By: Melanie | April 8, 2013 | (11) Comments

Title: Defiance
Author: C. J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Genre: YA, dystopian, romance
Series: Defiance #1
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Pages: 403 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Borrowed it
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.
 

 
‘”He’s coming.”
“I don’t think-”
“He is.” I dig my nails into my palms and strain to see movement in the thickening twilight, as if by the force of my will I can bring him home.
Oliver squeezes my arm, but says nothing. I know he thinks Dad is dead. Everyone thinks so. Everyone but me.’

Told in the dual POV (Rachel and Logan), C. J. Redwine takes readers off in an action packed glory of a unique dystopian world with some gush worthy romance, thrilling action and some annoying ‘bad guys’. Defian…mo‘”He’s coming.”
“I don’t think-”
“He is.” I dig my nails into my palms and strain to see movement in the thickening twilight, as if by the force of my will I can bring him home.
Oliver squeezes my arm, but says nothing. I know he thinks Dad is dead. Everyone thinks so. Everyone but me.’

Told in the dual POV (Rachel and Logan), C. J. Redwine takes readers off in an action packed glory of a unique dystopian world with some gush worthy romance, thrilling action and some annoying ‘bad guys’. Defiance really shocked me with it’s great technique of creating a world. While it took off slowly, Defiance was a winner in the end.

Baalboden. A world that is protected by walls all around the city. Beyond them is danger. Violent villains, rugged terrain and a danger that will kill at first sight. The Cursed One. When Rachel’s father mysteriously vanishes, she will stop at nothing to get him back. But of course, nothing goes to plan… She must seek the help of some old friends.

I had some many mixed emotions about Rachel. At first I loved her, from reading that above quote, (which was her first dialogue) she seemed loyal, head strong and wilful. Yet under many other circumstances, especially ones where Rachel didn’t have things go her way, she suddenly switched modes into this irritating, whiny little girl. Fortunately, she was overall an amazing protagonist that had a lot of excellent kick ass traits. In addition, I found that Rachel, and Logan have a nice blunt, and candid sense of humour. Now that is not something I mange to come across frequently enough.

Talking about Logan… He is FANTABULOUSLY AMAZINGLY LOVEABLE!! I mean seriously, he isn’t the normal upfront guy who just wants to intimidate, tease and sneer his way through every situation. Logan is a beautifully constructed character that I loved throughout. While he kinda sucks at expressing his feelings and thoughts, he get there eventually, and I find it fairly amusing and ‘his style’.

‘”Are we going to talk about Melkin?”
“No.”
“Let me rephrase that. What I meant to say is: We’re going to talk about Melkin.”

I really well and truly hate it when the romance drives the plot. It drives me crazy. Thankfully, while Defiance had a strong remove aspect on terms of gratitude, it didn’t go on and on the ENTIRE time about childish love/like. Defiance placed it the romance to naturally that it didn’t make it take over the plot but it still stuck the story together. He prepared for some hilariously awkward scenes!

One issue I had with Defiance was the plot and work building. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like it lacked twists, depth and complications. Dystopia itself has it’s twisted societies that already enforce ‘complicated-ness’ but compared to other novels, I was expecting more juiciness. Moreover, the beginning was rather slow paced. While C. J. Redwine was attempting to illusion the setting, she overdid it a little. I admired how she described everything but less would still had been sufficient. Other than that, the concept was exclusive and the action was written with exceptional vivid imagery.

All in all, Defiance just met my standards. I’ve been balancing this among 3-4 stars but have settled with 3. I feel really stingy with my stars these days as I have given WAY too many 5 stars. (CP2, Shadow Kiss, My Little Pony…yeah…) Even so, I highly recommend this to The Hunger Games lovers and people who want some adorable romance!



 

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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.
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11 Responses to Defiance By C. J. Redwine

  1. I had mixed emotions about her too, and overall felt the same when it came to rating this one. Good review 🙂

  2. Ben McMann says:

    Sadly, I didn’t like Defiance, I couldn’t get into the story at all. I agree about Rachel, she get get so sensitive. I don’t think I’ll read Deception, but I’ll be sticking around for your review when the time comes.

    Even so, I’m grateful that you injeyed this, unlike me. Awesome review!

  3. Amelia K says:

    Shame you didn’t give this any higher, HAHA stingy… But CP2, MLP and all those books deserve the 5 stars! Great review, I’ll be buying this soon when I can get bothered to get out of the house.

  4. Kirsty says:

    Great review 🙂 I might add this one to my tbr now!

  5. Giselle says:

    I thought this one had some good points but I found it kind of average in the end. I think I gave it a 3 stars. I don’t remember very much from it though so I can’t tell you what I liked or didn’t. Going by your thoughts I’m thinking maybe I wasn’t a fan of the protagonist and when that happens the whole book kind of misses its mark with me. Glad you enjoyed it though! Seems like the majority did I’m just weird >.<

  6. Marie says:

    So I am super obsessed with this bayootiful cover…every time I see it it’s like fresh candy for my eyes! =O Anywho, I have seen this book all over lately and some of my friends are kind of obsessed with it. However, I have seen some mixed reviews. Your conclusion seems to be similar to that of a couple others who enjoyed it, but had issues with it. I still really want to read it though because it just looks so cool!

    Marie @ Marie’s Bookworm Blog
    http://www.mariesbookwormblog.blogspot.com

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