Paige Nolan feels helpless despite her martial arts skills and fluency in several languages when her journalist parents are captured by terrorists while they pursue their next story. She struggles to find peace, and she balances her time between three boyfriends and wondering if her parents are still alive. For a while, she denies their livelihood. It is easier to handle the stresses of life if she accepts her parents' death. Then Madden Carter shows up.
Before she knows it, Madden Carter reveals his true identity. He is an undercover operative with a mission for Paige. Find Sean Raynes, the man who revealed America's unconstitutional spying techniques and uncover any further information he has about the United States government. If she succeeds, Madden promises to reopen the once-closed case on Paige's parents. Suddenly, Paige becomes a foreign exchange student in Russia as she leaves her old life behind in order to find out the truth about both Sean Raynes and her parents.
Overall, I was really pleased with this novel. I picked it up in the bookstore unsure of what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised. Paige's character is endearing, and she personifies the ideal female protagonist. She never bothers to worry about the opinion of others, and she manages to maintain a love life while also being intelligent and an amazing fighter. Her wide array of boyfriends may be a tad alarming at first, but her character quickly grows as she learns to see relationships as more than a distraction from her emotional turmoil.
The side characters such as Katerina, Raynes, and Madden all have distinct personalities, and I really appreciated what each one added to the story. Despite unusual circumstances, Katerina and Paige form a bond which helps Paige to discover the benefits of friendship. Raynes maintains a mysterious and intriguing persona as Paige slowly chips away at his deepest secrets. Madden's snarky commentary breaks the tension whenever Paige is worried. All of the characters made for a fabulous story. My only regret is that I wish there had been more of Madden!
The story tied up well, but enough was left unanswered that a sequel could someday occur. The ending, while somewhat predictable, left me satisfied as I turned the final pages. The story was an easy read, and I could certainly see it as the perfect book to pick up, start, and finish on a summer afternoon. I would recommend it to any teenage girl looking for a quick read that will provide a few hours of fun in the world of female spies and mysterious traitors.