaign I played in the Spring! A quirky group of thieves, a heist gone wrong, and so many elements on fantasy and science fiction that I adore! This is a quick read that is non-stop enjoyable and incredibly funny! This book features well-rounded characters, reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy, a fast pacing, and a story line that will suck you in from page 1 and spit you out into the vacuum of space at the end! This would absolutely make a great movie or Netflix series! I loved getting to go on this adventure with Cora, Elio, Anders, and Wren! And what awesome character names! They are loveable, flawed, quirky, and all the things I love about good characters. They get into hijinks, trouble, and all kinds of mischief in this space adventure. I feel like there is potential for more adventures with this group in the future and I can't wait to find out more about them!Danielle Banas is a great author and this was a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone who loves space adventures with a misfit group or those that enjoy a good heist book, in space! Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book as part of the tour! Thanks to Danielle Banas as well!
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  • GG_Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I have conflicted feelings about The Good For Nothings.On the one hand, I think this book contains some incredibly complex and interesting characters. I especially loved Wren, who is a good twist on the common cocky boy trope. In the few books that do have confident female characters, they unfortunately tend to come across more pretentious, but Danielle Banas managed to pull Wren off perfectly. Elio was also a fun character, his odd mannerisms really adding to the story. The relationships in thi I have conflicted feelings about The Good For Nothings.On the one hand, I think this book contains some incredibly complex and interesting characters. I especially loved Wren, who is a good twist on the common cocky boy trope. In the few books that do have confident female characters, they unfortunately tend to come across more pretentious, but Danielle Banas managed to pull Wren off perfectly. Elio was also a fun character, his odd mannerisms really adding to the story. The relationships in this book were also fantastic, especially Cora's desperate need to please her parents, no matter the way they treat her, something I'm sure resonates with many readers.But on the other hand I felt the plot was lacking. The sci-fi genre is tricky to write, because almost all share the same basic plot of an object that can't fall into the hands of the wrong person, and this book was the same. Though there were many exhilarating fight scenes, everything came too easy for a crew who are meant to only be good at being bad. There were too many coincidences that helped the characters along the way.I also thought that for a comedy, this book was lacking in humour. Then, in the few cases it was funny, it was trying too hard. Entire pages were dedicated to the lead up of a single joke.Overall this was a mediocre book that was made slightly better by the interesting and different characters.
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  • Krys
    January 1, 1970
    The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas is a fun space romp. Cora, the daughter of well known crime lord family, struggles to fit into her family. During a job gone wrong she and her glitchy robot companion, Elio, get caught and placed in prison with two others. Wren is a human thief and Anders is a disgraced Andilly warrior. There the warden makes a deal with Cora, if she can find the three keys, and the treasure he is searching for he’ll let her go. With not much time left for Elio, Cora agree The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas is a fun space romp. Cora, the daughter of well known crime lord family, struggles to fit into her family. During a job gone wrong she and her glitchy robot companion, Elio, get caught and placed in prison with two others. Wren is a human thief and Anders is a disgraced Andilly warrior. There the warden makes a deal with Cora, if she can find the three keys, and the treasure he is searching for he’ll let her go. With not much time left for Elio, Cora agrees to hunt the fabled treasure with her strange cell mates. Along the way Cora learns that family is what you make of it and it doesn’t necessarily have to be blood, and goes in some pretty terrifying adventures, (that one planet was a giant death trap, no thanks).***This is a fun book full of hijinks, adventure, secrets, and finding yourself. Cora has only has one way to see the world, her crime family, and her new companions get her to start seeing things a new way, even if it starts based on a lie. Anders is a delight, and I need more of him. This book could easily spin off into more, and if it does I will happily read them, but if not I will enjoy what I got which is a rag tag group of misfits and my favorite trope of all time, Found Family.***Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. (3.5 stars out of 5)
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  • Anie
    January 1, 1970
