Turning the Pages: ‘A Dangerous Year’ by Kes Trester


A Dangerous Year
By: Kes Trester
Release Date: September 26th, 2017

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world’s most dangerous cities, learning political strategies from her ambassador dad and defensive skills from his security chief. The only thing they didn’t prepare her for: life as an American teenager.

After an incident forces her to leave her Pakistani home, Riley is recruited by the State Department to attend Harrington Academy, one of the most elite boarding schools in Connecticut. The catch: she must use her tactical skills to covertly keep an eye on Hayden Frasier, the daughter of a tech billionaire whose new code-breaking spyware has the international intelligence community in an uproar.

Disturbing signs begin to appear that Riley’s assignment wasn’t the walk in the park she’d been promised. Now, Riley must fight for her life and Hayden’s, as those around her reveal themselves to be true friends or the ultimate betrayers.

Blurb: Fans of Ally Carter will enjoy this fast paced novel. We need more strong female characters like Riley out there!

Thoughts: As a huge fan of Ally Carter’s I have always loved spy novels. This is what I felt when reading A Dangerous Year. A teenage spy novel. From the moment that I started this book, I couldn’t put it down and found myself finishing 3 hours later. Witty and sharp dialogue. ✅ Fast paced. ✅ Feeling like you were in the book with the characters. ✅  The characters are memorable, fun, and fierce.

But what drew me in was the dialogue. It was funny, sharp, and Lord, Kes is really witty.

There were times where I felt like it could have been developed a little more, scenes that I felt were cut a little short, but hey – with sequels coming up, maybe these are little things that we’ll reflect back on.

That cliffhanger though. Lord, where is book 2.

Rating: 4/5

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