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Defy ☆ Defy PDF / Epub ✩ Author Sara B. Larson – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 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 territoryThe longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the 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.

    Kindle Edition Í Defy PDF Ê 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 territoryThe longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the 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."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 336 pages
  • Defy
  • Sara B. Larson
  • English
  • 03 October 2019

About the Author: Sara B. Larson

Sara B Larson is the best selling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy DEFY trilogy DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology Her next YA fantasy, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, comes out November th from Tor Teen She 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, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping Her husband claims she should have a degree in the art of multitasking When she s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction She s online at SaraBLarson.



10 thoughts on “Defy

  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    Mulan would fucking NEVER Screw the love triangle Screw the overwhelming romance This is not a fantasy book This is a love story Don t look for anything beyond that Hearts flutters Desire courses Cheeks flush Blood flows overwhelmingly to the penis instead of the brain WHERE IS MY PROMISED MULAN I am just so bloody tired of so called bad ass heroines who do fucking nothing to prove that they re capable I am so fucking sick of heroines who spend their supposedly ass kicking selves sob Mulan would fucking NEVER Screw the love triangle Screw the overwhelming romance This is not a fantasy book This is a love story Don t look for anything beyond that Hearts flutters Desire courses Cheeks flush Blood flows overwhelmingly to the penis instead of the brain WHERE IS MY PROMISED MULAN I am just so bloody tired of so called bad ass heroines who do fucking nothing to prove that they re capable I am so fucking sick of heroines who spend their supposedly ass kicking selves sobbing and crying and fucking feeeeeeeeeeling things and checking out her fellow half naked soldiers wondering things like, my god, how did I not notice how fucking HOT his body looks when he s dripping with sweat It s a fucking reverse harem Let s just overlook the fact that there are fucking rape farm breeding houses for a moment, because there are bigger problems at play here Yeah, you heard me Breeding houses Rest assured, there will be a rant on that, with many words starting with F and ending in UCK, but for now, let s stick to the main issue at hand, which is to say, the problem with this book is the fact that it is a goddamned romance and nothing , complete with much sighing, much longing, much I CAN SEE HIS SOUL THOUGH HIS EYES crap and a love triangle If you took away all the breaths that goes aflutter and the pitterpatter of fucking heartbeats, this book would be around 50 pages instead of the original 300.I had high hopes for this book You know why I m making so many random Mulan references Because that s what this book promised me, in a goddamned nutshell Come on, now A girl disguised as a boy, serving as a soldier The parallels are obvious But no Mulan has a good head on her shoulders Alexa s head is so high up her ass that it actually reaches her heart, and that s my only explanation for the overwhelming amount of romance in this book.I wanted this I got this Summary Alex is actually Alexa, a 17 year old girl, disguised as a 20 year old man in the army She and her twin brother, Marcel, has been soldiers assigned to serve as Prince Damian s guards Years ago, a foreign army invaded their land, and the only option for Alexa was to disguise herself as a boy so she could join the king s army, otherwise, she would be forced into a breeding house.Alexa is special Skilled Spectacularly skilled Blessed with extraordinary fighting skills, as her brother would say She can even beat her bigger brother in a fight Hell, she can beat every fucking soldier in the squad Because she s really, really special And talented And Rylan, yummy Rylan with his chocolate brown eyes, thinks so, too Alexa is in service to Prince Damian He s an asshole a gorgeous asshole, naturally He parties all day He has women throwing themselves at him Well, women who aren t in the breeding houses, that is Still no fucking idea how that works Prince Damian is a complete asshole, son of the motherfucking tyrant king, but Alexa knows that under his dirtbag interior, there sto him She can see the gentleness in his eyes, she can see it in the way he tilts his head, she can see it in the swirling pattern of the shit he takes in the outhouse The fact that he acts like a douchebag means absolutely nothing at all.Marcel dies right away Well, that s so fucking convenient Because now Alexa gets to be aaaaall alone with Prince Damian They re so close She gets to guard his bed She gets to be around him all the time She gets to see him half naked, glistening in sweat And man, is that fucking Damian a yummy dish MUST STOP BLUSHING BECAUSE SOLDIERS DON T BLUSH.She thinks he sees interest in Damian s eyes, which, to a reasonable person would mean that Damian is gay, since Alexa is