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Ogre BratI think I m a bit obsessed with this book.It s sooo good I loved the main character and the world building.The supporting characters are amazing,too I love Asp and Reece,of course.Who doesn t love Reece Also,Ritters sound really interesting.And I can t wait to find outabout view spoiler Willow s mother.Seems like she has a soft side despite being an iron lady most of the time hide spoiler.Also,I have to mention this beautiful cover because it is completely sOgre BratI think I m a bit obsessed with this book.It s sooo good I loved the main character and the world building.The supporting characters are amazing,too I love Asp and Reece,of course.Who doesn t love Reece Also,Ritters sound really interesting.And I can t wait to find outabout view spoiler Willow s mother.Seems like she has a soft side despite being an iron lady most of the time hide spoiler.Also,I have to mention this beautiful cover because it is completely story related LOVE ITTo ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.Her life has become a dangerous game How much will she sacrifice in order to winIf you don t feel like reading this book after reading this amazing synopsis and seeing this gorgeous coverthen I really don t know what to tell you.READ IT Favourite quote Were you feeling sick today Aye,sick of you E copy provided by the author publisher in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley Book 1 in The Prodigy Chronicles Highlights DystopianFantastical ElementsFuturistic TechySuper HumansA Doomed, Yet Feels So Right Romance My Thoughts In anticipation of Book 2 in The Prodigy Chronicles coming out in March, titled MIMIC, I reread this to refresh my memory of the story because all I really remembered was how much I loved it Seriously though, I first read this book three years ago I ve been waiting, impatiently I might add, for this series to have a follow up for a lon Book 1 in The Prodigy Chronicles Highlights DystopianFantastical ElementsFuturistic TechySuper HumansA Doomed, Yet Feels So Right Romance My Thoughts In anticipation of Book 2 in The Prodigy Chronicles coming out in March, titled MIMIC, I reread this to refresh my memory of the story because all I really remembered was how much I loved it Seriously though, I first read this book three years ago I ve been waiting, impatiently I might add, for this series to have a follow up for a long while In my original review of Gambit, I said a couple of things like This is dystopian paranormal ish romance splash of historical futuristic kind of read, yeah, it has all that and lots of well written action too Amazing You would think with so much going on that it might be hard to follow, but it s not Plus This book blew me away, I really just loved it The world in this book is phenomenal, it has me hooked It literally has a little of everything from half invisible guardians to crazy ex girlfriends, and everything in between AndI only thing I want to add is thisA fantastical ride that left me reeling Willow, headstrong and completely out of her element is the perfect match for Reece, an arrogant asshole, with a tender side and together they are perfectly imperfect Last but not least, please don t make us wait another three years for the next book MY RATING 5 STARS GRADE A Breakdown of Ratings Plot 5 5Main Characters 5 5Secondary Characters 5 5The Feels 5 5Pacing 4.5 5Addictiveness 5 5Theme or Tone 5 5Flow Writing Style 5 5Backdrop World Building 5 5Originality 5 5Ending 5 5 Cliffhanger Yes Book Cover Love it Setting McKaireth and London CoreSource I own Kindle eBook Do you ever read a book that made you want to unread them right after you finished reading it No, not because it wasn t a pleasant experience but because you want to read it again for the very first time Gambit made that impact to me I wanted to unread the book because I want to savor each moment I finished this book all too fast, thanks to its fast paced plot Now I want to start and meet each and every character again I want to go back, and meet Reece, Asp and Willow all over againIDo you ever read a book that made you want to unread them right after you finished reading it No, not because it wasn t a pleasant experience but because you want to read it again for the very first time Gambit made that impact to me I wanted to unread the book because I want to savor each moment I finished this book all too fast, thanks to its fast paced plot Now I want to start and meet each and every character again I want to go back, and meet Reece, Asp and Willow all over againI sucked in a lungful of air and kept from heaving up the contents of my stomach This was terrible Our lives were in danger, and the girl with the strongest skill of all couldn t handle it Some weapon I was turning out to beI was pleasantly surprised after reading Gambit I am honestly putting off writing review in this wonderful book because I m so scared I won t be able to do this book justice with my review But I have to try I need to atleast try.Willow Kent has lived a quiet life with her family in the outlying lands, where their main goal is to keep their family from starving That is, until a core officer shows up in their tavern door that her life was turned upside down Turns out Willow is a missing heiress of the Roanoke family, a powerful family from the Core, where DNA will dictate your stand in the society.Gambit was so well written that I just can t get enough of it This is exactly how I want my Dystopian read to be Great, intriguing world building, A rather complex