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A Shot Through the Heart

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The summer before senior year of high school is a stressful time of transition for most teenagers. For Samantha, it's a reminder that the life in front of her - a job at the mall, college, marriage, work, kids, and driving a minivan to soccer practices - is not the life she was destined for. Samantha has no idea how right she is. When her hidden talent is discovered, ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 12th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 1st 2012)
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Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Action-adventure and action heroine fans, with a bad language warning
Recommended to Werner by: My Goodreads friend DavidWittlinger
This book wasn't on my radar until a friend recommended it (thanks, David!). But it proved to be well worth the read --and further demonstrates that there are independent authors out there producing quality work, and who aren't getting the notice they ought to. J. C. Antonelli is one of these!

This is, unabashedly, modern pulp action-adventure, with a kick-butt female protagonist (a character type I like, as most of my Goodreads friends know). That doesn't mean it's without serious moral
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine you're a teenage girl who discovers she is the Annie Oakley of the greater San Diego area. Now imagine that skill makes you eligible for a life of spy-versus-spy international intrigue. In his debut novel, JC Antonelli makes this character come to life. Equal parts tough-as-nails assassin and sardonic observer of the world around her, Samantha jumps off the pages at you as you follow her adventures. Mixing humor and suspense throughout the story, Antonelli authored a page turner that ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A high school girl becomes an assassin and falls in love with the son of her target. I’m not sure if it is really a Young Adult novel, although I can see how a teenager would enjoy it. It’s light and moves quickly and is really funny. Jennifer, the main character, is diagnosed as being a sociopath, but she has a self-awareness that makes her fun and not scary. I was expecting more of the typical, morose teen assassin like you see in the movies and in other books, and I was pleasantly surprised ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun, well-done first book! I'm excited to have found it.

Yes, it's more a YA genre--but it's not remotely juvenile, and yes, it's a pretty quick and easy read. But unlike a lot of others, it went together well, had a very likeable main character, and a different premise.

It's not War and Peace folks, but I'd recommend it to anyone who reads for pure enjoyment.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny Young Adult story. The language can be a bit racy, but kids talk like that, and I guess if a girl is going to be an assassin, she is not worried about her language. It kept moving. A quick, fun read.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different storyline..... .

I liked this book because the storyline was impossible and a change from the normal and the heroine was hilarious. I love sarcastic humor.
Entertaining holiday read - great YA fiction, spies, feisty female lead, romance, rolled into quite the page turner.
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