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They Call Me Alexandra Gastone

(Alexandra Gastone #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  100 reviews
When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?

Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation.

She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine
ebook, 226 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by Full Fathom Five Digital
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
It has been quite some time since I really enjoyed YA. And this one did it, somehow. Or maybe I'm such a sucker for wonderful grandparents story.

Another thing going for it is the subtle antipropaganda indoctrination which one can see around the text. Q: No longer a child, I now knew why I’d been shown the images, and I also knew they weren’t all true. (c)
Warnings should go with this!
1. The political background here is abismal. America is a bodygard to some invented Olissa country. It's bodygard
Paula M
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc
"For the blood of the fallen. For the blood of the living. For Olissa we fight."

 Heck yeah!! What a badass book. Have you ever read a book that while reading it, you just have that strong feeling... that feeling that says 'YESS THIS BOOK SHOULD BE A MOVIE' It was like I was watching a film throughout the book, and I can't take my eyes off the screen.

 Whether she's Milena or being Alexandra Gastone, its clear that I love this character, I remember this love towards a character bef
Lindsay Cummings
A solid debut that has both heart and smarts. Clever, solidly paced, and with a killer voice, THEY CALL ME ALEXANDRA GASTONE is a blast to read. Bring on the sequel!
Kelly Gunderman
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley-reads
Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Alexandra Gastone has a seemingly great life to all those on the outside. She has a boyfriend, she does well in school, and she lives with and is close to her grandfather, who works in the CIA. She is on track for college (Princeton is the plan), and she herself wants to work for the CIA.

However, everything is not quite what it seems.

Who is Alexandra, really?

It turns out, "Alexandra Gastone" is really a spy from Olissa, where s
Rachana Hegde
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Disclaimer: This book was provided by Full Fathom Five Digital via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
**This is a DNF review of They Call Me Alexandra Gastone

So I was kind-of excited about this book and when I initially started reading, I thought I would probably end up finishing this ARC and giving it at-least 4 stars. But my excitement slowly petered out and I realized that I didn't want
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book from the pubisher via NetGalley.

While enjoyable, this book sadly didn't meet my expectations.

You can read my full review on my blog.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it


After having the book blast on 'They call me Alexandra Gastone' a couple of months back, I was immensely intrigued by the synopsis. In this day and age, the story line is anything but far fetched and it definitely drew a cord watching the unrest in the Middle East that has been brewing for such a long time.

Of course the book is not referring to this conflict specifically (though it may have draw inspiration from it in part). Rather, It sets a very strong portrait of the thoughts and feelings
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I started out really not liking this book, because as far as the spy things go, there was NOTHING aside from the very first couple of pages. When I read spy novels, I expect at the very least a couple things that make me think "James Bond" or "Gallagher Girls" or...something. But Alexandra(?...I mean, according to the title, they DO call her that, even if she really...isn't.) doesn't really do a whole lot of that at first, and when she does, it's rather subdued in comparison to many dif
Angela Street
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alexandra is a sleeper agent into a CIA agent's home. She has been posing as the man's(Albert's) granddaughter for seven years and is deeply ingrained in her new life to the point that she is starting to develop real feelings for Albert and her boyfriend, Grant. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to juggle both lives. When Perun decides to activate her to kill a man and bring her grandfather down w Alexandra has to make a difficult decision that could change everything.

This was a fa
Angel Hatfield
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
Melina was being transformed into Alexandra through learning her mannerisms and plastic surgery. She was to be a spy for her country. She was also beaten so it was believed that she had been in a car accident. She was to Albert Gastone's granddaughter. He was a member of the CIA, although he could retire. Alexandra, who was really Melina, now had a really great boyfriend and was popular.
Melina was a caring person. Even though s
Tracy Banghart
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
While this book didn't have quite as much action as I was expecting, I found it totally fascinating. Milena/Alexandra made for a very compelling main character, and watching her try to navigate her role as a sleeper agent and a high school student was really interesting. There were a lot of twists and turns, great tension, and a good setup for a sequel. Can't wait to read more about these characters! ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Source* Amazon
*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

“For the blood of the fallen. For the blood of the living. For Olissa we fight.”

They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is the first installment in author T.A. Maclagan's Alexandra Gastone duology. 17-year old Milena Rokva was given away by her father when she was only 7 years old. She was given to an organization called Perun who may be called freedom fighters in some circles. They claim to be fighting for Olissa independenc

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Alexandra is a high school cheerleader, a great student, a doting girlfriend and a loving granddaughter. Only she isn't Alexandra. And she isn't any of those other things either. She is a spy ... a sleeper agent and she's just biding her time until she is activated by her home country. The time is coming soon and Alexandra is determined to avenge the death of a loved one and serve her country.

Spy books are some of my favorites to read. Years ago, I
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got this book through NetGalley.

When I requested this book, I knew that I was going to enjoy it, because I love espionage thrillers. What I didn't know is that I was going to enjoy it so much. I definitely recommend this book to all the people who like YA espionage books.

While not an adult book, it's more mature than I expected. I don't mean it in the sense of graphic, because while death and murder are mentioned, they're not very detailed in their description.

I didn't know that this book
**I received a copy in exchange for my honest review**
When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?
The book follows Alexandra as she is dropped as a sleeper agent into a CIA agent's home. Alexandra has been posing as the man's granddaughter for roughly seven years and she is deeply ingrained in her new life. So much so that she is starting to develop real feelings for Albert and her boyfriend, Grant. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the ruse. So when Perun deci
Wow! I l.oved this sooo much. Alexandra (Milena) is so my kind of girl. I gobbled it up in one sitting and now I'm desperate for the next one! Fantastic read!

