Review: Renegades

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

 

Who hasn’t been excited for this book?! The thought of a story about superheros… good vs evil, who will win? I was hesitant to start this after the bomb that was Heartless (don’t get me started) but because my love for The Lunar Chronicles is so strong, I was willing to give this another try. I was not disappointed.

Short recap: Nova was born into a time where superheroes are everywhere – people born with extraordinary powers, they are known as Renegades. They are supposed to protect everyone. But when they don’t protect Nova’s family from being murdered, Nova vows revenge. She grows up to be a secret member of the Anarchists (the bad guys). She vows to bring an end to the Renegades and seek revenge for the loss of her family.

Holy crow I loved this story more than I should admit. I was absolutely fascinated with everything! The thing that stood out the most was the powers everyone had. I really did expect the normal powers… you know, invisibility, telekinesis, fire, water, blah, blah, blah. But oh no – Meyer put some thought into these characters! It made me wish I was more creative and could have thought of a good superhero for the contest she had recently. (Between you and me, I did create my own character while listening to the audio of this book. Her name is Wink and while she may not be the most creative, she made me feel like I had some sort of creativity… If you want me to go into more detail about her, let me know!) To get an idea of some of the powers these characters had: one could move through mirrors, one controlled bees/wasps/hornets/insects like that, one would know your deepest & darkest fears, one could switch between human skin and rock. Those are just a FEW of the powers. How cool was that?! I won’t give them all away – you’ll have to read to find out what else is mentioned.

Now onto the main characters: Nova and Adrian. I loved Nova so much. I felt her pain from the moment her backstory was given. She had so much passion and determination that she lept off of the pages. She was brilliant, clever, witty, and still growing. I also loved her character arc. She grew so so much as the book progressed that I kept wondering what she would do. See, since her true identity was always hidden, she chose to go undercover and try out for the Renegades. Of course, she made it and played a double agent type role. But the more she learned about the Renegades organization and the actual Renegades, her hardness slowly started to soften. Were they all really as bad as she thought they were? Then there is Adrian, the post boy for the Renegades, also known as Sketch. He is the son of one of the founding members of the Renegades that died a mysterious death. He was adopted by two dads (!!!! Insert my excitement for two dads!) – two more found members of the Renegades. That means he has some very big shoes to fill. Adrian tries every day to make his mom and dads proud. Unbeknownst to anyone, he has some secrets that come out over the course of the story. Again, I’m not giving anything away. You have to get a copy of the book to find out!

There is some romance in this story, as with any Meyer story, but I don’t feel it overpowered the actual plot. It was a slow burn between Adrian and Nova. It did not give me super gushy feels but it made me curious what would happen to them in the next book.

The overall plot was brilliant. I already mentioned it above – Nova (who has the power to make anyone go to sleep and is known as the super mysterious Nightmare) wants to seek revenge on the Renegades for not protecting her family like they promised they would. She will not rest until the organization is destroyed. But she discovers there is so much more going on behind the scenes that she just does not realize. Needless to say, things are not always what they seem.

I cannot say enough good things about the first book in a new series by Meyer. I could not get enough of this story. When I wasn’t listening to it, I was thinking about listening and finishing the story (it was a long audio, btw). But then when it was over, I was sad because I have to wait so long for the next book.  I will say that book 2 was set up perfectly and I cannot wait to see where this series goes.

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Review: This Is Not The End

This Is Not the End

 

This book caught me off guard. I was not ready for it to be as captivating as it was. I borrowed it from my library because it was a “new release” and was surprised not more people are talking about it. Once I started, I was pushing it on everyone.

Short recap: Lake is coming up on her 18th birthday, which should be a joyous occasion but she lives in a time when turning 18 means you can bring someone back from the dead. She has the chance to bring back anyone she wants. The plan has been to bring back her older brother who has been a quadriplegic for years (the family plan has been to end his life before her birthday so he can be brought back healthy and whole). But everything changes when Lake gets into an accident that takes the lives of her best friend and boyfriend. With her 18th birthday just weeks away, who will she choose to bring back?

Lake, the protagonist, was a really good character to read. I connected with her and her struggle. Her emotions came through loud and clear – what was the right choice? Her boyfriend? Her best friend? Her brother? I was not a fan of Lake’s parents at all. They were the ones that made Lake promise at a young age to use her resurrection wish on her brother. Then after the accident they constantly reminded her in the snarkiest and rudest ways possible what her duties and responsibilities were. Even her brother was the biggest and rudest jerk on the face of the planet, and I’m being nice when I use those terms. Read the book and you’ll know he was so much worse. The character that I struggled with understanding was Ringo. Ringo was a boy Lake went to school with at a very young age. He stood out and was memorable to her because he had a huge birthmark across half of his face. They ran into each other at a therapist’s office and struck up a conversation. I like how Ringo was straightforward with Lake but I didn’t like how a relationship/romance started between them, almost like instalove. If nothing else, this story did not need a romance. Plus, it started so soon after her boyfriend passed away so it felt… creepy and wrong.

There is no way I’m going to ruin this story by telling you who she picked, but know the plot was well thought out and stayed on course. There were no hidden topics brushed over or weird outer space aliens thrown in for a plot twist. This was a dang good solid story of a girl struggling to figure out who she wants to bring back from the dead. Even though she had everyone pressuring her, she stayed true to herself.

I found the premise of this story fascinating. The story does not state that it is set in any distant future so maybe it’s just an alternate reality from ours. There was not backstory as to how one was able to resurrect someone but only that it could be done and it could be anyone. The one thing that was stressed was that the person brought back might not be the same. They could not be all there mentally. I was still captivated by the thought someone could be brought back and it made me wonder if I would do that to someone I loved… bring them back from the dead.

I really want people to read this story. It is a quick one yet it will leave you guessing until the end. Please, add to your TBR and read this one. Come back and let me know your thoughts after you do.

 

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October Monthly Wrap Up

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Hello everyone! I promised myself I would be better at my monthly wrap ups so here we are! I knocked a lot of want to reads off of my TBR so I’m proud of myself for that. I reread a favorite (Geekerella FTW) and groaned with disappointment when some of my anticipated reads turned out to be massive duds.

Books I Read

I roughly finished 37 books in October. As always, I feel I could have done better. I’ll admit, I DNFd a couple of these books but GR counts them anyways. Most were through Overdrive while two were sent by publishers for book tours and/or review, and a few were through my Audible account. Thank you to the publishers!!

Total for the year: 360/100

29 – Audio

8 – Physical

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October Book Events 

I attended Texas Teen Book Festival and it was amazing. I was blown away by how great it was (check out my recap of the festival here).

November Book Events

I don’t have anything on my radar as of right now but that could always change. Until that does, I’m going to continue to plow through my TBR. 🙂

 

How about you? What did you read? What bookish events are on the calendar for you?

 

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