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

 

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I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: You Don’t Know My Name
Author: Kristen Orlando
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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!

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As a fan of any spy-related book out there, I knew I would love You Don’t Know My Name before I even picked it up. This intense thriller starts off with a bang and never loses the momentum. I loved the main character’s strength and sensitivity and the more complex and serious aspects of the book. I am sure that everyone will love this believable story!

You Don’t Know My Name is a fast-paced thriller about a girl who is a member of a secret society and must rescue her parents who have been kidnapped. I loved the concept of a secret agency and reading about not only the intense battle scenes, but also the extensive security measures. I also appreciated how Kristen Orlando has made sure that everything about the Black Angels is logical and believable, which can really make or break a book for me. If you are a fan of spy thrillers, you will definitely love this book!

Reagan is such a brave and badass main character. She’s not afraid to break the rules and do whatever it takes to save her parents. What I especially loved about Reagan is how she is portrayed as a real and relatable character. She never had a choice regarding her life as a Black Angel and dreads having to move away and using yet another fake name. Her sensitivity added a lot to the book and made it that much more enjoyable to read.

One of my favourite things about You Don’t Know My Name is how serious it actually is. This isn’t just a book about fighting and executing heists, as it may seem. Reagan has to make a lot of tough choices throughout the book, such as leading the life her parents do or following her own dream. There is also a big theme of family and the lengths a daughter would go to to see her parents again. I feel like these aspects make the book even more complex and I enjoyed being able to relate to the story more because of them.

You Don’t Know My Name is a spy thriller that contains a strong yet sensitive main character. Although the book may seem simple, there are some pretty big themes and aspects that bring so much to the story. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to fans of authors like Ally Carter.

13 thoughts on “ARC Review: You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

  1. Kelly says:

    I have an ARC of this and I’m so excited to read it! I love spy related books, especially YA ones, so I have a feeling I’m going to fall head over heels in love with this book! Awesome review!

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  2. NicoleLynn says:

    I just saw this book on Twitter today & then I just saw your review of it. I wasn’t sure of it at first until your review. I love spy/thrillers and I wasn’t sure if this one would be good, but your review convinced me that I have to read it! I’m glad you enjoyed it and that it has some seriousness and believability to it! I’ll definitely be adding it to my must reads for this year 😊

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