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Proof of Lies
     

Proof of Lies

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by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
 

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Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is

Overview

Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633756076
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
03/07/2017
Series:
Anastasia Phoenix , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
349,849
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama, as well as Mirror, Mirror, a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth. In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by LatinoStories.com, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards. In June, Diana will begin her new position as Creative Writing Teacher for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.

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Proof of Lies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ethel55 5 months ago
Anastasia Phoenix has faced a lot of loss in her young life. After being moved around the globe with her mom and dad's engineering jobs, she and her sister Kiera wind up making Boston their home after their parents are killed by a drunk driver. There's quite a few books in this type of genre and while it's definitely a fast paced adventure, I wanted different reactions from the characters. There is a family mystery entangled within a race around Europe to find answers to Kiera's 'murder/disappearance'. Anastasia keeps reaching out to family friends and co-workers, and not everyone is who they seem. I found that frustrating while I read, always wanting her to be less trusting. By the time it resolves, it's clear that there is more to the story, and I hope in the next one, Anastasia is more careful about who she tells what.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous 7 months ago
Proof of Lies is kind of like Spy Kids except instead of going up against masterminds to get her parents back, Anastasia’s sister has been taken and while the American authorities have deemed it a homicide, Anastasia is convinced her sister is still alive. She sets off to Rome in the hopes of finding her sister but instead lands herself in the middle of a massive conspiracy surrounded by spies. It’s a crazy adventure full of suspense, mystery, and action. Proof of Lies is definitely an adventure. Anastasia is kind of a loner. Due to her parents’ jobs their family moves around a lot. I’m not just talking from one town or one state over but they move all over the world, constantly. So, when her parents are killed in a car accident, Anastasia and her older sister, Keira, hold down the fort in their last house. They’re getting by but the tension between her and her sister are high. They are each coping with the loss of their parents in different ways. Anastasia shuts down and Keira throws herself into booze and boys. However, one of those boys turns out to be the enemy that leads Anastasia on a wild goose chase through Rome in the hopes of getting her sister back. I really enjoyed the fact that the story wasn’t just black and white. It wasn’t a bunch of spies attacking Anastasia and her sister because Keira was simply asking questions about their parents and their jobs. Pieces start to fall into place and you soon realize there’s a whole other conflict going on that goes so much deeper than just that. I don’t want to go into details about anything and accidentally give something way. Let’s just say that as the story progresses, more and more gets added to Anastasia’s plate and it’s a race against the clock sort of puzzle for her to solve. While I enjoyed the suspense of this novel, there were times where I wanted to shake Anastasia for her stupidity. I mean, meeting a potential enemy alone, stupid… chasing after your sisters kidnapper down deserted roads, stupid… trusting ANYONE with your safety and important information, stupid. There were so many times where this girl should have died because she didn’t think. She had a couple other people with her on this journey that she could have relied on, told about her discoveries, but instead she goes to the enemy. Let’s just say that I wouldn’t have been surprised if she’d gotten herself killed. Actually, I’m kind of surprised that she didn’t. However, I suppose this gives her character room to grow throughout the remaining books. Proof of Lies is a fast-paced mystery filled with conspiracies and spies. While the main character had her flaws the story itself was a fun read. There was suspense, mystery, a tiny smidgen of romance, and even though part of the story is concluded, there’s still more that Anastasia and the gang need to uncover. If you’re in the market for a young adult suspenseful mystery, then give Proof of Lies a shot. *I was provided an arc copy for my honest opinion via the publisher*
onemused 9 months ago
