Though this book, I feel, did not outshine the Bone Doll's Twin, it was still a very worth while read.
There were moments of extreme darkness and apprehension, and then there were hilarious scenes of almost painful irony, in which Tobin, the girl turned boy, is mocked for having no beard, and is even dragged into a brothel. They made me fall over laughing. It takes a very skillful writer to insert these very different scenes into one book.
Also, I was very pleased at how she handled Tobin's dilemna of being a girl in a boy's body, and discovering her true sexuality. She has to deal with teasing, embarrassing accusations, and very awkward situations that can be heart wrenching or chuckle-inducing.
P.S. I am shocked and appalled by some of the people reviewing this book. One person who hasn't even read the first installment is reviewing this volume, and he/she hasn't even read the entire thing. This book is meant to be read after the first one, and though it does not say so anywhere, that is the fault of the publisher, and should not be blamed on the author. Therefore, it can't possibly be given a fair review if only this installment had been read. Many renowned literary works would make absolutely no sense if you just started in the middle. It's stupid.