The Love Interest

The Love Interest

Book - 2017
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In a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies, the stakes are high for two agents, Caden and Dylan, whose mission to compete for a girl destined for great power becomes complicated when Caden finds himself falling in love with his competition.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250107138
Branch Call Number: TF Thriller Diet
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 22 cm


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VaughanPLAlison Feb 08, 2018

A really interesting concept with some great characters, tense moments, romance and action. I'm not sure if the shadowy organization was as fleshed out as it could be, but it was still very intriguing. My only other issue was I was never 100% sure where this was set. I got the impression it was supposed to be set in the US, but since the author is Australian there was some Aussie slang used in the dialogue. Overall though, worth a read.

Nov 10, 2017

I LOVED it. The idea fresh, interesting, and the characters are as equally charming as they are challenging. The book plays brilliantly on common YA tropes, but spins them in a fresh light. The ending came a little too easily, though. My only other complaint is how one relationship justifies cheating, but everyone has different views on relationships, and I don't want to put my personal views on fictionalized characters. I only mention it because I know it's a topic that could potentially turn readers off. An overall thrilling read. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Aug 03, 2017

Ridiculous fun, playing on familiar YA tropes and creating an empowering story for characters that don't often get the spotlight in media. The dialogue was a little rough at times and the conclusion to the story required a pretty big suspension of disbelief--actually, the whole book requires that to an extent--but it's so much fun that I didn't care about the flaws.

Jul 27, 2017

This novel sounds great on the jacket and is generally entertaining, subverting several firmly held tropes that are a staple of the post-twilight era of YA. That being said, the author's own inexperience does show. The first two acts of the book are solid, though he misses out on some serious emotional foreshadowing. It isn't until the third act of the book that your realize that for someone who is supposedly writing about spies, he doesn't know how to write a spy novel. All the conflict suddenly goes out the window and the pace goes from normal to hyper-speed. This hurts the main conflict in the book as our main characters have no time or space to further explore their own feelings. There is a unneeded character death that is supposed to make it feel our characters are in danger (it doesn't work) and the resolution is so short it feels like you've been cheated. The author simply drops the supporting characters in their entirely even though a sub plot would've made the book far more interesting.

Overall, the idea of this novel is genius but the execution fails to live up to expectation.


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