YA Book Review: You Don’t Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen Orlando

YA Book Review: You Don’t Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen OrlandoYou Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen Orlando
Published by Swoon Reads on January 10th 2017

Fighter. Faker. Student. Spy.
Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. Now Reagan must decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice?

You Don’t Know My Name is an intense and thrilling story that brings us right to the action from the start. The story begins as Reagan’s family home is being invaded by an assassin. That’s definitely one way to catch the attention of your reader!


I love Reagan as a character. She is fierce, brave, smart and strong. Reagan’s parents belong to a secret spy agency called The Black Angels, and Reagan is expected to become one too. Even though she is training to become a Black Angel, the reader can still relate to her. She’s vulnerable and questioning what she really wants to do with her life. The constant stress of having a new identity, and constantly moving is starting to become too much for Reagan.


When Regan’s parents are kidnapped, Reagan has to decide how much she is willing to risk and sacrifice in order to save them. There are some crushing moments in this story, and I wanted to reach into the book and comfort Reagan. The relationship between Reagan and her parents is a big focus of this story. They expect her to follow in their footsteps and become a Black Angel. However, Reagan is torn between doing her duty or following her heart


Though I normally shy away from anything with anything that seems like it could be INSTA-LOVE, I really enjoyed Reagan and Luke’s budding romance. It is actually quite swoon-worthy. I like that Luke can stand on his own as a character, even without the romance. Luke is sweet, adorable and completely accepting of Reagan “just as she is”. Luke’s support for Reagan is one of my favorite things about them as a couple/team. Also, I didn’t feel like their relationship was rushed or that it was INSTA-LOVE, which made me happy.


You Don’t Know My Name has some fantastic pulse-pounding action scenes, it keeps you entertained and turning the pages. The author does a great job keeping you hooked and guessing what will happen next. There are so many twists and turns that I truly couldn’t guess what would happen next.I love the suspenseful mood the author creates and the detail she put into the world of the Black Angels. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves spy stories, suspense, and books that completely absorb the reader into the intrigue of the story.


**Thank you to Swoon Reads for providing me with an advance copy of You Don’t Know My Name in return for an honest review. **