I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 28th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.
Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.
A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?
I can’t help but be a little wary when heading into a second book of a series. They are notoriously rough, hard to follow, without a true beginning or end. As is too often the case, there is a large gap of time between books, and readers will find themselves forgetting all the details from the first book, so authors have to find a way to remind the reader without laying out pages of rehashed plot. It’s a fine line. Having said all that, Julie Kagawa did an amazing job at walking that line! I was able to jump right back into the story without getting the least bit lost! And even though it was continuing on the story from Talon, it also held its own plot, with a clear beginning and ending, as well as offering more to come.
In one key aspect, I think the sequel was even stronger than book one. Julie’s just hitting her stride! Now that Ember, Garret and Riley are brought together, the chemistry between the characters brought the whole plot together for me. Yes, it’s true that love triangles are a little cliche at this point, but Kagawa has put a great twist on it! Ember, being both “human” AND dragon, has two very distinct personalities, both pulling her toward a different man. It creates a very unique sexual tension. I have some very clear ideas about who she belongs with, so don’t even try to tell me I’m wrong. Regardless of all this sexual tension, and the fact that there are battles, weapons and death, it’s still very clean. There is no graphic gore, and Ember never goes beyond first base.
I am truly loving the mystery and foreshadowing! I have no clue who the mastermind behind it all could be, but being in the dark has never been so much fun! The title of the third book is Soldier, so I can only imagine that we’ll get more of Garret’s story next time. Can’t wait!
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