Book Review: Deliverance by C.J. Redwine

August 19, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★★

Book Review: Deliverance by C.J. RedwineTitle: Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
Series: Defiance #3
Published by: Balzer & Bray on August 26, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 480
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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?

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: Definitely a great ending to one heck of a fantasy/dystopian series. I loved these characters so much!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

There was definitely an ebb and flow with this book, with this series as a whole. You get plenty of action scenes and I really enjoyed the character development from not just the main characters, but some of the key secondary ones as well. However, you do get lulls throughout the book. They do a lot of traveling and planning and there’s a lot of pieces that have to come together for things to work out for Logan and Rachel. Overall, I liked how Redwine handled the story progression and the ending was fantastic, but it didn’t get my heart pumping like with the first book.

I loved being inside Rachel and Logan’s head. They were the perfect balance between each other. Rachel is impulsiveness and fierce and she goes with her gut feeling in everything she does. Logan is very strategic and organized, making him a great leader. I hated how they were apart for so long in this book, but it was necessary to the story in order to get the bigger picture. It helped though to be in their heads and see their continued devotion and dedication to each other, despite the inner demons they were dealing with, especially Rachel. She was a questionable one there and I seriously doubted whether or not her mind could take any more tragedy. Redwine had me wanting to shake some sense into her at some points throughout the story, that’s for sure.

Also, their innocence and sweetness throughout their relationship was just perfect. I love Rachel and Logan! And I definitely could’ve used more of them together. Alone. You know!

Oh, Ian. How I wish things could’ve turned out differently. The drama surrounding him was just so twisted and crazy, even though I felt for him at times, I seriously hated the guy. I was hoping just more from him and what happens to him than what was given, but it was okay (hard to elaborate without giving it away).

The series as a whole is a pretty great fantasy series. Redwine created some amazing characters, an interesting world, and a steady storyline. I’ve said it before, conclusions can be a hard book to write, but thankfully Redwine knocked it out of the park with Deliverance and this book will definitely be making it on the favorites shelf with its predecessors.

About C.J. Redwine

I love fairy tales, Harry Potter, and Sherlock. I’m the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. I live in Nashville with my husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, I’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day.

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