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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  638 ratings  ·  191 reviews
In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genet
Paperback, 556 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by REUTS Publications, LLC
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Umbreen I wouldn't call it a total cliffhanger, but I also definitely wouldn't say it stands alone. There are a decent amount of unanswered questions at the e…moreI wouldn't call it a total cliffhanger, but I also definitely wouldn't say it stands alone. There are a decent amount of unanswered questions at the end of the novel and a few things are up in the air at that point, but you are aware of the general situation.(less)

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Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank REUTS Publications & C.L. Denault for my copy of the ARC.


Recently I was finding myself in a huge reading slump, but the last few books I've read have been really good, like 5-star good. This book however just knocked it clean out the park for me. I can't even think straight and watching the percentage hitting high on my kindle was like someone filling my boots with rocks in throwin
Norah Una Sumner

I think I'm a bit obsessed with this book.It's sooo good!I loved the main character and the world building.The supporting characters are amazing,too-I love Asp and Reece,of course.Who doesn't love Reece?


Also,Ritters sound really interesting.And I can't wait to find out more about (view spoiler).Also,I have to mention this beautiful cover because it is completely s
Donita Luz
Do you ever read a book that made you want to unread them right after you finished reading it? No, not because it wasn't a pleasant experience but because you want to read it again for the very first time?

Gambit made that impact to me. I wanted to unread the book because I want to savor each moment. I finished this book all too fast, thanks to its fast-paced plot. Now I want to start and meet each and every character again. I want to go back, and meet Reece, Asp and Willow all over again.

Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mind completely blown with this book! Thank you to whoever it was that commented on one of my videos recommending this book to me! This is totally a hidden treasure that I'm so sad to say isn't known at all!!! Let me just tell you how awesome this book is!

Okay where to begin and then again make sure there aren't any spoilers! AAAH! okay...seriously pull yourself together!

0b1ee0225c9a167a16d0f9d8d30a24c2.jpgThis book is about Willow a girl who knew she didn't really belong with the family she has always known. But little does she k
Book #1 in The Prodigy Chronicles

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In anticipation of Book #2 in The Prodigy Chronicles coming out in March, titled MIMIC, I reread this to refresh my memory of the story because all I really remembered was how much I loved it.  Seriously though, I first read this book three years ago.  I've been waiting, impatiently I might add, for this series to have a follow-up for a lon
Dannii Elle
"It was, indeed, a tricky thing to be a woman."

I received this book on a read-to-review basis from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, C.L. Denault, and the publisher, REUTS Publications, LLC, for the opportunity.

This felt like A Game of Thrones meets Red Queen meets A Throne of Glass. In short: this was epic!

The story initially grabbed my attention as I was launched straight into the heart of the action. The reader learns who is who and what is what through showing not telling as Denault artful
Kisa Whipkey
**Disclaimer: I was one of the acquiring editors for this book, but my review is based on my personal reasons for advocating its publication. Consider it a glimpse into the mind of an acquisitions editor. I was not compensated in any way for my opinions.**

Gambit lays the foundation for a traditional coming-of-age tale, following Willow Kent’s journey — metaphorically and physically — as she grows from a young woman into the woman she’s destined to become. However, it’s definitely the beginning o
Chelsies Reading Escape
The book covers on Netgalley are always really small on my phone so I never noticed how amazing this cover was until I got a copy. I love how the mix of dagger and butterfly fit the story perfectly. I never would have noticed this book if I hadnt seen it in the most requested section.

I havent read a dystopian type book in a while and I forgot how much I love them. This was a well written story with solid world building and a lot of compelling characters. Many of the secondary characters were fa
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A fascinating mix of High Fantasy, Dystopian and Science Fiction. Highly recommended!

Okay, let me just say that this review is going to be very fangirl-ish, so I'm really sorry if I sound like a 5-year old, but this book did things to my little heart and I, well, let's just say I don't know how else I'm supposed to express my feelings if not that way xD Enjoy!

