{Review} Defy by Sara B. Larson

Pages: 336
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Sara B. Larson
How I got the copy: From Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars
From Goodreads:
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?

To say this review is late is an understatement.  But in all fairness I wrote it on my phone in the notes app back in January.  So I apologize to the publisher it took so long for me to post it!

Are you a fan of Mulan and Throne of Glass?  Then I highly suggest you try Defy.  It's got a girl pretending to be a boy in the kingdom's army.  She's vulnerable like Mulan and yet really kick butt like Celaena.

Ignite Me Discussion

You know how sometimes you tell yourself you're going to take a mini break from blogging and that break turns into a few weeks?  That just happened to me.  Although, I've been constantly uploading videos on my BookTube channel (we're at 891 subscribers!)  

I didn't do a written review for Ignite Me because I feel like most people already know what the series is about.  So here are my thoughts in a video instead.  

Sunday Post #45

 The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Both are a chance to share what books you got this week, what happened on your blog last week, and what is to come next week.
I took a mini hiatus from blogging, but I'm back!  I've been posting videos on my BookTube channel regularly though because videos are actually quicker for me to do lately and if I'm being honest they're more fun.  Here's my latest haul (from ALA)!

{Review} Beautiful Bombshell (Audiobook)

Publication date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Christina Lauren
How I got the copy: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars
From Goodreads:
The gentlemen from Beautiful BastardBeautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player are out for a wild night on The Strip.When Max, Henry, and Will steal Bennett away for a weekend of shenanigans and strippers in Vegas, the first stop of the night doesn’t go at all as planned. With their scheme for a Guys Weekend completely derailed anyway, Max and Bennett begin to play a wild game of stealth and secrecy in order to have their bombshells all over Sin City.
First, I need to apologize.  I received this audiobook a month or two ago right around the time I got a new job so I wasn't able to listen to audiobooks anymore.  So thank you to S&S Audio and sorry it took me so long!

As most of my followers know, I don't do Adult Fiction.  It just doesn't appeal to me usually.  So when I find an adult series that I like I'm so excited.  The Beautiful Bastard series is one of those few that has gotten my attention.  I love that they are companion novels so all the characters and plot lines are so different.  And yet when you get a novella like this you get to experience all the characters together.  I  don't usually care about novellas so I was pleasantly surprised when I liked this one.  It's like when you find a twenty dollar bill in your jeans when doing laundry.  You weren't expecting it, but it was a nice surprise.

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