Voyage of the Defiance S.E Smith

26627315An act of defiance that will either kill her or change her life forever…

Sixteen year old Makayla Summerlin enjoyed one thing in her crazy, messed-up existence: hanging with her friends at school. Her life is uprooted when she suddenly finds herself forced to live with the grandfather she barely remembers.

One act of defiance will change her life forever when she sets sail in her grandfather’s old sailboat after she has trouble adjusting to her new home. On a journey that will challenge everything she has ever believed about herself, Makayla must overcome her fears if she, and a surprising stowaway, are to survive

Recived this book for review from netgally and the publisher in exchange for an honest review  this has in no way affected my opinion

What an awesome story! 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 that are created. 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 closet to us struggling to meet the expectations of others having to rely on others in order to succeed, loneliness, lose 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 mum has become addicted to prescription medications after suffering an accident. Every day is a struggle to deal with the addiction issues and her mums deadbeat boyfriend. Makayla’s one joy in life is her friendships. When her mother is  hospitalised 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 Brain 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 percipates rash descions 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 fulfil Getting a passing grade on this assigned project is a make 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 grandfathers sailboat and inadvertently falls asleep aboard he certainly doesn’t expect to find himself kidnapped out to sea on the adventure of a lifetime. What a wonderful oppourtinty 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. Discovering each other in the midst of their voyage and getting past misconceptions is enlightening. This is one friendship that is definitely fired in the crucible of life and chaos, one I have no doubt will last a lifetime. In the end the two not only make discoveries about each other, but they get a real clue about just what makes themselves who they are as an individual.

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. That’s a real hard one for some of us to do when we watch our children grow. My hat is off to grandpa, Henry because I don’t know that I could have let my grandchild walk the path Makayla did. I’d like to think I could, but I’m not sure I really could. Voyage of the Defiance was an awesome story and had me laughing and crying throughout. I couldn’t put it down and that meant a sleepless night. Morning found me writing a quick note to Ms. Smith as tears streamed down my cheeks. If you want to check out my conversation with her please check out the interview linked below. If you want to know if you should read this one, my answer is a resounding… YES!




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