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Deception [Paperback]

C. J. Redwine
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  • Publisher: Harper Collins USA (27 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062294482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062294487
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Paperback.Pub Date:2013-06-25 Pages:480 Language: Publisher:HarperCollins US A rich. postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce. this sequel to C. J. Redwines Defiance continues the story of warrior Rachel Adams and her love. Logan McEntire. With their city-state ravaged. their lives under constant threat from rival armies. and a band of survivors looking to them for leadership. Rachel and Logan must work to forge a new future for them all.Abandoning the ruins of their home to take their chances in the Wasteland. the group soon realizes their problems have only begun: an unknown killer-possibly inside their ranks-has begun picking off the survivors one by one. And Rachel and Logan must question whether the price of freedom may be too great-and whether they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing great 16 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Have to say, after reading and enjoying Defiance, I was hoping the sequel would be just as entertaining. Sadly, not very impressed by the whole thing now. It has its odd moment of action and intrigue I guess, but it just fails to keep me hooked, or actually wanting to even get to the end at all. Most of the characters are quite annoying; after reading a couple of chapters in, my interest slowly ebbed. Not one of the most memorable reads out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deception 5* 8 Nov 2013
By Lis
Loved the first one, love this one, the action mixed with romance and then some drama keeps you going through the whole book! I read it in 2days! Couldn't put it down, a definite must read :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, Intense and Heart-wrenching Sequel! 27 Aug 2013
By Cupcakegirly/Jenuine Cupcakes - Published on Amazon.com
4.75 Stars!

Three things you should know before reading DECEPTION:
1) People die.
2) It's an excellent sequel!
3) More people die.

Best Case Scenario: You will love this! DECEPTION is the intense follow up to DEFIANCE, offering near non-stop action, suspense and romance as it delivers one swift blow to the feels after the other. Cinematic world-building sucks you right back into the story told from both Rachel and Logan's POV as they fight to survive another trek through the Wasteland. This time they aren't alone and not only are they fighting an invisible enemy who strikes under the shadow of darkness, Rachel and Logan are also fighting internal battles, ones with the potential to do more damage than the Cursed One and the Commander combined.

If Logan is Captain Scenario, Rachel is Queen of Denial because girlfriend does a fantastic job of pretending certain things do not bother her. But I get that, I do. Grief is a major buzzkill and really, where is the fun in dealing with stuff that makes you hurt worse than a switch to the face or threatens to leave you a hollowed out shell? (Been there. Done that. Don't care to go for a visit.) But while Rachel's busy not feeling all her feelings, Logan's trying to take care of her and lead a group of misfit refugees more concerned about who grew up on the wrong side of the trees instead of you know, SURVIVING. (I think Moses had an easier time leading the Israelites out of Egypt.)

Like most bad guys, the things we try so.very.hard to push away eventually catch up to us and when they do, we're faced with a choice. We can either allow them to destroy us or restore us making us stronger than we used to be. The same holds true for Rachel and Logan as their circumstances demand that they face their fears. Does that mean everything is all rainbows and unicorns? Of course not. In fact, if you're C.J. Redwine, it's a great opportunity to make more people pay, with.their.lives. O.O

I can't wait to see what happens next!

Worst Case Scenario: You won't like this. OR the ending will gut you like a fish Willow catches with her bare hands, the tree lover that you are will balk at the insufficient amount of Quinn-time. This is just an educated guess though, based on the primary factors of...okay, I think you get my point.

Final Verdict: Action-packed and emotionally charged, DECEPTION is an excellent sequel. DEFIANCE fans will not be disappointed!

Favorite Quote(s): "Maybe that's what love is. Giving others the power to hurt you and trusting that they'll use it to heal you instead."
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the things I loved about Defiance, with an added mystery! 27 Aug 2013
By The Housework Can Wait - Published on Amazon.com
If you're still reeling from the catastrophic ending of Defiance, fear not. Deception picks up very shortly after Defiance ends, with Logan and Rachel trying to figure out what to do with the hundred-plus survivors of Baalboden. It hits the ground running, and the first couple chapters introduce a lot of new characters. At first, I was a little concerned about all the names being flung at me. Defiance was mostly Rachel and Logan alone in the wilderness, so I didn't have to worry about oodles of secondary characters. But never fear; C.J. Redwine handles her new, expanded cast deftly. Within a few chapters, the glut of new names were fleshed out into fully realized characters. I had no trouble remembering who was who, and I loved so many of the new players. Quinn and Willow, in particular, rocketed up to the top of my Favorites list. Their story was so layered and intriguing. If C.J. ever wants to do a spin-off series about the two of them, I'd read it.

