The story also ended on a cliffhanger which I didn't love, but it wasn't too terrible and won't stop me from picking up the third book when it comes out.
Overall, this was a somewhat disappointing second installment, although it was still very readable and I still managed to tear through it in a couple of days. It just didn't hold my attention to the same extent as the first one. I suspect Snyder will redeem herself in the final installment and I am looking forward to it with interest. I think the problem here is that it is a "second book" that needs to position the characters for the final book so there was too much "positioning" and not enough character and emotion. I'm betting the third one will be stronger.