22 May 2018

Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Title: Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
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She's a soldier - Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she's a rebel.

He's a machine - Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel's advanced programming has begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he's an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they're not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they're forced to question everything they'd been taught was true.

Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn't choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn't), because I'd always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven't) or even because I'm hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.

I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I've been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.

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This one sat on my shelf for awhile. And I'm so sad that it did, because it was a really, truly entertaining read.

I'm not always a fan of space-set stories. Defy the Stars just pulled me so deep into the story that I didn't even have a moment of disinterest. From page one, the story begins and continues with action and adventure, and--of course--some romance.

A story of two people who shouldn't be. A story that had so much going on that I may, at times, had to reread a page or two--but, nonetheless, kept me riveted. But seeing two characters grow and become greater as the story goes on...It was amazing.

I am absolutely positively, eager to read the next in the series.

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