The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Having not read the first book did pose problems at times, but the author does a somewhat decent job of "previously-ing". I really wished that more time had been spent in the market, that it had been expanded because there were hints of some really interesting things going on. Alastor's voice in Prosper's head was very funny, the mixture of contempt, interest, cunning, cattiness and self-preservation working really well. Prosper himself grows during the book, learning how to get around Alastor's presence and realizing that some things he'd assumed he knew weren't always true.
Now I have to go back to read Book 1, and hope for Book 3 (although I suspect we won't get that).
ARC provided by publisher.