Desert Dark

Desert Dark The world of espionage is a fragile house of smoke and sand It slips between your fingers disappears into the air From now on illusion and deceit are your companions intelligence and stealth your we

  • Title: Desert Dark
  • Author: Sonja Stone
  • ISBN: 9780823435623
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The world of espionage is a fragile house of smoke and sand It slips between your fingers, disappears into the air From now on, illusion and deceit are your companions intelligence and stealth your weapons Sixteen year old Nadia Riley is thrilled to earn a spot at an elite, government funded boarding school But Desert Mountain Academy turns out to be than she ba The world of espionage is a fragile house of smoke and sand It slips between your fingers, disappears into the air From now on, illusion and deceit are your companions intelligence and stealth your weapons Sixteen year old Nadia Riley is thrilled to earn a spot at an elite, government funded boarding school But Desert Mountain Academy turns out to be than she bargained for It s a covert CIA program training high achieving students for the Black Ops.Nadia starts the school year behind many of her classmates, and she struggles to keep up in Arabic, martial arts and target practice Things get worse when she s assigned to her team for campus wide competitions, known as survival courses Her Southern belle roommate, Libby, is sweet enough, but their prickly teammate Alan can t stand Nadia, and suave Damon seems preoccupied with the ladies than with winning Plus, Nadia happens to have a massive crush on their team leader, Jack.These concerns take a backseat when news leaks of a double agent on campus In an attempt to clear her name, Nadia discovers some unpleasant surprises about her classmates Each of them is hiding something and one of them is the deserter.

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    1. I really really enjoyed reading this book! 4 star, action packed, snarky, high suspense YA debut novel from Sonja Stone. Thank you to Holiday House publishing for sending me the ARC of Desert Dark. I am so glad I read this because my love for spy, covert ops, CIA school-type books has be reignited with a passion. Plot:If I could give the plot 6/5 stars I would because the fun never ends with this one. The book opens with a thrilling scene from Nadia's point of view in December then we're brought [...]

    2. Desert Dark by Sonja Stone is brilliantly stunning. Her novel is set for YA; however, adults like myself will lose themselves inside this incredible read. I found it enticing, suspenseful and packed with action. There's also, a mystery surrounding the events that keep readers intrigued from the beginning and until the ending. This new title in YA is exciting, hot, and carries a lot of themes such as family, loyalty, and friendships. I absolutely loved reading this new novel by a very talented wr [...]

    3. I can describe this book in one word: rollercoaster. I started it on Easter Sunday at noon, I finished it on Easter Sunday at 8 o'clock. And that's with family visits interspersed between reading sessions. To say that I couldn't stop reading would be an understatement. When my mom told me it was time to go on a family walk, I tried to walk out the door with the book so I could read it while I walked. My mom stopped me, reminding me that getting run over by a car is not a desirable thing. She mad [...]

    4. Can we all just take a moment to agree that frequent italicized internal dialogue in books is just plain irritating? Oh no, are people going to disagree with me about this? It makes the storytelling choppy and really disrupts the flow. Oh, this is disrupting? If you're a good enough author to get your book published, I think you should know how to work your characters' thoughts into the narrative without having to italicize their actual thoughts at least once a page. Am I being too harsh?Let's m [...]

    5. I'm going to ratings waffle on this one a bit. I sat down and read the first 200 pages in one sitting so originally I was planning on giving this at least four stars but after I put it down and picked it back up things started to needle at me a bit so I bumped it down to three stars. That said, it was readable and engaging and fun.A small group of teens are handpicked from across the country to participate in what is essentially Jason Bourne boot camp. The main character Nadia comes in as late s [...]

    6. **SPOILER ALERT**Has something you were really looking up to turn out to be something that gives you many problems? For Nadia Riley, Desert Mountain Academy brings her a lot of problems and pressure. This is a thriller book with lots of suspense. I honestly think this is a great book. It's full of suspense, action,romance, and mystery all together.The setting of this book is in Arizona, in the academy Desert Mountain. Nadia is accepted to a government-funded boarding school. At first she was rea [...]

    7. Intrigue at boarding school for future CIA operatives. Fleeing a bad break up and social stumble, sixteen-year-old Nadia gladly accepts a sudden invite to an all-expenses-paid boarding school in Arizona. Upon arrival, she’s even happier to find out the school is actually a secret training ground for CIA Black Ops. After all, she is smart and competitive, having won national championships for cryptology and learned how to read people from her criminology professor father. But this is October an [...]

    8. It's about a black-ops boarding school, so of course I was going to read it. Nadia's a good student with a talent for breaking codes, but she's as surprised as anyone when she's offered a last-minute spot at a government-run boarding school deep in the Arizona desert. This is not the kind of government-run boarding school I went to—the biggest similarities are that both are free and you could be expelled for having somebody of the opposite sex in your dorm room.The problem, for Nadia, is this: [...]

