Wednesday, 28 May 2014

AUSSIE BLOG TOUR! Rebel by Amy Tintera

Rebel (Reboot #2)
Released: June 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Buy Me:  Found in all good bookstores and online: Fishpond  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she died five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed and healing - along with a lack of emotions - Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot Reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there is only one option left...

It's time for Reboots to become rebels.

Sum Up:
The ultimate, jam packed conclusion to the Reboot duology. Get your hands on this series, NOW.

Behind the 352 Pages 
One word spoiler included below. Highlight to read.... if you dare.

You know the constant thing that had me annoyed in this book, even though it actually wasn't in the book? THE BLURB. Oh how I will kill you, evil, evil blurb! 
And do you know WHY I hated it so much? IT'S SUCH A SPOILER! I could have been emotional and angry, and everything you expect from a scene like that. But no, the blurb just ruined it for me. And the worst part? The bit that was supposed to get you shocked before the blurb-spoiler hit, was actually predictable. I honestly knew it was going to happen, as soon as they said the word, hunt. Actually, I'm pretty sure I had a hunch before that! If I could, I would completely erase that blurb, and replace it with something like this:

'(keep first paragraph)
Now that they have both escaped with the Austin Reboots, they are ready to start a life in peace on the Reboot Reservation. The truths they uncover will put the Reservation leader, Micah on one side, HARC on the other side, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle. There is only one option left...

Do you think this blurb is better than the original?

*rant over*

Other than that downfall, I was completely and utterly hooked on every word. Everything that they all go through is tough, but it makes the book better. I felt torn in between Callum and Wren. It's like agreeing with both sides when they dont agree, yet still being unsure as to what opinion you are leaning against. I guess this is mainly because of the POV change between Callum and Wren. We get to see inside their head, as well as their logic behind their opinion.

I absolutely loved Addie. She was a great side character that provided the right amount of spunk to the story. I admit, it would be bland without her in it. When I look back, I can see how much Wren grows. It's like she is growing into understanding emotions, and being able to fully tell the difference between right and wrong, no matter the situation. And along with Wren, Callum grows as well. We see him develop his mind around the 'Wren will protect me and tell me what to do' thinking. The best part is that he even admits to thinking this, and he changes because of it. He turns into a real leader, and someone that can bring a sustaining future later on.

Even though I got robbed of the big shocker at the start of the book, there were heaps of them littered throughout the pages. Ones that I didn't expect, and drowned me in feels. I swear, I hit the back of my head against the wall after one chapter at the end of the book. You cheer for everyone, you get scared for them, and you wait in anticipation at what is going to happen next, or what is about to happen.

I kept thinking that the ending will be rushed, especially because of the amount of pages there was left when I hadn't even started the final battle. But it actually wrapped up pretty nicely. Especially that last chapter. It was something completely unexpected and it makes us actually take a step back after we finish, and sigh happily. I don't think I have been this satisfied in a series ending.

This is a must read duology, that will leave you hanging for more, and leaving you fully satisfied.
What's Next:
Reboot (Reboot #1)
Released: June 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Buy Me: Found in all good bookstores and online: Fishpond  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. 

Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Wren's favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she's ever seen. 

As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he's always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there's something about him she can't ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line - or she'll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she'll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum. 

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
Author Bio:
Amy Tintera has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, a Master's in Media Arts and is a member of SCBWI. She currently works in the film industry in Los Angeles.

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This novel was received for review via Allen & Unwin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. I was really happy with Rebel. I actually didn't really read the blurb...until I was like 1/3 in...but it still kind of surprised me how much of the the plot they gave away. o.O Maybe the blurb writing was having a bad day? lol! I had a few technical grinches, BUT I STILL LOVED IT. And, oh gosh, I couldn't remember who Addie was. >.< I felt awful! I didn't have time to reread Reboot, but I wish I had.
    Awesome conclusion, though, right?! SO HAPPY.

    1. OMG I forgot who she was as well! It was so long ago when I read Reboot, but I'm glad that it started where it did in Rebel. Really made it memorable. haha I'm a stickler for blurbs, I can't help but read them. If you want to know what I think a good blurb is, look at the blurb for Dangerous by Shannon Hale, it's brilliant!
      YAY! Definitely a series that I'm going to have to re-read together, it was a fantastic duology :)

  2. I am loving this whole duology trend with YA books, it just cuts out the subpar middle book sometimes which is great I say! Lovely review Gina, I'm still unsure about this book.

    1. It's really good isn't it! I'm so happy that so many authors are doing duology's too. Thank you! Hmmm, there is more romance in this book than in the first book, especially as the book continues it builds and builds.....

  3. Tsk tsk, I remembered... Kind of. I remembered her character, but had forgot her name. I loved it too. I actually didn't realise it was a duology until I started reading it. Totally agree twinsie, it wrapped up beautifully. Awesome review miss Gina.

    1. hahaha I honestly couldn't remember who she was at all, until the book started going and remembering before. It was such a long time ago that I read Reboot! Yeah, I remember reading somewhere that it was a duology. I think it turned out better as a duology! None of that fluff in the middle that would have happened and would have dragged the series down, if it was a trilogy. Thank ya lovely


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