The Espionage Effect by Kat Bastion, Stone Bastion
Published by Self-published on July 14th 2015
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When desire sets you free…control is a matter of perception.
I'm Devin Hill.
Darkness taints my soul.
I'm suffocating. Drowning.
The sweet promise of air? Pure illusion.
Tested as a genius at age seven, I hide my emotions, become what they expect...bury my secrets. At nineteen, I trudge toward a predestined path, blinders on, heart safeguarded.
Until I dare to be wild.
Until Alec Marquez crashes into my world.
Until all that follows redefines everything I've ever known.
What happens when you stumble into a world of spies...and discover you belong there?
*** This is a standalone full-length novel. ***
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I like my spy stories as much as the next girl and The Espionage Effect had a really good plot line. I didn’t see that twist coming at all, so story wise this book was good.
Unfortunately, the book itself didn’t quite work for me. See, theoretically, I was all for being in the head of this genius girl. Devin’s IQ put her over Einstein on the prodigy scale, so I was expecting the over analytical girl with the social skills of a fungus (I love the TV show Scorpion that’s basically genius people being heroes and at the same time completely socially handicapped). But I have to confess that the plethora of paragraphs dedicated to her analyzing everything, for example, the quantity of leaves that can be found in x square footage of beach trees… not so amazingly interesting as I thought it would be.
Let me just put it this way, with her breaking down her thoughts and over-analyzing every aspect of every sensation, the best sexual experience of her life was lost in the detail and had a bit of a clinical feel to me. Basically, from 20% till around 75% I jumped from dialogue to dialogue and backtracking if I needed to get something straight.
Possibly the skimming may have been part of the reason for my lack of connection with Devin initially and later on with Alec, our H. Although, right from the start I felt Alec was a douche nozzle and not sure if we could trust him. In the end…I didn’t really give a crap about him.
75% signified the plot twists starting to unfurl and things got very interesting, and in true spy fashion you don’t know who to trust, and if anything anyone is saying is true or not.
I see the set up for a next book in the mystery of Devin’s baby sister’s kidnapping and captivity… but I can’t say I would be interested in more super smart people PoV… especially considering that Geneva has an even higher IQ than Devin, so how much more analytical could a super genius be? *shudders*
Rating: 2.5 Theoretical Stars
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