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Review, Young Adult / September 24, 2012
Defiance by C.J. RedwineDefiance
Author: C.J. Redwine
Series: The Courier's Daughter #1
Publisher: Atom
Date: September 2012
402 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
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Rachel’s world is confined to the protective walls around her city. Beyond them are violent wanderers, extreme terrain, and a danger straight out of legend: a beast called the Cursed One that devastates everything in its path.

When Rachel’s father goes missing, she is desperate to search for him. But her attempts to flee the city bring her to the attention of its overbearing ruler. His efforts to control her make the world within the walls seem as dangerous as that outside.

Her only chance at escape is Logan. Once her father’s apprentice, and now her only protector, he feels that helping her might mean losing her completely. But if he can put his feelings aside, they might be able to save more than Rachel’s father. They might be able to break down the walls, and set their people free.

Defiance is an incredible book, with each page like a move in an intricate, high-stakes chess game between the characters. It was beautifully written and full of unexpected twists. Best of all, it has Logan, who in the author C.J. Redwine’s own words is like the love-child of Sherlock Holmes and MacGuyver.

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / March 15, 2012
Bloodrose by Andrea CremerBloodrose
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #3
Publisher: Atom
Date: February 2012
416 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Is true love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS FROM BOOKS 1 AND 2

Firstly, this was definitely an improvement on Wolfsbane. There’s no question about that. Wolfsbane was too slow with too little action. But Bloodrose was jam packed with action. Literally from start to finish. I would have preferred it if this had been spread out into Wolfsbane as well. But in any case, I enjoyed the action in this book.

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By: Alison
Review, Young Adult / November 25, 2011
Wolfsbane by Andrea CremerWolfsbane
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #2
Publisher: Atom
Date: July 2011
400 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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You're an alpha, a leader. That's what we need. It's what we've always needed. When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. Then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save her pack - and the boy - she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? Will Shay stand by her side no matter what?Now in control of her destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials love can endure.

I’m sorry to say that I didn’t like this book as much as Nightshade. I think unfortunately, like so many ‘middle’ books in trilogies, it served only as a gap filler.

At the end of Nightshade, Calla and Shay have been rescued by the Searchers and the rest of her pack are held by the Keepers. In Wolfsbane, the Searchers want to form an alliance with the Guardians and retrieve the rest of Calla’s pack. They know about Shay’s past and what it means to be the Scion. Calla and Shay therefore join forces with them now that they know the Keepers lied to them about the Searchers. Calla desperately wants to save her pack and Ren from the Keepers but ultimately she also knows that the Searchers will be valuable allies in the long run even if getting used to their ways is difficult at first.

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By: Alison
Review, Young Adult / November 22, 2011
Nightshade by Andrea CremerNightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
Publisher: Atom
Date: July 2011
480 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything—including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Ok. So this is certainly one of the better werewolf books I’ve read. It had a few faults and I didn’t like the ending but overall a well written story.

Calla is an alpha. She has been matched up with Ren, an alpha from another pack. They are supposed to join together their two packs at the upcoming Union. Calla has known this for years and thinks she’s ready for it. That is until she saves a human hiker from being mauled by a bear. That hiker is Shay. The new guy at school. Ordered by the keepers to spend time with Shay, Calla begins to realise that her whole existence is a joke. The way that her and her pack are ruled by the Keepers. The Keepers may provide for the pack but they ultimately take away their freedom too. And use them for their own battles against the Searchers. Together with Shay, Calla discovers that everything they have been told by the Keepers is not exactly true – far from it. And ultimately Shay’s uncle’s sudden desire to move him and Shay (bringing him into the world of the Keepers and the Guardians) is no coincidence!

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By: Alison