Thursday, August 16, 2012

Defiance (Defiance, #1) by C.J. Redwine

Title: Defiance (Defiance, #1)
Author: C.J. Redwin
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Hardcover: 416 pages 
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Preorder: Amazon / Barnes and Noble
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.
My Thoughts:
Defiance is a delicious debut by C.J. Redwine, and one you will want to mark on your TBR list, no doubt.

The cover is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the detail of the castle in her cape. The story is filled with tension, betrayal, murder, heartbreaking moments, action avenging love and romance. You will fall head-over-heels in love with Rachel and Logan.

In the city-states the people are deemed safe from the Wasteland and somewhere beneath it, the Cursed One that roams and seeks to devour what's left of a once great civilization. The Cursed One is one to fear. He poses a huge threat to the lives of anyone, but especially those in the Wasteland. In Baalboden, they are ruled by the evil Commander. Rachel's father, Jared Adams, was Baalboden's courier, but also their best tracker. He never returned from a mission from Rowansmark. The Commander deemed her Dad dead and placed Logan as her protector, until she is legally Claimed. Rachel was furious her father chose Logan as her protector and Logan was equaly confused, but Logan wouldn't fail the man who trusted in him the one thing that meant the world to him. Logan was Jared's apprentice.

At 15, Rachel told Logan she loved him, but he couldn't say the same. He didn't want to lose his apprenticeship over it. Rachel opened her heart and was so completely vulnerable, but that rejection left a scar on her and I think when that happened it really changed her into the tough, closed-off headstrong protagonist she is.

The story was written so well, and when Rachel's father was deemed dead, you felt heartbroken for her. All she had left was Oliver and Logan. Oliver was like a grandfather to Rachel, he was kind and loving and was always there for her. I loved this character and felt a soft spot for him. One by one the nasty Commander took the ones Rachel loved from her. I couldn't believe how ruthless that evil Commander was. I wanted to kick his butt too! I was rooting for his demise right along with the characters.
There was a package that Rachel's father was supposed to deliver to the Commander. It was of high importance because not only would the Commander go to extreme levels to ensure that he got it, but the trackers from Rowansmark were after it too. Rachel made a deal that her and Logan would go into the Wasteland to retrieve the package and bring it back. The Commander made sure that Logan would not accompany her, but send his tracker Melkin with her. The Commander said if she didn't return the package to him, Logan would be tortured and killed.

Rachel was trained to fight by her father. She wasn't the typical girl in Baalboden. She was a fighter. I loved this about her. She wanted out of Baalboden, but so did Logan. He watched his mother die because she went into the market without a Protector. See, the women are not allowed to wander in the market without their protector with them. They could be killed if caught. My heart just broke for him.

On the mission, Rachel met a few new friends and learned the truth of what happened with her father. I admired Logan and the promise he tried so very hard to keep, and that was to keep Rachel safe and avenge the deaths of their loved ones. The chemistry between them pulled at me and made me love them. They had some very sweet moments that made me melt and feel all gushy inside. I could feel how much he loved her and her him. Together, they made a great team. Logan is a great hero. He is smart and witty, quick on his feet and always trying to stay one step ahead. I love reading the male POV. It just does something for me, and I LOVED Logan! He was such a warrior and his determination was captivating.

The plot was strong and the writing was smooth and easy to melt into. The ending was great! I loved the action and the determination in Rachel and Logan. I can't wait to see what C.J. Has in store for Rachel and Logan in the next installment. This has to be one of my favorites in 2012.
5 Snowflakes!
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  1. Oh yes Rachel was such an awesome characters! She was strong and bad ass and was definitely not your typical Damsel in Distress! I think Logan and Rachel are perfect for each other and complement their personalities!!! Definitely an awesome book! woot!

    1. I think so too! They were so cute together and I loved their relationship. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Rachel sounds like a wonderful character! :) I can't wait to read this book. The plot, the writing; I think every think appeals to me. Great review.

    1. Thank you, Mel! Yes, Rachel is a fantastic protagonist. I loved how fearless she was. The plot was great and the twists were great. I think one thing that really stood out was how sinister the Captain was. He truly was bad and written perfectly. Thank you for dropping in! I know you'll love this book. It was fantastic!

  3. I'm so excited to see your five star review because I loved this one too, Amber! I loved reading from both POVs especially Logan's. Like you, I love the male POV. Wonderful review Amber. :)

    1. Thank you, Rachel! I just adored Logan! But then again, I love a good males POV. So glad you loved it too! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Thanks, Shreya! Rachel is a strong protagonist for sure. I hope you get to read it soon. Thanks for dropping by!

  5. Gorgeous review! This book seems to getting a lot of great reviews lately, so I can't wait to get stuck in! :)

    1. Thanks, Jasprit! Once you read it, you'll know why. It's a fantastic story. I look forward to reading it again LOL. Thanks for stopping by!