The story follows a sixteen year old girl named Willow who lives in McKaireth (I hope I remembered it right, haha) a p
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Kiss of Deception

I'm so glad that I gave this book a shot as it really paid off. A great debut, for fans of Dystopia and Romance. Admittedly the romance aspect does outweigh the Dysopian , but that didn't bother me.

What did bother me was the romantic interest. However, he did end up growing on me and I'm anticipating that some revelations in the future will help me to get behind the romantic interest more. I loved Willow and thought that she was a strong and (mostly) intelligent heroine.

The whole concept of ab
Hannah Cassie

Now I do see some issues in this book rereading it in 2021 but I must admit, this book is making me so happy and giddy all the time I can get passed them. I went into it again wanting to fall back in love with reading and its exactly what I got!


THE WORLD: So first of all...amazing! It is very dystopian but also not what you know as dystopian world. So we have a capital which is a center of technology and science and then it is surrounded by this electric storm as prot
REUTS Publications
If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, Divergent, or the X-Men you'll want to check GAMBIT out... but, I'm a post, not a cop. How about this, think of it as a hybrid: "The Hungry, Diverging Men X-Games", or something like that... And, as always, our review will remain star-less and bias-less. Please enjoy this wonderful tale– we assure you, you've never read anything like it before!

♥ REUTS Publications
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
****4.5 Heiress Stars****

I really enjoyed this book and instantly fell in love with the characters. I am so glad that I found the second book in this series on NetGalley and was approved for it so I had to read this first.

The world was unique and I loved how each of the characters were developed and went from enemies to friends to hopefully more.
Erin Arkin
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, dystopian
4.5 stars rounding to 5.

Gambit is a story I came across as I was flipping through pages in NetGalley and I am so glad I took a chance on it. I ended up starting this one and being unable to put it down until I finished.

Willow has grown up outside of the Core as the daughter of a tavern owner. I was immediately pulled into this story where people whose genetic makeup means they have skills that make them valuable, are taken and used by the Core for whatever they want. I thought Denault did a won
Melody Winter
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gambit has been on my to be read list for what seems like ages, and last Saturday I found the time to sit down and read it. Everything else stopped. I only lifted my head several hours later when I’d finished.

Cary’s story drew me in completely. I haven’t lost myself this much in a book for ages. I never wanted it to end, and whereas it has a satisfactory ending (for now) I nearly cried when it finished. I want more!

I want more of Willow.

I want more of Asp (Something about him makes me smile but
Minni Mouse
ArgHhhH, why? You were doing so well, C.L. Denault -- what happened?

In case you're like me and was expecting something a bit different, spoiler alert time because this is not what Gambit is about:

This is what Gambit is supposed to be about:

"[The gambit.] It's a sacrifice play made at the beginning of a chess game. Skilled players use it to put themselves in a position of advantage.

Leaving your home for life here was a gambit, sweetheart. No one knows what to expect...and the entire Core is f
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
HannahCassie recommended me this book since she loved it and we're both science nerds. And it really was amazing! I am so looking forward reading the next books!

THE WORLD: It's a futuristic dystopian world and the book takes place around the Core which would be our nowadays London. Technology is really advanced and DNA profiling + genetic manipulation is the key. Why? Because good DNA would equal people with powers! Yes, power like telekinesis or super strengh, etc. You can imagine. Those powers
roxi Net
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Normally I wait a bit before reviewing a book to let it sink in a bit but in Gambit's case, I just finished it and I actually thought about contacting the author (which I've never done) - just to say how much I loved it. It always saddens me to find out that an awesome book is a debut book because I just want to keep reading everything the author's written but now I have to WAIT.


Where to begin? I'll keep it to one breath: (no spoilers as usual). Willow Kent is 16-year old barmaid wh
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, favorites
I recieved an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

In a world where 'skills' mean fame, power and riches Willow and her family try to survive. But when an officer from the Core finds out and questions her identity, Willow will be forced to leave bhind everything she loves.

