January 9, 2018

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando

You Won’t Know I’m Gone (#2) by Kristen Orlando (Jan. 16, 2018)
Length: 320 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: I received a free eARC of this book as part of the Xpresso Book Tours. Thank you! This did NOT affect my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo
My Rating:
Synopsis: Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother’s death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don’t Know My Name. Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres. When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises. But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she’s as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

My Review

Warning: My review does contain spoilers for the first book. My advice, go read the first book now!

You Won't Know I'm Gone in Three Words: Exciting. Tragic. Cool.

You Won't Know I'm Gone is a well written young adult novel about a young spy in training who must try to deal with her grief and not loose herself to revenge in the process. You Won't Know I'm Gone is a strong sequel to You Don't Know My Name. Fans of the first book will not need to worry about second book syndrome with this one.

Reagan will do anything to get into the Black Angel Training Academy, but first she must pass the qualifiers. She is weak after grieving her mother and has no choice but to get her butt in gear if she wants to get one of the coveted seats to the academy. Reagan is a strong young woman trying to find her way while making a wonderfully strong group of allies. The supporting characters in this novel are just as interesting as Reagan and I almost wish they would have had more page time.

Although some may find the beginning of this novel a little slow, I couldn't put the book down from the very beginning. This book throws all the emotions at you. You will love it. My favorite scenes are the training sequences the recruits have to go through. I don't think I would have passed a single one! 

The Bottom Line: Read this series. You will not be disappointed. 

About the Author

Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.


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  1. I didn't love the first book and thought it was slow but I'm excited to hear the second book seems to be really fast and fun! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. It was fun watching them do all the spy training!

  2. I can't look at your review because of the spoilers but I did see your bottom line. I'll add You Don't Know My Name to my never-ending TBR list on Goodreads (:


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