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Melina has been preparing for a future career as a spy.She just doesn’t know it.Legendary spy Evan Roberts always knew that his fifteen-year-old daughter Melina also possessed the absolute lack of fear required of an agent. Without telling her his real profession or his intention, he began to guide her toward an eventual career as a spy. However, Melina’s world is shattereMelina has been preparing for a future career as a spy.She just doesn’t know it.Legendary spy Evan Roberts always knew that his fifteen-year-old daughter Melina also possessed the absolute lack of fear required of an agent. Without telling her his real profession or his intention, he began to guide her toward an eventual career as a spy. However, Melina’s world is shattered after her mom is involved in an accident that leaves her mysteriously unhurt but unresponsive. Her father’s plans on hold, Melina settles into life at a suburban high school, immersing herself in a world of schoolwork, her friends and a budding romance with Alex, the cute new guy in her class.When Melina and her father uncover shocking new information about her mother’s accident, Melina is pulled deep into her father’s shadowy world. With Alex desperately trying to find her and only hours to go before it will be too late to save her mother, Melina and her father work together using their combined skills to find a way to reach her.----------------------------------------------------------The Origin of This BookIt’s funny. I don’t think of myself as a writer. I am an electrical engineer and I design integrated circuits for a large telecommunications company. It is not as though I have written many books. This is the only book I have written. Nonetheless, if one were to ask me how I came to write this book, I can trace it to the exact moment.I was sitting on the couch playing a game on the Wii with my then seven-year-old son Travis. This was our usual as we had spent the better part of several hours a day playing various games throughout the entire summer. Toward the end of the night, my ten-year-old daughter Melina entered the room to tell me that she was going to bed. I realized that, as of late, I had not spent any time with her. She had been spending time working on a book review blog of her own called Reading Vacation, so I didn’t seem to see her much. It was sad. She was getting older, and she was spending way more time with her mother, just like I was spending way more time with our son. Then it hit me. I would write a book that would feature her (and her brother.) I could describe the feelings that I had about my daughter getting older. I could tell about the fierce protectiveness that fathers have as well as the joy that we have but might not show at having a daughter. I could even weave some anecdotes of events in her life into the story. (There is a scene in the book where a young Melina leaps off of a boat that is parked inside a store. That whole scene actually happened word for word.)Having decided to write a book, I needed a plot. The main characters had to be a dad and a daughter. I also wanted to showcase women in roles that traditionally were thought of as being done by men. I rolled it around in my head and came up with the spy genre. Finally, the dad and daughter had to spend time together so they could talk as well as work together to solve a problem. I can’t say any more without revealing the story, but I was very happy with what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it too....

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  • Beth
    2018-12-08 02:14

    The Agent's Daughter was a fun, action adventure for all ages. Melina was unknowingly groomed to become a spy from a very early age. When a tragic accident leaves her mother in a coma state, Melina's life changes forever. Melina and her father must face a terrible enemy closer to home than they ever imagined. Everything that her father has taught her now comes into play as Melina must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves.The Agent's Daughter takes us on a fantastic adventure of self discovery, heart ache, budding young romance and intrigue. A charming and dazzle mystery that captivated and entertained me from start to finish. I received this copy of The Agent's Daughter from Ron Corriveau and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a honest review. This book will be featured in a blog tour and giveaway on December 27, 2013 @ Tome Tender Book Blog.Written by: Ron CorriveauPage Count: 252 pagesPublisher: Geek Parade Books Publication Date: May 16, 2013ISBN-10: 0615799019ISBN-13: 978-0615799018Rating: 4 StarsGenre: Teen Mystery Thriller, Young RomanceFind this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  • Lelia Taylor
    2018-11-22 03:26

