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Thursday, March 15, 2018

REVIEW: Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach @entangledteen @dianarwallach

Proof of Lies
by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for this copy in return for my honest opinion.

What a fun, quick read about teens and the spy life!

Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Published: March 7, 2017
Kindle Edition
400 Pages
Series:  Anastasia Phoenix #1
Genre:  YA, thriller

Goodreads Synopsis:

Some secrets are best kept hidden… 

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.

My Review:

What a fun little romp! This had all the makings of the YA thrillers that we come to know - kick ass girl who can fight and hold her own, a family full of secrets, a mysterious foreign sexy guy to fawn over and action packed scenes.  What I did like about this one was that she still made Anastasia human.  When her sister is presumed dead, she didn't immediately go into super hero mode but wallowed in grief for a while before hitting up super spy status.  Bravo!

As a lover of YA and some teen movies (i.e. Sky High, Kingsman, etc.), this one fit right into the mix.  Forget plausibility - that's not what this book is made for.  This was just pure fun.  At least it was for me.  And I mean fun in the you get what you expect from this read.  I do wish it has some kind of levity in it.  Way too much teen angst.  I realize she lost her parents and her sister and is not even out of high school yet.  However, there could've been a little bit from the other characters in the book to make this is a more well rounded read.  Especially as a YA type novel.  

A good debut for this series but I think it could've been well enough left as a stand alone.  I do have book two that I'm beginning now so let's see where Anastasia ends up.  I'm happy to follow her adventure for another round. 🙂


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