by C.J Redwine
Published: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
I am not really a fan of this cover. Or the title really. Neither does justice to the book. I think Rachel should look less model-y and more fierce and dangerous. I do like the dark forest in the background though,and, in general, I like that the cover actually makes sense! This book really does have a ginger girl and a dark forest!
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, 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 boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but 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.
'The weight of their pity is like a stone tied about my neck'
Ooof this book is ALL THAT IS GOOD. I could not put it down. From the characters to the world building to the utterly adorable romance, I was lovin it all.
Highs: Ahh the characters. THE CHARACTERS. Rachel may be my favourite YA heroine ever (SHE IS THAT AWESOME), and Logan is totes sexy omg.Lows: Perhaps a tad on the depressing side. This is one author who is not afraid to kill off her characters. I liked that but I know others might find it to be a little brutal.
This is the book that I finished reading and wanted to GUSH about. Proper super duper gush. When I saw the cover and read the title I did not think that this book was going to rock my world. But rock it it did.
In fact, this book really works because of the realness of the threats posed to Rachel and Logan. This is not one of those books where the characters can come up with some wishy-washy plan to overthrow someone/escape something and manage to execute it by pushing a few guards aside and hitting a few people over the head. This is a real, violent, brutal society and the Commander is ruthless. People are actually killed during combat, not just knocked unconscious or injured. C.J Redwine has no trouble killing off characters and seriously maiming others, which I love because you actually know that characters are in danger and they are not going to be able to push and shove their way out of trouble. This book is so tense and exciting and I don't think it would've been without knowing that your favourite character could be moments away from the chop.
C.J Redwine (I'm wondering if the C.J stands for chocolate and jelly and maybe her name is just a list of her favourite things?) delivers a dual POV (point of view) narrative that actually works. The story is told alternately through the eyes of Rachel and Logan and, because they are such distinguishable characters and each ones story is as interesting as the other, it really added tension and kept you wanting more. The switches between them were placed perfectly, so that you got enough of a cliffhanger to want to go back to that character to see what happens, but not so much that it cut off abruptly just as the action was getting going. Both characters are incredibly likeable and have distinctive personalities; Rachel is fiery and fierce and brave and passionate whereas Logan is logical, cautious and quite cold at times. I loved Rachel so much: she is probably the most ass-kicking and courageous YA heroine I have ever read. I like the way her character outshines Logan (even though he is adorable) because it's nice to have the female character as the one making things happen. She is so unapologetically herself; where other heroines constantly worry about being too manly, too boyish, too weak, too ugly etc etc, Rachel never worries about the way she is or the way she looks. At one point, when Oliver, her surrogate grandfather, ponders about her love of weapons and violence and says that maybe it's because her dad didn't know how to raise a girl, she just says, "Or maybe that's just the way I am. There's nothing wrong with me." I love her.
I didn't give this novel five stars because there were some silly things that niggled me, such as Logan calling Rachel 'sweetheart' occasionally (I dunno why but I hated that), and once he calls her a 'budding woman' which was...not good. I also thought that parts of the ending were a bit messy and farcical. However, overall I loved this book which has HIGH tension, brutal character killings and flawed but lovable characters galore.
This Book has Inspired me to Read: The next book in the series. NOW PLEASE.
'I wring my hands together and consider producing a few tears. That seems to bring most men to their knees. Except for Logan, curse his stubborn soul. Not that I wanted Logan on his knees. Not anymore.'
Three Words to Describe this Book: Dangerous, High Tension.
But Don't Take My Word For It:
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