    If any book was ever to cause me to have a split personality, it would be this one. Do I like it? Yes, in some ways. Do I think it’s well-written? No, not really. So how can I say I like it?The premise is appealing and, although it’s completely over the top, that’s okay, even a good thing, because it’s a teenaged spy/ninja warrior story so of course it has to be way beyond belief. That’s also what makes it fun and is the primary reason I enjoyed it for what it is.On the downside, this author clearly has no idea how teens talk or behave and I wonder how he can be so removed from reality. In a writing style that’s frequently annoying, the author apparently doesn’t believe in using contractions any more than he has to and, as a result, the dialogue is stilted and doesn’t flow as normal conversation does. We also get a tremendous amount of telling and exposition that’s unwieldy and sometimes unnecessary such as when Alex explains to Melina what a Castle Grant is after she has just told him her brother has one.Another irritant is that this family is just too perfect. Melina, Travis and their father are all either brilliant or remarkable fighters or both, making them seem almost like comic book characters.The scene that will stick in my mind for way too long takes place in the high school cafeteria. I can’t say why it got my attention except to say it involves kissing—and, no, I don’t mean a scene where there’s kissing going on.When it’s all said and done, I think this story is better suited for middle graders rather than high school teens because it is, put simply, rather childish. When you get to the scene I mentioned, you’ll know what I mean and, if the author really thinks such a conversation would happen among today’s 15-year-old girls, he needs to time travel back to his own high school days. Even back then, girls were not this naive and clueless. Still and all, the premise of the book is entertaining and I think there is a market for it.Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, January 2014.

  • bambi
    2018-12-08 00:16

    Awesome I enjoyed reading this book! I love all the characters, the story is fast pace and entertaining. I highly recommend it.

  • Stacie
    2018-11-19 04:33

    Cute book

  • eileen
    2018-12-01 01:06

    Check out more of my reviews at Singing and Reading in the Rain!What is a great story is quickly overshadowed by the dialogue and the overall narration. The Agent's Daughter has an omniscient third point of view, which is both beneficial and malignant to the way the story is read. What I enjoyed about this narration choice was it offered Melina's life and her father's. With the way this book was set up, Melina had a normal teenager-esque life as if she was a character in a cute contemporary romance, while her father Evan went on spy missions. Eventually both lives collided with one another, which is where I found issues. There's a very specific difference between an omniscient point of view that switches perspectives whenever there's a scene change and one that switches perspectives at the author's leisure. I enjoyed the different scenes between the characters, but when we're in the same scene and one second we have Melina's thoughts on an issue and in another second her dad's, it's overwhelming. I was able to overlook it for the most part as it happened very infrequently.Something I wasn't able to overlook, though, was the dialogue and the tell-not-show style of the writing. The Agent's Daughter is a dialogue-orientated book, relying on what each character says to provide a back story on an issue. The only problem with that, though, is the fact that it's fairly unrealistic. Without any use of contractions, lines like "That is not what I want you to do." or "I am shocked by your behavior" don't translate well when read. Teens never talk like that; if anything, they contract their contractions to monosyllable words in order to shorten the amount of time they have to talk. Furthermore, each character always said something that shouldn't be said in a normal conversation. They revealed too much about themselves, and Melina said things to her brother that shouldn’t have been needed to be said.”Yeah,” Melina said with a small laugh. “You used to refer to yourself as a momma’s boy without realizing that those words had a negative connotation. We just always thought that you two had a unique bond because Mom quit work to stay at home when you were born, but I went to day care. I learned to have a little more independence than you.”Travis continued. ”When Mom first had the accident, I found myself on my own. I lost my crutch. I was lost.”“So what happened?” Melina asked. “How did you go from that to what happened today?"That quote specifically bothered me because Melina shouldn’t have needed to tell Travis about what he went through as a child. Travis obviously knows about his bond with his mother, and how she stopped working to take care of him. There was no need for Melina to tell Travis that as opposed to maybe providing that background information out of the conversation.Even though there were a few major flaws, I could recommend this to a younger young adult audience for its mild action scenes that would thrill an eleven- or twelve-year-old at the same time keep someone in their upper teens interested. The plot is smartly laid out that even with its overwhelming section it doesn't come off as saturated with clichés and similar plot points that turned me off. And as the storyline got progressively more intense as we continued on, the dialogue also saw improvements, due to the growing need for an over-explanatory way of speaking.The beginning was questionable above all else, but by the end, I found myself enjoying the book with a renewed love from three years ago when I was a huge fan of spy books like this.

