Thursday, May 8, 2014

MILA 2.0: Renegade ~ Debra Driza tour review + dream cast + giveaway [@harperteen @debradriza]

MILA 2.0: Renegade (MILA 2.0 #2)
Katherine Tegan Books
May 13, 2014
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There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.

But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.

Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Perfect for fans of I Am Number Four and Divergent, this action-packed and heart-wrenching second installment of MILA 2.0 will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the series conclusion.

In MILA 2.0: Renegade, the story of Mila teenage girl who is secretly (or not so secretly) an android, gets even better. Now, Mila not only knows that she is technology, but that others are after her - for their own reasons, not including her well-being.

If being a teenager and finding out you're an android, wasn't enough, now Mila's lost her mother and is on the run for her life. The only one she feels comfortable reaching out to is Hunter, a boy she barely knows.

Someone who does not know the truth and to whom she can't make herself tell it.

The first book of the series, MILA 2.0 gave readers some of the android/science vs human battle within Mila. From accepting that she now had ports and could interact with computers, to figuring out what that meant about who - or what - she was. The 'discovery' of all of this for Mila took more of the focus in the first book. Now, though, as she struggles to find a balance between android Mila and the human Mila she believes herself to (at least partially) be, things get so much better.

Now that she is aware of the threats both Holland and Vita Obscura pose to her - and by extension of his being with her, Hunter - it's necessary for Mila to embrace her android abilities. Everything that she is capable of, the different abilities she has lead to some fantastic action and tension.

They also cause trouble for Mila in her attempts at being a teenage girl and enjoying her time with Hunter. True, she's trying to stay alive, but it's hard to enjoy a cute boy when you're constantly scanning for threats and getting status updates.

I loved that the struggle for Mila between the teenage girl, trying to figure out her relationship - if there even is one - with a boy was so well balanced with the android girl trying to evade capture and discovering all she can do.

When they come together, there's Mila a girl with great skills, a computer 'brain,' and a giant secret she's keeping.

Renegade isn't only the story of a girl and it's not only the story of an android, it's both. And quite brilliantly, too.

We get to see much more of Mila's character in this second book, but there's also a really good plot with some superb revelations, twists and turns. Things from both the first book and from the prequel novella came into play. Some things were not quite as they had previously seemed, some were even better and some, suddenly, made much more sense. It all made for a much fuller plot.

MILA 2.0: Renegade is one follow-up that I definitely enjoyed more than its predecessor. After reading it, learning all I did of the characters and the things unveiled, I am definitely looking forward to what's to come in Book 3.

Rating: 9/10

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series order (+ links to my reviews)

Origins: The Fire (ebook prequel novella)
MILA 2.0 (#1)
MILA 2.0: Renegade (#2)

About the Author:
I'm the author of the MILA 2.0 series and the owner of the messiest purse on the planet, aka: the black hole of doom. I think bow ties are cool and when I grow up, I want to be Veronica Mars.

I rarely check my account at Goodreads, so if you need to get in touch with me, try twitter or Debra at

Author's website / on Goodreads / blog / @DebraDriza / Facebook

. . .
Rachael Leigh Cook (circa She's All That) as Mila
. . .
Vanessa Hudgens as Mila
(since time travel doesn't really work)
. . .
Lachlan Buchanan as Hunter
. . .
Julie Benz as Mila's mom
. . .
General W.R. Monger as Holland
. . .
since animated people aren't real and thus don't get to be in a Dream Cast:
Stephen Lang as Holland
. . .
Gwyneth Paltrow as [name withheld for security - re spoiler - concerns]
. . .

Win one (1) of two (2) sets of both books in the MILA 2.0 series (MILA 2.0 and Renegade) by Debra Driza (US ONLY)

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tour and my copy of the book for review thanks to Harper and FFBC

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