    That was so good!! I couldn't stop reading. :)Cora is the daughter of a crime family, but she didn't exactly inherit the family's talents. She is the best at reading auras, and her inventions mostly work, but when her mother puts her in charge of distracting the guards at the huge job, she makes a complete mess out of it. To make up for it, and get back into the family's grace (mostly for the paycheck she desperately needs) she and her BF robot try to rob the family's next job a day before. Unfo That was so good!! I couldn't stop reading. :)Cora is the daughter of a crime family, but she didn't exactly inherit the family's talents. She is the best at reading auras, and her inventions mostly work, but when her mother puts her in charge of distracting the guards at the huge job, she makes a complete mess out of it. To make up for it, and get back into the family's grace (mostly for the paycheck she desperately needs) she and her BF robot try to rob the family's next job a day before. Unfortunately, it goes horribly wrong and they end up in prison. At failed escape plan, she bargains with the warden for their and their cellmates' release, in exchange for going on a treasure hunt.Onboard of an ancient ship, Cora, Elio the robot, kleptomaniac Wren and disgraced soldier they call Anders, embark on an intergalactic treasure hunt.It's such a fun story to read, it has a little bit of Lunar Chronicles vibe - which I love. :) All of the characters are very different, with secrets and secret agendas. I was instantly pulled in to the story, it's gripping, fun, and very intense. One hard it's a trainwreck waiting to happen, on the other, it's a charming story of reluctant teamwork for a semi-common goal. :)Highly recommend it!received from Xpresso Book Tours
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I did receive an ARC from the publisher, Swoon Reads. Although I received this book, all thoughts are my own.This was the book that I needed right now. It’s such a fun story with great characters and a cute plot. It’s been a while since I’ve read a sci-fi, so it was fun to get back into the genre with this YA space adventure novel.It did take me a while to get into the book as I was figuring out the characters and waiting for the action to start up. But once they set off on their adventure I was I did receive an ARC from the publisher, Swoon Reads. Although I received this book, all thoughts are my own.This was the book that I needed right now. It’s such a fun story with great characters and a cute plot. It’s been a while since I’ve read a sci-fi, so it was fun to get back into the genre with this YA space adventure novel.It did take me a while to get into the book as I was figuring out the characters and waiting for the action to start up. But once they set off on their adventure I was ready to join them. The main characters are sassy and lovable, so following them through space was very entertaining. I also think I’m a sucker for found families, because this ragtag group is the best. I love their found friendship as they travel through space and get through all the obstacles that are put in front of them.This really is an easy read that will have you smiling. If you need a book to cheer you up, or to step away from the heavier topics, I would recommend this one. I would say that this is a YA novel that is geared toward the younger audience of this age group, so just keep that in mind as you pick it up. Does not take away from the story, but just something I feel like I should point out.
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  • Jacquelyn
    January 1, 1970
    **Won an ARC of this book in a giveaway. Thanks to Goodreads, the publisher, and the author for giving me the chance to get my hands on this book***"An Earthan, two aliens, and a robot board a ship and take on the universe..."A ragtag group of misfits, a treasure hunt, family drama, and space hijinks galore...what's not to love about this book. A quick and easy read.I really enjoyed these characters, especially Elio. I am such a sucker for snarky, sarcastic robots and Elio fit this to a T. Many **Won an ARC of this book in a giveaway. Thanks to Goodreads, the publisher, and the author for giving me the chance to get my hands on this book***"An Earthan, two aliens, and a robot board a ship and take on the universe..."A ragtag group of misfits, a treasure hunt, family drama, and space hijinks galore...what's not to love about this book. A quick and easy read.I really enjoyed these characters, especially Elio. I am such a sucker for snarky, sarcastic robots and Elio fit this to a T. Many of his comments or interactions with the various characters we met throughout the book had me laughing. I think it almost got to the point where anytime his name was mentioned I started smiling because I knew he was bound to do/say something funny.This book really showcases the idea of a found family. It isn't the family you are born into but instead the one you build/find for yourself. Several of our main characters have difficult home/family dynamics but through the family they form for themselves they learn what they are truly worth. They can embrace their faults and finally feel accepted."We are the best idiots for this job."This is the 1st book I have read by this author but I find myself wanting to check out more of her work.
