Maureen Johnson has a knack for writing deep characters that connect with the reader. Rory is a hilarious protagonist who never takes herself too serious. Even in times of great danger, Rory’s spunky personality brings light to the dark situations. I loved it even more than the original, which is rare for a second book in a series. The cliffhanger will have reader’s throwing their books against the wall and cursing Maureen Johnson for making them wait for the conclusion.