There are two main conflicts in Deception: the problem of what to do with all the survivors, who are still being pursued by the nefarious Commander, and the alarming realization that there is a traitor in their midst. The resulting balance between action-driven tension as they flee the Commander's army, and internal tension as Rachel and Logan try to suss out who has betrayed them, was masterfully handled, and kept me turning pages long after I should have turned out the lights and gone to bed.

Personally, my favorite part of the book was the murder mystery. C.J. gives the reader enough clues that it is possible to guess the murderer (I did), but you're never 100% sure you're right. I think that's the mark of a well-handled mystery. I don't like it when the answer comes out of nowhere, nor do I appreciate it being so obvious that it kills the tension. There's a fine balance, and Deception does it well. The fact that it performs this feat while the characters are fleeing through the wilderness and fighting armies and blowing stuff up and cowering from dragons just makes it that much more amazing. And when you do find out who the murderer is, it comes with a few twists of its own that perhaps a more savvy reader could have guessed, but took me totally by surprise. In a good way.

I also really appreciated that Deception did not fall prey to the common practice to break up the two main characters who spent a good chunk of the first book coming together. A lot of times, it seems storytellers get bored with functional romantic relationships, so they throw in DRAMA and pull the characters (that they spent so much time convincing us were MFEO) apart. Not so in Deception. Rachel and Logan mature both as characters and as a couple, and like most couples who have weathered a few storms, are allowed to get upset with each other and disagree, without it having to mean they CAN NO LONGER BE TOGETHER EVER, OH THE ANGST.

Speaking of angst, Deception does not shy away from high stakes and raw emotion. Much like a certain wagon scene in Defiance, one chapter needs to have a warning label to have a box of tissues handy, or at least change your shirt into one that can double as a tissue. A lot of times in books, and perhaps in YA in particular, it seems that the Strong Female Characters can't show their emotions. They can't grieve their losses or feel broken from pain. In these books, I appreciate that Rachel is strong, but also feels so much. Emotions don't make a character weak. Neither do tears. And I think it speaks so much to the character of Rachel that she can hurt and weep and break, but then she gets up and keeps going. She carries her losses with her, and they make her stronger. But because the reader is in Rachel's head when horrible things happen to the people she loves, we get to feel all that strong emotion right along with her.

So. As I said. Box of tissues. Change of shirt. You have been warned.

I could go on for ages about how much I love this series, these characters, this world, but I think you've got the gist of it. Adventure. Murder. Dragons. Villainy. Romance. Swordfights. Treachery. Anguish. Triumph. All stirred up together in a fantastic, masterfully executed whirlwind of action and tension and twists and emotion. I couldn't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Deception by C.J. Redwine 7 Mar 2014
By Alyssa - Published on Amazon.com
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Deception by C.J. Redwine
Book Two of the Defiance series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Hardcover copy sent by a friend (thank you so much, Jess!)

Summary (from Goodreads):

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, who 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, picking them off one by one. 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 band of survivors begins 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.

What I Liked:

I came to the last page of the book without realizing that THAT was the last page of the book, and I turned the page looking for more of the story, and that was when I hit the acknowledgements. Don't you love/hate when that happens?! The story was so engrossing, you wanted more. And yes, I want more. That was one of the reasons why I waited so long to read Deception - because I knew that once I finished the sequel, I'd be ACHING to read the third book. It's hard, waiting for sequels and whatnot.

Baalboden is in ruins, and the survivors look to Logan for the answers. But the Commander is out there, hunting Logan, for the tech. Logan, Rachel, and the survivors must leave Baalboden and flee to Lankenshire, a city-state that should be safe to stay and recover. But there is a traitor in the midst of the survivors, and people are picked off. And the Commander is hunting. And Logan is spreading himself too thin. And Rachel is breaking apart. No one is safe.

One of the things I really like about Redwine's books is how SMART they are. Everything seems analytic, intelligent, on purpose. Many parts of this book are used to show strategy, or clever thinking, or planning. Logan is the brains behind all of the planning and analyzing, and I really enjoyed following his point-of-view. But seriously, REALLY look at this book, the writing style, the set-up of the plot, and so on. Everything is so carefully laid out, so intelligently placed. I love that about this book (and series).

