Deception by C.J. Redwine

DeceptionDeception by C.J. Redwine

Publication Date: August 27, 2013 by Baltzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

[Special thanks to Fully Booked for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

Baalboden has been ravaged.

The Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And with a ragged group of survivors struggling to stay alive, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need – with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival city-state Carrington’s army, which is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group leaves their home and takes their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: Someone – possibly inside their ranks – is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. And soon the group begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great – and whether they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

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Deception was action-packed. First the characters think they’re safe, but the next moment, someone dies and they all run for their lives.

It sucks that they don’t know who killed their friends, but what’s worse is that the killer might be one of those friends. The mystery killer made the story more exciting, and I had fun guessing.

If you’ll jump to the end of this review, you’ll see that I gave this a rating of 5.63, lower than the rating of Defiance, which is 6. That’s because the first quarter was not as exciting as I expected.

In book one, every act of defiance sends an adrenaline rush. I loved the action. But in book two, the action seemed to lack the adrenaline factor, especially in the first part.


The fourth quarter of Deception is the first quarter that received a 6.5 from me. You see, I rate every quarter, and get the average to come up with the initial rating. (Learn more about my rating system here.)

That means the fourth quarter is one of the best parts of the entire trilogy. YES. IT’S THAT GOOD. I didn’t see most of it coming. I LOVE THE FOURTH QUARTER TO BITS. I love it so much that I gave a 0.50 bonus to book two because of it. (ALL THE REVELATIONS FOR THE WIN!!!)

While my feels seem to be focused on the fourth quarter, the second and third quarters got their high ratings because of the pain that was so real I could almost feel it myself. That’s because those quarters contain the deaths of characters that were very dear to Rachel and Logan. The third quarter is the most heartbreaking, and you know that I can’t tell you why.

I like it that as I read, the story got better. That means improvement and good plot development, so yay for book two!

I believe you’re all familiar with the second book syndrome, where the second book in a trilogy tends to be a letdown. Well, the Defiance Trilogy is not infected with that syndrome. Deception is the opposite of a letdown.



Initial Rating: 4.875/5

Bonuses: 0.75

Demerits: None


Final Rating: 5.63/5

Friendship is a powerful tool for deception.

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