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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine
Genre: Young Adult (Fantasy)
Date Published: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Defiance by C. J. Redwine is rich postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce.

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

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 is the first book in the Defiance series by C.J. Redwine. I loved Rachel's character in the beginning, but as time went on, her independent, strong personality contradicted itself. I know we all have those days, right? So, I'll excuse her. I won't excuse Logan though. I gave him a few chances, but the final straw for me was the following moment:
"Feel better?" Rachel asks, and I punch the wall again just to keep from letting my anger loose on her. Not that she doesn't deserve some of it. 
No. Just no.

The beginning of this book grabbed my attention. It gave me a great first impression. As time went on though, there was a lot of action, but not really anything was happening. I hope that makes sense, because it's the best way I can explain it. No plot progression. I mean yes, they ventured out in search of Rachel's father, and most of the action revolved around getting there and back. We don't learn much about the world of the the characters. How did their society become so Misogynistic? Is this suppose to be in the past or future? It the Cursed One some kind of giant serpent? I know it has scales, but what the heck is it? Where did it come from? Is there any kind of plan whatsoever??? I didn't see one. I had so any questions while I read, but I never got answers. With all that being said, the action kept my attention.

C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day.

To learn more about C.J. Redwine and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, TumblrPinterest, and Twitter.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday! This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share  doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week is from This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell

You always say I’ve got good intuition about things, and right now, I’m thinking his cold blue eyes look like the eyes of a killer. Or, who knows, he could be just a regular asshole who likes the fact that he beat you up.

One week. That's all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future--decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.

Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he's run away, but Jessie doesn't believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared while going for a run along the river--the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened.

As the police are spurred to reluctant action, Jessie speaks up about the harassment Chris kept quiet about and the danger he could be in. But there are people in Jessie's town who don't like the story she tells, who are infuriated by the idea that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence. They smear Chris’s character and Jessie begins receiving frightening threats.

Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.

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