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    The Good for Nothings is a fun, adventurous read with a lot of heart. It definitely did remind me a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a plus. I enjoyed the story, and I'd be game to see more hijinks in space with Cora and her crew. The story follows Cora, part of a well-known crime family on her home planet. Unfortunately, Cora and her robot companion, Elio, are considered the weak link in the family. And when a heist goes wrong, Cora goes down. It's on the prison planet she ends up on wh The Good for Nothings is a fun, adventurous read with a lot of heart. It definitely did remind me a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a plus. I enjoyed the story, and I'd be game to see more hijinks in space with Cora and her crew. The story follows Cora, part of a well-known crime family on her home planet. Unfortunately, Cora and her robot companion, Elio, are considered the weak link in the family. And when a heist goes wrong, Cora goes down. It's on the prison planet she ends up on where the adventure really starts. Locked in a cell with an Earth girl and an alien lizard, Cora and Elio must team up with the pair if they have any hope of escape. But when the warden offers to wipe away their crimes in exchange for a lost treasure, the group eagerly agrees. Too bad they get a lot more than they ever could have bargained for.The Good for Nothings has a lot going on. Weird planets. Strange people. And don't forget the bounty on their heads. It's a race against time (and through space) to try and collect the treasure for someone collects their heads.As I stated above, I really enjoyed the story. It's silly at times, but it also packs an emotional punch on occasion. It's a quick, easy read that fans of YA sci-fi novels will appreciate.4 stars from me!
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  • S Tondra
    January 1, 1970
    The Good for Nothings was an enjoyable adventure involving the most unlikely group of convicts. Cora Saros is trying to prove to her family of thieves that she’s got what it takes to be a part of the family business but in her desperation she only makes more mistakes as the story moves along. Cora has only had one friend her entire life, Elio the android who needs a new body, and she would do anything to help him. After a heist goes bad she finds her self in prison with Elio and two other young The Good for Nothings was an enjoyable adventure involving the most unlikely group of convicts. Cora Saros is trying to prove to her family of thieves that she’s got what it takes to be a part of the family business but in her desperation she only makes more mistakes as the story moves along. Cora has only had one friend her entire life, Elio the android who needs a new body, and she would do anything to help him. After a heist goes bad she finds her self in prison with Elio and two other young convicts; Anders the broody big guy (my favorite character) and Wren the Earthan (human) who is just too perky and can’t stop talking. While in prison the Warden blackmails them into going after a treasure in return they get their freedom. The story is full of adventures, close calls, and Cora finally learns what family is really about. I would totally read another adventure involving these characters!I was provided with an electronic ARC through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • (Love, Stars and Books)
    January 1, 1970
    (I received an eARC from Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)Book review: The Good for nothings by Danielle BanasThe Good for nothings by Danielle Banas Genre: YA, Sci-fi, RomanceRating: 3.5/5 stars(Review)(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)I loved the author’s other book, The supervillain and me, so I was eagerly awaiting this book!I found it fast paced and loved the conflict, it gave me Guardians of the Galax (I received an eARC from Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)Book review: The Good for nothings by Danielle BanasThe Good for nothings by Danielle Banas Genre: YA, Sci-fi, RomanceRating: 3.5/5 stars(Review)(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)I loved the author’s other book, The supervillain and me, so I was eagerly awaiting this book!I found it fast paced and loved the conflict, it gave me Guardians of the Galaxy vibes which I enjoyed. It was action packed and thrilling, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. It also reminded me of Cinder and Sanctuary, which I both loved. There is an interesting cast of characters and the story is motivationally driven with a lot of mistrust. I did not connect to the characters, but really enjoyed the story with a tinge of romance. All fans of sci-fi books with heists and tons of adventures should check this book out!
