Title: Game of Secrets
Author: Kim Foster
Year Published: 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony
Genre: Young Adult ~ Fantasy ~ Historical Fiction
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc through Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. The image header and the quote edit used is my own and the link in the book’s details is to the book’s Goodreads’ page and stores to buy the book. All quotes given in the review are from the e-arc and therefore might not be accurate. The summary is my own (well, I summarised the Goodreads description). All opinions expressed are my own.
Felicity Cole has a lot to worry about. Her brother, Nate, is one of the Tainted, meaning he has powers. After an incident, she finds out that she too, has powers. And then is taken away to a boarding school that teaches her how to win at beating people up.
So the book uses the word ‘Tainted’ as a word to mean ‘those with powers’ and such, but I did not like every time they used it, so I’ll just use the word ‘powers’. Just a quick note before I start the review.
Felicity was a really fun character. I enjoyed reading her side and her thoughts and everything that happened at the Academy. I can definitely see this as a movie, not a series, but more probably a movie and would go watch it. She has a good head on her shoulders (something I always like while reading – well, like 50% of the time. The other 50% is dedicated to disaster characters who cause me to have second-hand embarrassment. You know who you are).
I liked the Academy. I always like reading books about places that house people (not even teenagers, just people) with powers and teaching them how to handle their powers. Of course, while also maintaining the threat of the baddie – trying to figure out what the baddie’s plans are and how to thwart the plans (I love that word) .
Surprisingly, even though the book is historical fiction, it didn’t feel like a historical fiction? And by that I don’t mean you couldn’t tell it was a historical, or that it felt more modern than history – because you could tell it was historical; I meant that I enjoyed it just as much as I would’ve if it were a modern read.
Do I recommend this? Yes, I do. If you’re looking for a book to remind you of X-Men or Kingsman, definitely pick this up!
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