Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Sparrow 59 by Devon Ashley

Title: Sparrow 59
Author: Devon Ashley
Series: The Sleepers' Coalition #1

Publication: December 16th 2014
Genre: New Adult ~ Romance ~ Spy Thriller
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Rating: 4/5

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

The Bourne Identity meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith for the New Adult crowd.

Members of the CIA’s specialized team Sparrow, who investigate specifically into black market deals involving stolen medical research, were all murdered in one quick sweep. Drew and Samantha, team five-nine, have been more than just partners since their academy training days. Safeguarding their secret tryst from everyone in their professional lives, they trust no one but themselves. But when Samantha finds herself suspiciously spared and Drew missing, she doesn’t want to believe what the CIA claims – that Drew is not only alive and has defected from their organization, but is facilitating the deaths of prominent research developers worldwide. Now the only member of Sparrow who hasn’t been killed off, Samantha finds herself under serious investigation by association – and a prisoner within her own home.

Just when she’s on the verge of being labeled a murderer and a traitor herself, Drew activates a beacon only she can see, taunting her from across the world. He knows she’s watching, and she knows he could be gone forever if she doesn't oblige his silent request. With nothing left to lose and everything to gain, Sam goes rogue to track him down and clear her good name. But when she finally catches up to her partner of four years, he hasn’t a clue who he is or what he’s done, and the men chasing him down suddenly want to acquire her as well.

Frantic yet determined, Samantha is forced to protect a man she no longer trusts in order to learn why he went astray – and why his associates are determined to retrieve him. But is Drew really a victim himself in a much greater scheme, or will his memories prove lethal, leading Sam into harm’s way like a lamb to slaughter, ultimately risking the life of the only member of Sparrow he managed to save?

New Adult Romantic Spy Thriller Recommended for 17+ for mature and violent situations, language and sexual content.

When I saw Sparrow 59 on NetGalley, I wasn't so sure if I wanted to get it for review or not because I don't usually read (romantic) spy thrillers. In the end, though, I was so glad I did decide to get it because it was such a great book and so different from the books I usually read. I can't say it's the best book ever, in my eyes, but I really did enjoy it. Also, I read it so fast! Seriously, I barely put my Kindle down!

The thing that hooked me the most, I guess, was the mystery about what happened to Drew and why he disappeared, only to reappear again in compromising places. I also really liked reading about the main characters Samantha and and of course Drew. Although we get more of Sam's point of view than Drew's, I really liked to read from both of them. 

Sam was a fantastic character. She kicked ass and I love how she left everything behind to go after Drew, even though it gets her in more trouble with the CIA than she already was. And I just loved Drew. I really enjoyed his point of view, which came more towards the end, but it was still interesting to take a peak inside his head. 

The ending was pretty brutal. I'm still not sure what really happened since it ended so abrubtly. Damn cliffhanger, I both love and loathe them. So yeah, I'm really looking forward to the next book to find out what happened and how it will 

Fast-paced with lots of action, mystery and romance, Sparrow 59 was unexpectly a very enjoyable and engaging new adult book. The writing was great, the story never got boring and the characters kicked ass. Go read it!

About the Author:

I'm a mom, a wife, a lover and a fighter, a coffee addict, a total smartass, wicked knitster, a Microbiologist, a baker of fine yummy treats, and someone who will fight you to the death for that last Twinkie bag of M&Ms during the zombie-apocalypse. Seriously, my addiction is that important to me. Oh, and I say seriously way too much. Seriously…

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