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The Trials of Renegade X

(Renegade X #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,395 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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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YEY! Finally! Some free time to read and review books! And IT'S OFFICIAL! Renegade X is moving to my Ultimate Mega Awesome Shelf... of FAVORITES!!!

Ahem, excuse me... Let me get back in time for a little bit. Rise of Renegade X, aka. book 1, was an alright read. It was an engaging adventure with humor to die for and, at the same time, a mediocre YA action book that focused a little bit too much on teenage love drama for my taste. Whatever the case, I remember I appreciated
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 cha
Aug 30, 2013 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
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
Hannah Bradshaw 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
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
This was amazing! I cannot show my appreciation enough for a well written story, where the characters have depth and grow as people :)
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This took me a bit longer to read than most books take me. I completely hated the first 30%. Like to the point I almost DNFed. It was suuuper angsty, and normally I love that in a story, but it was really excessive right out the gate.

I still think it was wrong of Gordon to make Damien move his bedroom up to the attic despite knowing Damien is so afraid of heights that he struggles up the stairs. It wasn’t fair, and it really bothered me.

Sarah was my favorite character in the last book, and the
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5, rounded up to 5.
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
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)
Jan 26, 2015 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
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot: Teenager tries to deal with being bullied by absolutely everyone in his school while his friend gets hit by a personality changing ray and tries to murder people.

Enjoyable. Damien the tsundere becomes bffs with Riley against his will and it is honestly the best relationship in this whole book. Kat get an upgrade from distressed damsel to supportive boyfriend and I grudgingly accept it because I like Damien and they are cute together. The family shenanigans are great as always, and Jess is
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Wendy F
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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.
As soon as your friend starts working on a machine thats supposed to change your personality and make you "nicer" thats when I cut off said "friendship". But then again our main character has no problem forgiving his gf for constantly cheating on him.. ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I very wait this perfect book!!!
Aug 28, 2013 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.
Julie Howard
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I really enjoyed this book and I am so glad I discovered this author, I hope the next book in the series will be out soon as I can't wait. I know it is a series written with young teens in mind but as someone in the older demographic I can say that it can be enjoyed at any age. I love the characters, especially Damien, with his struggles to become either all good or all bad. Love that a flying super hero is scared of heights (highly amusing). think most people struggle to find a place to fit in ...more
Devon Strachan
After book 1 I was confused as to why this series never blew up, why isn't there 100,000 ratings. I was confsed. It was actually good. This installation however showed me just what went wrong. Or what was wrong before and I missed it because of the somewhat original Slice of Life feel to her writing.
See I get what she tried to avoid. Though, by not involving the 'run of the mill' antagonist, or trials, her chapters got predictable and repetitive real quick. Damien's phobias actually staunches h
pauline marshall
Fantastic Sequal

Even though in my opinion this book wasn't as good as the last I still enjoyed it immensely! Damien still has his crude and embarrassing humor, making the people around him uncomfortable but also he has grown more mature in this book with really wanting to be a hero throughout the book and being really passionate about doing what is right.

I really loved Damien and Riley back and forth relationship and in this book he finds friends that he can really trust and rely on. Whilst also
Eye of Sauron
Cooking with Sauron, S1E2: The Trials of Renegade X


One malfunctioning laser gun
One large Great Dane
Paperback novel: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Blu-Ray DVDs: Megamind, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Snark, 1 lb
Teenage angst, 4 oz (diced)
Innuendo, 5 L (powdered)

Start up the Literary Oven™ at 450ºC. Place the novel in between the two DVDs to make a sandwich. Blast the sandwich with the malfunctioning laser gun, then throw it into the oven. Mix the snark, angst, and innuendo in a m
Paula Dyches
A solid sequel but a +18yr old read

Narrator: good pacing, I wish the differences between characters of the same gender were more obvious

Content Warnings:
Language: bitch, ass, damn it - at least no f-bombs
Violence: some fighting
Sexual content: allusions to sexual exploits of under 17 year olds, sexual jokes

Parents: if you’re cool with teens having sex with each other and having it almost blatantly encouraged by main characters—this is for you.

Story: the story was detailed and well written.
Josie Boyce
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason i gave this one less star than the first book in the series, is that the lead character is just so unrelentingly whiny and selfish that i had a hard time liking him, even though, in the end he is 'heroic'. He's such a snot about it. Got in the way for me a few times, but overall a fun read, that builds the world even more than the first book. ...more
Patrick Rauland
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Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew this book would be hilarious but I didn't expect it to nearly make me cry on several occasions.

This series might not be well known about but it has good plot, amazing characters and is incredibly entertaining.
An excellent second installment in the series. Love Damien's personality and voice look forward to reading more. A curious blend of "Modern Family" mixed with "Smallville" ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
When these books irritate me I think about introducing the Slaughterhouse Nine and the Endbringers to this universe.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deserves more hype

Love, love, loved the plot! The author is unmatched when conveying emotion - I was frustrated and angry right along with the characters!
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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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