    9. All of the characters have secrets, making ferreting out the double agent tricky keeps the pages turning. I'm not sure the author gave us enough clues to figure it out, but the story is engaging, the cover is awesome, and it will make a great booktalk. I'm eager to get it in the hands of one of my middle school readers for feedback. The super short chapters are a bonus for my reluctant readers and the shifting narrators allow for everyone to be a suspect. There's an interesting shift from past t [...]

    10. This is a win review. This book is about Nadia and she gets into a great boarding school. But it is really a covert CIA program where she gets a lot of training. But there is an double agent and she needs to figure it out. This book is suspenseful and a thriller.

    11. FUCKKKK I WROTE A WHOLE REVIEW AND IT DIDN'T EVEN FUCKING SAVE. Alright, I'm not even gonna write a write another review. UGHHHHH I'm so mad I can't even wrote a small review. Sorry because this was actually a good book. Shit.I'm going to write a little because I really did enjoy this book and it deserves some love. I don't really remember the names of the characters anymore so please bear with me.Nadia and Jack (thank you, summary for including almost all of the names) was a cute couple. I als [...]

    12. This was actually a pretty good book and if this was my preferred genre/style of story, I probably would have given it a 5. As it was, I started it late one Friday afternoon and had it finished by the next Saturday after lunch. The story sucked me in and kept my interest with some twists and turns, and credible red herrings. Nadia, 16, has been recruited to the Desert Academy, an ultra-exclusive training center and boarding school that preps students to become part of the CIAs Black Ops unit. Th [...]

    13. An excellent debut novel by Sonja Stone. Although this novel is written for YA, I was intrigued by the continuous turn of events. Sixteen-year-old Nadia, the lead character in the novel, rose up from the timid girl at the covert CIA academy to a girl that can think on her feet. She survived the desert training and the survival courses. When someone at the academy is leaked to be a double, she is on the hit list. Ms. Stone did a great job weaving a story that kept the suspense going. Looking forw [...]

    14. Formulaic; misinformation used to advance/spice the plot. The author plays badly with the reader by turning innocuous situations into drama in order to advance the "mystery." On top of that, "probing questions" are a trite method of advancing the plot.Disappointing. The idea holds promise. The author doesn't carry through.

    15. Omg I love this book. I didn' expect the person who was actually the double agent. I recommend this book to anyone. Each time you turn a page, something happens. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

    16. There were multiple storylines to keep track of, twists, turns, intrigue, a perfect story for any of my Criminal Justice students. I can not wait to share Desert Dark with them and I can't wait for the next installment to come out later this year.

    17. There were multiple storylines to keep track of, twists, turns, intrigue, a perfect story for any of my Criminal Justice students. I can not wait to share Desert Dark with them and I can't wait for the next installment to come out later this year.

    18. Might be a good follow up for those teens who loved I am the Weapon by Zadoff. Action packed and full of adventure.

    19. I loved this book. Great charters, good plotline, and nice writing style.This book in is a rollercoster and even the most experienced reader won't be sure that is about to happen.

    20. This was a great book. I was looking for a book that involved espionage, a genre I never read, for the 2017 reading challenge. Got totally caught up in the characters, their back stories, their relationships. I can think of many students who would love this. It's exciting, romantic, and filled with what seems to be plausible information about the CIA and Special Ops. The Sensei is probably my favorite character. He's a hard ass, and also very connected to Nadia, who is the main character. Can't [...]

    21. Oh my goodness! I adored this book! Really solid characters, this book really kept me guessing and was just so interesting, there were times towards the end where I was "No Nadia! Don't go down that thought rabbit hole!" but she found her way! I was here for her! She was a strong heroine in my opinion and I really enjoyed the various alternating viewpoints throughout the book! I think fans of shows like Alias, Covert Affairs, and Quantico will love this book--I know I did. I look forward to read [...]

    22. When 16-year-old Nadia finds herself recruited to attend the prestigious Desert Mountain Academy at the start of her junior year, she’s excited and ready to leave the drama of her high school far behind. Yet upon arriving at the secure military-like compound of her boarding school, she’s surprised to learn that it is really a government-sponsored private school that trains students for the Black Ops Division of the CIA. She was chosen because she answered all the special ‘benchmark’ ques [...]

    23. "Are you Arabic?"I mean, no, I'm not a Semitic language, as I am not made up of letters, sounds, words, syntax. Y'know, just putting that out there. (Just to put this line into perpective: it's like asking someone if they are Urdu. Or Farsi. I mean, was it so hard toask if they speakarabic? Or areArab? -_-I'm paraphrasing here but this line: "Arabs and Jews have historically hated each other.""Well, that explains the animosity here"I mean, let us completely disregard history, the cohabitation (a [...]

    24. Mixed girl trains to be a spy. A good solid intrigue/spy/ thriller of a book. It's well crafted and even though I knew one bad guy, it was really difficult to tell who the other double agent was. I loved how the book was mentally challenging and yet not too hard to understand. It's able to showcase different skills and background information without getting overly boring. It was also very nice each character was distinct, interesting and individual. I hate books that bounce from each point of vi [...]

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