Monday, July 23, 2012

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

 E-ARC, 416 pages
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Published by: Balzer & Bray (HarperTeen)
Defiance #1
Source: Edelweiss*
For fans of: Action, Adventure, YA

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, 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 boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but 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.

     First off, the thing that drew me in at the very beginning was the STUNNING cover. I LOVED it! If you know me, you know that I am one that judges a book by its cover. Even if its out of my comfort zone of reading, if I like the cover, I’m interested. It just has to hold my attention, and that Defiance did.
This story follows kick ass female protagonist Rachel as she goes on the journey to find her father. While other females are learning to cook, sew, and clean, she was learning to wield a sword. After not returning from a courier mission her father is declared dead by the tyrant ruler, The Commander. (Who is CRAZY!) Then there is Logan. He is named to be Rachel’s new protector, which is news to everyone. Rachel is especially upset about this because she fell in love with him a few years, told him, and he broke her heart.  
The plot and imagery was what drew me in most about this book. I was able to see each moment in my head perfectly. This was great because there wasn’t a dull moment in the book. I was able to enjoy it as if I was Rachel myself. Also, there were twists and turns throughout the book, none of which were expected. 
The romance between the two was a little different. Rachel had admitted to Logan that she loved him before but he denied her for more personal reasons. But once he was made to be her protector, their feelings begin to resurface. And this time the feelings are mutual. 
Overall, I give this

*A huge thank you to Balzer & Bray (HarperTeen for giving me this E-arc. I was given this in exchange for an honest review. There were no type of monetary exchanges. 


  1. WOW great review i've been hearing some great things about this book....i mean just look at that cover....and since u say that there is never a dull moment in this book.....well i'm tempted to go and get it this instant....

    Le' Grande Codex

  2. I just saw the book trailer for this and I am so excited for this book ! The cover is pretty epic though, you are right.

  3. I can't wait to get my hands on this book; I've heard so many good things about it and I love me some kick ass girls (there aren't that many these days, ya know?)! Great review!

  4. DYING to read this! Also appreciated that you mentioned that the romance was different due to Rachel already having confessed her feelings for Logan - that makes the whole thing more interesting indeed. :)