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A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355--a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War--perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and the novels of Julie Berry. Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presen A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355--a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War--perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and the novels of Julie Berry. Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather--and she takes it. Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington's Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty--but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true "355" and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.


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A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355--a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War--perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and the novels of Julie Berry. Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presen A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355--a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War--perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and the novels of Julie Berry. Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather--and she takes it. Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington's Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty--but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true "355" and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.

30 review for Rebel Spy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    Loved this ♡♡♡ 4.5 stars 7 Fathoms Deep! Rebel Spy is such a cozy and unputdownable YA read. From the beautiful cover to the unique story it is filled with friendship, dares and a bit of romance during the Revolutionary War. Mainly a character-driven novel more so than historical, the events of the war provide ample padding for this unique plot to unfold. One, in which a simple girl from the Bahamas, ends up a Rebel Spy among the high society in New York City. Frannie Tasker is a water baby and is Loved this ♡♡♡ 4.5 stars 7 Fathoms Deep! Rebel Spy is such a cozy and unputdownable YA read. From the beautiful cover to the unique story it is filled with friendship, dares and a bit of romance during the Revolutionary War. Mainly a character-driven novel more so than historical, the events of the war provide ample padding for this unique plot to unfold. One, in which a simple girl from the Bahamas, ends up a Rebel Spy among the high society in New York City. Frannie Tasker is a water baby and island girl from the Grand Bahamas. After the death of her parents, she is left with her alcoholic stepdad Sewel who makes a living by having her dive old shipwrecks looking for exploits to capitalize on. One day, in his inebriated state, Sewel attempts to touch Frannie differently and tell her to be his obedient wife, but she has had enough of it. In a moment of opportunity, she takes a dive and hides out to get away from him. In a stroke of luck, she ends up posing as the lady Miss Coates and becomes rescued by a merchant ship heading North to New York. Though she is able to put up the rouse in front of those that don't know her, it does not go unnoticed that she has unladylike mannerisms. When she meets Asa Lane, he is willing to teach her the ways of a lady, though he clearly loves her ways as they come. Right as romance is blossoming, Asa is ripped from her side but has left big, lingering impressions on her. Insecure about her future in New York City, she is filled with Asa's convictions politically and in secret holds on to them in her heart. As her life as Miss Coates takes shape in New York City among the high society, it is those same convictions that turn her a Rebel Spy among all the Loyalists around her. Besides the fear of her stepdad Sewel to ever follow her, she has managed well but never forgot about Asa. Will she ever see him again? Perhaps in her work as Agent 355 when she fights for the American Liberty in secret? Oh, you will just have to read this sweet story! I enjoyed this novel. It is one of a good-natured kind of YA, unlike the norm of graphic, violent and fantastical ones out there, though it does offer adventure and anticipation. This is one of those books I walked around the house with my nose in it while making tea or doing things one-handedly....I did not want to stop reading. The writing flowed beautifully and read effortlessly. Simply exquisite. Frannie's character was all feist and strength inside. I loved her relationship with Asa that was enduring, yet not unsecretive. Perhaps this is why it was such a page-turner for me. I don't usually read any romance at all...but it had me giddy and hoping for a good outcome. This novel is beautiful inside and out, a perfect read for a breezy, lazy summer day! Enjoy! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much. More of my reviews here: Through Novel Time & Distance