  • ChristinaTorretta
    2018-11-16 01:22

    More reviews at: Creating SerenityThis was so freaking cute! And I don’t mean a girly, five year old cute, I mean I absolutely loved it. I knew as soon as I started that I was going to enjoy the characters. The point of view that came across was definitely young adult and was perfect for this story. “Nothin’ to see here. Move along.”The characters were amazing. I immediately loved Melina. That girl is just great. She is so strong, made to be that way nearly from birth, but she also has her sensitive side. But she’s very quirky and down to earth as well. “Well, if it isn’t the boy genius,” Melina said. Only she said it the way a cartoon hero greets a villain. Travis looked up from his cereal. “So, we meet again,” he said, in his best evil scientist voice. “But you’re too late! As soon as I put my evil plans into place, I shall rule the world! HA! HA! HA! HA!”This is a conversation between Melina and her brother Travis and I think it shows exactly the quirkiness that I was talking about. She intelligent and courageous and yet she can spend time with her little brother and play like he’s an evil villain. Actually all of the characters had something about them that I just loved. Travis is really a genius, although, not evil at all, Evan their father is also brilliant and a spy, but cares so deeply about his family, and then Angela, a friend of the family, is just so intriguing. Each character added something to the story.And Angela really did add to the story. I hate to choose favorites with this one, but if I HAD to, she would be it. “Look,” Angela said. “There are going to be people in your life that are not your friends, are not your family and do not have your best interest at heart. They are goign to say hurtful things about you. Some things will be true, and some will be untrue. If what they say is true, they are just trying to make you feel terrible. If what they say is untrue, they are just lying. Either way, their opinion is not worth acknowledging.” “Words can only hurt you if you allow them to hurt you.”The plot moved very quickly and I only had hiccups during the espionage chapters. I did figure after reading the synopsis that this would have some spy stuff in it but fortunately it doesn’t overtake the story. The plot is about the Melina’s growth and I found that awesome. I did guess who was the villain about halfway through but it was totally a guess. Ron Corriveau did a great job at keeping the secret!In short… for those that enjoy young adult thrillers!4.5/5

  • Liliana
    2018-12-05 03:05

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a BookI found the concept of The Agent's Daughter very intriguing... I've always liked this adventurous spy stuff, so I couldn't wait to read it!I really like the concept of the story, though I don't think it was executed as well as it could've been. From the start, I found the dialogue kind of off, and the underuse of contractions was driving me a little crazy! Now, we all now teenagers (well, at least most) use contractions like they breathe air. In fact, we all do it! The faster we can get our thoughts out with the least amount of words in our sentences, the better! The lack of contraction in this book just made it feel much too formal for my liking and it didn't help the story flow as well as it could've. We also got a lot of info dump every now and then... sometimes it seemed redundant, other times it was actually really interesting, but it was just in a huge chunk and my brain was overloaded with all this information.The beginning of the book was very slow, and although I did find it interesting, it was hard for me to get completely hooked on it, especially since I couldn't see where the story was headed. There was a lot of build up and us getting to know the characters... which is nice, but not for the first seven chapters of the book.Halfway into the book is when things started to get interesting for me! It was very suspenseful, action-y, and very, very clever ;) These agents are just very smart and I found myself being surprised by the crazy stuff they came up with! I really loved the second half of the book, to say the least :)One thing that didn't surprise me though? The plot twist with the reveal of the "bad guy." Saw him coming from a mile away, and I was mildly disappointed since I love being surprised. I have read a lot of mystery novels, and I've gotten good at guessing over the years, though. But if you can catch me off guard with a plot twist, well, that is just awesomesauce!Anyway, overall, I enjoyed the read and really liked the story that was told. I thought all the spy stuff was awesome and I actually laughed out loud a couple of times... I do love a book that can make me laugh :) Although I had problems with the slow beginning and a few technical things with the writing itself, I found myself to be thoroughly sucked into the story in the second half of the book when things really started to pick up! If you are looking for a light, adventurous read with spies, cool gadgets, and action, I recommend giving this one a try!P.S. That cover? Epic!

