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Review: Deliverance by C.J. Redwine

DeliveranceTitle: Deliverance

Author: C.J. Redwine

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Defiance Trilogy (Book #3)

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 480 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062117238 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062117236 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.

Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.

Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.

But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?

Quick & Dirty: A good ending to a fun series. I really struggled to get into this final book, but once I finally read it, I ended up enjoying it!

Opening Sentence“Five minutes.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Rachel has been kidnapped and is on her way into enemy territory! If she has any hope of surviving and getting back to Logan she will have to escape her captors. But as they draw closer to Rowansmark, Rachel discovers a terrible secret. Rowansmark has a weapon that could destroy everyone she loves and the only way to save them is to destroy it. Instead of trying to escape Rachel decides that she will need to go into the heart of her enemy’s city and dismantle the weapons herself. It will be dangerous and her chances of getting out alive are slim, but Rachel will do anything to protect the people she loves.

Logan has once again been separated from the girl he loves and to rescue her he will need an army. Too bad he is currently stuck in prison and about to go on trial. Logan needs a plan and he needs to figure it out fast or he is going to lose everything. An opportunity presents itself, but if Logan decides to take it he will have to join forces with the man he hates most: Commander Jason Chase. Logan knows that he can’t trust the Commander but it looks like he doesn’t have any other options if he wants to save Rachel.

I loved Rachel in Defiance but I really struggled with her character in Deception! She was so negative and just not the spunky person I connected with in the first book. At the beginning of Deliverance I still struggled with her a little bit but as the book progressed I started to like her again. She grows so much and while she is tainted by what has happened to her she learns to deal with it. I feel like I understand her so much better now and in the end I think she becomes an amazing and inspiring character. She is someone that has been through so much but no matter what life throws at her she never gives up. I loved how resourceful and determined she is, it made her someone you can respect. Overall, me and Rachel had our ups and downs but ultimately I loved her.

I had pretty much the same issues with Logan that I had with Rachel. I loved him in the first book and had a really hard time with him in the second book. He had a lot of confidence issues and it was frustrating to watch him doubt himself so much. But luckily he wasn’t like that in this book. He has really come into his own and has become the amazing leader he was always meant to be.

The one thing that has been great throughout all three books was the relationship between Logan and Rachel. They are so sweet together and they bring out the best in each other. I love that Logan respects Rachel and treats her like an equal. I also love that Rachel push’s Logan to be the best person he can be. There is never any doubt about how much they love each other and that was refreshing. In so many books nowadays the relationship problems add all the drama to the story and I am so glad that wasn’t the case with this book.

Deliverance is a fast paced story full of romance and adventure, but I had really mixed feelings about it. First off, I got a review copy of this book months before it even released and I remember being really excited about it, so I picked it up right away. I think I maybe got 25% in and just didn’t feel like finishing it. About a year later, I tried to pick it up again and I got a little bit further but ended up putting it down again. I was going to just write a DNF review but I was talking to a friend and she told me how much she loved this series so I figured I would give it one more try. I am glad I did because I did end up finishing the book this time around and ultimately I did like it, but I think I just needed to be in the mood for it. I also think one of the main reasons I lost interest before was because it felt very similar to the two previous books. The plot seemed to be a little repetitive so I think if you were to binge read the whole series you might get bored, but if you spread it out I don’t think you will notice this as much. Personally, I liked the first book in the series by far, it was the best but it did wrap up nicely and I am glad I finished reading it. If you are a fantasy fan I would recommend giving this series a try!

Notable Scene:

“I’m not worried. I’m just saying that I’m not walking into Rowansmark with nothing to show for our trip but your assurances that your brother will show up.”

“We don’t need Rachel anymore. He’ll show up no matter what, don’t you see that?” Ian’s voice is impatient. “We can punish her now, and –“

“What does it matter if you punish her now or punish her later? The girl is dead either way.”

Defiance Series:

0.5 Outcast

1. Defiance

2. Deception

3. Deliverance

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Deliverance. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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