Book Review: “The Blonde Identity” by Ally Carter

"The Blonde Identity" by Ally Carter
Cover of “The Blonde Identity” by Ally Carter

 

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Blonde Identity” by Ally Carter!

It’s the middle of the night in the middle of Paris and a woman just woke up with no memory. She only knows three things for certain:

1. She has a splitting headache.

2. The hottest guy she has (probably) ever seen is standing over her, telling her to run.

And oh yeah…

3. People keep trying to kill her.

She doesn’t know who. Or why. But when she sees footage of herself fighting off a dozen men there’s only one explanation: obviously. . . she’s a spy!

Except, according to Mr. Hot Guy, she’s not. She’s a spy’s identical twin sister.

Too bad the only person who knows she’s not the woman they’re looking for is this very grouchy, very sexy, very secret agent who (reluctantly) agrees to help her disappear.

That’s easier said than done when a criminal organization wants you dead and every intelligence service in the world wants you caught. Luckily, no one is looking for a pair of lovesick newlyweds on their honeymoon. And soon they’re lying their way across Europe—dodging bullets and faking kisses as they race to unravel a deadly conspiracy and clear her sister’s name.

But with every secret they uncover, the truth shifts, until she no longer knows who to trust: the twin she can’t remember or the mysterious man she can’t let herself forget…”

Plot Development: 5 out of 5 stars

The book is one of the fastest-paced books I’ve ever read. This makes sense given the giant life-and-death scenario coming from the heroine and the leading man trying to survive the book’s main events. The fast pacing worked for the book, given all the action involved.

There are also a couple of twists in the latter half of the book that actually surprised me. I won’t say what since they are major spoilers, but they were fun to read. It also makes it fun to go back and reread the first half of the book to see if there was any foreshadowing to the twists that I missed before.

Character Development: 5 out of 5 stars

Our amnesiac main heroine, whose name we find out later is Zoe, is really fun to read. She’s obviously out of her element with trying to survive. This frustrates Sawyer, the leading man in this book. However, much of the comedy comes from their interactions and bonding with each other in a great way. Zoe and Sawyer were super funny to read.

I also enjoyed Zoe and Sawyer’s romantic chemistry with each other. Given all the plot twists that occur in the latter half of the book, I’m surprised both managed to weather through it together. However, the execution of them working through things together just worked. Zoe and Sawyer’s dynamics of Zoe being so inexperienced (but she does try to learn and take more action later on) while Sawyer constantly has to make sure that they both survive was fun to see, too.

I also enjoyed reading Alex, Zoe’s sister, as well. I won’t say too much about her in this book to avoid giving away major spoilers. However, I enjoyed her presence and what the reader sees of her bond with Zoe.

Overall, I’m rating this book 5 out of 5 stars!

If you enjoy reading fast-paced action books, especially if you enjoy reading about spies and survival, then you’ll definitely enjoy reading “The Blonde Identity.”


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