"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's WoW is . . .
Defiance by C. J. Redwine
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
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.
So, I featured this in a cover reveal just last week. But I don't think I managed to express just how very in love with this cover I am. I like girls in gorgeous dresses as much as the next person, but while those other YA girls are lounging about in their dresses, Rachel is kneeling here in a badass cloak with a badass armband. (And really, really lovely hair . . . ) There's an absolutely stunning but very simple forest background, and then a dark, eerie castle below. The font is bold, but not to the point of distraction. It seems to fit the pitch to the T. It is, quite simply, flawless.
But I don't just want this so it can sit on my shelf and look pretty. I want it because I think I'll be completely and utterly in love with the story itself. Kickass military girl that can hold her own in a fight, fantasy and monsters, fighting and drama and love. Excuse me while I fangirl.
What's your WoW this week? Leave your links in the comments and I'll go check them out!