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    Rebel Spy follows Frannie as she assumes the identity of a loyalist young woman during the Revolutionary War in an attempt to escape her abusive step-father. I really enjoyed the descriptive writing that Veronica Rossi utilized in the novel. Frannie has a very imaginative mind that pairs with the writing style so well. Frannie used this imagination throughout the book to help her temporarily transport herself away from the hardships she went through. Frannie is a very strong and independent char Rebel Spy follows Frannie as she assumes the identity of a loyalist young woman during the Revolutionary War in an attempt to escape her abusive step-father. I really enjoyed the descriptive writing that Veronica Rossi utilized in the novel. Frannie has a very imaginative mind that pairs with the writing style so well. Frannie used this imagination throughout the book to help her temporarily transport herself away from the hardships she went through. Frannie is a very strong and independent character who was ahead of her time as a woman in society. I thoroughly enjoyed her development in this character-driven story. This book was less about the spying and focused a lot more on the romance which just felt lacking to me. I didn’t connect with Frankie’s romantic interests at all. I found most of the romantic plot lines to be unnecessary and I wish that the Frannie’s spy adventures would have been explored more as I had expected them to be based on the description. I haven’t read many books from this time period so I appreciated learning more about this part of history. I liked the revolutionary aspect and that I got to read about characters realizing that their previous views can change based on new information that they learned and new events taking place in the world. I think I just had different expectations for what the main plot lines of this book would be.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    “During the American Revolution, General George Washington employed a ring of spies in and around New York City, the headquarters for the British war effort in North America. These spies identified themselves in their letters by code numbers. One was known as “355,” which stood for “lady.” To date, her true identity remains unknown.” This story imagines such incredible young woman of courageous spirit. Grand Bahama Island, 1776. Fifteen year old Francisca Tasker suffers the loss of her mother. N “During the American Revolution, General George Washington employed a ring of spies in and around New York City, the headquarters for the British war effort in North America. These spies identified themselves in their letters by code numbers. One was known as “355,” which stood for “lady.” To date, her true identity remains unknown.” This story imagines such incredible young woman of courageous spirit. Grand Bahama Island, 1776. Fifteen year old Francisca Tasker suffers the loss of her mother. Now, she is left with her abusive stepfather from whom she learned wrecking – helping “ships that had run up on sandbars or reefs as they cruised through the Bahama Channel.” Or if it was too late to assist, they’d dove for sunken spoils. One of those shipwrecks gives her opportunity to escape her brutal stepfather. She assumes the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates. But she doesn’t know how to do the upper class talk, thus under a pretense of trauma shock she remains mute. She tries to cover her coarse manners by imitating others’ polished ways. On this ship of Loyalists, she meets Asa Lane – an American rebel, who stands for liberty. “With American independence. Not with a tyrant an ocean away who oppresses innocents by fire and sword.” In NYC, she lives her privileged life. With time, she starts suffocating pretending to be a highborn lady, when she notices the British mistreatment of American prisoners. It strikes her how she could connect both worlds. Her exposure to British officers, who underestimate her by discussing the war around her like she was invisible, gives her a chance to collect information, which she further passes to the network of spies for George Washington. Thus she becomes a spy. Enjoyed very much both characters of Franie and Asa. Franie is of adventurous spirit – adventure gives her a sense of freedom. She learns the etiquette, but at heart she is the same spirit, holding on to wrecker instinct of finding things such as buttons and flowers and tucking them into her pockets. She is an independent young woman, who doesn’t want to live in a shadow of a man. “Duncan talked. I listened. We were like a river – flowing one way.” Her experience of both worlds, poverty and privilege, gives her a chance to learn a lot about herself. She realizes that there is more to life than her ‘safe life.’ She wants to have a purpose in life. And she finds it in fighting for America’s freedom. Asa is a rebel himself, not afraid to voice his opinion with his Loyalist father. He wants America to be free from abuses of a tyrant king from across the ocean. I see this read as an incredible motivation for YA to search their souls to find the meaning in their lives and to pursue it with passion. It is an easy pick as it is written with great humor, engrossing characters, interesting historical background, and moving the story swiftly until you are left with words – what a remarkable story! Source: ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    2.5 stars You can read all of my reviews at https://www.NerdGirlLovesBooks.com. This is an ok historical fiction about the mysterious Agent 355 - the famous "lady" spy who passes information to George Washington's Culper spy ring. Frannie Tasker is a young girl in the Grand Bahama Islands. Her mother died and she is left in the custody of her drunken, lecherous step-father. When Frannie discovers the body of a young women, Emmaline Coates, floating off the coast, she assumes the girl's identify and 2.5 stars You can read all of my reviews at https://www.NerdGirlLovesBooks.com. This is an ok historical fiction about the mysterious Agent 355 - the famous "lady" spy who passes information to George Washington's Culper spy ring. Frannie Tasker is a young girl in the Grand Bahama Islands. Her mother died and she is left in the custody of her drunken, lecherous step-father. When Frannie discovers the body of a young women, Emmaline Coates, floating off the coast, she assumes the girl's identify and takes the opportunity to escape her brutal step-father. Frannie discovers that the young woman is rich and part of society, so Frannie must learn to act and speak like her in order to keep up the charade. Once in New York Frannie blends into Ms. Coates' life. She is courted by a British lieutenant and soon learns about the darker side of the war. Using her position in society, she begins to eavesdrop on British officers and passes on the information to Robert Townsend, a member of the Culper spy ring. I am fascinated by the Revolutionary War, and in particular, the spy ring developed by George Washington. So, I was very excited to get the opportunity to read this book. Unfortunately, it wasn't what I expected. The writing was ok, but the story fell flat. Disappointingly, the spy ring was a very small part of the book. Frannie's exploits and "spying" was described very simplistically and the author didn't provide much detail about what she did and how she did it. Considering the book is 368 pages long, I was expecting a much more robust depiction of Frannie's participation in the spy ring, but didn't get it. