Thursday, 5 December 2013

Covert Assignment Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

Title: Covert Assignment
Series: Covert #1
 Author: Missy Marciassa
Release Date: December 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Review Copy: From author in exchange for honest review
Covert Assignment is a New Adult, Coming of Age Novel with a strong romantic element. Elle is ready for graduation and full-fledged adulthood: no more living like the leftover of her parent’s divorce. She’s about to graduate with her degree in Information Science (the 21st century term for Library Science) and has a ten-year plan as well-designed as any model for analyzing metadata: earn her JD/MBA, enjoy a couple of years as a single professional, then marry her college sweetheart, Adam, and start her own family.

Yet Elle feels like she returned to an alternate universe her final semester. There are pictures of Adam with a classmate who must be surgically enhanced, but he insists he wants Elle. CIA recruiters show up on campus, and they aren’t just interested in recruiting Elle for future employment: turns out she’s already working for them since they’re funding her thesis. Hot operative Preston Raddick is tasked to work with her. Preston isn’t just hot: he’s hot for Elle, but is he offering happy ever after or happy for right now? A fling with Preston could be the beginning of a new life plan, which is exciting and scary, especially with espionage thrown in. Elle needs a predictive model to tell her which decisions have the greater likelihood for happiness…

Covert Assignment is about the unexpected turns life can take when making “adult” decisions.

After reading this, I'm so ready to go join the CIA. HAH! Who am I kidding? I would be scared shitless. I'll leave that to those who are more qualified.

I loved this book. Perfect amount of angst and nerdy spyness. I want to give Elle credit for not wanting to punch her parents or Adam. I liked that Elle didn't come from the perfect family. The majority of families you see in NA or YA are either divorced parents or single parent. So I give Missy brownie points for making Elle the result of a Kardashian marriage. 

Now Adam, you sir a douche. I saw through all your lies and I was happy when Elle finally saw through your bullshit. 

Preston, you on the other hand... You, uhh ya! I have no idea what to say other than that you are epitome of any nerdy guy. *sighs* *Daydreams* Right! The review.

I'd say my only negative note to it was how long it took Elle to see through Adam's crap. I guess it is the realisticness to the situation, but nonetheless it still bothered me.

Onto the nerdy/CIA part of the novel! *Puts on glasses* This whole data and metadata was actually quite interesting to me. I think that the subjects they were collecting data from were gamers, it made it me want to read it. So, the CIA wasn't as badass as I thought it would be, but it was cool nevertheless. There are some risky moments where I was like "Oh shit". The only down side which I never actually fully thought of, was the fact that you can't talk to anyone you know that you even work for the agency. So good luck thinking of a over story.

Overall, a great start to a series. If you love spies and romance with two best friends who care more about you than your mother, then this is one to read.

About the Author
Missy Marciassa loved getting lost in novels from the time she could read, so it’s no surprise she wanted to write. Her very first “novels” were re-writing the books she read to get the endings she wanted in second grade. Missy continued to read and write through grade school and high school.

After becoming rather disillusioned with fiction after writing literary criticism as an English major in college, however, Missy focused on her enjoyment of learning about people and studied psychology. Reading fiction fell to the wayside with all the reading and writing required for college and graduate school, but once Missy became a doctoral candidate, she rediscovered her love of fiction. Then she started getting the urge to write, an urge that wouldn’t go away (she refuses to diagnose it as a compulsion). Covert Assignment is the end result of that urge.

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