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Crossing the Line

(The Raven Files #1)

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If Jason Bourne were a teenaged girl…

Jocelyn Steely was kidnapped as a child and raised in North Korea as a spy. When her agency sends her to the U.S. to infiltrate the very group her parents once worked for, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to turn double agent and finish off her kidnappers once and for all. She convinces the head of the American spy agency to trust her, but i
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Philomel Books
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Lola
Jul 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Reading Crossing the Line was making me terribly unhappy and uncomfortable, so I had to stop. If there’s one thing I cannot stand in any other form but heartfelt love-hate relationships (picture Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy), it’s misunderstandings.

And this spy book reeks of them. I don’t remember ever disliking a spy novel, but there’s a first time for everything it seems.

There is just so much hate in this book. Hate for the main character. From her teachers, her colleagues, her destined love-intere
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Laurie Flynn
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have made my love of twisty plots no secret, but I definitely know how hard they are to write. It’s not easy to keep readers on the edge of their seats, to keep them always second guessing, to keep them from fully trusting some of your characters. To leave readers in that perpetual state of tension is a difficult feat indeed.

It’s also one that Meghan Rogers makes look easy in her debut, CROSSING THE LINE. And that is a true measure of her talent.

Jocelyn Steely was kidnapped when she was just
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Kali Wallace
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meghan Rogers' CROSSING THE LINE is an absolutely delightful, fun, action-packed book full of spies and assassins and secret agents and shadowing government agencies and double agents, plus a huge number of completely kickass action sequences, and most of all a fabulous main character.

Jocelyn is tough and smart and resourceful, and her changing relationships with the distrustful team members who don't want to like or trust her are my favorite parts of the book. I especially love that within all
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S.M. Parker
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Think Bourne Identity with a kick ass heroine and you’ve got Crossing the Line, Book One in The Raven Files. Rogers creates a compelling and unputdownable thriller with Crossing the Line and I am already hungry for the second installment. Since I don’t want to include any spoilers with this review, I will say that this book is all that was promised and more. If you are a fan of fast action, strong heroines and a SUPERB plot, you’ll love this book! Need more? How about a romance with lots of chem ...more
Amy Allgeyer
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I just finished the ARC of this thriller. It has great characters, great action, great GREAT plot!! I read this in two days because I truly could NOT put it down! If you loved Alias, which I did, you'll totally love this new series by Meghan Rogers!
(I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Monique V
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Just wow.

This book is action packed. It has a great protagonist and It's is an overall very entertaining read.

Summary

In this book we follow Jocelyn who is a trained spy and asssasin. She has her motives for staying with KATO, the organization that kidnapped her and murdered her mom. But when an oportunity to run away presents its self, she has to give it a try. But becoming a spy for this new organization might be even harder then she imagined. I don't want to give too much away because i

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Michelle Andreani
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a thrilling read! I was hooked from the start and couldn't put it down. I loved Jocelyn and the whole cast of characters (looking at you, Travis!); they were so much more than I expected. If you like stories with intensity and high stakes, be sure to pick this up!
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meghan Rogers has the amazing ability to write action scenes that are positively cinematic! In the tradition of kick-butt YA heroines like Katniss and Tris, Jocelyn Steely is a strong and engaging narrator who readers of all ages will want to follow on her many adventures!

This spy thriller is impossible to put down, and has some great chemistry between certain characters; I can't wait for book two!
Jennifer Bardsley
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers is a YA spy thriller that kills. Imagine James Bond as a teenage girl, and go from there. Jocelyn Steely is a trained assassin and North Korea’s top agent. But she has other plans for her life–ones that include turning herself over to the United States and becoming a double agent. Can she be trusted?

I loved this book so much! I wish it was April 2016 already, when Crossing the Line hits stores. I’ll save my full review until then.

But I will say this, in Crossin
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Sonya Mukherjee
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an exciting, suspenseful read! Jocelyn is a tough, brilliant heroine with a dark past and ambitious plans. This book is packed with cinematic action -- I could visualize these action scenes in a way that made me feel like I was watching a high-budget movie -- and a fast-paced, thrilling story. Woven into that story are a delightful, well-rounded cast of characters with complicated relationships and personalities. Jocelyn herself is complicated, too. As a North Korean spy, she's endured terr ...more
Kimberly Sabatini
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
Meghan Rogers' The Raven Files: Crossing The Line was an absolutely blast! It was like Alias, the Bourne Identity and Homeland all collided and I REALLY loved the mash up. This book is going to appeal to girls and boys alike and it absolutely has TV/Movie potential. And in case you wanted to know, I also love the cover. I can't wait to read the next book in the Raven Files.
Adriana Mather
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mystery, spies, assassins, suspicion...need I say more?

This rollercoaster of a plot is lead by a strong female protag (thanks to the author for that). There is non-stop action to keep you turning pages. And the side-glancing intrigue was reminiscent of a movie. Good fun!
Jennifer
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Jocelyn Steely, author Meghan Rodgers introduces us to a character with a ruthless past. She’s killed to save herself. She's an expert in taking down her targets, no matter what the consequences. But Jocelyn is still someone I rooted for. She’s a good person who was kidnapped from her parents and never given a choice to become anything but a spy.

