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Defy

by Sara B Larson

SCHOLASTIC INC | January 1, 2014 | Hardcover

Defy is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
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?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.53 × 5.79 × 1.04 in

Published: January 1, 2014

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545597587

ISBN - 13: 9780545597586

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Teen Fantasy! Defy was by far one of my favorites of the year because of the fantasy, strong characters, action and even the turmoil. Sara B. Larson writing was addicting and this book even made me cry which is very hard to do since this book was fantasy.  Before I started reading Defy I knew that I would probably love this book. Its full of intense emotion, fighting, magic and the atmosphere took you to a different place. I could actually picture everything while reading it.   Alexa is a very strong character whose life as a young girl was to pretend to be a boy and join the Kings Army with her twin brother. To others she is known as Alex who is among the best fighters to Prince Damian. Her twin brother Marcel rescued her and in the beginning of the book it explains why she disguises herself as a boy. The fate of the young girls was shocking because there were breeding houses for the war between Antion and Blevon. Alexa has run away from this fate but there is a bigger threat she has to run from: the black sorcerer who killed her family and home. Also the ruler of Antion is the worst who has not helped the people.  Alex is a loyal and caring person who has amazing sword skills and I really loved how strong she is. I love the male leads who are both attracted to Alex and they already know the truth that she is not a boy. Daiman is the prince who also has secrets but he really shows how much he cares for her, and Rylan is the sweet and  also has bad timing. I really can't choose who I would choose until the second book! I am excited to see what will happen in the next book which is next year!!  If you loved Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas read this book immediately! Loved this book so much! Sara B. Larson's writing is also addicting and can really pull you in with the plot since I definitely was crying and overjoyed at parts! Pick this book up from your bookstore today because you will not regret it! 
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating with Picturesque Description! Review originally posted on my blog, Book Bindings Blog.  Defy centers on the fantasy adventures of Alexa, a girl forced to secretly change her identity to a boy in order to become a member of the King’s guard. At first, I was against the idea that she had to change her gender unwillingly because I love heroines who fight in various battles as their true selves. However, as much as I still prefer reading the former, I enjoyed how she deals with the dilemmas that changing her appearance and personality put her threw. I have never read anything such as this before and I like how she battles the feelings of wanting to express her true nature and worrying how it will affect her future. She jumps off the page as a very confident and capable woman that the supporting characters depend on. With well plotted back stories and animated personalities, the supporting characters are just as captivating as Alexa. The connections and dramas between the characters are really well written and thought out as well. I love the role the Prince plays in this book. Despite having been put through so much brutality growing up, he stands for what he believes is right and aims for a greater good, even if that means going against his father. I also love one of his guards, Rylan. He is the quiet and humbling voice that perfectly balances Alexa’s fierce and bold personality. The two of them share some amazing dialog that I bookmarked to read over again. I have never really been one for love triangles, however, I love this one. It’s not over the top or the center of the story and Larson seems to use it as a way of making the individual voices of the characters really stand out. It is really well done and very swoon worthy. *wink, wink* What also complements the characters is the picturesque and imaginative setting that really screams “fantasy”. Whether in the castle, dungeon, town, or forest, it is described in a way that sets the mood and paints a picture of the scene. If this book was a movie, I’m sure it would be very eye catching. The setting isn’t the only thing that is written well, the action is also very exciting. The battle scenes left me on the edge of my seat and the twists and turns keep the pace going at an exciting speed. Sara B. Larson is one killer story teller! Over the past few months, I have been longing for a new fantasy series to read and Defy really hit the bulls-eye. With magical plots and dynamic characters, I believe that Sarah B. Larson is a wonderful new voice in the young adult fantasy genre and I will be watching out for her future installments! Now onto the painful wait for the sequel… I give Defy, by Sara B. Larson, 5 out of 5 stars. (I received an advance copy from Scholastic Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
Date published: 2014-01-20

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Defy

Defy

by Sara B Larson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.53 × 5.79 × 1.04 in

Published: January 1, 2014

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545597587

ISBN - 13: 9780545597586

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From Defy

"Don't do that with me," he replied, staring down at me with a look of almost hunger on his face. "We're too much alike to pretend with each other. At least when we're alone, let's be who we truly are." The intensity of his gaze nearly made me tremble.

No one knew me as I truly was, except for Marcel, and he was gone.

But here was Damian, the strikingly handsome, sometimes capricious, sometimes gentle Prince of Antion, asking me to allow him past the guise I'd been holding up to the world since my parents died. How could I do that when all I had done for so long was train to guard him — and make sure he never realized that deep down inside, buried where no one could see, his best fighter was actually just a frightened girl?

From the Publisher

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?

About the Author

SARA B. LARSON can't remember a time when she didn't write books, although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children. She writes during naptime and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in "the art of multitasking." On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish. Her website is www.sarablarson.blogspot.com.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Defy

"A wonderful tale of adventure, romance, and embracing your true self. Alexa is a heroine readers will love to follow!" —Marie Lu, author of the bestselling Legend series

"This action-packed fantasy holds much page-turning appeal." —VOYA

"Larson's debut is full of passion and adventure, urging readers to cheer and weep simultaneously at Alexa's astounding courage." —School Library Journal

"This will likely still satisfy teens looking for a blend of swordplay and romance." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books