  • Danielle Young
    2018-12-09 06:05

    Melina is an incredibly smart young woman who just so happens to be the daughter of a very smart and talented spy. Only she doesn't know it. She thinks her dad is just a boring software engineer. She also doesn't know that her father has been priming her for a career as a spy her entire life. Her mother is in a coma and things just haven't been the same in the Roberts household. And her dad's latest mission changes everything, for all of them. Secrets are revealed, skills are tested and danger is around every corner.Melina is very strong, trained from a very young age in the art of self defense, she could probably kill you in under a minute. But when it comes to talking to her school yard crush, Alex she is a bumbling school girl. Completely bewildered and out of her element. Alex is new to the school and she hopes that their shared love of science will bring them together, the fact that their dad's work together doesn't hurt either.Evan Roberts is Melina's secret agent father who has put his life on the line in the name of his country more times than he can count. And he want's his daughter to follow in his footsteps and become a spy. He knows that she possess the skills required now all he has to do is tell her.The Agent's Daughter is not your typical spy story, the fact that Evan is a spy is not the main part of the story. Rather it is just a portion of what makes this story great. You get to follow two worlds in this book as they happen side by side, Melina and Evan; normal high school girl and secret agent. Until finally their worlds collide in what is a great show of skill, talent and genius.The Agent's Daughter is more than a spy story. It is a story about a young teenage girl discovering how to maneuver in the world where nothing is certain. It is about dealing with curveballs and the unknown. The Agent's Daughter was a lot of fun to read. It quenched my thirst for thrill as a spy, gave me the joy of discovering love as a teenager, action and a hearty lesson in physics. If I had one complaint about this book, it's that there wasn't enough action. There was a lot of time spent on the science but that action seeker in me thirsted for more. But it was still a fun book that left me happy.*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Alice
    2018-12-11 03:12

    My Stars: 3.5Your mother in the hospital for a car accident , you find out that your father is an important spy, the new kid on the school you move the ground below you and without than you knew , you was unconsciously trained to be a spy . This is the life of Melina in company with your family.All that cake explodes on the right to change the lives of Melina time, and thus his relationship with his father will be a team of spies to save his mother, his brother Travis in the boat with knowledge of physics, a big lot of gadgets and clear without having to let go of that is still a teenager with wanting to know of guys, have fun and have a normal life.The book is good, has a history spying interesting, than lover of this type of read could make them attractive this story, or even if you’re a beginner to these topics would a good option to start with this way of spying. The characters are defined as the author wants to represent it, they are easy to understand and enter into this world. The writing is fluid and if I had any clash with it, you can take the reading and continue the journey to save the world with Melina and her father.The book has a starting point and a good story and I think that could give way to more adventures if not of this character with more, with Melina and her father and new characters, author has very well defined the path where you want to go, this is one of those topics that can still be explored to be a saga, one would need to take care of some details.I think this book, I apply the “not you, it’s me”, the one that did not have it so defined was me, although I had clashes with her and even not defined the why, still enjoy the story and it was a nice challenge to take it, it is always good to explore the themes of spies, bad guys out there and see new challenges to the characters. In this book I am left with Travis.A good choice for those afternoons, after finishing your duties of school or house and with a milkshake, chocolate in my case :).