under disguise as a MAN, after all, but fuck common sense, right Alexa spends days, nights guarding Damian, thinking of him, bonding with him, getting closer to him, seeing his well defined abdominals, dreamily interpreting and overthinking every fucking thing he says and does She gets to go on a secret mission with Rylan, the yummy chocolate eyed guard She gets closer to him She feels the camaraderie thelove Wait, can this be love But what about Damian How does Alexa get close to Damian But then they get kidnapped There s danger There s intrigue There sopportunities for Rylan and Damian to get closer to Alexa as they travel through the hot, humid jungle And what does heat and humidity mean TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES, RYLAN AND DAMIAN YEAH Clothing optional because I swear that the guys in this book spendtime half naked than the entire pack of Forks werewolves put together Jacob Black would be ashamed.Does the friendly, protective Rylan meanto Alexa than the handsome, intriguing, mysterious Prince Damian How will Alexa ever choose And the fate of the nation rests upon Alexa Wait Where the fuck did that come from The EMOTIONS Mulan would never fucking pull half the shit this stupid chick does Mulan is a fucking master of disguise compared to Alexa.This is me in a very unfortunate sparkly photo booth I would actually be aconvincing man than Alexa, because half the fucking cast guesses that she s a girl Why SHE BLUSHES, SHE FLUSHES, HER HEART FLUTTERS, SHE GETS FLUSTERED Soldiers would never Mulan would never Let s see, throughout the book Alexa can hardlykeep from blushingHer heartbeat was probably visible in her neck , it was pounding so hardHer neck grows hot Her cheeks flush Her heartbeat flutters Her emotions are welling underneath the surface FUCKING ENOUGH ALREADY Is all this shit supposed to prove to me that you are a fucking warrior I don t bloody think so.I understand the need to be feminine, that feminity does not disappear under the guise of a man That clothing does not hide who you are, regardless, there is a fucking time and place for your fucking emotions and your thoughts of romantic love, so leave that shit elsewhere because I don t fucking want it I want a bad ass heroine who knows her duty I want a kick ass chick who can suppress her emotions enough to get shit done Alexa proves to me nothing Throughout her painful narrative, all I got from Alexa is a girl who wants to frolic in a field of flowers with her douchebag prince while her fellow soldier stands posing half naked on the side I see a girl whose emotions, whose need for romance gets the better of her, and really, fuck that shit It has no place in a book where the plot is supposed to be important.Her emotions ALEXA S FUCKING EMOTIONS FOR HER LOVER S They are all over the goddamned place Is it a problem YES, IT IS She shouldn t be focusing on whether she s falling in love with Prince Damian or Rylan when her identity is at stake, when a war is in progress, when the fate of so many people lies in question Alexa can t seem to think beyond her needs and her feeeeeeeeelings Want some examples I ll give you some examples Her heart beats, oh, how her fucking heart beats all the fucking time, so much that I just wanted to rip it from her stupid fucking chest Alexa s heart all quotes from the book pounds many times , constricts, beats erratically, thudded, skipped a beat, lurched unwittingly, beats harder, raced, jumped into her throat, skids a bit, leaped into her throat, beat unevenly, raced, constricted, pounded, flopped like a wounded animal, leaped into my throat Ok, I ll stop there That s around half the book HALF THE BOOK.Her blood pulsed hot through her veins , pulsed hot through her body several times.Her cheeks felt flushed blushed so many times , grew warm with shame, flamed multiple times , burned, grew hot again, grows hot She cries She bawls She runs away when her emotions for the two guys get the better of her when they re in the motherfucking jungle Her eyes burned with tears, tears ran down her cheeks, she swallows her tears She s a fucking Kleenex commercial She cries so many times that I frankly got sick of it I don t fucking care I understand that emotions get the better of people sometimes, but seriously, choke it down I want a warrior who can control her emotions I don t want you to cry like a motherfucking pussy when the boy you love lies to you.Her priorities are just plain fucking wrong In the middle of the fucking forest, she wonders This is a disaster. Oh Yay A disaster Why is it a disaster I can think of a few reasons why, because they re kind of in a precarious situation Like they were just kidnapped, they re traveling in the jungle They re afraid for their lives Surely, THIS IS THE DISASTER TO WHICH ALEXA IS REFERRING.Wrong Why is it a disasterRylan wouldn t meet my gaze, and my stomach clenched But Damian looked straight at me, and his expression was one of confusion, even hurt. