You know how book bloggers do Waiting on a Wednesday?
Yeah, well, today isn't Wednesday, but I ironically can't wait until Wednesday to do a Waiting on Wednesday post, so here we go.
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Summary [from Goodreads]: 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.
Mock Blurb: "A badass heroine, a swoonworthy romance, and kick-butt action all intertwine to weave an incredibly fast-paced tale that drew me in and dared me to defy it by putting it down. If you you like stories about people taking control of their lives and risking everything to defy their fate, then DEFIANCE is the book for you." -Awesome Unpublished Author (AKA Me.)
My Thoughts: Does this book not sound badass? As soon as I heard of this book, I knew I had to read it. No, I haven't read it yet, though I've made a mock blurb--and you will see why below.
First of all, the cover. The cover! Swoon. A lot of covers in YA these days look very stock, but this cover is absolutely gorgeous and unique. I love the contrast of Rachel's red hair to the stark darkness around her. I love the way she's posed--crouched, with her cape sweeping around her, looking into the distance almost wistfully. It's just a beautiful, beautiful cover and it would have drew me in right away. I really just love everything about the cover. They say don't judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to the cover of DEFIANCE, I think we can agree that it is amazing.
Now, don't get me wrong--the book, too, sounds absolutely amazing. I love the title--DEFIANCE--and the way that it conveys, in one succinct word, what the book is about, which is defying one's fate. The main character, Rachel Adams, sounds badass--and kickass. I love strong female characters and heroines that can stand up for themselves. Characters need to be strong both within and without, and Rachel seems like she's going to be a strong female character. After all, she takes control of her own fate and decides to defy it by escaping a city under a tyrannical rule to find her father. That doesn't take just physical strength, but also strength of character.
One thing that snagged my interest and suggested her inner strength (to go with her physical strength) is the fact that she declares her love to this boy, Logan, who breaks her heart and hands it back to her two years prior to the story. Then, he becomes her Protector, and he escapes the city with her. She has to be a strong character if she can put up with the boy who broke her heart--and perhaps find her way back to him, since it seems like he's going to be the love interest. I can't wait to see how their romance will develop (and can I just express my gratitude for a lack of a love triangle? At least, not a suggested one. What a relief! I'd rather know two characters are going to get together and root for them all the way than to be disappointed by the heroine inevitably choosing the wrong person.)
Anyway, I think I've rambled enough about how amazing this book looks, and I can't wait for it to release. In the meantime, if you can't wait to win this book, then I suggest you visit C.J. Redwine's blog for the chance to win one of two copes of DEFIANCE! That was the purpose of the blurb--part of the giveaway is to write a blurb for DEFIANCE. Click here for the giveaway, and good luck!