Defy

Defy

Book - 2014
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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 palacein 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?

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Scholastic, 2014.
ISBN: 9780545597586
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 336 pages ;
Study Program: Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.2 21 Quiz: 62288.
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.6 13.0 164206.

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sarahbru17 Jul 06, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
This book was so satisfying. I'm bummed that it's over, but excited that there are two sequels.
Alexa is a fantastic protagonist. I completely adore her; I would want her to be my friend. She’s tough, without be snobby; she’s sweet, without being weak; she’s got all the romantic feminine feels and all the passionate fighter in her. She has joking and sarcastic moments, but she’s so intensely filled with purpose and strong motivation.
In general, I hate love triangles. But this one was done well in these ways: 1. Alexa clearly admired both men, but made her decision quickly and efficiently when the time came; 2. Both men clearly care for her, are both attractive, but are very different; 3. It added conflict and motivation. I had to admit, I was disappointed in her choice at first, but I also really liked her relationship with him. The way the book ends, though, I honestly have no idea where this whole triangle is going to go.
This plot was deeply compelling. There was so much at stake. I really loved the Mulan vibe to her concealing her gender, and with the breeding house as the alternative, there was a really strong motivation there.
The ending was so satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time. I’m so glad certain plots were tied up, but there’s so much potential for the sequel. I just want to immediately jump into the next book. I don’t want to leave this world.

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happycanuck
Feb 06, 2017

Loved it ! So happy to have found another author who is a great writer and also glad that the series has been completed ( I think) so I can continue without waiting a year between installments.

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Read_ER
Oct 23, 2016

This is the best book I have ever read in my entire life. Never have I been so connected with a novel, the characters were realistic, the plot was intriguing and the story line is absolutely empowering. Can't wait to read the second and third book.

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Emm
Jun 18, 2016

Action packed

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 13, 2016

Although other people may tire of the whole idea of a girl pretending to a boy and fooling everyone else idea, whether it be a book, movie or T.V. show, I actually quite enjoy them. Defy was by far no exception to my thoughts. Going into the book at first, I was a little hesitant to try it or not, but once I started to read I could not stop. The author really shows the struggle of Alexa and how she had to pretend to be a boy because of the King’s orders for what would happen to any and all girls. Instead of going into the breeding houses, she chose to join the military as a boy and turned out to be the best fighter in the King’s guard. The story does develop with her romance and how she had to ‘choose’ between the two guys which she loved. But, alongside that romance, there were bumps in her life, the book showed how she had to overcome those bumps and who helped her achieve that. The ending of the book really did hit me, in my opinion it was a very powerful ending that made you want to read the second book in the trilogy.
- @Pixin of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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KHoulihan
Sep 12, 2015

(rating the audiobook) An ununsual premise and interesting worldbuilding, but a narrator who's a little too unbelievably naive and, to be honest, pretty dense about the people around her. I agree with the other reviewer who found Alexa's lack of grief about her twin brother totally unbelievable.

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kkewen
May 19, 2015

Loved this book. Hope you like it too!

Black_Horse_55 Aug 06, 2014

I really enjoyed this book! It's kinda like Mulan (:

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runner_chick
Jul 29, 2014

This book was decent, but Alexa didn't really come off as especially realistic. Her brother dies, and the two were "super close" yet twenty pages later, she barely gives his death a second thought and is just trapped thinking about the problems in her love life.

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BBurnett
Jul 21, 2014

written for YA. Female teen has to disguise herself as a boy to survive, with her brother. Ends up as an elite guard, for the prince. Need I say more?
some magic involved, evil sorcerer and king.
Have read better, but was OK. I like MacCaffrey and Pierce much better, in the same theme.

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