January 09, 2017

You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles, #1) by Kristen Orlando #BookReview #Giveaway

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!

Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.

I went into this hoping that I was going to die hard love it but what I found was a book that really didn't know what it wanted to be.  Did it want to be a spy novel, a contemporary, or maybe a mystery. That was the hardest thing I had with this book. It starts out really well but once it gets going it really just ends up being full of teen, high school drama that was just to much for me.  The main character constantly uses abbreviations for things that then have to be explained.  The other issue was just that the story was a little far fetched. You have this teenager that yes she has learned all the tricks of the trade from a young age but you have full fledged secret agents both excited and super honored to meet her which that I could believe but when it comes to missions and they deferring to her judgement that just seemed a little weird to me. I could understand that if it was a training exercise but not a full fledged mission where people's lives are at stake. 

The romance in this one was very predictable but it does move the story along. I would have liked less teenage drama, no abbreviations, and more realistic secret agent stuff. This book really just needed a little more editing and a lot more balance than what it had.  Over all it was a good idea but just wasn't done to its full potential.  The ending was very good and I do hope that the finished copy is updated. As I do kind of want to know what happens. 

Book in a Pinch
Spy wants to be a normal teen 
 Go Into This One Knowing 
Violence, Teen Drama, Predictable Romance, No Love Triangle, Slight Cliffhanger 

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