Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Review: Remembrandt by Robin King

I am now a big fan of Robin King

Remembrandt is more than your average YA novel. This book is full of suspense and adventure, all dumped in the lap of a 17-year-old girl.

Alexandra Stewart doesn’t just walk down memory lane, she lives on it. Her eidetic memory records and plays back her experiences, DVD style. It’s great when she aces a test, but not so great when she topples over a cute guy. Talk about an endless loop of humiliation. 

When her Russian professor gives her an impossible puzzle, Alex discovers he has a secret—one that will catapult her into a life of cryptic codes and covert missions. Of course, conducting secret ops would be easier if she weren’t trying to impress her handsome new running partner. As if love weren’t hard enough already, now Alex is trying to find it while dodging bullets and going undercover. 

One thing is for certain, whatever happens will be forever etched into her memory. And some things are better left forgotten.

I was drawn into this story and I simply couldn't put it down. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, Alexandra surprises you. Every character has an unique personality that makes you want to know so much more about them and every interaction she has with those characters draws you deeper into the story.

I love Alexandra. This girl may be only 17, but she is super-intelligent. Even though her perfect recall seems like a way to ease through life, she has never let herself be that way. She uses that perfect recall to actually learn and grow and become better. Her life's experiences are complex and heartrending. You cheer for her and cry with her and thrill with her.

The story is completely believable as well. The more you learn about Alex and her life and her past and her family, the more you want to know and the deeper you get pulled. It isn't just about the espionage and adventure either. Alex makes choices because she really wants to fit in and make a difference in her life. She is the kind of person that makes us all want to be better people.

I highly recommend this book to any reader who wants to take a thrilling ride through the spy world!!!

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