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Review: Defiance by C.J. Redwine

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

Publication Date: Aug. 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed
Page Count: 403 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 5/5 stars

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.

              -goodreads.com description

JUST finished. Holy emotions. A friend of mine told me about this book awhile ago and lent me his copy. Because I already had a mountain of library and ebooks to read, it got placed on the back burner for awhile.

Kind of a neat story: C.J. Redwine actually wrote some of this book down the street from my house at a Books-A-Million where my friend worked.

I loved this book. Redwine did an amazing job creating this dystopian world and I loved the storyline.

Rachel was a great female lead. Sure, she was impulsive, but I think that was part of what made her so likeable. She actually acted like a 16 year old would, making rash decisions, not always thinking ahead of what might happen.

Logan, as the male lead, completely offsets that. He is planned, precise, and balances her well. I definitely heart him. C.J.- you'd better not have anything come between the two of them in book 2! They strengthen each other and support each other, its not one way or the other. I love that.

This book will lead you on a roller coaster of emotions, but despite everything our protagonists have gone through at the end of the book hope is still attainable.

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