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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

{Blog Tour} The Agent's Daughter by Ron Corriveau -- with review and giveaway!

The Agent’s Daughter by Ron Corriveau
Publication date: May 18th 2013
Genres: Romance, Thriller, Young Adult


Melina has been preparing for a future career as a spy.

She just doesn’t know it.

Legendary spy Evan Roberts always knew that his fifteen-year-old daughter Melina also possessed the absolute lack of fear required of an agent. Without telling her his real profession or his intention, he began to guide her toward an eventual career as a spy. However, Melina’s world is shattered after her mom is involved in an accident that leaves her mysteriously unhurt but unresponsive. Her father’s plans on hold, Melina settles into life at a suburban high school, immersing herself in a world of schoolwork, her friends and a budding romance with Alex, the cute new guy in her class.

When Melina and her father uncover shocking new information about her mother’s accident, Melina is pulled deep into her father’s shadowy world. With Alex desperately trying to find her and only hours to go before it will be too late to save her mother, Melina and her father work together using their combined skills to find a way to reach her.

Ron Corriveau is an electrical engineer and works designing custom integrated circuits. He started writing to prove to himself that he actually does have a right side to his brain. Originally from Southern California, he currently lives outside of Dallas with his lovely wife and two awesome kids. He has only recently come to terms with the fact that he is a geek, although he would like to stress that he doesn’t hold any kind of leadership role in the organization.

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I absolutely LOVED this novel. Loved it! It was very well-crafted with a young adult/teenager named Melina, whom I could fully support even as an adult reader. While sad and a little withdrawn due to her mother's accident, Melina never seems whiny or angsty like in other young adult novels. She's a steadfast friend, has moments of teenager insecurity that is normal and not overly done, loves her younger brother instead of hating on him (and can we all applaud said little brother and his actions on the bus? WOOO!), and wasn't afraid of telling off the babysitter when she thinks something nefarious is going on between the sitter and her father. Can you tell that I really liked Melina's character?

There were great moments of suspense, smooth transitioning to her dad's secret spy life, revelations  that were handled amazingly well, and I loved how it highlighted the resourcefulness and brilliance of the kids while keeping it completely believable. Mr Corriveau kept me turning the pages, unwilling to stop reading once I had started.

I hope there is more coming in this world. I'd love to see how this family, and how Melina and Alex, move forward and what they will accomplish next! 

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