Here’s a thoroughly entertaining read, with a kick-ass female protagonist, and many twists along the way!
Let me just start off with what I didn’t like: love triangles. The trope I dislike the most. Alexa (Alex) Hollen is forced to disguise herself as a boy in the king’s army to escape the breeding house (a truly disgusting place that rapes girls as soon as they get their monthlies, and gets them pregnant so they can have more boys for the king’s army). She earns a spot on the prince’s elite guard, and is one of his best fighters. That being said, she does a pretty poor job throughout of keeping it quiet that she is a girl. Almost from the beginning of her charade, the prince and her best friend Rylan have known her secret. That bugged me, I’ll admit. But what bugged me the most was the fact that for the better part of a year, Alexa has disliked the Prince, thinking him a spoiled, whiny brat. All of the sudden, she’s in love with him, while also finding herself attracted to Rylan. Rylan, incidentally, has loved her since the beginning, basically. I don’t know, the whole thing just irked me.
That being said, I really did enjoy this book. It was fast paced, and Alexa is FIERCE fighter. This book kept me turning the page, anxious to find out how Alexa, Damian, and Rylan would get themselves out of the fixes they found themselves in.
Personally, I think Alexa should have gone and fallen in love with Rylan instead of Damian.
Have you read Defy? Who do you ship together?