This is one of the few books that made it on the list of all-time favourites for me. There are simply no words to describe how beautifully created this book is, and how carefully put together - with the cover and literary content. I don't often usually enjoy sequels to books, but this was an exception. I noticed myself bonding more with this book than the first one, and wondered if it was down to the exclusive look we get to the other side of the story, or another factor. I was so immersed in the novel that I refused to put it down, and finished it in 2 days!
It is evident that a huge amount of effort has been put into this, and therefore, has changed the way Young Adult Fiction is read (by the readers) and the way its written (by the authors), as people like Broadway are breaking the boundaries of classic YA Fiction to be simply portrayed as romantic. Instead, we see the flare of action, yet a softer build up, and aren't thrown straight into the 'deep end' as some refer to it.
The characters are also extremely original. Often, the same popular name is used for the characters across all books, but 'Leora' isn't a commonly used name, which intrigues the readers, more so than if a name has been repeated more than once. Giving different names to people in the book also shows dedication, as coming with names and remembering them isn't always easy! I rate this book FIVE STARS! (Check the '5 Star Books' page under the 'Books' tab to find the book's appearance, blurb and where to buy the book - click the image!)