Voyage of the Defiance

Voyage of the Defiance

by S.E. Smith

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BN ID: 2940150862715
Publisher: S.E. Smith LLC
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Breaking Free Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 582,428
File size: 928 KB

About the Author

S.E. Smith is a New York Times, USA TODAY, International & Award Winning Bestselling author who has always been a romantic and a dreamer. A prolific writer, she spends her days and weekends writing and her nights dreaming up new stories. She enjoys camping and traveling.

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Voyage of the Defiance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ecwordwiz More than 1 year ago
Get swept away by life’s challenges What an awesome story! I’ve been reading Ms. Smith’s books for several years now. I was able to connect with Makayla early in the story long before all the action and adventure started happening. I think both young and old will be able to connect with the characters. Some of the struggles Makayla encounters in life are so ageless. They affect us all. Things like family estrangements, addiction to prescription meds, hiding parts of ourselves even from those closest to us, struggling to meet the expectations of others, having to rely on others in order to succeed, loneliness, loss and living our dreams. This is an adventure that touches on them all. In Voyage of the Defiance, Makayla is a sixteen-year-old girl struggling to keep things together at home. Her mom has become addicted to prescription medications after suffering an accident. Every day is a struggle to deal with the addiction issues and her mom’s deadbeat boyfriend. Makayla’s one joy in life is her friendships. When her mother is hospitalized and she’s forced to go with a grandfather she barely recalls, life adds even more challenges to her full plate. She spends the rest of her summer helping her grandfather refit his sailboat and relearning to sail. Her relationship with her grandfather and uncle is guarded but slowly building steam. Makayla also meets Brian. Two years older, Brian and Makayla spend the summer working together and a budding romance ensues. But summer ends and Brian has a future to pursue. A new school, bullies and worries about her mother hold all of Makayla’s attention. Dealing with a pesky classmate who is hell bent on getting her cooperation on an assigned project doesn’t even hit the radar. When the last straw falls, a fight precipitates rash decisions on Makayla’s part. Dropping out of school and heading home to Tampa are her sole focus to the exclusion of all else. Tyrell has struggled all his life with societies expectations. He’s a poor kid living with his grandmother in gangland. He’s a big boy so everyone expects him to be a jock… the last thing Tyrell wants to be. No, Tyrell wants to be a photojournalist. He has big plans and dreams to fulfill. Getting a passing grade on this assigned project is a make it or break it prospect and he’s not going to let some white pampered princess quash his dreams. When he follows Makayla from her home to her grandfather’s sailboat and inadvertently falls asleep aboard, he certainly doesn’t expect to find himself kidnapped, out to sea and on the adventure of a lifetime. What a wonderful opportunity to finish his project. That’s one thing I loved about Tyrell. He has a habit of making the best of a situation and making a negative into a positive. Life at sea is already a challenging prospect, especially for a boy who can’t swim. For Makayla, remembering everything she has learned, navigating, sailing and just surviving is a challenge, let alone dealing with a pesky jock stowaway. When stormy seas bring an unavoidable hurricane these two have all they can handle thrown at them. Voyage of the Defiance is all about self-discovery. It’s also about letting go and letting someone reach for the answers they need on their own. Voyage of the Defiance was an awesome story and had me laughing and crying throughout. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great voyage of discovery. Didn't put it down
blaise_zillah More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read alot of YA anymore but i was drawn into this story once i started ,the characters, the emotions and memories they brought out in me as i read Makayla's journey plus her stowaway's. I'm looking forward to the next one and how things turn out for the characters.