REVIEW : Defiance Falls by Ali Dean


All I wanted was a little trouble. Okay, so maybe choosing Cruz Donovan’s 18th birthday party wasn’t the way to go about it. Three years ago, I fell for him. I thought he fell for me too. But when he broke it off, he took my heart and, as if that wasn’t enough, he took my best friends too.

They aren’t the same boys I knew before high school started. They’ve got all kinds of secrets they’re keeping from me. If I want back in, I’ve got to be ready to play their game. I might be a killer soccer player, but I’m not real eager to join a team when they won’t tell me who the opponent is, how to score a goal, or what rules I’m supposed to be following.

I’m in the wrong place at the wrong time, a pawn in games I don’t understand. Maybe I never should have gone looking for trouble in the first place. Is it too late to change my mind?

I reminded myself that this was why I was here. To push my boundaries. Live on the edge a little.

my review

I devoured this book. It is completely addicting from the very beginning and the more the story continued the more invested I became into the story, the characters and wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Hazel Ross didn’t expect her life to completely change the night she attended Cruz Donovan’s birthday. Sure, she used to be friends with Cruz and his crew, but that changed 3 years prior. She thought they forgot about her, but in reality they never did and they were doing everything they could to protect.

I loved Hazel. She is a pretty strong female lead. I loved Cruz, too. He has been through a lot in his life, but still continues to fight each day. The whole crew is fantastic. The twins and Hazel’s cousins, Bodhi and Emmett added some comedy to the story, Spike and Moody were also great secondary characters and Hazel’s dad. That man deserves an award! Every single character in this story plays a major role and adds something different to the story.  

This book is full of secrets, lies, family and plenty of drama and suspense. It will have you hooked and the ending will have you craving the second book to know what happens next.

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