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME Your life is in danger, and you re concerned about two boys fighting over you like two alpha wolves fighting over which tree they get to fucking piss on first Mulan would fucking NEVER.The Setting Rape houses Really Fucking seriously WHY I might understand it if there was a reason behind it, if there was a compelling plot issue behind it, but no The inclusion of the rape breeding houses was absolutely pointless It is mentioned only several times throughout the book Seriously, it is pointless It is a tool of fear, and I hate the fact that sexual violence is used as the major threat of oppression There are so many factors at play in a crual regime such as this, and there was absolutely no point to the rape houses.So there actually was a point to the rape houses, according to the book They are used to breed soldiers What the actual FUCK, people That doesn t even fucking make sense According to the book, the king s evil war bound regime started somewhere around the time of Alexa s birth, which wasn t even fucking 20 years ago In all that time, the only tool in his arsenal to createsoldiers is to make breeding houses, where women are imprisoned as soon as they get their first period and are forced to spend their entire fertile lives breeding new soldiers for the king s army That makes no fucking sense You could kidnap soldiers from other countries You could train your own soldiers really well Or you could piss off your fucking entire nation and invest 10 15 years into a war that you are losing while you re waiting for your future army to grow up Seriously Children are not sprung forth from Zeus forehead, fully grown, fully fucking able to fight This ain t Greek mythology, these are people, not gods Even if you wanted fucking child soldiers, it would take 10 15 years to get them anywhere ready to fight And to piss off your entire nation like that Why You are fucking all your people literally and figuratively for no reason at all You fucking expect me to believe that That men are willing to send their wives, daughters, sisters, nieces, off into these houses to be raped their entire lives, to be killed by childbirth, be terrorized, and do absolutely jack shit about it How fucking dumb do you think I am Take a culture of extremism Take Afghanistan Take the Taliban Yeah, they oppress their women They don t educate them But do you really fucking think that all the men would do nothing if all their women were taken away to be raped constantly I don t fucking think so There is always a line.And this concept isn t even constant The setting itself is so poorly done You have 3 nations, one of them is a quasi Chinese one, and all of them are so poorly described that I have no sense of nationality, no sense of what differentiates them, no sense of why they are fighting amongst each other I don t know their society We are mainly in the country of Antion I know nothing of Antion culture I know nothing of Antion history I know nothing about the people of Antion besides the fact that they are constantly at way.Think of it this way, I am neophyte to geography, to history You give me 3 nations Ireland, England, Wales How the FUCK do I distinguish between them if I know nothing about them but the fact that they re relatively close to each other The world building is so incredibly vague in this book There is largely no history, there is no explanation for anything The magical system is completely basic, BOOM Magic Some people haz it, some people don t There you go Take it, swallow it, be thankful for it because you ain t given anythan that.I don t know how and WHY certain women are allowed to go around dancing in the court and fucking Prince Damian while the rest god knows how many they are are forced into these breeding houses Screw this world It is faker than Kim Kardashian s plastic ass, just as believable and nowhere as inviting.The Romance FUCK THAT LOVE TRIANGLE FUCK THAT The entire book is filled to the brim of Alexa s wavering heart between the unfortunate friend zoned Rylan and the douchetastic Prince Damian, who has an exquisite exterior, as well as an exquisite posterior The entire book is filled with Rylar s pained protestations of love love, not like for Alexa, and Prince Damian s runs cold then hot gestures of love love, not like for Alexa Love Love LOVE SOOOOOOOOOO much love She admires their well muscled body, their shirtless moments, seriously, the guys in Playgirl wearclothing than Damian and RylanI almost cried again I could no longer deny that I was falling for him so fast and so hard it scared me But I had feelings for Rylan, too he was the closest friend I d had at the palacePriorities Why do you not have them, Alexa You have a motherfucking country to save.Alexa is a psychic Well, actually, she s not a psychic, but I m convinced she is one You see, she feeeeels things She seeeeeees things Prince Damian is a douche He has always been a douche, but in his eyes, Alexa sees that there s somethingShe sees that he s a kindly person because his eyes says so She feels that he is a gentle soul because of the way he bends his head She sees that he loves bunnies, puppies, and small children according to the way he hesitates before talking to her She knows that underneath his cruel front, Prince Damian is the king the country needs, because his farts smell like Calvin Klein Eternity.STOP SEEING STUPID SHIT IN PEOPLE S EYES Actions Actions speak louder than words, people I hate it when people seeeeees through others souls in books Eyes tell you nothing I once dated a guy who told me that we were meant to be together He said that he knew I felt the same way, because my eyes were looking into his soul.I was actually thinking of what I would be doing that night when I got home and played on my priest character in World of Warcraft That was our last date.The end I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy All quotes were taken from an uncorrected galley and is subject to change in the final edition

