Book Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

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?

Release Date: January 7, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Evan

This story was so good I couldn’t put it down! Readers really get it all here: adventure, mystery, and captivating romance. 
In a war torn land filled with the wonders and dangers of magic, we meet Marcel and Alexa. When their parents are murdered by a powerful sorcerer Marcel acts quickly; by disguising Alexa as a boy he protects her from being shipped to a breeding house. 

The two young teens lie about their age, pretend to be twins and join the king’s army. Well- trained by their father to fight, they quickly move up in the ranks. 

Soon Alexa, now known as Alex, is the best warrior in Prince Damian’s personal guard. However, her female identity must remain a secret or she will be put to death. 

You will love Alex immediately and pull for her throughout the book. I was not ready to stop reading her story! My hope is there will be more books to follow.

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