  • Holly
    2018-11-16 23:26

    I received a copy of this from the author (who was incredibly nice and even sent me a drawing of his of a cowboy, which was adorable).Ahem. The review. Right.So when I first encountered this book, I thought it sounded interesting based on the whole spy angle and the fact that Melina's pretty much oblivious to it. I like spy stories. I also like stories where someone gets dropped into a world as cool as spying.And overall, it was actually a really interesting story. There's a good amount of science and physics in it that I actually didn't have too hard a time understanding. (Says the girl whose only "physics class" comes from her weekly viewing of the Big Bang Theory.) There was a fair amount of spying and covert investigations going on that were quite well-woven into the story. I didn't see a couple of plot twists coming, which I enjoyed. I like being as surprised as the characters.Speaking of characters, most of the characters were really interesting. Melina's struggling to be normal, which is made harder by the fact that her mom has been in a coma since a car accident 6 months ago. She just wants to hang out with her best friend and crush on the new guy in school. Her dad is also another good character. And I really liked the dynamic between Melina and her dad. I think that's something that gets passed over a lot in YA books nowadays.However, my only complaint is that the writing just wasn't as good as I thought it could have been. It was sometimes distracting. You'd just sit through all the action and then Melina would recount all of it for her best friend, for example. And sometimes the voices would sound fake. It helped when I read large portions of the book in one sitting, but that wasn't always the case. Dialogue was just a little...off. That's really what bothered me.In the end, though, I came to enjoy the book. It just could have used a little mechanical work.

  • Becca (PrettyLittleMemoirs.com)
    2018-11-12 05:11

    What really struck me with The Agent's Daughter was that this sort of blended so many themes together. There was Melina's romance with the 'cute new guy', the high school friendship dramas, then the mystery and hard hitting thriller theme. Melina Roberts, daughter of the legendary spy that is Evan Roberts, is completely oblivious to the fact that her father is a spy, or just how amazing at is as he is. At first, she's just this typical high school student, wrapped up in a world of schoolwork and having a crush on the new guy at school. Though soon, she is enveloped into her father's shadowy world of darkened corners that lead her astray. Soon, her and Alex, with whom she has a newfound romantic connection with, are pulled apart when Melina is pulled into finding out how to save her mother, with Alex desperately trying to find her. Melina and her father are a team, and have to use their own skills and traits to come together to finally be able to save her mother after her accident. Evan had been guiding Melina all along, and she started to pick up on things with ease and spy-like. I read through this in amazement. It was so refreshing to read such a fast-paced, mysterious and thought provoking novel, so enthralling that I finished it in just a few hours in one afternoon. Ron writes with exact and precise facts about the high school life for a fifteen-year-old girl and how family can come together in any situation to save the day...Read more at: http://prettylittlememoirs.blogspot.c...

  • Debra Martin
    2018-11-19 23:25

    Teenager Melina Robert's perfect world is shattered when her Mom is involved in a car accident that leaves her in a coma. Her father Evan retreats into his work, leaving Melina and her brother Travis alone to deal with their own issues about the accident. Evan has more problems - he's an elite spy and he's been lying to his kids about it. Things get more complicated when Evan is nearly killed on a mission and Melina meets a new boy at school.My favorite part of the book was definitely all the "tools" that the spies used. They were inventive and added much to the storyline. However, I didn't particularly like that everyone in the Robert's family is perfect - Evan is the consummate spy--top of his game, Melina has an unusual aptitude for martial arts and her younger brother Travis is a physics genius. That was unrealistic that everyone was outstanding at something. I did find it refreshing when Melina reverted back to typical teenager behavior when she meets Alex, a boy she likes at school. Overall, the story moves along at a good pace and there are a few surprises along the way, but I did find it too easy to put the book aside. I think YA fans of thrillers will enjoy this, but I don't think it is engaging enough for an adult audience.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • a_tiffyfit
    2018-12-01 02:32

    I absolutely LOVED this novel. Loved it! It was very well-crafted with a young adult/teenager named Melina, whom I could fully support even as an adult reader. While sad and a little withdrawn due to her mother's accident, Melina never seems whiny or angsty like in other young adult novels. She's a steadfast friend, has moments of teenager insecurity that is normal and not overly done, loves her younger brother instead of hating on him (and can we all applaud said little brother and his actions on the bus? WOOO!), and wasn't afraid of telling off the babysitter when she thinks something nefarious is going on between the sitter and her father. Can you tell that I really liked Melina's character?There were great moments of suspense, smooth transitioning to her dad's secret spy life, revelations that were handled amazingly well, and I loved how it highlighted the resourcefulness and brilliance of the kids while keeping it completely believable. Mr Corriveau kept me turning the pages, unwilling to stop reading once I had started.I hope there is more coming in this world. I'd love to see how this family, and how Melina and Alex, move forward and what they will accomplish next!

