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This spellbinding fantasy will sweep readers off their feet. When the young heroine, Alexa, disguises herself as a boy and joins the king's army to escape a horrific fate, she encounters adventure, romance, and the hardships of war — as well as her true self.
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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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Sara B. Larson can't remember a time when she didn't write books. Although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children. She writes during naptime and the quiet 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.

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E I Talamante, February 9, 2015 (view all comments by E I Talamante)
This book just made me say, Wow. And not even in a good way. There's a good story here hidden within something that made me think I was reading the script for a daytime drama - I'm thinking The Young and the Restless.

Alex has been hiding in plain sight for a while now, and her secret turns out to be less of a secret to those around her than she thinks. It seems that almost everyone knows. Add to that her over-active hormones and a crazy, confused love triangle, and the real story gets pushed aside and mentioned in passing while Alex's growing love affairs take center stage.

I wanted to like this book, and did at first, but you can only take so much of the same lame questions that border on teen angst and blatant romance more than anything else. I really tried to like this book, but I couldn't. This could be a great story, if you could get past the self-deflating thoughts and seedy romance scenes, but again, I couldn't.

I'm going to try reading the second book in this series as well, hoping that it will get better, but I don't have high expectations.
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SarahS WondrousReadings, January 8, 2014 (view all comments by SarahS WondrousReadings)
When I first heard about this book right away I thought of Mulan, where a girl pretends to be a boy to fight. Alexa pretends to be a boy for a very different reason.

Alexa joins the army as Alex in an attempt to stay out of the breeding house after her home is burned down and her parents are murdered. She cuts her hair short, dresses like her brother and becomes part of the prince's personal guards. Alex soon becomes the best fighter of the guards. Alexa starts to feel more than just a guard toward Damian. She isn't the only person pretending though, Rylan is hiding feelings for Alexa and the spoiled Prince Damian is also hiding he isn't all the he seems either. And when an attempt to assassinate the prince fails Alex is moved in close to Prince Damian's room, but that's not enough and Damian along with Alexa and her fellow guard, Rylan, is kidnapped.

There was romance in this book but I did not like it. It was not the love triangle, I don't mind love triangles, it just seemed forced and not believable. It was a quick book though, there was action and adventure that kept me reading. I liked that Alexa was a brave, strong character, she didn't need anyone to save her. This book had some issues but it was Sara's first book and I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes. I'll be reading the next book.

Thank you to Scholastic Press and NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Larson, Sara B.
Scholastic Press
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
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