Somehow, she manages to escape the North Korean agency controlling her and finds herself working for the good guys - in Wilmington, Delaware. (I wor
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Kurt Dinan
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lots of fun, a great role model for teenage girls, and some great action!
Wendy MacKnight
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Not only is Meghan Rogers going to have a stellar novel-writing career, she's also going to be a screenwriter at some point! This book and its characters jump off the page and take you for a thrill ride from page 1! I don't want to give away too many things, because there is so much cool world-building in this book! Our kick-ass heroine, Jocelyn, faces many challenges as she tries to breakaway from her North Korean captors and bring them down for what they did to her and her family. But will any ...more
Jillian Heise
This book kept me up too late at night because I never wanted to stop reading it. As any great spy novel does, it kept me guessing, turning pages, and rooting for the main character. It was exactly the book I needed to get me out of a reading slump. Fast-paced, thoughtful, engaging, and fun. I can not wait to read more of The Raven Files books!! Rogers has written a solid debut to recommend to readers who like Heist Society, Alex Rider, the Altered series, Alias, and Oceans Eleven.
Linda Grimes
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
CROSSING THE LINE is a tension-filled, action-packed joy to read. I would love to see this turned into movie, or possibly a TV series, since it appears there will be more to follow in the Raven Files series.
Olivia
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites, arc
Find my in-depth review on my blog.

Crossing The Line was a brilliant thriller and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Meghan Rogers did an amazing job on this debut, and I can't wait to read the sequel next year. :D
beachwhat
that ending tho. 4.5 solid stars for me.
Ellen
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The comparisons to the show Alias are accurate. This was a fun action book. It didn't really surprise me, but I liked it anyways. It is a bit darker and adult than most YA spy books I've read and included a few uses of strong language so I'd say it's for older teens. I can't wait for the next book. Luckily, it comes out in a couple weeks. I'm not good at waiting.

2017 challenge: an espionage thriller
Emma
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Grade: C
An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for review consideration.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Spy books are my jam, y'all. After all, I got my YA start with Gallagher Girls. In addition, Crossing the Line was one of my Sixteen 2016 Reads, so obviously I had high expectations going into it.
The start of the book was a bit slow. There were several training scenes and classroom scenes that I thought were unnecessary. Also, the drama with Agent Harper led nowhere. That was one pl
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Maxine Livingstone
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It is an attention grabber from the very beginning. There is nothing but non-stop action from beginning to ending. I loved everything and can not wait until the second book is published. I can't believe I have to wait until March to read the second book.
Ava Jae
Jun 02, 2015 added it
Shelves: young-adult
This was so fun! Action-y and exciting, I really enjoyed reading about a kickass girl spy who reminded me of Black Widow in her own story. If you like adventure and Mission Impossible/Bourne-type flicks, you'll want to pick this up. :)
Kerry
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a fun, page-turning thriller--think Alias meets the Bourne Identity in book form. Kick ass main character, high stakes, perfect pacing and great action scenes. I think teens are going to love this series.
Savi
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At the age of seven, Jocelyn Steely is kidnapped by KATO, North Korea’s spy agency. She’s young. Skilled. Ready to fight for whatever KATO wants. Ten years later, she is their number one spy and supposedly brainwashed of everything but KATO’s orders. Supposedly. When she steps onto US soil, where her parents’ history resides, she becomes their double agent, and works to face her last hurdle: destroying KATO and its programs. After gaining the trust of the director, Roy Simmonds, Jocelyn has to p ...more
Ally
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was
enjoyable to read because it had a little bit of everything. Meghan wrote this book with just the right ratio of Action, Adventure and she even threw in some mystery into the mix while writing it. She did this all while keeping the readers on their toes throughout
the whole book. Meghan made this book so while reading this book the readers would never want to put the book down and continue reading it all day. This book is great for people who enjoy reading action packed books with
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Jamie Coudeville
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jamie by: everyone who likes badass female characters and action packed novels!
This was everything I wanted from the Black Widow novel (and didn't get) AND MORE!! I'm so pissed at myself that I didn't get a physical copy of this (I usually enjoy books more that way). I LOVE the main character. I LOVE that this isn't romance heavy. I assume there will be some romantic developments between Jocelyn and Travis in the future but I'm glad it's slow burn (and I still hold out hope for her and Sam). I'm glad it didn't end with a cliffhanger (because that would've been really mean) ...more
Kat Helgeson
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have never seen action scenes so well executed in a YA. And such gripping suspense! The Raven Files are my pick for best debut series of 2016 so far, and I can't WAIT to read more of Jocelyn's adventures.
Victoria
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dpl
Yup I'm a fan. I have a weakness for dpy stories, & this one met all the requirements.
Book 2 please??
Haraiah Eve
Nov 29, 2015 marked it as to-read
If Jason Bourne were a teenaged girl…

HECK. YES.
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Meghan Rogers has been telling stories since she could talk and writing creatively since she was first introduced to the concept in third grade. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She lives in the Philadelphia area.

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