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Can a half villain ever be a full hero?Damien Locke didn't choose for his supervillain mom to disown him — just because he sort of defied her and ruined her evil plans to take over Golden City — and he didn't choose for his superpower to be flying, a superhero ability that involves his least favorite thing: heights. But now that he's living with his dad's superhero familyCan a half villain ever be a full hero?Damien Locke didn't choose for his supervillain mom to disown him — just because he sort of defied her and ruined her evil plans to take over Golden City — and he didn't choose for his superpower to be flying, a superhero ability that involves his least favorite thing: heights. But now that he's living with his dad's superhero family and enrolling at Heroesworth Academy, he's ready to embrace his new life, get his H, and finally belong somewhere. But belonging isn't as easy as signing up for classes, and Damien finds himself struggling to fit in more than ever.Just when he's sure his fate as a hero has been decided, though, he gets a new villain power that he can't control. And things only get worse when he accidentally screws up one of his sidekick Sarah's gadgets, altering her personality and turning her into a crazed, anti-supervillain vigilante — leaving him no choice but to team up with her annoying superhero boyfriend if he hopes to have any chance of getting the old Sarah back, before she captures — or kills — another supervillain like him....

Title : The Trials of Renegade X
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ISBN : 9780989880701
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Number of Pages : 454 Pages
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The Trials of Renegade X Reviews

  • Gergana
    2018-12-12 06:38

    Fanart included :D YEY! Finally! Some free time to read and review books! And IT'S OFFICIAL! Renegade X is moving to my Ultimate Mega Awesome Shelf... of FAVORITES!!!Ahem, excuse me... Let me get back in time for a little bit. Rise of Renegade X, aka. book 1, was an alright read. It was an engaging adventure with humor to die for and, at the same time, a mediocre YA action book that focused a little bit too much on teenage love drama for my taste. Whatever the case, I remember I appreciated the experience a year ago, but wasn't keen on getting my hands on the sequel right away. For my review on book 1 and a better plot summary clickhere.So, before I go into more detail /aka. fangirling stage/ let me just tell you two things you will notice in The trials of Renegade X, that I definitely wasn't expecting:1. HUMOR IS ACTUALLY EVEN BETTER THAN IN BOOK1 ! The humor is what really attracted me to the series and it's one of the best ones I've seen in a fiction book! It's practically everywhere (apart from the emotional scenes - I'll talk about them later) and it totally cracked me up! If you enjoy books that make you laugh, be ready - this book should come with a warning!2. Deep, emotional stuff. I'll be honest, I didn't expect the story to go so deep and address issues such as prejudism and dysfunctional families. I was impressed to no ends that the author not only gave us one hell of a hilarious book, packed with action and super powers, but also managed to make the characters 3-dimensional, each with their own problems and insecurities. Damien especially is in the middle of all of it. And.....yeeees, even the teenage love drama was actually quite engaging.~~~~~~WHAT DID I LIKE?~~~~~~ 1. Protagonist: Damien isn't your typical protagonist (yeah yeah, we've all heard that before). Honestly, he's SERIOUSLY MEAN! Sure, he's a half a villain - he does and says whatever he feels like, which leads to so much comedy that, if I have to give examples I'll just quote the whole book - it's THAT funny! He is villainous, but he's not evil - Damien, in fact, is the only person who questions the meaning of good and bad, of hero and villain. From his perspective things aren't as Black and White as everyone else seems to believe. That's what makes him so compelling - he DOES want to fit in, but not at a cost of his moral values. And despite his inherent mischievous nature, he still has a strong sense of righteousness that he'll do anything to protect. Oh, and HE HAS TWO POWERS! True, flying is still in progress of mastering, but I can't wait to see him wielding both!2. Supporting CharactersKat, Damien, Riley and SarahUsually, if you have AN EPICLY AWESOME protagonist in a series, the secondary characters tend to be overshadowed by his presence. Not here though! They all manage to fit in the story perfectly and offer additional complexity and entertainment for us, the readers. As I mentioned above, no one's life choices are simple. Each character, be it Damien's new family, his friend, classmates or girlfriend, they all have their own moral dilemmas. They add so much to the humor and the generally light nature of the novel, yet, their hidden layers is what makes this book an even better experience for someone like me.3. Comedy and DramaNo need to repeat myself. I even cried at one point...4. Audiobook narratorAudiobook narrators don't get enough recognition, if you ask me. These people should be at a celebrity level - they are actors with such massive talent, helping bring characters to life, adding so much personality and emotion. Phillip Russell Newman is a great choice for this series! He knows how to make a scene either hilarious or heart-breakingly sad and still fit in in the book's light-hearted nature.5. CoversPrettyyyyyyyyy...~~~~~~WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED (for my taste) 1. Costumes - we rarely "see" the villains and superheroes in costume. I wish they could have more occasions to wear them.2. Gordon - In general, it would've been nice to see more of the grown ups (in costume) doing heroic/villainous stuff more often.~~~~~~MY FINAL VERDICT~~~~~~ When you dread finishing a book, when you actually have to force yourself to pause it and read something else for a bit, just so you can extend the experience, that's how you know that this book belongs to your list of favorites!These books are NOT without flaws (especially the first one), but there was so much that I loved that it wasn't difficult to overlook them.Will I recommend to friends? Hmmm...I wasn't as impressed by the first book, but it DID made me laugh. The second book makes the series worth it, so, my answer is YES! You don't need to be a fan of the super hero genre to enjoy it, and the humor is definitely priceless.RecommendationsIf you enjoyed this series, you might want to check:Vicious by E Scwab - Darker and scarier, it will definitely mess with your head!More books with super powered humans that I thought were alright, but not my favorite:Another Self-published Hidden Gem: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron.

