Aris Haan gave up everything to join the Atalantan Military: her family, her boyfriend, even her identity. In the end, though, it didn’t matter that she was a war hero. When the all-male Military discovered that she was actually a woman, she was sent home and erased from history.
Now she has a chance to go back to the battlefield—as herself. But as hard as it was to be a soldier in disguise, it’s even more difficult now. The men in her unit undermine her at every turn. The Safaran army has spies everywhere, perhaps even on Aris’s stationpoint. And she’s falling for her mysterious superior officer, Milek. But their relationship is forbidden, just stolen moments between training sessions and missions. There’s no room for love in war.
Then Aris discovers that Safara’s leaders have set their sights on her, Atalanta’s hero. And she must find them before they find her . . .
PUBLISHER: Alloy Entertainment
A big thanks to Alloy Entertainment, NetGalley, and Tracy Banghart for a copy of this book so I could write a honest review 🙂
I love seeing the sequels of books that I reviewed at the beginning of my book blog be released… It makes me so excited! I read the first book and reviewed it here (then titled “Shattered Veil”–I love this new cover and title so much more). Tracy Banghart is an emerging voice in YA Fiction and I’m glad that I’ve had the privilege to read her novels. MORAL RATING:
PG-13/R: Kissing, some cussing, mentions of sex, violence, brief sexual scene
Tracy Banghart is back at it again! In a world of YA fiction filled with fragile women heroines, Aris Haan is courageous, fueled by sass, and ready to take on the world. She’s refreshingly realistic. She struggles with her own doubts and problems, but she doesn’t let those problems prevent her from being a modern-day Mulan.
My one complaint with the first book was the complexity of the world that Banghart created. There were so many names of cities and people of importance to remember. This novel doesn’t draw as much on the history of Atalanta or the surrounding cities. I didn’t find it as complicated and confusing. Banghart’s writing flows effortlessly (I was takin’ some notes). While some people don’t like multiple POVs, I loved the alternating points of view for the different characters.
Ahh, the love interest. Milek is a sweet, lovely character and I loved the pairing of the two of them. Aris Haan don’t need no man (she makes that clear and, woah, that rhymed), but they build each other up and make each other stronger. He supports her (unlike cough cough someone else) and loves her for who she is inside. Beautiful (I’m tearing up).
I liked this book better than the first. Sequels don’t usually keep my attention (especially in a series), but this one kept me enthralled! Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions, but the ending hinted at another Rebel Wing book. Fingers crossed, people. Fingers crossed.
I didn’t really feel like there needed to be a sex scene in this book, so I was a bit disappointed when there was one. Then again, I’m not a big fan of sex scenes in YA fiction. I didn’t really feel like it was necessary.
I read an ARC of this book, so there were plenty of typos and formatting errors. I sure hope those were fixed before final publishing! 🙂
Feels Like Coming Home by Jetta would be the perfect soundtrack while Aris is flying in her wingjet…
Overall, I’d give this book a 4/5! It was an action-packed and fun read 🙂