“Proof of Lies” is a unique YA spy novel. Anastasia has been raised by her sister Keira ever since their parents died in a fiery car crash years ago. They had always had an unusual life, moving frequently around the globe for their parents’ jobs with Dresden- a company owned by her mother’s ex and which employs families. Keira had been on track for an MD in Boston but turned to nursing when their parents died. Anastasia feels like Keira resents her for having to take care of her, and they both have been grieving for their lost family and tense relationship. All that changes when Keira goes missing one morning and the bathroom is covered in her blood. The police and authorities insist that Keira would be dead from that blood loss, but Anastasia is unwilling to give up on the only family member she has left. Soon, clues begin to surface that lead Anastasia on a search for Keira across the globe to Italy, where she learns her parents may not have just been engineers working for Dresden- they may have been spies. Anastasia is accompanied by Marcus, another “Dresden kid” who she is undeniably attracted to, and together they follow the leads to learn what happened to Keira. Anastasia unwittingly becomes a spy herself as she is forced to follow the clues and paths laid out for her- all while questioning the ease/reliability of what she learns. Overall, it was an interesting read- the beginning and end of the book were absolutely fantastic! They are fast-paced and intriguing. The middle of the book got a little dull as they slowly uncover clues (some pretty coincidental/lucky) and learn little tidbits about Anastasia’s family’s past. There are quite a few side characters that serve to facilitate a piece of the story. The romance was OK, but broke the tension of spy thriller/chase in the book (could help younger readers, but I found it a little distracting). I am really curious to see how this story will evolve with the upcoming sequels. It’s a strong read and we witness the evolution of a normal citizen into a spy, which is really fun! Of note, Anastasia is an unsupervised minor (at 17 years old) exploring some dangerous situations around the globe, but her involvement is generally kept pretty surface-level as far as thrillers go, so it seems pretty non-threatening- however, I am somewhat surprised the authorities aren’t trying to lock her down with her guardians/more concerned about these trips (but I guess they probably have bigger fish to fry). It’s quite an adventure overall and a really fun read! Please note that I received an ARC from the publishers through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
ladytechie 9 months ago
Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallace is a completely awesome, exciting book. I received a free copy from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Proof of Lies fits right in with one of my favorite topics to read about, in fiction and non-fiction, espionage and spies! Anastasia and her sister Keira are both in a "funk" even years after losing their parents to a car crash. Move after move. They move to new locations all over the world following their parents' work as engineers at Dresden. It has taken its toll on Anastasia. Each time she's been told this was home for a while so she has made friends and become involved in activities at her school in Boston. Then suddenly they are gone. She is left with Keira, who is just the age of adulthood herself, to finish raising her. Anastasia is trying to keep herself going and Keira appears to be going off the rails with partying, drinking and bad boyfriend after boyfriend. Keira disappears and Anastasia is devastated by the way she disappeared and by yet another loss of a loved one. Their roommate Charlotte is there for Anastasia and she is doing what she can for Anastasia. But, things have changed. Anastasia is lost this time and Charlotte is doing what she can to help her find her way back even if it means to find out what really happened to Keira. Anastasia is convinced that Keira is not dead and is doing what she can to find her. Charlotte is a computer genius that is with her every step of the way and the search takes them across the world and they have no idea who they can trust because no one is who they seem, including Keira’s last boyfriend. Proof of Lies is one of those books that resonates with the reader if they have a sibling, even if they are the older sibling who has been made responsible for a younger sibling even for five minutes. The resentment, arguing and sometimes ill-treatment of that sibling. Parents do not mean to have a hand in that relationship, but, sometimes they do because they cannot help but treat the children different. Maybe it is not because they like one better than the other, but, because the children are different with different needs and personalities. The parents also have personalities that just seem to mesh better with one child, not because they like the other one less, but, because they have things in common. Sometimes, just the age difference is enough for the siblings to not have as close of a relationship as they could. Keira and Anastasia seem to have a pretty close relationship but that is put to the test with the loss of their parents. Keira’s disappearance makes Anastasia realize her part in how their relationship has turned. But, what is one of the best parts of this story is that Anastasia knows her limitations and despite all of them she uses the people and tools she must search for her sister. But, in the middle of understanding more about her relationship with Keira, she learns more about herself and her parents. Proof of Lies is the great start to an action-packed thriller with a great mystery and I look forward to the next book! Review can also be seen at LadyTechie’s Book Musings http://LadyTechiesBookMusings.blogspot.com.