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    Rebel Spy was addictive and completely enchanted me. With blackmail, friendship lies, trust and honor floating across the pages, I fell in love with this story. This was the first historical fiction I've read and I'm hooked and will be looking for more in this genre! I loved how the story slowly unfolded. It was thick, rich and mesmerizing. So if you're a fan of historical fiction with a dash of romance, then you'll definitely want to add this one to your tbr! I had only myself to Rebel Spy was addictive and completely enchanted me. With blackmail, friendship lies, trust and honor floating across the pages, I fell in love with this story. This was the first historical fiction I've read and I'm hooked and will be looking for more in this genre! I loved how the story slowly unfolded. It was thick, rich and mesmerizing. So if you're a fan of historical fiction with a dash of romance, then you'll definitely want to add this one to your tbr! I had only myself to count on now. I brushed the wetness from my cheeks. I was going to have to be enough. In 1776 Francisca was trapped. She had an abusive and cruel stepfather who wanted more from her and her means of bringing them money was dangerous, wrecking for treasure in the ocean. I instantly connected with Frannie and felt her pain. Her only solace was from one good friend and when she was fathoms deep in the ocean. When the body of Emmeline Coates washed upon the shore, and she heard people searching for her in the distance, Frannie took a chance. And fate led her towards a new life in Philadelphia. I wanted to do things that mattered. I wanted to sink my teeth deep into the world. I’d stood by as Asa had been beaten. I never again wanted to feel that way again— like less. I was so nervous and unsure over Frannie's future, just like she was. But she was smart, brave, sympathetic, fierce and clever so I was also excited for her! During those times, America was in the process of asserting their independence from the British. But Frannie had been far away from war, now she was heading right into the middle of it. And her first taste of it was with Asa Lane. Asa was an American rebel who was on her ship, which was filled with loyalists. He captured my attention right away. Not only because he helped Frannie and made me smile. But there was a chemistry and heat between them that couldn't be ignored. I loved how they were open, honest and philosophical with each other. But again, fate intervened and threw Frannie on a path that guided her heart to being a spy. Everything coarse and uncivilized about me had to stay in the past. From now on, everything was going to be perfect. I sank into a deep curtsy. Then I rose, a lady. Her new life in Philadelphia lead to a courtship with Lieutenant James Duncan. And when she realized how her relationship with him could help the Americans, she became Agent 355 for George Washington. And as someone who was awful at history, I more than appreciated how we slowly learned the world and history Frannie was immersed in. It was all so easy to grasp and understand. But one thing that was hard for me to watch was how she collected intel from those around her. Those who saw her as a friend or something more, like Duncan who seemed so open, honest and sweet. But all's fair and love in war, or so I kept reminding myself. Spying was stealing from the enemy— but what if that enemy was someone decent? Someone with a charming personality, perfect lips, and eyes like pools of honey when they caught the sunlight? The atrocities of war were beyond horrific and there was nothing I could do but sit there and watch it unfold on the pages. So of course I found myself cheering for Frannie and the rebels. It was impossible not to, right along with having sweaty palms and tears in my eyes quite a few times. I hurt for these people who had become my friends. But at times I didn't want them to make rational decisions. I wanted them to be selfish. Especially since Frannie and one of the men had an impossible future. Even though they fit so perfectly together. He kissed me then. Deeply. Passionately. We grasped and tugged at each other like we’d only breathe again if we became one, but that was what I’d always felt with him. Together, we made something whole. Rebel Spy was vivid, enticing and slowly enraptured me in its story. I was so wrapped up in this book that I forgot about that first chapter, which was a peak into the future in 1780. So when the present collided with the future, I was not ready. It stole my breath and I had to know what happened next. I loved how the story flowed and the few jumps in time were done seamlessly. And that ending, oh how I desperately wish there was an epilogue or a few more pages. I kept clicking on my Kindle for more. It ended with a HFN, happily for now, but I need more of Frannie's life please or a peak into their future. I'm not ready to say goodbye to her or him♥. *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    When I found out that the setting for the story is American Revolutionary War, I was very intriqued - I've never read a historical fiction set in that period of time. Sadly, my excitement fell flat - just like the story did. The potential was there, but Rebel Spy 355 lacked in building tension and plot twists - at first I was interested in what will Frannie do or how she will act in certain situations (I liked her sassiness in the beginning a lot!), but the more I read, the less I cared about he When I found out that the setting for the story is American Revolutionary War, I was very intriqued - I've never read a historical fiction set in that period of time. Sadly, my excitement fell flat - just like the story did. The potential was there, but Rebel Spy 355 lacked in building tension and plot twists - at first I was interested in what will Frannie do or how she will act in certain situations (I liked her sassiness in the beginning a lot!), but the more I read, the less I cared about her story. Oh, and the spying thing - it's not the main thing, at all. I'd say that it's a side story, if even that. The book is 400 pages long - and the actual spying could fit into 30 of them. But there was something I liked a lot about this book (spoiler alert: not romance!) - characters talking about their definitions of freedom, liberty and obedience. That was important and should've been developed further.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    I am a self-admitted, unapologetic history nerd and love reading about the Revolutionary War. Before reading the summary to this book, I hadn’t heard about Agent 355 but I was immediately intrigued as soon as I did and so excited that Rossi decided to explore it! After falling down the rabbit hole that is a good google search and adding a ton of books that Rossi mentions in the acknowledgments to my TBR pile, I dove into this story and thoroughly enjoyed it. Admittedly for me, the beginning of t I am a self-admitted, unapologetic history nerd and love reading about the Revolutionary War. Before reading the summary to this book, I hadn’t heard about Agent 355 but I was immediately intrigued as soon as I did and so excited that Rossi decided to explore it! After falling down the rabbit hole that is a good google search and adding a ton of books that Rossi mentions in the acknowledgments to my TBR pile, I dove into this story and thoroughly enjoyed it. Admittedly for me, the beginning of this story was a bit slow going, but it was necessary to really understand who Frannie is and why she makes the choices she does to become who she becomes and when the story has a bit of a time jump, I found that’s where I couldn’t put the book down and became more invested in the characters and the story. That’s where we really get to see Frannie/Emmeline come into her own and put herself out there and solidify her beliefs of what she’s seeing and experiencing. I had known that Washington had a spy ring (thank you Spy Museum in DC) so I knew just a tiny bit about the Culper spy ring, but I really loved how Rossi delved into that world and the danger that these patriots were experiencing every time they shared information or tried to find out things that were being planned. You know from the get-go that Frannie is adventurous and daring and so when her life as Emmeline provides her the opportunity to help she can’t seem to resist. There are only a few people who know the real Frannie, and one is Asa Lane. She first meets Asa aboard the ship that helps her escape Grand Bahama Island. They have an immediate connection, and Asa himself is a rebel who is on the side of the patriots. Things happen of course that pull them apart, but they eventually find each other again and Frannie isn’t sure what to make of him. If you’re looking for lots of intrigue and suspense, I don’t think you’re going to find what you want here. I kind of felt this less about the spy ring and more about Frannie coming into her own and really learning who she is underneath this costume she has worn for years and really deciding who she wants to be and what she wants to be remembered for. Overall, an intriguing concept and character to build a book around and I really enjoyed the characters Rossi created… and I really enjoyed how this book wrap up. (no spoilers!) Grab this one if you are a fan of coming-of-age stories and historical fiction!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)

