Review: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone
by T.A. Maclagan
Publisher: Full Fathom Five
Publication Date: May 20, 2015
Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real? Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash. Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency. For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing. But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now. Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur. Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?
Born as Milena Rokova but living as Alexandra Gastone, Alex doesn't have a true place in the would and yearns for love, love she actually deserves, love she hasn't stolen. Alex isn't the only one keeping secrets though and it is hard to find a single truth in a world of lies.