You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles Series #1)

You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles Series #1)

by Kristen Orlando

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Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

A girl raised to be an elite spy is torn between honoring her family's legacy and living a normal life with the boy she loves in this thrilling YA debut.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

Praise for You Don't Know My Name:

"This is my ideal sort of book, full of tension, action, romance, family issues, and a girl struggling to figure out her identity. Kristen Orlando has created a kickass character—literally!—I was won over instantly. I can't wait for the sequel!" —Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Pretty Little Liars series

"Debut author Orlando strikes a fast-paced, flirty, and mostly believable balance between timely teenage conflicts (crippling anxiety, fruitless study sessions, humiliating house parties) and pure peril. This one’s a page-turner, and the unexpectedly catastrophic conclusion—and lingering promise of sweet revenge—suggests Orlando, much like Reagan, is just getting started." —Booklist

"At its core, it is an action-packed novel about searching for oneself in the midst of heavy expectations. The violence is plot-advancing rather than gratuitous, while the main character is a strategizing, brave teen who is attempting to find her way both in the moment and into her own future. A solid addition to high school collections, especially those with patrons who love stories of spy craft and secret identities, with a splash of romance." —School Library Journal

"This action-packed suspense novel is the first in a new series that features a kick-ass female protagonist whose training regimen and smoldering love interest rival that of Divergent’s Tris Prior." —Bookpage

"If you are a fan of Ally Carter's Gallager Girls or Heist Society, You Don't Know My Name needs to be on your radar. The protagonist is a strong, likable character and the romance that develops is sweet. Then there is the heart-stopping action and the suspenseful and explosive ending." —Romantic Times Book Review

From the Swoon Reads community:

“I couldn't put this book down! I was reading it from my phone, my tablet, and my work computer! I like how the fight scenes felt so real - my heart was pounding! I can't wait to see the sequel. I hope this becomes a Trilogy!” —Jennifer, Swoon Reads Commenter

“Amazingly fast-paced action thriller in the tradition of Hunger Games or Divergent without the dystopia. Reagan is a heroine worthy of superb story-telling skills.” —Katie Borden, Swoon Reads Commenter

“Loved this book!! Totally swoonworthy. Read in less than a day. Seriously a page turner.” —Sasha P., Swoon Reads Commenter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250148469
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Series: Black Angel Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 614,078
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.

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You Don't Know My Name

By Kristen Orlando

Feiwel and Friends

Copyright © 2017 Kristen Orlando
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-08412-5


"Reagan, everyone is going on Saturday," Harper says, in between bites of overcooked meat loaf and runny lunchroom mashed potatoes. "You'll be, like, the only senior not there."

"I'd rather eat glass," I say, taking a long swig of Vitaminwater. I ran six miles before school and my body is in dire need of electrolytes. I can feel it. I hate getting up early to train, but it's a million times better than waiting until the afternoon. I'd much rather be hanging out with Harper or studying with Luke, but skipping is not an option. I made that stupid mistake only once and that was enough for me. My parents were the kind of pissed that bypasses the yelling and screaming phase and goes straight to the silent treatment and punishment. They gave me a training session the next day that made my legs shake for an hour. A twelve-mile run followed by five hundred push-ups, a thousand sit-ups, and two hours of Krav Maga. Pure hell. In most households, I'm pretty sure that'd be considered child abuse. But what was I supposed to do? Call Child Protective Services? Tell them my parents forced me to work out for six hours because they're operatives for a part of the CIA the world, even most of the US government, doesn't know about and I'm training to be an operative too? I don't think so. So every morning, I pull my butt out of bed at five on the dot to train before school.

"I don't understand why on earth you would want to miss one of Mark's parties," Harper counters, tucking a loose strand of her long, wavy blond hair behind her ear.

"You know my two party rules," I reply, counting them down on my fingers. "Number one: Drinking Mad Dog 20/20 will make you sicker than eating at a strip club buffet. Number two: No good ever comes from attending a Mark Ricardi party."

Mark's gatherings at his parents' estate outside the New Albany Country Club community were sort of famous. I've only been to one of his parties and left before things got totally out of control, but the stories that come out of that house ... my God. People always end up going skinny-dipping in the pond or losing articles of clothing (or just their dignity) during tequila-induced twerk-offs. Someone always gets into a huge fight or breaks something or cheats on their girlfriend. People always leave Mark Ricardi parties with the taste of expensive liquor and regret in their mouths.

"We'll take a vote when Mal gets here," Harper says and takes a swig of her pop.

"I'll take a vote right now. All those in favor of not holding your best friend's hair back while she throws up in the master bathtub, please raise your hand," I say, throwing my hand straight up into the air. Harper narrows her hazel eyes at me then smiles, exposing the tiny gap in her two front teeth that I love and Harper hates. She says she wishes she would have gotten braces back in middle school when everyone else's teeth were jacked up. She's thought about getting one of those clear plastic retainer things to fix it, but I continue to talk her out of it. I think the gap makes her look like a supermodel.

"Hey, that was the easiest party-fail cleanup ever," Harper says, reaching across the gray laminate table to slap down my hand.

"It was disgusting," I reply, my arm still high in the air. "I almost threw up next to you and I was stone-cold sober."

"You're so the good little mom of the group," Harper says, batting at my hand again. "I totally H your G's right now."

"You totally what my what?" I ask.

"H your G's," Harper replies and rolls her eyes. "Hate your guts."

"No way, you totally L my G's," I say and laugh. Love how we both do that. Abbreviate things to the point people don't know what in the world we're talking about. We have some regulars, like RTG, which means "ready to go." PITA means "pain in the ass." SMITH means "shoot me in the head." Those are probably the favorites, but we both come up with ridiculous new ones every day that make our friends roll their eyes. But whatever, it's our thing and we like it so WGAS? Translation: Who gives a shit?

