November 24, 2019

#BookReview: Undercover Thief (The Victoria Institute #1) by @HTKingBooks

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Pamela Torres is an exceptional girl. After her parents abandoned her at the tender age of nine, she had to be to stay alive. But Pam has come a long way from stealing food from the supermarket and huddling beneath shop windows for shelter. Now, Pam and the band of fellow misfit kids who took her in, are some of the most notorious thieves in Underground London. She has a home, a family, and a killer wardrobe, to boot. Life is pretty good. 
But when her parents suddenly return to Pam’s childhood home after years of zero communication, Pam’s world is turned upside down. They steal her away from her home and chosen family to enroll her into the Victoria Institute: an American boarding school for spies. 
Desperate to get back to the world she knows and loves, and wholly unfamiliar with the concept of homework, Pam does not take the strict, disciplinary vibe of the Victoria Institute – or to her parents, government spies themselves, who seem to have developed a newfound sense of responsibility for Pam’s wellbeing. What would they do if they knew her true, unlawful identity? What’s more is that something seems off about one of Pam’s classmates… something that could threaten not only the school, but also international government relations and the lives of millions… 
Full of humor, heart, and a healthy dose of sass, UNDERCOVER THIEF is a story of adventure, family, and redemption – a must-have for any teen’s book collection. 


Rating: ★★★
My Review: We really wanted to love this one but to much of it was just unrealistic.  To us it felt like this was a book two instead of a book.  We would have loved to see more development in Pam's development and maybe the story starting before it did.  We think with some work this one would be a hit!! We love spy books and this one should have been right up our ally.   This one was kind of a take it or leave it story. 

"For every teen who ever wished that life was a bit more mysterious and exciting! Here is a realistically flawed female lead character in a tale of intrigue, espionage and adventure. Pam is a breath of fresh air in the overly male dominated world of spies and the criminal underworld. This story would make a brilliant film and is the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting series". - Caroline Walshaw - Books on the Beach

"I bought this for my 'tweenage' daughter, an avid reader, and she absolutely adored it. She found it gripping from the beginning, and read the sequel without pausing for breath!!!!!" - Anna Osborne

"A totally gripping refreshingly different spy story from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed it."

"Absolutely amazing book, could not put it down!!! Really gripping, exciting and funny. I would recommend this book to anyone. A fabulous read!"

"Genuinely one of the best books I've read in a long time! Would highly recommend and written by a brilliant new and upcoming author!"

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