  • Isa Lavinia
    2018-11-25 09:40

    The Rise of Renegade X is, without a doubt, one of my feel-good books. If I'm feeling down, I'll reread it and it just puts a smile on my face. The Trials of Renegade X, however, was a bit angsty - BUT most definitely in a "hurts so good" kind of way.Campbell has a gift: she wrote one of the most awesome YA protagonists to have appeared in print. There are plenty of sarcastic main characters, always with a quip at the ready, but Damien never, ever!, fails to be hilarious! So while other characters like this eventually just devolve into annoying static caricatures, Campbell lets us see the consequences to everything Damien says or does and - surprise, surprise - they're seldom positive. But what I love most about it is that Damien learns from his mistakes and evolves as a character.There are some pretty big issues tackled in this book, as in the previous one in the series, on the nature of good and evil, and while they're masterfully dealt with I would be ruining the plot to expound on that particular part of the plot.One thing I absolutely love about these books: family. In YA, parents are almost always absent (tragically dead, or in need of rescuing, or just conveniently gone with no explanation). That is weird, family is important throughout your whole life and it's always a missed opportunity to not include it in YA books - a genre aimed at a public who are most likely to identify with the struggles portrayed in this book. Damien was kicked out by his mother, who raised him by herself for 16 years, because he turned out not to be the son she expected him to be. The whole situation is complicated, she may have kicked him out but that doesn't mean either one of them stopped loving and caring for the other.Then there's Gordon, Damien's father, who Damien has trouble trusting - this guy only found out about his son 6 months ago, what's keeping him from washing his hands clean of the whole thing and sending Damien on his way? It's complicated, and real, and awesome.Campbell's ability to write family dynamics - not just parents, but sibling relationships as well - is amazing. I wish we'd get more of that in YA. But don't think this book is some kind of downer, which I suppose my review is making it out to be, it's extremely funny! Campbell's dialogues - you read them and they just spark, they feel real, they are fresh and witty! I absolutely love them! Sometimes there are books that just attempt to sidetrack the reader with a lot of flowery descriptions to try and make up for the fact that the dialogue is sub-par, I prefer it when things are straight forward with no flourishes but the dialogue just zings - that's enough for me. Campbell, however, is talented enough to balance description with dialogue, a rarity among writers.I just saw that there will be a 3rd Renegade X book and, quite honestly, I cannot wait, because I know Chelsea Campbell will not disappoint!

  • Wooster
    2018-11-28 04:42

    When I finished The Rise of Renegade X, I savored the sensation of completing a well written unique novel for an amazing 3.2 seconds: the amount of time it took for my eReader to close the current book and open the sequel. I'm honestly worried that I savored that sensation too long. The Trials of Renegade X was easily the best novel I read this year. Campbell took us back into the well crafted universe of the first novel and though told through the eyes of the same protagonist, let us get get to know better the characters introduced but not really expounded upon in the first.Damien Locke, the protagonist and narrator of both novels, is the black sheep of his adoptive step family. A good part of that technically unwarranted prejudice comes from his family (he 'is' half super villain after all, in a world where villainy is genetic), but Damien doesn't really do much to make a case that the prejudices are misplaced. He lies, he breaks things, he gets into fights, he gets jealous when guys hang with his female friends, he's shameless, he's selfish, he makes mountains of mole hills, his father has to bale him out and pull favors to get him involved in anything.To be curt, he's a very flawed character. And that's what makes him amazing.Often when a story has a moral like this to serve, prejudice is wrong, the person on the receiving end of the prejudice is totted as a saint and the world has twisted against him. Not this book. The real magic is watching the people around Damien learn about their misplaced preconceptions as Damien deals with and matures himself through the many sub plots in the book. He goes from flat out deserving all the preconceived flack he gets to actually growing above it all. I've never read a story, that I recall at least, presented like that before. Campbell's flat out spoiled me with her story structure.While the book deals with a lot of tough issues and doesn't shy away from them, it's also full of sharp whit, deliciously snarky monologue, and non sequiturs that kept me addicted to making it to the next page. I laughed, I squealed, I pounded my firsts on the couch in delight as just about every funny quip. I'm in my high 20's and I was acting like a delighted 10 year old. I'll cherish that sensation for a long time.Of the characters Damien interacts with Riley really stole my attention. Riley is a hero classmate who's power is invisibility; when he's introduced Damien is rude and unreasonable to him. (While still creative and funny). It's really hard to word their relationship so I'll defer to this excerpt:He clears his throat and reads from the assignment sheet. "In a team of two, list and discuss the five rules from the League Treaty you feel are most important."This is supposed to teach us team work. And I know Miss Monk partnered us up on purpose because she knows we hate each other - after all, I did spend fifteen minutes of class on Monday talking to an empty chair I pretended I thought Riley was sitting in, even though he was across the room and not invisible. And she wouldn't let Riley out of it when he whined to her after class that he couldn't work with me.The book is littered with instances where Damien is really abusive to Riley. Riley does not like it. He complains, he argues back, he goes out of his way to avoid Damien. He can't stand Damien's guts. He acts like any other teenager would when confronted by an invasive self centered jerk. BUT, he never brings himself down to Damien's tactics. Even when it would be convenient or natural to say something degrading about Damien behind his back, he doesn't. Because he's better then Damien. (Not that that's something hard to do) But he doesn't just believe he's better then Damien in terms of character, he actually is. What gets me is that it wasn't a farce, he isn't made fun of for it (well no more then Damien normally makes fun of anything at least). When Damien observes that Riley practices what he preaches many chapters later, it's one of several turning points in Damien's character. I like role models. I don't come by them very often in fiction especially as a peer to the protagonist that aren't balkanized with a stuffy personality. It was genuinely refreshing.The Trials of Renegade X and the prequel The Rise of Renegade X together make the best novel binge I've had in a very very long time. You'll laugh, you'll be surprised, you'll rage, you'll be struck with awe. Do yourself a favor and pick these up.