one at that The core city was set up in futuristic Europe, specifically in London, as the Big Ben is still up and working, the only thing that s left of our world, makes you left wanting for , fast paced plot, swoon worthy Romance, and the characters, oh man, they are one of the best part of this bookI m not here to keep you from experiencing pain If I held back all your struggles, you d never growWillow Kent Her growth throughout the duration of the book is commendable Not just with her skills but with her way of thinking as well She has a great skill, pretty superior, being a second phaser that she is, but we didn t see much of her strength here, since she didn t have much of a training, hopefully on the sequel, we ll get muchof it She made mistakes, a whole lot of it in fact, but that s fine That s what makes herrealistic in my eyes.Then there s Reece The cold blooded Core Commander, whose mission is to bring Willow back to the Core Reece is the kind of character I think, readers will either hate or love, there s no inbetween I have no idea in all honesty at first that he s going to be Willow s love interest, not that I m complaining really, I am one of those people who loved Reece despite his hard and rough personality He s not one of those people or men that Willow can sway and bend to her liking, he s a commanding officer, one that is used to being followed and respectedOgre Brat, he retorted I thought we were past your low tavern behaviorTheir age differences fascinates me and it just add to the appeal of their relationship Reece, despite his obvious cold demeanor, is still a complete mystery for me There were a lot of issues going on around him that wasn t answered, like his problem with the guardian and his upbringing At some point, I can compare him to Aaron Warner, in his own twisted, dark and swoony way he does care, people might see it differently, but that s just the way he thinks he s built for it, atleast he has consistency.The side characters were awesome too Aspen, Tem, Hart, Morry, Fenn, Rush, The Ritters, which I developed a fond fascination after the last encounter and even Thess I am hoping we ll get to seeof him in the sequel I would just give anything to hear any news at all for the sequel Plus that wonderful cover is totally relatable with the story I can t help but think that everything about this book is just perfect for me I THINK I HAVE JUST READ ONE OF MY BEST READ IN 2015 I m not even exaggerating I m sure this isn t the last time I m going to read this book Beware that this is the first installment in the series, so expect a lot of world building, a whole lot of plot development, but not much of resolutions given at hand This book obviously set up the stage for much awaited sequel, how many times did I mention the sequel now A LOT Because I just want to read it badly.Overall I would love to recommend this book to everyone who loves their Dystopian read, with romance sexual tensions going on, swooning, great secondary characters, beautiful writing and DNA alteration superpowers I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you Mind completely blown with this book Thank you to whoever it was that commented on one of my videos recommending this book to me This is totally a hidden treasure that I m so sad to say isn t known at all Let me just tell you how awesome this book is Okay where to begin and then again make sure there aren t any spoilers AAAH okayseriously pull yourself together This book is about Willow a girl who knew she didn t really belong with the family she has always known But little does she k Mind completely blown with this book Thank you to whoever it was that commented on one of my videos recommending this book to me This is totally a hidden treasure that I m so sad to say isn t known at all Let me just tell you how awesome this book is Okay where to begin and then again make sure there aren t any spoilers AAAH okayseriously pull yourself together This book is about Willow a girl who knew she didn t really belong with the family she has always known But little does she know when it comes to her heritage and what it means to everyone else Willow grew up way outside the the city, poor where she worked with her family in their inn She loves where she s at even though one day she seeks to be free of everything and everyone I love Willow, she is strong, beautiful and not at all weak She isn t naive but smart and keeps you on your toes She s everything I like in my female characters.When word comes that the marriage between two powerful houses are not to happen due to the lady of one house being a fraud What s important to know about that is magic is important and the houses and the joining of blood to make stronger magic is evenimportant So, then the hunt begins for the traitor that stole the real heiress and switched them with this false girl and the actual heiress.When Commander Reece shows up looking for the traitor he finds Willow and forces her to return with him to the Core which is the elite city, a place she s never been and only the wealthy live I LOVE commander Reece he is everything I like in my male characters.well except his hair, dude CUT IT OFF..but that isof a personal preference Anyway he has depth, a past, brooding, strong yet gentle and kind, he keeps you on your toes and I loved that because I never knew what to expect from him.The world building was crazy cool, I liked the concept that the further you were away from the elite city Core theold fashioned in speech, dress and culture you got There is no technology or such out