Thursday, January 5, 2017

ARC Review: You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

You Don't Know My Name
Author: Kristen Orlando
Publication: Swoon Reads (January 10, 2017)

Description: Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

My Thoughts: Reagan has had more last names than she can remember. She's gone to more schools than she can count. Each time she thinks she can settle in and make friends, her parents' covers are blown or there is some other danger and they have to leave town with just their go-bags and the clothes on the backs. Reagan's parents are operatives for the elite, and very secret, Black Angels organization. Reagan has been in training to become a member since she was a small child.

Now, Reagan is getting ready to graduate from high school and needs to decide whether to follow her parents into this secret organization of spies or attend college and have an ordinary life. This is the first time that she has been in the same school for more than a year. She has best friends and a boy who could become a boyfriend. She also comes to realize that she is always afraid and always on the edge of having a panic attack.

When her parents are sent on a mission that goes wrong, Reagan is afraid that her current life will become just another one that she will have to forget. When her parents are taken hostage, Reagan and her new boyfriend Luke become part of the team that tries to rescue them.

Reagan quickly learns that she doesn't really have a choice about her future. She has unique skills that she needs to employ to free her parents -- no matter what it will cost in terms of future choices.

This was an exciting story about a young woman who is on the cusp of choosing her path in life. I could understand how Reagan could want an ordinary life with friends and career plans that don't put her life in danger. I could also understand her parents' desire that she follow them into this secret life which is more a calling than a career.

Anyone who has ever wanted to be a spy (and who hasn't?) will enjoy this fast-paced and exciting story.

Favorite Quote:
I know I'm not supposed to ask questions, but the worried lines on their faces are making me sick. I should be used to being kept in the dark by now but I still hate it. "For your own good," they always say. "For your safety." But I've never been safe. Being their daughter makes me a target.
I received this ARC from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

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