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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
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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
Aug 31, 2013 Wooster rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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
Wow. I absolutely loved this one. Better than the first.

Once again Damien is freaking hilarious. He's one of my favorite narrators and main characters of all-time. The snark is ever present and so great. Just so many great lines in here.

This book has it all. The characters are so well drawn, and developed in such a great way. Seeing Damien and Riley grow to be friends was so cool. The plot is rock solid too. Twists and real emotional scenes.

I can't recommend this series enough
Nov 07, 2014 Guenevere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was amazing! I cannot show my appreciation enough for a well written story, where the characters have depth and grow as people :)
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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!!!
Feb 11, 2015 Lazybee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We will begin with a joke. Enjoy.
If you're on a plane and hear an announcement " Does anyone here know how to fly a plane?" Your answer should be yes because if you're going to die, you might as well die flying a jumbo jet.

The writing style of Chelsea is interesting, so even the basic plots are enjoyable.
This Book should appeal to super hero lovers. It emphasizes on the hardships the protagonist goes through.
The protagonist Damien locke is a special case. He has super hero dad, super villain
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)
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
Apr 09, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-read
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.
David Torres
Nov 03, 2014 David Torres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO he's willing to give being a hero a shot. He has Kat back, the love of his life. And no superhero zombies are around.

SO I was hooked by the little cutesy romance between Kat and Damien in the beginning. Their back and forth teasing and ideas is funny and cute. Yes. cute... in an evil 16 year old corrupted way.

THe sibling rivalry between Amelia and Damien is absolutely priceless! It reminds me of the rivalry between my sister and I.

So one thing us authors like to do is to build our characte
Wendy F
Jan 07, 2014 Wendy F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-na-mg, fantasy, crime, 2014
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.
Aug 17, 2016 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't think it could be, but even better than the first!

Damien's giving at go at this whole 'hero' thing so he can stay with his father's family. But guess what? Deciding to be a hero, even going to their college, doesn't change sixteen years of learning and expectations. Damien thinks Heroesworth is a joke and the fact that the students and teachers there hate him doesn't exactly help matters. Add on the fact that Sarah is acting crazy (his fault), he's being blackmailed by Amelia (his fault),
Jun 30, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2013 Drea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
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.
May 20, 2015 Payton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through out the twist and turns of this troublesome teen's adventures, it shows just what a secret can lead to, especially when that secret is a super-human, villainous power that comes from your mom's father. This book's highs are extravagant and its lows are devastating. With witty dialogue and death defying feats intermingled with the dramatic reveals of a super-human's life, The Trials Of Renegade X will have you clinging to every page. Though a slightly humorous dialogue between the sidekic ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Naruton68 rated it it was amazing
I very wait this perfect book!!!
Harker US Library
Jan 23, 2014 Harker US Library rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2016 D.b. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just wanna start of by saying that I have never read of such an unlikeable character in my life as Damien Lock (groan inducing name by the way) he tries so hard to be a bad boy but he's just a douche that plays childish pranks and does things for "shock value". he's just the stereotypical ass-clown that the ditzy teenage daughter falls for in a crappy sitcom or drama. he's not funny, witty, insightful or even intelligent. he's just an edgy attention whore. He is a petty, del
Sep 03, 2015 Carie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED this book!!! This series is, without a doubt, one of my very favorites EVER :) And Damien is definitely my favorite snarky, sarcastic, half-hero/half-villain with a heart of gold ;) He is SO funny—his comments and his inner monologue are LOL hilarious and wonderful. He has this whole overly-arrogant prankster mixed with sympathetic, decent do-gooder persona that is irresistible! And this book brought out ALL the emotions. My heart was completely broken for Damien a few times—I was honest ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Jonathon rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-romance
Okay so it's been awhile since I read the first book. Like maybe two years. But I still really loved this book despite it's less inspired nature.
Damien is an absolute beast of a narrator. He is so witty and crazy that he just makes all of the dialogue so much more interesting. You know that kid who always talks back and messes things up but is really good at heart? That's Damien. Kat just blossomed in this novel. She did seem a little dependent on her relationship with Damien for any involvemen
Shane Ross
Aug 08, 2014 Shane Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fly-superheros
Damien Locke's internal dialogue is bang on for a funny, endearing, horny, unsinkable, misunderstood teenage boy.

Whether he realizes it or not, he has the best of intentions for the people he loves (even if his actions sometimes go awry). This, despite the fact that the adult figures in his life are HORRIBLE to him, ashamed, angered, and embarrassed by his relationship with his girlfriend and half-villainous genetics (and, ok, his willingness to adopt it as his lifestyle of choice).

The only so
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
Dec 31, 2013 Jael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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
...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 bad) attitude and his good (but not too good heart. I love the exploration of his relationship with hi
Carrie Nelson
Jul 05, 2014 Carrie Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
May 19, 2016 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love all of the characters so much. Damien is the perfect mix of sassy/sarcastic and adorably vulnerable. Sarah is hilariously blunt. And I love, love, love Damien and Riley's dynamic near the end of the book. This book is my favorite installment of the three so far. It is SO good!
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Chelsea M. Campbell grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a lot. And then rains some more. She finished her first novel when she was twelve, sent it out, and promptly got rejected. Since then she's written many more novels, earned a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek, become an obsessive knitter and fiber artist, and started a collection of glass grapes. Besides writing, studying ancient ...more
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