Supernova was superb!

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Hello all! I’m SUPER psyched to talk about the conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s epic superhero series! And you know what that means… it’s time to bring back my Marvellous Monkey suit:

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Kicking off with Renegades, amping up the tension with Archenemies, I had high hopes for this one- and I was far from disappointed. Supernova was the kind of book I looked forward to picking up every time I put it down- which is rather a rare thing for me at the moment.

I’ll admit, this had something of an imperfect start, with the main characters consistently not figuring out some rather obvious secrets. That said, I did understand why they might plausibly not want to see the truth staring them in the face (even if it was frustrating at times!) Luckily this was all just setup for an *explosive* plot. When we finally got their reactions to the big secrets, all was forgiven (well at least from my perspective 😉)

In terms of that plot all I can say is WOW! It my breath away. With blockbuster action and showstopping exploits, this book was an experience. I loved where it took the characters and how the relationships evolved- all the way to the bitter end! This wasn’t just a rollercoaster ride- this went full speed off the tracks and in directions I couldn’t have predicted. Especially where it took the subplot murder mystery of who killed Adrian’s mother- highlight for spoilers: yes, it was what we expected, but I loved that it also wove in the idea that we create our own enemies and have to overcome our own fears.

Sure, there were also treacheries I did see coming- but even they were satisfying because they were built up so successfully and didn’t go for the straightforward solution. I was happy to see that this finale still played with nuanced ideas about good and evil- showing the Renegades true colours and talking of redemption for Anarchists. The power of the ending came from how it delivered on every promise of the premise- and gave us a few extra gifts besides!

Ultimately, I’m flying high with satisfaction for this series. I’m delighted that there’s finally an exceptional YA superhero series out there- and I’d love for there to be more!! (at the very least, I’d suspect a spinoff from Meyer sometime in the future)

My rating: 4½/5 bananas

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And of course, because I shared this series from the beginning with the Magnificent Monkey Baby, I’d like to ask her join us for a moment to tell us what she thought:

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Supernova is a banatastic book!!! Literally! It’s insane but in the most amazing way! It takes such epic twists and turns but feels so satisfying. I love the dynamics between the characters and how they each grow. Also the sheer shmushyness between Adrian and Nova is heart-warming and even sideline characters manage to pull on your heartstrings. It is superbly well done. There is a moment or two where I wanted to knock Adrian on the head because I couldn’t believe how stupid he seems to be (I thought he might have lost all his wits) but those moments are thankfully brief and don’t take away from the awesome storyline and the amazing conclusion to this SUPER Series!

Monkey Baby’s Rating: 4½/5 hearts

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Well you heard it from both of us- we found it an exceptional finale! What do you think of this series? Have you got to the superb ending? Do you plan to read it? Let me know in the comments!

Archenemies was Unrivalled Entertainment!


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Hello, hello! I am incredibly psyched to be back talking about Marissa Meyer’s take on superheroes again– so much so, I’ve got back into costume. Introducing the Marvellous Monkey! Up, up and away!

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I’ll admit, this did have a slower start than Renegades, BUT it picked up pretty quickly and leapt back into the action. Pacing ended up being one of the book’s strong suits- taking the tension to new heights and frequently leaving me breathless.

I also enjoyed the return of all those philosophical debates (Moral Philosophy Man to the rescue! 😉). Personally, I felt it dealt with the issue of power in an intelligent and nuanced way. The lines between good and evil seem so blurry in this story that I often can’t decide which person to support!

I genuinely felt for the characters- they have become so real to me that I became completely lost in the world of the book. Yes, it still reminds me of X Men, but no, that’s still not a bad thing. I am simply thoroughly enjoying this take on the post-apocalyptic superhero story, which focuses more on the question of who even is the bad guy anyway?!

The romance was super well developed too- with added tension of Nova and Adrian both going behind each other’s backs and arghhh I really want them to work it out (but have no idea how it’s going to resolve itself!!) That’s why I’ve invited the Magnificent Monkey Baby to give us her thoughts on where it’s going:

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ARCHENEMIES AHHHHH SHMUSH CENTRAL PARADISE!!!! With so many emotional twists and turns!! And okay Adrian has the best power of all time! If you weren’t convinced it was the best, well now there is no way anyone has a biscuit of doubt about it now. I mean he literally is a power genius. He can literally create life!! Wait is he G-d or something cuckoo?? Are we in for an insane shock? Or is this literally just the coolest person to exist! Anyshmudgens, it’s a wonderful fun butterfly ride and I can’t wait for the next book 🙂

Monkey baby rating:

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(And you guys thought I was hyperactive 😉 ) Thank you so much for that Monkey Baby!