where Willow was raised and the closer you got to the Core thetech y savy life became Now with all that you ve got, magic Magic only a few have and some people would literally KILL for When a group of rebels try to steal the blood of the those that have ti becomes a dangerous game of cat and mouse.Overall, I LOVED LOVED this book that I had to own a copy of it I was also able to reach out to the author for a signed copy giveaway on that below I could NOT put this book down it was so complicated and adventurous I just didn t sleep one night and plowed through it Now only to wait for book two GAH And I so hopepeople find out about this book and give it a chance because I loved it I can t wait to see whatthis author has up she sleeves Sexual Content mildLanguage mildDrugs Alcohol mildViolence moderate In Earth s battle ridden future, humans have evolved Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame Those without live in povertySixteen year old Willow Kent believed she was normal But when a genetically advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long buried secrets begin to emerge With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his ownHer life has become a dangerous game How much will she sacrifice in order to win It was, indeed, a tricky thing to be a woman I received this book on a read to review basis from NetGalley Thank you to the author, C.L Denault, and the publisher, REUTS Publications, LLC, for the opportunity.This felt like A Game of Thrones meets Red Queen meets A Throne of Glass In short this was epic The story initially grabbed my attention as I was launched straight into the heart of the action The reader learns who is who and what is what through showing not telling as Denault artful It was, indeed, a tricky thing to be a woman I received this book on a read to review basis from NetGalley Thank you to the author, C.L Denault, and the publisher, REUTS Publications, LLC, for the opportunity.This felt like A Game of Thrones meets Red Queen meets A Throne of Glass In short this was epic The story initially grabbed my attention as I was launched straight into the heart of the action The reader learns who is who and what is what through showing not telling as Denault artfully navigates us around the world I had presumed this was a quaint and rural fantastical land, which it, in part, is, and then part of the world inhabited by the powerful elite is discovered and this turns intoof a science fiction tale The two parts of the world are at odds with each other and yet this grating works to create momentum for a rebellion and intrigue within the plot.The story converges on a multitude of genres, as the plot advances Romance, satire, mystery this novel conquers it all It also held the appeal of having a feisty female protagonist who can kick ass as good as the boys, knows her own mind, isn t subtle about her dislike of being guarded, used or treated as a china doll, and uses others misogynistic treatment of her for her own gains She is the type of protagonist I can really get behind There was a never a time where I could guess the character s intent or the plot s progression but was meekly carried along on this stellar story with impeccable telling I can not wait to see where the story goes Disclaimer I was one of the acquiring editors for this book, but my review is based on my personal reasons for advocating its publication Consider it a glimpse into the mind of an acquisitions editor I was not compensated in any way for my opinions Gambit lays the foundation for a traditional coming of age tale, following Willow Kent s journey metaphorically and physically as she grows from a young woman into the woman she s destined to become However, it s definitely the beginning o Disclaimer I was one of the acquiring editors for this book, but my review is based on my personal reasons for advocating its publication Consider it a glimpse into the mind of an acquisitions editor I was not compensated in any way for my opinions Gambit lays the foundation for a traditional coming of age tale, following Willow Kent s journey metaphorically and physically as she grows from a young woman into the woman she s destined to become However, it s definitely the beginning of a much larger tale, so don t expect to see that journey encapsulated in this initial book It s a trilogy, and this is only the first third.What you should expect is to be introduced to a world that is at once fresh and yet familiar at the same time Set in a future where our current society has crumbled and humans have evolved, Willow starts her life in what feels like a medieval throw back, a village in the remnants of what used to be Scotland Infused with all the charm of Pixar s Brave, we re shown a snapshot of Willow s life as a tavern keeper s daughter.But that life is soon swept away when an officer from the highly technological Core arrives He s looking for a missing heiress, a child stolen from one of the prominent Core families and hidden away in the Outlying Lands That child is Willow Suddenly faced with an identity she knew nothing about, Willow is forced to sacrifice everything she knows in order to protect the ones she loves and is thrust into the terrifying, fast paced, intricate world of high society at the Core s very center, where your DNA defines your worth.Denault s prose is captivating, painting her world with a mastery that instantly had me swooning Yes, editors swoon over words Why are you surprised And speaking of swooning, the romance While the hot and cold relationship between Commander Reece and