Hello friends and happy Friday!

It is Friday, right? Ever since going on break, I truly have no idea what day it is anymore. But I do know that it’s time for our first lovefest of the year! And this is a character that I’m kind of shocked I haven’t done before, given how much I’ve talked about the series and the author who wrote it. Is this series underrated? Perhaps. Is this character underrated? Absolutely. I’m sure there are a bunch of people out there who think this character is annoying but I find them to be quite intriguing and full of potential. Maybe it just means this character is too good for the world. Oh, and I’m currently in the middle of the sequel that this character appears in, if that helps.

This week’s character is…..

*drum roll*

Nova Artino!


If you haven’t been reading Marissa Meyer’s latest series, Renegades, or reading Marissa Meyer in general, then you’re truly missing out. This new series from her focuses on the world of superheroes and villains, the Renegades and the Anarchists, and how the world navigates with their influence. I’ve always seen the notion of superheroes only appearing in comics so it’s nice to see it in YA fiction. This brings me to our character, one of the main protagonists of the series: Nova Artino. If you want to figure out who Nova is, just think of what would happen if Linh Cinder and Scarlet Benoit ever had a child. That’s basically Nova. She is a brilliant inventor who’s mind seems to have no limits, is a believer of science, and is a great shot with any kind of weapon. She is always enhancing her weapons and gadgets to not only push them beyond their peak performance but to make them as useful to her as possible. Oh, and Nova’s also an Anarchist who’s hellbent on taking out the Renegades, specifically Captain Chromium. Part of her tragic backstory/villain origin story is how none of the Renegades were there for her or her family when they needed them the most, therefore she doesn’t believe that the Renegades are as good as they say they are. She then infiltrates the Renegades organization by going undercover, auditioning to be a new Renegade and actually gets chosen. It’s interesting to see her try to balance her undercover identity while also attempting to destroy them at the same time. Her Anarchist name is Nightmare, since she has the ability to put people to sleep with her touch, and her Renegade name is Insomnia, since she cannot sleep herself. I love that Nova is a truly morally grey character and refuses to see things as black and white, especially in the type of world she lives in. There are times where you can see her being caught between both worlds and both of her personas, not knowing which way is the right way, and is looking more for that balance between the two. I think she’s strong and determined and unbelievably intelligent, as well as be sarcastic and snarky. I also think it’s adorable to see how she’s handling her “unwanted” feelings for Adrian, only making me ship them together even more. Nova’s story can have so many outcomes and I’m excited to see where Marissa Meyer takes her on this journey. I’m only halfway through Archenemies but I’m loving where Nova’s arc is heading.


“There’s no rule that says you have to be a prodigy to be a hero. If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find ways to be heroic, even without supernatural powers.” 


Until next time,

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