About the Book:
- by Cecilia Gray
- Genres: Paranormal / Young Adult
- Publication: November 13th 2013
- Received from: Cecilia Gray for an honest review
- Rating: 5/5!!!!
Take a journey into the gritty world of political espionage through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal from the author of The Jane Austen Academy series….
Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?
Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.
To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.
Fan girl time right!!!? I mean… holy hell! I was slightly worried because I absolutely die over Cecilia Gray’s work but this one sounded so totally different that I was hesitant. I should not have been! I’m so glad I started this. The only downside was I started it at night. I would recommend starting when you have time to finish in a sitting! You will not want to put it down!! Now, I already love Cecilia’s writing, however, these characters REALLY got to me. Sasha’s freakiness was a wonderful twist but added so much to the story and to her. Sadly most of her life she has been pushed off to different orphanages or just plain ignored at school and that makes for a tough (or at least what looks to be tough) exterior. I really felt for her from word one. And to go with all of that, she’s just quirky! I really like how she looks for exits and weapons in every building she enters. And a few times I found myself laughing out loud when she did this.
Exit – a leap out the window. Weapon – a sharp fountain pen. The nun takes to the blackboard and chalks up a balanced equation for the math lecture. Scratch that. Weapon – boredom. Set to kill. Weapons – the table’s butter knife. Pretty lame. Unlike James Bond, I do not know twenty ways to kill a man with a butter knife.
And she is just as quirky in her mind…
“Yes, sir,” I say because mother-effing awesome is for my inside voice.
The other characters are just as much fun to get to know but I’m pretty sure Vivian was my fav outside of Sasha. She’s just as quirky but more importantly seems fun to be around even with her penchant for the animals. I do love animals so this just made me love her all the more.
She kicks the door closed, walks over to me, and sets down the earbuds. “Do I need to back away slowly?” she asks.
And my favorite…
“You don’t even wear silk.” “What’s wrong with silk?” “Silkworms, hello. Poor, exploited little wiggly invertebrates.”
There was one small twist that I started figuring out but it took me until like two pages before I read it to figure it out! And Cecilia left hints. Very subtle but enough to where everything makes sense. The only downside… I want more! I was literally wanting to cry when this ended. Well, due to the fact that it ended and the note it ended on! But seriously Cecilia… I want more! TWO giveaways going on right now!
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About the Author:
Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).
Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What’s Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling mix of action, drama and love.”
She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.