Traitor Born (Secondborn, #2) by Amy A. Bartol
Publisher: 47 North
Publication Date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Format: e-ARC
Source: the publisher via NetGalley
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Rebel warrior Roselle St. Sismode returns in the second book of the epic Secondborn series by USA Today bestselling author Amy A. Bartol.

In the Fates Republic…Firstborns reign supreme.Secondborns kneel in servitude.Thirdborns face death.And Census shadows them all.

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command.

The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle’s loyalty, love, and honor will be tested in the greatest battle of—and for—her life.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the publisher through NetGalley but that did not in any way influence this review!!

I’ve been a fan of Amy Bartol’s writing since I devoured her very first book.  But I must say, impossible as it seems, her writing gets better and better with each subsequent novel.  Ms. Bartol’s attention to detail, fabulous characters, her way of keeping the reader invested in the plot…all of it is just amazing.  This book took me on yet another adventure or should I say rollercoaster ride.  Everything here kept me on the edge of my seat, even the romance.  I find myself twisted and turned around, trying to figure out what will happen next and, ultimately, finding myself unable to make a good guess.

This book begins where the first left off and, as always, the characters captured my attention.  Roselle is a complete badass.  She’s strong and an amazing fighter.  She can be reckless sometimes but that’s part of her charm.  Most of all, she’s a confused girl who wants to do the right thing but isn’t always sure what that is.  Her gut never betrays her and her intelligence and curiosity keep her ahead of the evil forces at work here.  She would make an incredible best friend…although your parents might not approve of her fierceness and the way she’s more than happy to kill the enemy.  Now, the boys.  Oh, gosh…the boys.  In book one I was a total Team Clifton and I still love him so much.  After all, how can you not love an arms dealer with an enormous soft spot for Roselle?  But, now I find myself conflicted by how much I’m loving Reykin.  This moody, sexy, swoony guy has definitely caught my attention (and Roselle’s too).  He acts like he doesn’t care but he definitely wears his heart on his sleeve and would risk everything to keep Roselle safe.  So what’s a girl to do?!? I guess I’m Team ReyClif!  Yes, I’ve given myself permission to love them both.  Of course, Hawthorne is back in the picture and he may be Roselle’s favorite but, as always, Ms. Bartol has left the door open on this romance so anything can happen.

As in the first book, the world-building is fantastic., the weapons and gadgets that these characters use are out of this world, and the secondary characters are vivid and have such depth to them.  As I read this book, I could imagine it as an action movie – big, bold, and fast-paced.  The next book won’t be released until 2019 and I’m already anxiously awaiting what will happen to these characters next.  Ms. Bartol’s imagination and her ability to create characters who stay in my heart long after I’ve finished the book never ceases to amaze me.  And, as always, I’ll be on the edge of my seat until I get the next book in my hot little hands!!  So, what should you do next? Run, don’t walk…go one-click this book now! You’ll love exploring this world and getting to know these characters.

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