Crossing The Line by Meghan Rogers
Book 1 in The Raven Files series
Genre: YA thriller
Format: paperback, ARC
Release Date: April 12, 2016
I was sent an advanced, uncorrected copy of this book by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin. This in no way affects my opinion. Grammatical errors will not be taken into account.
Crossing The Line blew my mind. It was an amazing thriller, and the first book of its genre I’ve read in a while. It’s convinced me to seek more out, including the sequel when it comes out next year. This was a brilliant debut for Meghan Rogers. ⭐
The story was very unique and unlike anything I’ve read. I don’t typically go for books about spies, but this book has me wanting more. It was intense, gripping, and intricate, and enjoyable from cover to cover. 😀
It follows Jocelyn, an eighteen-year-old agent and the best at her agency, KATO. She was kidnapped by KATO when she was a young girl to spite her parents, who worked for IDA, a rival agency. She was trained and put in the field in her early teens, and now aims to break free of and shut down KATO so that no other child has to experience what she did. But it comes with many challenges, including overcoming a drug addiction.
Jocelyn was a totally epic main character. She was an amazing fighter and had a witty, logical mind that got her out of many difficult situations. She was admirably strong: she beat her drug issue, survived many injuries, and went to almost any length necessary to complete her missions. I thought she resembled Aelin, particularly how she acted in The Assassin’s Blade, but she was still entirely her own person. I loved the perfect balance of similarities and contrasts, although I imagine it was unintentional, and it made her a favorite. ⭐
Jocelyn’s companions were awesome, too. I loved the competitive spirit between her and Travis, and how Travis gradually grew to care for and defend her. Nikki was definitely my favorite. She was a great friend, and I liked her the instant she gave Jocelyn a chance. She was supportive and encouraging, and just as quick to defend. Dr. March was a close second, though. She wasn’t a companion, but she took care of Jocelyn and was such a sweet, caring, motherly figure that I just loved. I didn’t like Cody or Rachel very much until the very end, but they were equally strong characters. I look forward to seeing if they improve in the sequel. 😉
This book was set in various locations in our modern world. I believe the IDA was located on the East Coast of the United States, but I’m not positive. KATO is is North Korea, and missions take Jocelyn and her fellow agents all over eastern Europe and Asia. The descriptions didn’t seem to be a major focus of the story, but they were well done regardless. I could imagine all of the warehouses and agency headquarters visited, and the struggles that came with the visits. Meghan displayed a subtle but powerful way of describing that I enjoyed for the duration of the book. 😀
I loved the friendships in this book, particularly between Jocelyn and Travis, and Jocelyn and Nikki. ❤
Jocelyn and Travis started off as enemies and rivals, but were soon forced into being mission partners. They became uneasy acquaintances, and then rocky friends, and finally it was genuine. I loved the slow but steady development of their relationship, and that it stayed platonic. It hinted at possibly becoming romantic later on, but I hope it doesn’t. I think the two of them would be better off as friends.
But who knows? That’s what I originally thought of Aelin and Rowan, so… XD
Jocelyn and Nikki became friends much quicker. Nikki was the only one willing to look beyond Jocelyn’s past and really give her a chance. I loved the bond they had: Nikki was partially like an older sister and partially like a best friend. I look forward to seeing their friendship grow more in the sequel. 😀
There were a few big surprises laced throughout this book and I loved them all. I slightly suspected two of them, but they impacted the story in ways I never would’ve guessed. In general the book was a pretty wild ride, though I shouldn’t have expected anything else from a thriller. It definitely lived up to that title.
Crossing The Line was a brilliant spy book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Meghan Rogers has written a mind-blowing debut, and I’m so glad to have received an early copy. I’d recommend it to everyone, and I’ll definitely be reading the sequel next year. 😀
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Do you enjoy thriller books? What are some of your favorites? Is this one on your TBR? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’ll be starting The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black tomorrow! 🙂
Happy Easter to everyone, just in case I don’t post tomorrow! Whether you’re religious or not, or whether you celebrate or not, I hope you have an amazing day. ❤
Until next time…