September 16, 2012

Review of Defiance by C.J. Redwine


Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Publication Date:  August 28, 2012
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
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This book stirred up so many emotions in me.  I would pause between chapters and stop any member of my family (who would listen) and say “You  know, this book is stirring up so many emotions in my!”.  I bet you that I made that declaration a good 5-6 times.  I guess it lost its effect to my family after…oh I don’t know, declaration number 3.

The story follows a strong, hard headed young girl named Rachel.  In her city of Baalboden,, which is ruled with iron fist by a brutal Commander, an individual is declared dead after not returning to the city by the six month mark.  Such is the case for Rachel’s father, Jared Adams. On his latest courier mission, Rachel’s father fails to return home leaving Rachel no choice accept her fate and go with whomever the Commander chooses as her Protector.

As luck would have it, Rachel ends up being assigned to a boy she had declared her love to a few years back…the apprentice to her father, Logan. *swoon*  Both are neither thrilled about this turn of events, but find a common reason to work with each other.  A plot to scale the city walls and venture out into the Wasteland and search for her missing father.

Life within the confines of Baalboden may seem like a miserable life, but to venture out into the Wastelands is sheer insanity.  Not only are there predatory animals who would enjoy nothing more than to make a meal out of you, or assassins/trackers from a neighbouring territory looking to rob you of all you have and leave you dead, but the constant paranoia that the most fearsome beast of them all, The Cursed One, will pop up at your feet at any moment and leave you to face a hot, fiery death.  Not fun…

But things don’t always work out the way they intend to (such is life in a good book), and now a multitude of obstacles get in between Rachel and her father…and perhaps between Rachel and Logan?  Dun dun dunnnnnn…

I absolutely loved this book.  Everything about it was exactly what I wanted in a book, not to mention that it’s a Dystopian type read with a Fantasy flavor.  You will find no insta love in these pages, my friends.  The that may or may not develop is one that is put to the test, and where I was hoping against hope that something good would finally happen for Rachel.

I mean, the horrible things that this poor girl is put through is just incredible.  And yet she emerges strong and headstrong.  GAH!  I loved this character!  Yes, yes there were points in the book where I wanted to smack her silly and yell “Wake up!”  The way in which author, C.J. Redwine described these events was gut wrenching, gasp inducing, and completely filled my head with so many different visions of this Commander.  It’s like when you drive by a car accident and you just can’t look away…I couldn’t stop reading even though it was hurting my heart.

The characters in this book were ones that I absolutely fell in love with, especially when it came to Logan.  Sweet, dreamy, nerdy, sexy Logan.  He is everything I hoped he would be.  The chivalrous knight in shining armour.  The interactions between Logan and Rachel were truly unforgettable, and the chemistry between them was so wonderful to watch unfold.  The description of the undying love that Rachel has for her father melted my heart, along with her relationship with her “grandfather” Simon.  The heartstrings were being pulled all over the place, and then ripped right out of my chest.  Argh!  This book stirred up so much emotion in me! (Sound familiar?)

I recommend Defiance to fans of Dystopian reads AND Fantasy books.  The best of both worlds, Defiance by C.J. Redwine is a book that will remain with you long after you’ve turned that last page.  *hugs*

About the Author:

C.J. Redwine loves stilettos, lemon bars, any movie starring Johnny Depp, and books. C.J. holds a degree in English Literature from Pepperdine University and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, four kids, two spastic cats, and one long-suffering dog.

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  1. Ems

    I just got my copy of this one. It’s on the shelf, but I’m totally moving it into my ‘reading’ pile now, thanks to your review! I’m excited to get into it and meet all these characters. They sound like just my kind of people. :)

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Yay! I can’t wait to see what you think of it!

  3. JennRenee

    Awesome review! I can’t wait to read this one. I love to find books that have characters to go gaga for.

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Jenn! I love finding books what have characters to swoon over too! =)

  5. WOW I’m glad you loved this one, it sounds soooo good !! My copy will arrive soon and I can’t wait to start reading it. Thanks for the awesome review.

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    I can’t wait for you to get it! I really enjoyed it a lot!

  7. I also loved Defiance and I’m happy to hear you felt the same way! I loved every page of it and all of the characters! Well, not the Commander so much. lol Great review!

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    LOL The commander was a great villain thought, hey? I loved all the characters too. =)

  9. I can’t wait to read this one! I have been hearing nothing but good things about it…and I am anxious to get my hands on it! Can’t wait! Lovely Review! :)

    ~ Maida

  10. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Maida! I can’t wait for you to read it!! I hope you get a copy soon and get to experience this book.

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