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?
Title: DefyAuthor: Sara B. LarsonPublisher: Scholastic PressSource: NetGalleyFormat: e-bookSeries: Yes
I have to be honest with you this book just wasn’t for me. I had such high expectation going in! I was expecting a badass heroine, not the girl we got. I was expecting something similar to Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series. If this is what you are expecting too, don’t bother with this book.
I found myself not liking a single character, all were extremely one dimensional or irritating. The story itself was very slow-paced and I struggled with keeping my attention on it. The story had some potential but this was never realized. The whole book seemed contrived to simply present the love triangle of Alexa, the prince and Rylan, a fellow guard. This was a love triangle that quickly grated on my nerves even more than the usual love triangle. Both men, of course, knew she was a girl the whole time, though they found out in different ways. Of course since she was a woman it made sense for the only two men she knew, who knew she was a woman to fall in love with her immediately (can you sense the sarcasm?). She immediately decides she has fallen in love as well, out of nowhere with no apparent reason.
For me this was the centre of the entire book and I could barely concentrate on the rest of the story due to the prevalence of the insta-love and love triangles in the book. It distracted me and ruined the whole book. However I can see where there is potential with the concept and can only hope the author will improve in her writing for the next book. I think this book would have been a DNF if not for my high hopes going into reading it and my using it a s a way to procrastinate on studying for an exam! I will stick around and give the next book a go, even if it is just out of sheer curiosity!
I'm sorry to say I can not recommend this book. Maybe others may feel different but for me this book was not enjoyable.
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