    3.5 stars. Full review to come.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kori Sulewski (korireads)

    Gah! How to put my feelings into words on this one. I LOVED this story. Rebel Spy follows ”355”, a young woman who uses her position in high society in NYC to spy for the “rebels” during the American Revolution. It’s based on a true story though the identity of 355 remains unknown. The American Revolution is a fascinating time in history and I haven’t read enough historical fiction during that period. I think what’s holding me up is personal preference but I REALLY wish this book had been an adult Gah! How to put my feelings into words on this one. I LOVED this story. Rebel Spy follows ”355”, a young woman who uses her position in high society in NYC to spy for the “rebels” during the American Revolution. It’s based on a true story though the identity of 355 remains unknown. The American Revolution is a fascinating time in history and I haven’t read enough historical fiction during that period. I think what’s holding me up is personal preference but I REALLY wish this book had been an adult novel. I loved the story so much but I wanted more depth, more of everything (slight spoilers)... Frannie’s life growing up, her dealing with her stepfather’s abuse, her transition into Emmaline’s life, her spying escapades, her imprisonment, the aftermath of her disappearance, her escape, ALL OF IT. It just felt like 350 pages was not nearly enough to tell this whole story, and I’m really sad about it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    diana

    Review originally posted on My Bookish Escapades. "I sank into a deep curtsy. Then I rose, a lady." I have to be honest, YA historical fiction is not the kind of genre I often find myself reading. I'm pretty sure I could count on one hand the number of books I've read that fall into this category. But when I had the chance to read Rebel Spy I just knew I had to give this book a shot. The cover looks AMAZING (I cannot stop staring!) and the premise really intrigued me. I know next to nothing about Review originally posted on My Bookish Escapades. "I sank into a deep curtsy. Then I rose, a lady." I have to be honest, YA historical fiction is not the kind of genre I often find myself reading. I'm pretty sure I could count on one hand the number of books I've read that fall into this category. But when I had the chance to read Rebel Spy I just knew I had to give this book a shot. The cover looks AMAZING (I cannot stop staring!) and the premise really intrigued me. I know next to nothing about Agent 355. So I figured why not rectify that and dive into this one? Rebel Spy started a bit too slow for me. It started to pick up pace around the 20-30 percent mark. It was a good call on my part not DNF-ing this. And although it's a bit disappointing that there wasn't much spying that went on (as the title had me believe), I really enjoyed seeing Frannie's character evolve. Veronica Rossi wrote a very character driven story. Frannie grew into the person she is through questioning her beliefs and discovering for herself what it truly means to fight for what you believe is just and true. I wasn't such a huge fan of Frannie in the beginning but over time she became someone I admired for her strength and resilience. I also really love her knowledge on wreck diving and the sea and her love for it. But the romance, honestly, I feel like I could have gone without. Overall, this is a very interesting and enjoyable read. Would definitely endeavor to read more historical fiction from now on! I received an e-arc to read and review. “Loyalty isn’t fealty. Nor is it duty. It can’t be demanded or coerced into being. It must be given freely, like love, and one feels it here.” He brought a hand to his heart. “In the seventh fathom the sea’s no longer wanting to spit you out. It wraps you up like a blanket, and you can relax and float now ’ cause it’s got you. It’s holding you and you can just stay there, nothing pulling at you. Nothing pushing. Your heart beats real slow and you feel so calm, like you’re drifting in a wakeful sleep. Now you can do your best daydreaming ’cause it feels a little like you already are." 'I’ve lived for something more, and it’s you, and it’s love, and liberty, and friendship, and hope, all the other mores that can ever be.'

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Historical / Fiction *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Veronica Rossi's Rebel Spy is a historical reimagining of the story behind Agent 355—a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. This story takes place between August 1776 and July 1980. Story locations include the Grand Bahamas and 18th century New York City. Frannie Tasker is a water baby and island girl from the Grand Bahamas. After the death of her parents, she is left with her alcoholic *Source* Library *Genre* Historical / Fiction *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Veronica Rossi's Rebel Spy is a historical reimagining of the story behind Agent 355—a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. This story takes place between August 1776 and July 1980. Story locations include the Grand Bahamas and 18th century New York City. Frannie Tasker is a water baby and island girl from the Grand Bahamas. After the death of her parents, she is left with her alcoholic stepdad Sewel who makes a living by having her dive old shipwrecks looking for exploits to capitalize on. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger

    Happy release day! I need more historical books that aren't about the plague.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I loved Rossi's Under the Never Sky series, so I was excited and curious to see how REBEL SPY, her first foray into the world of historical fiction, would go. Spoiler alert—it went well! Rossi did a lot of research about the Revolutionary War, especially how it affected New York City, and it shows. The historical details were intriguing and really made the setting come alive. The main characters are a likable lot. Frannie/Emmeline is a sympathetic heroine, who is easy to like and cheer on. Altho I loved Rossi's Under the Never Sky series, so I was excited and curious to see how REBEL SPY, her first foray into the world of historical fiction, would go. Spoiler alert—it went well! Rossi did a lot of research about the Revolutionary War, especially how it affected New York City, and it shows. The historical details were intriguing and really made the setting come alive. The main characters are a likable lot. Frannie/Emmeline is a sympathetic heroine, who is easy to like and cheer on. Although REBEL SPY focuses more on Frannie/Emmeline's romances than on her actual spying, there was enough excitement in the plot to keep me reading. I definitely would have preferred more espionage scenes, with more danger and more risk! All in all, though, I enjoyed REBEL SPY. It was interesting, engrossing, and enjoyable. Now, I'm super interested to see what Rossi does next ...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    After a plethora of WW II female spy novels, this trip back with a female Revolutionary War spy was refreshing. Espionage looks so different in every situation, the only common denominator is courage and conviction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This is a tough book for me to review. This was my first foray into colonial-era historical fiction, and I came to realize very quickly that I don't think it's the genre for me. (Note: I read this book as part of the Once Upon a Book Club Box. That experience helped save some of my personal enjoyment with this book.) On to the review: The book itself is absolutely fine, especially as a young adult book. The characters were fairly diverse, given the time period, and I thought a few of the character This is a tough book for me to review. This was my first foray into colonial-era historical fiction, and I came to realize very quickly that I don't think it's the genre for me. (Note: I read this book as part of the Once Upon a Book Club Box. That experience helped save some of my personal enjoyment with this book.) On to the review: The book itself is absolutely fine, especially as a young adult book. The characters were fairly diverse, given the time period, and I thought a few of the character choices gave the book a unique quality that you wouldn't see in a typical book on the Revolution. I did not enjoy a few aspects of the main character or her background. One minute, she's like a Disney princess (strong allusions of Ariel here), and the next she's being given some tragic backstory because... plot. My issues with the main character aside (they really didn't affect *much* of my experience), most of my enjoyment of this book was completely affected by my own personal knowledge of the time period and some of the other characters and plots involved in this book. Here's why: I started a nonfiction book club focusing on this time period two years ago, so I've become a lot more familiar with the facts of the time as historians understand them today. Reading a fictional story based on true events felt like when I read a book and then go see its adaptation. I generally HATE the adaptation as a result. (I'm looking at you, Goblet of Fire!) When I go the other way, see an adaptation and then go read the source material or read more on the topic, I tend to have a healthy appreciation of both versions. This is in the Goblet of Fire camp for me. That said, I think if I had read this book as a kid and knew what I knew of the Revolutionary War then, I would have adored this book. (Again, this is a great YA book. That age group would have the perfect level of familiarity with the historical figures to appreciate the references without overthinking it like me.) It may have even sparked me wanting to learn more about it and finding other books about Agent 355 and the rest of the Culper spy ring. It may have even gotten me to watch the show "Turn" (which I still haven't seen). Instead, I tended to cringe anytime an actual historical figure appeared, even more so when completely fiction people intermingled with them. (For those curious, the main "real life" character portrayed in this book that made me cringe the most was Andre. I am fascinated by Andre, and knowing what this book was building towards, I knew he was going to be at least mentioned in passing. He was. And while some of it was cute and fun, the rest just made me feel bad about him and his actual story.) So, do I recommend this book? Yes! But only for lesser read fans of American colonial history or "actual" young adults/high schoolers. If you're older and have read only one or two nonfiction books on the time period, this book may still be right up your alley. If you're a more regular reader of the time period or a researcher/historian though, it probably won't be your cup of tea. Also, interesting side note I noticed when looking at the sources for this book: Of the 11 sources mentioned, I had read three of them for my book club. Two of those books I ACTIVELY didn't like ("George Washington's Secret Six" and "Scars of Independence.") A fourth one ("Revolutionary Mothers") is on my very-soon-to-read TBR. I'm curious about the remaining books in the list and how I would feel about them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. Rebel Spy tells the story of the unknown Agent 355, who was instrumental in aiding the fight for independence during the American War of Independence. Francisca Tasker is struggling with her grief following her late mother's death, and trying to stay safe with her wicked step father, Sewel, in Grand Bahama. After he attempts to kill her, she discovers a washed up body of a girl who is very much I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. Rebel Spy tells the story of the unknown Agent 355, who was instrumental in aiding the fight for independence during the American War of Independence. Francisca Tasker is struggling with her grief following her late mother's death, and trying to stay safe with her wicked step father, Sewel, in Grand Bahama. After he attempts to kill her, she discovers a washed up body of a girl who is very much similar to herself, and decides to assume her identity. Now on her way to the besieged city of New York, as the wealthy, and orphaned, heiress, Miss Emmeline Coates, she finds kinship with the dashing Asa Lane, who is a patriot, and makes her reconsider everything she had known about British rule, and slowly begins to support the move for independence. Over the next few years, she lives as Emmeline easily, but is soon caught up in mystery and intrigue, leading her to pass along information she can overhear, as a upper class lady in society. She knows she is risking everything, especially as she is being courted by a British officer, Lieutenant Duncan, but her sense of patriotic duty is too much, and soon she finds the smoking gun, so to say, that will aide General Washington, and the whole movement. I will admit that I don't know much about the American War of Independence. I adore history - even did my degree in the subject - but being English, it's barely a blip on our radar. I know the basics - Boston Tea Party, General Washington, Benedict Arnold, July 4th and the Declaration, etc. - and had heard of Culper spy ring, but that's basically it. I knew that as soon as this book was announced, I needed to read it, and am so glad I was approved for my review copy. I do have two slight negatives about the book, but otherwise it's a solid 4 star for me. Frannie/Emmeline was an outstanding main character, who grew so much throughout the course of the book - not just through her assuming Emmeline's identity and becoming a society Lady, but also through her thought processing and realisation of the world around her. Plot wise, it was slow to get into. I wasn't expecting it to take 31% before Emmeline even set foot on US soil, but I see how that was setting the stage of her past and transformation. Once she arrived in New York, and started to see how political prisoners were treated in the prison ships, and the ruthlessness of the British and Hessian armies on the island, Emmeline used the snippets of information she heard from officers at garden parties, especially about the allusive 'Monk', and passed it on to her contact, Townsend. She was really risking everything, and from that moment on, until she is caught, the tension really ramped up, and I couldn't put the book down. The romance in the book was good, though I never really understood the attraction to Duncan, and always wanted Asa to return, and for Emmeline to be with him. Other than it being a slow start, I didn't like the ending, as I felt it needed a bit more of a conclusion, but think it was done in that way to add to the mystery of Agent 355.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mireille Chartier

