Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Memory of Monet by Robin M. King

Robin M. King has done it again with her final in the Remembrandt series, Memory of Monet.

With an eidetic memory that won’t let her forget anything, Alexandra Stewart thought she was born to be a spy. But after her latest mission in Paris and her confrontation with a terrorist, Alex questions her work for The Company, a secret spy organization with headquarters in the basement of Brown University.

When the CIA enlists her help in locating a kidnapped teenage girl, Alex travels to Mexico City and poses as an exchange student at the elite art school where the girl went missing. But Alex can’t stop thinking about the two people she left behind in Rhode Island—her brother, Tanner, who was seriously injured in an accident, and her attractive colleague, James Daly, who would do anything to protect her.

Trying to prove to herself that working as a covert agent can be part of her future, Alex throws her energy into the mission. But scaling buildings, unraveling secrets, and saving lives might be easier than deciphering her own heart. And the enemy she is fighting could be the one person closest to her.

This was a fantastic ending to the series. The book was action packed and kept me up reading until the last page. I couldn't put it down. It is awesome to see how Alex works through her inner turmoil with her job, her relationships, and her family. The drama never ceases as she works with the CIA on a mission that could cost her life. I love that her ideas about romance and relationships aren't instant or purely physical (don't worry, there's plenty of chemistry). Alex really tries to understand her feelings and to make the choice that will make her the happiest. It is intriguing to see how she works through her uncertainties about who she is and her role in the spy world. This is a must read ending to a must read series!!!

Check out the other books in the series.
Robin M. King's Remembrandt series.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fairest One by Amy Linnabary

And another retelling of a classic fairytale.

Rosa only wanted to keep her seven foster brothers happy and avoid awkward situations with the hottest guy in school. What she didn’t mean to do was turn invisible. Life gets more complicated when her stepmom shows up and asks her to come live with her. Having a family is all Rosa’s ever wanted, but when she begins to have dreams that come true, she can’t justify leaving. Just when she thinks she’s all alone, a strange girl from California shows up and tells her she's the girl prophesied about in the fairytale, Snow White. But the story left out the fact that the princess had superpowers. When she discovers she not the only one with magic, she must decided to trust these strangers to save her loved ones or keep her secret hidden and try to rescue them herself.

My review:

This was another excellent retelling and modernizing of the classic fairytale. What I love about this series is that they have elements of the fairytales, but they are completely their own story.  It was nice to see Rosa as a strong character with flaws that she learned to overcome and worked to change. I loved her loyalty to her boys, even though they weren't always nice to her. The romance with Forrest was okay. I didn't feel the chemistry as much as I did in the last book, but it was still there and still enjoyable. It's nice having clean, YA that has some of the excitement and action of other series without all the smut. Great book!!!