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The Darkest Hour


3.97  ·  Rating details ·  984 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Never underestimate a pretty face.

My name is Lucie Blaise.

I am sixteen years old.

I have many aliases, but I am none of the girls you see.

What I am is the newest agent of the CO-7.

And we are here to take down Hitler.

After the Nazis killed my brother on the North African front, I volunteered at the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, DC, to do my part for the war eff
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Christina N
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I'm fresh out of finishing this book and DANG do I feel good about reading! Yeah, yeah, you guessed it. I love this book.

Now, let's talk about the epic action-y fighting pew pew stabby stabby scenes. I liked those. Lucienne was a favorite of mine.

I find the idea of WOMEN agents standing up, fighting, and fending for themselves an amazing idea. It supports feminism altogether.
Jacobe D.
Lucine Blaise is the newest recruit of Covert Operations. She is a part of the all girls group of spy's that has one mission: destroy Hitler and every dirty Nazi working for him.

The girls of Covert Ops have many disguises. They are every girl that you see and every girl that you don't. When Lucie's brother was killed fighting the Nazi's, Lucie made a promise to her beloved Theo. She promised him that she would not rest until Hitler was dead and paying for what he had done. Lucie was excepted in
Stephanie  Weatherly
Really enjoyed this concept for a historical fiction novel. The main character was a spy during WW2 for an organization called Covert Operations. She is strong willed, and throughout the book, learns to be confident and independent. Although the characters themselves are fictional, the book is based on stories of women spies throughout history. Definitely a topic I was not super familiar with. Great read for middle school students.
Isabella L.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was a really good book. I loved the action and adventure of the setting and climax. Friends and family die, yet Luise ( the main character ) stays in character throughout the story revealing the way she feels about being part of the OSS.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I've been a big fan of Caroline Richmond's since my first year of blogging.

I heard about The Only Thing to Fear, and immediately knew that this was an author I wanted to read. Since then, Caroline has only continued to impress me more and more with each of her projects, as she write stories about fierce, canny girls who are willing to go against the establishment, with a healthy dose of history thrown in.

InThe Darkest Hour, Richmond introduces us to Lucie, who has joined the Office of Stra
This review originally appeared on my blog,


At the start of THE DARKEST HOUR, Lucie’s biggest concern is successfully completing a mission and earning her title of “agent” in Covert Ops. But before she knows it, she’s in action up to her eyeballs, debating whether or not to trust a Nazi defector who has deadly knowledge about a new superweapon.

I was originally interested in THE DARKEST HOUR because, female teenage secret agents? I gobble that kind of thing up with a big spoon. I di
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #52 Read in 2017
The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond

This is a good piece of historical fiction, geared towards young adults. Lucie is a member of Covert Operations fighting against the Nazis. She is not always sure who to trust and who not to trust. Her life is constantly in danger and this book will keeps readers hooked to see if she makes it out alive. This book has good action, good historical perspective and interesting characters. I recommend it for high school readers as well as
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What a splendid book! It reminded me a little of Violins of Autumn, and it's almost as good. The plot twists and turns almost constantly with traitors and plots and vital information that may or may not be true. Also, as far as I can remember, there was no swear words (except, I think, for a French one that, admittedly, was used several times) and one of the only quibbles I have is that there was no romance and no really great male characters (except Major Harken). But it's an awesome read all t ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond, Lucie Blaise is the newest recruit in Covert Ops, a spy organization. She is 16 years old. Her brother was taken from her in the war and she decided to join to make him and the rest of her family proud. Along the way, Lucie discovers new things, meets new people along the way, and takes important messages away from each experience she goes through. She often thinks about her brother, Theo, during her experience and the rest of her family ...more
Carolyn Carpenter
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucie Blaise is a Covert Ops spy, a female spy organization a part of the French Resistance. She left behind her "comfortable" life in Baltimore. Left behind her job at a pastry shop. Left behind her poor mother, her alcoholic father, and her dead brother's girlfriend, Ruthie.

When Lucie is sent on a mission, she must question who she can and can't trust. Trusting the wrong person could kill her, literally.

