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Monday, April 15, 2019

They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan



They Call Me Alexandra Gastone

Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by Full Fathom Five Digital



Goodreads synopsis:
When your life is a lie, how do you know what's real?

Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation.She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra's grandfather, and the ranks of America's top intelligence agency.

For seven years, "Alexandra" has been on standby and life's been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing.But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years' time. They need her active now.
  
Between her cover as a high school girl―juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend―and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur.Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?


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4 Stars

Spy and CIA fiction fans, this book is for you. I am a fan of books like this. Girl from Russia is trained to be a sleeper agent in America. This is a wonderful mix of YA contemporary and YA thriller. It is not hard-nosed and in your face like the Borne Identity but it is a thrill ride just the same. A softer focus for a younger audience. 

Melina is a Russian sleeper agent placed as the granddaughter of a top CIA official. She was mostly biding her time until she was called into action. Funny thing about waiting in that meantime space... You really get to know and then care for the people around you. And you almost forget you are a Russian spy and not just the very loved granddaughter of a wonderful man, the girlfriend of a wonderful guy and your whole life lying ahead of you.

Wouldn't you try to keep all this wonderful ness in your life when all you knew in Russia was hardship and pain.

Great story. Amazing intrigue. I'm surprised this hasn't been made into a movie yet. I look forward to book two in this series.


I bought this book with my own money. 

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