  • Dianne
    2018-12-07 07:30

    *Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*Thank you to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours and Ron Corriveau for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.This review has been sitting for so long in my drafts and I should just let it go. I can't exactly remember much about this book except for the fact that I hated how the author told the story. The storytelling was pure tell and no show. It felt like the author was treating its reader as if he's stupid because everything is fed to you.I remember skipping a lot on this book because I just want it to end. I couldn't stand the writing. However, I still finished it and the plot was okay, I just couldn't deal with the writing.I think the novel can work with other people so I won't really make you go away from this book.

  • Abigail
    2018-11-24 01:22

    ugh ugh ugh. This is not something I would suggest to even my middle school age kids. It was written for teens in mind but no teen I know think or talks like that. Plus its insulting to assume kids are dumb. When authors stop respecting their readers. That is how it was for me. I had to force myself to finish the book and then ask to be removed from the tour.Tell tell tell. never any show. Plus if you're going to write in one of the most difficult to execute point of views, third person omniscient, make sure You actually can. The characters were NOT in anyway believable. I...gobsmacked. Two stars because the idea was fun. Otherwise ugh. I really wanted to like this book. But if you have an average reader and up in Middle School or High School, don't insult them with suggesting this for a read.

  • D. Thrush
    2018-11-25 04:04

    Great cover and I liked the concept. This is about a teenage girl and her secret agent father. Unbeknownst to her, she’s being trained to also be a government agent one day. Her mother was in an accident and is in a coma but all is not as it seems. I found the story to be entertaining and imaginative. I like seeing strong, smart characters that are female and there are several in this book including a female President. I agree with another review about the use of contractions. The dialogue should be more natural and the beginning of the book was a little slow getting into the action. Otherwise, this is a fun story with a few twists, cool gadgets and girl power!

  • Keanna (KeyReadThat)
    2018-12-04 04:27

    *Received from author for honest review*This was an easy read for me, despite the quite that I found it took me a very long to complete this book. Not that it wasn't good, I think I started this book at the wrong time. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was. I enjoyed book, but I had to get used to reading it in third person, which is a rare case these days.Melina is training to be a spy, but she doesn't know it yet. Thinking that her dad is a software engineer, she doesn't realize he is doing this for her benefit. As the book progresses, Melina figures out what her dad really is as well as gaining her 'firsts' (first kiss, etc.) while going through high school.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-18 06:29

    This was a quick, light read. Enjoyable, and I would read another book with the characters. It requires a suspension of disbelief all over the place, but doesn't suffer for it. I like the supportive relationships the main character Melina has with her best friend, and her brother. The love interest and relationship are age appropriate for a young adult or slightly earlier reader. And while the plot points around nuclear armaments are certainly a mature topic, the violence in the story is not graphic or gratuitous. A good read for the younger set looking for a capable heroine.

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    2018-11-14 06:30

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  • Geri
    2018-12-06 03:10

    I received this book through the giveaways on Goodreads. I gave it three stars because I just was never able to really get into the book and NOT put it down. I loved how strong and smart the main characters were throughout the book, but had a hard time believing in all the 007 gadgets.

  • Lexie Miller
    2018-11-19 03:05

    Slow start to the book with a unique young character whose father lives secret life. When it matters most she makes the largest impact and becomes herself again. Good for those that like family, adventure and hero books.

  • Leah Cossette
    2018-12-10 05:10

    The writing was so poor that I decided not to continue this one after a few pages. Telling instead of showing, random stops in the narrative, annoying character descriptions, and characters who talk to each other in expository dumps rather than actual dialogue. Ugh. And it had such promise.

  • Shanna
    2018-12-04 04:28

    Review to come.

  • Jonnie Izzo
    2018-11-30 00:21

    Really enjoyed this book. The fact that they author is an engineer who wrote this book for his daughter, is amazing.

  • Lindsay
    2018-11-18 02:04

    Full review will follow.A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • aem
    2018-11-13 01:34

    While I enjoyed the story and the characters overall, the stilted language was a bit distracting. Kids use contractions...