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
Defiance by CJ Redwine. How do I even start? I mean, there’s just so much to say.
First off, Defiance is about a girl named Rachel Adams who wants to escape Baalboden to the Wasteland where she believes her father is. With her father, Jared Adams, declared dead she was pronounced to be under Logan McEntire’s protection until she’s claimed. The same Logan who rejected her feeling two years ago and the same Logan who also wants to find Jared Adams in the Wasteland. Things get so much more complicated when the Commander (basically the king of Baalboden) believes she can lead him to what he desperately wants and needs.
Okay, my first impression of this book was “yay, an action novel. I haven’t read one in a while.” Then, after the two chapters I was completely into it. I got mad that people just wouldn’t leave me alone with my book! That’s how fast I got hooked to this book. And if you read it, you’ll see why.
There are just so many strong characters in this book, and I know that strong female leads have really been popular these days, but Rachel isn’t only strong, she’s just so much more. Rachel wasn’t afraid to admit to herself she would lose a fight, she also felt so much pain throughout the story. She was strong to begin with, but she grew so much through out the story. And it was amazing to watch her grow. Logan on the other hand was just frickin sexy… I’m sorry…. He just had it all. He kicked ass, he was crazy smart and he cared about Rachel so much. I honestly have no idea how smart he could be to not know that he loves her. I mean, he rejected her 2 years ago, but now he thinks she’s crazy hot and doesn’t think any other guy is good enough for her.
Other characters in the book are of course the Commander. Who can forget that A-hole. He’s the one who ruined Rachel and Adam’s life in every way possible. Let’s just say that he’s not afraid to be the bad guy and makes a perfect one. Two characters were introduced later on the book, siblings named Willow and Quill. They are exiled Tree People who claim to have known Jared and help Rachel. And of course, who can forget Oliver! Rachel’s grandfather … and personally my favorite character in the book…
The book was written in both Rachel’s and Logan’s perspective. Personally, I’m not a fan of changing perspective in books, but I actually really liked how CJ Redwine made it flow. I mean, you find out what they’re both thinking and sometimes they’re thinking the exact same thing, but neither want to admit it. It was so frustrating having to sit on my couch and just repeatedly yelling at the book telling the characters to just be honest with each other. I found out how both of them thought and cared for each other.
This book kept me so entertained. Every chapter was either about making a devious plan, kicking butt, or Rachel’s and Logan’s continuously growing love for each other. I have to admit, I don’t think there were enough Rachel-Logan romantic moments there, but when there was it was definitely really cute.
Over all, I thought this book was great. It was really fast paced and it just kept me guessing. I would literally try and guess what would happen next, but then, as soon as I think I’m right. A twist comes up. I loved it and I can’t wait to read the next book.
Sorry for the long review. I know that it was pretty long, but that was only because I loved the book that much. 😀