RoxyKade 9 months ago
This book was a fast-paced, action-packed, adrenalin ride that dragged me right into the dark heart of political espionage. I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning, and stayed, glued with suspense, each step of the way as Anastasia journeyed to find her sister, and ultimately uncover the truth that would change her life forever. I can only imagine the fear that tore through Ana at the start of this book and it was heart-breaking to watch her as she went through the motions. Having lost so much in life, she was a true fighter and she really stepped up to the plate; even in the face of death. This book was thrilling. It held me captive until the very last page, and I cannot wait to dive into the sequel. With so many threats hanging over their heads, and having found their way into my heart, I am intrigued to see how Ana and her friends will make it through yet another treacherous adventure filled with danger.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks 9 months ago
Diana Rodriguez Wallach's Proof of Lies follows young Anastasia Phoenix as she steps into a world of espionage and secrecy while fighting to get her sister back. Anastasia and Keira have already dealt with the blow of losing their parents in a fiery car crash. When Anastasia discovers signs of her sister's possible demise, she sinks into a depression so deep only the barest scrap of evidence that Keira's alive can pull her out of it. Along with their best friend, Charlotte, and a new transfer student, Anastasia uncovers a shocking conspiracy. Proof of Lies is very similar to AnnaLisa Grant's Oxblood, but with a more complex storyline that ties into a larger plot. Where Victoria Asher becomes whatever she needs to become to save her brother, Anastasia Phoenix would rather beat down walls to get answers. In other words, Anastasia is a blunt force that dives head first into a situation that could end in her death. Someone with no experience, no resources or knowledge of the secretive world she has stumbled upon, can't just demand answers. Otherwise, the dialogue sounds like someone asking a lot of questions that won't be answered. The story moves at a decent pace that allows you to absorb the facts that are revealed throughout the story. There isn't a lot of action in the traditional sense, but the tone of the story is just the same. There's an adrenaline rush that comes from wanting to find out what happened to Keira and discovering what's at the end of Anastasia's journey. Compared to the time it took to get to the climax, the ending seemed a little rushed. On the other hand, it could be that the revelations at the end of the story will be more focused on in the next installment. Either way I'm definitely willing to see where Lies That Bind takes us. There are more secrets to unfold and plot twists to explore! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
krlga 9 months ago
The last thing Anastasia said to her parents was that she hated them. That same night they died in a car accident. Now three years later, she and her older sister/guardian Kiera have been attempting to move on, Anastasia with not letting people get close to her, Kiera with random hookups and alcohol. But after one night of partying, Anastasia only finds a bathtub full of her sister's blood. With all signs pointing to her murder, Anastasia refuses to give up.With the help of her and her sister's mutual friend Charlotte and the cute Marcus, Anastasia is on a mission to find her sister, regardless of everyone thinking she is dead. I did not know a lot about this book when I first started reading, but what I discovered was so much better than what I could have hoped for. I guess this could be called a teen mystery full of action, with adventure, suspicion, conspiracy, danger, world travel and a dash of romance. The story was so fast paced and engaging, with twists that caught me off guard and a questionable resolution. As a side note, at times reality needed to be suspended when it came to the things a 17 year old girl could take on, such as trained assassins, figuring out things the police can’t and other such obstacles. The author did a great job of creating a back story as to why she can fight, why she knows languages, her random connections to all these odd people, her financial backing. I liked the concept of Anastasia, even if it is not the most realistic of books- it’s called fiction though, so it totally works. The author created so many possible suspects, twists and potential motivations that I was kept on my toes the entire time (and the book really played on my emotions too!). Honestly, at one point or another, everyone was a suspect in my book. I wanted to stay positive like Anastasia that Kiera was alive, but all the signs pointed to the opposite, and I had no idea what Anastasia would find at the end of her journey. I had no idea that this was the first in a series until I got to the end of the book. It makes perfect sense though, with all the twists and turns and huge bombs dropped that I need to know more about. I am exited to get my hands on the next book and to experience the action, mystery and danger right along with Anastasia. I received this title in return for my honest review.
