Review: Sekret

Feb •  2 •  2014

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Review: SekretSekret by Lindsay Smith
Published by Macmillan Children's, Running Press Kids on April 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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rom debut author Lindsay Smith comes an espionage thriller with a dash of both history and dystopia.

Yulia’s father always taught her that an empty mind is a safe mind. She has to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia, especially because she seems to be able to read the minds of the people she touches. When she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power where she can trust no one.

She certainly can’t trust Rostov, the cruel KGB operative running the psychic program. Or handsome Sergei who encourages her to cooperate with the KGB. Or brooding Valentin who tells her to rebel against them. And not the CIA, who have a psychic so powerful he can erase a person’s mind with his own thoughts. Yulia quickly learns she must rely on her own wits and power to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

This story is really good. It has plenty of action to keep you firmly in your seat.

Plot: So this is about a girl who has kept a secret for a long time. She is different, Very different and has done everything in her power to masked what she can do. Ultimately, she is caught and her family is in trouble because of her. Soon she is left with no choice but to join and find a way out. I have to tell you that this plot is very intriguing and very emotional. I like that this plot has a good build up to the end.

Love/Friendship: This area I felt like was a bit rushed due to the fact that the author focused more on her captures, family, and powers that it left this area rushed. I wish it could have been a little bit slower but it was still good. There a two guys interested in her (don;t worry she her heart is set on one guy) and I like how their connected in one way or the other. Both guys carry secrets and know more things about her Yulia than she did.

Parents: I have to admit that having her family involved the whole time really made this book shine. Yulia’s parents involvement made this story much more interesting. They too kept secrets and I know at this point that there is more than what they are saying. I look forward to the next book to see where this area of the book will lead.

This is a very good debut. It carries similar patterns to another book but I still overall enjoyed it. Sekret carries much action and plenty of secrets to keep the reader entertained. Sekret is an adequate story that you won’t forget.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Candace
    Feb 3, 2014

    I never really had much interest in this book before but I don’t think I really knew what it was about. I’m definitely interested in reading it now, it sounds great!

  2. Wendy Darling
    Feb 4, 2014

    I liked this book, too–I think I liked it a little less than you did (I wish the spy stuff had been more exciting!), but I did like the setting and set-up a lot, and it’s clear the author did her research.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  3. I love that the family is actively involved in her life. You don’t see too much of that in YA, so that’s quite refreshing to hear. I was on the fence about reading this but I think I’ll give it a shot!