You Don't Know My Name

You Don't Know My Name

Fighter. Faker. Student. Spy.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 worl...

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Title:You Don't Know My Name
Author:Kristen Orlando
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ISBN:1250084113
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

You Don't Know My Name Reviews

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Jan 29, 2017

    DNF

    Review to come.

  • Katy Upperman
    Mar 12, 2016

    I went into this book expecting a fun spy story, but by the novel's end I was tense and torn and totally heartbroken. Seventeen-year-old MC Reagan's parents are Black Angels -- super secret spies who go out on dangerous missions and change their identities at a moment's notice. That means Reagan, too, has to pick up and move, often in the middle of the night, leaving her fledging friendships -- not to mention a piece of herself-- behind. Thanks to a childhood spent training in martial arts and w

    I went into this book expecting a fun spy story, but by the novel's end I was tense and torn and totally heartbroken. Seventeen-year-old MC Reagan's parents are Black Angels -- super secret spies who go out on dangerous missions and change their identities at a moment's notice. That means Reagan, too, has to pick up and move, often in the middle of the night, leaving her fledging friendships -- not to mention a piece of herself-- behind. Thanks to a childhood spent training in martial arts and weaponry and foreign languages, Reagan's expected to become a Black Angel herself, but she's questioning her presumed future thanks to her most recent group of friends -- cute JROTC cadet Luke, in particular. But when Reagan gets tangled up in one of her parents' missions and is forced to put her training to use, her life changes irrevocably. Author Kristen Orlando does such an amazing job capturing the many facets of Reagan's life, including the sweet romance she and Luke are developing, the anxiety she experiences thanks to her intense lifestyle, her complicated relationship with her parents, and the tragic rescue-mission-gone-wrong in Columbia. Definitely pick You Don't Know My Name up of you're into unflinching novels that'll set your heart racing.

  • Anna Priemaza
    Mar 17, 2016

    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

    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.

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    May 26, 2016

    I loved this book! Reagan's strength, her (HOT!) relationship with Luke, her fears and hopes for her future, and the pressures she's under are all so well developed. Suspenseful and compelling. I can't wait for the sequel.

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Dec 27, 2016

    4.5 Stars

    As a fan of any spy-related book out there, I knew I would love You Don’t Know My Name before I even picked it up. This intense thriller starts off with a bang and never loses the momentum. I loved the main character’s strength and sensitivity and the more complex and serious aspects of the book. I am sure that everyone will love this believable story!

    You Don’t Know My Name is a fast-paced thriller about a girl who is a member of a secret society and must rescue her parents who have bee

    4.5 Stars

    As a fan of any spy-related book out there, I knew I would love You Don’t Know My Name before I even picked it up. This intense thriller starts off with a bang and never loses the momentum. I loved the main character’s strength and sensitivity and the more complex and serious aspects of the book. I am sure that everyone will love this believable story!

    You Don’t Know My Name is a fast-paced thriller about a girl who is a member of a secret society and must rescue her parents who have been kidnapped. I loved the concept of a secret agency and reading about not only the intense battle scenes, but also the extensive security measures. I also appreciated how Kristen Orlando has made sure that everything about the Black Angels is logical and believable, which can really make or break a book for me. If you are a fan of spy thrillers, you will definitely love this book!

    Reagan is such a brave and badass main character. She’s not afraid to break the rules and do whatever it takes to save her parents. What I especially loved about Reagan is how she is portrayed as a real and relatable character. She never had a choice regarding her life as a Black Angel and dreads having to move away and using yet another fake name. Her sensitivity added a lot to the book and made it that much more enjoyable to read.

    One of my favourite things about You Don’t Know My Name is how serious it actually is. This isn’t just a book about fighting and executing heists, as it may seem. Reagan has to make a lot of tough choices throughout the book, such as leading the life her parents do or following her own dream. There is also a big theme of family and the lengths a daughter would go to to see her parents again. I feel like these aspects make the book even more complex and I enjoyed being able to relate to the story more because of them.

