Villain Squad, I Order You to Conquer (And Giveaway)


True story: I’d be an awful villain.

I am incompetent in villainy in general, I assume. I can’t fight, or shoot, or raid, or stealthily pillage, or whatever else villains do. As a rule, I am pretty non-confrontational. But, I want to conquer the universe and everyone in it my foes just as much as the next girl, so I have decided that I shall be Delegatrix, Queen of the Villains.

As Delegatrix, I will assemble my team of villains and make them do the dirty work. I will sit in a comfortable chair and look pretty, while my villain squad will come in and scare all the others away, until we have taken over the world.

Meet Queen Delegatrix (De-luh-GAY-trix). See my shiny crown and dress? That means that I am not planning on getting dirty. And my scepter shoots out fire grenades, a la Katniss’s bow. 

Who is in my ragtag squadron? Glad you asked!

First is Valerie, the Cunning Centaur. She’s obviously one of our modes of transportation, and a mistress/horsetress of deception.centaurval

Holly the Rabid Fox, will be a tool in taking down our enemies. Giving rabies to others is quite obviously the quickest way to decrease our enemies’ numbers, and you know, freak them out while we’re at it. Would you want this biting you? Didn’t think so.

rabid fox
She even foams at the mouth!

Romber, the evil version of Amber/the Free to Fall cover, will distract everyone with her worrisome looks while Val swoops Holly in to bite everyone. I haven’t decided if cover model Romber will show up, or we’ll just pass out copies of this:evilromber

Killing off the stragglers that Holly doesn’t manage to infect is Greg, the Gorilla from The 100. I obviously knew Greg would be a part of my team from the start. Granted, a gorilla doesn’t leave much room for a sneak attack, but that’s okay because most of the opposing squad will be rabid at this point. Leftovers will be Greg lunch.greg

We need a doctor or nurse at the ready to make sure Greg (or any of the rest of us, really)doesn’t get rabies. I’ll tag in Primrose Everdeen, pre-parachutes of course. Because she was basically a doctor in training, and she even comes with her very own District 13 Hospital Bed. Score one for Team Delegatrix!


And finally, I think we need a good old fashioned consultant, someone who’s spent a lot of time planning to take over the world. The first person who likely comes to all of our minds? Cait from Paper Fury, of course. There have been villains in books who think they might take over the world, but I don’t believe that anyone but Cait actually can. Hopefully she’ll help me on my quest. In return, I shall give her cake and access to all the books. Win-win. Plus she just got a new blog design, and it has an arrow, so she’s clearly already prepped for battle.


And YOU! Are you joining my squad? I do hope so. We need bodies great fighters like you.

Wondering what inspired all the villainy? Why, it’s the upcoming release of The Rose Society by Marie Lu, of course! Penguin (and everyone else basically) is all sorts of excited about the release, and are going to give away an ARC of The Rose Society!! I am jealous of the winner already! Have you somehow not heard of the wondrous world of Adelina Amentreu? Please, let me introduce you!

The Young Elites (#1)

Villain Squad, I Order You to Conquer (And Giveaway) The Young Elites by Marie Lu
on October 7th 2014
Pages: 355

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

The Rose Society (#2)

Villain Squad, I Order You to Conquer (And Giveaway) The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on October 13th 2015
Pages: 416

From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

The Giveaway!!

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  So, are you joining my villainous brigade or what? Remember, books and cake when we win! 

Posted September 3, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Funsies, Giveaway / 30 Comments


30 responses to “Villain Squad, I Order You to Conquer (And Giveaway)

  1. I’M LAUGHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW–this is hands down the best post I’ve seen for this promotion thus far. xD And I will never unsee Val’s face on that horse. I’m scarred for life.

    I will sit in a comfortable chair and look pretty, while my villain squad will come in and scare all the others away, until we have taken over the world. <- This is basically my dream job, right here. Please, universe.

  2. OMG OMG OMG. Your photo edits are so awesome though. Delegatrix actually sounded pretty cool until I pieced together what it meant XD Still, if that’s your plan, I wouldn’t really advise inviting Cait … I mean, she’ll probably take over the world in your name then scheme to murder you. AND PROBABLY EAT CAKE ON OUR GRAVES. That’s just not ideal. But Primrose is just the best choice I’ve seen, because everyone seems to forget villains get injured in fights.

