So this is by first book review and its going to be about Velvet Undercover (as you probably know from the multiple titles displayed in this post). I’ve heard no hype whatsoever around this book but I liked the premise so I read it and these are my thoughts…
Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown
Genres: Historical fiction, Mystery
Publication: October 20th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
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…
I love spy stories and historical fiction so when I saw this book I was like yes, give me now. The cover is bit misleading and doesn’t contribute to the story or attract the audience I think it wants. Anyway, onwards to the actual content. If you are looking for a mind-blowing spy thriller I don’t really recommend this novel. It is a bit more on the juvenile side and an overall short and enjoyable story that explores the complexities in defining morality. It follows an English teenage spy blackmailed, and sent to Germany during World War I on a mission, with a new identity to retrieve an asset in exchange for the discovery of more information about the disappearance of her father. I lowered the rating to 3 stars the more I thought about it because though it was an entertaining novel and the plot intrigued most of the time, I did have some issues with the simplicity of the writing and character development.