As I said before, I really enjoyed reading Logan's perspective. Logan is intelligent and brilliant, and he has a good heart. He's so mature, but he's still a young man. He's a natural leader, with subtle flaws and open courage. I love that he uses his brain to figure things out, and not just his heart. He has an excellent balance of good and not-so-good qualities.

I wasn't completely a fan of Rachel in Defiance, although I did (for the most part) like her. It's the same deal in this book, even though I felt frustrated with her at times. But I think I see things a little bit better, in terms of her mental and emotional state. She has been through so much, and has had to deal with so much, and she handles situations and consequences so much differently than others. She bottles it and it consumes her, and this makes me mad, but at the same time, I think I understand her a little better.

The romance has gone through so many trials, both in book one and in this book. I think that's something that Redwine handles well - breaking apart and building up and breaking apart and building up. Rachel and Logan are solid in their relationship, but they aren't completely solid as individuals (with all that's going on, that's hard), and it takes its toll on their relationship. Meaning, they love each other, but finding time to be with just each other is difficult, when about one hundred and fifty people depend and look up to Logan.

The same can be said about the characters themselves - Redwine really picks apart her characters. It makes this novel seem terribly RAW, and real. I say terribly, but I mean it in a good but powerful way. The characters, specifically Logan and Rachel, are pushed to extremes and then some, in this book especially. It's interesting to see the deterioration of the mindset of Rachel and Logan - and how they bounce back. Both are very different characters, in that aspect.

For the most part, this book was a really good sequel. The plot was interesting, although parts of it were kind of boring or felt a little unnecessary. However, I really could not put the book down, because I just had to know who the traitor was, or how everything fit together with Jared and the nature of Logan's ostracism, and how everything connected. Redwine really does weave a tale of betrayal, hurt, survival, intelligence, pain, and love. I cannot wait to see how it ends!

What I Did Not Like:

This book runs a little slow at times. It's almost 500 pages, so I'm always kind of bothered when the book is relatively long, and there are slow parts in the plot - enough slow parts for me to notice. I understand that some parts are more analytic than others, but some just seemed unnecessary. I don't know how to explain this without using specific examples, but I don't want to use specific examples because that would totally give away things, and I'm not about spoilers.

Also, it seemed like not a lot happened in this book. That goes hand-in-hand with the slow plot. Granted, things DID happen. But it seemed like the majority of the book was traveling to Lankenshire, and then in the last one hundred pages, they get there, and then the climax happens, and then we get our wonderful sequel cliffhanger. Most of things that happen are subtle, and I totally appreciate subtle, but it's really easy to sum up this book, because not much happens.

Would I Recommend It:

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who read and enjoyed (or even vaguely enjoyed) Defiance, because it is a very satisfactory sequel. I hate it when sequels are horrible (especially after a STUNNING debut or first novel), because then I'm not motivated to finish the series. However, that is not the case with this novel. I am so excited to read the third book!


4 stars. This was a really great sequel! So much angst and heartbreak and flat-out CRAZINESS - but it was awesome and truly enjoyable, and I definitely cannot wait to see how things shape up in Deliverance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful second installment 18 Mar 2014
By jane's_bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
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5 out of 5 stars.

Baalboden is gone, burned and condensed down to nothing but ashes. There are just over a hundred survivors after the fatal attack by the Cursed One, which killed, and these broken people have chosen Logan to be their leader. But he’s just a young kid trying to stay alive; they’re all just trying to stay alive, yet they are prepared to follow him wherever he may lead them. Logan barely knows how to save himself and Rachel, and he certainly doesn’t know how to lead a hundred-and-some people successfully into the Wasteland, and to SURVIVE the long trek to another city-state. But Logan has always been smart and scrappy, and somehow he will come up with a plan, a way to pull the impossible off with his friends alongside him. He will make the remaining people of Baalboden proud to call him their leader.

Plans never go as easily as we hope them to, and Logan’s are no exception. He has got a plan and it’s a good one, but someone among Baalboden’s survivors is sabotaging Logan inventions, slowing his plan for a safe departure into the Wasteland. Logan has only got so much time before other city states hear of Baalboden’s destruction and they come to hunt him and his people down. Sure, they’re petty pranks, but it is still costing him time, and time is something Logan has very little of. Soon enough, though, Logan finds out that his time is already up: the Commander is back, and he wants revenge.

