Defy by Sara B. Larson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I thought this was okay, but it really felt like there was nothing new or exciting in it. And I have a really hard time believing that she hid her identity as a girl for so long. She doesn't really act like a man throughout the story we read. She cries, she blushes, she runs off when she's distressed, she stares at men's bodies, watches them while they sleep. And also, everyone believes she's 20, but doesn't notice that she never grows facial hair. Binding her chest would not give her a male body, either. Sure, she would be muscular from all the training (that we never really see), but it would be a muscular, feminine body.
The love story just seemed cliched and silly too, and it took up a lot of the book. A whole lot. And what's with brushing hair away from someone's face. Everyone does it all the time. That's how you show love in this story.
But still, there are people who will love this. Like I said, there was nothing really new here. It's got similar elements to a lot of other YA fantasy out there. It's just not written as well as the good stuff. I would have liked a little more world building and better character development.
*I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review