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A nice step up from the first entry.
on 15 January 2013
In all truthfulness, I wasn't really looking forward to this book. I found number one to have a great concept, that was a bit muddled in it's storytelling to the point where I didn't truly understand the world that the author had created. Maybe I was having a bad day when I read that one, because this entry was not confusing to me in the slightest, everything was clear....and actually kind of brilliant.
The characters also stood out a lot more, and I really got a feel for the main character Cassell, he's definitely one of the more interesting protagonists I've come across in a while, and while some of his morals seem a bit questionable, he is undoubtedly a likeable lead. I enjoyed the way that he constantly makes reference to 'the con' and you really feel that he is a kid who has grown up within a family of criminals. The supporting cast was really good too, the mother, Daneca and Lila all have good moments and character growth within this one that sets up some exciting possibilities for the next entry. I think the only weak link is the character of Sam, whose interest in special effects make up is referenced too much, to the point where you know the author needed those skills for plot points.
Overall, this book was a real surprise for me and I can't wait to read the next entry in the series. Apparently it was suppose to be a trilogy but has been extended to at least a fourth book by the author, I'm not sure how I feel about that, but if she can keep up the quality, I welcome another series to add my collection.