I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rebel Spy on 06.23.2020
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.
I was so excited to see that there was a book tour for Rebel Spy for two reasons. One, I’ve read and loved Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, so I know that I absolutely adore her writing. Two, it’s all about HISTORY. I’m a fan of historical fiction, and have been looking for a new YA historical fiction book to read for a while.
Now, for some reason I was never a huge fan of American history, but I did still find this book intriguing. I learned a lot from it! The plot itself was really interesting to me, but I found that it was especially really slow to start. If you just push through the beginning part, it definitely picks up.
I really liked the character of Frannie and the relationship she had with Asa. I found Frannie to be a very strong-willed character and I enjoyed reading about her throughout the novel.
Another thing that I really appreciated about this novel was that I haven’t read many YA novels that take place during this time period of the American Revolution. I feel like there’s a lot of historical YA books that take place in other countries, but not many in the US!
Overall, if you like historical fiction and you have the will-power to push through the slow beginning, you should definitely give this book a try!
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.