DNF Review: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan


Publisher: Full Fathom Five

Release Date: May 20th 2015

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, YA

Rating: 2.5 stars

Goodreads Blurb:

When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?

Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation.

She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency.

For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing.

But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now.

Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur.

Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?

My Review

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Full Fathom Five Digital via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

So I was kind-of excited about this book and when I initially started reading, I thought I would probably end up finishing this ARC and giving it at-least 4 stars. But my excitement slowly petered out and I realized that I didn’t want to finish this book.

The main character annoyed me. Milena, the MC who is pretending to be a girl named Alexandra Gastone, tells us everything. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like getting a peek inside the MC’s head and seeing how they function. But this was literally inner monologues every five minutes. She questions her decisions, her plans for the future, feelings toward a friend…and it was too much. I thought this was a thriller so I expected a lot more action.


Overall, it just didn’t feel that interesting to me. The premise swept me off my feet but there wasn’t enough action to hold my attention. I feel like a bit of a black sheep actually because there are so many positive reviews about this book but this book just wasn’t for me. (I’m not even sure exactly where I stopped reading but I think I got through about half of the book before deciding to ditch.)


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