Game of Secrets
Game of Secrets
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Annotation: In Victorian London, sixteen-year-old Felicity Cole is awaiting execution when she is rescued and taken to a secret spy school for the Tainted--those born with special physical and mental abilities.
Catalog Number: #150995
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 356 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-510-71644-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-510-71644-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018006393
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A Victorian-era thriller focusing on the Tainted, people with special physical and mental powers, in a secret agency protecting Queen and country.Felicity Cole, 16, is the daughter of Greek immigrants who settled in Whitechapel in London. Her brother, Nate, is feared as one of the Tainted, people who possess special abilities expressed in a variety of ways. When a man kills Felicity's boyfriend, Kit, Felicity beats him up and kills the servant who comes to his aid. It is only afterward that she realizes that she moved faster and was far stronger than she should have been: It's not only her brother who is Tainted. Felicity is whisked away to Greybourne Academy, where she meets others like herself—and where they are trained to be spies and assassins. Will she be able to leave her old life behind, hard as it was, and begin a new one? Foster (A Brilliant Deception, 2015, etc.) creates an alternate world with a fast-paced plot, interesting characters (including the requisite mean girl), and a refreshingly well-adjusted male love interest with whom Felicity develops a healthy relationship. The book includes diversity in terms of England's European immigrants.Readers who enjoy action with plenty of twists and turns will find it hard to put this one down. (Fiction. 12-18)
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Felicity Cole sells flowers in the streets of Victorian London to feed herself and her young brother. But she has a close-guarded secret—her brother is a Tainted, born with special abilities that society fears and a shadowy organization called the Hunstsman scours the country to eliminate. When Felicity becomes the target of one of these individuals, she discovers something horrible: she’s Tainted, too.

Rescued by a mysterious gentleman on the eve of execution, she's whisked away to a school funded by Queen Victoria, established to train selected Tainted into assassins in service of the crown.

Struggling to harness her incredible strength, speed, and agility, and despised by her classmates, all she wants is to use her new position to find a cure so she can be normal and reunited with her brother.

But with the Golden Jubilee fast approaching and the discovery that there’s a traitor in their midst, she has no choice but to embrace the one thing she’s been fighting all along.

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