I became obsessed with the book after its cover reveal. I mean look at the dagger and the butterfly behind!
But when the copy came to my hands, I devoured it. Cary manages to develop many characters and each o
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
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This is not an easy book to review. While the world building was decent, the plot was good and the characters well built, there is an ugly fact that I can't let go of: This book romanticises abuse. Let me tell you how. (There will be spoilers below, but it won't really matter because you really shouldn't pick this book up)

So in this book, our "love interest" is Reece, a very speshul officer who was sent to get Willow because she turned out to be
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

* E-copy received from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review *

I’m so conflicted in writing this review because I liked this book but at the same time I hated it. When I first found out about this book, what really lured me wasn’t the eye catching cover but the intriguing blurb which sounded like totally my kinda book and I also happen to love books having aloof strong male characters in a dystop
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A well written story of Willow, a girl who discovers she's not who she thought she was and her life gets flipped upside down. The world, a future Earth, in GAMBIT is fascinating. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and where the journey would take me. The characters really made this book for me. Willow, even through her tantrums, which I thought were over the top and a bit annoying, is cool, she doesn't like to take any crap. Reece... there's more to you, sir, and I want to know what i ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of my favourite books of this year, Gambit is very different to the sort of book that I like to read. Although I may regard the emergent 'romance-dystopia' genre with cynical apprehension, Gambit is a fine example of a book that pulls 'romance-dystopia' off. With C.L. Denault's excellent writing, this book is an exemplary balance between the two genres. With books of its ilk often forsaking its dystopian
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Narrative-Told in the first-person POV of Willow Kent, GAMBIT’S narrative is completely immersive. I’m talking: from page one you’re pulled into Willow’s head in a graceful and easy-to-read style that shows us more than tells us, not only giving us the information we need to know about the world in a comprehensive fashion (no giant walls of text!), but giving us a taste of Willow’s voice that’s so clear that you can hear her accent in your ear while you read, and you can place her geographically ...more
Rosemarie Short
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gambit just found its way into being my favourite book thus far this year. This is a fantastic read, filled with compelling characters, layered world building and a fascinating plot which, though partially developed, has left me gasping for more.

One of the greatest strengths of Gambit is C.L Denault's impeccable pacing. Development happens in a measured way, but not once was I bored or frustrated. Relationships were built (whether antagonistic or friendly - or in some cases a mixture of the two
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-and-earcs
** I received an eARC of Gambit from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review! **

     Gambit is captivating from the start. With a whopping 500+ pages, I was glad to have a few extra days before my review was scheduled. Who knew that I wouldn't even need the extra days?!

     I finished Gambit in over a span of 5 days. I'm honestly surprised I finished so quickly, but it was just that good. The characters were funny, sarcastic, and very interesting. The main character, Willow, is suc
Thanks go to Netgalley for giving me an arc for this book.

At first I wasn’t quite sure what I would think of Gambit. The main character definitely had a strong feel about her and I soon found myself wanting to read more about her and what would happen. The premise is a familiar one, a girl who finds out she’s not what or who she thought she was and has to adapt and deal with her new life. However, despite the fact that it’s a story element often used in young adult books nowadays, I found myself
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have always liked the long lost princess storyline, and Gambit puts it to good use in this futuristic tale where having the right DNA can make you both valuable and a target. This is a well written and engaging book that drew me in from the start. I liked Willow as a narrator and a character because she came across as smart and independent. I particularly liked how devoted she was to her friends a ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: speculative
This book is different, and that means a lot when it's a YA dystopian novel with a female protagonist. I haven't read any of these though (except for "The Testing"), so I won't compare any of the other dystopian novels with Gambit. Instead, I'll be reviewing it on its own terms.
The story of Gambit is told from the first person perspective of Willow. Willow seems like a village girl, but (of course) has some pretty cool powers that she discovers as the story progresses. I think the major strong p

I really, really enjoyed the book. I've got to say, I know it's not for everyone, and I know there will be people who don't like it, for it is a little different. But, for me, that difference is precisely what I liked about it. I can't even accurately categorize this book, it's like a little bit of everything. It's unlike anything else I've read, while at the same time being a little bit of everything I've read.

The world-building was so unique. Just when I thought I had it figured out, something
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C.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue. A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code-writing skills to stay home with her children (including a son with special needs), and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.

Writing and working out are her biggest passions, along with coffee and sci-fi. When she’s n

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