Defy by Sara B. Larson
Release Date: January 7, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.
The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?
My Thoughts: Wow, why did I wait so long to read Defy? It was really good. I was hooked from page one. We are introduced to Alexa aka Alex. Alex is a girl but has to pretend to be a boy in order to join in the King’s Army. She also has a twin brother.
Gosh I don’t even know where to start with this review. I do not want to give away any spoilers! We are also introduced to Prince Damian. I really liked him. He was sincere and sweet, and I could see myself falling for him. And he’s a prince! We are also introduced to Alex’s friend Rylan. Rylan also amused me and I liked him a lot as well. He practiced with Alex, teased her, and was loyal to her.
I really liked the relationship between Alex and both guys. Keep in mind that they think she’s a boy (or something like that) and Alex has to play the part of a boy well. I liked the journey through the jungle. Heck, I really liked the whole book. There were some parts I had to go back and reread because I laughed so hard and I was all smileys!
I wanted Alex to be interested in both guys at times. That was the problem, I liked both of them!! Makes it hard to choose.
Overall: Loved the plot of this one. Love how strong Alex is, and I loved the guys, and the chemistry. Oh baby! I really enjoyed Defy and I can’t wait to read the next one, Ignite!
Cover: Like it! It doesn't do the book justice though. I loved loved this one!
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