Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Read: November 16th-December 1st, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Series: The Shaw Confessions, #1
Format: ARC, 384 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review

Description from GoodReads:

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.


   Only play the games you can win.
   When I first encountered the Mara Dyer trilogy, four years ago, I was shocked and completely unprepared. The series was unpredictable, and constantly made me double think everything I thought I knew. It was a thrill to read, and I couldn't have been more excited to pick up The Becoming of Noah Shaw, when I first heard about it. That was until I had the book in my hand, then everything changed.
   I basically hated everything about The Becoming of Noah Shaw. The first, basically starting with the first page. At the beginning of the novel there was a warning for the readers, this warning contained a warning that the novel contained death, self harm, as well as a few other things. Where this should have been a pro thing, the wording of the end of the letter was terrible and completely contradicted the purpose of the letter. The final warning was to warn the reader that the book contained a lot of sex. Which once again, is completely fine, but the final sentence said something along the line of: " but if you need a warning, then you're probably reading the wrong book". I understand that the sentence was directed towards the sex warning, but the placement and wording made it seem like it referred to the entire warning, thus leaving a bad taste in my mouth.
   The Becoming of Noah Shaw can not be read on it's own. I read the final Mara Dyer novel, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, back in 2015, roughly three years ago. With this, I have forgotten many things that had occurred in the series. With this being a new, but connecting series, I had thought that not remembering everything wouldn't be a problem, that Michelle Hodkin would probably recap what had happened. Of course I was wrong, and so everything was so confusing when reading the book.
   From what I did remember from the previous series, it felt as if the entire novel was just erasing all the progress that had happened when the original series had completed. Every little progress that had been made, all erased because the author had no idea what to make the story about.
   Then the final straw that occurred, that made me officially done with the novel, was that the villain of the book was suicide. And before you say anything, it wasn't the villain in the way you think it would be. Michelle Hodkin made suicide the villain in a way that it was as if one of the main characters was messing with the other characters heads in a way that made them kill themselves. The way it was written was as if the characters should be scared that they'd eventually kill themselves too. It honestly felt like such a joke. Why, out of all the different villains you could have used or created, you decide to choose a problematic topic. I hope that anyone with any sort of tendencies, who has picked up the novel, reads the warning and decides not to continue with the book.
   The Becoming of Noah Shaw was a problematic mess, one that I will never be picking up any of it's sequels. The novel has even left a foul taste in my mouth when I think of The Mara Dyer series. I hope for better in the future, from the author. 


Favourite Quote:

"The scars you can't see are the ones that hurt the most."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror, Abilities

Monday, January 15, 2018

Guest Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Release Date: January 26th, 2016
Read: December 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 336 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?


  We were stars. We were music. We were time.
   I love The Selection series, so when I found out Kiera Cass had a standalone book I was dying to   read it. 

   I received The Siren for Christmas and about a week later started to read it. I was really fascinated in the beginning when she was becoming a Siren, because I've always been more interested in books that have interesting beginnings right from the start.  As I read, I became interested in the whole concept of a siren, how they lived, how a siren’s voice was poison,  and how her singing could kill.  I really enjoyed where the ocean would come in to hear about how a siren lives and have such a deep connection to her sirens, especially Kahlen. I do wish there was more about the history of the sirens, it would help to really understand them, and the ocean, because at times the ocean was a bit confusing.

   I was fond of the story between Kahlen and Akinli, but I wish things moved slower between them. Like how did Kahlen grow to like him so fast if she knows people easily fall for her? Like, what? I would have really loved to read behind how Kahlen first became a Siren, as well as more about the sirens that had left the ocean, like Aisling who was originally there for 100 years. 

   Besides that, I really did enjoy The Siren and was I was satisfied with the ending.


Favourite Quote:

"He saw me not just as a mysterious beauty, but as a girl he wanted to know.”  ~Kahlen

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Mermaids, Romance, The Selection

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ohana Reads 4th Blogiversary!

