Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes
Published June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
What is a hero? Paige Nolan knows.
Sean Raynes, the young man who exposed America’s unconstitutional spying techniques, is a hero, even if half the dum-dums in the country think he’s a traitor. And her journalist parents, who were captured by terrorists while telling stories of the endangered and oppressed—they were heroes, too. Or are—no one has ever told Paige if they’re still alive, or dead.
Not heroes? Anyone in the government who abandoned her parents, letting them rot somewhere halfway across the world.
And certainly not Paige herself, who, despite her fluency in five languages and mastery of several obscure martial arts (thanks, Mom!), could do nothing to save them.
Couldn’t, that is, until she’s approached by Madden Carter, an undercover operative who gives her a mission: fly to Russia, find Raynes, and discover what other government secrets he’s stockpiled. In exchange, he’ll reopen the case on her missing parents.
She’s given a code name and a cover as a foreign exchange student.
Who is a hero? Not Paige Nolan, but maybe, just maybe, Liberty is.
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is my second Andrea Portes book after Anatomy of a Misfit, and it didn’t fail in making me like it. I like it a lot, in fact.
So this is a spy book. The plot starts out with Paige’s parents going to Syria to do a story, and their vehicle gets attacked and she never hears from them again. Then, due to an exhibition of ninja awesome skills, Paige is recruited by a super secret government organization. Her mission is to go to Russia undercover as a college student, and to try to find key information the well known traitor Sean Raynes has.
The characters were really enjoyable. Paige is awesome. She’s snarky, witty, and really funny. I actually laughed out loud more than once while reading this. Then there’s Katarina, Paige’s sexy Russian roommate who has her own secrets. There’s Uri, the son of Russian Kingpin who wants to be a rap star in America. He’s actually my favourite in terms of how funny the characters are. Also, in terms of how he was described, I kind of pictured him looking like the drag queen Alaska, but out of drag.
The writing style is the bomb! The way Paige narrates things is really entertaining, and it’s breaking the fourth wall by making me feel like she’s having an actual conversation with me. Her inner dialogue is so interesting too.
Okay now let’s talk about why I rated this four stars: plot holes. I was gonna rate it five stars but I saw on Goodreads that it’s just a standalone? There were a number of issues I wanted to have been tackled before the book ended. There were things I expected Paige to do, or questions I expected her to ask, but nahh she didn’t. Overall though I really enjoyed this book, and definitely worth checking out if you’re into spy books and sassy main characters.