Published by Entangled Teen
Published on March 7th, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery
Entangled Publishing: https://entangledpublishing.com/index.php/proof-of-lies.html
Some secrets are best kept hidden…
Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.
And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.
She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.
Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.
She will find her sister.
My Rating:★ ★ ★ ★.75
“There are moments in your life when you know everything is about to change. Time isn't whizzing by, your mind isn't in a blur, you're in it, living it, and you know, consciously, that your world will never be the same again. You will never be the same again.”
Anastasia is one of those characters that is very real about her situation and actually acts like a teenager when it comes to dealing with losing her parents and having a sister that is presumed to be dead. She does what most people would do and because of that I loved her as a character. Then we also have her new legal guardian who does everything she can to protect her, all while trying to get her out of her funk and to move on as best as she can.
This all starts to change though when new evidence shows her sister was up to something before she was presumed dead, that leads Anastasia to start an investigation of her own. With the help of her legal guardian a friend and her parents old boss Anastasia starts learning what really happened to her sister, and what exactly her parents were involved in. Anastasia learns that things weren't what she always thought and that in all actuality all of the moves and the secrets her parents kept weren't normal. The jokes her and her sister always said about their parents being spy's might actually be true.
The relationships and friendships the main character makes are so nice to see in a young adult novel, and as for the "love" interest she doesn't let it cloud her judgment most of the time. She puts it to the side, mostly due to interruptions, but even if she wasn't interrupted in these moments. I have no doubt that she wouldn't just put it to the side once again in order to make sure that she finds her sister and doesn't let her down.
Compared to the other YA thriller spy book I read this year The Cruelty this book is far better. Not only does the character actually act her age and struggle with being involved in this new world. She also has people she can actually rely on and listened to her.
I honestly can't wait for the next book in this series to come out to see what happens next to Anastasia and how she continues to deal with her new world!
Thank you to YAReads and Netgalley for an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Diana Rodriguez Wallach is not the child of super spies, as far as she knows. But she is an avid traveler, and every scene in her books comes from a place she has lived or visited—from her senior year apartment in Boston, MA to the hotel where she stayed in Cortona, Italy. In addition to the Anastasia Phoenix series, Diana is also the author of the award-winning Amor and Summer Secrets series; the Mirror, Mirror short story collection; and essays in both Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories and Latina Authors and Their Muses. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two kids. But of course, this all could be a masterly crafted piece of disinformation…
Check out the Proof of Lies playlist here: http://dianarodriguezwallach.com/wp/proof-of-lies-playlist/