Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book Review: Defy by Sara Larson

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

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?

Review: I have to say this book has its ups and downs. I thoroughly enjoyed how the lead heroine could be pretty badass. However, I struggled with her ability to act like a real girl and deal with emotions. Sometimes, I was very frustrated with how Alexa handled herself, but in the end I think this book had some good character work and lots of entertainment. Not to give to much away but we get to see different parts of the world Larson has created and it defiantly adds to the quality of the story. Not to mention, the lead males (yes, I said males) sound drool worthy and are intriguing in there nature. After getting to the end of the book I am ready to see what is in store next.