SEKRET: Young Adult Book Review


SEKRET by Lindsay Smith

Age Range: 12 – 18 years

Grade Level: 7 and up

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 1, 2014)

Language: English

Series: Sekret #1

Genre: Historical Fiction/Thriller

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

An empty mind is a safe mind.
father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions
to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she’s captured
by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to
undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of
suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can
trust no one–not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for
her attention–and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in
this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long. 

Find the Book:


“A young spy thriller with a twist of the psychic set in a harsh world
doubly frightening for being no fantasy.” –Elizabeth Wein, author of Printz
Honor winner Code Name Verity


About the Author:

Lindsay Smith’s love of Russian culture has taken her to
Moscow, St. Petersburg, and a reindeer festival in the middle of Siberia. She
writes on foreign affairs and lives in Washington, D.C. Sekret is her
first novel. 

My Thoughts:

Hands down, this is the best young adult book I’ve read all year.  
Oh my goodness I loved this book! It is this crazy mix of history,
suspense, espionage, and mystery.  I really didn’t expect to like it as
much as I did, but it really surprised me.

Yulia is a mind-reader. She can see memories and thoughts with a touch.
She gets captured by the KGB and forced into working for them. The whole
premise surrounding the book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s a
gripping, heart pounding thriller. I could seriously gush about it
forever. The characters are all really interesting, and I love their
individual strengths and weaknesses. All of them are flawed in one way
or another and they each have their own struggles they have to deal

Other than the dystopian-like violence aspect and a bit of innuendo, the
book is clean. It’s so difficult to find clean young adult books that
are also well written and engaging. I really enjoyed every page of this
book and I can’t wait to see where the story is going next. Even though
it ends with the possibility of more books, the story is mostly complete
and resolved, which makes me very happy.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply
    Born Bookish
    March 26, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Wow, favorite YA book of the year! I'm so moving this up on my TBR list. I'm in a bit of a reading slump and could use a heart pounding thriller. Great review =)

    • Reply
      March 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      It was an awesome book! I hope you love it as much as I did. I read an ARC, but I might go buy a finished copy to read again.

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    Tressa S
    March 27, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I have been waiting to see your review when you said that you loved this one. I still have it waiting for me and I've just got to get to it soon!!! It definitely sounds like I will also love it. 😀

    • Reply
      March 27, 2014 at 2:25 am

      I can't even begin to say how much I loved this book! It knocked my socks off. I hope you like it as much as I did!

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      Tressa S
      March 27, 2014 at 6:38 am

      I've been meaning to read it for FOREVER. I'm sure I will. 🙂

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