  2. Sasha Alsberg Sasha Alsberg says:

    Slow start, picked up 150 pages in and was interesting but predictable Alexa literally blushed every 2 pages so that was a bit annoying I didn t have too high expectations for this book so I m not disappointed.3.5 5 stars

  3. Sara Larson Sara Larson says:

    MY BOOK IS ON GOODREADS Also, I might be a tad biased on this one

  4. Summer Summer says:

    Edit Huh I can t believe I didn t go over this, but the issue on the rape houses Yeah, that was another pointless addition to a pointless bookThank you Scholastic for sending me this copy via Netgalley Blergh DNF at 85%.More times than I care to count, YA novels usually gain a lower rating from me due to the romance More specifically, when the romance takes over the plot Evenspecifically, when the love triangle takes over the plot. Grrr.This book had so much potential So much Edit Huh I can t believe I didn t go over this, but the issue on the rape houses Yeah, that was another pointless addition to a pointless bookThank you Scholastic for sending me this copy via Netgalley Blergh DNF at 85%.More times than I care to count, YA novels usually gain a lower rating from me due to the romance More specifically, when the romance takes over the plot Evenspecifically, when the love triangle takes over the plot. Grrr.This book had so much potential So much. What drew me in was the fact that the heroine is disguised as a guy, and is right under the king s nose as being part of his Royal Guard Add in some magic, sorcery, and a seemingly good romance, you d think I d love this Right Right Nope By the time everyone found out she was in fact a girl disguised as a guy, things went a bit haywire from there I began to dread reading the novel as the story progressed.I don t give a crap if the writing is flawless which it wasn t , or if the characterization was excellent which it wasn t if the plot is almost nonexistent or taken over by romance, this equation will always be applicable NO PLOT VERY ANGRY SUMMER Before I go into my loathing of the romance, let me delve into the character development Or lack of it, I should say See, the heroine Alexa was a very strong willed, loyal girl at the beginning of the novel, whom I admired greatly As the story progressed, she became a whiny, self pitying shell of her former self who spent most of her time trying to choose which guy she lovesOh, you poor little thing You have two guys vying for your attention, life must be so hard, right Kill me now Besides her, no one else was developed very well Defy is supposed to be a high fantasy novel, based on the impression I got by reading the synopsis Would I believe this based on the actual novel Nope There was little world building, so little that the only thing I know about Alexa s world is that there is a deadly jungle located somewhere in the country was it even a country That, and the vague references to sorcery and magic pretty much constituted my idea of the world If those were my only two issues, I would have given Defy two stars Suffice to say, they weren t my only issues Alexa is trapped in a love triangle between a snotty prince and a loyal best friend Much like her YA heroine counterparts, it s pretty obvious who she chose.I mean, based on the 85% I read, she had already declared her love for the prince To add to that stupidity, she chose the guy who repeatedly deceived her, lied to her, and tricked her into doing what he wanted her to do Really, why should she choose the guy who was loyal to her his whole life, who stood by her when she abandoned him, and who always defended her On top of this, nothing really happened until about 2 3 of the way through, and even that was boring I m not entirely certain where the action and intrigue hinted at in the synopsis came from Alexa is a Mary Sue, and I do not use this term lightly She is a speshul girl with magical powers, an undefeatable swordsman, and has the attention of the freaking King s son Can you get anyMary Sue than that I was expectingof a Crown of Midnight ish high fantasy novel instead, I was stuck with a sappy teen romance with very little attention given to much else.Seriously, you re better off watching Mulan

