Date Read: June 28th, 2021
Final Score: 6 / 10 !
Honestly, there was nothing about it that had any solid development in it for me, other than the Romance and then a small (but admittedly significant plot point). For the most part, this sequel feels like that it is: the middle bit bridging the way between Book 1's intro to the work and Book 3's theoretical conclusion of the story.
I think (or at least I hope) that a lot of the lack in the world building aspect of this story comes from the fact that from the author's point of view, it's a spin-off series. I'm guessing (again, more hoping) that a lot of the world building was packed into the main-series and simply left out here because it was considered over-kill. I do no ascribe to that sort of school of thought where world-building is concerned, but I know many people (including editors) who do.
All we learned new about the world in this installment was that some angels are more involved with the evolution of Fate than others. Plot wise, a couple of significant discoveries occurred, but nothing that really should have taken a whole book to cover. The real point of this novel was to increase the pressure on the romantic leads, to bring their developing relationship to a tipping point. It was an alright thing to focus on, but not enough to have caught my attention.
The inexplicably fierce and fast-rising devotion to each other is explained away by the whole Soul Bond guardian thing, but it's still awkwardly unrealistic in a way I dislike having present in Teen Media. The way these two feel about each other is NOT an example of any sort of half-healthy relationship and that bothers me... But it's not problematic to a truly uncomfortable degree, it was just irksome that this book only focused on the unhealthy relationship without giving me much plot to fixate on while ignoring the over-done romance-y bits.
All in all, it wasn't a great book, but I'm still likely going to pick up the next one in the series in the near-ish future. It's still definitely worth a quick weekend read.
(And again, I do still LOVE the whole Gargoyle concept!)