    You Don’t Know My Name is a spy thriller that contains a strong yet sensitive main character. Although the book may seem simple, there are some pretty big themes and aspects that bring so much to the story. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to fans of authors like Ally Carter.

  • Kayla
    Jul 30, 2016

    Kristen Orlando's YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME built to a sizzling intensity that had me biting my nails and turning pages so, so fast (and even inspired me to do some terribly executed push-ups—suffice it to say I was *quite* impressed with main character Reagan’s endurance/strength/skills).

    I loved the relationships in this book: Reagan's never been able to settle anywhere, and she's

    in a place where she hopes to stay and grow roots with the people she loves—but the life she was born into is

    Kristen Orlando's YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME built to a sizzling intensity that had me biting my nails and turning pages so, so fast (and even inspired me to do some terribly executed push-ups—suffice it to say I was *quite* impressed with main character Reagan’s endurance/strength/skills).

    I loved the relationships in this book: Reagan's never been able to settle anywhere, and she's

    in a place where she hopes to stay and grow roots with the people she loves—but the life she was born into is fundamentally at odds with that. To protect herself, and everyone she loves, she has to keep everything real a secret. The tension there, that struggle between

    and

    was a great complement to the intense action at the forefront of the plot.

    Reagan's drive to protect the people she loves, even though she's not sure this is the sort of

    she loves, made for a compelling, exciting read. I'm biting my nails all over again just *thinking* of the ending—can't wait to read what Kristen Orlando writes next!

  • Leah
    Feb 02, 2017

    Today, February 2, 2017, is the day I officially give up on trying to read this book.

    DNF ~20%

    I've struggled with trying to read this since I got the ARC from Goodreads back in November, but I can't do it anymore.

    The little bit of the book I made it through read like a 5 year old writing a grocery list. And then there was one character (don't ask me her name, tbh I don't remember the names of anyone f

    Today, February 2, 2017, is the day I officially give up on trying to read this book.

    DNF ~20%

    I've struggled with trying to read this since I got the ARC from Goodreads back in November, but I can't do it anymore.

    The little bit of the book I made it through read like a 5 year old writing a grocery list. And then there was one character (don't ask me her name, tbh I don't remember the names of anyone from the book) who was clearly only there to be the sex crazed teenager. Which is a shitty stereotype in and of itself, but it's even worse when that's the ONLY Latinx character in the cast. She was only on page in order to be described wearing a skirt short enough that you could see up it when she sat in the cafeteria, and to be slutshamed. Then she was only mentioned once more to, again, be slutshamed. I don't know how much more of that is in the novel since I didn't read any further, but I sincerely doubt it stops since none of the other characters seemed to think there was a problem with any of this.

    So, yeah. I'm done. Wish I hadn't bothered to read the little bit I had.

  • Kristy Mauna
    Jan 07, 2017

    Kristen Orlando delivers in her debut,

    , and I absolutely LOVED this book! It's been awhile since I've found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, not able to stop turning the pages in a book.

    The story immediately brings you into Reagan's thrilling life as her family is being forced into their panic room, thanks to an assassin invading their home. Opening up with this scene was genius, in my opinion.

    Kristen Orlando delivers in her debut,

    , and I absolutely LOVED this book! It's been awhile since I've found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, not able to stop turning the pages in a book.

    The story immediately brings you into Reagan's thrilling life as her family is being forced into their panic room, thanks to an assassin invading their home. Opening up with this scene was genius, in my opinion. I wasn't really sure why all of this was happening to them, but I did know I needed this family to be safe. I immediately connected to both Reagan and her parents as their lives are on the line. Every emotion she felt, I was feeling along with her.

    The story slows down as we get to know Reagan a little better.. I loved the girl. She's intelligent, brave, fierce, basically everything you want in a strong heroine. She felt relatable when she showed her more vulnerable side because anyone would break down in the situations she's put in. I'm not going to lie.. There were some heartbreaking moments, like YES GIRL BREAK DOWN. You need to let those tears loose, just let it out. . .

