Title: Defy (Defy #1)
Author: Sara B. Larson
Published: January 7th 2014 by Scholastic Press
Type: Fantasy, Supernatural
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?
I had so many HIGH VERY HIGH hopes for this book. I was really wanting to be more like Mulan i was becoming obsess with the whole idea of the book. The story has the whole concept but overall turned into a love story with love-triangle. Sad part i guess i wasn’t really shocked. Mos books have the whole Love-triangle thing going on and somethings it works for books and sometimes they don’t. it would have worked for this book if there was more action, more something that would have my heat pumping for more. I didn’t get that feeling reading this book. The feeling i wanted to feel.
The book does have it’s moments with there was some action and i LOVED IT and wanted more but they would end so quickly. The book to e was really slow paste. I just really wanted more to this book. Now the book wasn’t all bad, really i do mean it. There was a few parts that i really liked and if Defy just had more of that i would have fallen in love with the story. Like let me talk about the Prince…I loved his character in the book and sometimes reminded me of Adrian from Vampire Academy. Not in looks but in personalty. He did make the story fun to read cause his character stole the spot light from the main character.
She on the hand, i just could relate to her, i wanted her to be like Mulan and be this bad ass who doesn’t need a man. I wanted her to kick ass from the stat to the end and i didn’t get that. She was supposed acting like she is guy but she just came out like a nervous Teenage girl in high school with a crush. She would make it so obvious she was a chick. I totally get it like you have never kissed a boy or hold his hand BUT HELLO THERE IS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO! oh gosh…see i just went all caps. It annoyed me on how hard-headed she was.
I love the action in the story and how intense it would get. That was the only time i would grip my hand on the book and reading it intensely. If it had less of the romance and more of that i really would have been obsess with the whole story. The story does have a little bit of adventure. That did help reading the story. There is a few character that i really like but i am not gonna mention them because you will just have to read the book. But overall my favorite was Prince Damian, he is a man of secrets but my goodness he was just so lovable in Defy.
Overall: The book does get interesting more towards the end and i do myself reading the next book thee is a really good story hidden behind the mess and i really do hope the story does get better from there, but i don’t know we will see. The story has a really awesome concept but it just didn’t come out they i hoped. I could do with the Love-triangle and the Romance, it just came out so awkward in this book. but really besides that the book isn’t to bad.