I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Agent's Daughter by Ron Corriveau
on May 18th 2013
Genres: Romance, Thriller, YA
Source: the author
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Melina has been preparing for a future career as a spy.
She just doesn’t know it.
Legendary spy Evan Roberts always knew that his fifteen-year-old daughter Melina also possessed the absolute lack of fear required of an agent. Without telling her his real profession or his intention, he began to guide her toward an eventual career as a spy. However, Melina’s world is shattered after her mom is involved in an accident that leaves her mysteriously unhurt but unresponsive. Her father’s plans on hold, Melina settles into life at a suburban high school, immersing herself in a world of schoolwork, her friends and a budding romance with Alex, the cute new guy in her class.
When Melina and her father uncover shocking new information about her mother’s accident, Melina is pulled deep into her father’s shadowy world. With Alex desperately trying to find her and only hours to go before it will be too late to save her mother, Melina and her father work together using their combined skills to find a way to reach her.
This book is not my usual style, in the least, but something about the synopsis peaked my interest and made me give it a shot. I’m definitely glad I read it! While I’m not quite ready to tell Ron to quit his day job, he could easily make a go of authoring if his job as engineer should fall through. 😉
The best thing this book has in its favor is its sheer potential. A part of me was itching to put it through a round of intense editing to make it a phenomenal book. The plot is entertaining and the characters are unique. Melina is both strong and intelligent. Her little brother is an absolute genius, with a small amount of clever sass. Even their father, Evan, the brave and fearless spy, is flawed just enough to make for a thrilling read.
There are small things that bugged me, and I should probably mention. Like the lack of contractions. People talk in slang, and will almost always use contractions. The dialogue wasn’t believable, but on the plus side, there was plenty of it. It is so much easier to get to know the characters when you can see them interacting with each other.
The characters also came across as being very naive. What 15 year old girl doesn’t know what a french kiss is?! And three of these uninformed girls all sitting at the same table?? I hate to say it, as it is a sign of the times we live in, but this isn’t likely to happen. Every tv show, movie and book give detailed descriptions of it to our children on a daily basis! I can understand the author wanting to keep the book clean, but then he probably should have just avoided the subject all together. If you can’t tell, it’s a squeaky clean read, so parents can be comfortable giving this to their kids to read.
I am intensely curious to see if Corriveau continues with this, turning it into a series. I can see it becoming a fast favorite of the middle grade readers.