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The Raven Files #1

Crossing the Line

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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 it’s not quite as simple as that: Jocelyn has to fight the withdrawal symptoms from the drug that the North Koreans used to keep her in line, and her new fellow spies refuse to trust their former adversary. Worst of all, there might be some new information to uncover about her parents - if she even wants to find out.

This action-packed spy thriller is part Gallagher Girls, part Alex Rider, and part Bourne Identity.

368 pages, Hardcover

First published April 12, 2016

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Meghan Rogers

2 books86 followers
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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Profile Image for Laurie Flynn.
Author 9 books1,067 followers
October 16, 2015
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 a little girl and made to work as a spy in North Korea. I won’t give anything away as to why she didn’t try to escape—but let’s just say it’s both shocking and very sad. When her agency sends her to infiltrate the group her spy parents once worked for in the United States, Jocelyn sees an opportunity for freedom—and to shut down KATO, her North Korean agency, for its horrible practices and robbing kids like her of their childhoods. But Jocelyn doesn’t exactly get a warm welcome in the United States—especially not from the agent known as Scorpion, a boy she has faced off with in the field more than once. With barely anyone on her side, Jocelyn has to finish what she started—and uncover new and unsettling information in the process.

As a heroine, Jocelyn is a total badass. I don’t just mean that because she’s a highly trained spy who literally kicks ass—she struggles with serious inner demons and has more emotional baggage than most people who live a whole lifetime. I totally loved her relationship with Scorpion, which was fraught with tension—at first, just distrust, then some intense chemistry. Seeing their tenuous bond get stronger was one of my favorite parts of the book. The pacing is perfection, with twists and turns around every corner, and Meghan’s writing style is so fluid and intelligent. I stayed up way too late reading this book on more than one occasion, telling myself “just one more chapter.” And that’s the mark of an unputdownable book.

Oh, and I definitely won’t give anything away—but the ending, folks. That ending. I cannot wait for the next book in THE RAVEN FILES series!
Profile Image for Kali Wallace.
Author 26 books540 followers
December 31, 2015
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 the secret agent shenanigans and spy games the story never loses sight of how what these young people have to do--sometimes by choice, sometimes very much not--affects them, the guilt and regret and second-guessing of these incredibly high-stakes situations, and the choices they have to keep making. The emotional weight is real, although it's never a burden on the fast-paced action.

I want to read so many more books about Jocelyn and the other characters kicking ass and taking names all while figuring out how to relate to each other as people, not just super-competent secret agents. Highly recommended!

(I read an ARC of this book.)
Profile Image for S.M. Parker.
Author 3 books187 followers
October 2, 2015
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 chemistry? Yep. It’s all here, and works so well on the page! Jocelyn Steely is my new hero. (I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review)
Profile Image for Amy Allgeyer.
Author 2 books48 followers
September 2, 2015
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.)
Profile Image for Monique V.
548 reviews67 followers
June 16, 2016
Wow!! Just wow.

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


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 it just makes the book more interesting if you go in blind.

The characters in this book are great. Our main character is really strong but she is also very broken. she rarely let's people see how vulnerable she is. That is why her relationship with Scorpion was so intriguing. I loved how their relationship went from rivals, to hate, to understanding, and eventually friends. I think there is even a possibility of romance in the future books. I am so very exited to see where there characters go next. The story is intriguing and not boring at all. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!

Profile Image for Michelle Andreani.
Author 1 book126 followers
September 9, 2015
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!
Profile Image for Sarah Glenn Marsh.
Author 18 books768 followers
November 23, 2015
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!
Profile Image for Sonya Mukherjee.
Author 1 book113 followers
December 9, 2015
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 terrible things, and she's participated in terrible things. Her past is heartbreakingly serious and pivotal to her character. This emotional side to the story was, for me, just as riveting as the action itself -- and that's saying a lot. I'm definitely looking forward to the next in the series!
Profile Image for Kimberly Sabatini.
Author 1 book375 followers
September 28, 2015
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.
Profile Image for Adriana Mather.
Author 6 books2,326 followers
February 1, 2016
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!
Profile Image for Jennifer.
Author 11 books316 followers
December 29, 2015
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 worked in Wilmington for years and never guessed it would be the home base of a super-secret spy organization!) As Jocelyn struggles to come to terms with her past and gain acceptance in her new organization, Rogers creates an undercover world so realistic that I could easily picture every step of this thrilling adventure.

