Title: End of the Lie
Author: Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: March 4, 2019
Page Count: 253
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
With her harrowing tale of espionage and near death experiences finally out in the open, Anastasia Phoenix thought things would be better. That she and her friends had outsmarted Department D, the criminal empire her parents helped create.
She thought wrong.
Former friends have turned to enemies, causing more innocent lives to get swept up into the dangerous world her parents created. Now it’s up to Anastasia to stop the damage before anyone else gets hurt—or worse. She embarks on a treacherous trail from Poland to Prague, and old rivals emerge at every turn. But when the final confrontation occurs, will she be too late to protect the ones she loves…or even herself?
End of the Lie by Diana Rodriguez Wallach is third book of the thrilling young adult Anastasia Phoenix series. This is a continuing story that started with book one, Proof of Lies, and picks up with each additional installment so they should preferably be read in order to understand the action and adventure within.
In the first book we met Anastasia Phoenix who had always felt on the outs wherever she’d been since her scientist parents had moved the family all around the world over the years. When they said there was going to be yet another move Anastasia was of course upset and refused to speak to them as they left on yet another trip but little did she know that would be the last time she would see them when a horrible accident happened.
Time passed with Anastasia living with her older sister, Keira, after their parents accident until one night Keira decided to throw a party. The next morning Anastasia believed Keira had male company so she left only to return to find a bathroom full of blood and her sister missing. Already having lost her parents Anastasia was determined to find her sister when it seemed no one else even believed Keira was even still alive.
This series has been action packed and fast paced from the beginning with the lead reminding me of a teenage, female James Bond. The story takes readers around the globe and back again as she searches out her sister and those that were behind the kidnapping. There’s cover ups and conspiracies, danger and romance so a bit of something for everyone and having followed the whole series I was happy to jump right back in to find out where the story would go. In the end I would give End of the Lies 4 1/2 stars and certainly recommend checking out this series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the “Anastasia Phoenix Series,” three YA spy thrillers (Entangled Publishing). The first book in the trilogy, PROOF OF LIES, was named by Paste Magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Young Adult Books for March 2017. Bustle also listed her as one of the Top Nine Latinx Authors to Read for Women’s History Month 2017. Additionally, she is the author of three award-winning young adult novels: “Amor and Summer Secrets,” “Amigas and School Scandals,” and “Adios to All The Drama” (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, entitled “Mirror, Mirror” (Buzz Books, 2013).
In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in “Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories” (HarperCollins). It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, “Latina Authors and Their Muses” (Twilight Times Books, 2015), and she is blogger for Quirk Books.
In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by LatinoStories.com, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.