You Don't Know My Name by Kristen OrlandoYou Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

You Don't Know My Name

byKristen Orlando, Kristen Ricordati, Milestone Media, Llc

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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Fighter, faker, student, spy: heart-pounding action and spine-tingling suspense intertwine in an electrifying debut for fans of emotional thrillers with just the right dash of high school drama.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she's ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents' footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan must decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice?

Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in debut author Kristen Orlando's You Don't Know My Name, the captivating and emotional first book in the Black Angel Chronicles, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Praise for You Don't Know My Name:

"This is my ideal sort of book, full of tension, action, romance, family issues, and a girl struggling to figure out her identity!" -Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of The Pretty Little Liars series

"This one's a page-turner." -Booklist

"A solid addition to high school collections, especially those with patrons who love stories of spy craft and secret identities, with a splash of romance" -School Library Journal

Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando's life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. Y...
Title:You Don't Know My NameFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.45 × 5.79 × 1.02 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250084113

ISBN - 13:9781250084118


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A predictable spy story. You Don't Know My Name was an okay book to read. It took a rather cliche idea, a normal girl in disguise who is actually a spy, and did an overall okay job. In regards to the main character, Reagan, I was on the fence about how I felt about her. At times I liked her character but then some things would occur that would make me dislike her. Reagan is a character that you will either love or hate. In the end, I disliked her more than I liked her. I enjoyed the romance between Reagan and her neighbour, Luke. Though it did seem to become weaker as the novel progressed. I also enjoyed reading about the friends she makes and the struggles she has not only as a teenager but also as a spy in high school. Something that definitely diminished my enjoyment in the novel was the writing. There was a lot of repetition, more telling than showing, and don't even get me started on Reagan's emotions. I felt frustrated and annoyed with the fact that the author kept trying to state every single thing. Nothing was subtle, everything had to be spelled out. Overall, You Don't Know My Name is a quick read. However, I don't think I will be picking up the second book since I didn't really enjoy the writing in this book. If you're looking for a simple spy story then feel free to check this one out, otherwise I would recommend checking out any one of Ally Carter's books. They are more fast-paced and filled with adventure, action, and romance. ARC was kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Weird Ending If I were reviewing this book like I was pretending it was normal: The pros: I liked the honest relationship between the main character and the love interest. They were friends first, and she did a fair job of showing them actually interacting and making each other laugh and stuff, like normal teenagers. I liked that she represented motherhood and family as something desirable, something normal that a teenage girl might actually look forward to and want. The "not like other girls" trope (which is a problem in and of itself, but that's beside the point) often means that Strong Female Characters are represented as all "ew, children," and that motherhood is for girls who aren't powerful or ambitious or something. It was refreshing. The cons: Very tell-not-show writing. Couldn't really get me invested in the characters. The "quirky inside jokes" (like the abbreviation thing) were supposed to be character developing and instead were just weird. However, this was not a normal book. It started out telling us that Reagan's life was so dangerous, and that she possesses all these amazing skills, and that she has this major problem she has to solve. I could see where it was going pretty easily, but I was still pretty excited to get there. I waited. And waited. 70% in and I was still waiting. Finally the thing that was promised in the blurb happened, but by then, there was literally like forty pages left, and everything was super rushed. By the end, I was left wondering where the rest of it was. It was about at the point where, in a normal first book in the series or even a standalone, I would be expecting things to start getting real. You know the classic story arch, where there are four or five steadily rising peaks of rising and falling action before the final, tallest peak, the climax? This story stopped after that first peak, what I would consider the inciting action, the thing that kicks off the rest of the story. Only here, there was no more story. In the end, I just shrugged and promptly forgot about it, because there simply wasn't enough story there for me to care about. It was as if the last 60% of a decent book were left at the press, and or as if the author just couldn't be bothered to finish and somehow sold an agent this teaser of a novella. Either way, it didn't even feel like a cliffhanger, more like a gentle teaser of a real story that I might be interested in if I weren't so annoyed at how I'm being spoon-fed it in tiny, poorly paced increments. Meh.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cool Premise, But Fell Flat I was first attracted to Kristen Orlando's You Don't Know My Name because its plot description gave off major Ally Carter vibes. A teen girl training to be a spy? Yes! Count me in. I thought it'd be really fun reading about a heroine who had a double life, pretending to be a normal teen at school and then learning subterfuge and combat at home. It's definitely not the kind of premise you come across all too often for a YA novel, so I couldn't wait to read the book. I liked that we explored Reagan's torn feelings between desiring a normal life and following in her parents' footsteps into the world of espionage. Reagan is tired of living in fear and always looking over her shoulder, wondering when their identities will be exposed and she'll have to leave everything behind again. She loves speaking in acronyms with her school friends Harper and Malika. And her major crush on Luke, her neighbour and friend, is on the verge of becoming something more. But Reagan's parents fully expect her to join the Black Angels, to use her incredible skills on important missions and protect their country. The first half of the book is more on the cute and slow side, allowing us to see Reagan enjoying her life as a regular teen, and then the second half takes a dark turn and is all action, action, action. The pacing jumped to warp speed and everything went so fast that I couldn't really process it. There was no time to really build up the tension and suspense before everything was all over; it just felt so rushed and straightforward. And I didn't really feel so connected to the story anymore. The sudden change in pace made it seem like the book jumped right from the beginning to the end, with not much development actually in the middle. You Don't Know My Name also ended up being