Blog Tour: ‘Rebel Heart’ by Moira Young Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘Rebel Heart’ by Moira Young Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Rebel Heart’ by Moira Young Review, Guest Post and GiveawayRebel Heart by Moira Young
Series: Dust Lands Trilogy #2
on October 30th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Family, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 424
Format: Hardcover
Source: blog tours, requested from publisher
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?

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I heard so many great things about this series. Check out that blurb on the cover from MTV’s Hollywood Crush.. BETTER than the Hunger Games? That drew me in, so when I was invited for this blog tour by the wonderful team at Random House Canada, I jumped at the chance. I own the first book, and haven’t even cracked it open yet. So imagine to my disorganization and craziness that is called life, I completely forgot that my blog tour day was moved. I ended up diving into Rebel Heart without reading the first book. GASP But anyway, on to the review!

At first glance, you can understand that Moira writes in a completely different writing style. It sounds like someone is narrating it to you. So imagine to my surprise as to how much I enjoyed it. It’s sooo different and so unexpected! Diving into book two definitely makes my head spin because I have no idea who half the characters are, and what they have been through. I quickly made assumptions and even pieced some of the puzzle pieces myself. The storyline developed slowly, but I found myself reading it at a faster pace than most books. Maybe this unique style helped that. I found it odd to see a book without any double quotes in them, but aside from that, the spelling mistakes drove me crazy. I couldn’t stand it. It drove me batty, but after a couple of chapters in, I got used to it.

Saba is a fierce character. She’s not called the Angel of Death for nothing. I would have been afraid to battle her in the Gauntlet. She’s tough, reasonable, determined, and logical. But she’s also a girl and has her vulnerable side. Then there’s Jack, who loves Molly, and Saba..I loved the beginning where it was his viewpoint. Always love the dual viewpoints in books. I wanted more from him though.

Nonetheless, I must go back and read Blood Red Road. I want to know everything that happened. Saba’s journey to find Lugh, her meeting with Jack, how her father died..etc. Kudos Moria Young! Please come to Canada, so we Canadian fans can come meet you in person and tell you how amazing your book(s) really are!

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How does your writing style or your tone and voice help you to be unique amongst the plethora of YA writers out there?

That’s an interesting one. Saba, the hero of the Dust Lands trilogy, is the voice of these books. Hers is a strong, very particular voice. It’s lean and dry and sometimes sparely poetic, like the landscape she lives in. She is illiterate and her use of language is rough and degraded, which reflects her illiterate, rough, degraded world.

I had to discover Saba’s voice before I could write her story. Not all books require such a strong voice, but I do think that voice is of particular interest to me because of my background as an actor and opera singer.

When I’m finished with this last book in the trilogy and start to write something else, far removed from Saba’s world, I do wonder what kind of voice will emerge. Will it be neutral? Will it be third person? Dual viewpoint? All I can do is try to find the voice that will best tell the story and draw the reader in.

I can’t say that I’m unique; that’s a judgment for others to make. Writers bring their very individual life experiences, questions and concerns to their stories. I think that’s all I do.

Well said! Thank you so much Moria!


He’s seen enough to know that you can’t kill all the badness in the world. You cut it down in front of you only to find that it’s standing right behind you.
There are some people, she says, not many, who have within them the power to change things. The courage to act in the service of somethin greater than themselves.

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  1. Jay @ Vailia's Page turner

    July 17, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Hmm, I may have to look into this author 🙂

  2. dian aesha

    December 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    haven’t read this book but iam interest after reading your riview..
    thanks ^^

  3. Sandra

    November 28, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Oh neat! I want to read this book. I didn’t like the Hunger Games at all but I heard this one was pretty great (and different actually), so I’m eager for it! Thanks!

  4. Kamla L

    November 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    I just picked up the hard cover 2 weeks ago. I’m going to start reading it in the next day or two while I keep my fingers crossed for this raffle drawing.

  5. Joanna W.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    I loved Moira Young’s storytelling in Blood Red Road. I can’t wait to find out what happens in Rebel Heart amongst Jack and Saba, her family, and the gang. C:

  6. Linh

    November 20, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Haven’t read Blood Red Road yet but your review has got be interested in checking the series out.

  7. Maria

    November 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I haven’t read these books yet.

  8. sarah Kozlowski

    November 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Yes, I have read Blood Red Road, and I can’t wait to read Rebel Heart.

