Des[s]erted Reads: DEFY June 26, 2018 – Posted in: Uncategorized
January 2014, Scholastic Press
Time spent unread on bookshelf: 3 years
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?
I don’t even remember who it was anymore, a friend recommend this book when it came out in 2014. A year or so later I was in Barnes & Noble drinking a coffee and browsing the shelves for books I didn’t need but know I’d buy anyway (as you do) and the cover of Defy popped out at me and I remembered the recommendation. I purchased it and promptly put it on my bookshelf with all my other unread books where it sat from 2015-2018. I’ll be honest and say when I was searching for a book to read for this post I chose it for the cover. I’m a sucker for a fantasy novel and even more of a sucker for a fantasy novel with a pretty cover. I enjoyed this book so, so much! After reading it I immediately purchased the other two in the trilogy and devoured them. I loved the world that Larson built and loved the concept of Alex’s character (and loved Damian, obviously).
Now for the dessert portion of this blog post! I decided to pair Defy with a snickerdoodle cookie recipe. I hope you enjoy!
2 1/2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) of butter, melted and cooled
1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, mixed together and reserved in a separate bowl
With a stand mixer (or hand mixer) cream together both sugars, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter (be sure your butter is completely cooled or that you drizzle it in very slowly so as not to cook the eggs). Slowly add in your dry ingredients and mix until combined. Form dough into balls about the size of a teaspoon and roll around in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about eight minutes (depending on your oven, of course. I have to turn halfway through).