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

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

 

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