Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.
And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.
She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.
Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.
She will find her sister.
Proof of Lies
Anastasia Phoenix #1
Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Pub Date: 3/7/17
Genre: YA Mystery
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Diana Rodriguez Wallach's Proof of Lies follows young Anastasia Phoenix as she steps into a world of espionage and secrecy while fighting to get her sister back.
Anastasia and Keira have already dealt with the blow of losing their parents in a fiery car crash. When Anastasia discovers signs of her sister's possible demise, she sinks into a depression so deep only the barest scrap of evidence that Keira's alive can pull her out of it. Along with their best friend, Charlotte, and a new transfer student, Anastasia uncovers a shocking conspiracy.
Proof of Lies is very similar to AnnaLisa Grant's Oxblood, but with a more complex storyline that ties into a larger plot. Where Victoria Asher becomes whatever she needs to become to save her brother, Anastasia Phoenix would rather beat down walls to get answers. In other words, Anastasia is a blunt force that dives head first into a situation that could end in her death. Someone with no experience, no resources or knowledge of the secretive world she has stumbled upon, can't just demand answers. Otherwise, the dialogue sounds like someone asking a lot of questions that won't be answered.
The story moves at a decent pace that allows you to absorb the facts that are revealed throughout the story. There isn't a lot of action in the traditional sense, but the tone of the story is just the same. There's an adrenaline rush that comes from wanting to find out what happened to Keira and discovering what's at the end of Anastasia's journey. Compared to the time it took to get to the climax, the ending seemed a little rushed. On the other hand, it could be that the revelations at the end of the story will be more focused on in the next installment. Either way I'm definitely willing to see where Lies That Bind takes us. There are more secrets to unfold and plot twists to explore!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
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