   For the first time since starting my Blog, I missed my Blogiversary. The last year has been almost completely different than any other year, I continued on with University, I got a job as a bookseller at my favourite place on earth, and I completely neglected Ohana Reads.

  When I first started to notice the gap between the blog and I, I blamed it on University. If this past year has taught me anything, I would say it taught me that I have changed as a person, as along with me, my determination towards the blog. With this realization, I've come to understand that I will never be like I was when I first started Ohana Reads, so this upcoming year will have some changes.

   The first being, I will no longer have a set schedule when it comes to posts, but you can still expect the odd post from me. The second, that I've somewhat gained a co-blogger. My cousin Sarah has slowly been dragged into the crazy book life along with myself, and with that I asked her if she'd like to post some reviews on Ohana Reads, and she agreed! So expect a few reviews from her in the future, and maybe a few other things!

  Anyways, time for me to tell you about my 2017!

This is my Break Down of the Year:

Over 176, 943 Total Page Views
238 Published Comments
439 Published Posts
My Top Series Enders of 2013 being my most viewed 47,317 views
The Ohana Reads 3rd Blogiversary Post being my most viewed post of 2017... at 1092 views
23 GFC Followers
54 People have me in their Circles
1,138 Twitter Followers
92 Facebook likes
446 Instagram Followers

   With my total number of posts not even being close to the number I had last year, a bunch of my numbers dwindled this year. It was to be expected, and so there can't really be any hurt feelings on my part. I did however spend a lot of time on Twitter, so I'm not really surprised at how much larger that number got.

   Like always, the year wouldn't have been anything with out amazing friends and amazing people in general. Here are the people that made my year great. (Definitely give them a follow)

People Who Made 2017 Great:

Kristie from Lost in Ever After

Ola and Lauren from The Autumn Bookshelf
I can always rely on the three girls above to talk about the latest and greatest teen novels, new book covers, as well as anything really. I can't wait to see what our group chat has in store for 2018!

Learning a knew job is always tough, and so I'm so glad to have this girl help with all my ridiculous questions as well as suggest and shove new contemporary teen novels in my face. I look forward to our Outlander and gossip nights in the future!

Of course no list would be complete without mentioning my online sister and name twin, Steph. It was a long and tough year for you, especially with the heart transplant, but I'm so happy to have been there alongside you, even if it was only through a phone screen. I can not wait to see your face in person again in July! 

and finally

 Sabrina from Behind the Book Reviews
I literally would not have been able to get through this year without Sabrina, she helped me get through University classes by taking them with me and making them actually interesting, as well as joining me with my insanity and obsession of books. You're so much more than just a book friend now, and I can't wait to spend the next year fingerling over books, clothes and so much more, with you!

Highlights of Ohana Reads 2017:

   1. Half of 2017 was my new job at McNally Robinson, and the job was definitely my #1 highlight for the year. I've made so many new friends, and who would have thought that someone could actually enjoy working for 8 hours straight? Along with being able to work with books constantly, the job itself has kept me mentally sound with all the other craziness that has happened in my life. I look forward to the upcoming years at McNally Robinson!

   2. As part of working at McNally Robinson I've learned a bunch of new things about the publishing industry. One of those new things, being how bookstores decide what to carry in their stores. One of my managers knew how fascinating I find the industry, as well as the fact that I'm going to school to work in the industry, and so she let me sit in on a few buys. In the end I got to see a Simon and Schuster buy, as well as a Raincoast one. I can not wait to be apart of the next buy!

   3. This one isn't really that book related, but a highlight of my year was being able to see Stephanie finally get a heart transplant. I've known her for longer than my blog was even a thing, and so I know how much of a big deal this was for her and her family, and I couldn't be happier for her.

Goals for 2018:

   1. This is a weak goal, but my top goal is to at least have one post every week or second week. It doesn't sound like much, but I'd really love to at least try and get back into a routine.

