Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Reads: ARC Review of Deception by C.J. Redwine!!

I've decided I need more days to review books here in the blog, so let me introduce you to Friday Reads!

For the first entry I'm having a review of an ARC of one of my most anticipated books of the year, and one of those reads that give you a "book hangover".

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever since I finished Defiance last year I had been eagerly awaiting the continuation of Logan & Rachel's story, so when I had the chance to win an ARC of Deception on a giveaway I jumped at it. It was a strike of luck that I won and couldn't be happier that I got to read this book in advance.

Deception starts where Defiance left us, so this review might have a few spoilers for the first book but I promise to do my best to keep it as spoiler-free as possible. Logan and Rachel are trying to organize the survivors of Baalboden after the Cursed One attack and the Commander's flight and they both are trying to deal with the aftermath of everything that happened.

Rachel is still our fierce warrior, but she's also trying to deal with how broken she feels and how she doesn't think she can stop and deal with all the hurt inside cause there are a more important things to deal with, like leaving ravaged Baalboden and travel the Wastelands in search of assylum in another state-city.

Logan has been chosen leader of the survivors and he continues to be his logical self, planning and plotting and doubting he can be up to task of getting the survivors to a safe haven.

There is not a dull moment in Deception, right from the start there is dissension between the survivors since not everyone agrees with Logan's leadership. Then they get attacked before they are completely ready to leave Baalboden, so they have to make a more hurried departure under Carrington's army attack. Once they travel along the Wastelands they discover the bigger threat might not just be the Commander with the army coming after them, but also a potential traitor on their midst that starts by trying to sabotage Logan's inventions and quickly escalates the actions ending up in murder.

Rachel and Logan continue to try and make their relationship work even with the numbness and guilt that Rachel can't seem to deal with and she gets no respite, cause it seems that whoever is after them will make sure to add to the torture of losing people they care for.

There is a little bit of everything in Deception, romance with some tiny swoon moments where Logan proves he's not just a "best case, worst case scenario" kinda guy, quite a few heartwrenching moments with Rachel trying to deal with all her loses and her guilt, a murder mystery feel to the whole "enemy mole in our midst" and all the tensions any group of human beings would have to deal with under pressure: mistrust, panic, solidarity and even xenophobia. I kept on having to take little breathers now and then cause I was fearing turning the page wondering what new hardship the would have to face! We also get a broader look at the world they leave and even more information on the past and present, and a few quite unexpected revelations!

The ending was just one of those "WHAT THE HELL, YOU CANNOT END IT LIKE THAT?!" sort of cliffhangers... There is quite a lot of hope in it too, and I'm very happy about how Rachel grows as a character, but in the name of everything that has ever been holy... I need book 3 now!

A great sequel, I'd even say better than Defiance, very well deserved 4 and a half stars.

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