Book Review: A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester

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Rating:  4/5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: A fast-paced, action packed quick read that’ll have you at the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Genre: Young Adult

My Review:

Benson’s Rule #1: Level the playing field

I was sent this book by the wonderful people over at Book Sparks and it was totally up my alley! While I love alpha males I love badass heroines even more and you get that in spades in this book. In A DANGEROUS YEAR we meet Riley who, as the daughter of a U.S. Ambassador, has seen and done things that not many other seventeen-year-olds have.

“Never be less than you are because it’s what people want or expect of you. Rise to every challenge, and be gracious when you win. The true test of character is to also be gracious when you lose.”

Although this book is relatively short, it is jam packed with action starting on the very first page. Having lived in some rough climates Riley is used to holding her own, especially since she’s been trained by the best of the best. She can overpower a man twice her size and they’ll never even see it coming. However, picking fights with strange men, no matter how warranted, is frowned upon in the U.S. Embassy. With a price now on her head an assignment outside of the country, although forced on her, seems like the best idea.

Benson’s Rule #19: Overconfidence is the most dangerous form of carelessness

I love that Riley tackles everything head-on no matter how scary or intimidating it may be. She stands up for what is right, even though she usually ends up in trouble for doing so. Growing up in an unconventional environment she’s not used to the daily drama of your typical American high school. While this ensures that she sticks out it also means that she doesn’t put too much stock into petty things like her fellow classmates.

I feinted toward the guy with the weapon, and he fell for it. Off balance, it was a simple matter to sweep the staff behind his knees and whip him off his feet.

The one thing I didn’t really care for is the love triangle that’s brewing. Love triangles are something that I just don’t care for in books so it’s an immediate turn off for me if a book has one. I just find them annoying and the characters indecisive, almost like I’m watching an episode of The Bachelor. So far it’s tolerable but I worry about what’s coming in the next book.

p.s. This book has a major cliffhanger so now I’m dying for the next one.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world’s most dangerous cities, learning political strategies from her ambassador dad and defensive skills from his security chief. The only thing they didn’t prepare her for: life as an American teenager.

After an incident forces her to leave her Pakistani home, Riley is recruited by the State Department to attend Harrington Academy, one of the most elite boarding schools in Connecticut. The catch: she must use her tactical skills to covertly keep an eye on Hayden Frasier, the daughter of a tech billionaire whose new code-breaking spyware has the international intelligence community in an uproar.

Disturbing signs begin to appear that Riley’s assignment wasn’t the walk in the park she’d been promised. Now, Riley must fight for her life and Hayden’s, as those around her reveal themselves to be true friends or the ultimate betrayers.


Buy A DANGEROUS YEAR here:

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Get to know Kes Trester:91f6fwQ8SVL._UX250_

A native of Los Angeles, Kes Trester is a former feature film development executive, independent film producer, and television commercial producer. In an attempt to raise kids who could actually pick their mom out of a line up, Kes turned to writing full-time. Her contemporary novels for young adults are cinematic, fast-paced, and above all, fun. Add an understanding husband and a pack of rescue dogs to the mix, and that’s also an apt description of life in the busy Trester household.


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