Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Deception by C.J. Redwine

Deception (Defiance, #2)
Deception (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.


Publishes in US:  August 27th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Dystopia
Source: Harper Collins, Harperteen, Harper Teen
Series? Yes. 2nd in Defiance
Defiance (Defiance, #1)

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   I loved this follow up to Defiance and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I loved being back with Rachel and Logan and loved them both as much as I remembered from Defiance. Deception is full of action, emotions, small steamy scenes, healing, friendship, betrayal, secrets and fighting against all odds. This is in no way a filler book, and I loved every second. 
   Revenge is a big theme in this one, and we see how it drives so many of the survivors. They all have lost people and their homes, and while continued survival and freedom are their biggest motivators, you can also see how revenge helps them to move on. But we all see how it can debilitate and add to the burdens already heavy on their shoulders when they don't funnel it properly. The same with grief. Especially through Rachel in this one. Her nightmares are chasing her into the daytime, and all of the things that she has done and regretted are piling on her shoulders and she is only stuffing it down and not dealing with it. We get to see her breaking and it was so hard to watch. Her source of comfort and her way out of the grief and guilt comes from someone that I didn't quite expect it from, but I loved it and painted such a beautiful picture of friendship and of support. 
    It was awesome to watch Logan grow into a leader and really take on the responsibility for the survivors. He is so thoughtful and thinks through everything. He takes seriously that the survivors chose him as their leader and I don't think they could have chosen a more smart and capable and driven person. I also loved the moments with him and Rachel. To see how in love they were, and how they supported each other. They both have so many responsibilities and try to protect the other. It is awesome and leaning on each other is how they get through it all. 
   Quinn and Willow are by far my favorite secondary characters. They bring so much depth to the story. Their rich back story, their sibling love and protectiveness, how devoted they are to Rachel and Logan, and the knowledge and power they bring with their friendship and alliance. I lived for each moment where they stole the scene with their fierceness or loyalty, as well as learning about their past even when it is so dark. 
    And wow at the twists in the plot. Oh my goodness, I didn't see some of them coming, and some of the things that took place showed such sacrifice, brought such pain, and others just made my eyes bug out because I never considered it a possibility. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series and find out what happens next. 

Bottom Line: Amazing story from first page to last.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Life on the run or stand your ground when severely outnumbered?
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  1. I loved Defiance, and can't wait to read this. It sounds so amazing! Great review.

  2. I don't think I'd do well on the run, so I don't know! difficult question.

  3. Like you, I simply adored book 1 and I'm excited to read the sequel. It's good to know that Rachel and Logan continue to be just as strong, if not stronger together, and I'm curious to see what happens with everyone else too.
    Great review!

  4. Amazing review Brandi, I love dystopian and actually have book one in my tbr pile..your review of book two has me excited, often the second book suffers..but character growth, and enthralling plot..i need to dig out my copy and get started!

  5. I've seen Defiance around and I always love the cover. The series sounds like a must read.

  6. Oh, you have me hope that perhaps the sequel won't suck. I've yet to read #1, but I want to soon. Jenny from Supernatural Snark found #2 to be somewhat meh after all the amazingness that was Defiance. Can't wait to start this series:) So glad you enjoyed!

  7. I still haven't read the first book, and now I am behind on another great series. I love books with amazing twists!

  8. I have to make time for Defiance asap! I'm so happy to hear this one doesn't suffer from middle book syndrome, so I'm not afraid to pick up the first book now! The characters, Rachel and Logan, sound awesome and I can't wait to meet them and see how their relationship is. Glad to see you enjoyed this Brandi! Great review! :)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  9. I just kind of skimmed your review because I'll be reading it hopefully this week. I'm glad that you enjoyed it so much!!

  10. I'm very excited about this one! I can't wait to see how much has changed for Logan and Rachel. And the world that Redwine created is pretty awesome. :)
    Awesome review!

  11. 5 stars to this sequel really has me excited to read the first book!

  12. Ive heard a lot of good things about this series, but haven't read it. I'm glad you loved Deception!

  13. I've wanted to read the first book since it was released and I STILL haven't got my hands on it! I'm so glad this was epic, I'll have to work on getting the first pronto!

  14. Oh man! I read the first one and was really annoyed with the leads! They brought that devastation to their city!

    Still I wanted to trad this coz I want to know if the dad is dead or just missing/hiding and what will happen to the city after.

    Thanks for the gossip.

  15. Oh I miss a lot! I remember your review for the first book and I really wanted to read it, but now I'm dying to read this!! Great review :)

  16. Wow, I am actually surprised. I have heard such bad things about the first book so I never tried the series, but now you have be curious.

  17. I'm glad to see the second book is that good, it's not always the case with second volumes. And I love the cover!

  18. Glad to hear that this second book earned so much love from you-one of my favorite things to see in a review. I'm tired of being disappointed by second books. As for your question, I think I'd go on the run but it would depend on who I was with.

  19. This is a book I recommend you read or ar least try. It has a little but of everything, and I just fell in love with these characters.

    Cleo Rogers (Plumber Puyallup)


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