  5. Gillian Berry Gillian Berry says:

    sad trombone Originally posted at Writer of WrongsI m having such a hard time writing this review for multiple reasons, the main one being that I wanted to love this I wanted so BADLY to love this.I make it no secret that genderbending is one of my favorite tropes on the entire planet I wrote a whole post about it The second I read about a girl disguised as a boy in a synopsis have yet to find a goodboy disguised as girl book, but ONE DAY I want this story Give me this story, book go sad trombone Originally posted at Writer of WrongsI m having such a hard time writing this review for multiple reasons, the main one being that I wanted to love this I wanted so BADLY to love this.I make it no secret that genderbending is one of my favorite tropes on the entire planet I wrote a whole post about it The second I read about a girl disguised as a boy in a synopsis have yet to find a goodboy disguised as girl book, but ONE DAY I want this story Give me this story, book gods This synopsis had me drooling, despite the thrilling love triangle bit at the top I kind of ignored that, hoping it would be a palatable love trianglein the vein of Alanna George Jonon them in a bit While I m not a girl who prefers her romance on the side, I m sorry to say this angst fest completely dominated the plot.Which, at first, seems to be pretty good We re introduced to Alexa, a girl whose parents are murdered of course, but I can roll with this and who then disguises herself as a boy to join the army, helped along by her twin brother side eyes Alanna The First Adventure She chops her hair off and assumes the name Alex Three years later, she s part of Prince Damian s elite guard, having successfully avoided the heinous fate that befalls most girls orphaned by the war in Antion the breeding houses.Oh, the breeding houses Look I like reading fantasy that deals with misogynist societies and proves how WRONG WRONG WRONG that is I like genderbending, because it comes with this great message that girls are just as capable as guys, and isn t it STUPID for guys to only realize that after they ve been tricked into thinking girls have penises Also, when done REALLY right, it talks about how meaningless gender roles and even gender in general genderally speaking should be But Larson has set up a world in which the boys are sent to the army, and the girls are sent to the rape barracks, where they are forcibly impregnated to breed the soldiers of the future.First off logic fail The war has only been going on for like ten years That s a lot of children this budget stretched kingdom suddenly has to feet, because I m pretty sure those nine year olds aren t exactly ready to fight wicked sorcerers.Secondly ARGH Okay So Ashleigh over at the YA Kitten expressed all the reasons she didn t like the inclusion of this My issue is that the inclusion of these rape houses seems almost gratuitous The king needs to be evil, so he s started this Alexa needs a reason to be frightened to be a girl, so this exists Alexa needs a motivation, and the menfolk who hate the rape houses need to be shown to be heroes, so they all hate this The women in this story are either victims, or they re Alexa Rape is not a plot point or a world building device It is not something that happens to other peoplethan the victim This book had the potential to be fantastically feminist, and it certainly tried to be, but it missed the mark.Alexa begins with integrity and actually seemed like an interesting character to start She plays it very close to the ves, and the juxtaposition of what she s feeling with how others perceive her was interesting to me I even felt for her, particularly in a certain affecting death scene that I liked for plot reasons but that is extraordinarily poorly executed The writing in this book is overwrought and ungainly at times It would veer between authentically fantasy esque and abruptly contemporary Also, Alexa I ever hear you use the word harlot again, I m going to punch you But then Alexa loses her awesome Why Because boys And now I get to talk about the love triangle Nooooooooo NOOOOOOO Noooooooooo.And now I am done talking about the love triangle.Spoiler this did not happen, but wouldn t THAT have been fun Okay, no, I ll explain It s eye roll inducing I can guarantee you there will be tons of people who will love this, but I, sadly, am not one of them I rolled my eyes so hard I sprained them.In this corner we have Rylan, who was tragically born without a personality but luckily has warm chocolate eyes to compensate Take a shot every time the word chocolate is mentioned in reference to his eyes In this ring, we have Damon Salvatore Prince Damian He has dark hair, blue eyes, a tortured past, lots of secrets, and a rockin bod Take a shot every time Alexa gets lost in the blue of his eyes.Do you want to know one of the reasons I love girl disguised as boy stories The gender reveal The WTF moment The moment a character s entire perception of he MC changes The two SURPRISE BOOBS scenes in the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce, a clear influence in the creation of this novel, remain two of my favorite scenes in history We re cheated this Why SPOILER that is not that big of a spoiler if you were paying ANY ATTENTION Because both boys knew all along How is that any funThat just means it s instalove all over the place They ve both been in love with her since day one END SPOILER And now she must chooooose, between brown eyes and blue, a boy who s safe and a boy who makes her feeeeeel, the one who knows her secrets and the one WITH all the secrets, the one who zzzzzzzzzzzzz Blah The middle section, in which she is trudging through the jungle, dealing with her FEEEEELINGS for both of her boyfriends, is positively turgid It s all angst and no plot It is the Harry Potter puppet pal beating his head against the wall It was long.The genderbending is pointless if you don t ever actually SAY anything about gender roles If you don t subvert them, challenge them, or force others to rethink them And in Defy, the entire conceit is pointless It mostly made me frustrated, annoyed, and yes, eye rolly This book stayed both too close to Alanna and too far A names, a male twin, a dark haired blue eyed prince in love with the secretly female best swordsman in the palace all elements from both books But Defy lacks the message, the fun, and the SHIPS It lacks the girl power It lacks the eff you, stereotypes, women are not weaker moment To put it simply, it lacks.Points for the scene in which Alex is forced to sleep wedged between Damian and Rylan I laughed heartily for the awkwardness Before the cheesy conquered Oh, lordy Also why are the native people, aka ALL of the main characters in Defy, white I know this is fantasy, and you can do whatever the heck you want, but Antion is a country covered in jungle It has mangos, macaws, and acai berries There are jaguars This seemed like a fabulous opportunity to include some diversity in fantasy, a genre which has historically been extremely whitewashed, but alas, Alexa s olive skin were as POC y as it got The world building was extremely thin and the same vaguely medieval European system, just in a jungle Like so much of the rest of the book, it was a wasted opportunity As is the plot, which is disappointingly simplistic for an epic fantasy novel I am curious about what the plot could be in the second book, but not curious enough.Also, Blevon is a stupid name for a country As is Blevonese.Siiiiiiiiigh

