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The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.

Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through t
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Entangled: Teen
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Carrie
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Yes folks, I have returned to the science fiction once again. This time we are staying on Earth and battling the invading aliens, woohoo! Valiant by Merrie Destefano is a young adult romantic science fiction fantasy read that is extremely fast paced and action packed.

In the very near future in America (2037) we have a second great depression era going on along with a drought and energy crisis. However, Americans have obtained a bit of hope in the form of a space ship called Valiant which is set
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D.M.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imagine your stuck on a time loop. You have one goal, to stop your brother from dying but if you knew what was going to happen would you also try and save a few others? Sara is given the chance to change history. She is visited by an alien who is again the invasion on Earth. He tells her what she needs to do but it isn’t easy. Sara wants to save the boy she has always had a crush on and her close friends. She has re-lived armageddon over and over. She has to find a way to save what’s most import ...more
Anastasia シ
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full Review on my blog!
3.5 - 4 Stars
*a copy was provided by NetGalley* 

Sci-fi, aliens, time travel, and futuristic things. Yes, YES, and YEsss. All things I love. But this, I liked it just enough, that it fell short of great.

Valiant is different and unique in its own way. A very quick, action packed, fast paced read. It definitely will grip you from the start. I'm excited for when it actually does come out.

Although the beginning of this book felt VERY rushed. A LOT happens in the first few page
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Rae
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book in advance. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see if there might be a sequel sometime in the future!

I blasted through this book in less than 24 hours. I have a couple of ARCS that I'm currently reading in preparation for their publishing dates in December, and I was a little nervous I wouldn't get through them in time. But
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Christy
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t think I’ve ever wanted the next book in the series more than at the ending of Valiant!

The Valiant has taken off and - uh - the aliens have invaded. Much like the Apollo missions, the Valiant was intended to bring people together but all that was thwarted when silver-turn-smoke aliens pull an invasion of the body snatchers.

Protagonist Sara has the blessing of knowledge, now in charge of saving the world. But first, she has to save her brother, because saving her brother means saving the w
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, 2018, sci-fi
Thank you to netgalley and Entangled Teen for the review copy in exchange for an honest review

A book with a gorgeous cover and an interesting plot where we need to save one person that will save us all. I love those kinds of plots. Unfortunately I did not get a whole lot more from this book than this. I rarely rate books 1 star, and it feels harsh, but I didn’t enjoy any part of this book and I would be lying if I did. I only finished this as it is an arc and it was only 160 pages on my ereader
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Misty
Alright, the reviews on this so far are pretty positive, so maybe I'll be in the minority when I say: no. god no. sweet baby jesus, no.
Anyway, my review of this is ehhhh...rantish, rant-adjacent, and >will be up closer to the release, but some spoilers for it are in >this recent DNF video.
Carien
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, ya
You can bet I pre-ordered this book after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. Then I was offered an Advance Reader Copy, and I just couldn't say no to the chance to read it early.

The book begins with a prologue to explain the situation and what is at stake: After the launch of the Valiant aliens attack earth and for some reason they're particularly interested in Sara's brother Gabe. Only minutes into the invasion he is killed. Then Sara meets an alien who sends her back in time and tells her
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Olivia Farr
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Valiant" is a fast-paced, YA sci-fi/thriller. Set in the future, during the second great depression, Earth has just launched a shuttle called Valiant to go to Titan and mine for resources. Immediately after the shuttle launches, the Earth is attacked by aliens known as Xua. The Xua can turn into smoke and inhabit human bodies, controlling them in a zombie-like state before killing the host. They inhabit and take over humans across the planet in one night, killing so many people.

Sara is a teenag
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Alaina
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Valiant was a pretty interesting book to dive into. It could've had more world building but since it gave me so much action and it was pretty fast paced - I overlooked it. In this book, you will see aliens (Xua) invading earth countless times. Now if this sort of sounds like something you've read or watched before.. it probably does. For example, Heroes or The Host. However, it also adds some time travel into it.

Besides all of
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Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

*Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the advanced copy for review!!*

Quite honestly, Valiant is one of the most intriguing and fast paced science fiction books I have read in a long time. Don't get me wrong I have read books that have had me feeling like I was a part of that world but Valiant had a different feel. From page one Valiant takes off and doesn't slow down for a moment. Valiant was a page turner that had me flying through t
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Jane
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this advance copy from the author through Netgalley.
Merrie Destefano has produced yet another galloping, heart stopping adventure.
Most of the world is excited about the space mission to Titan. It is supposed to save the world – but Sara knows better. She knows the launch of the Valiant triggers an alien invasion that destroys life on earth. She knows because she’s been fighting this invasion over and over and over again, and every time her brother dies, her life is reset to this day t
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Katherine Paschal
** Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ **
Sara and her friends are just as excited as the rest of the world's population to see the Valiant space ship launch since it gives them hope for a better future. But when it launches, the alien invasion will begin which will wipe out almost everyone. But Sara already knows that, because she has lived this over and over again. With the help of a rebel alien, she has traveled through time to attempt to stop the death of the one pers
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Dee/ bookworm
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#Valiant #NetGalley

publisher synopsis: The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.
Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.

And for whatever reason
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Becca
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I received a free copy from Entangled Teen for my honest review.

This book was a fast-paced, sci-fi adventure! Every chapter ended with raised stakes or a new mystery, so it held my attention all the way through. I actually finished it in one day. :)

Some favorite things about the book:

-I enjoy reading YA books that have a positive sibling relationship and I thought it was really sweet that Sara would have been protective of her brother Gabe even if the fate of the world didn't hang on his fate.