    • Hahha thanks! Now, I really thought the Cait thing through. Because I DID have these same reservations. But I don’t think I am really in a “rule the world” headspace, so I need help. BUT what I can do is keep something very sacred hostage. Maybe Mime, what’s she up to? And then if Cait tries to mess with me, I’ll have leverage. Plus, I mean, she might WANT to rule alone, but it’s a big world, so we each get a hemisphere. Done and done.

  3. I don’t have words to express how much I love your post! I will support you in your villainy, because sometimes villains are fun and I want them to win. Also, cool crown and I love that your scepter has powers. Thanks for making me laugh.

  4. This post is SO random hahahaha. I love it. Mad photoshop skills there. 😀

    Weirdly enough I was just thinking about Greg the other day. I read something about some sort of Greg (I don’t remember the exact situation), and somehow my brain made the connection to you, so I was like why am I thinking of Shannon, because of some Greg? And then I was like oh yeah, The 100 – odd gorilla fetish – SHANNON. 😀

    Aaaanyways, I was all prepared to sign up for your squad and come up with a cool name Bad Blood style, but then I read the thing with the bodies. And realized all the good roles are taken. I’m also worried about Cait as a consultant, because I feel like she’d play along until you take over the world and then kill you all in your sleep, so she’s the supreme ruler of all. I don’t know, I think the risk is too high. I might come on board as a treasurer (my name would be CashVlow). In that scenario I’d have all the control, wouldn’t have to fight and if Cait takes over, I’d be too valuable to be killed, because I know everything about what treasures are hidden where (most would be used to finance my modest home in the countryside and by modest I mean palace) and I’m just generally handy to have around for entertainment.

    Wait there was a book mentioned in this post as well, I think? 😀 I’d enter the giveaway, but I haven’t even read the first one yet. Sounds good though!

    • Hahah thanks! Isn’t it incredibly random? That’s my favorite part 😉 Also, it makes me insanely happy that Greg is cemented in your memory. Greg is fabulous. He almost ate Lexa, and now, I wish he had. NOM NOM.

      Shhhh ignore the thing about bodies. You are too funny, you know there’s room for you in the non-dead camp. And I know, Cait IS a concern, but I am afraid she’s also the best in the business. So I will be holding someone or something hostage, to keep her in line. It’ll be okay. DUDE- CashVlow is the BEST. NAME. EVER. And Cait won’t kill you. I think as long as we acknowledge her as “in charge” of something, she’ll be okay.

      The Young Elites was pretty good- actually the end like, blew my mind. Like it was decent all the way through, and then BAM- mind blown. So I NEED the next book. I may or may not have already pre ordered it (spoiler: I did.)

  5. OH my god I am DYING. DYING I TELL YOU.

    Also where did that face even come from. AND I CAN NEVER UNSEE THAT ROMBER FACE. It is too much. And that isn’t even how a centaur looks Shannon! Come on now. AND CAN’T UNSEE HOLLY EITHER>

    Still dying and it’s been a day.

    • I cropped it out of a BEA picture 😉 And right? They are so messed up! And I KNOW that is not what a centaur looks like, but I mean, there were copyright issues for all the legit looking ones, so I had to make do. I don’t rule the world YET, Val.

  6. OMG SHANNON. HELP. I THINK I’M DYING OVER HERE. ??? Gosh – this post made my day by a landslide. Love what you’ve done with this prompt, and I think your squad is completely on fleek. 😉 Thanks for the laughs my friend!

  7. My face edit, er, the Free To Fall girl’s face edit is so insane, hahaha, I love it. I love how you put Val’s face on a centaur’s body. That’s hilarious. It seriously cracks me up. And Holly, the foam, omg. Cait is totally perfect on here! Since we know of her world ruling desires. Prim’s perfect as well, SHE’LL HEAL US and then we continue being villains. <3

  8. I’M SO TOTALLY PREPPED FOR BATTLE. But I want a crown too. Why didn’t you give my arrow a crown? *pouts* DOn’t be selfish with the crowns now, Delegatrix.


  9. Cindy

    Oh my goodness, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! The blog post was hilarious! (Can I join? ;D) And the giveaway… Am I dreaming? I literally screamed and ran around my house when I saw this post pop up in my inbox. My sis thinks I’m crazy (again). Thank you!!! I am in love with The Young Elites, and now this?! I can’t even. 🙂 The wait! I must have The Rose Society now. ^-^ (Sorry if this comment was incomprehensible. I am currently in paradise. Or, well, not quite. I will be when this book comes out in October, tho.)

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