Rebellious: A Review of REBEL HEART by Moira Young PLUS Giveaway!

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2) REBEL HEART
Moira Young
432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Source: Hardcover from Big Honcho Media
Rating: LOVED

Nothing is certain and no one is safe in the second book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy, which MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog called “better than The Hunger Games.”

It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.

What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.

   The sequel to Moira Young’s fabulous debut, BLOOD RED ROAD, is just as incredible. Fans of dystopians, thrillers, and non-stop adventure – REBEL HEART delivers.

   REBEL HEART starts off simple enough – Saba and her gang have to head towards the Big Water and meet up with Jack. But Jack is no longer the Jack Saba knows. Lugh isn’t the twin Saba knew. And Saba… well, we see a different side of Saba in this fast-paced sequel – a softer side, a more vulnerable side, though the hard-headedness is still there.

   Moira Young’s second novel, thankfully, doesn’t suffer from the dreaded sequel-syndrome, though the story did start off slow. Very slow, with Saba seeing things that weren’t there. But soon, the plot got so complicated, I didn’t know who to root for, who to side with, and what would happen. I was thrown in the midst of chaos, running beside Saba as she fought off horrid head-collectors (yes, they collect human heads), wolf dogs, and the desires of her treacherous heart. Yes, REBEL HEART was rebellious.

   REBEL HEART took my emotions and scattered them everywhere. My heart broke for Tommo, for Jack, for Saba, for Lugh and even DeMalo. It pounded for Nero and Tracker and Maev. And when I flipped the last page, I just couldn’t believe what happened. My mind was spinning, reeling, pounding. What started off so simple became so complicated – I just couldn’t believe it.

   Just like with BLOOD RED ROAD, Moira Young ends REBEL HEART with enough loose threads to keep you anticipated, yet with enough closure to make it feel like a standalone. REBEL HEART was unputdownable, unbelievable, and perfect.

   Just read it.

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Want to experience the glory that is THE DUST LANDS? Big Honcho Media is offering one lucky US/Canada winner a custom t-shirt, water bottle, and a copy of BLOOD RED ROAD and REBEL HEART! Enter right after the page break!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Rebel Heart giveaway hosted by SimonTEEN for your chance to win the first two books in the DUST LANDS trilogy by Moira Young. The giveaway ends on October 31. Enter here!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    October 22, 2012

    CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK! I wasn't so sure about the writing style when I picked up the first one but I was sucked into that world and didn't look back. I can't wait to return!

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    October 22, 2012

    I loved Blood Red Road and can't wait to read Rebel Heart. I am glad to see that it totally lives up to the first one. Awesome review!!

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    October 22, 2012

    Cannot wait to read Rebel Heart! So excited that this book doesn't suffer from the usual sequel woes. This book is probably going to make me feel all the feels. =)

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    October 22, 2012

    thanks for a great giveaway! I'm dying to read this series :)

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    October 22, 2012

    I am so so so excited for this one. I loved Blood Red Road. I am so glad this one lives up to it. Thanks for reviewing!

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    Books And Beyond

    October 22, 2012

    I just bought book 1 a few days ago. I'm pretty excited for this! Than for hosting :-)

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    Christy Maurer

    October 22, 2012

    Love these books! I cannot wait for the 3rd! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    October 22, 2012

    You've made me even more excited for this book! I was worried that it might not be as good as the first, so thats for the great review!

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    October 22, 2012

    I absolutely loved Blood Red Road. So I'm definitely excited for this release. SO glad you loved it. Cannot wait!!

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    October 22, 2012

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! I've been wanting to read these books since I finished The Hunger Games books. I hope to win! Not only would I love to read them but I could give them to my boyfriend for Christmas (I lost my job last week so it would help out)… he's been wanting to read them too! Thank you for the chance to win these great books!

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    October 23, 2012

    ACK! I'm so excited for this! I loved Blood Red Road so it's great to hear that the sequel is also good. I'm glad it's got lots of action in it and picks up the pace.

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    October 23, 2012

    I loved Blood Red Road and I'm so glad to hear Rebel Heart was just another one of those second book fillers.

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    Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    October 24, 2012

    These are such fab books!! Thanks for the giveaway. =)

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    Christina K.

    October 24, 2012

    Thank you so much for this awesome review! I haven't read the first in the series, but I know from your review that it will be awesome:)

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    The Book Belles

    October 25, 2012

    I've been interested in this series for a while and now I'll definitely be checking it out :) Thanks for the great review!

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    Natalia Belikov @ Dazzling Reads

    October 26, 2012

    HOLY COW! what amazing giveawy! thank you so much to you and SimonTeen for this super great contest! I love Moira Young so much!! woohoo!! fingers crossed ^_^

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    Natalia Belikov @ Dazzling Reads

    October 26, 2012

    and now this is my comment for the “review entry”
    I totally agree that “doesn't suffer from the dreaded sequel-syndrome” Rebel Heart is a strong sequel that is equally important as the first novel! I loved it! <3333

    Wonderful review ^_^ yay!

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    October 26, 2012

    Glad to see so many people liked Blood Red Road. I haven't read it yet but it does sound really good. Thanks for the chance!

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    Kimberly Barban

    October 29, 2012

    awesome review! Can't wait to read it! thank you for the giveaway! :)

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    Aimee Nelson

    November 7, 2012

    thank you for the review, it makes me so excited to read this! ive heard nothing but good things about it! Plus i think they might be making this into a movie so i always like to read the book before i see the movie!

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    Tom Parisi

    December 22, 2012

    Just finished blood red road. WOW!!! I couldn't put the book down.
    What a world Moira Young created.I can't wait to read the next book.