Book Review of “The Sway” by Ruby Knight

*I was given this egalley for free, in exchange for an honest review*

This is the first book I have read from Ruby Knight, and I was pleasantly surprised. I think readers that enjoyed the Shatter Me series will really enjoy this book. There are some similarities between the two series. I found myself flying through this book, it was written in a flowing manner, one that makes you want to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. I kept saying to myself, “One more chapter” until i reached the end of the book. I think it took around 4 hours to finish it. So it really was a fast read. And a good one at that. The part I think I liked the best were all the plot twists, followed quickly by answers. You didn’t have to wait for them, they came pretty quickly. Which I liked a lot.

Some parts of the book I felt came across as childish, maybe it was the word choice, or maybe I am not the target audience for this book. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the cursing throughout the book, I felt it kind of took away from the seriousness of the scene. But overall I am really impressed with this book, and I really do look forward to reading book 2. I wish it actually came in paperback, but so far, right now it’s just an eBook.

When I read the blurb about Ruby Knight, it became clear to me why I enjoyed the book and her writing so much. We have all of the same favorite authors, and I could see all of them, within her writing style, and within this book.

*Synopsis*

Her mission is to get close to him for inside information.

His mission is to kidnap her for a supernatural militant group.

Recruited in her teens for a life of espionage, Julia Caldwell, now 19, is the youngest CIA agent on record. Her mission is simple: get close to Cole Thomas for Intel on his father, a known and dangerous weapons dealer. As she grows closer to Cole, something is off. He might not be who she thinks he is. And worse, his mission will put an end to hers.

Always believing the government’s story that her purpose in life was to keep the world safe, Julia doesn’t know who to trust or who to believe. But now, THE SWAY has a different story—a different purpose for her—that goes well beyond all she ever imagined. (From Amazon)

*SPOILER ALERT, DON’T READ, IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED BOOK*

I knew that Julia and Cole would fall in love, I just was not expecting it to be so fast, like most YA books, the True Love, Soul Mates story line is a guarantee, some books build up to it, some books end with it, this book started out with it. Which was rather pleasant. Also Julia has a friend named Mikey, who she had Cole’s father save. I am crossing my fingers that the author doesn’t turn them into a love triangle, and can manage to keep them just friends. It would be refreshing!  I love the interaction between Julia and Cole’s father Hank. It is part of why I enjoyed this book so much.