Thursday, January 7, 2016

Blog Tour- ENDURE by Sara B. Larson An Interview And A Giveaway!

I am so excited to be hosting a spot on the ENDURE blog tour! I am freaking OBSESSED with this series and am so sad that it's over. I also adore Sara B. Larson and am happy to be able to call her a friend. I have an interview  with Sara to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway! 

Haven't heard of ENDURE? Check it out!

Author: Sara B. Larson
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 320
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
The remarkable third novel in Sara B. Larson's bestselling Defy series! 

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who con trols her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory. 
When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace? 
Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy, that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.

Now on to the interview!

Hi Sara! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! I freaking love the DEFY series and just finished ENDURE it was the perfect ending! And I am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thank you SO much for having me! I’m so thrilled that you loved how the series ended. It was a very emotional book for me to write and I’m thrilled to finally get to share it.

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the DEFY series and the characters?

Defy is about Alexa (Alex) who must cut off her hair and pretend to be a boy alongside her twin brother to avoid a horrific fate as an orphan in the kingdom of Antion. Together with a mercurial prince and her best friend, they try to save their people from the king’s tyranny and establish peace—all while possibly losing her heart.

How was it writing the finale? Was it bittersweet?

It was incredibly bittersweet. As I said above, I got so emotional many times while writing ENDURE. I was full on ugly crying at multiple points in this book. I’m so happy I finally got to write out scenes I had been planning and dreaming of for years. But while it was so exciting and wonderful, it was also a little bit heartbreaking to know this was the end for these characters.

Is this really the end for the DEFY series or might we see some novellas or a spin-off series?

At this point, it really is the end. Never say never, but right now I’m not sure what else I could do in this world that could top what Alexa went through. But we’ll see!

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

Besides the obvious, with Alexa, I think Damian is still my favorite. But honestly, I loved writing so many of these characters, it’s really hard to choose. My least favorite was probably The Summoner. He was just SO creepy it was hard to write some of his scenes.

What is your favorite passage/scene in ENDURE?

I can’t really answer without being spoilery, but definitely the final two scenes, plus a reunion at one point in the book.

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I’m reading an ARC of TRUTHWITCH and I’m loving it!

Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend?

You mean besides my own characters? ;-) I still really love Tarver from THESE BROKEN STARS, Anton from BURNING GLASS, and Akiva from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.

What inspired you to write YA?

It’s always just been my natural voice, I guess. I always gravitate toward stories around this time in life, whether they are fantasy or not.

What are you working on next now that the DEFY series is over?

I have something new in the works that I am SO excited about, but can’t announce details yet. Stay tuned for more, hopefully soon!

Lightening Round Questions

Twitter or Facebook?
Instagram, ha ha. My favorite part of social media is seeing pictures, so Instagram is my personal fave.

Favorite Superhero?
Thor, but mostly because it’s Chris Hemsworth.

Favorite TV show?
I honestly don’t have one right now, I hardly ever get to watch any TV for myself. But I did sneak in a few reruns of FRIENDS a few weeks ago and it reminded me of how much I love that show.

Sweet or Salty?

Any Phobias?
I can’t stand the sound of napkins tearing, so I rarely use them. If they stick to my skin… *shudders*

Song you can’t get enough of right now?
HELLO by Adele, although I’m scared it’s going to get overplayed all too soon.

2016 Movie you’re most looking forward to?
I can’t pick just one…I can’t wait for FANTASTIC BEASTS because: HARRY POTTER WORLD. No explanation needed. But also ALLEGIANT (mostly because of Theo James, let’s be honest. I think he would be a fantastic Rylan, btw…), and HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War because: Chris Hemsworth! Oh, and FINDING DORY! I love that character so much. And probably THE FINEST HOURS too, because it looks intense and Chris Pine. So, obviously I am easily swayed by casting.

Thanks so much Sara for answering my questions! I can’t wait to read whatever you write next!

Thank you so much for having me!! I can’t wait to share more of my stories with you!

About Sara:
Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY, and the sequels IGNITE and ENDURE. 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 and their three children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the demise of naptime) 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.

She’s online at

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of ENDURE. US Only.

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Check out the Tour Schedule!

Week One:
12/28/2015- Fiction FareReview
12/29/2015- Dark Faerie TalesInterview
12/30/2015- A Backwards StoryReview
12/31/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsGuest Post
1/1/2016- The Book CellarReview

Week Two:
1/4/2016- Supernatural SnarkInterview
1/5/2016- Novel Novice - Guest Post
1/6/2016- Page Turners BlogReview
1/7/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
1/8/2016- Mundie MomsReview

Go back to where the magic all started!

Title: DEFY
Author: Sara B. Larson
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Pages: 336
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?


  1. The trilogy sounds amazing and I've been eyeing it for quite some time. I'm really stoked now that it's complete (I'm terribly forgetful so I prefer to marathon). Thanks! :)

  2. I was so excited when this downloaded before y/e. And can't believe I haven't had the time to dive in yet. So nervous because this is a series-ender but after the way things left off... yeah. Love the interview! :) And oh no if the author was crying, I will probably be totally shattered. Definitely a favorite series.

  3. Endure looks so good! I can't wait to read it the wait is killing me. I need to know!

  4. I can't wait to read Endure!!! And I gotta get the hardcover because it is too gorgeous not too!!!

  5. You are a new to me author,and I look forward to getting this book,it sounds terrific!! Thank you!!


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