   2. I want to mentally prepare myself and be able loosen the reigns for Ohana Reads. I'm very obsessive when it comes to possession, and so I want to be able to not freak out when my cousin starts posting on Ohana Reads.

   3.  Then finally, my final goal as well as my new years resolution. I want to read all my ARCs before their publication date. So far I'm already behind by one, but I really hope to stick to this and actually read them all.


To celebrate another year passing, I have a giveaway for you all. The giveaway features my favourite 2017 releases that I read in 2017! Good luck!

- Ohana Reads Giveaway Policies apply. (Check out the policies page)
- Open to any country that can receive books from Book Depository!
-Price of book limited to $25 Canadian.
- Winner gets to choose from any book pictured or any book from one of the series pictured.
- Must have followed @OhanaReads on Twitter, and had Retweeted the Tweet. (I will be checking)
-Giveaway closes February 6th, 2018!

To enter the giveaway click the link below.

   Thank you guys, always, for your continued support for Ohana Reads. Hopefully 2018 will take it easy on us all, and that it'll be a good one!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Blog Tour: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

   Hello and welcome to The Hanging Girl Blog Tour, hosted by Jean Book Nerd! Today I have for you my review of the book, as well as a giveaway. I hope you all enjoy!

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Read: November 5th-16th, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 320 pages
Source: McNally Robinson

Description from GoodReads:

   Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.


   Most people aren't the kind of people they like to think they are.
   As most of you know already,  I've made it a habit of picking up thrillers. That's how The Hanging Girl made it into my life. Of course it's also a nice perk that Eileen Cook is Canadian, so I couldn't help but be excited to pick up the book to read.

   I went into The Hanging Girl expecting a bunch of tarot card readings, and more of a psychic vibe to the novel. Obviously I knew going into the novel that the whole deal was a con for money, but I felt like the psychic readings, etc, should have been more professional of sorts. In the end the novel felt more of a chance then anything planned when it came to the psychic readings. I do not recommend going into the novel expecting anything more then a few tarot readings in the beginning of the novel and a few low key faked psychic readings.

   Besides the minor problem I had, the rest of it was a pretty planned out novel that made for an interesting read. Eileen Cook left you with a bunch of twists that had you wondering about how you didn't figure it in the first place. With experiencing two perspectives at one point of the novel, they made it all that more complicated when it came to figuring out who the murderer was and who Skye was really working with in the first place.

   Although the pace began slow, the novel, The Hanging Girl was the perfect read for someone looking for a murder mystery. Filled with twists, secrets, and deception, The Hanging Girl leaves you questioning everything and everyone until the very end.  


Favourite Quote: 

"I'm joking," She said to the group. Ah, the joking defense. The tried and true excuse for bullies everywhere.”

Recommend to People Who Enjoy: 

Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery,  Ransom, Kidnapping, Murder, New Starts

   Eileen Cook grew up in a small town in Michigan, but would go on to live in Boston and Belgium before settling in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two very naughty dogs.
   In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with really bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first go on to pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.
   Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. Her first novel was published in 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her novel WITH MALICE a “seriously creepy thriller” which pretty much made her entire year.
   When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, Eileen enjoys reading, knitting, yelling at her dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which she is required to do as a new Canadian.)
Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada, provides writing/editorial coaching, and is a mentor/instructor for the Simon Fraser University The Writer’s Studio.
   Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else. 


1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of THE HANGING GIRL by Eileen Cook.

   Thank you so much for stopping by my spot on the tour! I hope you all enjoyed my post and continue on with the tour! Don't forget to click the banner for links to the rest of the tour!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Release Date: August 28th, 2017
Read: October 16th-18th, 2017
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Series: DC Icons, #1
Format: Hardcover, 375 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review

Description from GoodReads:

   Daughter of immortals.

   Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

   Daughter of death.

   Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.


   Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. 


   Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.
   I borrowed Leigh Bardugo's first novel, Shadow and Bone, years ago from my local library, before the final book in the series was even released. I used to always take out the whole series at a time when reading books from the library, this was almost the case with the Grisha Series. But I could not get into Leigh Bardugo's writing, and so I never finished the series or picked up any of her other books, no matter how big of a hype. It wasn't until Wonder Woman: Warbringer came to be that I decided to give Leigh another chance. 

   I've loved the DC Universe since I was a kid, you could always find me watching the Justice League on Saturday mornings. It wasn't until I saw the 2017 Wonder Woman movie that I was finally convinced to read the book. In the end I really wish I hadn't picked it up.

  Leigh Bardugo did nothing special with the plot, she brought nothing new to the story nor did she do the plot justice. Wonder Woman has been around longer than I have, thus the story of hers is basically set in stone. All the little things that were added to Diana's story, or the changes that Leigh made just infuriated me. The only thing I enjoyed about Leigh's Diana was the way she reacted to our 2017 society. 

   To add to the infuriatingness of the book, the plot itself was just terrible. It wasn't thought out and just resulted in a bunch of randomness. The solution to the plot was just whatever, and the evil villain in the end was just predictable and lazy. Not to mention it was oh so slow to get through.

   Not only was Wonder Woman: Warbringer not a read that was in anyway enjoyable, it also put me off from wanting to read any of the other DC Icon novels that are going to join Wonder Woman: Warbringer as a series. But because Batman: Nightwalker is written by someone besides Leigh Bardugo, I might give it a chance, I just haven't decided yet. 


Favourite Quote:

"Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics, Superheroes, Wonder Woman, 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blog Tour: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

   Hello and welcome to the Renegades Blog Tour hosted by Raincoast Books! I can not wait to introduce you guys to the book, I absolutely adored it! Today we have for you an exclusive excerpt of the book, as well as my review! I hope you guys enjoy! 

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Read: October 29th-November 1st, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: Renegades, #1
Format: ARC, 576 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review

Description from GoodReads:

   Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

   The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

   Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


   One cannot be brave who has no fear.
   If you've been following my blog for a good while now, then you'd know that my love of Marissa Meyer knows no bounds. From buying her books on release day to spending 5 hours in line just at an attempt to get a ticket to meet her and get a signed copy of her last book, Heartless. So of course I jumped at the chance to be apart of the blog tour, I may have even been a little impatient and bothered the blog tour coordinator when I hadn't heard if they'd announced the tour yet. Oops. Renegades was one of my top ten anticipated releases of 2017, and I can honestly say that with good reason. Marissa Meyer is not one to let down her fans, and I can happily say that was the exact case with Renegades

   I've been obsessed with Marvel, DC and the X-Men since I was a little girl. Especially the X-Men, I've always held a special place in my heart for them. When picking up Renegades I had hoped that the book would at least give off some sort of superhero vibe that reminded me of the X-Men, and oh boy, I was not wrong to hope. The book was an instant favourite from the very beginning. In the first 50 pages, we got the backstory of how the society came to be, how one of our protagonists got her dark backstory, and we even got to see some witty superhero v.s. villain banter. I couldn't have been happier, the young X-Men obsessed little girl I once was, was completely giddy. 

   I couldn't help but compare Renegades to the new YA  DC novels that are currently being published, with Wonder Woman Warbringer and the upcoming Batman, Catgirl, and Superman novels. With Wonder Woman, the story itself had no new elements to it since the character has already been around for almost 50 years. With Renegades, Marissa Meyer literally developed a whole new society of characters and superpowers that were so unique, and just new. It was a refreshing take on superheroes, and honestly, I loved the break we got from the Marvel MCU. 