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    2018-12-16 04:41

    The Rise of Renegade X was one of my favorite books of 2010, and I couldn't wait for more of Damian Locke's adventures. The Trials of Renegade X was worth the wait. I know it was a long road for Chelsea to bring us more of Damian's story, and I'm glad she did. Just as hilarious as the first book but with more detail and depth, Trials was everything I hoped it would be and more.I also want to point out that this book was funded through a Kickstarter campaign and self-published, but the finished product is just as polished and professional as a book from a Big Six publisher. Chelsea clearly took the time to make sure that this book was perfect. From the artwork to the layout, this book was perfect. This is how all self-published books should be done.

  • Hannah Lozier
    2018-11-28 04:31

    Although The Trials of Renegade X easily outshines its predecessor, the repetition of certain key errors in authorial judgement keep it from living up to its full potential.It's probably no secret by now that am a notoriously low-rating reviewer. A book that I love without occasionally loathing it is exceedingly rare. But I tend to judge how valid that loathing is by how often I feel the need to vent my anger in the margins in order to preserve my own sanity, and I'm disappointed to say that The Trials of Renegade X ended up peppered.That isn't to say the story isn't good -- it's great. And, perhaps more importantly, it's miles ahead of the first book in the series, for a multitude of reasons. Damien is much more well-fleshed out now that author Chelsea Campbell has had time to establish him, and the narrative is exhilarating and well-paced. This second book isn't just better than it's earlier counterpart, but smarter, flashier, and (in my opinion) much funnier. Campbell is growing as an author, and that growth expresses itself admirably in her prose, and in her advancing mastery of the narrative.But, in the same way that everything that was good about The Rise of Renegade X is better in The Trials of Renegade X, so everything bad is worse. There are many small mistakes -- heavy exposition dumps in the first few chapters, for example -- that one can ignore after the story begins to pick up. The real issues lie, regrettably, at the story's core.As in the previous book, Damien is never the problem; the world around him is. The rigid dichotomy between supervillains and superheroes is so pronounced in Trials that it's difficult to take seriously. The system is simultaneously bereft of any outliers, and completely uncompromising to anyone who fails to fit the set of arbitrary rules imposed by either side. There is no one -- no one! -- in this book who questions to criminalization or veneration of entire populations of people outside of Damien himself. Throughout the book, Damien encounters multitudes of people, all of whom refuse to even acknowledge the existence of any grey area between villainy and heroism. No one seems to think that there is some sort of middle ground, the main character included, and no one seems to find anything wrong with judging children by their genetics, rather than by their actions. This is especially true of adults, many of whom bully and belittle him in a way that is flagrantly discriminatory. But despite the fact that Damien casually flings around the term "letterist" -- which would categorize this behavior as explicitly oppressive -- the term is never anything more than a joke. Damien's own parents are some of the most offensively guilty parties, and Damien's willingness to buy into this bullshit charade gives the reader a sense that this is a biproduct of incomplete worldbuilding, rather than being a purposeful disregard of any parallels to real world discrimination. Alongside this, the narrative is frequently heavy-handed and ineloquent at guiding the reader's attention. Several times, I was so blindsided by what Damien informed me I should be caring about or paying attention to that I had to take a moment to try and remember what he was talking about. Nowhere is this more blatant than when the story tries to bring its readers along in getting to know and like Gordon, Damien's superhero father. In my previous review, I mentioned thinking that Gordon was a bit of a bastard, and wholly unlikeable. In Trials his behavior has in no way improved: (view spoiler)[he still blatantly ignores his son's phobias and feelings, frequently overstates their familial bond to the point of discomfort, and consistently acts ashamed or embittered of Damien's existence and origin. (hide spoiler)] The only real difference in the second book is that now, the audience is expected to go along with Damien's transformative adoration of this asshole. Gordon isn't even made out to be a fallible human, who is struggling to make the best of a bad situation; he is made out to be an honorable hero, whose actions even the reader should aspire to, and whose hardship one should sympathize with. Particularly towards the end of the book, this attitude made me want to tell Trials to go fuck itself. I don't feel bad for Gordon at all -- I feel, most humbly, that he is a piece of shit I want nothing to do with, and as a reader, I don't appreciate being railroaded into an adoring relationship with him.To top it all off, many members of the large female cast established in Rise seem to have lost several dimensions by their appearance in Trials, and are personified mostly by whether or not they are willing to have sex with Damien or approving of anyone who would have sex with Damien, which is not a little disappointing. (view spoiler)[Helen, Gordon's kind-hearted and empathetic wife, is turned into a backwards, slut-shaming harpy who will not let Damien have sex with his girlfriend; Kat, Damien's charming and witty girlfriend, is turned into the person with whom Damien has sex with which others do not approve; Sarah, Damien's genius sidekick, is so concerned that Damien doesn't get along with her boyfriend that she turns to personality alteration; Amelia, Damien's in-house rival and half-sister, becomes so concerned with getting a boyfriend that she talks about almost nothing else for the entire book. (hide spoiler)] There are only two real male characters of note in Trials -- Damien and Riley -- but over and over the narrative establishes their female counterparts as props. Cat fights, over-possessive jealousy, and slut-shaming abound, which is sort of discouraging. I often got the sensation that these things were supposed to be cute or endearing -- or, on a more simplistic level, things that, as a reader, I was expected to partake of and willingly indulge in -- and that sort of just made it grosser.I didn't expect better from Trials. Lord knows I liked it much more than the first book. But it did grate my nerves to the point of margin-peppering insanity. And that's enough to rate it below what I think it might deserve, otherwise.