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Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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What an exciting debut. I didn't want to put it down. That ending tho! Please tell me there will be another one. ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spy and CIA fiction fans, this book is for you. I am a fan of books like this. Girl from Russia is trained to be a sleeper agent in America. This is a wonderful mix of YA contemporary and YA thriller. It is not hard-nosed and in your face like the Borne Identity but it is a thrill ride just the same. A softer focus for a younger audience. 

Melina is a Russian sleeper agent placed as the granddaughter of a top CIA official. She was mostly biding her time until she was called into action. Funny thi
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars

This was lent out to me by a friend via ebook format and I hadn't realized that this story only existed via ebook. I thought it would be a lot longer than it actually was and that's such a disappointment! I was so into the plot and I get now why it felt like it was skipping over important bits because it had no time - it was so rushed but I was intrigued! I wanted more and sad there wasn't any. I think for that reason, I didn't purchase the second book, even with that cliffhanger.

Kj (Birds Love Words)
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a book! I was enthralled with it from the first page.

Imagine being seven taken from your family to a school and trained to be a sleeper spy. Then shipped off at 10 with the aim of analysing all those around you, acting as someone that would be able to develop contacts, a position and profile that would most benefit your organisation, while waiting to be activated to serve your country. This is exactly what happened to Milena and boy was it great to read.
"Outside of your life with Gastone,
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s impossible to be yourself when you’re too busy being someone else. Milena Rovka has lived the last five years in a spy facility, training to be someone else when the time comes. Plastic surgery and a few scars change who she is and her mission is set: become Alexandra Gastone, graduate high school, get into Princeton, and infiltrate the CIA. The only problem is that she can’t have any emotional connection to the people in her new life—and then she does. War lines get blurred quickly, and sh ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
At A Glance
No too much spying but lots of deep emotion.
The Good
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone was all about Alexandra Gastone aka Melina. Who would have thunk with that title, right? hehe. Don't go into this one expecting a major spy thriller. This is very much an emotional read about a spy who doesn't want to be a spy.

I got caught up in this story really fast. It seems slow, but Alexandra was so interesting it was hard to be bored. She struggles through the book in choosing between
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, ya-fiction
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan is a young adult novel. Milena Rovka is a young girl who was born in Olissa. At age seven her father took her to Compound Perun. Perun is a school that trains children to be spies. By the time she was eleven she had been trained and had plastic surgery to change her face. Milena Rovka no longer exists. She is now Alexandra “Lex” Gastone. Perun is having her replace the real Alexandra Gastone whose grandfather, Albert Gastone, works at the CIA. The ...more
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is the first book in the young adult spy & mystery series by T.A. Maclagan. The series is aptly titled the Alexandra Gastone series. I think I will need to read the second book in the series to be able to fully develop my thoughts because one of my main issues with They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is that I thought it was going to be more of a spy book, and the series very well might be, but this first installment felt more foundational to me, setting up the stage an ...more
Christina Marie
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
**This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review**

I didn't really know what to expect when I started this book. While it's not the most original premise that I've come across, the story is still unlike anything that I've come across in a long while. And I found it refreshing. I've never heard of T.A. Maclagan, but I think she's going to be a fantastic writer of some amazing stories because I really enjoyed this one.

What drew me to this story was the title. THEY CALL ME ALEXANDRA GAST
J.A. Ironside
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Copy supplied by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed. It has all the right ingredients - an interesting premise, a well drawn lead who has to battle with her own internal conflict, action, a host of excellent supporting characters - and yet something went wrong for me in the actual recipe. One draw back was a very uneven pace. I was 70% of the way through the book before it finally kicked into gear, having sputtered, revved and died a num
This book had me from the first page and all the way through. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is a perfectly paced thriller to keep you flipping pages, it has an incredibly smart plot with twists you couldn't foresee. I loved reading this and can't wait for the sequel.

The plot in this novel was incredibly smart. The whole book had me mindblown. I'm still sitting here, flabbergasted, thinking "did I read this?" and "I loved reading this, give me more!" Its about this girl, Milena, who is working a
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
"When your life is a lie, how do you know what's real".

Well one thing that I know as real, this book was really lie! I highly enjoyed it and finished it in one sitting, it was like I was watching a movie, in fact, this would translate really well over to the big screen- Hollywood? Movie Deal? Thoughts?

Alexandra aka 'Milena' was such a wonderful character, and I felt the struggle that she had with her duel persona, as well as the feelings she had developed with the people in her 'false
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is a story filled with more twists and turns that keep the reader seriously engaged. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for review. I love espionage stories and this story fits nicely into that label. It has something for all readers, a bit of romance, a bit of action and a lot of intrigue and mystery. Milena is a girl whose father abandoned her to a group called Perun in the country called Olissa where they live in what looks like it is in the Middle Eas ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was full of action and really interesting characters. Despite a slow beginning, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enveloped in the storyline Maclagan has crafted.

The first half of the book was really slow, but once I hit midway I had to keep reading.

Each character had a lot of subtle personality that I really enjoyed. Grant, Lex's boyfriend, was a prime example of someone with dimension. Instead of being the stereotypical jock, he was perceptive and had a talent for photography
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T.A. Maclagan is a Kansas girl by birth but now lives in the bush-clad hills of Wellington, New Zealand with her Kiwi husband, son and four pampered cats. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in anthropology, she’s studied poison dart frogs in the rainforests of Costa Rica, howler monkeys in Panama and the very exotic and always elusive American farmer. It was as she was writing her ‘ju ...more

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