With [b:Leviathan|6050678|Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)|Scott Westerfeld|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1275694232s/6050678.jpg|6226342], I only sort of leisurely flipped through. Behemoth was much more gripping and had me neglecting other things in order to keep reading.
I loved the characters. Deryn is awesome and competent as always; Alek grew a lot and I loved seeing him taking charge of his own destiny! The new girl, Lilit, was also fairly kick-ass and I appreciate that we avoided a dreadful love triangle.
And Deryn and Alek's friendship is adorable
. The part where Alek asks her to stay with him made me flail. Oh, oblivious Alek.