Published by HarperCollins on October 20th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical
Samantha Donaldson's family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, mathematics, and complex puzzles, hoping to make him proud.
When Sam is asked to join the famed women's spy group La Dame Blanche, she's torn—while this could be an unbelievable adventure, how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes she can't refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.
Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known only as Velvet. Deep undercover in the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Sam must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse she must fight a forbidden attraction to the enemy—a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Sam find Velvet before it's too late . . . for them both?
A thrilling story of one girl's journey into a deadly world of spy craft and betrayal—with unforgettable consequences.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Okay, the first thing I’m gonna say about this book is:
SAMANTHA IS ONE HORRIBLE SPY.
I’m sorry but that fact kept bugging me throughout the whole book, and it kinda ruined the story. I get that maybe the author wanted to include in some flaws so that she won’t be portrayed as too-perfect, but it totally flopped because she’s a really horrible spy. Which is kinda disappointing because I think that some of the mistakes she made was totally unnecessary. I mean, I get it, she’s one real character with certain flaws, and that she’s not perfect, but putting in too much mistakes makes her one pretty sucky character.
To be honest, I really loved the whole story plot of this book. It’s mainly about how Samantha was recruited by one of the most amazing female spy company to help out another cover agent named Velvet. I loved it more that the whole book was based on historical fiction. Because what’s even better about spy stuffs is having it during the old times, as it makes it more mysterious and cool and bambambammmmm. (Okay, sorry about that!)
What I didn’t like about this book though, was the under-developed characters. I felt that there could be so much more to Samantha than how she was actually written about. She has so much potential, and I felt that the author was too immerse in describing the story that she did not give that much depth to the character. And not just Samantha, but other characters too.
There was only a hint of romance in this book, because its main focus in on the mission at hand, but I loved how we were only given assumptions throughout the whole book, without knowing the real plot and who was who, because it totally up the suspense factor.
All in all, this book had so much potential, but I’m giving it only 3 stars because the main character kinda flopped for me. And I think to me, you have to have a solid main character because they are like the backbone of the whole book.