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    RYAR Review: IGNITE by Sara B. Larson

    Previously published on ReadingYA.rocks


    ABOUT THE BOOK


    IGNITE by Sara B. Larson
    Series: Defy #2
    Published by Scholastic Press on December 30, 2014
    Genres: Epic Fantasy
    Provided by: Edelweiss
    Rating: 5 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

    Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?


    REVIEW


    Sara B. Larson’s IGNITE is an absolutely riveting second installment in the series. Hidden agendas, unknown enemies, unidentifiable threats, and a tension-filled love story make for an incredibly suspenseful and unputdownable read. It’s a story that will keep readers guessing, make them race through the pages in search for answers, and will have them wishing for the third book in the series to discover what happens next.

    Putting the best interests of her country and her King before her own, Alexa must fight to hide her feelings and her broken heart so that she can remain the King’s most trusted guard. But it isn’t easy. Not when just being near him makes her heart leap into her throat.

    So when a beautiful woman is sent to deliver a message to King Damian, Alexa can’t be sure if her distrust for this woman is based on instinct or because she might be someone who could replace Alexa in his heart. And if she can no longer trust herself, maybe she isn’t the best person to protect her King from the growing dangers to him and to Antion. And maybe, had she known the true cost of her decision, she might have made a different one.

    IGNITE continues the story only a short time following the events in DEFY. And while things may have settled down for the kingdom of Antion and its new ruler, the calm is short-lived. With an ally ostensibly now an enemy, the hope to rebuild will have to be set aside as their attention must turn to this new menace.

    Action-filled, gripping and nerve-wracking, the story, the pace, the excitement do not let up. Tension continues to mount as Alexa tries to uncover who is behind the attacks on Antion, learn what their motives really are, guard Damian, defend Antion, and protect her own heart.

    The threats are deadlier, the enemies more powerful, the betrayals more devastating, and the choices made will have even greater repercussions in IGNITE. No one is safe. No one can be trusted. Not even those most loyal.

    Expect to be transfixed, expect to be shocked and surprised, expect to fall in love with this utterly thrilling and highly addictive must read sequel in a series that is positively epic.

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    DEFY Trailer Reveal + Giveaway

    Defy-Trailer-Reveal

    I am super stoked to be able to take part in this awesome reveal for the book trailer for DEFY by Sara B. Larson. I loved DEFY and have been absolutely dying to read IGNITE and not just because of the way things ended in book one.

    DEFY was released in January, but the paperback edition will be releasing this month on the 25th and then, on December 30th, the wait will finally be over for IGNITE. And I just so happen to think that it will be the perfect final read for 2014.

    In addition to the fab trailer, in case you haven’t yet become acquainted with DEFY or IGNITE, I’ve included some information about them and the author below.

    And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of DEFY in its soon-to-be-released paperback format, just scroll down to the giveaway a bit further down in the post.

    Anyway…

    I happen to love this trailer and can’t wait for you to check it out. So, without any further ado, here is…


    The Trailer


    About DEFY

    Defy_Cover

    Add to Goodreads

    Series: Defy #1
    Author: Sara B. Larson
    Release date: January 7, 2014 | Paperback edition to be released November 25, 2014
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.

    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?

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    About IGNITE

    Ignite_Cover

    Add to Goodreads

    Series: Defy #2
    Author: Sara B. Larson
    Release date: December 30, 2014
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

    Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

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    About Sara B. Larson

    Sara

    Sara’s debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015–stay tuned for announcements about the title, cover, and synopsis! Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    This reveal includes an awesome giveaway courtesy of Mundie Moms and Scholastic for…

    A paperback copy of DEFY to THREE winners – US ONLY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Cover Reveal: IGNITE by Sara B. Larson + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be participating in the cover reveal for Sara B. Larson’s IGNITE, the second book in her Defy series. I loved both the cover and the story for the first book in the series and I couldn’t wait to get an early peek at this cover for its sequel.

    And….

    Ignite Cover

    It’s gorgeous! It’s purple. It perfectly complements the cover for DEFY.

    I love that the focus is on the weapons in each cover. I love that the backgrounds hint at nature – leaves, flowers. I love that the fonts are bold yet simple. And I love that these covers immediately let you know that the stories are epic/high fantasy without having to tell you that they are in words.

    The image of the bow and arrow is fascinating, eye-catching, beautiful. I love that the arrow is a thorny rose. I love that there is just a hint of faded color on the rosebud/arrowhead. And I love that this weapon is gold in color versus silver like the weapon on the first book’s cover.

    I can’t wait to see this cover in print. It’s just so pretty. I know IGNITE’s gorgeous cover will look stunning wrapped around the epic story within and will look amazing on my shelf next to DEFY.

    About IGNITE…

    Title: IGNITE (Defy #2)
    Author: Sara B. Larson
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Release date: January 6, 2015

    Pre-order it: AMAZON | iTUNES | GOODREADS

    Description…

    Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

    Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?


    Other Books in the Series

    DefyTitle: DEFY (Defy #1)
    Release date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    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?

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    About Sara B. Larson

    Sara

    Sara’s debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015.

    Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.”

    On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic, this blog-wide reveal includes 3 ARCS OF IGNITE for giveaway – US ONLY

    Please note: As this is a January release, ARCs are not currently available. They will be sent to winners as soon as they are.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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