Set during World War II, follow the thrilling story of Lucie Blaise as she takes on the N
Stephanie (Bookish Plans)
(Rated PG) Wow! This book was so good from start to finish. Lucile Blaise is a new recruit for Covert Operations that is strictly made up of teenage girls. Their missions are to infiltrate Nazi regime’s to gather intel and secret procedure’s. Except there’s a mole hidden in their field and Lucie doesn’t know who to trust. While reading, I had a hard time trusting any character which made me sit on the edge of my seat the whole time! Such an awesome WWII novel!!
Michael Kott
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Okay, I upped it to four stars. Well written, action packed WWII novel. I was looking for a change of pace and I got it. It's a great romance-less YA (main character is 16 and you would not want to meet her in a dark alley) WWII novel.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is set in occupied France in WWII. A clandestine group of OSS agents are on a mission to track down and interrogate a Nazi traitor about a weapon that once unleashed upon the world could bring down the whole allied forces under the thumb of Hitler. The agents happen to be young women. This book is full on intrigue and lots of blood, be prepared for the brutal portrayal of killing in this book, it does not gloss over the details. There is lies and deceit all through out which makes it a ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot kept me reading until the end, but the voice of the main character seemed too young for what was happening in the story.
Tracy Holland
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing young lady spy novel set in Europe during WWII. A good story, lots of action, but also quite a bit of violence as Blaise navigates the streets of France in the OSS.
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good! Love the women in war aspect, and the underdog in Lucie was fun to read. It was a bit predictable, but offered a good story line that will intrigue boys and girls alike. Worthy of a book club read and a decent choice for someone who's not super into historical fiction because WWII is more engaging than other aspects of history.
marti a
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
at the beginning, i won’t lie, this book was somewhat boring, but i knew that there was action to come, so i just had to be patient, and i was right! things started to get good once sabine and lucie left for their mission. the plot twists definitely make you rethink about trust issues, and teaches a good lesson on not to believe everything and everybody you hear and see. this book also has great action, and i believe it’s cool that the agents defeating the nazis are women. in the beginning, i wa ...more
Ms. Yingling
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Teenager Lucie Blaise's father is French, but she lived in the US. Now that her older brother has been killed in action during WWII, she has decided to use her linguistic skills and join the British covert ops team with other girls. Provided with a variety of different identities, she travels around on differnt missions. Her first mission is to kill an informant while she is disguised as a nun, but he claims to have more information, and she lets him
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was definitely an interesting book. I love how it gave us the view of a girl undercover agent. Usually we only hear about one side of the war, but did we ever think about the undercover agents working - risking their lives - to overthrow Hitler in the war? I sure didn't. After the Nazis killed her brother, she - Lucie Blaise - naively volunteered to do her part in the war. I'm not exactly sure she thought this through throughly, but what can I say? If I had a brother, and he was killed in the ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by The Darkest Hour because I have been recently leaning more towards novels that contain historical fiction and strong, powerful, heroines. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy reading romance novels but sometimes it is nice to read something different.

Lucie is an American who signed on as a part of operations in Europe and became a member of a covert ops group filled with powerful women all looking to taking down Hitler. However, you can never really trust anyone especially when
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this copy of The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond and was glad I did!

The Darkest Hour is a historical fiction YA novel that takes place during WWII and the Nazi regime. Lucie Blaise is part of Covert Ops, a group of teenaged girls, who act as spies and assassinate key people assisting the Nazi party. Lucy isn't a very good assassin, but she's forced to be one when something terrible befalls the organization. Can she rise to the occasion and figure out who is behind the infiltration o
Naytona Faedtke
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was really good, it is about a girl named Lucie Blaise, who joins a secret organization to kill hitter and his henchmen, and faces many horrifying truths.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Rylan Schultes
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed "The Darkest Hour" by Caroline Tung Richmond. The author included many plot twists and a lot of character development. The main character is Lucie Blaise. She is sixteen years old, and she volunteered to work for the French Resistance against the Nazis'. The Nazis' killed her brother, so she went to the Resistance to do her part. She expected to receive a desk job, but instead, she was assigned to the field after training. This comes as a shock to her. Not to mention she did this witho ...more
Bonnie Barrow
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I was pleasantly surprised with that, too. I was expecting a cliche story about a Mary-Sue who falls in love with the enemy and everything ends happily ever after. What I received was a gripping novel about a young woman's struggle to do what's right - despite unimaginable loss and hardships along the way. I LOVED the fact that ! That was truly something special about this novel. Richmond didn't succumb to the usual tropes in young adult fiction and provided us with a fresh no ...more
Rachel Reall
The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond (historical fiction)
The historical fiction novel The Darkest Hour written by Caroline Tung Richmond is about the adventures of a young woman named Lucie Blaise. Lucie wants to get back at the Nazis after the death of her beloved brother which I admired because this strongly shows family loyalty. She does this by going against the law by teaming up with an illegal group. Although the group is located in Germany, Lucie gets sent to France where she must
Hayleigh D.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Unlike Nazi women, I'm not here to keep his home and hid bed warm"-Lucie (105). Wow this book is amazing, usually I'm not into books very much but this book kept me wanting more. This is one of the best books I have read in a while, I rarely give books a 5 star rating but this one really deserves it. The darkest hour follows a 16 year old girl name Lucie who works for the Covert Operation. The reason Lucie has joined Covert is because she wants to avenge her brother Theo who died in the war tha ...more
Whitney- Lifestyle of a Blessed Bookworm
This book was a great historical with a strong female presence. I was so intrigued by the story line that I found myself trapped within the mystery. Each page I was trying to piece together the timeline and person's of interest. I was pleasantly surprised by how unpredictable it all was.

If you are female rights advocate or a feminist at heart, you will eat this story up. Even if you aren't, it will lend a new appreciation for women heroes that made a huge impact on our history. Lucie will forev
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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