Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen;
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?
If you have NOT read Talon please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
This book, you guys, this book is what I needed. I enjoyed Talon, I really did but Rogue really blows that book out of the water. Yes, this is coming from a Riley fan but I also have mad love for Garret, too. Everything about this book is so much better. The banter, the danger, the action, the locations (I mean, Las Vegas, HELLO) not to mention we finally get a look inside the corporation, if you will, of Talon. We get to see more of what this organization is really all about. Between Dante, who I have mixed feelings about, and Cobalt, as he worked for them in the past.
The tension between Cobalt and Ember was my favorite but that's because I'm biased when it comes to him. They're dragons are made for each other. The fact that they react by just being near the other says everything right there. I won't get in to details about those moments and the tension that you can feel just by reading. It makes me squeal, internally. Maybe out loud, too but I won't admit to anything.
Garret is really coming in to his own in this book. Everything he knew or thought he knew about dragons is being flipped on it's head. They're not all evil (though believe me, those kinds exist) and really, all they want is the chance to just live. To exist. Not to go around, burning down cities, killing every human or threat. I can't speak for Talon . . . His feelings for Ember continue to grow and continue to make things very interesting for the dragons involved. Talk about tension you can cut with a knife!
This book is filled to the brim with action, drama, tension, betrayal and even some laughs. Wes is definitely the guy to break the tension. I absolutely adore Wes and his wit.
I can't really say a whole lot more of detail without spoiling anything. My disappointed in Dante is strong. My love for Riley/Cobalt is infinite. My respect and admiration for Garret will never go away. My faith in Ember will never die. My chance to laugh with Wes is guaranteed. I have become part of this story instead of watching this story unfold.
Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Also, a big thank you to Julie Kagawa for sending me a signed copy of Rogue to read since there were no ARCs. You are amazing, my friend!
I am giving away something a little different with this review. While I have a signed copy of Talon I could give away, I'm not going to. At least, not right now. I'm giving away a dragon made by Julie Kagawa. I know how hard these things are to get. I've missed out on quite a few I really wanted because of how fast they go. I have been lucky enough to get a few, especially Cobalt and Ember, which made my year. Those aren't the ones I'm giving away, sorry. I will never part with Cobalt. Never.
There is a disclaimer on this giveaway. Literally RIGHT after I took the picture for the giveaway, this little guy took a tumble off my bed and forgot how to fly. It all happened so fast that I had no chance to save him. Two tiny pieces have broken off him. (They are included in the picture below. His left paw & right horn) I am giving the winner the choice of letting me glue them back together OR sending the tiny pieces and you can fix them. I am so terribly upset this happened. It was never the intention and if I wasn't so in love with the other dragons I have, I would just switch the giveaway guys out. Because I feel so bad, I will also include a $15 Amazon or B&N gift card to the winner, as an apology this happened.
This giveaway is open internationally. You have until May 25 at 11:59 PM EST to enter. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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