  • Claudia the Night Owl
    2018-11-17 03:43

    Yay more Renegade X! I was so happy to hear there was going to be a sequel I waited Oh so long for this and it paid off well. This book was freaken Awesome! Where we last left off Damien, the love child of a superhero and a supervillian was living with his father, The Crimson Flash, now Damien is going to hero school and not doing so well. The teachers don't like him the kids really don't like him and his sidekick Sarah has been spending more and more time with her new boyfriend "The Invisible Douche" and his own girlfriend is off at villain school. To top it all off a new power has made an appearance: he can shoot lightning out of his hands, a villain power. Then when he accidently zaps Sarah with a personality changing device she made she goes crazy and decides that all all super villians must die. Now Damien and Riley, Sarah's boyfriend, need to fix her before it's too late all while trying to keep his new power a secret from his dad.

  • Tyler
    2018-11-16 08:35

    Wow. I absolutely loved this one. Better than the first.Once again Damien is freaking hilarious. He's one of my favorite narrators and main characters of all-time. The snark is ever present and so great. Just so many great lines in here.This book has it all. The characters are so well drawn, and developed in such a great way. Seeing Damien and Riley grow to be friends was so cool. The plot is rock solid too. Twists and real emotional scenes.I can't recommend this series enough

  • ♥iDevourBooks♥ ☆Sonic~Obsessed☆
    2018-11-17 02:54

    11/30/12 Update:GAHHH!!! 2013?!? THAT'S WAY TOO LATE FOR THIS BOOK TO COME OUT!!!!!!I loved the first book in this series and I can't wait for the sequel to come out!!!COME OUT SEQUEL!!!!! PLEASE?!

  • Guenevere
    2018-11-25 04:34

    This was amazing! I cannot show my appreciation enough for a well written story, where the characters have depth and grow as people :)

  • Soby
    2018-12-10 09:45

    I've been waiting forever to write this review because I started this book months ago and still haven't been able to finish. My inability to finish the book isn't really a comment on the book itself, though. I was really enjoying it, but once I hadn't read it for a few days, I didn't feel the need to go back and finish it (I'm about 4/5 of the way in). And trust me, I tried, but the longer I waited, the harder it was to jump back into the story.Anyway, this is a story about Damien Locke, son of a superhero and supervillain as the result of a single tryst. Given his pedigree, when he comes of age to get his superpowers, his thumb (which marks whether you are a hero or villain) shows an X as opposed to an H or a V for all the other superheroes (hence his name Renegade X). This is mostly back story as this novel is a sequel to The Rise of Renegade X, which I admittedly didn't read (possibly a reason I found this book so easy to abandon). The sequel centers on him living with his superhero dad and adjusting to his stepmom and siblings, sneaking around with his supervillain girlfriend - much to the disapproval of her father and Damien's stepmother, and attending Heroesworth Academy where he hopes to make his dad proud but naturally has a tough time fitting-in. To complicate matters, his best friend/sidekick Sarah has been fooling around with a dangerous new invention as well as with Damien's mortal enemy at Heroesworth.There's a lot going on in this book plot-wise and I enjoyed each and every storyline except for the main one with Sarah's "personality enhancer." Guess I was reading more for the relationship stuff between Damien and his family and friends than for the save-the-world drama. Now that I think of it, this might be another reason I didn't finish the book. Anyhow, as I keep saying, my inability to finish the book isn't a reflection of the book itself: people say this all the time, but this book just wasn't for me. It was actually pretty great and had I been more interested in superhero stories I know I would've eaten the entire thing up with a spoon. The dialogue between Damien and his stepsister is sharp, funny, and total realistic for siblings. Plus, Damien's inner monologue and thoughts are hilarious. That said, I found the Damien to be a little too self-deprecating and down on himself - that definitely got on my nerves after a few chapters. I guess I just didn't care enough about the characters to see how it all turned out in the end - though writing this review is kinda making me want to take another shot at the book.

