The beginning of this book is extremely slow. It's like this is book 1 of a series again. There was way too much self-reflection - I don't need constant reminders that Riley is on the road to being a "full-fledged guardian" but doesn't want to be. By this point, it's kind of moot. I think that this idea is one that can be shown, not told, after the many times the same sentence has been repeated.
I'm none too pleased with some of the happenings in this book, but hopefully they won't affect the rest of the series too much. In particular, I didn't like the seemingly needless loss of limb.
It seems like Kellen should have been in here a little more often, since Riley refers to him and their potential soulmateness so much. I feel like the times he was in the book, the scenes were just throwaway scenes.