one of those books where I can't think too hard about it because I'll start seeing plot holes everywhere and then pick it all apart. The Black Angels are supposed to be this all-powerful covert organization, yet it seemed like they were understaffed and didn't have enough resources at times. Like they couldn't keep track of Reagan's passport activity?! And how could they allow Luke to help in the dangerous rescue operation when he has zero training?! You see, once I start, I can't stop pointing things out which didn't make much sense to me. And that's another reason why I've dropped my rating... I liked Kristen Orlando's YA debut You Don't Know My Name enough to say I found it mostly enjoyable, but I didn't fall in love with it. I'm kind of curious to see how the series will continue, especially after the way the book ended, but it won't be a priority read on my TBR. ** I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from had a fun, promising opening, but lost it by chapter 1. I will admit, I had a lot of fun reading the prologue of this novel, which is shocking, because despite what a prologue is supposed to do, it's rarely the most engaging part of a novel. It feels exactly how I felt watching Netflix's new A Series of Unfortunate Events. It's surprising, it's action packed, it's doing something you don't ordinarily see in YA. I'm excited by the My Parents are Spies! angle. This is the exact type of book as an agent, I'd request the full manuscript. The opening narrative is strong and pulls you in. With this in mind, if I were to then receive that full manuscript, I'd have to give it a pass because it quickly devolves into a silly high school plot where the author tries too hard to make cool teen lingo happen. But I was excited for that hot second and I encourage people to give it a shot just in case it is the fun spy plot it says it is.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I was rooting for this... :/ Could've been really cool, but bogged down by the author trying too hard to write in the style of cool high school kids. Just doesn't work...
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop Where I usually don't enjoy everyday Contemporary novels, I do enjoy Thrillers. Saying that, You Don't Know My Name caught my eye because of it being a spy novel. I grew up with Spy Kids, and my dad being the biggest fan of James Bond, so I did grow up enjoying a good spy story here and there. But when it comes to YA novels, I haven't had the chance to read many spy novels. So I was very excited to pick this one up, when I heard about it. I thought that when going into You Don't Know My Name, our protagonist, Reagan, would already be a somewhat established spy. I got it into my head that the story would be about her already learning the ropes of how to be a Black Angel, I went into the book thinking wrongly. Reagan lives with her parents, the already spies, and trains constantly, but she doesn't really want the spy life. Although she doesn't want to let her parents down, the two pretty much already see her as a spy, all she wants is a normal life without all the running and hiding. I could really connect with Reagan as a person when it came to the decision and her parents. The panic attacks, and pressure of letting her parents down, I've been in a similar situation before, so it really hit home for me. I really loved how she overcame her fear and was able to speak her mind to her parents. Even though our parents just want what's best for us, it doesn't always mean it's the best decision for us. I wasn't a huge fan of Luke, as a person he was fine, but what he did to Reagan just wasn't my favourite. Obviously people do things differently when they're crushing on someone, but I just couldn't get over how Reagan changed herself for him. I'm not sure if it was the authors intention on portraying it this way, but when Reagan was slowly falling for Luke, and started to show her 'real self', it felt as if she was really just changing herself for him. As someone who grew up being secretive, and having to live a certain way in order to live, you don't just forget it all for a boy, not even when you think you're just letting him get to know the real you. It felt like Reagan was completely betraying her character just to become a 'better' person for him. As a spy book, Orlando did really well with her 'spy talk'. The language used, the terms, and the way the characters acted, all felt really authentic and spy like to me. I could really get into the story, the action and mission we got to experience was all very exciting. You Don't Know My Name was the perfect spy book for people who are looking for a little bit of action in their lives. I can't wait to see where Kristen Orlando takes us with the Black Angels, sequel.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but Rewarding in the End You Don't Know My Name left me with a case of I-don't-know-how-I-feel. Did I enjoy the book? Yes. Did I love it? Not really. The action sequences were exciting but the story took so long to build-up I almost gave up. At the beginning of the book we get a glimpse of the danger Reagan and her parents are constantly in. Right after that little happens. A big portion of the book is spent on showing Reagan living her "normal" life. I liked seeing her having the time of her life with her friends but it was so slow. The story doesn't pick up its pacing until the action kicks in around the last third of the book. Once things started going though it was one excitement after another. My adrenaline was pumping. I was especially jolted by one particular brutal scene near the end. I figured the mission couldn't be 100% successful but it was brutal to watch what happened. Reagan is special. The 'chosen one' trope is a bit overdone but there's no denying Reagan's bad ass as hell. Don't mistake her for your average teenage girl because she has the ability to knock you down in five seconds flat. I can understand Reagan has a lot on her plate but I didn't particularly like how often she reminded herself of her semi-fixed future. For all her training, she wasn't very smart with life decisions. She was too much of a thinker. More positivity would do her well. The friend-to-more romance absolutely made my heart flutter. Luke knew Reagan so well. They shared such sweet and tender moments together. Even when things started going bad for Reagan he was by her side facing down dangerous situations with her. Where does one go to find such an amazing guy? Despite my uncertain feelings toward You Don't Know My Name, I do know I'll be picking up the sequel. Here's to hoping it'll be action-packed with no slow moments- the way I like my spy/secret agent books ;)
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic and intense! Holy intense, Batman! My heart was basically pounding out of my chest for the entire final third of the book and for about an hour after I finished reading. Both the beginning and ending of YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME set my heart racing, while the middle made it dissolve into a mushy mess. I am a complete sucker for BFF love stories, and Reagan and Luke were just too adorable for words. One of my favourite things about this book was the anxiety and panic attacks Reagan has to deal with throughout the book. Most spy stories just completely skip over how terrifying and traumatic it must be to spend most of your life worried that someone will capture and kill you. I love that this story explored that side of it--and did it well! Definitely read this one if you want a riveting story to set your heart pounding… and melting, too.
Date published: 2017-01-10