    Besides Reagan, all of the characters were interesting! There wasn't one character that I didn't like.. Well, except the evil ones. Her friends, parents, and everyone in her life were great.

    Let's talk about the adorableness that is Luke.. Okay, and the romance! What did I enjoy most about the book's slower pace in the beginning? Yes, the sweet blooming romance that brought all the swoons. GAHHH, there is a scene that is just perfect and made me wish I could hug these two for being so cute!! But.. seriously Luke is just a great character outside of the romance. He's way more than a love interest and I was so happy to see that! They make a great team and I promise you will be happy with all the feels he brings to Reagan's story.

    As the story progresses, the plot grows and the twists don't stop until the very end! There's not much I can say without spoiling it, but I will say that my heart was racing as I continued to read this book.. Probably why I couldn't stop reading. I found Orlando's writing to be stunning and her descriptions were perfect.. Just the right amount of suspense without dragging anything out! I'm looking forward to all of her future work!

    Overall, I loved this book. I wasn't sure what I was expecting as I began reading this story.. But I got a fun, thrilling emotional ride! I think readers will immediately connect with Reagan and her family, bringing them to root for these characters until the very end. If you're looking for a thrilling book with great characters (even a coming-of-age story underneath it all) then I highly recommend this book!

  • Stacee
    Nov 22, 2016

    I'm a sucker for secret spy stories, so I was pretty excited about this one.

    I liked Reagan well enough. She's quite a BAMF, but tempered with a whiny and stubborn teenager, which made it read authentically. I loved Luke {surprise, surprise} and her friends, but really hoped for more from the relationship with her parents.

    It's a bit of a slow burn until The Event happens and then it's pretty fast paced. And even though I liked it, I still feel like something was missing. The ending is wicked and

    I'm a sucker for secret spy stories, so I was pretty excited about this one.

    I liked Reagan well enough. She's quite a BAMF, but tempered with a whiny and stubborn teenager, which made it read authentically. I loved Luke {surprise, surprise} and her friends, but really hoped for more from the relationship with her parents.

    It's a bit of a slow burn until The Event happens and then it's pretty fast paced. And even though I liked it, I still feel like something was missing. The ending is wicked and I definitely didn't see it coming. I'm intrigued to see what happens next.

    **Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Jen
    Jan 07, 2017

    In short: fast-paced and gripping, but felt a little flat to me as well, with not a lot of nuance in plot and character development.

    Reagan's parents are a members of a super-secret organization called the Black Angels that swoops in and handles stuff like kidnappings and hostage situations. (Not sure if they are mercenaries or more like black ops. The book does mention the Special Activities Division of the CIA, so maybe they are government-affiliated. Anyone? Enlighten me in comments...)

    The s

    In short: fast-paced and gripping, but felt a little flat to me as well, with not a lot of nuance in plot and character development.

    Reagan's parents are a members of a super-secret organization called the Black Angels that swoops in and handles stuff like kidnappings and hostage situations. (Not sure if they are mercenaries or more like black ops. The book does mention the Special Activities Division of the CIA, so maybe they are government-affiliated. Anyone? Enlighten me in comments...)

    The story starts with a bang, making it clear that Reagan and her parents are in danger and have to move and reinvent their lives yet again. The the pace slows down as the book tries hard to make Reagan relatable. Yes, she's trained in martial arts and target practice, but she's also a "normal" teen who hates the fact that she has to move constantly. She both worries about and resents her parents.

    Though there's suspense, the plot is pretty straightforward. They're in danger, stuff happens, Reagan is told to stay safe but of course sneaks in to help out. It's tough to make a teenager with SWAT team skills seem realistic, but this book does a decent job.

    This was the book equivalent of a fast paced action movie: enjoyable in the moment, but didn't make a lasting impression.

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