    4.5 ⭐️ “I sank into a deep curtsy. Then I rose, a lady.” Historical fiction is not a genre that I pick up often. It’s not that I don’t like, it’s more that I don’t remember to. When I saw the cover for Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi it called to me. I thought it was so pretty and delicate that I wanted to know more about it. After I read the synopsis I knew I was hooked. I love history which is why it’s weird that I don’t pick up this genre more. I am not fully versed in the United States history not 4.5 ⭐️ “I sank into a deep curtsy. Then I rose, a lady.” Historical fiction is not a genre that I pick up often. It’s not that I don’t like, it’s more that I don’t remember to. When I saw the cover for Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi it called to me. I thought it was so pretty and delicate that I wanted to know more about it. After I read the synopsis I knew I was hooked. I love history which is why it’s weird that I don’t pick up this genre more. I am not fully versed in the United States history not being from that country. I mean I know the basics but not the full details of it. One thing I didn’t know for sure was the story of agent 355 and the involvement of women during the American Revolution. I must say that the retelling or more the imagining of who agent 355 might be captivated me. The idea that a girl from Grand Bahama decides to change her stars and impersonate a Lady of High Society reminded me in a way of A Knight’s Tale. However, the comparison stops there. Francisca or Frannie is in a real tough situation in Grand Bahama. She needs an escape. She finds the way out of her life and into a better future when she decides to put another woman’s clothes on and flee her island. I loved the duality that came off of Frannie/Emmeline. Trying to stay true to herself and her values while fitting in this new world. I thought that besides the character being set in 1779, she felt very reliable to me. Her ideals are not in accordance with the world she lives in and that resonated with me in certain levels. But she decides to take a stand and fight, the way she can, for what she believes in. In the climate that we are living in today, I think this speaks volumes. We all have little steps we can take for causes we believe in. Everyone has the possibility to change the world. Veronica Rossi brought 1779 New York to life for me in Rebel Spy. I could clearly imagine everything that was described. I’m not sure if it is harder or easier to set up the world in historical fiction. What I do know is that I was transported there. I was there in the water with Frannie, or when Emmeline went to a dinner and even when she was waling through the streets of Manhattan. This story was alive for me. And I have to admit that I might have been signing Hamilton songs non stop while reading this book. I really recommend picking up Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi if like me you are curious to learn a bit more about who could’ve been agent 355. It was a pleasant surprise and I will be keeping an eye out for more books by Veronica. THANK YOU TO DELACORTE PRESS, NETGALLEY AND FANTASTIC FLYING BOOK CLUB FOR PROVIDING AN EARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Caught and held my attention from start to finish. Frannie's hard in a way heroines don't always get to be, and she's clever as hell. While I had some quibbles (the prologue was literally copied from later in the text, (view spoiler)[how did her stepfather find her at the end? (hide spoiler)] ), overall I really enjoyed this. It's cool how it shows that espionage wasn't always the intense kind you see on TV shows, but that it can still make a major difference. Caught and held my attention from start to finish. Frannie's hard in a way heroines don't always get to be, and she's clever as hell. While I had some quibbles (the prologue was literally copied from later in the text, (view spoiler)[how did her stepfather find her at the end? (hide spoiler)] ), overall I really enjoyed this. It's cool how it shows that espionage wasn't always the intense kind you see on TV shows, but that it can still make a major difference.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caryn - iam.caryn

