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Saturday, August 31, 2013

DECEPTION by C.J. Redwine, Blog Tour; Book Review & Giveaway

Welcome to today's tour stop for C.J. Redwine's DECEPTION. Check out my review below and be sure to enter to the win the giveaway listed below. You can check out the previous stops along the tour here

About The Book

By: C.J. Redwine
Published by: Harper Teen
Released on: August 27th, 2013
Source: arc from publisher to review
Series: Defiance #2
4.5 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase it from: Harper Teen | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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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, which 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, slowly killing them off. 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 survivors begin 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 Thoughts on the Book

An action packed intense, emotionally charged read that will leave you begging for the next book.

C.J. Redwine won me over with her debut novel, DEFIANCE (read my glowing review for it here). I couldn't get enough of that book. I quickly fell in love with her characters, the world they live in, and C.J.'s writing, so much so that I could not wait to get DECEPTION in my hands. You know when you've patiently waited for what feels like forever to get the next book in your hands, you're torn between devouring the book, and taking your time with it. Well I did both with this one. 

Deception is definitely not one of those sophomore slump kind of reads. Oh no. C.J. throws in new twists, plenty of action, danger, and some shocking betrayals. She not only allowed me to see how much her characters grow in this story, she also dove much deeper into the story's history, and shocking secrets. What I was not excepting with this book, was to be pushed to my emotional limit right along side the characters. To say this story is intense at times, is an understatement. C.J. tested and pushed her characters. She broke them, and made them stronger. Rachel, Logan, Quinn, and the entire cast of characters both new and old dealt with a lot in this book. Sometimes I felt their grief, their helplessness, and other times I felt their determination, their love and most of all their unwavering ability to never give up, even when the odds get stacked against them.

Logan for me is the character who grew the most. He really steps up and becomes the leader he needs to be with the group he's trying to protect, despite the reservations some of them have about him being their leader. Rachel on the other hand becomes this fierce, determined, broken character who for part of the book is really just a shell of her former self. I hated seeing her like that as much as Logan did. On the other hand, had she not become like this, she wouldn't be a character I could have emotionally connected with, because everything she's dwelt with has changed her, and has taken a toll on her, as it should. She lives in a world that is dangerous, it's ripped everything from her life except Logan, and even now someone is threaten his very life. She has no home, and is on the run from more than just the Commander who's ruthlessly hunting her and Logan down. 

The relationship between Logan and Rachel is oh so brilliantly written! Seriously. I loved that these two just love each other despite how broken they both become. They're the anchor that keeps the other afloat and going. Reading this book from both of their points of views allowed me to see just how similar they both felt about each other, and how much the other wanted to fix the other one. Instead of trying to change the other, they both accept each other for who they are, broken or whole. Their relationship is complex, and yet so sweet. I loved their stolen moments together. I loved seeing how even in the face of all they're dealing with, they both can let all that melt away even if it's for a few brief moments. Logan and Rachel would do anything for each other, and I love how they both cling to the love they have for each other, and how much that not only drives them individually, but keeps them going. 

I love the role the secondary characters have. I simply adored Quinn. I love that he gets Rachel on a level that no one, except Logan gets, but he's able to break down her walls in a wall Logan can't. I admired Logan for talking to Quinn, and I loved Quinn for all that he does for Rachel. Talk about characters, C.J. Redwine might have ripped my heart out more than once in the killing off of a few characters. I know! I wanted to throw my book and yell NO! Oh yeah, that ending is a KILLER! If I thought waiting for Deception was hard, waiting for the next book is going to be brutal. C.J. has totally tipped this world upside down, and in the process caused a lot of heartbreak, chaos and given me an ending I had a feeling was coming, but what actually plays out shocked even me. 

DECEPTION takes what Defiance gave readers and amps it up, A LOT! It's literally a non stop action read. It's in-depth, it's addicting, has a lot more depth to the story, it's characters, and the world they're apart of. There's plenty of shocking twists, and some incredibly shocking secrets that are revealed that again, I didn't even see coming that tie some of the events from Defiance into this story perfectly. If you loved Defiance, definitely pick this book up! If you haven't read Defiance yet, run out and pick it up! This series is action packed, well written, and has given us characters we have totally fallen in love with. 

About the Author

 C. J. Redwine lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her four beautiful kids, an amazing husband, two fairly crazy cats, and a dog. She has books in every corner of her house, an impressive Harry Potter memorabilia collection, and a bunch of really cool friends she doesn't get to see nearly as much as she'd like to. She is also the author of Defiance.

Visit C.J. via her Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

The Giveaway
Thank you to C.J., we've got an exciting giveaway for three lucky tour followers. The 1st winner will receive either a SIGNED copy of Defiance or Deception (their choice), and 2 runners will each receive a set of bookmarks. This is open to those in the US and Canada. To enter, please fill out the form below:

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