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Crossing the Line

(The Raven Files #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Philomel Books
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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
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
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.)
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! ...more
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.


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

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!
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. ...more
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!
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
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.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
that ending tho. 4.5 solid stars for me.
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
Gabe Novoa
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. :) ...more
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. ...more
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
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
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
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. ...more
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…

Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first young adult fiction book I read was “Harry Potter” in the first grade. I fell in love with this book. Until about fifth grade, I only read these books. I would read them over and over again until I grew tired of it, and then after about two weeks, I was ready to read them again. After being so obsessed with this series, I never thought I would find a book that made me love reading the way “Harry Potter” did, but then I surprised myself. “Crossing the Line” is not only an action-filled ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Liz Friend
The story: Jocelyn was kidnapped as a kid and trained as an assassin by the North Korean KATO group. Now she's engineered an escape and wants to bring down the bad guys--but no one in the International Defense Agency's group of teen agents believes her. She'll have to prove herself to the team before she can get her revenge--but time is running out before a missile is launched and a war is started...and maybe before she falls in love with Scorpion, who totally hates her guts.

Mark Chernyak
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Crossing The Line by Meghan Rogers

How would feel to be ripped from your parents at the age of seven to be trained and abused to be a spy for North Korea? Crossing The Line by Meghan Rogers is an incredibly written suspense and action book that tells a story of a girl who was trained to be an assassin for a North Korean spy organization called Kato. Joseline is sent to an opposing American spy organization called the IDA to work as a double agent and report inside information on what they are doi
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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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