I enjoyed Prized every bit as much as Birthmarked, the first in the series. I was thrown, here and there, by O’Brien’s writing style; there were a couple of conversations that confused me a little, because the characters were expressing emotions that we were supposed to understand they’d been feeling, when they hadn’t been clear at all. I found myself flipping back and re-reading certain passages, wondering if I’d just read so quickly/inattentively that I’d missed something. But…no. I get a little frustrated when editors don’t pick up on that kind of thing. But it’s a small gripe, overall. I really enjoy this series, and I’m reading book 3 next.