Well, actually I finished reading it last week, but I've been incredibly slack in the Blog Updating department, which I know will surprise very few (if any) readers.
Verdict? Pretty good, really. It had that elusive 'grip' throughout, but I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that the end held little in the way of surprises. If I was in a school library, I'd be adding both books to the collection. If there were enough funds, of course. Haven't heard anything from any colleagues at this time as to whether the first one of the series was popular, but I'm guessing now that the Hunger Games movie is out, there's going to be a queue for those books first.