Monday, June 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera

The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can't-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson, Veronica Roth, and Marie Lu.

After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he's underestimated Wren and Callum.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.

My Thoughts:

His eyes widened in surprise but I already had his arm in my grasp. I swung him around and yanked the arm back as quickly as I could.
I sort of liked the sound of bones breaking. It was like home.

Wow, wow, WOW!!! I loved the first book in this series, Reboot, and when I finished it, I jumped straight into Rebel and I have to say that I loved it even more than book one. So much so that I found myself wishing that this was a trilogy instead of a duology. Now I'm not saying that things weren't nicely wrapped up, because they were. I just find it hard to let go of characters that I've come to love sometimes and I found myself wanting to know more about what took place after the end of the book. But I was still incredibly satisfied with the way things finished. 

I loved that this book was different to Reboot, in that in was written with dual points of view from both Wren and Callum. While these two are pretty crazy about each other, their views on things are at times quite different, and it was such a bonus to get an insight into each of their thoughts and feelings.

"He's crazy about you, you know," she said softly.
"I see other girls looking at him sometimes, and he doesn't even notice. He only sees you."

Both Callum and Wren really evolved as characters during their journey in this book. They were so well rounded. Their journey was fraught with danger and sacrifices and tough decisions, but they handled each step beautifully. And as I said earlier, they didn't always agree on things, but I loved the way that they handled those differences of opinion. They were so grown up and mature, but still maintained a real sense of youth. The romance between Wren and Callum developed so nicely and was a real partnership all the way. Besides the physical attraction that they had, I really loved their admiration of each others strengths. They really developed such a beautiful relationship amongst all of the desolation.  

Micah, how much did I despise you at times! But then there were quite a few characters that I hoped would get there just deserts throughout the story. Rebel had such a range of characters and my feelings for them was just as broad. There was so much good, but then also so much evil.

The action during this book was really stepped up a notch. Or two! It was action packed on almost every page. The pacing... The perfect, on the edge of your seat, page turning pacing. It was really spot on for me. I never felt that things were two rushed or were ever dragged out. I was eager to know what was going to happen but desperate to prolong the ending. 

Rebel was at times heartfelt and emotional, and that threw me a little bit. I really didn't expect how the impact of events would get to me. But it really should have been expected given how much I had come to love these characters. 

I am now such a huge fan of Amy Tintera, and I really hope that the wait isn't too long before I'm able to again immerse myself in the wonderful writing of this author. 

"Is it awesome being you? Do you just sit around and revel in your awesomeness?"

4.5/5 Action Packed Stars

A huge thank you to Allen & Unwin for the opportunity to read and review Rebel.

Author Bio: 
Amy Tintera has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, a Master's in Media Arts and is a member of SCBWI. She currently works in the film industry in Los Angeles.

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