Rachel is a different girl now. Stars don’t dance in her eyes anymore, and the sun doesn’t warm her from the inside out like it should. Everything is empty now that her father, Jared, and her adoptive grandfather, Oliver, are gone. Rachel is drowning and the only person keeping her afloat is Logan. But he has so many people to take care of now, and he doesn’t need to hear her troubles; he doesn’t need another burden. So she learns to close in on herself and contain her fears while the sun is up. But when the moon rises and Rachel slips into sleep, everything she hates and wants to hide from haunts her dreams. There is no redemption for someone like her, no matter what Logan says, no matter what anyone says. People like her don’t deserve mercy, and sooner rather than later, she will have to pay for her crimes. But before that day comes, Rachel has something to deliver to the Commander. In person.

With the weight of the world on their shoulders, Logan, Rachel, and their friends begin to lead Baalboden’s citizens out of their ruined city and into the Wasteland. But it seems that every force is ready to contend with them. The Commander is constantly on their tail, Rowansmark is now tracking them, and the Cursed One could show up at any time. Could things get any worse? Sadly for the already ragged group, things do get worse. Soon the little pranks begin to escalate into threatening letters in Logan pack. Each time something happens in their camp, it becomes more and more sinister until it begins to turn into murder. Innocent people are being picked off and Logan cannot figure out why and who is doing the dastardly deed. Can Logan and Rachel find the culprit before the refugees are eliminated one after another and they themselves come face to face with the killer, or are their lives going to be cut short because of a sin they didn’t even know
they committed? And can Rachel overcome the darkness that seems to consume her, or is she to be swallowed whole by all that she has done?

It has been a LONG wait for this book. My sister bought “Defiance” by C.J. Redwine a week or two after it came out last year, and we both just LOVED it!! “Defiance” was amazing, and the more I think about it the more I love the story; it is a five-star book for me. So, having to wait a year for the next installment to be released was pretty painful, but patience is definitely rewarded.

“Deception” is a great book, but I want to warn you it is pretty dark. A whole lot of “you know what” is hitting the fan at ALL times. There is never really a down moment, and my stomach was twisting at the thought of what might happen next; my stomach had quite a few reasons to twist while reading this book. It was like I was experiencing a train wreck over and over again!!! It was terrible and horrible, and wonderful all at the same time!

Logan was amazing as usual! I love him still, but I was a little bummed that I didn’t get as many heartfelt scenes between him and Rachel in this book as I did in “Defiance.” The moments I did get were good, but I guess I wanted more of what they had in the beginning of the first book.

Rachel was also a good character. I will warn you, she is kind of crazy in this book. A bit more than in the first, but I was okay with that because I really understood her inner turmoil, and I wanted to see her overcome it. It broke my heart to see her shut so many people who loved her out of her heart; it is understandable, but still sad. I am looking forward to seeing how C.J. resolves what’s going on inside of Rachel in the third and final book.

Overall, “Deception” is a great, explosive read, and I really enjoyed it. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is because of how dark it was. With “Defiance” I really liked the grittiness of Redwine’s world, and I loved how despite all of the despair and pain that the characters endured, there was still hope because they had each other. “Deception” had that nearing the end, but I felt like that ray of “sunshine” didn’t come across quite as strong as it did in the first book (or it should have been introduced earlier on in this book), and with this one being so much darker, it needed a LOT of sunshine! But overall, “Deception” is an amazingly well written book. Loved it! Now I must wait for the last book in this trilogy…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, heart-wrenching, you'll love it 4 Feb 2014
By Tracy Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved it! Okay, two main things about this book stick out out in my mind. First, the story is so fast-paced! So much happens in this book. With constant action, twists, turns, etc, dull moments are pretty much non-existent. Second, several of the characters undergo major transformations throughout the story because of their feelings of grief and despair. So much emotion in this story. I also love how the author writes, there are so many phrases that I would read over and over. Not because I didn't understand them (as in other novels where you read and you're like, "Wha???"), but because they were so clever, or moving, or funny, or whatever.

I'm not very good at writing reviews, (and I'm a writer, go figure) but bottom line - I LOVED this book!

I hope there's a third on its way!
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