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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Defy (Firstborn Trilogy #1) by Raine Thomas

Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.
Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.
Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.
As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.

Wow! I was really impressed. While I’m an optimist, I really wasn’t expecting to love the book as much as I did. I’d just read a really fantastic book and sometimes it throws me off my funk and I have to wait a few days to read another book. That didn’t happen when I picked up Defy. Although, I do feel like if I had read the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy I would have understood things better. It was still vastly entertaining, with varying points of view and numerous things going on, It reminded me a little (style wise) of Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy (a book series I also enjoy.) It takes wits to read this book. I recommend it for mature readers (there is some abuse and implications of rape-type things going on.) Otherwise, it was a perfectly entertaining read. I’m eager to see what happens next!

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