Oh yum, yum, yummy! Perfect day: Make a frozen lemonade drink in the blender, get in the yellow chair and read DEFY THE NIGHT by Brigid Kemmerer.
Okay, true confessions - just like Brigid Kemmerer I too love the outlaw books. You know, the ones where the good guys are taking such risks, being seen as outside the law, but are really the ones who see the bad and are willing to stand up for the good. A big Yes to the Disney Robin Hood movie! Also it doesn't matter if they are foxes - they are in love and love is good stuff.
In DEFY THE NIGHT we have Wes and Tessa (not foxes in the literal sense). They are agile and quick and clever and they make a great team. Under cover of darkness they slip through the city together and deliver the lifesaving medicine everyone needs but not everyone can afford. They deliver the goods. They bring food, They see the problems. They care and together they are fighting a good fight. (There's nothing like a good fight.)
Brigid Kemmerer does not disappoint. It doesn't get thin. The characters don't get robotic. In fact we could all learn a thing from Tessa who doesn't hesitate to stand up to old Wes when he needs it every now and then.
DEFY THE NIGHT is set in the fantasy kingdom of Kandala and is being run by King Harristan with his brother Prince Corrick serving as the King's Justice. Corrick is the guy who orders the prisoners to be executed, etc. He is seen by his kingdom as cruel and harsh. The two brothers are struggling with the members of their Council to keep a balance of justice between all the sectors of Kandala. The hard part is that many sectors are overcome by a fever and the people desperately need the moonpetals to stay alive. It costs money. It's in short supply. Two of the councillors control the majority of the medicine which gives them an edge in the balance of power and perhaps, an edge in the ambition and greed departments as well.
We're talking intrigue. We're talking chemistry. We're talking characters to root for.
This is a quintessential beach read and a quintessential rainy day read. Tessa is a girl to admire. Prince Corrick - well, what can we say? The guy has a muscular back that tapers to a thin waist. Enough said.
As Tessa and Wes fight for the right and build their relationship the big question emerges: Who is trying to undermine the king and his brother? Who are the real rebels here? Can a girl whose parents were killed by the night patrol really get the prince and would she want him?
So, get your beverage - may it be tea or a fabulous mango smoothie - curl up in your chair and give yourself the afternoon off. You deserve it and the book will delight. Oh.....did I mention his muscular back tapers into a thin waist?
496 pages 978-1547604661 Ages 13 and up (Kissing and groping)
Keywords: fantasy, romance, kingdom, intrigue, prince, outlaws, epidemic, adventure, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
From New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer comes a blockbuster fantasy series about a kingdom divided by corruption, the prince desperately holding it together, and the girl who will risk everything to bring it crashing down.
The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.
King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents' shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King's Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion--it's the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.
Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most--but it's still not enough.
As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King's Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it's even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.
Set in a richly imaginative world with striking similarities to our own, Brigid Kemmerer's captivating new series is about those with power and those without . . . and what happens when someone is brave enough to imagine a new future.--from the publisher