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  • Defy was one of those books that looked interesting, but got shelved as a “maybe”. Until I saw several of my friends adding it to their shelves…THEN I decided I should give it a try. I have to say that I’m SO glad that I gave it a chance! I don’t read a lot of high fantasy, but I went into it with an open mind, hoping for a 3-4 star read. What I actually got blew me away. I will start off with the world-building. Normally I’m not too big of a stickler for world-building (unless it’s completely missing), but when I’m trying out a somewhat-new genre, I don’t like to be thrown in without a clue. I personally thought that the author did a great job of making sure that everything made sense and flowed properly. I felt completely at ease with the setting she was trying to portray, and believed it for the most part. There were times when I thought the world was a little bizarre – for instance, the landscape completely changed when they moved into another territory. I don’t know about where you live, but here, the landscape changes many times in my own province, and my province share those features with the neighboring provinces. So that was a little weird for me, but not so much so that I let it distract me from the story as a whole. Alex’s character is probably one of my favorite characters in all the books I’ve read. She was kick-ass – strong, sharp but still managed to keep her sensitive side. I loved how internally she was at war with herself – she was a girl pretending to be a boy, so on the outside she had to act in a certain way, so the little dialogues she had with herself made me smile and felt realistic. Whatever emotion Alexa seemed to be feeling at any given moment, I seemed to be feeling it too – and I was thrilled by that connection that I felt with her. The other characters were all really well written, as well. I loved Alexa’s group of friends, and full-out hated her enemies. Alexa had such a close relationship with several people and those relationships were well developed and honest. I was a little bit worried about the love triangle between Alexa, Rylan and Damian that was inevitable, since it is so over-done, but it was atypical and managed perfectly. The fight scenes were intense and I always found myself so caught up in them that when they were over, my heart would be pounding. I was 100% enthralled with this story, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary. If you’ve never tried high fantasy before, then I would suggest this as one to pick up. This will definitely be one of my favorite books for 2014!

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  • I've been interested to read this book for what seems like months now, because it's one of my two favourite genres, and damned if I wasn't thrilled with the result of all that waiting. Engaging, endearing, and thoroughly entertaining, I feel like this is one that I'm going to have to go out and get a hard copy of and cram it onto one of my shelves. Loved every single word of it.

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  • What I loved about Defy was Alexa was a kick ass character! She was a girl who had been pretending to be a boy for years! She could even best most of the boys in a sword fight and was chosen as one of the Prince’s guards because of it. Now let me talk about the prince for a bit… Well this may take longer than a bit lol! Damien was arrogant and lazy and for the most part was a pain in the ass but, he was keeping secrets and when you start to find out those you get why he’s been acting like an ass and when I got to really know him I fell HARD for him! Such a well written book, keep you turning the pages. Cant wait for the next one :D

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  • Absolutely mesmerising

    From the very first chapter you fall in love with the character, both good and unknown. The sense of mystery and wonder Larson captures within each book is breath-taking and draws you in more and more as the pages fly past. I cannot wait to get started on the sequel!

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  • Needs More Character Development

    Weak writing to start the book off. There wasn't any true value behind the relationships, so you didn't connect with the characters on the level the author was going for. Even the relationships built up too quickly, not really building that anticipation, because you knew what was around the corner.

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