The Trials of Renegade X (Renegade X, #2)
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The Trials of Renegade X (Renegade X #2)

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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 family...more
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Published September 26th 2013 by Golden City Publishing
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Isa Lavinia

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 charac...more
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...more
Shaun Hutchinson
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 p...more
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11/30/12 Update:

I loved the first book in this series The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell and I can't wait for the sequel to come out!!!
Claudia the Night Owl
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 D...more
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.
Kristi Wong

When 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)...more
Hannah Lozier
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...more
Wendy F
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.
I am a FAN! The first book was hilarious, witty and truly encompassed awkward teenage years.

This book has more heart and deals with the consequences of ones own actions. Renegade, like any teenager is trying to find his place in the world. Though he has an X on his thumb, his actions will decide whether he receives an H for Hero or V for Villain. After being kicked out of his mother's house, X decides to attend Heroesworth high school while living with his Hero family.

We read Renegade strugglin...more
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...more
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.
I very wait this perfect book!!!
Harker US Library
The Trials of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell continues soon after the first novel left off, as Damien tries to become a full hero. Obstacles include his snarky personality, a girlfriend at Vilmore, and an emerging villainous superpower. Having the same themes as the first book, the sequel emphasizes family relationships and the letterism of Golden City society. The narration also retains Damien's witty voice and many elements from the first. Towards the end some plot points were a bit too famili...more
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...more
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 orig...more
Tze Min
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. <3

I 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 rega...more
Warnie B.
Reread it out loud to my husband and almost cried again! Oh, Damien...


...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 ba...more
Carrie Nelson
Loved it!!

I didn't think the second book could be as good as the wasn't. It was better!!! Damien is still my favorite character!! Still love his snarkiness!! And of course Kat and Sarah were back along with some new characters - Riley and Zach. I'm really hoping for another book - I like spending time with Renegade X, his family and his friends!!!
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Well, if you haven't read the first book in the series, THE RISE OF RENEGADE X, plant your butt in a chair and do so immediately. If you love the sound of a snarky supervillain (who's actually half-superhero) with a heart of gold, you will fall in love with Damien. He gets himself into plenty of trouble in TRIALS, and he deserves most of it, but I rooted for him the whole way. There are plenty of other likable characters, too, if you want to pick sides. I...more
Oh my goodness. I loved this book! What an excellent sequel. I'm only annoyed it has taken me this long to finally read it! Damien Locke remains one of my favorite protagonists in any book. Whew! Chelsea, when do we get another? ;)
What a blast! It's a YA superhero book, and I love the main character. He is the teenage son of a single-mom supervillainess, and he discovers that his father is actually The Crimson Flash, a beloved superhero. That creates all sorts of problems in his life. As I said, I love Damien (a.k.a. Renegade X). He is rebellious, sarcastic in a very funny way and always getting in some sort of trouble, but beneath it all he is loyal, sensitive and a surprisingly good guy. The books are a lot of fun, mixi...more
David Harriss
Slow but worth it.

The second Renegade X book starts off slowly. Really slowly. About a third of the way in, things are finally happening, and about half way though X starts finally dealing with stuff.
But once it starts, it gets really good. Character defining moments litter the second half. Action, tension, danger suspense, love, redemption, reconciliation, conflict, and mass violence abound, making the second half all-but impossible to put down.

If characters and character growth matter to you t...more
Shockingly better than the first, amusing as always.
I'm very excited to read this! It's a new story for myself and I hope I will have a chance to read it :)
The brilliant further adventures of Renegade X.

Thoroughly enjoyable read, hoping there's going to be a third part.
Rachel Witt
just as hilarious as the first one, however this one got way to sappy at the end, for my tastes. the whole kat-homecomming drama was a nice touch, but the TV project/apology thing was over the top way to much of a sob story. i adored the wacko sociopathic (to use one of her new favourite words) vigilante. i hated her character as a person through out the first, so when she went psycho, i was like yes!

does anyone know if there will be a third and when it's gonna come out?
This was a great sequel. The universe that Chelsea Campbell has invented with The Rise of Renegade X is clever, and the books are entertaining and thoughtful. All of the characters were great, even if some of them acted like jerks some of the time. And the family drama was just....well done.
Ah, the life and times of a snarky asshat teenager. But as a superhero/villain! What more could you want?

Clean prose, lively characters, and an enjoyable plot make this sequel an excellent follow-up to the original. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about Damien's misadventures in Golden City.
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