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  • Harley Williams
    January 1, 1970
    This ARC was provided by NetGalley for an honest review and is crossposted on GoodReads and NetGalley. SPOILERS AHEADThe Good for Nothings by Danielle Banks is a young adult novel that takes the idea of a thief making a deal to steal something valuable for their freedom with a sci-fi twist. To me the best part of this novel was the characters, Cora being my favorite. She was realistic with flaws especially the trauma from her emotionally abusive mother. Anders had a great backstory that fit his This ARC was provided by NetGalley for an honest review and is crossposted on GoodReads and NetGalley. SPOILERS AHEADThe Good for Nothings by Danielle Banks is a young adult novel that takes the idea of a thief making a deal to steal something valuable for their freedom with a sci-fi twist. To me the best part of this novel was the characters, Cora being my favorite. She was realistic with flaws especially the trauma from her emotionally abusive mother. Anders had a great backstory that fit his character and added a touch of darkness to the novel. Wren was too perky for my taste and Elios was your too human android, something that has been done too much. I would love to see a sci-fi YA novel were the android was an android. The worst part for me was how the ending felt rushed with the biggest problem being the past relationship between Nana Rae and Empress Verena. Honestly it needed a couple pages or paragraphs exploring that. Overall it was a nice little space story.3.5 out of 5
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, a good, entertaining read. Nothing that blew my socks off, but the story moved right along. (I saw something somewhere indicating that this might be Book #6 of a series, but this is the first I've heard that; and I can't find any more info to that effect. But, regardless, it reads just fine as a standalone tale.) There is a host of quirky main characters whom we very slowly get to know, as they head off on a quest together. (Honestly, it greatly reminded me of the original "Guardians of Overall, a good, entertaining read. Nothing that blew my socks off, but the story moved right along. (I saw something somewhere indicating that this might be Book #6 of a series, but this is the first I've heard that; and I can't find any more info to that effect. But, regardless, it reads just fine as a standalone tale.) There is a host of quirky main characters whom we very slowly get to know, as they head off on a quest together. (Honestly, it greatly reminded me of the original "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie.)In addition to the fun characters, it boasted a rather intriguing story, a few surprises, many predictables. There are a lot of betrayals, several of which I did not see coming; and some of which still left the ultimate victorious resolution of the story a bit of a downer. Nothing spectacular here, but all-in-all a fun, entertaining read.I received a free eBook copy of this title from Xpresso Book Tours & NetGalley, and have willingly provided my honest review.This review originally appeared on the So Few Books blog.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 50%The Good for Nothings is a light-hearted take on a thieving space crew that really relies on humor. Of course, what's funny is subjective and unfortunately the humor in this really didn't work for me and made it a pain to get through. By halfway it was clear where the book was going and I decided it was better to cut my losses. The main character is the grumpy, misfit daughter of a well-know crime family who gets in trouble, finds her self in prison, and forms a crew with her cellmates DNF at 50%The Good for Nothings is a light-hearted take on a thieving space crew that really relies on humor. Of course, what's funny is subjective and unfortunately the humor in this really didn't work for me and made it a pain to get through. By halfway it was clear where the book was going and I decided it was better to cut my losses. The main character is the grumpy, misfit daughter of a well-know crime family who gets in trouble, finds her self in prison, and forms a crew with her cellmates. It says it's good for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and Firefly, which I kind of understand although I think Guardians makes more sense given that the characters are so very tongue-in-cheek and lack much depth. This is the sort of thing that could be really entertaining if you enjoy the humor, and could also be better as an audiobook with a cast of actors who can really bring life to the characters. Sadly, this just wasn't a good fit for me. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Cynthia Parkhill
    January 1, 1970
