Title: Rogue

Series: Talon Saga,
Book Two

Author: Julie Kagawa ♠ @jkagawa

Published: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Harlequin TEEN

Pages: 444

Genres: Young Adult ♠ Fantasy ♠ Romance

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads: From the limitless imagination of bestselling author Julie Kagawa comes the next fantastic adventure in the Talon Saga.

Deserter. Traitor. Rogue.

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?

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 03/10/2016): 3.97

Christina read and enjoyed the first installment, Talon.
You can find her review of it here.

  • Christina thought this title was really good! She gave it . To find out why…

**Disclaimer:** An eARC of these title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 3-3.5 stars! I practically rated the first two installments the same, except for the minor difference of rounding up to 4 stars on the first book and rounding down to 3 stars with this one. While there was plenty in Rogue that I loved, the addition of another POV–one that was obviously important except that I didn’t really care for it–made this a little more of a challenge to get through than Talon.

If you love tons of action in your books and a love triangle done well, definitely add Rogue to your bookshelf! Whether by blazing gun battles, dragon fire, or plain ‘ole romantic tension, Kagawa definitely sparked the page with a bit of heat in this sequel of the Talon Saga.

Review: Rogue picks up right where Talon left off, and that was something that I definitely appreciated since I was diving right into it after having finished the first book. Though, I can’t say how well that would work out for people who had to wait a year to get their hands on it. We dive immediately into the action and tension, and I devoured the pages as quickly as I could. Rogue follows the narratives of Ember, Garret, and Riley just as it did with Talon, but we also get Dante, Ember’s brother, thrown in the mix this time when we were only initially given a brief glimpse of him at the very end of the Talon. I still really enjoyed being in the heads of our fantastically developed love triangle, it was Dante’s POV that gave me the most trouble. Obviously, he plays a major role in this book and perhaps his perspective was necessary for some, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted to skip it. His POV was very well written and his voice is definitely his own, but I blazed through his narrative because I really just wanted to get back to the core three. Furthermore, I can’t help but wonder if the major plot-twisty climax wouldn’t have been more of a surprise without his addition to the story. For me, it wasn’t so much as his perspective being foreshadowing as it was an all-out tell, so maybe that weighed a little on my rating as well because it wasn’t some big shocking moment when shit hit the fan. Overall, the plot and pacing were perfectly balanced between heart-pounding action and more intimate moments shared between Ember and her love interests.

Speaking of those love interests, I’m still very much an equal opportunist when it comes to these guys. I love them both and I refuse to pick a ship. I think she should just make out with them both. A whole lot. *fantasizes about it* And if you’re rolling your eyes and huffing about the prospect of a love triangle, I still have to say this is one of the best ones I’ve read in a while, maybe ever. Ember has her dragon side and her more-human-than-usual side that she’s warring with, and each of those sides of her is pulled toward a different guy. She doesn’t give them the run-around either. She’s very straightforward with both that she’s confused about her feelings, and it’s one of the best parts of the whole thing. It’s complex, but reads very fluidly and packed with tension.

Also, can we just talk about Ember. I love her. She’s snarky and witty and quite the little hellion. She’s all trouble and action, but quick to be levelheaded when necessary and she’s so open with her feelings. She would be a blast to hang out with, no doubt.

“Oh, that’s great,” I whispered, as the shuffling footsteps faded away in the darkness. “We’re in a zombie movie. I swear, if I see any walking dead, I don’t care who’s around–they’re all getting a fireball between the eyes.”
~quote taken from an e-ARC of Rogue, Ember’s POV at 61%

Lastly, much like the first, this novel read as a complete stand-alone with no cliffhanger. Though, it was still a little bit evil with how things left off in Dante’s POV and with where the love triangle stands at this point. I can’t wait to see what more Kagawa has in store with us in the third installment, Soldier. Gimme!

Teaser Quote:

The order had lied. Talon had lied. I didn’t know what to think anymore, or who to believe. I was aware of only one thing: I was done fighting this. I no longer cared what anyone thought.

I was in love with a dragon.
~quote taken from an e-ARC of Rogue, Garret’s POV at 75%

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Rec it? Yes! I may not have loved the addition of Dante’s POV, but I found this book no less captivating than the first, especially because of all the epic fighting that had me flipping through the pages as fast as possible. I can’t wait for the next installment!

♥ A very special thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

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