Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Rise Of Renegade X Review

Author: Chelsea Campbell
Release Date: May 11, 2010
Pages: 340 (Hardcover)
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Most Appropriate For Ages: 12+
Where I Got It: For review from Teen Book Scene

Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he only has six weeks to prove he's not a hero in any way, or else he's stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.

To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad's “flying lessons” that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city—despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights—thwart the eccentric teen scientist who insists she's his sidekick, and keep his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies, or stand up to his mom and become a real hero.
I don't know why, but I never paid much attention to The Rise of Renegade X. The cover and description made it seem too childish and aimed for guys for my taste, I guess. So I have no idea why I signed up to review it, but I am SO glad I did!

I am a supervillain addict, and The Rise of Renegade X was no exception. I loved the original world full of superheroes, villains, and crazy scientists and inventions. It's an exciting world, so naturally there was action and romantic tension to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the book.

Damien is one of the most amusing, easy to relate to, and smart characters that I've read about in a LONG time. Damien and his narration is absolutely hilarious, and him and his best friend/ex-girlfriend/sorta-kinda-current-girlfriend Kat play off of each other's sarcasm and those were some of my favorite scenes. They're freaking perfect together. Sarah was quirky, but in a slightly annoying way, but I definitely didn't dislike her.

As I mentioned above, this book a riot. Probably one of the funniest books I've ever read, actually. Chelsea Campbell has a fantastic sense of humor, and she's a fantastic storyteller. I can't wait for whatever she puts out next.

The ending wrapped things up nicely and all, but I can't help but want more of this unique story and wonderful characters. Overall, I loved The Rise of Renegade X and I would highly recommend it.

How kid friendly is it? Eh. There's teen drinking, as well as quite a feel sexual references. (But if you think about it, it's supervillains doing those things, so I guess it is implied that it's bad.)


  1. Damien sounds like an awesome character...I've got to admit, I've been a bit hesitant with this one, but next time I see it I'll definitely grab it. Nice review! :)

  2. I too have seen this book and have felt the same about it as you before you read it. However, your review has definitely got me wanting to read it now. :D



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