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December 6, 2010

Boook Review: The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
Author: Chelsea Campbell
Release Date: May 11th 2010
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 352
Age: Young Adult
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 has only 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--thwarting the eccentric teen scientist who insists she's his sidekick, and keeping 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.
In a world of superheroes and supervillains, you will meet Damien Locke. He's the typical teenager, dealing with his cheating ex-girlfriend, his supervillian mother and his upcoming birthday. His plans for the future are to study at the supervillain university and become an the best villain.

Except that something happens in his birthday. Instead of getting a V for Villain, he get an X, and suddenly, his future isn't so sure anymore.

Damien Locke is one of my favorite male character of all time. He has a great personality that fills the book with humor, and I couldn't help falling in love with him. He's funny and sometimes eccentric, and you really aren't sure if he's really a super-villain, or his worst nightmare, a superhero.

It was a fast paced book and I couldn't stop reading it until knowing what was going to happen to Damien. Besides, the author creates a world where finding super villains or heroes is normal, but they have the same problems we do, except that they can fly, or whatever.

Overall, I absolutely loved The Rise of Renegade X, and I really wish there would be a sequel. It's funny, original and fantastic, and you shouldn't miss it.


  1. Sounds like a good one, I've had it on my list to buy for a while. Thanks for the review! =)

  2. I definitely appreciated the originality and humour of this book. I don't think I liked it quite as much as you did, but I did enjoy it. Great review. =)

  3. I haven't read this book, but the cover originally really turned me off. Yours is the second glowing review I've seen of it though! Awesome review :)

  4. I loved this book, too. It was fun and different. I am hoping for a sequel too!

  5. I haven't heard of this book before but it really sounds like a lot of fun! Great review :)

  6. I've seen this book around but haven't read it yet. It does sound like a very interesting concept, though.

  7. Finally got around to reading this one and it was great!

    1. Yes, I loved it! And now there is going to be a sequel :P