{Book Review} MY NAME IS MILENA ROKVA by T.A. Maclagan

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{Book Review} MY NAME IS MILENA ROKVA by T.A. MaclaganMy Name Is Milena Rokva by T.A. Maclagan
(Website, Twitter, Facebook)Series: Alexandra Gastone #2
on July 12th 2016
Pages: 316
Format: eARC
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Amazon four-half-stars
After seven years living as Alexandra Gastone, Milena Rokva is now free to be her true self, if only she knew who that was or had time to find out. Milena is in a race against time to bring down Perun, the very organization that trained her as a spy. Perun is no longer content to use their network of sleeper agents to protect her homeland and is maneuvered to take control of the world’s energy markets, sending the globe into chaos.

Working with her surrogate grandfather, Albert Gastone, his CIA friend Brad and her old handler, Varos, Milena finds herself embroiled in an epic spy game teamed with friends whose endgames do not necessarily align with her own. The only person Milena can truly trust is herself.

Can Milena take down Perun, protect her fellow cadets and make a life for herself with her boyfriend, Grant, as well as the friends and family she’s come to love as Alexandra Gastone? Buckle in for a wild ride as the Alexandra Gastone duology comes to a close.

I don’t read books about spies often, or at all really. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone was the first spy book that I’ve read, though I love movies dealing with espionage and complicated alliances and treaties. The end of Alexandra Gastone was one that will keep you guessing, and I didn’t know what to expect out of the MC or the secondary characters as the fight against Perun came to a close.

Milena, formally known as Alexandra or Lex, earned Albert’s love, even though he knew that she wasn’t his granddaughter. He loved her like his family and went far and beyond his calling to help her take down the agency that had stolen her childhood seven years earlier, Perun. They had a wonderful relationship, and I’m glad that the truth behind their story didn’t soil it. Milena didn’t know who she was for a large portion of this book, but she knew she could always count on Albert. Even when she thought she might lose him, he proved her wrong time and time again. As she found herself, she had someone standing behind her to catch her—someone who didn’t understand the real her, either, but trusted that once she found herself, she would be happy with the results.

The chase and hunt for the leader of Perun was invigorating. Milena’s life didn’t slow down for a second, and things kept getting thrown at her in all directions. Whether it was issues with her love life, her first kill, or running from the man that taught her the original game, Maclagan made it flow together nicely. Most of the time I didn’t know who to trust or who had lied about their part in it all. The final show down wasn’t as shocking as I would have liked, but I still couldn’t set it down.

Milena made relationships as Alexandra, but she could no longer be that person. There were only a few people in her life that knew she had been living as someone else for so long, and I really wanted to see how her Lex friends reacted to her change. I’ll leave it a surprise who stays in her life and who doesn’t, but the epilogue made me grin wildly.

If you’re looking for a duology that will make your heart race, definitely give this one a go. It has romance and lies and family issues out the wazoo. Milena is a wonderful narrator, and characters snuck their way into my heart without my knowledge. It’s everything you could want out of a spy series.

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About T.A. Maclagan

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T.A. Maclagan is a Kansas girl by birth but now lives in the bush-clad hills of Wellington, New Zealand with her Kiwi husband, son and four pampered cats. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in anthropology, she’s studied poison dart frogs in the rainforests of Costa Rica, howler monkeys in Panama and the very exotic and always elusive American farmer. It was as she was writing her ‘just the facts’ dissertation that T.A. felt the call to pursue something more imaginative and discovered a passion for creative writing. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is her first novel.

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