Friday, January 10, 2014

Defy (Defy, #1)Defy by Sara B. Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We women often love those stories where a girl passes for a guy. In this case, when Alexa's parent's are killed by a black sorcerer, she poses as her brother's brother and they join the king's army, rising to the Prince's Guards. As Alexa grows older, she hates the king's policies more and more, but there's nothing she can do--or is there? Confronted with the possibility of change and freedom, what will Alex choose? And which of the young men who love her does she love back? Strong female lead! Empowerment! Guys who are good to women! Magic! And lots of romantic tension. Even though there are a few flaws (too many themes, lack of depth and detail in places), a solid first effort. Though a 3 for me, I think it's a 4 for its intended audience and look forward to the sequels.

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