YA Book Review

No Plain Rebel by M.C. Frank

The Book:

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Book Title: No Plain Rebel

Book Author: M.C. Frank

Page Count: 212

Publishing Date: July 16th, 2016


Date Read: August 23rd, 2017


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The Review:

No Plain Rebel immerses you further in to the dream world of No Ordinary Star. It is deeply emotional, elegantly thought provoking, and will have your heart pumping! This stunning installment in the series will have you re-evaluating what you know of futuristic science fiction and fantasies of utopia.

“And he knows now he’s been in the middle of a war ever since he was born…He’s been suffering from unseen wounds; he’s been dying for years…”

The Plot: Picking up where No Ordinary Star left off, Felix and Astra begin to uncover the deepest secrets held in the Clockmaster’s hidden library. In turn, they begin to uncover more secrets about themselves, and what it truly means to be human. It is a race against time for Felix to finish the great clock for the celebration, but can he do the right thing, knowing what the clock is truly meant for?

“He thinks about Ulysses bending close to the screen to whisper the word ‘lies’.”

M.C. Frank continues to impress me with her stunning writing! I love this one more than the first one! No Plain Rebel delves deeper in to the minds, and histories, of Astra and Felix. It reveals more about the history of the One World, and allows us to learn more about the Clockmaster and his family. There is more of a human connection in this one, along with a revelation of sadness and terror. It is in this book that we truly begin to see what Astra and Felix have missed in their lives, and we learn the terrifying truth of the past, present, and potential future of earth and the One World.

” ‘Where is this world?’ Felix asks after it ends. ‘All is calm, all is bright? What planet is this?’
‘I think it doesn’t exist any more,’ Astra says. ‘If it ever did. But I also think it exists within me. Or it could, maybe. I think we can find it again.’ “

No Plain Rebel symbolizes the importance of waking up from a life of lies. We see Felix become more human and start to realize everything he missed as a drone. This one shows us how disconnected the world is from simple human pleasures, such as real food, music, and books. I find that Felix figuring out how to put the clock together is beautifully symbolic of he and Astra figuring each other out and learning how to be human again.

” ‘I wish I’d never known,…’ he yells, but only the vowels come out, like a wounded animal’s screams. ‘I want it back, I want my ignorance back.’ Even as he says it, he doesn’t with to un-know. He doesn’t.”

I am very proud to be a part of the street team for this trilogy! So far, both books have captivated my mind and my heart. The story is rich, bold, and beautiful. No Plain Rebel adds so much depth to the first book and the past and present of our main characters. It adds much needed backstory to the world Frank has created, and makes us see how so many things can go wrong with the creation of a Utopian society in a futuristic setting.


Mini Excerpt:

“Don’t,” he whispers in a hoarse voice. “Why are you hiding from me?”

“You’re always looking at me,” she mutters.

“Don’t you know, match girl,” he replies, fitting his palm against her cheek. It’s cold and soft, and there’s a light dusting of freckles across the top of her nose. His fingers tremble slightly, scorched just by coming in contact with her skin. “There’s no one in the entire One World like you. Of course I’m looking. I want to figure you out. But so far… all I know is that no other human being has annoyed me as much as you.”


Thank you to the author for providing me with this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review, and as part of being a proud member of the NOS Street Team!

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22 thoughts on “No Plain Rebel by M.C. Frank

  1. Hey beautiful! I am interested in reading a fantasy book. This is a different genre for me. Can you recommend one for me? Preferably no werewolves, nor vampires. No romance unless it’s girl on girl. 😎 something with kick ass Lara Croft kind of women? Witches are fine. Or am I being picky?? Hugs!

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    1. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst is a great YA fantasy that meets all the criteria. Heart of Ice: Snow Queen is a fun, YA, fantasy fairy tale retelling that has a kick ass heroine and no romance, lol. The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab has a kick ass heroine, minimal romance (boy on boy last 1.5 books), and is worth a read. I can’t remember if we have talked about any books you have read. The Six of Crows duology is my favorite at the moment with TWO kick ass heroines, and very minimal romance. The Shadow and Light duology by T.D. Shields was an amazing YA fantasy story about a very strong, kick ass heroine, with minimal romance. That story kind of reminded me of the movie The Legend of Billie Jean. Let me know if you pick any up to read! *hugs*


      1. I love that movie and Pat Benetar song from it. Those all sound great!! I will totally check them out. Thanks much. I’ve only read Harry potter and some of Nora Roberts like three sisters island which I love. I roll my eyes and skip through the romance. You’re awesome !

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      2. I LOVE that song!! I bought entire Pat Benatar albums for that song and then fell in love with her music! Dad kept me up to date with the greats from the 80’s when I was little. You ever see Real Genius?

        I have not read Harry Potter yet still, lol. I read Three Sisters, I also read The Cousin’s O’ Dwyer series by Nora and loved the fantasy aspects. As a warning, that one has a rape scene in the beginning of book 2 that I hated. I am not one for graphic sex and gushy romance either, lol.

        Enjoy those books and let me know what you think! If you read e-books the Shadow and Light duology and all of K.M. Shea’s books are pretty cheap on amazon. ❤

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  2. OMG this book looks sooo good! I knew right when I saw the beautiful cover that I was going to love this book! Is it the second book in the series? Whats the first book called? I want to read them all they sound SO cute! Love your blog by the way! The art is super cool. 🙂

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