ARC Review: The Valiant

The Valiant
The Valiant by Cheyanne Young
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After the most vicious villain attack in centuries, Maci Knight is struggling to put the shattered pieces of her life back together. She survived, but barely, and her family will never be the same. The only good thing to come out of the attack is that the Elders have granted her probationary Hero status. Now she’s desperate to prove that she has what it takes to shine in the field.

Maci gets her first chance when she’s called in to stop an illegal fighting ring where humans are battling to the death. But when she goes toe-to-toe with the fighters, she’s shocked to discover that even she can’t contain them. The humans are strong—supernaturally so. Maci knows that this is the work of the villain underground and is determined to put an end to it. But how do you fight an enemy who won’t show their face?

I wish I could say this book improves on the former, but honestly, anything would have been an improvement at this point. The one good thing I liked that we finally see the Heroes in the outside world, something that was lacking in the previous book. I was interested in what the human world would think about them – of course the majority would revere them, but what about the criminals? Sadly, not all my raging questions were quelled, but I did find a moderate amount of satisfaction in seeing Nova getting a chance to shine. Honestly, she is more interesting than Maci as a personality; the latter is mostly a person with a Hero complex (pun intended). Maci’s insecurities as being the ‘evil twin’ could have been elaborated upon, but then again, this series is more about the action than the characters.

As for the plot (*gah*) it was disappointing. Any rookie reader would have spotted that correlation coming. Missing supers + Humans suddenly getting powers? It is so obvious that I questioned the intelligence of the Supers. They have boy geniuses like Evan running around, but they can’t put together a case? Are they only worth kicking butt and taking names? There was a small development of half-breeds but that was abandoned pretty soon, making me question the overall plot motive. This book really pushed me onto the edge of a slump.

Received a free galley from Alloy Entertainment, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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