We once again follow super special Violet (she of the purple hair) in her quest to be 'best guardian'. We also follow her blossoming friendship/romance with Ryn. At the same time, plots are gaining momentum to threaten our heroes.
First of all, Violet gets over the crappy, love interest from the first book... Yayy.. thank you author for that blessing.
Second, Ryn and Violet are many shades of awesome together.
Thirdly, the plot is tying together a little tighter. I was gripped by most of this book and it only loses a star because of some of Violet's decisions.
Violet has, what I call, the Rose Hathaway disease. Rose was a character in Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. She was a kick arse charater, who was as thick as two short planks. Every one of her decisions are hasty, ill-thought out, and sometimes, downright stupid. Violet followed this pattern. She is supposed to be a good candidate to be a guardian, but she refuses to tell her superiors or friends anything important. She also refuses to realise that she may be walking into a trap. Like a lot of YA heroines, she is TSTL and after she messes up badly enough, makes one of the most incomprehensible, stupid and downright dangerous decision of all. She never stops to consider her actions and I can't love a character who does that. I wouldn't mind the character taking risks, if she actually weighed them up, but she doesn't and it's frustrating.
All in all, this book is readable and fairly gripping. The romance is steamy and I quite like the world. Have already bought the next one.