Synopses & Reviews
In this promising series opener from debut author Stone life at an elite boarding school that is secretly a training ground for Black Ops CIA agents seems like a dream come true for 16 year old Nadia Riley—until her studies take a backseat to a real mission. Miserable after a spectacular breakup cryptogram loving Nadia jumps at the chance to attend the government funded Desert Mountain Academy; she’s soon off to Arizona where the school is reeling from the death of Drew Anderson the girl whose spot Nadia is taking. Desert Mountain is home to a typical mix of students including Nadia’s roommate Libby a well mannered Southern girl with a touch of OCD; Alan a genius lacking in social graces; and Jack the team leader who catches Nadia’s eye. As Nadia tries to catch up academically rumors circulate that Drew’s death wasn’t accidental and there’s talk of a double agent operating within the school with new recruit Nadia as the prime suspect. A mix of all too real war games teenage love conundrums and a tenacious heroine makes this an engaging first outing. Ages 12–up. Agent: Logan Garrison Gernert Company. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley is delighted to earn a spot at an elite, government-funded boarding school. Nothing sounds better than leaving behind her fraught relationship with her ex-boyfriend and moving to faraway Arizona for a spot at Desert Mountain Academy. But the Academy is more than Nadia bargained for: it s a covert CIA program training high-achieving students for the Black-Ops. Nadia struggles to keep up in her new classes while gaining the trust of her assigned teammates. Things get worse when news leaks that there is a double agent on campus, and someone is framing Nadia. Nadia discovers dark secrets about her fellow teammates and learns one of them is the deserter.
With a setting that is Hogwarts meets The Bourne Identity, this debut YA thriller will make readers mad with suspense.