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Monday, December 01, 2014

Deception by C.J. Redwine

I was really impressed by the first book of this series, DEFIANCE, when I read it a few years back. I loved the dark dystopian world the author created and the two main characters really held the story together. Unfortunately, I expected a little too much out of this sequel. It left me wanting more action and more romance.

I loved the two main characters, Rachel and Logan, in this novel as much as I did the first time around. A great pair, they make an exceptional team in leading the Baalboden survivors, especially for being so young. Normally, I don't like it when authors continuously switch back and forth between two point of views, but in this case, it does make sense because they're not always together, and they don't always fight the same mental battles. Rachel is plagued by the blood she shed, when she killed a man who was simply following orders from a twisted leader to keep his wife safe. She also blames herself for the death of Oliver, her surrogate grand-father. As for Logan, at nineteen years old, he's tasked in leading a group of people who never accepted him into their society in the first place, until he stood up to their autocratic leader, Commander Chase.

Right from the beginning of the novel, the survivors of the ravaged city-state Baalboden feel defeated, but together Rachel and Logan encourage them into fleeing Commander Chase, in order to keep their freedom. For a good part of the novel, not a whole lot happens as the 100 plus group of survivors flee from Commander Chase and his army. This is the part of the novel I really had a hard time getting through because they walk (and walk) for the majority of the novel. We travel with them into the Wastelands towards another city-state, always mindful of a possible attack from the Commander's army or from the Cursed One, the giant reptilian beast that destroyed their city in the first place. What they didn't expect is an attack from within the group. When people in the group start to die, they soon realize they're travelling with a traitor. A traitor that always seems one step ahead of them.

Honestly the last 60 pages or so are actually the best part of the book. The action picks up and the author throws us a nice twist. I really wasn't expecting what we learn about Logan and this changes the whole story around. We finally have some answers for so many events and actions, and just as things were about to get interesting, the book ends on a cliffhanger. I think DECEPTION does set up the last book of the trilogy rather well, but still, it feels like this book was just filler. I had high hopes for this trilogy and I'm really hoping the last book doesn't let me down.

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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