As for Jocelyn, even though she's tough and doesn't let people in easily, readers can see through the shell she’s built around herself for self-preservation purposes. She’s one of the best female action / adventure heroes I’ve read in a long time. And Jocelyn plus Travis is an even more powerful combination! I can't wait to read on and find out what happens in the next installment of The Raven Files.
Profile Image for Kurt Dinan.
Author 16 books183 followers
December 21, 2015
Lots of fun, a great role model for teenage girls, and some great action!
Profile Image for Wendy MacKnight.
Author 3 books83 followers
March 9, 2016
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 anyone believe her? Will anyone trust her enough To send her back in the field? Can she rebuild her life and maybe be reunited with her father? So many questions, and this thriller delivers!
Profile Image for Jillian Heise.
2,272 reviews481 followers
January 25, 2016
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.
Profile Image for Linda Grimes.
Author 5 books160 followers
September 28, 2015
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.
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82 reviews19 followers
July 9, 2022
FOR SURE 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I can't believe this is the first book I've read which involves espionage. Normally, I really enjoy watching tv shows or spy series, but it seems that I've never had a book involving this subject so far.

This is such a good book! The action is engaging, the characters are lovely and the plans presented are well thought out.

The main character, Joselyn Steely aka Viper had been kidnaped by KATO, a north korean spy agency. She has been working for them for 10 years and her last mission received was to infiltrate in IDA, an american agency where her parents used to work before she was kidnaped, and to find out what kind of intel IDA holds about KATO. But Joss wasn't as brainwashed as KATO thought. This was her chance to escape from KATO and to stop them.
Also, Joss is the best agent from KATO and also, the best agent from IDA even if her senses declined after the detox (KATO has invented some kind of a new drug that cause a kind of addiction that does not has been seen before).

At IDA Joss went through a difficult time because no one trusted her, except of a few people who knew about her mission. Agent Travis Elton aka is charge to take care of her even through she is one of his biggest enemies. Also, Travis was the best agent from IDA until Joss arrived :)). Over time he becomes more attractive and he starts to care about Joss after he finds out her truly mission. I must say I love Travis, he was so involved and he listened to Joss' stories and past, he took care of her and was with her when she needed and he also thinks twice, even through sometimes he made some mistakes :))

An other character I loved was Sam, a 16 yo student at IDA, an unborn hacker. Sam is also funny and he was one of the the few who had no problems with Joss from the beginning. Also Nikki won my heart :)

The last mission was the most interesting part of the book. I don't want to spoil it, but I understand all the decisions the author made in that part.

I really loved this book and it's such a easy lecture and also an exciting one. It is hard to find it in hardcover format, but you can find it easily on internet, if anybody want the files, I can send them.

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979 reviews22 followers
February 28, 2017
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
Profile Image for Gabe Novoa.
Author 5 books651 followers
August 8, 2015
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. :)
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August 30, 2018
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 prove her loyalty to the other agents, for some of them used to be her top rivals. Slowly, as she gains the trust and friendship of her peers, the question that ate away at the back of her mind slowly begins to creep up in front of her: how will she destroy KATO, and more importantly, what risks is she willing to take?

I can relate to Jocelyn, who is determined to destroy the one thing that (almost) destroyed her life as sometimes, I, too, have to put in everything I have to achieve a goal I most desperately want to master, occasionally discovering the unexpected.
3 reviews
April 26, 2018
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 a Jason Bourne twist. Meghan gives people deception,
betrayal, espionage all wrapped in this one book, she gave it all to the readers. Those who read it knows that it’s a great read and all who just tries reads it will definitely enjoy this book even if it’s not your favorite or preferred genre. The People who
still need the convincing to read it, well what can be told is this, it’s a book people should definitely try to read because of the way that Meghan just mixes her words together and her writing format is definitely worth a try. And if you readers finally decide to read it
then they will be thanking this report for later.

