The Sway

The Sway (Classified #1) by Ruby Knight (2016)
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the sway

YA Fiction | Sci-Fi | Supernatural4 StarsBlurb:

“Her mission is to get close to him for inside information.

His mission is to kidnap her for a supernatural militant group.

Recruited in her teens for a life of espionage, Julia Caldwell, now 19, is theyoungest CIA agent on record. Her mission is simple: get close to Cole Thomas for intel on his father, a known and dangerous weapons dealer. As she grows closer to Cole, something is off. He might not be who she thinks he is. And worse, his mission will put an end to hers. 

Always believing the government’s story that her purpose in life was to keep the world safe, Julia doesn’t know who to trust or who to believe. But now, THE SWAY has a different story—a different purpose for her—that goes well beyond all she ever imagined.”

Expected Publication Date: May 17, 2016 

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Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy to review!

This book turned out to be one thrill of a quick read. Somehow despite it being the length of a snappy book it read with the speed of a high-action TV episode.

It opens with the introduction of protagonist Julia, and what better way to introduce her than in the midst of a government mission? Julia is cold, calculating, and an excellent soldier for her country…even if her country can never know about her. When she is torn from her Academy friend and mission partner, Mikey, Julia pushes her feelings aside with expert ease and instead dives straight into her first solo mission: Cole. Wear designer shoes, eat salads, dye her hair blonde, and woo Cole. Easy right? Mmm well it was until her whole world got thrown upside down.

The story wastes no time in smacking Julia awake to the world around her, both the real and the hidden. Time sensitive plots force her to place her trust and her life in the hands of strangers, freaks of nature. These people have powers, abilities only entertained in the imaginations of TV, and they are called Transcendent. Julia must learn the truth of who she is and who those around her truly are. Everyone is more than they seem, up until the very last.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Like I mentioned earlier it was a super quick read. I felt like I had barely sat down to begin when suddenly I was gaping at the final pages. Julia is an interesting and complicated character and I look forward to watching her grow. Cole does a fantastic job of being swoon-worthy but I wait in tense hesitancy to see what will happen after adding Mike back into Julia’s life. Even though James had but a small role in this book, Julia’s little brother won me over. I hope we get to see more of him as the series continues.

Plenty of great interesting characters are spread throughout the story and the plot will keep you excited. There’s no shortage of government agendas, major league criminals, black ops, secret missions, or awesome superpowers. What about romance, you ask? Oh yeah, there’s a pleasantly plump dose of romance injected throughout the book. Knight has managed to create a world that is familiar, impossible, and intriguing. I look forward to hearing more.

Overall I feel like if you took the TV shows Nikita and Alphas and mixed them together with the Shatter Me book series then you’d get a pretty good idea of The Sway.

Teeming with adrenaline, secret ops, supernatural powers, romance, and a ruthless fight for world domination, The Sway offers its readers a fast-paced mission defying any illusion of a cheap thrill.


amazon icon_tiny Purchase here: The Sway 

Similar recommended reads: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Violet Blake Novella Series by Bre Faucheux, Chained by Susanne Valenti, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Meet Ruby Knight!

ruby knight

Twenty something high school teacher.
From San Diego, but calls Utah home.
University graduate with a degree in History and Psychology.
Likes Diet Coke with Coconut or Vanilla in it.
Has written three novels.
Three works in progress.
Pursues her dreams with everything she has.
Big time bibliophile.
Single Momma.

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