  6. Sandra Sandra says:

    ROUNDING UP TO 1.5 STARS.Why i thought this would be a really good book i have no idea Got my hopes to high for this one, and look where it got me.Why do i do this to myself It actually started really good At the beginning4 starswas constantly popping up in my head This is, like, a retelling of Mulan

  7. Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday says:

    1.5 STARS I really thought reading a non romance Western before diving into a book as universally panned in my feed as Defy, I d be able to offer a unique perspective Because I ve been sufficiently warned off from this book but I genuinely thought taking expectations out of the equation, bracing yourself for the worst maybe it won t be so bad There s a war waging between Blevon and Antion and Alexa Hollen just lost her parents to a sorcerer Together with her twin brother Marcel, she is fo1.5 STARS I really thought reading a non romance Western before diving into a book as universally panned in my feed as Defy, I d be able to offer a unique perspective Because I ve been sufficiently warned off from this book but I genuinely thought taking expectations out of the equation, bracing yourself for the worst maybe it won t be so bad There s a war waging between Blevon and Antion and Alexa Hollen just lost her parents to a sorcerer Together with her twin brother Marcel, she is forced to pretend that she s a boy in order to avoid getting sent to the king s breeding houses where orphan girls get raped to breed soldiers for the war Alex Alexa and Marcel are now part of the Prince s guards as they try to protect his arrogant and pompous ass from assassination and kidnapping I just shook my head, using the rag to wipe away the sweat dripping down my hairline Kai and his women I liked him well enough, but I was glad he didn t know I was a girl He was attractive, I suppose taller, with his light brown hair pulled back in a ponytail and his green eyes always crinkled at the corners from a constant smile But if I had to pick the most handsome man on the guard, I definitely preferred Rylan s warm brown eyes Hissubdued, quiet humor The surprising gentleness he had with animals. Yup, she s got ALL THAT in her plate and her thoughts are oriented towards picking which among her colleagues is the most handsome.And that was 25% in.It s a wonder how she got to walk with all that lady boner she s been sporting all throughout the book I kinda wish she went and dry humped every tree she came across just to keep these incessant thoughts at bay Because something has to shut her up long enough to explain what s all that breeding house bizzness why is it exactly part of the story and maybe view spoiler a better mourning for the eventual demise of her brother hide spoiler If I had to make a comparison Defy is the poorman s third cousin neighbor of the co worker of your uncle s gardener of Throne of Glass This book, I feel is a gross misinterpretation of what current YA fantasy trends is all about Which should come across as comical in its failed attempt but has left me mildly offended concerned instead Because someone out there thinks this is what I, as a YA fantasy reader, would enjoy It s an oversimplification of the formula Strong heroine with proto feminist advocacies Alex Alexa is the best fighter in the exclusively male Prince s Guards She can kick everyone s ass but she doesn t think she s pretty She s a tangle of hormones because, you know, seventeen Obviously A love triangle between the heroine, authority figure and one of her peers Alex Alexa is caught between the abs pecs abs and pecs of Prince Damian, her misunderstood boss who only acts like a brat but is actually philosophical and shiz and Rylan, the pretty guard who is the best among the guards but not as good as Alex Alexa because again, feminism, yayEverything is going to be okay, Alexa I won t let anyone hurt you, I promise Not even the king I stared up at him, my heart in my throat What was wrong with me A week ago, I wouldn t even let myself admit that I found any man attractive And now my heart couldn t seem to remember how to beat normally whenever Rylan or Damian came near me or when either of them touched me Sexual tension and angst Put them all three in a tent dungeon with Alex Alexa making out with one guy, add a bit of kissing with heated passion, tingling lips and molten desire flowing in x s veinswhile other guy pretends to sleep, crying silent tears of suffering To be honest, I d probably cry too An elaborate fantasy plot where the heroine plays a central role There s some off hand pew pew and magicalitism of wizards and sorcerers and spells and people dying shockingly so you could shelf this appropriately This ofcourse has to lead to the uncovering of details of Alex Alexa s past that will be pivotal to the climactic fight scene in the end Because that s what works now, right Fuck character depth and development Fuck logic Fuck it all, there s a little boy carried by Damian on his shoulders while they travel doesn t that make you swoon Doesn t that melt your cold cynical heart Wait, what What did you say What s the breeding houses for You misunderstand, this is the first book in the series, this is called leaving room for the rest of the books to grow into a bigger complexity Who cares about that anyway when there s love, LOVE, LOVE It was comical enough that the book spent its clunky middle with Alex Alexa sorting out her emotions and feels for Damian and Rylan WHILE they were held as hostages by a dangerous sorcerer But as if awakened from masturbatory thoughts, someone remembers oh hey, this is fantasy, we should probably start putting that in too right in the 70% ish mark Such that the clunky delivery got way evenclunkier as chunks of the plot get explained, rationalized and revealed in a lazy QA manner between characters.Is this book even trying Look I m not in the habit of reading books that have been well derided by others for the sheer fun of it I m afraid I m all out of snark and creativity and I have enough enough wrinkles as it is But I really thought there was some redeeming aspect, some silver lining, the smallest reason to give it a chance and not be so universally burned.Yeah we re just going to leave this right back there.Also on BookLikes ARC provided by Scholastic Press thru Netgalley in exchanger an honest review Quotes may not appear in the final edition.

