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Teen SRC 2019 – Desert Dark by Sonja Stone

Desert Dark by Sonja Stone

Hey guys, I’m back! This week I’m moderating your reviews and let me just say, they’re good good, like I end up reading the entire thing because one sentence jumped out. Keep it up!!

Yesterday I finished the amazing book you see to the left recommended by Inshal. (you can read her review of it right here). I am an avid reader of spy stories/mysteries so I came into this with very high hopes and I was not disappointed!

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Teen SRC 2019- Liberty by Andrea Portes

Liberty - Portes, Andrea

Funny, refreshing, and brilliant. Liberty by Andrea Portes is a spy story unlike any other.

Paige Nolan’s journalist parents went missing, and were presumably captured by terrorists. No one has told Paige whether they’re dead or alive, and there is nothing she can do to help them. Nothing, that is, until she is approached by Madden Carter, a spy from an obscure government agency called RAITH. If Paige goes to Russia disguised as a foreign exchange student and gets the government secrets from a government traitor, she can get the case on her missing parents reopened.

The problem? That foreign traitor she has to wrangle the secrets out of? He’s kind of her hero. He revealed the unconstitutional and privacy-invading spying techniques of the American government to the world, and that is just awesome. The second problem? He is actually, kind of, really… cute.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Desert Dark by Sonja Stone

Desert Dark

Desert Dark by Sonja Stone

Deep, funny, and action-packed. Desert Dark by Sonja Stone was a compelling read, with many wonderful characters.

Nadia Riley would do anything to avoid school, ever since her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. The answer to her prayers present themselves when a man invites her to go to Desert Mountain Academy, a government-funded school for qualifying students because of her exceptional talent at solving codes. Nadia readily agrees.

At her new school, Nadia soon finds out that she hasn’t been accepted to a normal school. In fact, Desert Mountain Academy is a training camp for future CIA agents! She also realizes that she was chosen as a replacement for a student that died in a car accident, and is behind everyone else because of her late start. Some of her teammates don’t hesitate to point out that she’s dragging them down with her. Worst of all? There is a traitor at Desert Mountain Academy, and everyone thinks it is her. After discovering a few pieces of incriminating evidence in her room, Nadia realizes someone is trying to frame her, and she has to find out who before it’s too late.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

This review is for Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter.

The reason this review took so long to get to you guys was that I couldn’t find it on the library catalogue so I thought the library didn’t own it? But I just re-searched today and it’s on… that was a little odd but I’m not mad about it 🙂 Anyways, I read it on Hoopla so if you’re more of an e-book person, this one’s for you sis.

No synopsis for you guys, sorry but if you want to know what the books about just read the summaries from my reviews of the previous two books!

Thoughts: I LOVED this finale. It was a lot deeper than the first and second books which made it more emotion-filled (I cried. Just a little though!). The ending was very satisfying (especially in terms of romance) so if you’re one to get mad about unsatisfying conclusions (like me), you won’t be disappointed here. I really loved the romance that was in this book as well because it wasn’t super intense, not everything was about it; but it was always there, very sweet and very, very adorable. I HIGHLY recommend this book, you really will not regret it. My final rating is 5/5 stars.

P.S. From now on, I’m going to rate books out of 10 instead of 5 because I feel like there are amazing books and then there are completely life-changing ones and I really need to differentiate them.

Teen SRC 2019 – I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You; by Ally Carter

Hey guys, it’s that time of year again: time for the annual Teen SRC!! To start this year off, I’m reviewing I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.

This is a book about an all-girls spy school and the adventures a few of the students have. The main character is a girl named Cameron, nicknamed Cammie, code-named The Chameleon because she can blend in very well with her surroundings. Her mother is the principal of the school and also a professional secret agent as are all of her teachers. I picked this book up at the Whale of a Book Sale expecting a cute little spy story with an unimportant plotline and some lessons about friendship along the way but I got SO MUCH MORE than that. The story is actually very well thought-out, captivating and intricate. This is a classic example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” because guilty as charged, I tend to do that a lot XD.

This is the first of a 6 book series and it is the lightest read out of all of them. In a way, it’s kind of like Harry Potter, the plotline just gets darker as the girls get older which means although the “cute little spy story” stereotype may still apply a little to this first book, it completely disappears as the story progresses.

All in all, I absolutely LOVED this book although it is not my favourite in the series so I’ll have to give it 4/5 stars. The one thing about this book is that it probably would not interest boys and is very much geared towards girls. With that said though, !SPOILER ALERT!, a boys’ spy school might exist as well :))