   I wasn't sure how I was going to like Adrian when I started reading his first chapter. I thought that I'd be conflicted between him as a Renegade, and Nova as an Anarchist perspective. In a lot of cases, I find myself attracted to the dark backstory character, in this case Nova. Because of this, I thought for sure that I'd hate him. In the end, I found myself loving Adrian and Nova equally. Their superpowers were so unlike anything I've encountered before, and their innocence for all the wrong things was oddly alluring. You couldn't help but love them, especially when their characters slowly became attracted to each other. Obviously things were awkward with both of them keeping the BIGGEST secrets from each other, but I really hope things work out for them in the end. I can not wait to see how their relationship develops in the next novels. 

   In superhero movies we usually only see the superheroes character development and their side of the villains story, so I really enjoyed the twist in story with being able to see the Anarchists point of view. I hope that in the upcoming novels we are able to see more of that view.

   And finally, because Marissa Meyer likes to torture her readers, she loves to have cliffhangers. In a way I completely called how it ended, but never the less I need to see what happens next, ASAP. Cause in all honesty, I'm dying over here. 

   Renegades was everything I had wanted from the book, and so so much more. I have not been able to stop thinking about the book since I finished it, and so I cross my fingers and hope that the sequel isn't going to be released too far into the future. I will be counting down the days until it does release, until then I'll just have to settle for talking about it nonstop to all of my friends!


Favourite Quote:

"Is this..." he started, dismayed, "a villain speech?"

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Marvel, X-Men, Super powers, Heroes, Villains 

