It’s YA Review of Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Released: November 6th, 2018
Series: Renegades #2
Feiwel & Friends

Pages/Hours: 496 pages / 14 hrs 33 mins
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Contains spoilers for Book One of the series! You can read my review of Renegades here!


The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. 

Now a New York Times Bestseller!

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.*

Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist – a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew – Ruby, Oscar, and Danna — are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other.

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city – and the world – as they know it.

*Why does both the goodreads and amazon description of this book have this typo!? somebody FIX IT IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY


You know what, I’ve been sitting here trying to remember what I loved about this book and nothing comes to mind. Not in a “THIS BOOK WAS TERRIBLE I HATE IT” kind of way, more of a “Nothing Stood Out To Me” kind of way. I don’t really know how to review this book honestly because it was just sorta “Meh” for me. I don’t hate it, it was alright but my expectations for Meyer books are so so high because I love The Lunar Chronicles so fiercely (and subsequently hated Heartless). 
I originally gave this book three stars, because it seems like a pretty neutral score because there wasn’t anything I actively hated – but there also wasn’t anything I actively loved. It just…was a book I read. But the more I think about it…two stars is probably more accurate? SO I’VE CHANGED MY RATING. It’s all made-up and the points don’t matter so I can do what I please. TWO STARS. I HAVE SPOKEN.

Ah, you know what I did love? The Dread Warden! Yeah! He’s in like two scenes maybe, and he doesn’t do much but I adore him!

I guess this was also a good transitional book to help get me out of my Throne of Glass book hangover and prepare me for Queen of Air and Darkness, because it was just sorta…happening in the background. So that’s a positive!


How are these books so massive and yet filled with nothing?! Archenemies has a lot of the issues I had with the first one, where nothing really happens, and then there is a big fight and it ends? Everything seems to just meander along. I think the scenes are lacking some sense of urgency maybe? Or the obstacles leading up to the climax don’t really feel like obstacles? It’s like the mumblecore of books, I keep waiting for the story to start. I thought that after the ending to Renegades and the reveal of Ace Anarchy being still alive this would have been a bit more action packed buuuut…it wasn’t. It was repetitive and unsatisfying.

I know that Nova and Adrian are awkward people who don’t know how to express affection and stuff. But why do I have to suffer?! If I look up from my book and say “Yeesh!” outloud, that means second hand embarrassment is too real, and I’m not into it. 

I liked Nova and Adrian because they were both pretty clearly defined people with likes and dislikes, but in this one they lose all of that well-rounded character-ness and turn into one big awkward blob of wanting to kiss each other and secret keeping??? That is all they do. Agonize over kissing each other, and then wail about the secrets they keep from each other. Meanwhile all the side characters, like Oscar and Ruby, seem like they’re more present in this book but they still feel pretty flat and one-dimensional. What HAPPENED to my characters? Where did their personalities go? Someone must have stolen them! Sounds like a criminal case for the Renegades but OH WAIT. Most of the other Renegades are A-Holes so MAYBE NOT? I GUESS. 


Adrian WAS my hottie mchotface but I’m annoyed at him and everyone else so the only ones who warrant mention are the Zaddy Daddys, The Dread Warden and Captain Chromium. Keep doing what you’re doing guys.

Highlight to read this section.

I hate the introduction of a special charm that wards off Max’s powers. It seemed like a clumsy fix. Even if it does make my heart swell for the Dread Warden that he can finally hug his son. STILL. What a pain in the but it’s still a little too deus ex machina for my liking.

And I somehow ended the book not liking Adrian at all! Or Nova! Or ACE DADDY ANARCHY! Apparently I ended up being annoyed at EVERYONE. Except The Dread Warden – bless his heart.

How was everything about this anticlimactic?? When we finally get to see Ace everything just falls flat. How he interacts with the rest of the Anarchists and with Nova is strange. I know he’s not at his full strength but it just didn’t feel right. Meanwhile how did Nova, master planner and inventor, come up with such an idiotic plan to steal the helmet?!


At this point…no.

If you really like superhero stuff and Marissa Meyer I would say go for it but honestly they are so long and I don’t really feel anything for these characters. I really wanted to like these books! Hopefully the third one will be SPECTACULAR and I can come back and say you MUST slog through these boring first two to get to the amazing final! After all, I DNF’d Throne of Glass more than once because the first two books were boring to me and LOOK AT ME NOW! Considering dropping like $80 on a custom Aelin funko pop because it’s honestly so disrespectful that Funko doesn’t make literary characters.

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