29 December, 2014

book review

Deception (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine

My Copy: Paperback, 470 pages
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Traded for

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.

My Review

What you’re in for: Running. Romance. Fear. Separation. New characters. New leadership. Mystery.

My Thoughts:
If you read the first book, you know that a device exists that can control The Cursed One. I wish that this would be explained. Every time they use this device, it drives me crazy. How does it work? How did they rig up this technology that can control a living creature? It doesn’t make sense to me.

There is not as much action and excitement in this book. It’s more just journey and adventure and housing and defence strategizing.

I was starting to think that Rachel just gets more and more emotionally messed up throughout this series (whereas normally the main character grows and matures throughout the story). But, I’m happy to say that near the end of this book, Rachel begins to heal emotionally.

I found myself really interested by the character of Willow. She’s super badass. I would like to see a short story in her perspective. She just seems like a very interesting character with an interesting backstory to me.

The ending was really good, but the rest left me a bit bored. If my rating were based merely on about the last 100 pages, it would be higher. However, because I wasn’t as impressed with the majority of the book and I was thinking it was suffering from middle book syndrome during most of the book (I just wasn’t fully pulled into the story), I settled on a rating of 3.5.

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Looking for more opinions of this book?

5/5 rating from Novel Heartbeat
4.5/5 rating from The Escapist
4/5 rating from The Eater of Books!

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