*** I received an ARC from the author for an honest review***
I gave this book 4 stars. This book is an odd mix of dystopian and fantasy, I can't decide if I like that or not. It's definitely different and I commend the author for this world she has created.
After reading the first book I thought that Frederick was a very polarizing character, he was hot one minute and instantly cold the next and I did still see evidence of that in this book. I liked Frederick a lot more in this book, the relationship between him and Nora was more in depth and we got to see more dies of him and I could actually see why she liked him so much.
What I didn't like was the love triangle that tried to sneak it's way into the story. Every time it came up I just wanted it to stop. This is probably no surprise considering how much I hate love triangles. It wasn't too present or else I would have had to give it a lower rating.
I've noticed that not a lot of relationship development happens between Nora and her friends. They weren't friends and suddenly they were and we don't really know much about her friends other than what clan they're in or other small bits of information.
As of now, I still haven't decided how I feel about Nora. She isn't awful, I don't hate her or even dislike her, but I'm not quite sure that I love her either. I'll have to keep reading the series and see how I feel about her as we go. I feel like she hasn't gone through much character development, she's discovered a lot of new information about herself but that didn't change her very much.
It was also a pretty predictable read, there was a bit of a plot twist/cliffhanger at the end that I guessed beforehand. Overall, it was still something i really enjoyed reading. There was no dragging on my feet while I was reading and I can honestly say that I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
I really liked the brief first section of the book; which covers a brief reminder of the first book in the series, CITY OF SKIES. I have a slightly irritating memory problem and therefore this brief review on the first book is a total Godsend.
Ok, onto the book itself.
Expect to be impressed! This book flows seamlessley straight on from book 1. We learn the reason why the main character, Nora Hunt, has a back with an amazing and strange tattoo on it (a tattoo which communicates with Nora - yes, that is what I said! It really messes with her head). We learn why her life has been turned upside down, with a change of address and a serious change in status. We learn about her sudden need for super secrets; super dangerous secrets. And we find out why her skills set has dramatically increased. All this and more is in store for us lucky readers. Gosh I sound like a TV advert! :)
Seriously tho, this book's plot gathers pace from the first page, scooping you up, and not letting you go till your eyes are popping out!
I recieved an advance copy from the author with no expectation of a review, but I found it a wonderful read. The characters draw you in, and make you dig for the goodies and hate the baddies. It was a really fun experience that gave me finger cramp due to not wanting to put it down till I finished it, so I would heartily recomend this book to any fantasy reader out there.