Friday, April 10, 2015

Review of Skandal by Lindsay Smith

Title: Skandal
Author: Lindsay Smith
Source: ARC from the publisher
Series:  Yes
Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads Summary:
The dramatic sequel to Sekret, this psychic Cold War espionage thriller follows Yulia to Washington, DC, where she fights to discover the truth about her family without losing control of her mind.

Life in Washington, D.C., is not the safe haven Yulia hoped for when she risked everything to flee communist Russia. Her father is reckless and aloof, and Valentin is distant and haunted by his past. Her mother is being targeted by the CIA and the US government is suspicious of Yulia's allegiance. And when super-psychics start turning up in the US capitol, it seems that even Rostov is still a threat. Ultimately, Yulia must keep control of her own mind to save the people she loves and avoid an international Skandal.

I am a little late to the party on this one since it came out on the 7th and I was still in the middle of reading it but I finished it and I need to get my thoughts down on this one because they are a little all over the place.

The stories continues on from the first book, but our characters are now in America and the cold war is heating up. The author based part of her story around the actual experiments that the CIA did during the cold war involving LSD experiments and attempting to create mind control. 

The story picked up where the last one left off and I was total absorbed until I got to the middle. The story started to drag and Yulia was becoming this soft character who couldn't do anything and seemed to just mope around a lot. I started to really dislike her. Where was the awesome character from the first book then the end picked up and Yulia re-appeared as her kick butt self. 

I think there is going to be a third book, but I could see it being a duology. She ended it on a high note and it would be great to have another book but I do not feel unsatisfied or have any big questions lingering. 

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