So, book two, as some have stated, feels less like a sequel and more like volume 2 of a longer work. If I go off this theory, I hate it less.
I mean, Gwen is still acting like someone readers may have a hard time liking (protagonists who dislike/hate books/reading are hard for a reader, holding a book, to fall in love with), that swarthy boy, Gideon, is sooooo changable!, and suddenly we are introduced to a deeper world: Demons!? I mean, I don't know 'Gargoyle' but thats written as Dämon in German, which is similar to Dæmon... anyway!
The count pisses me off even when he doesn't appear on the page. Gwendolyn has resumed not communicating when she should for the sake of spinning the plot out further. I mean, fluff. Fluff is nice when whipped into ice cream, but it doesn't taste good on a thin-crust pizza - your unique opinion is not included, outlier.
One of my rights as a reader is the right to skim. I am invoking it, sparingly. If I skim too much in German, I'll pass right over the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Never again.