Fighter, faker, student, spy: heart-pounding action and spine-tingling suspense intertwine in an electrifying debut for fans of emotional thrillers with just the right dash of high school drama.Read more...
Fighter, faker, student, spy: heart-pounding action and spine-tingling suspense intertwine in an electrifying debut for fans of emotional thrillers with just the right dash of high school drama.
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 must 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?
Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in debut author Kristen Orlando's You Don't Know My Name, the captivating and emotional first book in the Black Angel Chronicles, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.
Praise for You Don't Know My Name
"This is my ideal sort of book, full of tension, action, romance, family issues, and a girl struggling to figure out her identity " --Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of The Pretty Little Liars series
"This one's a page-turner." --Booklist
"A solid addition to high school collections, especially those with patrons who love stories of spy craft and secret identities, with a splash of romance" --School Library Journal
- ISBN-13: 9781250084118
- ISBN-10: 1250084113
- Publisher: Swoon Reads
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Page Count: 304
- Reading Level: Ages 12-17
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.84 pounds
Series: Black Angel Chronicles #1
A teenage secret agent finds her way
Reagan started martial arts training at the age of 4. At 10, she was shooting high-powered assault rifles. As the daughter of two Black Angels, Reagan is destined to join the elite, top-secret group of international operatives. As Kristen Orlando’s novel begins, Reagan and her parents narrowly escape the attack of a hit man, forcing them to abandon their home and, not for the first time, start anew with fresh identities. Now 17, Reagan is tiring of these abrupt relocations. She likes living in their current location, where an adorable JROTC student named Luke lives next door.
But this pleasant life may already be compromised. Reagan has spotted a school janitor who stares at her a bit too intensely and a gray van that shows up a bit too frequently. It could be Reagan’s own amped sense of anxiety that has her on edge, but for a girl trained to kill, paranoia is a learned necessity.
This action-packed suspense novel is the first in a new series that features a kick-ass female protagonist whose training regimen and smoldering love interest rival that of Divergent’s Tris Prior. The lightness of the contemporary high school setting is offset by an undercurrent of grisly violence, and Reagan’s tortured contemplation of her own future offers a choice between the happiness of ordinary life and the darkness of the Black Angels legacy. A cliffhanger ending ensures a following of eager readers.
Diane Colson is the Library Director at City College in Gainesville, Florida.