  8. Whitley Birks Whitley Birks says:

    Seeon my blog.This book started out with one of the most horrific displays of misogyny possible, and then it carries on in a mediocre fashion after that I probably would have finished reading the book if I hadn t been so pissed off from the start, but it wasn t good enough to carry me through my distaste, so I DNF ed at about halfway through, when I realized that the main character wasn t going to shut up about all the toned and muscled torsos around You d think they were painted in neo Seeon my blog.This book started out with one of the most horrific displays of misogyny possible, and then it carries on in a mediocre fashion after that I probably would have finished reading the book if I hadn t been so pissed off from the start, but it wasn t good enough to carry me through my distaste, so I DNF ed at about halfway through, when I realized that the main character wasn t going to shut up about all the toned and muscled torsos around You d think they were painted in neon with how often she notices and or stares at them I love a nice pack of abs as much as the next girl, but in the middle of first aide is not the time for that The book opens up with Alexa s brother deciding she needs to pretend to be a boy so that she can avoid the rape houses Yes, you read that right In this book, young orphaned girls are sent to breeding houses to be raped until they conceive and then the children are taken away to be soldiers Let s see how many things I can find wrong with this basic premise without even trying It s impractical girls in shitty conditions get pregnant, but not as often as they would when under less stress, so you re basically shooting efficiency in the face It s impractical if you need soldiers now, babies aren t going to help Girls can do stuff besides get pregnant PREGNANT girls can do stuff besides BE pregnant there s point in keeping them all in a rape house and not doing anything If you re strapped for bodies and really that against sending girls to combat, send your male servants and replace them with girl servants because as I said girls are capable of doing things It s incredibly insulting to history what, you think real palace servants weren t raped and then their babies pressed into royal service That wasn t good enough for you You had to make dedicated rape houses to up the drama I CAN T STRESS THIS ENOUGH, GIRLS CAN DO STUFF, IF YOU NEED BODIES TO DO STUFF, THEN USE THE GIRLS The only way this makes sense from a worldbuilding standpoint is if you really can t think of anything girls are good for except sex and childbearing There was no point, and in the end, it came off as if the rape houses were just there to provide angst and excuse for Alexa to pretend to be a boy So not only is it illogical as hell, but it s being used as a cheap threat, to show that the main character is in danger without actually defiling her purity And that s just what I ve got off the top of my head So, from the word go, I m pissed off at this book, anther in a long line of books that use rape as a cheap plot point without really actually saying anything about it.But there sThe worldbuilding in this book is terribly lacking There s a jungle, I guess, and they eat tropical fruits, but the rest of the world is so sparse that I really can t picture it Honestly, I thought that Alexa s people were recent conquerors because so many little things followed standard pseudo European fantasy tropes The whole of it was tropes and jungle, that s all you get We can t even get a good read on how sexism works in this country, because the only points of data we ve got are rape houses and everyone who finds out about Alexa s gender is totally cool with it what The plot felt skeletal I was so excited about a girl pretending to be a boy in the army, because I love that shit, but everything was skipped over The most Alexa ever had to do to hide her gender was bind her breasts, we didn t get to see any training or any logistics about hiding, nothing Just skip straight to the point of love triangle, because it s not like the mechanics of hiding one s gender is interesting, right And Alexa didn t seem to have a good grasp on being a boy, because she kept defaulting to stereotypes and assumptions about macho behavior, so she read like someone who had only just started hiding, instead of someone who had been doing it for three years At that point, she should know how guys act and not freak out over the least sign of emotions as if such things are antithetical to manhood She should have seen guys acting in all manners and known that she could do the same, but no, she s stuck in a rut She s like that awkward phase Disney Mulan went through when she first arrived to sign up for the army, only instead of being awkward and everyone wondering what s wrong with her, the book plays off like that s really how guys are.Book, have you ever met a guy The plot itself had promise, and I honestly did want to see where it went, but it kept being dolled out in tiny little drops, in between Alexa going on about muscled chests and then pretending she can t cry over her dead brother because that s too girly I was too annoyed at everything in between plot points to keep reading, especially since the interesting bits were so far apart A galley copy was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honesty review.