    I really have to applaud Rossi’s ability to realistically capture the feel of a story set in the late 18th century. While reading, it’s evident how much research she must have done for her story. Many of the characters were real historical figures, her use of language was spot on, and she delves into actual events and situations. This was a marvellously told story and I devoured every single page. This was top-notch storytelling.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Review on blog! Review on blog!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meena Rehana Somwaru

    Though I rate this 4 stars, I wanted more from the ending...it feels like a few pages are "missing"...or something "more" should've been there. :( Still, it's a great read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    My first thought on how to describe this book is just, wow. It was so good. The history in it reminds me of the Seeds of America series by Laurie Halse Anderson. It brings to mind a time that we don’t always learn about as much as we think we did in school. At least I know there are things about the Revolutionary War that I never thought about, even though I’m sure it was pretty obvious. But like the Anderson series, this reminded me about how slavery was still something going on in this time, i My first thought on how to describe this book is just, wow. It was so good. The history in it reminds me of the Seeds of America series by Laurie Halse Anderson. It brings to mind a time that we don’t always learn about as much as we think we did in school. At least I know there are things about the Revolutionary War that I never thought about, even though I’m sure it was pretty obvious. But like the Anderson series, this reminded me about how slavery was still something going on in this time, it didn’t just revolve around the Civil War like we get so much about in school. Not to mention how much we talk about the United States starting in 1776, but that wasn’t the end of the Revolutionary War, it really was right around the beginning! This book is about a female spy that actually we don’t know for sure who she was, but Veronica Rossi has woven an imaginative tale that invites the reader in to where you can just see the type of woman who might have volunteered for this type of duty. But not just that, we got a peek into so many different lifestyles of people at that time. From those living on islands like the Grand Bahamas, to those privateering or pirating, and clear up to the well-to-do members of society. In this story we really get only the society of those who were Loyalists, siding with the British. Our glimpses into the lives and fight of those who were fighting for American’s freedom are mainly through shopkeepers, prisoners on horrible ships and other prisons, and those smuggling to safety those that they can from the area of New York and the other British holdings. We got to hear the names of several historical figures as players mostly in the background of the story, George Washington and Benedict Arnold to name a few. A wonderful story, fitting for the times we are in, bringing up how the slaves were treated at that time. Yes, the British may have “freed them”, but it was only the slaves of Loyalists, not those of the Patriots. And it wasn’t just that this was such a good story, the writing really kept me reading, barely able to put down this over 350 page book. It’s one I’ll be highly recommending, as well as purchasing for the students at the high school library where I work.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carina Olsen

    I have been waiting so long for the chance to read this book. Been a fan of Veronica for years now; she is amazing. And I knew I would end up adoring this book. So happy to say that I did. I am giving it four stars, as I had a few small issues. But for the most part I really adored and loved this story. The writing was fully stunning. I had to problem connecting with this beautiful book. The setting was incredible; I loved that this took part between 1776 and 1780. I very much loved how historic I have been waiting so long for the chance to read this book. Been a fan of Veronica for years now; she is amazing. And I knew I would end up adoring this book. So happy to say that I did. I am giving it four stars, as I had a few small issues. But for the most part I really adored and loved this story. The writing was fully stunning. I had to problem connecting with this beautiful book. The setting was incredible; I loved that this took part between 1776 and 1780. I very much loved how historical and lovely it was. Very interesting too. This book tells the story about Frannie. She lived with her mom and stepdad on an island in the Grand Bahamas. There is so little of her life there, but gosh, it was so exciting. Wreck diving. A great best friend. I wish there had been even more of it all. Sigh. When she was fifteen, her mother died. And her stepdad wanted to marry Frannie next. Which was beyond gross and terrifying. And so Frannie did the only thing she could to get away. She took over the life of a dead girl she found floating in the sea after a ship crash. Which is how this story begins. With Frannie escaping from her violent and so awful stepdad. And taking over the life of someone else. We see a bit about her few weeks aboard a ship after she was rescued by them, before she was taken to her new stolen life. We see how Frannie struggles to live the life of a rich young lady. How she has to learn to behave like she would have done, how Frannie has to change pretty much everything about herself. Which was kind of sad, yet the only way she would be able to live at all. And oh, how I adored Frannie. She was such an amazing girl to get to know. I loved her fighting spirit. I only wish that there had been more about her as Frannie, and less of her as Emmeline. Though I loved her life as her too. But yeah. Frannie was much more awesome. I loved the small parts of her diving. It was so lovely to read about. On the ship, for a few weeks, she meets a boy. Asa. And falls in love right away. I liked reading about them together so much. A bit too fast, but so adorable too. But it ended badly. Which is all I will say about that. It was so interesting too, though. I just so liked reading about them both. She was on this ship for a little while, until she arrived in New York ready to start her new life as someone else. Then the book skips three years. I wish we had seen more of the missing years, but also loved this jump. During those years, Frannie had to learn how to be a lady. How to do everything right, so that none would learn that Frannie was not really Emmeline. Her life was good, but also so boring for her at times. But yes. I very much did like reading about Frannie in her new life too. Though her past life was way more exciting, haha. But her life as a lady was good too. I adored her new family. Lucy was fully adorable. And Charlotte, their friend, was too cute as well. I liked how they were her friends, even though she could not tell them her secret. Frannie hadn't seen Asa in three years. Until now. There was some drama, which I did not like very much, but it was not a lot of it. And I just loved this boy a whole lot. And shipped them so. This book is about Frannie turning into a spy. Everyone she knows are with the British and the King. But she is secretly wishing for the Americans to win this war. She wants to help. And so she starts spying on those she spend time around. It was interesting, but it was also a little boring, as I had hoped there would be higher stakes and more happening, haha. It was good, though, despite that. The prologue shares that she will be caught spying. I liked this, but how she got caught was a little boring too, ha. But written well. Okay. So. This book was about Frannie and her life as Emmeline. A bit about her spying too. But mostly just about her life and her feelings. Which is one thing I had issues with. The romance. Ack. Frannie was courting this guy, Duncan, for about a year. A few kisses. I did not really like him, as we had loved Asa first. And then he is there too, and somehow a tiny love triangle. Yet not really too, as it was not dramatic or silly. But I still wish the Duncan thing had not been included, haha. But it was a good thing for Frannie. Anyway. The few things I had issues with in this book was as I mentioned the romance. And I wish that the ending had been longer, I needed to know more. Did any others get to know her truth? How did they react? I really wanted to see that. I wanted to see her come back to her home too. Sigh. I also felt like the whole spying this was a bit too tame. I liked the prison ships. Horrible and so real. But also wanted a little more horror and pain. Still. It was good and I liked it a lot. But wished there had been more of island life. I must confess that I do not really know much about the war between America and Britain during this time period. Oops. Only the parts I remember from watching the Sleepy Hollow show, haha. Which is not a lot. And so I very much liked learning more about it all in this book. Learning about this war and things that took place during it. And how it was for people living in New York during this time. It was interesting and exciting too to read about. I think I must look more into this history of time. As I am now curious about it. Rebel Spy was just as good and exciting as I thought it would be. Despite the few issues I had with it, I still loved this book. And I'm so glad that I read it. I cannot wait to get my gorgeous hardcover in the mail. Big thank you to the publisher and to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me read this via Netgalley for the blog tour. It was such a great book. I only wish it had a longer ending. Hmph. How rude, haha. You all need to read this book too. Now I simply can't wait to read even more books by Veronica in the future. --- This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: https://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2020...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kacey

