on January 19, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
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A sexy new thriller about love and revenge from the author of the Capital Confessions and International School series…
X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don’t get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her.
The Academy—set in London, shrouded in secrecy—it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change.
They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill.
She’ll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive.
After reading the synopsis for Between Shadows I was intrigued. Chanel Cleeton impressed me with her writing style in the Capital Confessions series and I couldn’t wait to read more from her. I love strong, resilient, independent heroines, X promised all of this and more in Between Shadows.
What started out strong left me a little deflated in the end. The story in itself is good, the Academy is building soldiers out of kids. There are secrets, lies, betrayals, and loads of action. I wanted my answers right away, I have no patience. It kept me turning page after page looking clues, deciphering sentences. WHAT’s GOING ON? Who’s watching X? Who is X? What happened to her? You get the idea. My anxiety was amped. I loved it. X is badass. There is no other way to put it. She reminded me of Sydney from Alias. We know absolutely nothing except she can kill you and you would never see it coming. It was awesome. The beginning of the book definitely starts out strong.
But while my anxiety was high, I was missing something. It took me a while to figure it out. Mostly because I was enjoying action. Luke’s entrance in the story was everything I could have hoped for. He’s mysterious, he’s angry, he’s sexy, and X wants nothing to do with him. There’s a dynamic that works on the pages.
At some point though I realized there was a missing element. That thing that draws you off your couch and onto the pages of a story. The emotional attachment, the investment in the characters and their well-being. When a story goes from being written to being told. But and that’s a big but, I still wanted to know what would happen. I needed the answers and I got them, for the most part. I just wasn’t left with that overall contentment I seek out.
I look forward to reading more from Chanel Cleeton in the future. Fly with Me, a story about an Air Force fighter pilot looks promising.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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