Friday, January 12, 2018

#Blog Tour/Review - You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando #YALit #Thriller


You Won’t Know I’m Gone
Kristen Orlando
(The Black Angel Chronicles #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult

Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother’s death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don’t Know My Name.
Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.
When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.
But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she’s as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

You Won't Know My Name is the second installment in author Kristen Orlando's The Black Angel Chronicles. 6 months ago, Reagan Hillis made a choice that has ultimately cost her everything that she may have earned as well as her automatic entry into the elite Black Angel Training Academy. 6 months ago, Reagan was ready to turn her back on the Black Angels and escape back a normal life. Reagan has managed to become the girl who broke every rule. She is considered defiant, rebellious, and as well as a rule breaker. 

As the story opens, Reagan is broken. She is out of shape. She continues to wonder if her own actions caused a shocking death, and she wants revenge against a certain Torres Santino for what he did that led Reagan to Columbia. But, before Reagan can put her past exploits behind, and move forward with hopes of regaining her reputation, she has to face inquiries into her actions, face the reality that others now see her in a different light, and finally prove that she has earned her a right to fight for a coveted spot in the Black Angel's next training class.

Passing the Qualifiers is Reagan’s only chance to track down and kill Torres in order to gain her avenge for Columbia. It won't be easy. Especially when Logan suddenly shows up and joins Reagan in the Black Angel's Qualifier where only the best advance to the next step. Because Logan went along with Reagan to Columbia, his own life and his families are at risk from Torres. Because of Reagan's family history, Reagan is expected to be better than anyone else. She is challenged left and right. She faces severe and hard times trying to survive until the final cuts are made and the choices as to who goes forward are chosen. 

If Reagan can get past the fact that she is still suffering from a major loss, while also putting back together a relationship with her own father, she just might have a chance to become a Black Angel. I must say that I am glad that the author gave Reagan some friendly faces in Cam Conley, and Anuka Venkataraman. Each has their own strengths. Each brings a whole lot to help Reagan move forward in rediscovering who she really is and what she really wants. They also make a fine team along with Logan. Reagan's relationship with Logan is not what it was in the first book, and that's because Reagan no longer knows who she is.  

I do admit that Reagan's attitude chaffed me at times, but I will not sit here and say I wouldn't have had the same reactions to the circumstances she finds herself under. Especially with the heart breaking loss that shattered her. Reagan has chosen to walk a certain path, and the ending of this book has actually stunned me into silence. I can't bring myself to say anything but WHY ARE YOU NOT READING THIS SERIES!?!?!

Author Bio:
Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.



  1. Great review, Shelley! This sounds like an entertaining, well written read!

    1. Thank you, Giselle, and thanks for having me on the blog tour!