Okay, I really wasn't sure that I wanted to read this series. When I entered the giveaway for the second book, it sealed my fate. I figured if I won, I rarely do, then I wouldn't mind reading the series.
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It promised a lot more than it actually gave. It was enjoyable but I feel like it took me a long time to read with not enough satisfaction at the end. I'm a sucker for romance but I despise love triangles. Right away, from the get go, we have a love triangle starting up. Alexa doesn't even know it herself but it is made as clear as day to the reader.
The story itself did flow nicely and it didn't get too boring. I felt like enough was going on to keep me interested, annoyed as I was with the love story. I did feel bad for Alexa, she has lost a lot in her life and she still keeps on going. Although, she is constantly thinking about the "boys" in her life, she really does take care of herself. She ends up sacrificing everything in the end.
I feel like Rylan was just a love sick puppy throughout this book and throwing little tantrums. Ugh, I was getting so irritated with that! So he had basically no character growth throughout this book. He is really just there to be the third in the love triangle.
I loved the fact that she's a girl who her brother has saved. He makes her cut off her hair to be his twin "brother." She ends up being better than all the boys in the Prince's guard. All the while, she's passing as a boy. It kind of reminded me of Mulan but that's where it ended. I did enjoy the book but it wasn't on the top of my list of great reads. It was just okay. I'm reading the second book now and it's a bit more interesting so far.