Fri, January 25, 2013

Defiance by C.J. Redwine Review

Defiance book cover

Defiance book cover

Defiance
By C.J. Redwine
Publication date: Aug. 28, 2012
Balzer + Bray, 403 pages
Source: Purchased

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

HELLOOOOOOO! WHY DID I NOT READ THIS EARLIER?

Defiance by C.J. Redwine is the perfect representation of one of my favorite types of books: Accessible fantasy. I loved everything about this book, and think it will soon be making its way to my favorites shelf.

If you don’t know, I do a series called “Awful Drawings of Things I Like in Books.” This book fits into a remarkable FIVE of these things…

Boys who teach girls to fight
Revenge
Romantic interests who bicker a LOT before they fall for each other
NO love triangles
Wilderness

For me, Defiance knocked it out of the park. For those who maybe can’t dig high fantasy, but are into a few bits here and there (for example, Throne of Glass), definitely give this one a go!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said:

    I haven’t gotten to this one yet either but I think I might have to move it up my TBR list it sounds even better than I remembered when I put it on my list

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  2. jen said:

    i’ll definitely be bumping this one up. i have heard fantastical things and this is just the verification i needed.

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  3. Janita @ Book, Interrupted said:

    I love the name Logan, and I love bickering relationships. So cute! Reminds me of Nick and Jess from New Girl (best show evaaaa!!)

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  4. Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve said:

    Hmm I have this one in my classroom library. I’ll have to read it soon!

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  5. Lisa [is busy nerding] said:

    I like that phrase “accessible fantasy”. I feel like a fantasy snoot sometimes but I have to remind myself that there are good books out there that are a more contemp feeling fantasy too!

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  6. Ashlee said:

    I read this book when it first came out because I was riding high on the Graceling train and sought out anything similar. I absolutely LOVED it. Throne of Glass is another favorite. Anxiously waiting sequels to both.

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  7. Alexa Y. said:

    I haven’t read this one (yet) but I’ve heard great things about it. Looks like I’m going to have to check it out 🙂

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  8. We Heart YA said:

    Hm. Glad it worked for you. We had high hopes, but in the end, some character and worldbuilding issues pulled us out of the story. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as amazing as we’d hoped.

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  9. Julia @ That Hapa Chick said:

    All those five things you listed are things I love in books too! I DEFINITELY need to check this book out pronto. 😀

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  10. Joe Orozco said:

    Hi, I just came across your site and enjoy what I’ve found. This fantasy book, would it be anywhere in the same neighborhood of Ice and Fire? I mean, I know the length will not be comparable, but outside of Harry Potter, I’ve been a little disappointed with young adult fantasy. Thanks in advance for any recommendations, and keep up the great work with your site! Definitely bookmarking.

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  11. Charlotte said:

    This does sound like a good one–I’ll add it to my ever-growing list!

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  12. Magan said:

    Okay, so a few people have told me to read this one. But um, I kind of trust your opinion (x 1,000,000) so if you say yes, then I will BUY THE BOOK. 😉 *heading to amazon*

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