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review 2017-02-02 23:02
IN Defiance (An Ivy Nash Thriller, Book 1) - John W. Mefford

I have been following John Mefford’s work ever since I read his Booker series. When I discovered that, he would be releasing a new series I could not wait to find out more about his new heroine Ivy Nash. She is a special investigator for Child Protective Services, who is a firm believer in fighting for the wellbeing of children. These beliefs were due to the poor treatment she received as a child. She grew up in a variety of foster homes, which led to her having first-hand experience as to what children who grew up in the same conditions had to face.

 

Ivy is one of those characters that readers of this genre would love. She is strong, independent, and not one to back down at the first sign of trouble. She was determined not to allow the pain from her past to dictate her present. These traits were demonstrated when she went above and beyond to prove the innocence of a ten-year-old boy who had confessed to murder. Was he guilty or was he just another victim who fell prey to his circumstances?

 

From the moment, I began the story I knew it was going an entertaining read. I found the story to be interesting, well-written and thought-provoking with well-developed characters. It highlighted the problems of foster care, where children instead of feeling safe, find themselves in abusive situations and facing a variety of atrocities. In addition to the thrilling ride, there were some heart-breaking moments. This seems to be a worldwide epidemic.)

 

This was quite the page-turner, which had me guessing from one moment to the next. There were tense moments that had me on the edge of my seat while I anxiously awaited the outcome. There are several stories taking place that appears unrelated, however, as the story progressed the connection became evident.

 

This is a great start to what appears to be another exciting series by Mr. Mefford. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment.

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text 2017-01-10 10:58
NEW THRILLER ~~ IN Defiance from John W. Mefford | Author
IN Defiance (An Ivy Nash Thriller, Book 1) - John W. Mefford
NEW THRILLER ~~ IN Defiance from John W. Mefford | Author
'Mefford wrote her character with depth and you can feel her passion for her job throughout the entire book. I felt the pain of how easily a child slips through the cracks in foster care.' reviews Lynchburg Mama by Shelly Maynard
 
"After the Alex Troutt series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Ivy Nash’s story! The focus of the story is placed on foster care and after being in and out of 17 homes herself, Ivy is headstrong about fighting for the children. Mefford wrote her character with depth and you can feel her passion for her job throughout the entire book. Unfortunately, what is Ivy’s strength is also the very thing that makes her weak. When the police want to make a violent hostage situation disappear, she’s forced to open up wounds that never fully healed. In the midst of the investigation, the facts of the case become quite messy. I felt the pain of how easily a child slips through the cracks in foster care. Ivy makes a new friend, Cristina, who helps open doors to solving the crime. Looking forward, I can see a heart-wrenching moments for this pair and their journey with a broken system."
 
Read more on the #book, series and author here...
 
Author John W. Mefford introduces Ivy Nash in the second series of the Redemption Thriller Collection.
 
A volatile hostage situation at a foster home reaches a bitter end: shots are fired, some die, some live to tell a sordid tale. In the midst of the anguish and confusion is one child who will bear the scars of this unbelievable turmoil.
 
As a special investigator for Child Protective Services, Ivy Nash lives by one rule: she’ll do anything to fight for the wellbeing of children. Anything. Something that was never done for her. As a “system” kid, she spent time in seventeen foster homes. Seventeen.
 
Very quickly, the facts of the case are blurred…accusations of sibling abuse, connections to drugs. Nothing lines up, and authorities want it all to go away. Their target? A ten-year-old boy. Unrelenting in her pursuit to find the truth, Ivy and her new friend Cristina uncover alarming new information to pinpoint who is at the root of the crime.
 
But evil knows no boundaries. Shockwaves of her most horrific childhood memories erupt into the present, and Ivy knows that she's in the fight for her life.
 
Part of the Redemption Thriller Collection which includes the Alex Troutt Thrillers and the upcoming Ivy Nash Thrillers. While all of the novels can be read as a stand-alone, there is a connecting thread in the Redemption Thriller books that will be unveiled over time. For a more fulfilling reading experience, books should be read in order: Alex Troutt, and then Ivy Nash. More series will be added into the collection within the next year.
Source: www.lynchburgtnmama.com/defiance-john-w-mefford-book-tour-giveaway-25-ww
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text 2016-07-13 06:07
Great Read!
Defiance (The Reaper Series Book 1) - R.S. Broadhead

Finished in one day! Loved the spin put on the paranormal aspect.

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review 2016-04-08 14:39
Defiance Rising by Amy Miles
Defiance Rising - Amy Miles

I generally love a good sci-fi dystopia, but this one fell a little flat for me. It got off to a great start, but I quickly stopped enjoying Illyria's sarcastic attitude that seemed to pervade every conversation she had. Her first trip to the city left me tons of questions - in a good way - it was very well done. But I disliked Bastian as well. He became far too brooding and moody for my tastes. Eamon, on the other hand, just never seemed to get it. There was no development, and I felt very little emotion from him.

The love triangle seems neverending. I don't mind a little hesitation or conflict between what is confortable and what is new and exciting, but Illyria seems to choose wrong every step of the way. And what's worse is she seems to know it! But just keeps going anyways! I really couldn't relate to her at all.

The world building was a lot of fun. I loved the conflict with the aliens and the history that we learn as the story continues. It was quite fascinating. It's just hard to enjoy a story when you can't seem to like the main characters.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Source: www.hotofftheshelves.com/2016/04/defiance-rising-by-amy-miles-review.html
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review 2016-03-09 00:00
Born of Defiance
Born of Defiance - Sherrilyn Kenyon Slower paced and a slightly different sci-fi-romance premise then the previous books. Still well written story line and dialog, with strong characterizations.
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