  • Kristi Wong
    2018-12-01 07:40

    X-ratedWhen I finished Regenade X, I was so hyped! I had to read it's sequel-asap. I admit it was an interesting read but didn't quite live up to my expectation. I have mixed feelings about this one, hence it's not really belonging to the good or bad category- x rated. Like its prequel, it was enjoyable for its quirky protagonist and snarky dialogue but unlike the prequel, the attempts at plot twists were so blatantly obvious. A heads up, Damien loses some of his edge. (at least to this reader) His clever solutions and sarcastic attitude that so defines him is somewhat lost. Some may say that this is to show "character development" and this is because Damien is learning about responsibility and remorse, and just feeling stressed because of his new living arrangement with his superhero family. But his craftiness is part of what makes him so endearing. I was expecting an anti-hero and his brooding/ defensiveness (again, this is purely this reader's opinion) was somewhat taking away from some action/ fight scenes. All in all though, I would definitely read a third book of it is coming out. before coming up with a definite opinion on this one series. hopefully it will involve around some actual crime fighting and not just him cleaning up his own mess. I would definitely be more interested if he does something with his Midnight Marvel identity (A dual identity would be epic!)- I blame it on too many episode of Arrow ^.^

  • Lazybee
    2018-12-04 02:53

    We will begin with a joke. Enjoy. If you're on a plane and hear an announcement " Does anyone here know how to fly a plane?" Your answer should be yes because if you're going to die, you might as well die flying a jumbo jet.The writing style of Chelsea is interesting, so even the basic plots are enjoyable. This Book should appeal to super hero lovers. It emphasizes on the hardships the protagonist goes through. The protagonist Damien locke is a special case. He has super hero dad, super villain mom, he has x print on his finger are some of the things that makes him unique. He never belongs anywhere, he is neither hero or a villain. And he even has a sidekick. This story revolves around him trying desperately trying to fit in, when nobody understands or believes in him. Characters are all really interesting especially his biological mom, whom I have adored. Whom am I kidding. I loved it This book is not bad for a super hero story. This book is recommended to teens only.

  • Kayla
    2018-12-10 07:29

    I really appreciate that Chelsea Campbell had the courage to go forward with her story, even after the publishers decided that it wasn't worth telling. I disagree with them completely. I really enjoy Damien and his snarkiness, and I am glad that Campbell covered a lot of the story lines that were left hanging with the first book. I saw that there is supposed to be a third book in the series. I hope that it is not just a rumor, and I cannot wait to read it.

  • Wendy F
    2018-11-18 10:55

    Yay! This series is really fun!The first one was decent, but really this second one was really awesome!Damien was really a treat, but the really best part of the series is the relationship between Damien and his superhero family.Really, guys, if you're looking for something new and fresh, but light and fun, read this series.

  • Naruton68
    2018-12-05 04:53

    I very wait this perfect book!!!

  • Drea
    2018-11-27 07:41

    More like 4.5. LOVED this book. In a month and half run of bad books, this one was my rescue. I have waited YEARS for this sequel and it was well worth the wait.

  • pauline marshall
    2018-12-03 02:38

    Fantastic SequalEven though in my opinion this book wasn't as good as the last I still enjoyed it immensely! Damien still has his crude and embarrassing humor, making the people around him uncomfortable but also he has grown more mature in this book with really wanting to be a hero throughout the book and being really passionate about doing what is right.I really loved Damien and Riley back and forth relationship and in this book he finds friends that he can really trust and rely on. Whilst also, getting more closer to his father and estranged family really pulled on the heart strings.I gave this a three because I'm sorry but I really didn't like Riley and Kat relationship 😂😂 I still can't get over her kissing his best friend even though it was ages ago and I need to get over it. But I had always hoped him and Sarah would date (even though Riley is perfect for her) but it's whatever! The story was I'll great it lagged sometimes but still entertaining.

  • Josie Boyce
    2018-11-23 07:30

    The only reason i gave this one less star than the first book in the series, is that the lead character is just so unrelentingly whiny and selfish that i had a hard time liking him, even though, in the end he is 'heroic'. He's such a snot about it. Got in the way for me a few times, but overall a fun read, that builds the world even more than the first book.

  • Patrick Rauland
    2018-11-21 02:32

    I was a bit disappointed by the villain in this book.I did like the interaction between Sarah's new boyfriend Riley & Renegade X.I'm really curious what will happen with Renegade X's new power.

