Review: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan

July 21, 2015 Book, Reviews 0 ★★★½

Review: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by  T.A. MaclaganThey Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan
Genres: Espionage, Love & Romance, Mystery, Psychological, Young Adult
Published by Full Fathom Five Digital on May 20th 2015
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three-half-stars

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?

DNF 49% They Call Me Alexandra Gastone wasn’t a bad book, just not to my liking. The pacing had me really droning on in the reading, making it impossible to read until the end. The story was intriguing and I loved the main character Milena/Alexandra, but I really couldn’t finish it.

Milena goes through a surgery to make her look like a girl named Alexandra Gastone and take her place. Once positioned with her grandpa as a legal guardian, Milena/Alexandra would lead a normal life, get in Princeton and become a CIA agent like her grandpa and send intel to Perun, an organization of her country Olissa.

This was all very interesting to read about, and I particularly liked to see the struggle of Milena/Alexandra as she had to remind herself numerous times what her real purpose was and not let her emotions control her. She was very strong and independent, which made me cheer for her to succeed from the beginning because she wasn’t a weak heroine that had bad priorities. She knew her duty and she knew the risks of not following orders.

“For the blood of the fallen, for the blood of the living, I would do whatever they asked.”

As good as this felt at the beginning, it took too much for the plot to move forward. At least for me. This was my first time reading this type of book so I don’t have anything to compare it to. Maybe these books are supposed to read at a slow pace, but I lost my patience far too soon. I wanted to know what happened to Milena/Alexandra, but I couldn’t bring myself to. Plus the political matters, which were brought up a lot, were a bit confusing. At first I had thought Olissa was some kind of alien territory because of the strange explanation given.

I might give this book another try when I have more patience to know what happens by the end with this heroine, and I encourage you to read it if you’re into espionage and crime novels of this type.

Rating: 3 stars

 

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
two-stars
Romance
three-stars
Overall: 3.5
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