Defiance by C.J. RedwineMy thoughts:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Brilliant debut by CJ Redwine and one of my favorite YA books of 2012! It was so good I don't even know where to start. Seriously.
Maybe by saying Logan is mine, so back off? Or is that just rude? ;)
I thought using the two main character POV's (point of views) was perfect for this story. We were able to get both perspectives, and it was done so well that it was obvious who was speaking without using the chapter headings as a guide. Each character, including The Commander, was well developed, unique, and deliciously stubborn. He is one of the creepiest villains I've read in a long time and if I could hunt him down myself, I would.
The plot is fresh and fast paced, and every time I thought I knew what was coming, I was wrong. And I loved that too. It was utterly unputodownable and I stayed up late reading several nights in a row.
All in all~a great story, written beautifully, without a word wasted.
And now, it's going to be a long wait for the next one. :)
What about you? Have you read it? Have another book that is high up on your 2012 list? (I'm always willing to add to my ever-growing TBR list for something noteworthy!)