  • Foggygirl
    2018-12-05 10:45

    An excellent second installment in the series. Love Damien's personality and voice look forward to reading more. A curious blend of "Modern Family" mixed with "Smallville"

  • Carie
    2018-12-01 08:32

    I LOVED this book!!! This series is, without a doubt, one of my very favorites EVER :) And Damien is definitely my favorite snarky, sarcastic, half-hero/half-villain with a heart of gold ;) He is SO funny—his comments and his inner monologue are LOL hilarious and wonderful. He has this whole overly-arrogant prankster mixed with sympathetic, decent do-gooder persona that is irresistible! And this book brought out ALL the emotions. My heart was completely broken for Damien a few times—I was honestly near tears at some of the injustices and bad behavior towards him, as well as some of his bitter disappointments :( But, I was also SO proud of him for many of his choices, his bravery, his keeping his chin up and soldiering on despite everything, and his willingness to own up to mistakes, admit to embarrassing feelings, and help others—all this AND I was endlessly amused by his personality and antics ;)I loved the other characters in this book, too, including a couple of new ones, Riley and Zach. I adored Damien and Kat’s relationship and how solid they were, despite quite a few obstacles. I also loved Damien’s interactions with Riley, Amelia, Alex, and Zach. And I thought there were some good, interesting moments between Damien and his parents (ALL of them!). I missed his relationship with Sarah from the first book, though they did have a few good moments…The plot kept me riveted and reading at record speed! Lots of twists and turns ((view spoiler)[I never saw that Xavier thing coming!! Poor kid :( I’m interested to see where future stories might take him and how he will interact with Damien…(hide spoiler)]) and some scary, harrowing moments when I didn’t know what would happen next. The story definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails a few times!I enjoyed seeing the continued growth of Damien, though he did have some incredibly depressing and angsty moments in this book. I also enjoyed seeing his deepening relationships with Gordon, Amelia, Helen, etc. and the developments that arose with those changing relationships. I also liked seeing Damien expanding his social circle a bit :)The ending of the book was good, though a little too neatly wrapped up. I figured that (view spoiler)[Damien and Riley would become friends at some point, that Sarah would attack Vilmore at Homecoming and Damien would save the day. I also figured that everything would work out okay for and between Damien and Gordon, and that Damien would end up back at Heroesworth (hide spoiler)], but it was fun to see how it all played out. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in this world again. LOVED every second of this read!! It was well worth the long wait for this sequel and I can’t wait to read more adventures of Damien and gang :) A final note: it’s my fondest wish that Damien will finally get over his issues with flying! Oh, and I would LOVE it if he (view spoiler)[never got an H or V, but always stayed an X (hide spoiler)] ;)Be warned that this book does have some mature themes and violence, but no R-rated language (just some milder swearing). There is some fairly heavy innuendo and some not-so-subtly implied sexual activity, too (though nothing at all explicit or graphic). Also, a bit of kissing and light making out. I’d recommend this book for older teens or adults.

  • Tze Min
    2018-12-08 10:34

    A pretty cool book, with really fun and awesome adventures. And I honestly loved the scenes when Damien was facing self loathing and was brooding, and especially the conversations with his superhero dad and villainous mom. Always been a sucker for family angst scenes. <3I think the author did a great job in describing and narrating Damien in a way that let us understand (on a certain level) him, being a teenager and all. A superpowered teen, but still a kid nonetheless. One who has fears regarding his parents' acceptance of him and his trust issues. I'm sure a great number of the readers can relate to that.One thing that bothered me was a couple of loopholes in the construction of Golden City. The setting is rather believable, though I have to admit when I read the first book I thought it was a little lame (the characters quickly made up for that though). But I don't understand, if the superheroes (more or less) knew where the supervillains lived and vice versa, why couldn't they simply have ambushed them in their homes? Maybe the superheroes didn't because it went against their League Treaty, but it doesn't make sense to me why the supervillains didn't do so. A number of them wouldn't be feeling remorse, would they? Heck, even one of the characters, Sarah, said so and proved it with her research data and whatnot.Vilmore, the school for supervillains, didn't have a reason not to try and destroy its rival, Heroesworth. And Heroesworth probably knows that Golden City would be much, much better off if Vilmore was taken down. Not in the brutal, fatal sort of sense, but perhaps some sort of underhanded method would have to be employed. Maybe they didn't do it because of the whole League Treaty and being an upstanding heroic role model thing, but it's actually necessary and practical for the City, lest they want a repetition of the mind-control plan in Book 1. And I didn't get how the public could be okay with two schools, one for future heroes and one for future villains (mostly the one for future villains), sitting in their city. I thought common sense would have chased them miles out of town by now.I would have given The Trials of Renegade X five stars. The pacing is great, the main characters are awesome, and I've always loved stories about heroes and villains, and this book explored the fact that hero work isn't as black and white as it would seem. The only thing that didn't sit well with me was the unreality of the setting. Or perhaps it's because I've always liked more seriousness in hero work, and some of the plots coming from the villains in this book sounded pretty decent to me, and I felt it would be a lot more awesome if the author took it up a notch.Still, I'd recommend this book for anyone who would enjoy a fun, adventurous ride in an interesting world of heroes and villains. (:

