Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Review: Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Rebel Heart (Dustlands #2)
Author: Moira Young
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry, 432 pages
Publication Date:  October 30, 2012

From Goodreads:
Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?

My emotions are all over the place right now. I liked the book, but so many things made me crazy. It's raw, emotional, and dark. Horrible things happen. Saba is going through a bad time, and I felt torn about that. On the one hand, I hated badass Saba being so weak emotionally. That's what made Blood Red Road such an incredible read was having such a strong heroine. Her strength was her…strength. And not to have that….

On the other hand, her falling apart made the book, and Saba, feel more realistic. She has been through a horrific things. Being a prisoner, having to fight, killing Epona, etc. She was so focused on getting to Lugh and now that she accomplished that, it makes sense that she would start feeling everything she had pushed down. So it all bubbles to the surface and about the first quarter of the book Saba is basically freaking out.

Then it's another journey. To find Jack. There are two things that bother me about this. First, that's what Blood Red Road was about, only instead of finding Jack it was finding Lugh. So it was a bit repetitive as far as that goes. And then Jack. He's barely in the book! I hate when the author chooses that route to keep the main characters apart. And then when he is in the book…Jack, you are a stupid stupid guy and I'm disappointed in you. You make me wonder how much you actually care about Saba.

And then DeMalo. And the heartstone. I can't say anything because it will spoil things, but let me just say. No. Freaking. Way. I don't like where this is going. And Lugh. I couldn't stand him in this book. Obviously he went through a lot being a prisoner, and we don't get to find out what, but still. The way he just kept on and on about Jack. Before there was even a reason to think anything bad. Although, in the end, I have to admit that he has a point, and I actually agree with him.

I love Molly…and Maev…and Emmi. Tommo…I'm worried. I love the animals (crow, wolfdog, camel, horse), who have as much personality as people and who play a large role in the book.

I know this review makes absolutely no sense if you haven't read the book, but this is what happens when I write a review right after reading the book. But I'm about to start the next one so I wanted to go ahead and write it. I still highly recommend this series, and I guess the fact that I feel so strongly about the characters and what is happening speaks volumes.

The world Moira Young has created is eerie, stark, dangerous, and brutal.  

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I have the first book of this series on my TBR list, can't wait to start it!

  2. I really enjoyed Blood Red Road, but ended up not like Rebel Heart very much at all. The characters weren't very likeable in it and I didn't like where the story was going. I gave up on it after that, won't be bothering with the next book.

  3. I will email you as soon as I get my hands on this one and the third one and read them! Hopefully it will be soon!

  4. Man I might need to reread this. I remember a lot of things making me crazy too and your review jogged my memory for a lot of them but my recall isn't as clear as I'd like it to be. I'll have to put off reading Raging Star most likely. Regardless, I'm glad you like this series!!

  5. This sounds pretty powerful, but I have to admit that it probably isn't my type of book. I've heard descent things about the series, so maybe I'll check it out sometime. Maybe.