   They were always helping, always showing up at just the right moment. That’s what they did.
Maybe, she thought—as her father turned back to his work— maybe they were just waiting for the right moment to swoop in and help them too.
   Her gaze lingered on her father’s hands. Watching them mold, sculpt, tug more threads of energy from the air.
   Nova’s own eyelids started to droop.
   Even in her dreams she could see her father’s hands, only now he was pulling falling stars out of the sky, stringing them together like glowing golden beads . . .
   A door slammed.
   Nova awoke with a start. Evie huffed and rolled away from her.
   Groggy and disoriented, Nova sat up and shook out her arm, which had fallen asleep beneath Evie’s head. The shadows in the room had shifted. There were low voices in the hallway. Papà, sounding tense. Her mom, murmuring, please, please . . .
   She pushed off the blanket that had been draped over her and tucked it around Evie, then crept past the table where a delicate copper-colored bracelet sat abandoned, an empty space in the fili- gree waiting to be filled with a precious stone.
   When she reached the front door, she turned the knob as slowly as she could, prying the door open just enough that she could peer out into the dim hall.
   A man stood on the landing—stubble on his chin and light hair pulled into a sleek tail. He wore a heavy jacket, though it wasn’t cold outside.
   He was holding a gun.
   His indifferent gaze darted to Nova and she shrank back, but his attention slid back to her father as if he hadn’t even seen her.
   “It’s a misunderstanding,” said Papà. He had put himself between the man and Nova’s mom. “Let me talk to him. I’m sure I can explain—”
   “There’s been no misunderstanding,” the man said. His voice was low and cold. “ You have betrayed his trust, Mr. Artino. He does not like that.”
   “Please,” said her mom. “ The children are here. Please, have mercy.” He cocked his head, his eyes shifting between them.
   Fear tightened in Nova’s stomach.
   “Let me talk to him,” Papà repeated. “We haven’t done any-
thing. I’m loyal, I swear. I always have been. And my family . . . please, don’t hurt my family.”
   There was a moment in which it looked like the man might smile, but then it passed. “My orders were quite clear. It is not my job to ask questions . . . or to have mercy.”
   Her father took a step back. “Tala, get the girls. Go.”
   “David . . . ,” her mother whimpered, moving toward the door. She had barely gone a step when the stranger lifted his arm.
   A gunshot.
   Nova gasped. Blood arced across the door, a few drops scatter-
ing across her brow. She stared, unable to move. Papà screamed and grabbed his wife. He turned her over in his arms. He was trembling while her mom wheezed and choked.
   “No survivors,” the man said in his even, quiet voice. “Those were my orders, Mr. Artino. You only have yourself to blame for this.”
   Nova’s father caught sight of her on the other side of the door. His eyes widened, full of panic.      “Nova. Ru—”
   Another gunshot.
   This time Nova screamed. Her father collapsed over her mom’s body, so close she could have reached out and touched them both.
   She turned and stumbled into the apartment. Past the kitchen, into her bedroom. She slammed the door shut and thrust open her closet. Climbed over the books and tools and boxes that littered the floor. She yanked the door shut and crouched down in the corner, gasping for breath, the vision of her parents burned into her thoughts every time she shut her eyes. Too late she thought that she should have gone for the fire escape. Too late.
   Too late she remembered— Evie.
   She’d left Evie out there. 
   She’d left Evie.
   A shuddering gasp was met with a horrified cry, though she tried to swallow both of them back. Her hand fell on the closet door and she tried to gauge how fast she could get out to the living room and back, if there was any chance of snatching the baby up without being seen . . .
   The front door creaked, paralyzing her.
   She pulled her hand back against her mouth.
   Maybe he wouldn’t notice Evie. Maybe she would go on sleeping. She listened to slow, heavy footsteps. Squealing floorboards. Nova was shaking so hard she worried the noise of her clattering
bones would give her away. She also knew it wouldn’t matter.
   It was a small apartment, and there was nowhere for her to run. “ The Renegades will come,” she whispered, her voice little more than a breath in the darkness. The words came unbidden into her head, but they were there all the same. Something solid. Something to cling to.
   Her mother’s blood on the door.
   She whimpered. “The Renegades will come . . .”
   A truth, inspired by countless news stories heard on the radio. A certainty, patched together from the words of gossiping neighbors.
   They always came.
   Her father’s body crumpling in the hall.
   Nova squeezed her eyes shut as hot tears spilled down her cheeks.
   “The Renegades . . . the Renegades will come.”
   Evie’s shrill cry started up in the main room.
   Nova’s eyes snapped open. A sob scratched at the inside of her
throat, and she could no longer say the words out loud.
   Please, please let them come . . .
   A third gunshot.
   The air caught in Nova’s lungs.
   Her world stilled. Her mind went blank.
   She sank into the mess at the bottom of the closet.
   Evie had stopped crying.
   Evie had stopped.
   Distantly, she heard the man moving through the apartment,
checking the cabinets and behind the doors. Slow. Methodical.
   By the time he found her, Nova had stopped shaking. She couldn’t feel anything anymore. Couldn’t think. The words still echoed in
her head, having lost all meaning.
   The Renegades . . . the Renegades will come . . .
   Doused in the stark lights from her bedroom, Nova lifted her eyes. The man stood over her. There was blood on his shirt. Later, she would remember how there had been no regret, no apology, no remorse.
   Nothing at all as he lifted the gun.
   The metal pressed against her forehead, where her mother’s blood had cooled.
   Nova reached up and grabbed his wrist, unleashing her power with more force than she ever had.
   The man’s jaw slackened. His eyes dulled and rolled up into his head. He fell backward, landing with a resounding thud on her bed- room floor, crushing her dollhouse beneath his weight. The whole building seemed to shake from his fall.
   Seconds later, deep, peaceful breathing filled the apartment.
   Nova’s lungs contracted again. Air moved through her throat, shuddering. In. And out.
   She forced herself to stand and rub the tears and snot from her face.
   She picked up the gun, though it felt awkward and heavy in her hand, and slipped her finger over the trigger.
   She took a step closer, one hand gripping the doorframe as she left the sanctuary of the closet. She wasn’t sure where she should aim. His head. His chest. His stomach.
   She settled on his heart. Got so close to him she could feel his shirt brushing against her bare toes.
   Bang. Her mother was dead.
   Bang. Her father.
   Bang. Evie . . .
   The Renegades had not come.
   They weren’t going to come.
  “Pull the trigger,” she whispered into the empty room. “Pull the
trigger, Nova.” But she didn’t.
  “Pull the trigger.” 
   She couldn’t.

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