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By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fantasy merges with Cold War hstory in gripping spy mystery.

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SEKRET is a fresh take on historical fiction. Readers will connect instantly with Yulia and root for her to escape the clutches of the KGB and find her beloved family. The novel is inspired by historical facts and filled with real-life locales and people, but it also has a dystopian feel. The blend of reality and fantasy will appeal to a variety of readers. Sekret has a literary quality to it and is filled with beautiful and haunting images. It's clear from the first page that Smith has done her research, has terrific knowledge of U.S. and Russian history, and is a foreign affairs writer. Her descriptions are extremely powerful and visual. But sometimes the novel feels weighed down by too much description.

Sekret is not a fast-paced read, but it holds a lot of secrets and surprises that will keep readers turning the pages. It also has many tense moments and fascinating characters, as well as a cliffhanger ending that will leave readers looking forward to the next installment in the series.

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