Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Abbreviations #40 | Retribution Rails, Renegades + Batman: Nightwalker

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman
Series: Vengeance Road #2
Previous Book in Series: Vengeance Road
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Source: ARC received from the publisher (Thanks!)
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Reece Murphy and Charlotte Vaughn come from two different worlds, and their paths cross one day when they are on the same train – he as a member of the Rose Riders gang and there to rob the train, and her to chase a story as an aspiring female journalist. As each of them tries to outmaneuver the other for their own purposes, secrets from the past -theirs and other folks – start to come to light, secrets that could change the course of both their lives. Now, I adored Vengeance Road when I read it last year, but I can say with confidence that Retribution Rails is even better! I immediately took a liking to both main characters, Charlotte with her determination to succeed in her chosen career path and Reece’s rough edges around his good heart. It made it easy to be invested in the outcome of the story, despite the novel’s slow burn start, and once I was reeled in, this novel didn’t let me off the hook. I certainly enjoyed this one and would recommend checking it out!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Series: Renegades #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Source: ARC received from the publisher (Thanks!)
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The Renegades are heroes, beacons of hope and peace for their establishment of peace and order in an era of chaos. But there are still some folks who hate the Renegades, and that includes Nova, a girl intent on vengeance for a wrong committed to her family. Disguising herself as a Renegade hopeful, Nova infiltrates the organization she hates – only to find that things might not necessarily be as they seem from her perspective… So, I was eagerly anticipating Renegades after it was first announced, and I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint! It was such a fun read, with all the superheroes, supervillains and a plot that had me turning pages quickly to find out what would happen next. My favorite thing about this story, however, are the themes tackled in the story – heroism, villainy, and the different sides to having special abilities as a prodigy – since that was really fascinating to think about. I really liked this novel, and I’m eagerly anticipating the release of the second one next year!

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Series: DC Icons #2
Previous Book in Series: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Source: ARC received at NYCC 2017 (Thanks!)
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Eighteen-year-old Bruce Wayne is about to come into his inheritance when a run-in with the cops forces him into community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds many notorious criminals While working at Arkham, he meets Madeleine – a girl who is smart, brilliant and has ties to a gang called the Nightwalkers who have been targeting Gotham City elite. As the investigation into the Nightwalkers’ crimes continues, Bruce must try and figure out the mystery that is Madeleine and her secrets. Now, while I adore the BatFamily deeply, Bruce Wayne has never really earned a large portion of that love. I said this in my Goodreads review, but it perfectly captures what I mean – “I’ve admired him, and I’ve feared him, and I’ve accepted him as the head of a found family that he put together himself over the years. But I never loved him.” Suffice to say that changed with Marie Lu’s take on a teen Bruce Wayne. This story had a thrilling plot and strong character development, and I absolutely adored it! There were nods to Batman’s world, plenty of banter to make me smile and overall, it was a damn good read. The world needs to get ready – Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker is definitely here to take it by storm. Cannot recommend this one enough!

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