This is a pretty good read with a fast pace. Val's seesaw emotions are well done and kept me tense. However, you should get a good copy editor or a critique partner for all the mistakes in the text, which threw me out of the story when I ran into them several times. There's even one sentence where half of it is apparently gone and I guessed at what the rest of it would've been. But the mistakes didn't put me off so much that I won't read the sequel. Please get a better copy editor, or use a good critique partner who will catch all that textual stuff.