Review: Rogue, Julie Kagawa

May 14, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: Rogue, Julie KagawaRogue by Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #2
Published by HarlequinTEEN on May 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Source: Netgalley

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?

This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for Julie Kagawa’s new fantasy book, Rogue. The review is an extract from episode 25 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on May 9, 2015.

This review avoids spoilers for Rogue, but does contain spoilers for the first book in the series, Talon.

You can find links to all our podcast episodes on the main podcast page.

Quotes from the review:

P: “Book one was a bit slow. It read a bit like a teen romance until the end”

A: “The second book is great all the way through, but it is basically [the group] being on the run.”

P: “I really enjoyed it! Julie Kagawa does great action sequences”

A: “She also does really great twists”

A: “I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one”

P: “Me too. If you are on the fence with book one, give book two a go”

P: “(The fast pacing) means there’s no room for character development. I felt no-one became a better person or made any huge life-changing decisions. No-one revealed anything we didn’t already know.”

A: “The whole love triangle with dual personalities thing was a bit weird for me.”

P: “Here’s my rule in YA: When you have a love triangle, whichever guy she meets and admits she likes first, that’s the guy she ends up with. Every time.”

P: “We don’t really get to hear much about why the rogues think Talon is so evil.”

Philippa’s rating: four-stars – I really enjoyed this book. I only dropped it a star because I felt the characters didn’t go anywhere, they didn’t change.

Angelya’s rating: four-stars – Like Philly said, not a lot happens, it’s well-written but it’s basically a running-away middle book. I did enjoy it a lot though.

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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