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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal commander assigns Rachel a new protector: her father's apprentice, Logan - the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

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.

©2012 C. J. Redwine (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A well-paced, heart-wrenching tale of loyalty, courage and love set in a ravaged dystopian world and featuring convincing characters, potent prose and palpable emotion." ( RT Book Reviews)

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Can't wait for more.

Love this series I've read all three book twice before the audio versions came out. So happy!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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narration wasn't ideal

I liked the story and liked the narrator's voice, but the reading was slow. It felt like during scenes of dire action and commands, the conversations were slow sounding, not quick as it should be in reality. There was no sense of urgency in the narration at any point.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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amazing

I really loved it and will go on to read the next book. I love it

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The narrators voice was awful.

I feel like if I read the book rather than listened, it would be better. I couldn't get past the narrators voice and the way she would say things.

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Rolling my eyes!!!!

Ok, 1st this has potential but I just can't get over Rachel. She is supposed to be this strong independent person but honestly comes across as a self centered, hotheaded brat who is all "gung ho" about getting in trouble but almost wets her pants every time she gets caught. She doesn't think, just jumps ahead without thinking. How is it that most "strong independent" women in some books are just written as complete idiots who sound smart but act dumb. I mean obvious dumb. Not even a subtle.

Logan. Ok, for whatever reason people are writing about him like he is so mean. I don't think he is mean enough. He is her protector and she does everything to try to get him and her killed. He only thinks about locking her up and never does...he doesn't call her out on any of the dumb things she does and he ends up getting in serious trouble of over stupidity and independent thinking, aka "jump before leaping and forget about consequences".

This book may be ok for other people but it is not for me. I want may money back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Snore

What disappointed you about Defiance?

I was honestly so bored that I didn't even continue to the second book. On top of that, the love story has absolutely no foundation.

Has Defiance turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it's hit and miss with this genre.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine, just the story was a bore.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Defiance?

I would have spent a lot more time on back story. Everything kind of just starts out and there's no real foundation to help you connect with the characters.

Any additional comments?

Not worth your time.

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no good

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

had the character really do some thing instead of crying to her self 1000 time oh daddy

What do you think your next listen will be?

I like story like this so some thing like this but better written

What character would you cut from Defiance?

Rebecca , Logan Oliver and commander

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Boring

I've five hours left of the book and have serious doubts I'll finish listening to it. I get fanatic to know what happens in books that isn't the greatest and I always read them from cover to cover. That says a lot then that I can't bring myself to listen to the end of this book. On a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a 1!

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not impressive

It seemed to have a good setting and seemed fresh and imaginative. It turned out to be very boring and dry. I get that you need opposition to have a good book however, I also like to see the characters winning small battles along the way. it also seemed like her protagonist couldn't really do anything but seem tough.

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Good Book, Bad Narrarator.

Would you try another book from C.J. Redwine and/or Renée Chambliss?

CJ Redwine yes but Renee Chambliss is very hard to listen to

Would you be willing to try another one of Renée Chambliss’s performances?

No I can't tell the difference between her male and female characters. All voices sound identical.