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres because I'm one of those people who enjoy learning about different points in history and how others lived, worked, and viewed the world. I don't really know if this worked as a historical fiction novel. I admit I disengaged from the story and ended up giving up halfway through, so it's possible I mi Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres because I'm one of those people who enjoy learning about different points in history and how others lived, worked, and viewed the world. I don't really know if this worked as a historical fiction novel. I admit I disengaged from the story and ended up giving up halfway through, so it's possible I missed stuff. Not a lot is known about Agent 355. I looked her up and there is much speculation about who she was, so I can't really fault the author on taking artistic license. The problem is that the author chose to put this girl with an alcoholic stepfather and a dead mother who was ostracized for being a "shamed woman" (meaning she was accused of sexual immorality). The stepfather then decides he's going to marry Frannie, after the narrative mentions he'd been groping her. I'm aware that this sort of thing happened, but why was this the choice for the main character's backstory? The author could have chosen any background for the main character and she went with this. It gets pretty unbelievable at times, too. Frannie escapes her stepfather by taking on the identity of a dead high-class girl. Somehow Frannie isn't immediately discovered even though she's had a completely different upbringing. I honestly feel like the author overcomplicated things by not having Frannie already in the upper class and already familiar with influential people who would be involved in the Revolution. Not only does Frannie have to learn proper etiquette and how to behave like this girl she's impersonating, but she also has to learn who all these people are, how to relate with them, and what to say so as not to expose herself as a fraud. There's a scene where they talk about another woman freeing two hundred prisoners, and I couldn't help thinking "I wish I had read about that instead". There was a pretty good conversation she has with another character about loyalty. It was also really nice that she prayed and believed in God, which is accurate for the time period. I will also give this book props for exposing me to Agent 355. Any time we can celebrate the overlooked women of history is good to me. I just think this particular way was overcomplicated and I really didn't like the backstory the author chose for her.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deidra

    ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Ok this is a 3.5 for me. First off, I love war-time stories. I can never get enough. I love to read them for all perspectives and sides. This story follows Frannie, a young girl from the West End. I believe that was in the Bahamas. I could be very wrong. She grew up poor and unrefined with a Latino mother and a very abusive step-father. Her early childhood and her mother's story is heartbreaking. Reading about what it was like to be a w ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Ok this is a 3.5 for me. First off, I love war-time stories. I can never get enough. I love to read them for all perspectives and sides. This story follows Frannie, a young girl from the West End. I believe that was in the Bahamas. I could be very wrong. She grew up poor and unrefined with a Latino mother and a very abusive step-father. Her early childhood and her mother's story is heartbreaking. Reading about what it was like to be a woman in such times makes you realize how far we really have come. There comes a moment she has to make a horrible choice for any semblance of safety. And make that choice she did. As the story progresses, you find Frannie in New York City during the time of the American Revolution. She has basically stolen someone's identity and things just worked out for her in so many lucky ways. The biggest issue was that during her travels to New York City, her loyalist mindset is turned around by a young Patriot on board. She ends up surrounded by Loyalists in New York. All she wants is to make a difference in the world. The setting is beautifully done with the historical events that surround the story. I love so much about this time period, but the feelings of misery on both sides is very well captured as well as the blindness of the rich. I just loved every bit! It was a little slow for me at times, but I understand why. As Frannie understands her place in the world, I adored the fierce woman she became in the time where fierce was not allowed. This is a must read for historical fiction lovers!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    **I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley.** There is so, so much to love here. The writing is absolutely gorgeous, the narrative introduces all the historical elements in an organic way, and, of course, there are the characters, who are all wonderfully written. I did not expect to love Frannie as much as I did - or half a dozen of the other characters Rossi introduces here. There are some very obvious contenders for the reader's affections (coughAsacough), but personally I also thought tha **I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley.** There is so, so much to love here. The writing is absolutely gorgeous, the narrative introduces all the historical elements in an organic way, and, of course, there are the characters, who are all wonderfully written. I did not expect to love Frannie as much as I did - or half a dozen of the other characters Rossi introduces here. There are some very obvious contenders for the reader's affections (coughAsacough), but personally I also thought that characters that didn't get a lot of screentime (like the Judge) left enough of a mark for me to feel like I'm going to miss them now that I'm done reading. If there are any missteps in this book, it's that a few things towards the end were a bit rushed. The action scenes (not just here, but throughout the book) are masterfully handled, but all the same I think there could have been just a touch more done with one or two in particular. One felt like it needed an explanation for how it even came about to begin with, while another needed about a page more before the book actually ended. That said, I still feel like the book ended on an emotionally satisfying note and I would happily recommend it to anyone...with the caveat that the title and description may be a bit misleading. This is much more a historical coming-of-age novel than it is a novel about spycraft. Personally, that worked for me. The limited amount of spying Frannie ends up doing felt realistic, but readers hoping that this will be a non-stop spyfest may be disappointed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alison Morquecho

