Blog Tour: The Defiant (The Valiant #2) by Lesley Livingston ~ Review & Photo

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The Defiant (The Valiant #2)


Thank you Penguin Teen for sending me a copy of The Defiant for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

The Defiant was even better than the first. There was more action, more swoon and just as many feels. I definitely had a cry moment while reading this book. Fallon has new dangers and new threats. This book will keep you glued to the pages while you read to uncover where Fallon's journey will take her next.

This book is full of fierce, strong women. If you are looking for a book full of non-stop action and a little romance too then this is the book for you. I so hope this book makes it to the big screen one day. It would make such a fantastic movie and it tells young girls women can kick butt just like men can. Sometimes a women being underestimated is a strength.

The Defiant was a definite 5 out of 5 stars for me and I can not wait till book 3. 

About the Author:

LESLEY LIVINGSTON is a writer living in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of twelve books to date. Her first novel, WONDROUS STRANGE, was winner of the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year 2010, a White Pine Honour Book, shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Speculative Fiction, and in 2015 was named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. DARKLIGHT, the second book in this series was a finalist for the Indigo Teen Read Awards. The concluding volume in the trilogy, TEMPESTUOUS, was a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award. These books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and WONDROUS STRANGE has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. Her other trilogies have both won the Copper Cylinder award for Young Adult fiction.

In addition to her books for teen readers, Lesley is also co-author of a Middle Grade series with Jonathan Llyr called THE WIGGINS WEIRD. The first book, HOW TO CURSE IN HIEROGLYPHICS was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and was longlisted for the Canadian Booksellers Association’s Young Readers Book of the Year award. It was also chosen as one of the selections for the 2016 First Book Canada All-Star Reading Challenge.

Lesley’s newest novel is a YA historical epic, THE VALIANT, which will be published in February 2017 by Penguin Razorbill (US) and HarperCollins (CAN) and tells the story of a 17-year-old girl’s journey from fierce Celtic princess to female gladiator and the darling of the Roman Empire.

For almost three years, Lesley hosted weekly late-night movie marathons on the nationally broadcast television show, SPACEBAR, as the Waitron-9000, a sparkly holographic waitress with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure B-movie trivia. For almost two decades, she was a principal performer with Tempest Theatre Group, a Toronto-based Shakespearean theatre company.


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