Rogue Review

Series: Talon (Book Two)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Book Length: 464 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Physical copy (Thank You MIRA Ink & Maximum Pop!), Goodreads 
Review: 4/5 *Full Review Below.

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?

Julie has done it again, not only has she written another fantastic series, she has created a killer follow up! First off this book picks up where Talon left off, which I loved as there was no unnecessary build up; you are thrown into Garret’s execution by St. George. Ember is at her best she’s fiery, stubborn and determined for a certain swoony solider not to be punished for saving her life.

The romance in this book takes a bit of a backseat to make room for so much action and adventure. Riley is still on the run and now that he has Ember he is even more determined to save more dragons from Talon and stop them from being killed by St. George. The book is perfectly paced and you become completely immersed in the action and some wicked dragon fights that will keep your heart racing.  We get to know more about Riley’s past about how he became a Rogue and what antic’s he got up to during his time at Talon. I completely warmed to him no matter how hard I wanted to resist, his sole purpose is to save other dragons and he will even risk his own life. He’s a charming hero in his own right, Dammit!!

As I’ve said there’s little romance in this book but when you’re given these little snippets they are EPIC! It becomes a bit more of a love triangle but this is mainly at the end and it slowly builds throughout the book so it’s actually enjoyable and your emotions become seriously conflicted. Kagawa will always be the Queen of love triangles but this one is heart breaking. Ember has to accept that she is a dragon and she will outlive Garret the solider whose mission was to destroy her. All the while dangerously flirting with Riley and having to decide whom she WANTS to be with and who she SHOULD be with. My favourite Garret is just AH-MAZING, he’s still the loyal perfect solider who will do anything to save Ember, I fell even more in love with him if that’s even possible. TEAM GARRET ;)

We are introduced to some badass dragons and given a more in depth look at the lengths Talon and St. George will go to in order to destroy their enemies. I especially loved Dante’s POV in this book as he was left with Talon after betraying Ember and now he has the mission of hunting her down. I think this book is perfect for those who thought Talon had a little too much romance and not enough action because you have it by the bucket load here. I don’t know how this series will play out but I do hope that everyone will make it through, it’s so action packed and deadly I’m actually worried for the next book.

The cliffhanger was heartbreaking; I’m still torn from it now. It’s not even a bad ending it just throws your emotions out of the window, I HATED IT and loved it. If was a perfect way to make sure you are buying the third book because I NEED to know what happens!

The third book Soldier will be out in 2016. I’m not too keen on the title, I wanted it to be a little more badass although I couldn’t really care because it’s obviously going to be about Garret, which is perfect and has me so so so excited!!

"A flame that burns twice as bright lasts half as long."

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  1. Thanks for your review, Cody-Leigh. I was wondering how this first book would pan out!

    1. You're Welcome :) . It really was brilliant, I highly recommend!

  2. I totally agree! As much as I didn't want to like Riley (because I knew he would be opposing Garret) I couldn't help but sympathize and even cheer him on a bit. I'm looking forward to Soldier, because it clearly will mean more Garret, and my heart won't be as confused. And I'm pretty sure we all could use more Garret in our lives ;)

    1. I know, I was fuming with myself.. We cannot fall for his charm!! But yeah, totally loved him at the end, you're right we need this space before the next book to get our heads straight. TEAM GARRET ;) .

  3. Very intriguing and exciting! :)


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