Title: Velvet Undercover
Author: Teri Brown
Release Date/Publisher: October 20th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Finished: September 16th 2015
Pages: 336-ARC eBook-Given for review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Samantha Donaldson’s family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a Girl Guide and messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, high-level mathematics, and complex puzzles and codes, hoping to make him proud.
When Sam is asked to join the famed women’s spy group La Dame Blanche she’s torn—this could be the adventure she’s dreamed of, but how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband to the war? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes there’s no way she can refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.
Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known to the members of LDB only as Velvet. Deep undercover within the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Samantha must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse she finds herself forming a forbidden attraction to the enemy-a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Samantha discover the truth and find Velvet before it’s too late…for them both?
From author Teri Brown comes the thrilling story of one girl’s journey into a deadly world of spycraft and betrayal—with unforgettable consequences.
What I Thought:
I received a free advanced copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
There’s a bunch of books out there that are set during the second world war that involve spying and such, but not many with the first world war (or at least that I’ve seen). So I grabbed this right away. I kind of wish that the cover model had the same haircut that Sam did in the book, so it blended better.
And this doesn’t focus on the actual war or battles or anything. It’s set on a simple mission of trying to figure out who a certain spy is. I kind of liked that it was simple, but at the same time dangerous for our character to even be doing this. If she was found out, she would never survive, so there was a bit of a thrill while reading too.
Sam is a smart girl, who loves puzzles and codes thanks to her father. I thought she was really smart and I liked that even though she had a lot of knowledge, she still got scared and had doubts. Sam gets recruited to help the LDB find someone, and although she gets super quick training, I felt that she was perfect for this role. She pretends to be someone else and teaches children of the ruling class, while trying to figure out who Velvet is.
If you like historical and are wanting something that involves spy-work, then this one is definitely for you. I really liked it!