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Sara B. Larson

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Sara B. Larson is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology. Her next YA fantasy, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, comes out November 5th from Tor Teen. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

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Defy (Defy, #1)

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YASH Fall 2019!!

It's that time of year again!! When we all go crazy for a few days, trying to win piles of awesome books! This year, I'm also doing my own personal giveaway, so make sure to read all the way to the VERY BOTTOM of the post for your chance to win a signed ARC of my new release coming November 5th from Tor Teen - SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT!

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Defy Ignite Endure
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Dark Breaks the Dawn Bright Burns the Night
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"Mystery surrounds Zuhra and Inara. Secrets whose answers seem just out of reach for Zuhra who so desperately tries to take care of her sister, Inara, and gain the approval of her mother. Zuhra carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. I could" Read more of this review »
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“True beauty is what lies inside of us, not what the world sees. A beautiful shell that houses a vile soul becomes sullied over time. But an outer shell, imperfect as it may be, that houses a beautiful, shines with that beauty, radiating it for all who have eyes to see.”
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“Sometimes it seemed like those with the most rotten interiors were blessed with the most exquisite exteriors.”
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“Have you ever heard of the theory that it is better for one man to die than an entire nation to suffer? Do you believe that to be true? Is it ever okay to take a life in hopes of saving others?”
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The Deep by Rivers Solomon (write-in)
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False Value (Rivers of London, #8) by Ben Aaronovitch
False Value by Ben Aaronovitch
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The Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, #3) by Nora Roberts
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
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Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) by Amélie Wen Zhao
Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
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Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17.5) by J.R. Ward
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Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light, #1) by Sara B. Larson
Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson
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The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) by Neal Shusterman
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
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The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black
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Emma OH MY GOD YOU PUT UP THE GIVEAWAY FOR ENDURE I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!! I JUST REALIZED HOW CLOSE IT IS UNTIL THE RELEASE DATE (sort of at least...) AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT I HAVE BEEN WAITING SO LONGGG!!! I just remember around a year ago I stumbled upon your book and I was so excited to read it. I was traveling in Tanzania on Lake Tanganyika when I actually read the first book and I couldn't put it down, it was the only thing I would do. I know its terrible that i was spending so much time reading it instead of doing other things (I mean, we were in Tanzania, there was plenty of amazing things to do) but I was so caught up in it and I couldn't stop. I would read it early in the morning, late at night, at dinner, on this little fishing boat they had, pretty much any spare time I could find. I remember once I finished it, (which didn't take long) it was really late at night and I ran up a path that went through the rain forest for a little bit to get to the only place that had wifi in the area. which was a little lodge. As I sat in the little lodge, I was able to very slowly download Ignite onto my kindle (It had luckily just came out). Once it was on there, I ran back to the little wooden room we were staying in and continued to read all night again. I guess this is just a really long way of saying that I love your books so so much that I literally ran through the rainforest to be able to read it. I wish I could do it again if that meant I could have Endure right now. Thank you so much for writing these books, they really mean a lot to me and I can't wait to read Endure, I'm sure it will be amazing and a great (but sad and unwanted) way to end the trilogy. Most books have either a good plot or good writing, but yours was both. It made me feel so many different things that I didn't think I could feel when reading, and I read a LOT. The way you wrote it made me laugh, cry, smile, and feel like I was right there with Alexa the whole time. It really is an amazing book and I can't wait to read the last. Thank you for everything again, I love you and your books so much and I always will.

~Emma, 13

Oh and I am working on a drawing right now of Alexa, I will try and finish it soon and find some way to show it to you / send it to you :))

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