Friday, July 26, 2013

ARC Review: The Defiance by A.G. Henley

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THE DEFIANCE (Brilliant Darkness, #2)
By: A.G. Henley
Release date: July 29th/13.
The Defiance on Goodreads here.
Suspicion Trust. Fear Compassion. Hate Love.
Fennel and Peree learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, is not what it seems. Now they need to convince their people that everything they believe is a lie.
An impossible task, especially when someone seems resolved to try anything—even arson and butchery—to destroy Fenn and Peree’s new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties.
Unable to tell friend from foe and with the Scourge pushing both groups to the breaking point, Fenn must again decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to ensure the people of the forest’s future.
Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely LOVED THE SCOURGE a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist (you can read my review here)

So I knew I was going to love The Defiance as well, let me tell you, I had very high hopes for this follow-up novel, and Henley DEFINITELY delivers in her sophomore release!

I so enjoyed the fact that Fenn and Peree, despite their families' reservations, fight to be together. Peree wants nothing more than for Fenn, him, and Eland to go Koolkuna, while Fenn (being the kind soul she is) wants to stay to try and convince both the Groundlings and Lofties to leave with them. Peree continues to be an amazing hero who just adores Fenn (seriously this guy is sooooo swoon-worthy).

The Defiance continues to be narrated from Fenn's first-person-perspective, and it still astonishes me how imaginative this narration is considering it's coming from someone who is "sightless" you truly forget this aspect of Fenn and I think that's a true testament to Henley's talent.

I did ball my eyes out at one part of this book though, I won't say why because I think it's a truly pivotal moment in the book and I wouldn't want to take it away from another reader. There was a lot of great character development in this second instalment. The best thing about this series, is that I adore the secondary characters as well. I adore Bear and always just want to give him a hug, but I'm actually surprised by how much Morray has grown on me. I'm not sure why, and I'm still not sure he's completely trustworthy, but I can't help but warm up to him just the tiniest bit. 

There's a lot of deceit and loss in this instalment and the romance and love story between Fenn and Peree will have fans of Henley's Brilliant Darkness series devouring The Defiance. I still don't know how I'm going to be able to wait for The Fire Sisters (Brilliant Darkness #3).

Thanks Henley for this "Brilliant" continuation!

Happy Reading!!!

The Defiance is exclusively available from Amazon, go here to yourself a copy!!!
About the Author:
A.G. Henley is the author of the BRILLIANT DARKNESS series. Her first book, THE SCOURGE,
was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

A.G. is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they've had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she's not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she's inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at 
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Giveaway time!!! Aimee is giving away an e-copy of THE DEFIANCE to one lucky winner! Open internationally! Good luck to all!!!

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