Released:May 11, 2010
My rating: 4.5 / 5
Synopsis (from Chelsea's blog):
Damien Locke knows his destiny–attending the university for supervillains and becoming Golden City’s next professional evil genius. But when Damien discovers he’s the product of his supervillain mother’s one-night stand with–of all people–a superhero, his best-laid plans are ruined as he’s forced to live with his superhero family.
Going to extreme lengths (and heights), The Rise of Renegade X chronicles one boy’s struggles with the villainous and heroic pitfalls of growing up.
My thoughts on why you should buy this book:
Damien (aka Renegade X) is not just some punk with a cocky attitude who wants to be a villain, he's real and likable and although he may not want to admit it, he has a conscience. I loved the way Chelsea captured Damien's inner struggles and included his thoughts...which didn't always match what he said and had me giggling. Not only does he have his super hero/villain issues to deal with, there's his ex-girlfriend, Kat, whom he wants to be with her BUT doesn't want to get hurt again, plus his side kick wannabe Sarah. I must add that I loved Sarah to pieces. She is awkward to say the least and really, really wants to be his sidekick. The two characters compliment each other so well, when they were together the humor & adventures were non stop!
I don't know if it's from seeing the Spiderman movies too often (I have two boys) but as I was reading, for the first time ever I couldn't help but think how awesome this would be on the big screen. I mean I often think that AFTER reading a book but never during. Earlier this year Chelsea posted on her blog that Disney had optioned the rights to make her book into a made for TV movie, I sure hope this happens.
Although I am unaware of any sequels at this point, Renegade X has to come back and... save the world or something!? There is so much more for him to do, I hope we get to see him again :)