Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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!
Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for providing me with the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest review.
Everyone has dreamed of becoming a spy. Whether it be one like the famous agent 007, James Bond, or the more underrated ones that appear in Totally Spies, we have a dreamed of what it must be like to kick butt and save the day. But what do not take into account in our fantasies is what happens to our everyday life. Imagine having to flee for your life because the ‘wrong person’ found out where you were located?
In You Don’t Know My Name, readers get the opportunity to experience this first hand. The beginning starts off a bit slow, as it is about the normal life of Reagan. Going to school, making friends, completing homework, and completing her combat skills. See? Completely normal!
The storyline that is intertwined tells a fantastic tale, although a bit of the information becomes a bit jumbled with everything that is going on. With that being said, I believe that by place Reagan, a young teenage girl, as the main character, suited the role that was filled by her presence.
One of my favourite things about this book was the anxiety and panic attacks Reagan has to deal with throughout the book. Most spy stories just completely skip over how terrifying and traumatic it must be to spend most of your life worried that someone will capture and kill you. By making her like this, reader’s are able to connect to her feelings and experience at the same time as they are reading it.
The ending leaves us on a cliffhanger, waiting for the next book of the series to come out. Overall, this book has been one of my favourite spy book that I have read thus far. Be sure to check out this book when it hits shelves on January 10th!