Miss More

Defy by Sara B. Larson | Book Review

In Books on 01/03/2014 at 3:37 AM

“Her words – her warnings – burn like acid, reminding me of how uncertain my future was”

Honestly, I only decided to put this book on my 50 Books In 365 Days reading list because the cover intrigued me, that rose knife called me… ain’t it a beauty.



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***

“Defy” is far from my reading “type” but it’s definitely a good read, well written with a solid foundation. I liked how un-tedious it is. No long winded narrative over here. Even better,  you know how many books actually properly begin about 1/3 in (and in severe cases actually begin in the last third all because the writer wants to seduce you into reading the next unfortunate book in the series), well darling Sara was having none of that crap. “Defy” is on fire all the way through, it’s well paced with high action and low action perfectly put together. I enjoyed the sense of danger and adventure that was present in every single chapter.

I liked Alexa’s character, for the sheer fact that she isn’t an utter vagina, and could stand on her own two feet. This girl is a master fighter and can have all the males at the mercy of her sword in a flash. She’s her own hero. And I freakin’ love that. I really enjoyed how Larson weaved in her secret in the story (she’s pretending to be a boy to escape a brutal fate) and the reason why she has to do that is pretty well constructed. Larson provides a very rich backstory which made the world she created even more real to me. I loved her sense of setting, I mean the Antion jungle will always stay with me.

“After a moment, whoever it was left, leaving me alone with my regrets, impossible wishes and my foolish heart”

With all that said, I still have my reservations about this book. As well written as it was I still felt very detached from the characters, I didn’t really connect with them on a human level the way that you do when reading a book, not to say that I didn’t like them (refer to last paragraph). And Alexa as fierce as she is acted like such an utter girl, at some points she had me rolling my eyes all the way to the south pole and back. The so called love triangle, isn’t so much of a love triangle. I felt nothing for neither Rylan or Damian, I really don’t care who she ends up with as long as she’s not stupid about it. Rylan is the nice guy and in true book fashion he finishes last, oh wait that’s right… he wasn’t even in the race to begin with.

Even though there are things that I’m iffy about in this book, I am definitely going to pick up the next one, because Sara B. Larson is a pretty damn good writer if I say so myself. “Defy” is an overall satisfying reading experience.

Until we meet again, Miss More.

  1. I haven’t read the whole description yet but it sound like Mulan.


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