    The Good for Nothings is an entertaining space adventure that throws the reader straight into the action. The protagonist, Cora Saros, is the member of a family whose "business" is intergalactic smuggling. She bungles a family operation -- which is not surprising, since her mother / criminal ringleader assigned Cora a task that played against her strengths, instead of allowing Cora to make use of her actual (considerable) abilities. Cora finds herself and her robot best friend in a prison cell w The Good for Nothings is an entertaining space adventure that throws the reader straight into the action. The protagonist, Cora Saros, is the member of a family whose "business" is intergalactic smuggling. She bungles a family operation -- which is not surprising, since her mother / criminal ringleader assigned Cora a task that played against her strengths, instead of allowing Cora to make use of her actual (considerable) abilities. Cora finds herself and her robot best friend in a prison cell with two other misfits and, next thing they know, the group is blackmailed by the warden to recover a long-lost treasure. There are plenty of important stakes among the members of this ragtag group, and I especially liked the book's message about loyalty and just who your "family" really is. Told from Cora's point-of-view, the story makes for an engaging read with a distinctive "voice."I received a digital ARC of this book through NetGalley
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  • Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine a mashup of Guardians of the Galaxy and Indiana Jones. Add in some of the charm of Heart of Iron and the Lunar Chronicles, and make all of the characters secretly ENFPs. Mix it all together, and you’ve got The Good for Nothings. But although all of the books and films that I mentioned should have made something I would love with every inch of my body, it was…decent, for me. Not bad, but not spectacular, for me.I’ve mentioned GotG twice already, so I’ll attempt to make this quick: this no Imagine a mashup of Guardians of the Galaxy and Indiana Jones. Add in some of the charm of Heart of Iron and the Lunar Chronicles, and make all of the characters secretly ENFPs. Mix it all together, and you’ve got The Good for Nothings. But although all of the books and films that I mentioned should have made something I would love with every inch of my body, it was…decent, for me. Not bad, but not spectacular, for me.I’ve mentioned GotG twice already, so I’ll attempt to make this quick: this novel certainly drew a lot from it, but with varying degrees of success. On one hand, it succeeded in making a classic, irreverent found-family sci-fi, filled with great treasures, banter, and reluctant friendships. But there were some portions that seemed to rip it off almost to a T–remember the “nothing goes over my head, my reflexes are too fast, I would catch it” scene with Drax, anyone?Even though it’s been a solid four years since I’ve seen that movie, it was easy to see that Banas ripped off this gag with lines of Anders’ dialogue. Several times, too. I’m all for drawing inspiration from media, but don’t…y’know, borderline plagiarize it. As much as I love that scene, it fell flat for me with The Good for Nothings.Now, onto my favorite part…found family! Though it’s not nearly as well-executed as, say, Aurora Rising or the Honors trilogy, I still liked some of the chemistry between Cora, Wren, Elio, and Anders. I wasn’t overly attached to any of them, but they were decent characters. All of them had moments of being funny or lovable. However…well, remember how I said in the first part of the review to make all of them secretly ENFPs? Now, nothing against ENFPs, but at their cores, all four of the main characters had the same personality. On the surface level, they had a few distinguishing traits to their names (Wren is cheerful, Anders is secretive and tough, etc.), as we got to know them better, their personalities were startlingly similar to one another.With that aside, I’d say that The Good for Nothings was entertaining, if nothing else. The writing was decent, and the humor fell flat more often than not, but the world-building had moments of being fascinating, and I liked all of the different settings that Cora and the rest of the gang got thrown into. It’s a very light-hearted and feel-good novel, so if you’re looking for something to take your mind off the state of things (which I’m sure a lot of you are), The Good for Nothings would be a great pick for you.Overall, a YA sci-fi that leaned too much on some of the material that it may have been based off of, but was still a fun, feel-good novel at heart. 3 stars!
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  • Alexis Y.
    January 1, 1970
    * I received a free digital ARC from Netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.*The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas is a great sci-fi adventure story packed with enough plot twists that will keep readers guessing at the turn of every page. The characters are well developed and so different from one another that it makes the story very interesting. The main character, Cora Saros, is part of an alien crime family that she just can't seem to fit in with. She sets out on task of e * I received a free digital ARC from Netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.*The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas is a great sci-fi adventure story packed with enough plot twists that will keep readers guessing at the turn of every page. The characters are well developed and so different from one another that it makes the story very interesting. The main character, Cora Saros, is part of an alien crime family that she just can't seem to fit in with. She sets out on task of epic proportions to prove she can be an asset to her family's criminal endeavors. Along the way, Cora and her robot, Elio, meet Wren, an Earth girl and Anders, an Andillan, and the shenanigans begin. Cora also discovers what family really means and that sometimes not fitting in is not so bad.
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