I'm not going to lie, I had low expectations for this book. But it surprised me in the best way and I found myself wanting to keep reading more, and ultimately enjoying the book. This book has a fast pace right from the beginning. (It was actually a really great beginning and set the vibe for the whole book.) I never found myself bored, even during the flashbacks which can usually be draining to read. I also thought that there were enough twists to keep the book interesting.
I found myself really liking the main character, Tana. She was well-developed, had strong opinions, and interesting character traits. The only thing that I found a tad bit annoying about her was the fact that she trusted way to easily. In a world full of vampires with bad things happening (or happened) to you, I would hope that you would develop the survival skill of slight distrust.
I loved how this book didn't focus as much on Gavriel and Tana's relationship. Too many times I've read a YA book entirely about the relationship with the plot just being a background. This was not the case in this book. The lust was there, but took a backseat to the plot.
I'm a big fan of vampires but have found the lack of new ideas in the genre kinda depressing. Even this book does not have the most original ideas. I really liked the idea of Coldtowns, but besides that there was no new information about vampires. They have bloodlust, can be killed in the normal way, and infection can occur by a bite, like usual.
The only other thing I disliked besides the lack or originality was some of the characters. I felt like many of the characters could have been more fully developed. Especially some of the side characters like Midnight and Winter and her little sister, who were essential to the plot. They, and some others, seemed very one-dimensional. I wish that a bit more time was spent developing them so I could get a more of a sense of their stories. At times, I really questioned some of the things they did because of this lack of detail.
Overall, I recommend reading this book. I would say borrow and not buy though. I can't see myself wanting to ever read it a second time.