I absolutely loved reading this book!
You follow Layni as she is thrown into a new, horrible life. You struggle with her as she tries to adapt, tries to survive. You can't imagine she can do it, but neither can she.
The story is fast paced, strong and makes you feel as if you were in the arena yourself, you can almost smell the sweat and the blood, hear the cheers and the cries.
But to the author: chapter 11 was a bit too much for my taste, and too early. I'd have preferred a slower development of the situation in that part of the book. Just shortly before everything was completely different, it was kind of unrealistic.
In general, you could add many more small stories and details about the characters, especially those besides Layli and Tristan, while not changing the main story at all. I like to have such extras, and your characters seem to offer more than enough possibilities. While it's nice to barely have to wait for something new to happen, it makes the story a lot shorter and even though I enjoyed the book a lot, I don't feel like I really got to know the characters and their world. Readers also need time to adjust and repetition to remember.
I already purchased the next book and hope you are working on a third. Thank you.