JoleneHaley 9 months ago
Okay, this book was awesome for a number of reasons. 1. It’s a girl spy book. HELL TO THE YES AMIRIGHT. There are far too many spy books out there, and not enough girl spy books and the fact that this was the case with Proof of Lies made me very happy. 2. Travel: I don’t know about you but I don’t have the cash to travel to Italy. But here I was, sitting in my dreary tan cubicle at lunch time, and I was transported away to the beautiful country of Italy. The imagery was fantastic and the author painted such an excellent picture, I felt like I was there with the main character. 3. Voice: The author has a fantastic voice. I loved the main character and she was believable. I cared for her right off the bat and I wanted things to work out for her! It wasn’t as easy as me caring to fix her problems unfortunately but I loved that I cared, oh goodness how I cared!!!! 4. Pacing: I love fast paced reads and this is one of them! There doesn’t seem to be an extraneous, time wasting detail in this entire book. Everything was perfectly written and planned to move the plot forward and I found myself almost unwilling to function in a normal life until I could see how this entire thing played out! I loved the pacing. Fast. Furious. Wonderful. 5. Courage: I think that all too often society links courage with men. And it was so wonderful to have this heroine, determined to save her sister, with such a crazy amount of courage that there’s no doubt that Anastasia is a Gryffindor. She will do ANYTHING to get to the bottom of the mystery. ANYTHING. And that takes a great amount of bravery and courage to put yourself at risk to save someone you love. And Anastasia did it again and again. 6. Kissing: Self-explanatory and I don’t want to ruin it so read this book. If you like mysteries, thriller, fiery heroines, well-written words, or adventure, you will LOVE this book. You’re welcome in advance.
TheThoughtSpot 9 months ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach. Anastasia lives with her sister Keira in their family home after their parents died in an accident a few years earlier. Keira gave up medical school and works as a nurse to take care of her younger sister. The morning after a party, Keira disappears, leaving behind a bathroom full of blood and no sign of a body. A distraught and depressed Anastasia knows Keira is alive and needs help. Their mutual best friend Charlotte is amazing with technology and she's helping with Keira's case. Charlotte's parents are Anastasia's legal guardians now. As Charlotte and Anastasia hunt for clues, the mystery deepens and more people become a part of the mystery, either as suspects or helpers or both. I love this book and it made me realize how much I enjoy mysteries. Proof of Lies became unputdownable and I was pulled into Anastasia's life and her searches across the globe. The author's writing is flamboyant, smooth and believable. The clever writing and word play are entertaining, such as, "It felt like I was one giant headache lately - eat, sleep, breathe, Tylenol." Great humor! I appreciate the facts at the end of the story and the excerpt of book two of the Anastasia Phoenix series, Lies That Bind. Clean read worth 5 stars!
FangirlInfinity21 9 months ago
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest opinion. Major Spoilers!!!! I really liked this story. It reminded me of the shows Castle and Freeform’s Guilt. If you like mystery or thriller books, movies, or tv shows you will definitely like reading this book. The story is set up well and the writing makes you never want to put the book down. I like the main character Anastasia Phoenix because, in the beginning, she was just your average teenager in high school. Her parents worked for Dresden a science company. She went on trips all around the world with her older sister Keira and her mom and dad. Later in the story, her parents get into a fiery car crash and die. It breaks her older sister Keira, who is put in charge of raising Anastasia which causes upheaval. Little did Anastasia know that her mom and dad have been spies for years! Keira goes to investigate her parent’s history with being spies in all. It’s Keira’s thirst for her parent’s double lives that in the end gets her kidnapped. Anastasia goes on a hunt to Italy to talk to a lead in Keira’s disappearance, because the police don’t seem to be finding out any information at all. She gets a lead from someone in Italy who may be of help. Anastasia arrives in Italy and finds out her parent much deeper and darker paths that they have lived all along. In Italy, Anastasia discovers who took her sister and that her parents are alive! In the ending Anastasia discovers another secret that I myself didn’t see coming. She learns that Randolph Urban, the man who worked with her parents at Dresden and who happened to pay for her trip is her real father. Once the CIA gets involved they make Anastasia and Keira go into hiding for protection. Later her friends who helped along the way Charlette, Marcus, and Julian meet again. Now the sisters are determined to find out all about their parent’s background. This is a really well-told story and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
melraby 9 months ago
“The door swung open. All I saw was blood (pg. 34).” Wallach has done it again! Another excellent start to a new trilogy. This time she has created a nail-biting YA thriller that draws you in from the start. I was up all night with Anastasia turning page after page to see what new twist and turn Wallach was going to throw at me. I laughed out loud, gasped, and cried as I was taken on an adventure through Italy to learn the secrets of Anastasia’s family. Book 2 can’t come soon enough! I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book, but now I have to wait even longer to find out what happens to Anastasia.