My rating: 4/5 bananas

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So what do you think of the books in this series? Do you plan to read it? Let me know in the comments!

Renegades VS Anarchists! Who do you choose?

*Proofs and other items received in exchange for promo post*

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A while back I did an ARC review for Renegades– a superfun superhero book that plays with the Good vs Evil dynamic! On one side is the ever-so-just Renegades; on the other the allegedly evil Anarchists. In honour of the publication day (*today*) Macmillan kindly offered to send me some proofs and goodies, to pair up with a friend and discuss which is better JUSTICE OR ANARCHY. And, well, I thought that was a supercool idea 😉 So thank you to the lovely people over at Macmillan for this!

 

I decided to team up with my sister, the Monkey Baby, who read and loved the book. So today she’s back on my blog to tell us which side she prefers! After all, what’s better than a healthy bit of sisterly rivalry?

Monkey Baby: MWHAHACHI!!!!!!! 🙂 I chose…… RENEGADES!!! THEY’RE THE BEST IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!! MORE THAN THE UNIVERSE!!!

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Yes we got dressed up for this post 😉

Me: Which was convenient for me, because I’m team Anarchist!! (c’mon if I can pick Loki as my favourite Avenger, I’m naturally going to pick the “baddies” when both sides are morally dubious 😉 )

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Monkey Baby: Don’t be a Schmuck!!  The Renegades have the coolest gadgets and the Anarchists are EVIL!!!!! They’re the goodies!!! Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden are so sweet. They will see right in the end and everything will work out perfectly. You can’t trust the villains!!! Just look at Ingrid!!!!!

Me: Yes typically speaking I’d say they’re a bit extreme 😉 HOWEVER so are the Renegades- they pretty much exemplify what happens when the ruling elite focus too much on orderliness aka they basically become authoritarian. Aside from the fact that I can’t help rooting for the underdog, the Anarchists have a point and are right to oppose them (even if their methods aren’t ideal). Considering everything the Renegades plan to do, I’m not so sure they’re the good guys…

Monkey Baby: But Adrian will turn them into being beautifully upstanding citizens because he has a big open heart and will listen to advice whereas the Anarchists will blow everything  up. I mean c’mon they’re already saving the planet worldwide with all their cool superheroey goodness. And Adrian…. Just Adrian…..mnmmm mmmmmmm…

Me: ahh I may not have a musical number to back it up, but I prefer Nova- I mean, she is Nightmare! Could you think of more of a badass female character? She may not be as mushy as Adrian, but she has a heart! And sure, Adrian may have the power to draw anything into existence, but she’s taught herself how to do loads of cool things, and I always have a soft spot for heroes that make themselves what they are… although she’s technically a villain…

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Me: Or you know, we could work together.

Monkey Baby: I mean let’s face it we’re always better together. 

And on that note, this is available *now* on Amazon UK and US.

So who would you choose? Renegades or Anarchists? Let me know in the comments!

Renegades was pretty RAD!

*Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Yes, I’m unapologetically using the word “rad”, because I am just that cool.

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(I swear this book is better than my awful use of slang)

From the opening line, I knew I was in for an exciting ride. The writing gripped me from the opening sentence and I was utterly engrossed right up until the very end. It was full of great twists and turns, leading upto an ending that I wasn’t actually expecting. I have heard some complaints about pacing for this one, but I just didn’t see it that way at all. For me, the action kept on rolling up and down the rollercoaster from beginning to end.

There was also plenty going on under the surface and had layers of mystery that I couldn’t wait to get to the bottom of. While Renegades perhaps could have done a bit more to keep me on the edge of my seat, given how popular the genre is right now, there was still an element of complexity and just enough intrigue to keep me wondering what was going to happen next.

Now I went into this book fully aware that some people had compared this to the X Men- and there are definitely elements of that. However, for me personally, this felt more like a homage than a ripoff. Especially as there were some cool concepts incorporated into the story. Thanks to a few changes of setting and tweaks to the story, this took on a life of its own. I think it also helped that I wasn’t really expecting anything ground-breaking or original (c’mon at this point, the formula for a superhero story is ironed out and this is a YA retelling of that same idea)

Renegades was somewhat faithful to the idea of what a superhero should be, yet still managed to play about a little with the idea of villainy. This made for some GREAT characters- and I especially liked Nova as the female lead. Plus, it didn’t hurt that the powers, especially Sketch’s, were really cool.

Above all, it was FUN. A lot of superhero stories have lost that lately- but this was thoroughly enjoyable.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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Have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!