Tuesday, 8 January 2013

#181 Book Review: Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2)
Release Date: November 2012
Author: Moira Young
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy:  Fishpond | Booktopia | Dymocks
More Info: Goodreads
They call her the Angel of Death. She defeated a tyrant but victory has come at a cost. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, she needs Jack. His moonlight eyes, his reckless courage, his wild heart. But Jack has left, and a ruthless new enemy searches for Saba across the Dustlands....

JACK! JACK! JACK! I love the model in the cover. He represents Jack so well. Plus, the barren desert behind the guy captures the atmosphere of the dustlands. LOVE IT!


There's a price on Saba's head...

After reading Blood Red Road in the middle of 2012, I was fascinated with the intriguing premise and story of survival in the Dustlands. Moira Young's writing and story behind the book are fresh and unique, a new great addition to the world of YA. After loving Blood Red Road, I was worried about the sequel. Would it live up to my expectations? Rest assured, Rebel Heart is an absolutely thrilling book!

The ending of Blood Red Road left me with only one question: What would happen to Saba and Jack now? And the sequel definitely answered my question. Rebel Heart begins from Jack's POV. After a couple of chapters, the story switches back to Saba's POV so that'll be the only taste we get of the story from Jack's POV. Constantly, I was worried whether or not I will enjoy the story because Jack and Saba are separated in the book. However, Moira Young delivered an exciting story as Saba journeys to different places with her brother, Lugh. The book is more action-packed compared to the first book although I have to admit, Jack and Saba's moments together are the ones I've been waiting for while reading this book. The romance was bittersweet. The ending of Rebel Heart is satisfying although the last page before the story ends left me hanging with another question: OH NO, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NOW?

Saba continues to prove to us that she is an amazing heroine who although is in love with Jack, can fight for herself and the troubles in the desert. She is after all, called the Angel of Death. At first, I really admired Saba but when 'something happened', causing her to lose her trust on Jack, she made a decision which 'changed' her life. I wanted to sympathise with Saba and I did feel sympathy towards her although her choice  in making the decision upsets me. Oh and let me give you a clue about this decision, it involves a guy called 'DeMalo'. DeMalo intrigued me in the beginning but I think the way he acts around Saba is a little bit too creepy. Meanwhile, Jack is still amazing. Sure, he was so 'secretive' in this book but his love for Saba shines and burns bright. Unfortunately, I disliked Lugh, Saba's brother. Also, it is interesting to note that I'm more and more used to the dialect of the book. It's not as strange as I thought when I first read Blood Red Road!

Loved Blood Red Road? Then you definitely don't want to miss the exciting sequel, Rebel Heart! In this second book in the Dustlands series, Saba and Jack must journey to find each other, to prove that love is stronger than the Tontons and the evil that lurks in the Dustland. If you haven't read Blood Red Road? What are you waiting for? If you love books packed with action, adventures and romance, you will love the series!
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Rebel Heart!
Thank you Scholastic Australia for the review copy!


  1. I tried to read Blood Red Road when it first came out, but I couldn't get into it. Maybe it was just a timing thing, because a lot of people seem to love it! I'm glad the sequel lived up to the first one. Great review!

  2. Sounds like I have two awesome books to catch up on, Celine! Thanks for reminding me of this series!

  3. I absolutely adore this cover too Celine, it's so pretty! like Mandee mentioned I haven't picked up this series yet and I have both books! So glad you loved this Celine! I will have to get onto it asap now after your gushing review! :)

  4. YES! I am SO glad you enjoyed this one, Celine! I was so impressed by it and the original road it took in terms of a second novel, so it didn't disappoint at all. Lugh annoyed me too, but I just adored the depth that Saba gained in this and now I cannot WAIT for the next book! Fantastic review!(:

  5. Your enthusiasm is so contagious, Celine! For the most part, I quite liked Blood Red Road (the first half was SPECTACULAR, while the second half disappointed me) but I still haven't read Rebel Heart yet. Incredible review, clearly I must get to it soon

  6. Oh, Celine, WOW. I haven't read Blood Red Road but... this sounds amazing. And, well, like Leanne said: your enthusiasm! It speaks volumes! Amazing review ♥

  7. Lovely review for this one, Celine! I'm very glad that you enjoyed the sequel. I, unfortunately, am a complete punctuation/grammar freak, and in addition with the story itself, couldn't get into BRR >_< . I do think that should these characters still have a grasp on you, then Moira Young has done a good job with this one as well!

    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian


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