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Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.
Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?
“Reagan, everyone is going on Saturday,” Harper says, in between bites of overcooked meat loaf and runny lunchroom mashed potatoes. “You’ll be, like, the only senior not there.”
“I’d rather eat glass,” I say, taking a long swig of Vitaminwater. I ran six miles before school and my body is in dire need of electrolytes. I can feel it. I hate getting up early to train, but it’s a million times better than waiting until the afternoon. I’d much rather be hanging out or studying with Harper and Luke, but skipping is not an option. I made that stupid mistake only once and that was enough for me. My parents were the kind of pissed that bypasses the yelling and screaming phase and goes straight to the silent treatment and punishment. They gave me a training session the next day that made my legs shake for an hour. A twelve-mile run followed by five hundred push-ups, a thousand sit-ups, and two hours of Krav Maga. Pure hell.
In most households, I’m pretty sure that’d be considered child abuse. But what was I supposed to do? Call Child Protective Services? Tell them my parents forced me to work out for six hours because they’re operatives for a part of the CIA the world, even most of the US government, doesn’t know about and I’m training to be an operative too? I don’t think so. So every morning, I pull my butt out of bed at five on the dot to train before school.
"This is my ideal sort of book, full of tension, action, romance, family issues, and a girl struggling to figure out her identity. Kristen Orlando has created a kickass character—literally!—I was won over instantly. I can't wait for the sequel!" —Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of The Pretty Little Liars series
"This one’s a page-turner, and the unexpectedly catastrophic conclusion—and lingering promise of sweet revenge—suggests Orlando, much like Reagan, is just getting started." —Booklist
"Teens who enjoy a little romance and the contrast of normal life that serves to heighten the dream of a teen operative masterfully battling a clearly defined evil will relish Reagan as an impressively powerful heroine. The heartbreaking finale will leave them anxious for a sequel." —VOYA
"An action-packed novel about searching for oneself in the midst of heavy expectations. The violence is plot-advancing rather than gratuitous, while the main character is a strategizing, brave teen who is attempting to find her way both in the moment and into her own future." —School Library Journal
"I couldn't put this book down! I was reading it from my phone, my tablet, and my work computer! It's a fast-paced page turner like The Hunger Games, and Divergent (minus the Dystopian society, which actually makes the book more believable and relatable.) Reagan is a strong heroine, I could picture this as a movie too! I like how the fight scenes felt so real, like we were there as she was counting the yards while running to the barn and into the house, then sneaking down the hallway – my heart was pounding! Definitely a tearjerker at the end, but I like how it all came back full circle, and I can't wait to see the sequel. I hope this becomes a Trilogy!" —Jennifer
"Amazingly fast-paced action thriller in the tradition of Hunger Games or Divergent without the dystopia. Reagan is a heroine worthy of your superb story-telling skills." —Katie Borden
"Loved this book!! Totally swoonworthy. Read in less than a day seriously a page turner. Love the characters so much. The action scenes were my favorite and love Luke and Reagan together!!" —Sasha P.
"LOVED it. Loved every single chapter. Every time i had to put the book down, I found myself thinking about it and wondering what would happen next. I couldn't wait to get back to it. For me, that's the sign of a really fantastic book." —Rosie722
"Wow! My best friend read this book and wouldn't stop talking about it so I wanted to check it out. She was right. It's amazing. It was captivating, thrilling, and emotional. I'm still wiping tears away from that ending. … I think this book is gonna be huge and I could totally see this as a movie. The writing is flawless and beautiful. The story is so exciting and fast paced yet I could totally relate to Reagan's struggle." —Samantha S.
"So glad someone recommended this book to me! Loved, loved, loved it! The writing is stunning and all the characters are so well developed and complex. I absolutely love Reagan and like that the writer didn't make her perfect. Love the tension and story line with Luke and cannot wait to see what happens in the next book." —Kari Lennon
"I really hope there is a sequel to this book! I've been recommending it to friends and family because I loved it so much. The love story between Reagan and Luke is so captivating and you truly feel her emotional struggle. There were parts where I was re-reading the page because I was shocked at the twist in the storyline and the end was so action-packed you felt as if you were there with the characters. … A must-read for anyone who enjoys YA literature with a thrilling storyline and a sweet bond between the love interests." —Rhonda Litton
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