-T
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Sarah
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast read, science-fiction/mystery/thriller. This was a good one if you enjoy adventure. I am a fan of Destefano and was happy to read this arc. Good action but would have liked a little more romance. Will be the kind of book my students who enjoy a science fiction read will enjoy. Than you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
Tammy
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the sci-fi of this one. Romance was very slight. Lots of action. Open ended for next book. Sara was a great main character. Not too perfect and not whiny. Some twists in this one. Can't wait for next book.
Lacy
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Do you know what Valiant would be great as? A DCOM. But not the current ones. I mean like back when they made movies such as Zenon, Stepsister From Planet Weird, and Jett Jackson.

Valiant was an okay read. I felt it lacked in world building. While the story felt futuristic, I didn't really get a read on the era. And I think it tried to do too much. Was it about aliens (who reminded me of The Host)? Was it about time travel? Heroes (as in the tv show)? Or was it a romance? Also why was the Valian
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Lenore Kosinski
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I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

3 stars — OK, I know this is going to sound childish, but I’m not a fan of not knowing ahead of time if a book is going to be the first of a series or a standalone. Does it matter in the end? I suppose not. But I find if I think it’s a standalone (as I had with this one), as I get closer and closer to the end, I begin to panic wondering how it’s all going to get
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Kim
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
**I received this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

I really wanted to love this book, it has a little bit of everything I love, sci-fi, aliens, time travel, and futuristic things. I thought the book was okay, I liked it enough, but I thought that it fell just short of great.

I'll start with what I wasn't fond of and wish there was more of..to me, the lacking part in the story was the world building, I felt like I dropped in on a series that was already established. It took me
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Kelly
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

It is 2037 and the world has changed a bit. We have a second depression going on, we have had government programs in which so called genetics were bred for war and we are launching a space ship called Valiant on a space mining mission to a planet called Titan. As soon as Valiant is launched we are in trouble; Earth is invaded by an alien race called the Xua and they are here to kill and destroy. Our main character Sara is the one person who can
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Aden Polydoros
VALIANT is impossible to put down! This book takes you by the hand and pulls you into an action-packed adventure filled with intriguing characters, fantastic world-building, and one of the most unique species of aliens that I’ve ever read. With its high tension and non-stop action, this book is perfect for fans of THE 5TH WAVE and DIVERGENT.

I was invested in the characters from the first page. You can really feel Sara’s connection to her little brother and her love for him. Although his first de
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Laila
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing.

The Valiant rocket launches into space in order to look for resources to save a struggling Earth. But at the same time, an alien invasion begins. A teenage girl named Sara discovers that her younger brother is key to the invasion somehow, and recruits her friends to do everything they can to try and protect him.

The beginning of this book felt very rushed. So much h
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Tina Lynne
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Valiant is a heart stopping ride, one that dunks you head first from the prologue and keeps you guessing with every twist and turn till the very last word. And just for the record, this had better not be the end. I cannot find anything about a follow up and I NEED MORE!

Valiant has a brilliant set of characters: Sara, Gabe, Justin, Natalie, Billy, Carla, and Ella. This end of the world apocalyptic story is in a constant state of movement. And it is brilliant. The world building is good but y
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Kat
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was a brutal story, and not in a bad way.

I was instantly in this story from chapter one. There are parts to this world that take a few more chapters to really wrap your head around it, but overall, I was hooked!

And I was really surprised with the time travel elements. We are thrown into this crazy, completely brutal alien invasion where the main character is approached by rebels. Their mission for her is to repeat the invasion until she is able to successfully save her brother until the nex
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Michelle (Firstbooklove)
(I received a free ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Valiant by Merrie Destefano (2 stars)


Valiant by Merrie Destefano
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Romance
Rating: 2/5 stars


(Review)
(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

The Valiant mining mission was supposed to save everyone on Earth, but the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, the citizen’s fates are sealed and the alien invasion begins. They come
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Felicia Allen
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am freaking out over this book! Aliens are normally not my thing, but OMG. And then that ending. I didn't know if I wanted to cheer or throw the book. I resorted to stomping around my house because the copy I read was a personalized autographed copy that I won in a giveaway.

Sara wasn't your typical protagonist. I was relieved to see that the author didn't resort to using a cookie cutter type character for her (or any of her characters). All of the characters were relatable, believable and real
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Wendy
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so that cover. Stop. Just gorgeous. I’m not normally a big sci-fi reader, but the cover and blurb hooked me. I was offered an advanced copy for my review, and I honestly loved it.

I was hooked from the start with Merrie’s first person point of view so you feel and see every action packed moment from the beginning. It opens with the main character learning about time traveling and an imminent invasion by smoke morphing silver aliens. And then it’s more nonstop action. I love her characters,
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Kimberly Kosydor
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Merrie's books always grab me from page one and Valiant was no different. I was consumed by this story up until I read the final word. This novel had all the things I love: sci-fi, aliens, adventure, post-apocalyptic mayhem, strong sibling relationships, time travel, non-stop action, female characters who kick butt, and even a swoon worthy romance! I was in tears by the end and now I need book 2 asap! This story is unlike anything I have ever read! It combines several genre's seamlessly and it e ...more
Katrina
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is all action. It is a quick, fast paced read that had me right from the start.

An average girl is tasked with saving the world, specifically her brother, from an alien attack. She does so via time travel. There is A LOT going on from page 1, with an alien invasion, training friends on how to fight them, time travel, mirror portals, skin sites, military conspiracy and who to trust.

I would have appreciated some more world building, character building or descriptions, but I didn't mind
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