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Review, Young Adult / April 22, 2014
Defy by Sara B. LarsonDefy
Author: Sara B. Larson
Series: Defy #1
Publisher: Scholastic
Date: January 2014
336 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Fantasy
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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 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?

Reviewed by: Mary

So here’s a confession I have to make that might make my unpopular: I absolutely hate love triangles. I love stories that feature relationships and romance, but I hate when they devolve into love triangles.

I grabbed a copy of Defy because the description I read sounded right up my alley. A girl who is a gifted fighter poses as a boy, a prince who may or may not be pretending to be a lazy, spoiled brat, a kingdom in peril. It was everything I normally want. Even the cover looked like something I would love. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / August 5, 2013

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Reviewed by: Jack

I’m sorry to say, I really disliked Last Chance Angel. In my opinion, it was one of the worst books I’ve ever read. I know this review may sound harsh, but I’m only expressing my true feelings for this novel and unfortunately, those feelings are negative. There was nothing I liked about Last Chance Angel. I’ve been holding off writing this review for quite a while, because it’s hard for me to explain my dislikes, so excuse me if this is not the best review you’ve read of mine. Anyway, I’ll just get to the point and tell you exactly why this novel wasn’t for me. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / November 13, 2011
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie HarrisonTris & Izzie
Author: Mette Ivie Harrison
Publisher: Egmont USA
Date: October 2011
304 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Mythology
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Izzie loves Mark, and why shouldn’t she? As the captain of the basketball team, he is kind and loving and he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Her BFF loves . . . somebody, but she won’t say who. So when a hot new guy, Tristan, shows up at school, who better for Izzie to fix up her friend Brangane with? And what better way to do it than with a love philtre?

But even the best of magic has a way of going awry—and Izzie finds she’s accidentally fallen in love with Tristan herself. And that’s a problem. First of all, there’s Mark. Second, Tristan comes with baggage—like the supernatural creatures that keep attacking whenever he’s with Izzie, and the fact that he comes from the place where Izzie’s father was killed, years ago, by an enormous, evil serpent that’s still around—and it knows Izzie is out there.

I was initially drawn to this book because I am huge fan of Arthurian legend and the heartbreaking tale of Tristan and Isolde. The original story is timeless and has inspired famous tragedies Romeo and Juliet and the Arthur-Lancelot-Guinevere legend. It has been immortalized as an opera by Wagner. It is probably one of literature’s first love triangles. That said, nothing about this book is timeless or classic, and that’s putting it lightly. If I only had one word to describe this book, it would be superficial which applies to Tris and Izzie in so many ways. read more

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By: Daphne