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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 skep 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.


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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 skep 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.

30 review for The Good for Nothings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    ***4.5/5 Stars*** The Good for Nothings was an incredibly fun twist on Guardians of the Galaxy meets YA. It had heart, humor and charm wrapped up in a story that was oh so fun! This is the type of book that is impossible not to devour in one sitting. And space pirates?! I. Was. Obsessed! With characters that were flawed and relatable, I found myself deeply caring for this fabulous group of misfits. I could read so many stories about their antics together! So if you’re looking for a book that is f ***4.5/5 Stars*** The Good for Nothings was an incredibly fun twist on Guardians of the Galaxy meets YA. It had heart, humor and charm wrapped up in a story that was oh so fun! This is the type of book that is impossible not to devour in one sitting. And space pirates?! I. Was. Obsessed! With characters that were flawed and relatable, I found myself deeply caring for this fabulous group of misfits. I could read so many stories about their antics together! So if you’re looking for a book that is filled to the brim with adventure, friendship, and humor, then you have to add this one to your tbr! We’d broken a criminal’s only rule. We got caught. From those first few pages, I was sucked right in. This story started out in a situation that mixed humor and action, along with technology like nothing I had ever seen. I was completely addicted. But eventually Cora and her android friend Elio ended up in jail together. And from there they met Wren and Anders. When the four of them were offered their freedom in exchange for going on a dangerous treasure hunt across the galaxies, they were all in! They had SO many obstacles in their way! Including themselves. But I adored the four of them so much. Especially while they were trying to figure out how to work together as a team. The storyline was a wild ride and these characters etched themselves into my heart. So here’s a little bit about each of them….. The only way I could steal from them was if they trusted us completely. Cora: My family was in the business of lying, and I could confidently say the best lies were the ones that you believed to be true. They were the ones that you wanted so desperately; they were your first breath of air in the morning and the last before you went to sleep at night. Cora was from a notorious crime family and her best friend in the world was her android friend, Elio. They had the most beautiful friendship ever, one that felt like true family. I loved Cora right away because she was brave, fierce and cared so deeply for Elio. I love that she tried her best but at times, life got in the way. Be prepared for her to have the most random and bizarre distractions, during a crisis ha. She was just so easy to connect with and love. But Cora was keeping secrets and lies. I understood the whys, I just knew my emotions were going to get tangled in the inevitable fallout. Elio: ”Beep! Beep! Beep!” I couldn’t lose him. Not like this. Not when we were so close. Elio was the cutest android ever and was such a wonderful friend to Cora. His heart felt so pure and I loved all of his little quirks. Like wanting to eat and smell food, even though he wasn’t a human or alien. He was smart and I loved how fast he was able to process things, even sarcasm *heart emoji eyes*. Elio was someone who was not only brave but resourceful and he rounded out their little group perfectly. He is definitely going to charm everyone that picks up this book. There’s no way he won’t sneak into your heart. Wren: Wren reached under her veil and squeezed my hand. “Together we will accomplish great, but possibly not legal, things,” she whispered. Against my better judgment, I squeezed back. “Aye aye, Captain.” Wren was impossible not to love too! She was bubbly, fun and cracked me up! But that girl knew how to steal stuff like no other. And she could easily steal everything in sight ha! She was a fabulous pilot, was beyond loyal and she was someone I’d want to be best friends with and have by my side for treasure hunts and battles. Wren’s heart of gold and bravery was commendable! Anders: There were too many words to describe the sensation, like the endless stars in the sky, the endless galaxies in the universe. Even when we pulled apart, I knew that I would carry this moment, this brief little flash of existence where time and space held still and there was us – only us – with me for infinity. Oh boy. At first I wasn’t sure what to think of Anders, since he was so closed off. He tried his best to keep his walls up, but when they would fall down from time to time, the peaks we would get of him *sigh*. Yup. I was obsessed. When his humor started to poke through I was a goner. Anders was brave, fierce, deadly and someone I swooned very hard over! He didn’t need to know that whatever minuscule bit of camaraderie we had cultivated was a game that I desperately wanted to make real. I absolutely loved the Good for Nothings! There was a little bit of a romance going on that made me so happy! And the moments where I got to be a part of their inside jokes, I felt like part of the team! But deals with the devil were made. Secrets were kept. And impossible journeys and obstacles were around every corner. This story even made me shed a few tears. So if you’re looking for a story that will make you smile, laugh and get lost in then definitely add this one to your TBR! This is the second book I’ve read by Danielle Banas that I’ve loved and I can’t recommend her books enough! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    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 notice They 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover The 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 WRONG This book follows a group of misfit criminals wh Full Review on The Candid Cover The 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 WRONG This 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 CHARACTERS The 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 STORY The 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Banas

    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!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donatella

    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...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dax

    This was a super fun caper, found family, high action story that surprises you with all the feels. This book is chockfull of parents that don't give a damn and the emotional turmoil / baggage that leaves their children to slog around. I do have to say the real story I want to read is of Cora's grandma and Verona!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    3.5 stars Not 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)_/¯

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    I loved this. RTC Thank you to Swoon Reads for my review copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie P.

    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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was such a fun adventurous read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Silly Goose

    I see "for fans of The Lunar Chronicles", I add to my TBR. It's a good, simple lifestyle.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Great fun YA adventure

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linh

    Dnf at 50%. This was trying way too hard to be Guardians of the Galaxy, but fell very short.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chloë

    Review to come. Rating - 3/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dini - dinipandareads

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shohinee Deb

    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......

  23. 4 out of 5

    Grace Williams

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    GG_Reads

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Krys

    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)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anie

    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

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    **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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    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!

  30. 4 out of 5

    S Tondra

    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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