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I cannot talk about this book enough. It was a historical fiction gem. These last few months I have been in a slump with almost every other book I read. So starting a book has been very hard for me, but I eventually, hopefully, get sucked in by the first few chapters. Luckily that happened to me with this book. I have loved Veronica Rossi since I read her Under the Never Sky series back in 2013. I adored those books so much. It's I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I cannot talk about this book enough. It was a historical fiction gem. These last few months I have been in a slump with almost every other book I read. So starting a book has been very hard for me, but I eventually, hopefully, get sucked in by the first few chapters. Luckily that happened to me with this book. I have loved Veronica Rossi since I read her Under the Never Sky series back in 2013. I adored those books so much. It's about time for me to do a reread because I am pretty sure I haven’t don’t one yet. Besides Kenji, from the Shatter Me series, Roar is one of my favorite characters ever. So when I saw that Rossi was going to have a historical fiction out soon I knew I had to try to get the ARC. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that I was approved for it. As I said, it took me a few chapters to get into it. Not because of the writing or the story, but because of my slumpish mood and because I didn’t have much time to get some good reading in. But once I hit those few chapters I was hooked. I love this story and these characters. I loved the history behind it and the time period it took place in. And I really loved being able to research these people as I read and learn more about them. This story is based on the life of Agent 355. She was a spy for George Washington. We don’t actually have a lot of information on her, not even a real name, just her code name. We do know that she was part of a high society. Frannie is our main character and before becoming a spy she was just a girl who dived for valuable things left on shipwrecked ships. She lives with her stepfather and wants out of her life as soon as possible. She gets that chance when she finds a young lady about her age floating in the ocean. This young lady was aboard a ship that wrecked and had no survivors. Frannie takes this chance and takes this ladies' identity. For the next few years, Frannie becomes this lady and lives an amazing life, even though it’s a lie. She feels like she isn’t really living until she meets a lady who connects her with spies. Knowing how dangerous a spies life is she decides to claim it as her own, life or death. I couldn’t put this book down because I had to know what happened next. I was surprised at how emotional I got and how easily I connected with Frannie. Every emotion she had I deeply felt. Rossi has a way of creating characters like that. If you love historical fictions, I definitely recommend this book to you. I know you will fall in love with these characters as I have.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've said it before and I'll say it again--WE NEED MORE AMERICAN REVOLUTION YA BOOKS. American authors, we need to take a step back from the WWII historical fiction (which I do enjoy reading, but why does 75% of all historical fiction have to be about the second World War?), and write more about the Revolutionary War. If this book had centered more on spying and less on romance, it would have easily been a 4 star read. I struggled with the writing style in the first half (just not my style), but I've said it before and I'll say it again--WE NEED MORE AMERICAN REVOLUTION YA BOOKS. American authors, we need to take a step back from the WWII historical fiction (which I do enjoy reading, but why does 75% of all historical fiction have to be about the second World War?), and write more about the Revolutionary War. If this book had centered more on spying and less on romance, it would have easily been a 4 star read. I struggled with the writing style in the first half (just not my style), but once the story got going, I could overlook it. Frannie (Francisca?) was a likable main character--but I just wanted more about spying than about her feelings toward her love interests (yeah, there's a love triangle--which I didn't entirely hate since it does kind of assist the plot). Also, could we not have come up with a better title for this book than boring, generic Rebel Spy!? Also, I might have to go watch all four seasons of TURN again. And not just because of that cinnamon roll, Benjamin Tallmadge.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    4 1/2 stars Reviewed for www.compassbookratings.com Overall Review: Rebel Spy is a powerful and captivating novel written by best-selling author Veronica Rossi. Set during the American Revolutionary War, this fast-paced story contains action, romance, intrigue, and danger. Heroine Frannie makes a great Colonial role-model -- feisty, strong and willing to risk everything for her new country. Frannie's wartime espionage is based on a true story, which makes the book's plot even more stunning. Rossi 4 1/2 stars Reviewed for www.compassbookratings.com Overall Review: Rebel Spy is a powerful and captivating novel written by best-selling author Veronica Rossi. Set during the American Revolutionary War, this fast-paced story contains action, romance, intrigue, and danger. Heroine Frannie makes a great Colonial role-model -- feisty, strong and willing to risk everything for her new country. Frannie's wartime espionage is based on a true story, which makes the book's plot even more stunning. Rossi gives great detail in her writing and each scene is colorful and vivid, whether in the Caribbean sun or a New York winter. The romance within Rebel Spy is both sweet and swoon-worthy. Several real-life secondary characters add authenticity to the historical fiction. Rebel Spy ends abruptly yet satisfyingly, and readers will sincerely hope for a sequel. Highly recommended! Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy For full content analysis, go to www.compassbookratings.com

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracy (The Pages In-Between)

    My Review- Thank you to FFBC for inviting me on to this Blog Tour. I had never read a Veronica Rossi book until now, and it has me questioning myself on why? I really liked Frannie, I thought she was a fierce young lady and a character that was much needed in YA. I’d never heard of the original story, prior to reading the re-imagining, so I did some research of my own. Very interesting stuff. I really liked Rossi’s writing style. It was very imaginative, and detailed. She was great at world buildi My Review- Thank you to FFBC for inviting me on to this Blog Tour. I had never read a Veronica Rossi book until now, and it has me questioning myself on why? I really liked Frannie, I thought she was a fierce young lady and a character that was much needed in YA. I’d never heard of the original story, prior to reading the re-imagining, so I did some research of my own. Very interesting stuff. I really liked Rossi’s writing style. It was very imaginative, and detailed. She was great at world building and developing the characters within it. Now I feel like I need to read her backlist titles.

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