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this one was not IMO as good. I know this is a YA book & ...
on October 31, 2014
YA paranormal Victorian. Second book in the series.
As enamored as I was with the 1st book, this one was not IMO as good.
I know this is a YA book & the appeal for someone of that age group is that a teenager can make a difference. They can be strong & capable & fight for the Institute as well as an adult can. The thing is I AM an adult & I know that as well as a teen might be able to physically fight, they are still emotionally immature at 16, 17, 18. Can they make decisions based on experience & since they haven't much experience can they use good judgment? I even think at 23 Charlotte is too young to be in charge of something as important as the Institute. It would have made more sense if she were 2nd in command to an older, more mature person (man or woman). Learning the ropes as it were. It strains incredibility that the Clave would just sit around & wait for a group of young adults to get them their information & expect them to handle things. What are they doing that's more important than the capture of a being who wants to destroy all that they are? It just doesn't make sense.
Also love triangles are one of my least favorite tropes. There's just too much angst for me.
The traitor to the Institute is too obvious. The story just kind of drags along.
Otherwise, the book is well written & the story is keeping me interested. I'll see if the last book gets better.