Editorial Reviews

Praise for You Don't Know My Name:"This is my ideal sort of book, full of tension, action, romance, family issues, and a girl struggling to figure out her identity. Kristen Orlando has created a kickass character-literally!-I was won over instantly. I can't wait for the sequel!" -Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of The Pretty Little Liars series "Debut author Orlando strikes a fast-paced, flirty, and mostly believable balance between timely teenage conflicts (crippling anxiety, fruitless study sessions, humiliating house parties) and pure peril. This one's a page-turner, and the unexpectedly catastrophic conclusion-and lingering promise of sweet revenge-suggests Orlando, much like Reagan, is just getting started." -Booklist"At its core, it is an action-packed novel about searching for oneself in the midst of heavy expectations. The violence is plot-advancing rather than gratuitous, while the main character is a strategizing, brave teen who is attempting to find her way both in the moment and into her own future. A solid addition to high school collections, especially those with patrons who love stories of spy craft and secret identities, with a splash of romance" -School Library Journal"This action-packed suspense novel is the first in a new series that features a kick-ass female protagonist whose training regimen and smoldering love interest rival that of Divergent's Tris Prior."- Bookpage"If you are a fan of Ally Carter's Gallager Girls or Heist Society, You Don't Know My Name needs to be on your radar. The protagonist is a strong, likable character and the romance that develops is sweet. Then there is the heart-stopping action and the suspenseful and explosive ending." -Romantic Times Book Review"There is plenty of action and wish fulfillment as Reagan insubordinately takes ridiculous risks, largely successfully. Teens who enjoy a little romance and the contrast of normal life that serves to heighten the dream of a teen operative masterfully battling a clearly defined evil will relish Reagan as an impressively powerful heroine." -VOYA "I couldn't put this book down! I was reading it from my phone, my tablet, and my work computer! I like how the fight scenes felt so real - my heart was pounding! I can't wait to see the sequel. I hope this becomes a Trilogy!" -Jennifer, Swoon Reads Commenter"Amazingly fast-paced action thriller in the tradition of Hunger Games or Divergent without the dystopia. Reagan is a heroine worthy of superb story-telling skills." -Katie Borden, Swoon Reads Commenter"Loved this book!! Totally swoonworthy. Read in less than a day. Seriously a page turner." -Sasha P., Swoon Reads Commenter