Three and a half stars, really, but rounded down because of my irrational but nevertheless extremely strong dislike for terms of affection.
Really. If Valek had ended one more sentence to Yelena with "love", I'd have reached out into the book and strangled him. Or tried to, anyway. I'm glad he wasn't in this book a lot, or I might not have been able to finish it.
Now that I've got that off my chest, I did enjoy the book - a little less than Poison Study
(largely due to the aforementioned irritant), but it was exciting, it kept me reading and I've been properly drawn into Yelena's story. Onwards to Fire Study