Profile Image for Olivia.
440 reviews19 followers
January 17, 2018
I love spy books. Crossing the Line is another one of those spy books. All the characters are super badass and amazing and I’m sitting on my bed eating. This actually happened while reading:

Jocelyn: decided to skip afternoon workout to get some research done
Me: oh my god you’re gonna lose your strength if you miss training again
Also me: literally eating a donut the size of my face

Anyways. This spy book is different than the other spy books I’ve read in the past and I really liked the change. It is awesome to see these two spy agencies go head to head and I liked learning about the two agencies. Spy books usually focus on a couple of characters and just the missions they go on, but Crossing the Line gave us that and more by showing us training sessions and classes as well.

I really liked the characters we got to know. Jocelyn is a badass who has flaws, but who can blame her? (Jocelyn needs a warm hug this instant.) She worked through a lot of them in this book, so I wonder how she will improve more in the next one. Travis is also pretty badass. I really appreciate that he accepts and understands that Jocelyn can and will beat his ass whenever necessary. (I’m also super happy they didn’t have any romantic relationship between the two [yet].) One of my favorite dynamics is enemies to friends so this book was super exciting. (It’s probably because I dislike instalove and it’s pretty hard to have instalove if you hate someone, ya feels?)

I also really liked Sam, Nikki, Cody, and Rachel, so I hope we get to spend more time with them and get to know them better in book two.

I really like the way the plot of the story is shaping out. I can’t wait to see what North Korea has up their sleeves and what our IDA spies are gonna do about it.
Profile Image for Emma.
Author 2 books73 followers
April 17, 2016
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 plot thread that was never wrapped up quite right, and I would've liked to at least know if it would be going somewhere in the sequel. There were other plot points that were left open, but I could tell they'll be addressed in the next book. Part of the reason I couldn't get into Crossing the Line towards the beginning was the lack of connection to the characters. Jocelyn felt a bit one-dimensional, and I didn't feel empathetic or necessarily want to root for her. All of the other characters were a bit stereotypical too.
The climax is when the book really picks up, and I started to get into it then. Through most of the book, I worried about a romance, though. All signs point to something starting between Jocelyn and Travis, but I honestly don't ship it. I kind of want to see a romance brew between Jocelyn and one of her classmates.
There's a lot of drug use via Jocelyn's addiction, thanks to the North Korean operatives. Also, there's a smattering of foul language and violence.

The Verdict: Fairly good, but not what I wanted it to be.
Profile Image for Jamie Coudeville.
1,111 reviews60 followers
April 1, 2017
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) but still set the stage for the next book. I NEED THIS TO BE MADE INTO A TV SHOW BTW! It gave me such early Nikita days vibes. I can't believe more people haven't read this book yet (yes I know it hasn't been out long).
Profile Image for Kat Helgeson.
Author 5 books38 followers
March 3, 2016
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.
January 31, 2020
A fantastic good start and I'm reluctant to read the second one, not because the ending wasn't awesome, but because I would want to know the third one was coming out soon. Going to keep up with this author though. She's good.
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15 reviews
November 5, 2022
favorite book of mine

I first read this book when it came out and was hooked. I reread it probably 2-3 times a year just to get lost in the story!! It’s the perfect mix of spy/mystery stuff but also some romance and found family!! I freaking love it and want a 3rd one so badly😭
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38 reviews
February 1, 2023
Really enjoyed this! I could barely put it down! The relationship that formed between two of the characters felt more real than in others stories featuring Enemies to Lovers. They didn't become lovers but they built a good friendship that felt more real than other romances.
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618 reviews19 followers
August 1, 2016
Yup I'm a fan. I have a weakness for dpy stories, & this one met all the requirements.
Book 2 please??
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