  • D.b.
    2018-12-01 10:55

    I WANT MY $5 BACK!!I just wanna start of by saying that I have never read of such an unlikeable character in my life as Damien Lock (groan inducing name by the way) he tries so hard to be a bad boy but he's just a douche that plays childish pranks and does things for "shock value". he's just the stereotypical ass-clown that the ditzy teenage daughter falls for in a crappy sitcom or drama. he's not funny, witty, insightful or even intelligent. he's just an edgy attention whore. He is a petty, delusional, deluded, conceited, and depraved little b*stard that Chelsea should be ashamed of for ever having birthed into existence I remember liking the first book. not sure why but the more she expanded her world, the more I hated it. it's adorable how the author tries to create some kinda moral issue centered around society hating the villains but here's the thing. THEY DESERVE TO BE HATED. All they do is commit felonies and try to take over the world. they go to a special school that teaches them to torture, murder, and hide the bodies. She tries to portray it in a similar way to racism but it's clear that philosophy and sociology are outta her depth (as well as logic)I've never repeat NEVER seen such a god awful abortion of logic in my entire life. it's clear to me Chelsea Campbell never grew out of her angsty teenage faze with her warped idea of what a likeable main character is and her bankrupt understanding of morality or just common sense ("why is society so mean to those poor megalomaniacs?" lol)the plot is lackluster with a formula of melodrama, teen drama, angsty-teen drama, and Damien.....fck you Damien.this is the worst book I have ever read and I used to read a lot of books. emphasis on "used to" because this book made me so sick that I didn't want to read anymore. it took me an entire year to pick up another book. and two years to write a review because the mere thought of this book and...Damien (*cringes) made me cycle between seething rage and a dark depression. Good points: the world has potential it's just sad that Chelsea wasn't competent enough to achieve its potential. if you are an at all grounded person, avoid this at all costsI'm hoping that she'll step up her game for the rest of the series but after having read the plot overview for book three, it would seem my prayers will remain unansweredthe popularity of this "novel" is proof that the emotional maturity of western culture has regressed

  • Katherine
    2018-12-15 05:49

    Didn't think it could be, but even better than the first!Damien's giving at go at this whole 'hero' thing so he can stay with his father's family. But guess what? Deciding to be a hero, even going to their college, doesn't change sixteen years of learning and expectations. Damien thinks Heroesworth is a joke and the fact that the students and teachers there hate him doesn't exactly help matters. Add on the fact that Sarah is acting crazy (his fault), he's being blackmailed by Amelia (his fault), and he's getting new villain powers (genetics fault) and life is certainly not any easier.This book really deals with the whole HEA idea often left behind by one off books. We knew from the last book that Damien has made the choice to go hero, but what would that really mean? Yes, he is a guy who wants to do right, but in what way? And can he ever really embrace the whole 'hero' thing when it sets out to reject him at every turn? Campbell explores this magnificently and does not make it easy for Damien while she does so. Deciding to pick one aspect of himself doesn't mean that everyone else will agree and Damien continues to find himself on an island which makes his decisions that much more understandable and at the same time difficult to see him going through. The decisions he makes are based on trying to please those around him but also trying to stay true to himself- and while you know that you can't really please everyone, it gets even worse when you're trying to stay a snarky sixteen year old at the same time. Consequences of actions are played through and explored and they don't just affect Damien, but all of those around him. He works through a lot in this book and the directions and choices were really impressive to me. This book has opened up a glimpse even further into this universe with more to come, so I can't wait to see what happens to my favourite half-villainous hero next!

  • David Torres
    2018-11-16 06:38

    SO he's willing to give being a hero a shot. He has Kat back, the love of his life. And no superhero zombies are around. SO I was hooked by the little cutesy romance between Kat and Damien in the beginning. Their back and forth teasing and ideas is funny and cute. Yes. cute... in an evil 16 year old corrupted way. THe sibling rivalry between Amelia and Damien is absolutely priceless! It reminds me of the rivalry between my sister and I. So one thing us authors like to do is to build our characters up. Make everything look like it's going great, only to send them crashing back down towards rock bottom. And that character enters the crucible. Where the character is either forged into something stronger, or they shatter and break from the stresses of their tribulations. This is what happens in this book. Damien makes mistakes, and it's up to him to fix them. The stakes are much higher now and Damien discovers just what it means to be a real hero. the metamorphosis Damien's character underwent is absolutely remarkable and powerful. And even though Damien's epiphanies and pondering is quite serious, there's still that added sarcasm or joke within them to add that bit of Damien flair. THe love between Kat and Damien is much more developed now and is given its own spotlight in the novel. And I absolutely love that. I'm having trouble writing a review because of the sheer awesomeness of this book. I'd have to quote the whole book to get someone to understand just how good this was. All I can add is that the message communicated to the reader in Damien's video (the one he broadcasts in his underwear to the whole world during his dad's tv show) is so powerful, that it gave me chills and actually made me tear up a bit. That's quite the feat!Congratulations Chelsea Campbell, you've written yourself a damn good book.FIVE STARS!!!!!!!