Willow may bother some, it reminded me of the type seen in the classic narratives of Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters It evoked a subtler, highly charged and passionate style of romance that is rare in modern literature The kind where things like differences in social station and perspectives on propriety create tension and subtext that goes beyond physical attraction Does Willow have a tendency to fall for gorgeous men, feeling pulled in several directions at once Yes But you know what She s sixteen That s what sixteen year old girls do.In fact, that s one of the things I loved most, that the protagonist, Willow, is actually allowed to be a teenager She s sixteen and catapulted into a world she has no idea how to navigate She throws tantrums and makes mistakes, and it s okay, because she s sixteen Unlike other young adult books that often have characters acting with a maturity well beyond their supposed years, I appreciated that Willow s struggle felt genuine to her age.I ve loved Gambit from the second I stumbled on it on Figment.com under its then title ofProdigy , and I still think about it, months after I ve finished reading It s engraved in that special part of my brain reserved for all time favorite titles, and I expect the characters and world will haunt me for years to come in the best possible way For me, that s the ultimate goal, finding a book that gives me a book hangover so intense I never truly recover Gambit fit that bill for me.One part Pixar s Brave, one part X Men, one part Pride and Prejudice, and one part My Fair Lady,Gambit is a magical debut from a brilliant new author And all I can say is, Sequel now, please Ogre BratA fascinating mix of High Fantasy, Dystopian and Science Fiction Highly recommended Okay, let me just say that this review is going to be very fangirl ish, so I m really sorry if I sound like a 5 year old, but this book did things to my little heart and I, well, let s just say I don t know how else I m supposed to express my feelings if not that way xD Enjoy The story follows a sixteen year old girl named Willow who lives in McKaireth I hope I remembered it right, haha a pOgre BratA fascinating mix of High Fantasy, Dystopian and Science Fiction Highly recommended Okay, let me just say that this review is going to be very fangirl ish, so I m really sorry if I sound like a 5 year old, but this book did things to my little heart and I, well, let s just say I don t know how else I m supposed to express my feelings if not that way xD Enjoy The story follows a sixteen year old girl named Willow who lives in McKaireth I hope I remembered it right, haha a poor village in future England I think Earth s been ravaged by wars, and countries like we know them don t exist any Willow works as a waitress in her family s tavern and supports them in every way she can When a high ranking Officer I will get to him later, oh yeaaahhh smirks from the Core basically the government of their country shows up in the tavern, her life is about to change forever because Willow is not the person she thinks she isIn this dystopian world, humans develop remarkable abilities once they reach the age of sixteen, which is called The Surge Willow doesn t get spared and develops a telekinetic ability that gets stronger the angrier andemotional she is Now, I know this doesn t sound any different from other Dystopian novels we have read before But it is Oh yes, it is Willow is to go with the Core Officer who s assigned to protect her And protecting her is what he does I can t tell you why she s expected to go with him, bc that would be a spoiler, sorry But be assured, my summary isn t even half of it Willow my precious badass daughter is probably the coolest, toughest, smartest and most sarcastic female lead I have ever read about I was able to connect with her so so well which is a rare thing within in this genre Her friendship with Gem, a girl who works at the Core, was so sweet and innocent I seriously needfemale friendships in my books The sidecharacters were PERFECT I loved them all ASPEN And then there s Reece Oh boy, where should I start Reece was just YUMM giggles like the fangirl I am He was so fucking hot, I m not kidding OLiterally me while reading Imagine the most gorgeous male with long blond hair, put Aedion from Throne of Glass and the Greek hero Achilles to the blend and Voil I literally loved EVERYTHING about him and Reece and Willow togetherOHHHHH, ALL THE FEEEELS Their scenes were so friggin adorable I had to put the book down several times bc my heart couldn t handle it xD Btw, his power is some sort of forcefield, incredibly good looks and enhanced physical abilities and reflexes The world building could ve been better in my opinion, but the characters and just the general plotline totally made up for it There also were these biologically altered creatures the size of a little kid called Ritters whom I would ve loved to learnabout Perhaps in the next book Praying for the release date and title to be published soon The book covers on Netgalley are always really small on my phone so I never noticed how amazing this cover was until I got a copy I love how the mix of dagger and butterfly fit the story perfectly I never would have noticed this book if I hadnt seen it in the most requested section I havent read a dystopian type book in a while and I forgot how much I love them This was a well written story with solid world building and a lot of compelling characters Many of the secondary characters were fa The book covers on Netgalley are always really small