Deception by C.J. Redwine

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Balzer + Bray

August 27, 2013

Deception by C.J. Redwine was a fantastic follow up to Defiance. It was an unexpected mysterious adventure novel with the survivors of Baalboden trekking through the Wasteland to try and find refuge. Along the way a mysterious enemy lurks among them leaving ominous messages and death in his wake.

We return to Logan and Rachel’s world right where we left them, after the destruction of Baalboden. Logan at just nineteen has to take on the weight of being the leader to a group of people who don’t always trust his leadership. He has to fight the entire time to protect these people and get them to safety even while knowing some of them still don’t think he should be their leader.

Rachel’s dreams are soaked in blood as she tries to deal with all the horror she’s encountered. She’s just as strong as ever, but there are some wonderful moments in the book where she can’t figure out how to deal with her grief properly and Redwine uses these moments to teach her and us how worthy human beings can be.

I really enjoyed the multiple stories intertwined throughout the story. The big obvious one was the need to get to safety and away from the Commander, but the real villain of the book is the mysterious traitor in their midst. It was nice to have someone other than the Cursed One and the Commander to fear. This new enemy his in their midst as they fled through the Wasteland. It was a faceless enemy they couldn’t see and how do you stop an enemy you can’t find?

This was a great read and I am so happy I already have the next book so I can finish off this trilogy!





Top Ten Tuesday January 9, 2018

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Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)



The Upside of Unrequited





The Thousandth Floor



The Dazzling Heights



Daughter of Smoke and Bone



Days of Blood and Starlight



Dreams of Gods and Monsters



The Knowing



To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before



The Program


Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Simon & Schuster Books

September 25, 2007

Uprising follows the lives of three young woman in 1910-1911 whose lives intertwine forever because of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. I knew a little bit about this tragedy from school, but I loved that Peterson Haddix was able to create this realistic world and put us right next to the people involved.

Each of the three girls in the book, Bella and Yetta and Jane, each are completely different people and personalities who form an unlikely bond. I love how we were able to take a peek into early 20th Century life for woman in different social standings. Readers are able to see the struggles that immigrants faced when coming to New York City and also the expectations put on those in high society standings.

I love how fierce and sure Yetta was and how she held fast to the things she believed in. Even when other’s around her lost faith she kept fighting for something she thought was right. Being a young woman in that time period it took a lot of guts for her to be able to stand up so loudly and fight for women’s rights and unions.

Bella is probably my favorite of the three girls (but shh don’t tell Yetta or Jane) because she struggles so much throughout the book but she keeps going. She is newly arrived from Italy when her story begins and she doesn’t speak English yet. She is able to hold a job and adapt to her surroundings. I also loved seeing her story because it shows more of her living situation in the book and I felt like that was a real eye opener.

Jane’s father has made a lot of money and prior to the book she spent most of her time with other young society women. When she begins to lose interest in their conversations she discovers the strike and is introduced to a whole new world.

All three of their lives intertwine and weave together to tell a very real story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster. I love that many of the details were true and not fiction. I love that this book will introduce what happened to so many people on a deeper level than what history class can teach us.

For lovers of historical fiction I would recommend this book!



Zodiac by Romina Russell

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December 9, 2014

Zodiac was one of those books I didn’t think I was going to finish, but I am glad I did. It took quite a while for me to be able to get into the book and actually want to continue to pick it up again.

Initially I thought the book was off to a great start. I loved the opening few chapters! There was great world building and imagery and I felt for sure it was going to continue. Then it kind of stalled. For several (read: A LOT) of chapters it was just movements. Things that probably did need to happen, but it wasn’t exciting or really moving in terms of accelerating the action.

The major thing that really turned me off with this book and made it difficult for me was all the information given to us. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was all info dumping, but the information did seem pertinent to what was going on in the story at the time, but there was just so much information constantly thrown at us. Russell was very ambitious in trying to create unique personalities traits and worlds for each of the houses. I think overall, she did a good job, it just bogged down the flow of the story at times.

I feel like there was supposed to be a love triangle in there, but I don’t think it worked out the way she wanted if she did. If this was supposed to be a full-blown triangle then more time should have been devoted to it, since there was not I can only assume Rho had only one love interest and one guy she was confused about. I honestly could have done without it, but I don’t feel like it hurt the story that much.

Another thing that irritated me was that Rho was so hyper focused on Ophiuchus and how he was this big bad that by ¾ of the way through the book I was sick and tired of every mention of him and I could see why people thought she wasn’t focusing on the right things. It was even more disappointing when it was obvious this book was intended for a series and there was no actual resolution at the end.

Overall if you are looking for an adventure in space revolving around the zodiac then give this one a shot. I don’t regret reading it, but I am still uncertain if I will read the others.