Review: ‘Defiance’ by C.J. Redwine

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Defiance’ by C.J. RedwineDefiance by C. J. Redwine
Series: Defiance #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on August 28th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 402
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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Rachel Adams lives in a city called Balboden where the women are meant to be obedient and docile (Yikes! This screams at the feminist in me.), and the men can freely take what they want. Balboden and its citizens are all under the rule of the tyrant Commander Jason. Rachel lives with her father Jared the city’s best tracker and courier, and her father’s apprentice Logan. Once her father doesn’t come back from one of his jobs, Rachel recruits Logan to help her find him, and together they unravel the secret of the Commander’s power over the Chosen One.

The history of how Balboden came to be was rather deficient in details and being the curious person that I am wanted more information. What are these monsters? Why does the commander have control over it? Why is he so power hungry and evil? So many questions, such little time. I love the world building that Redwine has set up. The time period I can only guess is in the future where the renaissance period meets technology? There are certain forms of techy goodness that Logan invents so that’s my guess. The Chosen One seems rather menacing, and I doubted that there wasn’t a way to kill it. Everything living must have a vulnerability. The pacing fell a little short for me. It would pick up, then slow right down, so I did have trouble reading it in one sitting.

I just have to say how much I enjoy main characters who are intelligent and deadly at the same time. Both Rachel and Logan are strong and able to literally kick some ass. I can’t help but admire Rachel’s stubbornness and tenacity that her father is alive. Yet she also has such a vulnerable innocence when it comes to her love for Logan. She has the inability to act first, and think later which later leads her into a lot of trouble. But what kind of character would she be, if she didn’t make any mistakes? Probably a boring one. Logan on the other hand, is one great male lead. His past has truly shaped his future; it has changed what kind of man he has come to be. The man’s a genius and a humble one too. He loves Rachel, and will only honor Jared until his he is found safe. That showed an incredible amount of loyalty and integrity on his part. I also enjoyed how his lust consumed his logical reasoning and was rather amused at how Rachel affected him as a man. Sometimes reading from a male’s point of view just makes me laugh. Poor guy.

I love a good romance now and then, and usually there are books that make me nauseous. Yet Redwine’s writing isn’t as cheesy as most. There’s chemistry within the characters, and the heat between the two is almost tangible. Some parts would make me roll my eyes, but it was still done very well. There’s a push and pull of unbelievable magnetic attraction and I couldn’t help but smile when reading those parts.

Defiance lived up to the hype, and who wouldn’t want to read about a fiery redhead who wants nothing better than to take down the tyrant that is making everyone’s lives a living hell? C.J. Redwine definitely delivers, and I can’t wait until the sequel.


I learned that true family is found in those who choose you. Wealth has nothing to do with it.
All that matters to me in the world is somewhere down in Lower Market.
You’re worth so much more than anything I can give you. If you can’t believe that right now, believe in me.
The love consuming me now is fierce and absolute—forged in a crucible of loss and united by our shared strength.
I love how you still think if you tell me to do something, I’ll just check my brain at the door and do it.
He looks at you like he’d like to dip you in sugar and eat you up.





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  2. neednewspace

    July 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    This book! Amazing! Can’t wait for Deception! It seems like forever since I read Defiance and August 27th can’t come soon enough!

  3. Brent

    November 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    sounds interesting

  4. Aline Tobing

    October 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Awesome review!
    I have to read my copy ASAP, then 🙂
    I love kick-ass heroine and swoon worthy hero ^^

  5. dian aesha

    October 16, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    i havent read this book, but iam interest for read,,you make me cant wait to read,,
    nice riview ^^

  6. Céline M

    October 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I WANT to read this book ! Your review made my mouth swater even more ! I can’t wait my birthday to order it !
    Your review is awsome =)

  7. Warrior of Dream (@warriorofdream)

    October 14, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    ha you convince me to read it.. first femine issue.. it seems like story isn’t plain and will develope , plus your description of chacter “who are intelligent and deadly at the same time.” yeah, it’s the type of chacter which I love <33
    ~~Magda L.

  8. Lynn K.

    October 13, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Man, I want this book more than ever after reading your review. *A* I won a pre-order copy but it never made it to my house. =/

  9. Karina A.

    October 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I’ve read mixed reviews of the book and I’ve been thinking if I should read it or not. With your review, maybe I should give this a try. Thanks!

  10. Natalia Belikov

    October 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Marvelous review Giselle!!
    Im so happy you liked this book! I really loved it and as you said, it does live up to the hype! Plus the romance was so nice and not cheesy as you said =9 Totally agree with your review my dear ^___^
    Yay for fantasy novels!

    Happy reading <3

  11. Sarah

    October 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I’m still thinking about reading this book. I read a couple of reviews who suggested it, but I also saw a review from someone who absolutely disliked it and its characters. But it seems that more people seem to like it so maybe I will give it try (Wishlist, here it comes ;-))

  12. Melanie

    October 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    “I love how you still think if you tell me to do something, I’ll just check my brain at the door and do it.”—Rachel”

    I love this quote! It’s hilarious. Makes me root for Rachel.

  13. Jaime Lester

    October 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of Defiance, and I am so excited to read it. As soon as I can get my massive TBR pile under control. If I keep reading awesome reviews for it though, there is no way I am going to be able to wait much longer. Ugh!

  14. Grace Lo

    October 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I haven’t yet read this book, but it sounds like another fantastic dystopia!
    I love your review! Reading the first few sentences made my inner-feminist start screaming as well c: I think I snorted while reading about Logan – I don’t know if that’s a bit hilarious, or if it’s just adorable to the point that I want to hug him.

  15. Sarah O

    October 9, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Huh. This book actually wasn’t on my radar at all but I’m adding it to my list now. I’m a big fan of intelligent, strong heroines so you hooked me in right there.

  16. Inky

    October 9, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! Awesome review. So glad you like it! 😀

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