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The Sway |
Supernatural YA with a CIA agent

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Her mission is to get close to him for inside information.
His mission is to kidnap her for a supernatural militant group.
Recruited in her teens for a life of espionage, Julia Caldwell, now 19, is the youngest CIA agent on record. Her mission is simple: get close to Cole Thomas for intel on his father, a known and dangerous weapons dealer. As she grows closer to Cole, something is off. He might not be who she thinks he is. And worse, his mission will put an end to hers.
Always believing the government’s story that her purpose in life was to keep the world safe, Julia doesn’t know who to trust or who to believe. But now, THE SWAY has a different story—a different purpose for her—that goes well beyond all she ever imagined.


✱ Pages: 186 (ebook)
✱ Publication date: 17 May 2016
✱ Series: Classified #1
✱ Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

First Impressions

A 19 year-old CIA agent? Two teenagers whose missions practically force them into being each other's romantic interest? Okay, I'll bite!

My Review

Mixed opinions

I'm pretty torn over this one. I wanted to like the characters more, but the plot is supported by a pretty great insta-love. It's not always a huge problem for me, but it does make me feel like I don't quite know the characters - because the focus is so largely on the fast-growing relationship. To be fair, that does seem to be the way the story's set up, so much so that you can probably get that much from the blurb.
The Sway still ended up being a pretty enjoyable, quick-paced story.  There are some interesting (vaguely supernatural) ideas and abilities and a plot that ties in nicely with the usual questions about identity and growing up that are so important in YA.
Still, I had difficulty feeling the threat to the world that was present in the story, and I guess I wanted someone to really hate but they never popped up in the story. But again, this is a pretty short book (less than 200 pages!) so I can kind of understand why I feel like there's not quite enough... something, for me. The next book in the series might work for me a bit better!

Why you might just like it anyway, regardless of my ~It was Okay~ review:

  • The story is very fast-paced. If you enjoy a quick read, this is a safe bet.
  • There is romance. It does tend to make you invested in a story because we all want to see love blooming, taking hold, and then hopefully going strong and never ending.
  • The CIA. If you're prone to indulging conspiracy theories, you might want to read the Sway

Quick Recap and Rating

Really interesting ideas, some very likeable characters, plus supernatural abilities? Overall an interesting read. I guess I just wanted a little bit more.

How do you feel about books where the romance is there, almost instantly? Does it get in the way of plot or character development?

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