  • Jael
    2018-12-02 09:29

    Damien is back in this second installment of Renegade X. After getting kicked out of his home by his mother, Damien is living with his biological father, step-mom, and his half siblings. Of course tensions exists due to his choice of Girl Friend, the shape-shifter Kat who's a supervillian. Damien is going to Heroes school and trying to fit in and not doing so well. To complicate matters, Sara, his trusty sidekick, is zapped by a behavior modification weapon (?) on the worse setting that was originally intended for Damien. Also, Damien has a new surprise... flight isn't his only superpower.... dum dum dumFor the most part, the book was a quick read for me. The story moved along in a consistent pace. I like how later in the book Damien faces the pull of being a villain or a hero because of his heritage. Based on the cover, I thought there was going to be altercation between him and Kat (I had though that was Kat on the cover, but maybe it's Sara). One thing that bothered me in this book was how Damien treated other people. He comes off as bratty to Gordon, his biological dad, which I can understand since Damien has been abandoned by the only family he knew. However, he basically condescends and even bullies Riley (Sarah's boyfriend). In most of the scenes, Damien comes off as being jealous of Riley's and Sarah's relationship since she doesn't rush to his side when he's not hanging out with Kat. Additionally, the world building is interesting but questionable. Since a virus makes the v or h appear on the thumb of an individual to determine whether they are going to be a hero or villain... does anybody fight against it? Are they're villains who just try to live normal lives without being villainists?

  • Jonathon
    2018-11-27 09:51

    Okay so it's been awhile since I read the first book. Like maybe two years. But I still really loved this book despite it's less inspired nature. Damien is an absolute beast of a narrator. He is so witty and crazy that he just makes all of the dialogue so much more interesting. You know that kid who always talks back and messes things up but is really good at heart? That's Damien. Kat just blossomed in this novel. She did seem a little dependent on her relationship with Damien for any involvement in the plot, but they just work so well together. Sara fell off in coolness and went to that inescapable realm of "maybe a plot point?". Her story, while central to the endgame, didn't impress me all that much. Daimen's villain mom doesn't appear until like the end (view spoiler)[except in the hospital with his brother (hide spoiler)] and then they seem to part on at least speaking terms. Right.Overall this book seems to be more centered on Daimen's relationship with his Hero family. Amelia fleshes out to her own character and Gordon starts to become an actual person instead of a hero archetype. Also, Damien and Kat's relationship takes center stage as what propels a good deal of the action. It really become a Romeo&Juliet situation (without the suicide, thankfully).My only criticism of this book is that all the hero-y stuff seemed to dissolve from the last book. Damien only appears in costume maybe twice? Gordon never does and Riley didn't even seem to have a super name.Overall very well written but maybe lacking some more genre references to the superhero pop culture that inspired it. Sick cover art though.

  • Cathy
    2018-12-15 05:43

    4.5 stars. I waited a long time for this sequel and it didn't disappoint. I just loved the first book in the series, The Rise of Renegade X it was such a breath of fresh air. It was brisk and witty and sarcastic without crossing over into being snarky. It was youthful but had an appeal that was really timeless. And it was just a lot of fun. So of course with that kind of first book I worried a bit if the second book would live up to my expectations. After all, with a series like this it couldn't have the surprise of the cute premise anymore, we already know that Damien grew up thinking that villains were the way to go and superheroes were the worst thing ever. You can only carry the idea so far, right? Wrong! My vague worries were all for nothing, Chelsea did such a great job writing the second book in the series. It was still funny, still sweet, still exciting, still just great. This kid tries so hard to be tough, and he's so vulnerable, he breaks my heart. While he cracks me up. He's sixteen! She might be better at writing a realistic feeling kid than anyone else I can think of in fantasy/sci-fi. I alternated between wanting to shake him and hug him, what could be more real than that? The book was just a ton of fun. My only complaint was that I finished it book too quickly.

  • Lara
    2018-11-16 09:48

    ...aaaaaaaand, totally worth the wait!This series is so much fun, and the characters so great, and I love that it isn't just about superheroes and supervillains duking it out--it's much more about family and friendship and expectations and finding (or making) a place for yourself.Once again, the dialogue is hilarious, and I can't help but love Damien and his smart mouth and his bad (but not too bad) attitude and his good (but not too good heart. I love the exploration of his relationship with his dad, the ultimate goody-goody superhero, and with his half-sister Amelia, and with his best friend's boyfriend Riley. I love how he and Kat interact, and though it sort of surprised me a little at first, I also kind of loved how open he is about sex (cause, you know, teenagers have it and like it and sneak around their parents to get it sometimes). I actually cried a little towards the end, which I totally wasn't expecting. But I love Damien that much, for all his faults (and there are many). Another beautiful job, Chelsea, and I so can't wait to read more about Damien and crew, cause clearly we have to find out what's the deal with young (or perhaps not-so anymore) Xavier, yes? :)------------------------------Reread it out loud to my husband and almost cried again! Oh, Damien...

  • Shane Ross
    2018-11-24 08:44

    Damien Locke's internal dialogue is bang on for a funny, endearing, horny, unsinkable, misunderstood teenage boy. Whether he realizes it or not, he has the best of intentions for the people he loves (even if his actions sometimes go awry). This, despite the fact that the adult figures in his life are HORRIBLE to him, ashamed, angered, and embarrassed by his relationship with his girlfriend and half-villainous genetics (and, ok, his willingness to adopt it as his lifestyle of choice). The only sour note was how hard the author tried to sell how Kat and Damien as a supercouple. I... didn't buy. Kat is ok but she's boring, unlike Sarah. I started the book Team Sarah but the I familiar with Riley and softened. Regardless, the protagonist spent a lot of time telling everyone repeatedly that he wouldn't be kept apart from Kat but I never saw a good reason why they should be together.The quibbles I have with the plot and character development are easily overlooked because this is a light, charming read. Recommended, y'all.