  9. Jane

    November 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Yes and it was GREAT. 🙂

  10. Judith Pamela Ayimma

    November 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    I’ve read a good portion of it, probably half, and from what I’ve gathered it is a pretty good book 🙂

  11. Paige

    November 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I did read it, and I must admit at first the writing style was odd, and I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but about two chapters in I was hooked and I read it in about 3 days. Amazing book and I am so looking forward to reading this one 🙂

  12. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    November 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Sadly, no, but I’ve heard INSANE things like, “Better than Hunger Games.” Now I have to read it!

  13. leannessf

    November 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I have it on my TBR pile! I have to read it soon! 🙂


  14. Amber Hsu

    November 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I havent read it yet but i really want to~~~

  15. mimz

    November 10, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Thanks for the great review! I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve heard amazing things about it from other book bloggers and it seems like I’m missing out a lot by not picking it up right away! 😀

  16. Stella C

    November 7, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Yes I have. I didn’t looooove it but I liked it enough to continue on with the series.

  17. Carissa St. Amand

    November 7, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Yes, adored it!!

  18. Brent

    November 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    great review

  19. Megan

    November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I loved Blood Red Road and as soon as I finished it, I had to find out about the sequel. When I realized how long I’d have to wait I was so mad!! But it’s finally out!! Now, I just have to wait for it to be available at my library 🙂

  20. Kristen @ My Bookish Fairy Tale

    November 6, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I haven’t read this series yet but I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy thanks for the giveaway

  21. Ana Norte

    November 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I haven’t read yet, buy many friends did and told me it is awesome! So I’m really looking forward to!

  22. Jessica

    November 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    I haven’t read it but I’ve been meaning to since its release! I keep seeing it in the book store and thinking “Oh yeah, have to get that one!”

  23. Cordelia Fitzgerald

    November 6, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    I haven’t read it yet…but it HAS been on my wishlist for many months now!

  24. Christina K.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    Haven’t yet but everyone is raving about it:)

    Thank you:)

  25. Bons

    November 6, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    No, haven’t read Blood Red Road yet. But have added it onto my reading list for the Christmas holiday.

  26. Jennifer Rayment

    November 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Yes and I totally loved it. It’s actually one of my Staff picks at the Chapters I work at

  27. Grace Lo

    November 6, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    YES! I don’t buy books often, but Blood Red Road was so good I just HAD to have my own copy! Been dying for Rebel Heart for the longest time!

  28. Sara T

    November 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I have a copy of Blood Red Road and I want to read it soon. Knowing the second book is out is motivating me to read it soon :).

  29. Erika

    November 5, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    I did read it and hope to reread it this month before I read Rebel Heart! I’ve been waiting for this one for awhile! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  30. Devon

    November 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I havent been able to read blood read road yet but i will be reading it soon. i really like the new covers =)

  31. Alicia

    November 5, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I HAVE read Blood Red Road and LOVE IT! I read this book after reading Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy so the language (illerate) is quite similar with the two series. It takes a little bit to get into the writing style but I feel that that is what makes these stories so good. And as for the Hunger Games relation, I find that to not really be the case. Like I said, I think this book is more like Chaos Walking series but I guess saying that wouldn’t sell a lot of books. LOL

  32. Jessica

    November 5, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I have not read it yet, however it looks and sounds like a great read!

  33. Holly B

    November 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I don’t think I would survive in a post-apocalyptic world, because I don’t think I would survive the apocalypse!!! I’m one of those who’ll be a goner, right from the start! (sigh) But if I did survive to see the *post*-apocalyptic world… I’m not so sure I would fare any better then either, sadly! Hey, that’s good for the rest of you, though, cause it leaves more resources for y’all! 🙂

    • Holly B

      November 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Well that’s weird…for some reason the question to be answered changed between when I first visited the page to when I submitted a comment… Anyhow, I have NOT yet read Blood Red Road but I have been wanting to for a while!

    • Holly B

      November 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      OK, so let me do the second reply to my own comment… please IGNORE my entries in the giveaway because I didn’t realize that it was a Canada-only g/a until I went to send the tweet and saw that!! My apologies and I hope it’s not tough to ignore me 😉

    • Giselle

      November 5, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      That must have been me changing the question! Lol

      It’s okay. It’s my fault. I usually add the rules and regs but I didn’t this time! So sorry for the inconvenience

  34. Sarah O

    November 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Haven’t read Blood Red Road yet but I really do want to! The setting is so different from anything I’ve read recently.

  35. Megan Conway

    November 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I have… NOT read Blood Red Road! :O I’ve been meaning to though. I swear. I just have limited money and haven’t been able to afford it. Maybe I’ll beg for it to be a Christmas present 😉

  36. Courtney

    November 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I loved loved loved the Blood Red Road and can’t wait to find out what happens now that Saba and her family are reunited and Jack has disappeared.

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