Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review: Fatal Exchange by Cindy M. Hogan

Fatal Exchange, by Cindy M. Hogan
2015, 250p, Clean YA Suspense
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy through ebooks for review for an honest review

For 19-year-old Christy Hadden, it’s life as usual as a spy, only this time in Paris, France. Her mission: retrieve a flash drive containing evidence that a high public official is working to destroy Paris. Pretty standard, until someone steals the drive from her. Forced to abandon her position protecting the informant, she goes after the thief, but returns empty handed—only to find her informant dead.

Christy's failure taints her reputation at Division and the director has lost all faith in her. But Christy isn't one to slink into the shadows. Alone and disgraced, she decides to track down the drive and solve the murder, not only to redeem herself as a spy, but to give meaning to her informant’s sacrifice, and perhaps even save Paris.

Suspenseful, with the right amount of romance, and awash with action, Fatal Exchange will send you on a thrill ride that will be hard to forget.

Christy is a 19-year-old spy who is currently working in France. Her mission seems simple enough and all is going well until it all of a sudden isn't. She soon finds herself on her own and posing as Eva in a pickpocket ring to try to recover what was stolen from her. There's danger involved and what she uncovers could put her life in danger but she's determined to be successful.

I felt like Christy wasn't in as much physical danger in this book as she was in the previous two books and I liked that. Ms. Hogan isn't afraid to put her in truly perilous situations and sometimes those make it harder for me to read. There is still plenty of danger in this book and she makes some gutsy moves, demonstrating that her spying skills are increasing.

She has feelings for her handler, Jeremy, who is quite a bit older than her. He's on another assignment at the beginning, but makes an appearance about halfway in. There is some tension between them and they need to figure out how to move forward, whether together or separately. She comes face to face with Summer, a girl she met in the Watched series, and they don't get along at all. They're forced to work together and some ugly truths are revealed. It will be interesting to see if Summer makes another appearance at some point.

This book will work as a stand alone, but if you want more back story, you will want to start with the first book in the series. If you want a more complete picture of what's happening, you will want to also read the Watched series. I've enjoyed how Christy has grown from the very beginning, and look forward to her next mission!

Author Cindy M. Hogan

Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a BA in education and is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

She is the bestselling and award winning author of the Watched triology, a YA suspense series with a dash of romance and three in a spy series, Adrenaline Rush, Hotwire, and Fatal Exchange. She has since branched off to write a mystery, Gravediggers, that won Best YA novel of 2013, a contemporary romance, Sweet and Sour Kisses, and Kate Unmasked, the first in her new thriller series, Code of Silence.


sherry fundin said...

Sounds like a great read. I love action and a bit of romance adds that extra bit of spice. Thanks for sharing the great review.
sherry @ fundinmental

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