on my phone so I never noticed how amazing this cover was until I got a copy I love how the mix of dagger and butterfly fit the story perfectly I never would have noticed this book if I hadnt seen it in the most requested section I havent read a dystopian type book in a while and I forgot how much I love them This was a well written story with solid world building and a lot of compelling characters Many of the secondary characters were facsinating and the pacing was on point My only issue was the romantic interest but Ill get to that in a second.After the pre prodigy wars the core has now complete control of the technology and the best resources Not even hair bands are shared with the outlying villages The people from the core are genetically enhanced humans with great skills or abilities Villagers who happen to develop a skill are shipped to clinics for breeding I was hooked from the first page when we meet a young bar wench with a hidden dagger and a dangerous secret The main character Willows flaws and complexity made her very realistic She was an interesting character and her love for her family was really touching I also enjoyed her attitude and temper, especially when she would tell off the commander Reece.The commander comes to her village threatens her family and tears her away from the only life shes ever known to bring her to the core He expects complete obedience and isnt above using violence to get his way That on its own wouldnt make me lower this book to a 4 Star because some characters are written to be hated The author intended for Reece to be seen as a brute but my issue is Willow being attracted to him even after his abusive manhandling She knows the way he treats her isnt right but she still likes him and is willing to over look what he s done Reece is 7 years older than Willow and was in a position of power over her I didnt like the way he took advantage of that.He was so controlling and violent that no redeeming quality would make me like him Im not an emotional reader but I got angry at Reece often She didnt like him for most of the book so I was spared from the romantic interest until the last part of the story They had a very love hate relationship which I know some people enjoy I really loved Tem and I wish that Willow would have ended up with him Throughout the last half of the book I kept saying please dont end up with Reece Anyone but Reece I also thought Asp was a great character Not to mention those Ritters half feline and half 9 year old soldier They were creepy but ended up growing on me because they purr and they re super loyal I appreciated how we got enough details to feel immersed in the world but not too much where it would slow down the story It was exciting and I wasnt bored at once Every scene if not immediatly important to the plot was still fun to read about I was so into the story that reading about all the yummy food made me hungry I hope I get a chance to review the sequel when it comes out Im still waiting on a publication date and its killing me I needbooks by this author I would recommend this book if your into dystopian and love hate relationships What I enjoyed the most was the wonderfully crafted world and the fast paced story line I m so glad that I gave this book a shot as it really paid off A great debut, for fans of Dystopia and Romance Admittedly the romance aspect does outweigh the Dysopian , but that didn t bother me What did bother me was the romantic interest However, he did end up growing on me and I m anticipating that some revelations in the future will help me to get behind the romantic interestI loved Willow and thought that she was a strong and mostly intelligent heroine The whole concept of ab I m so glad that I gave this book a shot as it really paid off A great debut, for fans of Dystopia and Romance Admittedly the romance aspect does outweigh the Dysopian , but that didn t bother me What did bother me was the romantic interest However, he did end up growing on me and I m anticipating that some revelations in the future will help me to get behind the romantic interestI loved Willow and thought that she was a strong and mostly intelligent heroine The whole concept of abilities and genetic coding was pretty cool, I hope that the next book expands on this , but for the first book it featured enough on it to whet my appetite Overall my paltry review doesn t do this book justice, but I shall blame that on my currently flu riddled brain If not for this awesome book I think it likely that I would have gone crazy from being stuck in bed all day I can t wait for the next one Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict BuyNote I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review Gambit


About the Author: C.L. Denault

C.L Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code writing skills to stay home with her children including a son with special needs , and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.Writing and blogging are two of her passions, along with drinking coffee and watching sci fi and horror flicks When she s not hanging out with her family, she can usually be found at a library or tucked away in the shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse She s also been glimpsed sneaking into her garage, late at night, to work on her time machine She enjoys connecting with people especially those from other planets, dimensions, and the future To find her, just visit her website or The INFJ Caf Or use a Stargate Whichever is easiest.


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