Series: Riley Collins Series #1
Author: Kes Tester
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Published Date: September 26th, 2017
Genre: Spy, Mystery, Contemporary
Page Count: 224
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world’s most dangerous cities, learning political strategies from her ambassador dad and defensive skills from his security chief. The only thing they didn’t prepare her for: life as an American teenager.
After an incident forces her to leave her Pakistani home, Riley is recruited by the State Department to attend Harrington Academy, one of the most elite boarding schools in Connecticut. The catch: she must use her tactical skills to covertly keep an eye on Hayden Frasier, the daughter of a tech billionaire whose new code-breaking spyware has the international intelligence community in an uproar.
Disturbing signs begin to appear that Riley’s assignment wasn’t the walk in the park she’d been promised. Now, Riley must fight for her life and Hayden’s, as those around her reveal themselves to be true friends or the ultimate betrayers.
"Not everything that makes a person valuable can be found in some file.I might be different, I might not have a trust fund or a pedigree like some overbred poodle, but I matter."
By now you should all know my love for YA spy novels. I can't get enough of them, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it!
Riley has moved from city to city with her dad who is an ambassador and his security chief who has taught her how to stay safe in these cities as she is a target.
"The trick is to find one thing every day you like, or at least that you don't hate. Do it long enough, and you'll finally realize it's okay."
After having helped a young girl, Riley is now a target and is being sent back to the states to go to boarding school and to keep another teenage girl safe as well. Can she do it without blowing her cover? And will she be able to make it in an American Boarding School that is so different from anything she has always known?
"You've already been tested by those men in the marketplace. You know who you are, and nobody is going to change that - least of all some snot-nosed ankle biters barely out of nappies. Are we clear?"
I couldn't get enough of this book, Riley is such a likable character and she is still dealing with normal teenage things along with being undercover. Also, she isn't this perfect spy overnight either, she messes up occasionally and knows it after the fact and tries to fix it. (This hasn't always been the case in the YA spy type novels I've read before.) She's juggling schoolwork, possible new relationship, and having a roommate who doesn't hate her but is still dealing with the loss of the previous roommate who died right before the beginning of the semester and is just a little unsure of new people in general due to who her dad is. Plus there is also the headmistress who isn't pleased that she is there and another girl who actually does hate her because of who she gets to be a roommate with.
"Manners have nothing to do with it.. Never be less thank you are because it's what people want or expect of you. Rise to every challenge, and be gracious when you win. The true test of character, which Mr.Digby utterly failed this morning is to also be gracious when you lose."
Riley's dad and the security chief were both extremely caring as well and they had a tough time as well with Riley leaving them for the first time ever. She talks to them a lot and they help as much as they can from so far away. (Actually involved parent and other adults in a YA novel. Finally!)
This book has so so much going for it and I can't wait to read the next one and see what Riley gets up to next!!
Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.