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Title: Rebel Spy.
Author: Veronica Rossi.
Genre: YA, Historical fiction.
Publication date: June 23rd 2020.
Publisher: Delacorte Press.
A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355–a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War–perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and the novels of Julie Berry.
Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather–and she takes it.
Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington’s Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty–but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true “355” and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.
Rating: 3 stars!
Historical fiction is not really my genre and I also think that was my main problem with this book. It was quite history heavy and history is not really my thing. I know this is mainly a problem coming from my side, but just be aware!
I did like the fact that our main character was pretty brave! Since she does escape her abusive stepdad, and she becomes a spy even though that is quite risky! But still I thought she was a bit boring?! I think it was just all her interactions with other character were quite boring, just as her inner dialogue. I mean the interactions involving the spy part were good!
I have no idea how historical accurate this book is, since I do not live in the US, I did not get US history in school. So no comments on that. Based on the prologue I thought this book would be more action packed.
I did really like Veronica Rossi’s writing and the setting, especially on the boats!
VERONICA ROSSI is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the UNDER THE NEVER SKY series. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, grew up in California, and graduated from UCLA. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons, one of whom just surpassed her in height. Find her online at veronicarossi.com or on Twitter at @rossibooks.
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