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Series: Anastasia Phoenix #2
Title: Lies That Bind
Author: Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Publisher: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
Release Date: March 6 2018
Genre: Young Adult
I was lucky enough to have a copy of this to read straight after finishing the first book in this enthralling series, ‘Proof of Lies‘ – I’m so glad because I really wanted to know what happened next and I certainly wasn’t disappointed by this sequel! This is definitely a series where I suggest you read the stories in sequence, though the author does a great job of filling in some of the back information to make it easy for new to the series readers to follow what is happening. Anastasia, her sister and the growing group working to bring down Department D are off travelling the world again striving to thwart those determined to stop them.
The characters are well developed, the plot a tangled web of lies and deception that is slowly being rewoven to share the true picture with readers . . . . or is it? Nothing is certain in this superb story. Who are the double dealing enemy working to stop Anastasia and Keira from bringing down Department D? Where are there parents – are they really alive? There are so many questions the sisters and their friends are seeking the answers to! Can they really trust everyone around them? What about Marcus and Antonio – not to mention their parents? Oh boy, does this keep you on the edge of your seat!
This is another action packed adventure, a spy thriller with plenty of drama, even more lies and deadly danger, a real page-turner that I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending you get a copy to read!
I requested and received a copy of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
What would you risk to learn the truth?
Reeling from the truths uncovered while searching for her sister in Italy, Anastasia Phoenix is ready to call it quits with spies. The only way to stop being a pawn in their game is to remove herself from the board. But before she can leave her parents’ crimes behind her, tragedy strikes. No one is safe, not while Department D still exists.
Now, with help from her friends, Anastasia embarks on a dangerous plan to bring down an entire criminal empire. From a fire-filled festival in England to a lavish wedding in Rio de Janeiro, Anastasia is determined to confront the enemies who want to destroy her family. But even Marcus, the handsome bad boy who’s been there for her at every step, is connected to the deadly spy network. And the more she learns about Department D, the more she realizes the true danger might be coming from someone closer than she expects…
Excerpt #1 from LIES THAT BIND
“Mom and Dad are either dead or they abandoned us. I’m not sure which is worse,” I said bluntly. “But if they are alive, we don’t know how many people, how many lunatics, think we’re walking maps to their doorsteps. They’ll use us, and they’ll hurt us. Again.”
“Then we’ll stop looking for them.” Keira shrugged like it was easy. “Why do we need to go anywhere to do that?”
“Because everyone on that terrace is somehow connected to Department D, Marcus and Antonio especially!” I stared at the gray sky, aggravated. Did she think I wanted to do this? I was about to walk away from a guy I cared about because of our parents, because of things that they did. They committed crimes, they had an affair, and they put us in danger. All we could do now was survive. “As long as we’re linked to them, we’re not safe. Especially if Mom and Dad are alive. We have to go off the grid.”
Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix Series, three young adult spy thrillers (Entangled Publishing, 2017, ’18, ‘19). 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 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 currently blogs 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, a school-based Workshop Instructor for Mighty Writers in Philadelphia, and has been a Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth since 2015. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.
For more about Diana, check out The Whole Story, http://dianarodriguezwallach.com/wp/the-whole-story/
To learn about her journey to publication, which includes a visit to a Salem, MA psychic, check out How I Became A Writer, http://dianarodriguezwallach.com/wp/for-writers/