Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Something Wicked Comes: Giveaway and Review of Outpost (Razorland #2) by Ann Aguirre

I'm so excited to be a part of Something Wicked Comes, hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and Babbling About Books.   I'm posting my review of Outpost (Razorland #2) by the fabulous Ann Aguirre; and, after the review, I have a giveaway for you guys!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Title:  Outpost (Razorland #2)
Author:  Ann Aguirre
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Published:  September 4, 2012

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My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.


As a huge fan of Enclave, I confess I had a bit of trepidation about beginning Outpost. Would it measure up to its predecessor, and would it be as thrilling? It did and it was. Within the confines of Salvation, I felt trapped, repressed, and restless right along with Deuce. So many rules and so many people out to break this feisty, headstrong huntress. But then, I fell in love with the Oaks family, with Longshot, and with the safety and security the walls of Salvation provided. If ever there was a heroine who deserved a measure of safety, to be loved unconditionally, and to have a family… it’s Deuce.

As safe and cozy as it seems within the walls of Salvation, danger still lurks outside. The walls must be protected around the clock to keep the freaks away. Deuce wants nothing more than to put her training and huntress abilities to good use; so, when the time comes for the growers to leave the safety of Salvation for the fields and plant the seeds for the crops that will keep them all fed… she jumps at the chance.
“I was, after all, born to be a Huntress.”

For all of Deuce’s toughness, she was so endearing at times and had so much to learn about people, what to do when she wasn’t fighting, and… boys.
“If so, I couldn't imagine how the opposite gender managed
to get out of bed in the morning.   They might be lovely to look at,
but clear thinking wasn't their strong point.”

The fields is where the action really begins and some terrifying truths are revealed. In Outpost, we learn so much more about what happened to the world and about the freaks. The delivery of this information was impeccable. No worries about the dreaded middle book information dump - this new knowledge is exciting and enthralling.

Fade made me love him even more than I did in Enclave.

“The warmth of his palms on my back
made me want to arch like a sleepy cat.”

But my heart broke for him more than once in this story.

“He hid so much, this boy of mine.”

Even though I was wary of Stalker in Enclave, I still liked him. While I found myself liking him even more in Outpost, I never saw him as a love interest, so I believe those who fear and loathe triangles have nothing to worry about here.

“I wasn’t yours, and I’m not his either. 
I’m a Huntress… not an old knife that can be traded.”

Still, I love reading about Stalker and I think his story is every bit as intriguing as the other characters’. I wasn’t a fan of Tegan early on, but I grew to be - especially at the end. Truthfully, all of these characters are just so absorbing I can’t help but love reading about each and every one of them.

I shed so many tears during the reading of this book, but I love that Ann Aguirre can get me that emotional over this story and her amazing characters. I’m so excited for the next book in this series, but I also want to prolong the wait so that their story never ends.


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