I received this book for free from The Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan
Genres: Spy thriller
Published by Full Fathom Five Digital on May 20th 2015
Source: The Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley
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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?
I stared at the video screen. At the girl with my eyes-one blue and one gray-green.
Old Mr. Dagby grabbed the remote control and turned the volume to blaring. Dagby’s hearing aids were acting up again putting us all at risk for hearing loss.
What I thought of this book
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone reminds me a little of I am the Weapon (Boy Nobody) by Allen Zadoff, except that it’s about a girl. It’s about a girl from Olissa, named Milena Rokva who was taken from her family (or given) to be a part of Perun and organization who sets up sleepers in places that will be the most use for them to gain information. She has been there since she was seven years old and it was a rough time.
They wanted her because she was necessary to their cause and they trained her to be Alexandra Gastone, the granddaughter to a CIA analyst. Her job will be to take the place of the granddaughter who had died in a car accident with her parents. She was suppose to have survived the car accident and they had to make her look like she had been in a horrible accident.
She has been with Albert Gastone since she was eleven years old and she is now seventeen about to turn eighteen. She was suppose to go to college, become part of the CIA and then send them information, but something changed all that. The man they didn’t want to become president of Olissa is now president and they want to assassinate him on US soil so everyone can see that the US is not good. Albert had a gala to go to and it would host the new Olissan president and so Perun activates Milena early. She will have a chance to assassinate the president, but this wasn’t what Milena thought she was to do.
You can put a sleeper agent in a situation but you can’t always control what happens. Lex (Milena) has a lot of thinking to do as she really has started to love Albert her pretend grandfather. She also loves her boyfriend, she tried to get close but not close and she has failed. Then she learns some things about Perun and she has to make a decision.
Lex(Milena) is a pretty cool character. She has been through a lot in her short life, from beatings at the hands of Perun, to learning to take over a persons life. She has been trained to kill, but she is still just a teenager. She wants to do teenage things, but she also knows she has a duty to do as the above quote says.
The Call Me Alexandra Gastone is a fairly fast paced read and I couldn’t wait to see what she would decide and how she would get out of trouble when it happens. It is very open ending and kind of a cliffhanger but I see no mention of a second book, if I don’t get a second book I will be very upset as it’s just to open ending to not have one.
I think anyone who like YA adventure/thriller type stories will probably like this one.
T.A. Maclagan is a Kansas girl by birth but now lives in the bush-clad hills of Wellington, New Zealand with her Kiwi husband, son and four pampered cats. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in anthropology, she’s studied poison dart frogs in the rainforests of Costa Rica, howler monkeys in Panama and the very exotic and always elusive American farmer. It was as she was writing her ‘just the facts’ dissertation that T.A. felt the call to pursue something more imaginative and discovered a passion for creative writing. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is her first novel.
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