  9. Melanie Melanie says:

    Seereviews at YA Midnight ReadsDespite my one star rating, I wasn t at all disappointed with Defy Simply because I knew it was going to be bad, and I went into this novel just to see how terrible it was However, I had not expected it to be so bad that I nearly vomited in my mouth.Defy checks all boxes for one of the worst fantasy books I ve read this year Sure, we re only 7 days into 2014 but I can just feel like it s going to be the worst I ve encountered.1 Fail, un kick ass protagoni Seereviews at YA Midnight ReadsDespite my one star rating, I wasn t at all disappointed with Defy Simply because I knew it was going to be bad, and I went into this novel just to see how terrible it was However, I had not expected it to be so bad that I nearly vomited in my mouth.Defy checks all boxes for one of the worst fantasy books I ve read this year Sure, we re only 7 days into 2014 but I can just feel like it s going to be the worst I ve encountered.1 Fail, un kick ass protagonist Check We have Alexa Alex Hollen, disguised as a boy to be her brother s twin in order to escape the breeding houses instead to be a member of Prince Damian s personal guard Apparently, Alex could beat the captain of the guard in a match but I felt that Alex was so weak I wanted an as hard as nails chick who would kick ass in her sleep I wanted a girl with a heart of steel But instead I got a girl who dreams of her two love interests I got a girl who couldn t stop her goddamn emotions There was this certain scene where the main characters are being attacked and Alex quickly jumps into the action, I was rather confused Because her personality was whiny and girly, I totally forgot that Alex was supposed to be some heroic and kick ass boy.2 Non existent world building Check For majority of the time, I couldn t imagine anything that the author was taking about Just insert some castle here and jungle there, viola I needdetails,substance And not breeding houses.3 Illogical plotting Check So there s a war that s been going on for some 10 20 years and the evil, evil king decides to get all females who have reached the age where they can reproduce to go to these breeding rape houses so they can make soldiers So basically, these lil infants are going to go to war WUT You at least have to have them grow up as well as train them which is also gonna take another 10 20 years How the flip does that work when your nation is already losing the war How long is this war gonna go on for NOTHING MAKES SENSE.4 No history on the world the author as created Check Apart from the horrendous and irrelevant breeding houses, we don t have much else There s no history of what happened to make this war begin and stuff like that I don t want to be thrown in the middle of a book and just left there staring into the distance I need background information I need to know why some people have special powers and why some don t.5 Love triangle Check We have a snotty and lazy and ungrateful Prince Damian and a sweet but annoying best friend Rylan Who does she choose Why of course, the impossible to have, Prince Damian rolls eyes SPOILER What makes me want to gagis that it just happens that both love interests knew that she was a girl ever since and loved her ever since O___O END SPOILER If you want a girl disguised as a guy, go for Eon or watch Mulan Honestly Don t waste your time on this. Thank you Scholastic for sending me this copy

  10. Gail Carriger Gail Carriger says:

    This book contains one of my favorite tropes a girl who disguises herself as a boy In this particular novel s take on the trope the main character, Alexa, is forced to undertake subterfuge, because of her government s violence towards women In other respects, this novel is a classic monarchical drama of transference of power At the beginning of the novel I found it difficult to like Alexa, she seems to have little personality of her own However, as the story progressed I liked her .The This book contains one of my favorite tropes a girl who disguises herself as a boy In this particular novel s take on the trope the main character, Alexa, is forced to undertake subterfuge, because of her government s violence towards women In other respects, this novel is a classic monarchical drama of transference of power At the beginning of the novel I found it difficult to like Alexa, she seems to have little personality of her own However, as the story progressed I liked her .The main character s gender is discovered and or known by several male characters, most of whom then fall in love with her This gives it a certain Mary Sue vibe, compounded by the fact that the heroine is overly special in her skills and abilities and thus vital to the fate of the country In this regard, I found the story somewhat predictable The romances, and there is a classic love triangle, were equally predictable By the end, while I was very much enjoying the story and had grown to identify with Alexa , I never did get behind the romances That aspect of the story felt overly angst ridden although I do think teen readers would enjoy it I also think that Twilight has a lot to answer for.This is the start of a series, and it certainly has the feel of needing to read all of the books As there are only three I might go for it any and I couldn t take the angst I refuse to get into another Terah Edun Sworn situation

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