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.


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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.

chelesiggy

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24 comments:

  1. Michele, I adore this review! You picked those quotes so well. I enjoyed Enclave a lot but haven't yet read Outpost. I can't wait to give it a try though. :)

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    1. Awww, thank you, Sam! I can't wait for you to read Outpost - I look forward to hearing your thoughts :D

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  2. Fantastic review. I have been wanting to read this series for a long time and recently bought Enclave. I can't wait to read it now and Outpost. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! I'm so excited for you to read this series! I hope you love it as much as I do :D

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  3. eeeeeeeeppppp sounds so good. I really need to read these books! I hate being so busy when there are so many awesome books to read. Thanks for the awesome giveaway love and Happy Halloween :) great review as always filled with fun awesome quotes :) (I'm getting better at marking quotes when I'm reading myself :))

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    1. Oh, girl! I can't wait for you to have time to read these (and a few others I have picked out for you)! You're going to love them! So proud of you for marking quotes! LOL! You know I'm a quote girl! xoxo

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  4. This series has been on my wishlist and the world building has me drooling. Fantastic review and so happy book two lived up to book one!

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    1. Thank you, Kimba! I can't wait for you to read it! I promise it is definitely drool-worthy! ;D

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  5. Hugs! Glad you are all safe. I saw your pictures on Sunday! I will email you once I get through this week. Wicked is finally about to wrap and it has kept me insanely busy! Thank you for being a part of it and providing such generous giveaways. I loved Enclave and I just need to find some time to read Outpost. I am needing so many answers! Loved the quotes. You stay safe and warm!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Heidi! We are safe and warm now - just sending our thoughts and prayers to those who got slammed way harder than we did. I know you need a break after the busy, but awesome tour! Hopefully you can find some time for Outpost soon! Hugs and Happy Reading :D

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  6. A-freaking-mazing review, Michele! I can totally tell how much you liked Outpost. I understand your initial trepidation, but if there's one thing I've learned, it's that Ann never EVER disappoints. I am SO excited about Horde!
    I'm not entering the giveaway because I already have a copy (or four :D). :)

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    1. Eeeeep! Thank you, Maja! I'm definitely learning that about Ms. Aguirre! She is pretty fantastic :D

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    2. This book and series sounds fabulous! What an amazing review! You sold me. :) Also- what a WONDERFUL giveaway! Thanks so much!
      ~Jess

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    3. Thank you, Jess!! I hope you love it! Thank you for entering and good luck :D

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  7. What an amazing giveaway. Wow! I would LOVE to win! I couldn't tweet about it because Jess did about 15 minutes ago and we share the twitter account. So- I did share about it to the I Love Books page I am an admin for. :) Hope that helps spread the word.

    Your review is fantastic. I haven't started this series- but your review has me very curious about it! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you and thank you SO much for sharing to the I Love Books page! I really hope you can start it soon - it's such an exciting story! Good luck! :D

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  8. What a terrific review. New follower via GFC :)

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    1. Aww, thank you, Angela!! So happy to meet you! :D

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  9. Wow, GORGEOUS review Michele! I remember seeing Maja's phenomenal review of this not too long ago, and now with your recommendation- I can't putt off reading Enclave any longer now, can I? ;) Thank you for the giveaway too, dearling. :)

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    1. Thank you, love!! Yessss! Maja's review convinced me to bump Outpost up in my reading list, and she alleviated my fears! I hope you get a chance to read it soon and that you will love it as much as we do. Mwah!! xoxo

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  10. Amazing review! This part--> "The delivery of this information was impeccable. No worries about the dreaded middle book information dump - this new knowledge is exciting and enthralling." had me very happy to start this series! I have the first book on my Kindle tbr shelf right now. I really do not like huge info dumps that sometimes leaves me confused and/or frustrated to no end. I can't wait to start it! :)
    DeAnna Schultz

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    1. Oooo, DeAnna! I can't wait for you to read these!! I look forward to hearing your thoughts! I really hope you'll love them :D
      Thank you so much for this sweet comment! <3

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  11. I haven't even started this series yet! So lame, right? Ugh, I need to sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad.

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  12. reading enclave right now!! also FREE BOOKS!!! YAYAYAYYAAYYAY!! (i has a poor.) :) LOVEEE

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