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Friday, July 9, 2010

The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell

Title: The Rise of Renegade X
Author: Chelsea M. Campbell
ISBN: 9781606840603
Publisher: Egmont
Page #: 340
Source: From My Library

"Damien Locke knows his destiny - attending the university for supervillains and becoming Golden City's next professional evil genius. But when Damien discovers he's the product of his supervillain mother's one-night stand with - of all people - a superhero, his best-laid plans are ruined.

Now forced to live with his superhero family, Damien must prove that he's truly evil. Only he wasn't counting on a villainous plot that threatens his new relatives' safety and will make Damien choose who he really wants to be.

Going to extreme lengths (and heights), The Rise of Renegade X chronicles one boy's struggles with the villainous and heroic pitfalls of growing up."
First Lines:

"Golden City isn't your average tourist trap. Sure, it's got its tall buildings, and the one street everyone knows the crazies hang out on - the teens with green hair and lip piercings that tourists think are an attraction somehow."
Page 2

It's always fun to read a superhero story - I particularly enjoy ones that are written in novel form instead of comic. And this book, to be honest, kinda took the cake. There's something so fun and different about the writing in this book, I almost couldn't help but love it!

I think the one thing that really stood out for me in this book was the conversation... as in, the snarkiness of it. The number of times Damien talked his way into or out of situations was always comical. It was just so clever that I couldn't help rooting for the bad guys... I mean good guys... I mean... yeah, so rooting for the characters.

I can only imagine how hard it would be to write a book from the supervillain point of view. I mean, how evil do you make them? Is every thought evil? Do they just have these crazy schemes to show how evil they are every once in a while? I liked how our main character Damien wasn't always the worst dude in the world - but if you crossed him, he'd put robotic scorpions in your book bag.

I think that anyone who loves superhero/villain stories will get a kick out of this book. I know I did. There's a bit of romance (and honestly, the chicks in this book are always the problem :)), but it's not so much that guys wouldn't want to read this one. So I'm recommending it for everyone. That's right, everyone.

While looking around for the author's info, I ran across her blog. Can I just say that her writing is just as humorous there as it comes across in this novel? I'm kind of impressed and more than a little jealous - how cool would it be for your brain to be that clever all the time?! Too fun.
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Chelle said...

Great review! I'm off to check out the author's blog.

Maria (Serpentine Library) said...

I just finished reading The Rise of Renegade X yesterday and it was a great, fun read. It definitely has a shot of ending up in my top 10 of 2010 :)

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