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Review: A GIRL UNDONE

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Title & Series: A GIRL UNDONE (A Girl Called Fearless #2)
Author: Catherine Linka
Release date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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On the run with deadly government secrets, Avie must decide if she can live up to her name and truly become fearless for the cause or if it’s better to just give in.

The sequel and explosive conclusion to A Girl Called Fearless.

Having survived a violent confrontation with the US government, Avie is not out of danger. Both she and the young man she loves, Yates, have been declared terrorists, and Yates is hospitalized in critical condition, leaving Avie with the perilous task of carrying information that can bring down the Paternalist party, if she can get it into the right hands.

Forced on the run with handsome, enigmatic woodsman Luke, Avie struggles when every turn becomes a choice between keeping the two of them alive or completing their mission. With her face on every news channel and a quarter million dollar reward from the man who still owns her marriage Contract, Avie’s worst fears are about to come true.

Equal parts thrilling and romantic, A Girl Undone is sure to keep your heart racing right until the very end.

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NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

With a lightning-fast pace, a gripping and suspense-filled plot, and a number of surprises, A GIRL UNDONE is the thrilling and wildly entertaining conclusion to this two-book series. It brings even more excitement with not only retrievers but federal agents looking for Avie due to her involvement in what went down in Salvation. The tension has increased dramatically because of her notoriety, her mission, and the complication of being on the run with Luke. And with a few unexpected twists, it makes for an utterly captivating and unputdownable read.

The story continues almost immediately following the events in the first book, with Yates hospitalized and Avie forced to leave him behind in order to keep her promise to try and get the information she’s holding into the hands of someone who can make a difference against the Paternalists. She is once again on the run and this time she’s not alone.

But with her ultimate goal of getting to safety and being reunited with Yates, traveling with Luke is more problematic than helpful. And when his agenda conflicts with hers, she’s forced to choose between staying with him, trying to keep him safe, and trying to take down the Paternalists or staying on plan, putting herself first, and ignoring the sacrifices that were made. Though as a girl that Yates once upon a time called Fearless, there isn’t really a choice to be made at all.

Catherine Linka did an incredible job of continuing, and wrapping up, her story in this sequel. She let Avie become someone who was more than outraged at injustice, someone who saw things only in black and white, someone impulsive and who thought only of herself. She let her become someone who was brave, someone who listened, someone who was willing to sacrifice, someone who was fearless.

The author expanded the world, letting readers see just how negative an impact the Paternalist Movement had. She allowed readers to get to know Luke, introduced a few new key characters, and brought back one or two others they might not have expected to see again. She elevated the danger, the risk, the uncertainty. And she delivered a more than satisfying conclusion.

A GIRL UNDONE promises to keep readers glued to the page. From Avie’s fugitive status, to the threat of recapture or retrieval at every turn, to the risk of losing the crucial information before delivery, to Yates’ uncertain future, readers will be on edge from the start. Add in deception, betrayal, a nosy neighbor, a dubious ally, twelve tiny chihuahuas, and a dress that is much more than a dress, and you have a story that will be unforgettable.

The Rating

05


About the Author

Catherine Linka

Catherine Linka is the author of A Girl Called Fearless and its sequel, A GIRL UNDONE. A former children’s and young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore in Southern California, she studied international politics at Georgetown University before getting a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina. After years in sales, marketing and advertising, she reimagined her life and pursued a masters in writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Catherine is a regular speaker and panelist at book festivals and publishing conferences.

Catherine is married and lives with her husband in the San Gabriel foothills. Visit her at www.catherinelinka.com.

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A Girl Called Fearless

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Title & Series: A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS (A Girl Called Fearless #1)
Author: Catherine Linka
Release date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl’s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to “protect” young women, is taking over the choices they make.

Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she’s also dreaming about college and love and what she’ll make of her life. When her dad “contracts” her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it’s possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.

From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life–freedom and love.

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