Book Review: You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando (The Black Angel Chronicles #1)

You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1)Title: You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1)
Author: Kristen Orlando
Publication Date:  January 10, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Format: eBook
Source: iBooks
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Spy Thriller/Romance

Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.
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? Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!
I was hooked from the first word. Seriously, the prologue gives a whole new meaning to in media res or throwing your ass right "into the middle of things." And I couldn't stop reading because it's just action, action, action. What is going on? Why is a 17-year-old hiding in a panic room with her parents and watching the screen for killers? How many times has this happened? Questions, questions, questions.

But then, the story slows down a bit as we start getting to know Reagan (great name!) and her family and we learn that they are members of a secretive team of spies known as the Black Angels. So secret that even some of our own government agencies aren't aware of its existence.

And with all the conflict and training, this story really is about a young girl, thrown into a world where she's never given a chance to make her own life decisions or set her own future path. Really, that's the ultimate crux of this story. Her parents have always had to put the needs of work in front of hers and she's built up a bit of resentment against them along the way. But she loves them and wants to make them happy. Then the ultimate question becomes, at what expense? Helping her work some of these issues out is Luke. I love Luke. Reagan loves Luke. For the first time in her life, she finally feels she can fully open up to someone. Their friendship is really sweet and I enjoyed watching their relationship bloom.

This is Kristen Orlando's debut novel! She has such an amazing ability with words. I loved the descriptions she uses, especially when it comes to Reagan and her inner dialogue and the atmosphere/world is perfectly described. That really was one of my favorite things, actually. The author has a knack for keeping the reader in sync with Reagan's emotions the entire time that it makes the end all that more intense and gripping and I cannot wait for the next installment of this series.

Please, I urge you to go pick this one up. I purchased the e-book but I hear that its Swoon Reads first hardback title. And it's deserving because You Don't Know My Name has got some major backbone!


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