Thursday, 12 June 2014

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith
Roaring Brook Press
[April 1, 2014]
egalley from Netgalley

An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.
Sometimes you just need something totally different and beautifully written and amazing. And that's when you pick up Sekret by Lindsay Smith.

I mean, guys, lets go over what this book is about. Psychic spies. In Soviet Russia. Working for the KGB. WHAT ABOUT THAT WOULDN'T BE AMAZING? NONE OF IT. NOT ONE PART WILL NOT BE AMAZING. This premise is one of the greatest things ever and if you don't agree you're wrong. 

Yulia is amazing. She's doing all that she can and she's intelligent, but she's still very much a teenage girl. She doesn't know it all and wants to figure out what's going on, but how CAN you figure it out when you're surrounded by psychics? I loved that she wasn't necessarily unsure in the ways so many teenagers are, but in ways unique to her situation. It made sure it was still easy to relate to her, but differentiates her from the average teen.

Then there's the story. Readers are always going to be as unsure as Yulia is because how can you tell who's lying and who's playing with Yulia? You can't. They're all psychic and intelligent and clever and they know what they're doing. It means there's so many twists and turns and the ending actually shocked me. And ended on a note that had me DYING for the sequel, not so much because of the cliffhanger as I wasn't ready to be out of this twisted little world. I mean, imagine how crazy it would've been working for the KGB and never knowing who to trust. Now you're also a teenager and everyone around you is psychic. NOW WHAT? Exactly.

Lindsay is a beautiful writer. Like, her writing is so perfect and it suited the story and I loved every sentence. I will drown in all the words she'll give me. Seriously.

If you want something totally unpredictable and unlike anything else and well written and with romance? HERE'S YO BOOK.



  1. I have this from the library right now!

  2. Sekret is one of the most thrilling, unique historical fiction novels I’ve read in recent times. I look forward to continuing this series and I highly recommend this debut from Lindsay Smith.



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