Friday, June 5, 2015

Rogue by Julie Kagawa [Review]

Rogue (Talon #2)4 out of 5 Robots!

Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Series: Talon #2
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release: April 28, 2015 
Hardcover: 464 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
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?

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Rogue is definitely an action packed sequel!  Action!  All the time!  But that is kind of Kagawa's forte.  I enjoyed the sequel pretty well, but I wasn't into the inevitable love triangle at all.  

Here is what I liked:
**As I mentioned, this book is very fast paced.  Stuff is happening all the time.  There are ton of big fight scenes.  Everyone gets to show off their badassery.  It was fun.

**I love that Cobalt, Garrett and Ember had to be in the most awkward situation possible.  I didn't like the love triangle part, but I did like Cobalt and Garrett circling around each other.  They have a ton of bad blood between them, but are forced to trust and help each other.  Awkwardness ensues.  I cackle with delight.

**Actual dragons!  A big complaint people had in the first book is where are the dragons? Well, that problem is solved in the sequel.  We get to see almost everyone shift.

**I like Garrett and Ember's tentative relationship.  I admit, in general, I like  "we're from two different worlds, this will never work" relationships.  Garrett gives up everything once he realizes how wrong his life has been and it is obvious how much he cares for Ember.  Ember definitely has feelings for Garrett, but is less sure who she belongs with.  My heart breaks a bit for Garrett, which brings me to the things I didn't like as much.

Here is what I didn't like:
**The love triangle.  I'm not an automatic hater of love triangles, but I just couldn't get behind this one.  I think it's because I don't really like Cobalt all that much, so I don't see the appeal at all.  Garrett and Ember are barely a thing because Cobalt comes crashing onto the scene and that is probably my least favorite set up.  Also, I find it a little icky whenever Ember's "dragon responds" to Cobalt.  Too much like an Inner Goddess for me.

**As I mention above, I don't really like Cobalt.  I can't pin it on any one thing.  It's more of a general feeling.  Part of it is he has this personality I see in these type of urban fantasies book with the cocky attitude and he stalks around and growls and incessantly calls people by nicknames (Firebrand gets old real quick).  I just don't jive with that type of personality.  It didn't even help that we also get Cobalt's perspective this time around.  I still don't really care for the guy.


If you liked the first book, you'll like the sequel.  It's very much on par with the first book.  It seems a tad long, but there is definitely a lot of action and fighting.  Oh, and actual dragons!

Other Books in the Series:
1. Talon
2. Rogue

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. I hated Talon, half because of no real dragons and half because of all the head tilting. Lol. I was expecting a Fantasy, but was handed a Contemporary Romance. I was going to do my three chapters before dnfing rule, but a couple of people kept telling me to read just past 50% because, "It gets really good." Well, I did, and it didn't. That also got me thinking about stories that don't get good by the first quarter of the book. I no longer feel guilty about not reading past 50% because if it takes a book that long to get with it, to me it's not a good book. Anyway, I am happy that the people who are going to read Rogue finally get real dragons. I do love those covers though. :D

    1. Yeah, for me, Julie Kagawa is just one this side of urban fantasy writing, which very much annoys me. I can definitely see why you wouldn't like this book though. And I'm with you. If I don't like a book by 50%, I'm not going to. Even if the ending is good, it won't change that I hated the first half of it.



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