I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Agent's Daughter by Ron Corriveau
Published by Geek Parade Books on May 18th 2013
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Melina has been preparing for a future career as a spy.
She just doesn’t know it.
Legendary spy Evan Roberts always knew that his fifteen-year-old daughter Melina also possessed the absolute lack of fear required of an agent. Without telling her his real profession or his intention, he began to guide her toward an eventual career as a spy. However, Melina’s world is shattered after her mom is involved in an accident that leaves her mysteriously unhurt but unresponsive. Her father’s plans on hold, Melina settles into life at a suburban high school, immersing herself in a world of schoolwork, her friends and a budding romance with Alex, the cute new guy in her class.
When Melina and her father uncover shocking new information about her mother’s accident, Melina is pulled deep into her father’s shadowy world. With Alex desperately trying to find her and only hours to go before it will be too late to save her mother, Melina and her father work together using their combined skills to find a way to reach her.
This was so freaking cute! And I don’t mean a girly, five year old cute, I mean I absolutely loved it. I knew as soon as I started that I was going to enjoy the characters. The point of view that came across was definitely young adult and was perfect for this story.
“Nothin’ to see here. Move along.”
The characters were amazing. I immediately loved Melina. That girl is just great. She is so strong, made to be that way nearly from birth, but she also has her sensitive side. But she’s very quirky and down to earth as well.
“Well, if it isn’t the boy genius,” Melina said. Only she said it the way a cartoon hero greets a villain.
Travis looked up from his cereal. “So, we meet again,” he said, in his best evil scientist voice. “But you’re too late! As soon as I put my evil plans into place, I shall rule the world! HA! HA! HA! HA!”
This is a conversation between Melina and her brother Travis and I think it shows exactly the quirkiness that I was talking about. She intelligent and courageous and yet she can spend time with her little brother and play like he’s an evil villain. Actually all of the characters had something about them that I just loved. Travis is really a genius, although, not evil at all, Evan their father is also brilliant and a spy, but cares so deeply about his family, and then Angela, a friend of the family, is just so intriguing. Each character added something to the story.
And Angela really did add to the story. I hate to choose favorites with this one, but if I HAD to, she would be it.
“Look,” Angela said. “There are going to be people in your life that are not your friends, are not your family and do not have your best interest at heart. They are goign to say hurtful things about you. Some things will be true, and some will be untrue. If what they say is true, they are just trying to make you feel terrible. If what they say is untrue, they are just lying. Either way, their opinion is not worth acknowledging.”
“Words can only hurt you if you allow them to hurt you.”
The plot moved very quickly and I only had hiccups during the espionage chapters. I did figure after reading the synopsis that this would have some spy stuff in it but fortunately it doesn’t overtake the story. The plot is about the Melina’s growth and I found that awesome. I did guess who was the villain about halfway through but it was totally a guess. Ron Corriveau did a great job at keeping the secret!
In short… for those that enjoy young adult thrillers!