"Hey, MacMillan," a voice calls at me from the lunch line. I turn around to see Malika carrying a blue lunch tray. "Share my nachos?"

"Always," I answer and spin back around.

MacMillan. Out of all my Black Angel cover-up last names, MacMillan may be my favorite. I've always been Reagan. But I've been lots of Reagans. Reagan Moore. Reagan Bailey. Reagan Klein. Reagan Schultz. No one has ever known my real name. Reagan Elizabeth Hillis. It's been so long since I've said my real name out loud that sometimes I have to think about it. It sounds ridiculous that I'd actually have to use any brainpower to know my name, but while it's only for a fleeting moment, sometimes I do. I've heard my mother say the older she gets, the more she really has to think about how old she is. When you're seven or seventeen, you never have to think about your age. She says as you get older, there's that split second where she has to ask herself, Wait, am I forty-eight or forty-nine? That's how I feel about my real name. And the more new last names I get, the longer that beat is in remembering who I really am.

It always happens the same way. As soon as I'm comfortable with a last name, I'm forced to forget it. My parents' cover will be in jeopardy or we're being watched and we'll have to get out of town. And every time we load up the car in the middle of the night and pull down our street for the last time, I feel like a piece of me is stripped away. I've never told my parents that. I don't want to make them feel bad. But it's like a version of myself — Reagan Moore or Bailey or Schultz or whoever I was there — dies and becomes a splintered shadow for anyone who ever knew that Reagan. When I get my new name and new cover story, it's like that Reagan — that fractured piece of myself — never really existed. I don't talk about it. I don't tell anyone the truth about where we were or what my life was like. I have to make up a whole new set of lies and repeat them over and over again until they become truth. I make the girl I was just a few months ago disappear.

"Hey, girls," Malika says, setting her tray down next to me. She lifts up her left leg to climb over the bench, forgetting about her very short red skirt.

"Holy inappropriateness," Harper says, covering her eyes with both hands.

"What'd I do?" Malika asks, settling into her seat.

"You kind of just gave the entire school a look at the goods," I say and pat her bare knee.

"Well, it's not like I'm not wearing underwear," Malika says and throws her slick black hair over her shoulder.

"Yes. I like the pink flamingos, Mal," Harper answers and gives her a wink.

With a Japanese mother and Pakistani father, Malika is hard not to notice in WASP-y New Albany, Ohio. Plus, she's what I like to call stupid pretty. So beautiful, she strikes you dumb and stumbling.

"Malika, what do you think this is, a strip club?" a voice says from behind me. I know who it is before I even turn around. Everyone knows the low, raspy voice of Madison Scarborough. "But then again, it's nothing half the guys in this room haven't seen before."

"Hey, I'm only a make-out slut," Malika says, pointing a finger to her chest. "I don't take off my clothes."

"Whatever. A slut is a slut," Madison says, rolling her startling blue eyes. I open my mouth to zing her but she's already turned on her heel to head to the field hockey girls' table.

"Don't worry," I say, linking my arm with Malika's. "I'll get her back later."

I learned how to hack into computers during one of my summer training camps in China. In about ninety seconds, I can hack into the school's computer system and change grades, attendance records, anything. It's child's play compared to the other systems I've mastered. By tonight, Madison will have a D in physics and the field hockey captain will be promptly benched for Saturday's rivalry game against Upper Arlington. I'll change it back Monday. Madison totally deserves the D for all the mean-girl crap she pulls on a daily basis. But I only use my spy skills for short spurts of vengeance evil.

The rumor-spreading, shit-stirring Madison Scarborough is what bonded us last year. I noticed Harper and Malika on my first day of school. Malika because she's gorgeous and Harper because she has the type of effortless coolness money can't buy. But they didn't hang with the field hockey and lacrosse crowd, the self-anointed "popular" girls. They were what Madison and her friends liked to call "fringers." Invited to the big parties but never the exclusive sleepovers or birthday dinners. They were known around school but never the center of attention. They quickly became my target group of friends. I needed to get into a small, uncomplicated group and blend as quickly as possible, so when I caught wind of terrible rumors Madison was spreading about them, I knew it was my chance.

Madison has had the same boyfriend for over a year. A preppy lacrosse senior who wears salmon shorts and mirrored sunglasses at parties and uses the word summer as a verb. Even with a d-bag boyfriend, girls think twice about getting involved with anyone Madison's ever dated. When Madison's ex-boyfriend asked Harper to homecoming, she spread a rumor that she was a lesbian and that none of the field hockey girls felt comfortable sharing a locker room with her. Then when Madison heard that Malika kissed a guy who dumped her two years ago, she started a rumor that sweet Malika made a sex tape even though Mal had never even had sex. Still hasn't.

During study hall, I hacked into Madison's Twitter account (@PrincessMaddie. Cue the eye roll) and had Mal and Harper help me compose a stream of hilarious apology tweets to every person she'd ever terrorized. They were deleted twenty minutes later but that act cemented my place in our little group.

I almost hate to admit that my motive to get into the fringers was part of my training because I sort of love everything about them. I love that Harper eats all the orange and purple Skittles because she knows how much I hate them and how her shoelaces are always coming untied because she refuses to double-knot. I love how Malika is deathly afraid of spiders but has seen every slasher film ever made and how she's still a virgin but has a hilarious goal of making out with a guy from every continent. They've become real friends now and not just part of my never-stand-out strategy.

"Got to love a guy in uniform," Harper calls over my shoulder and whistles a loud catcall. I turn around in time to see Luke Weixel's creamy cheeks turn a dusty rose. He shakes his head at Harper, his lips crinkling into a crooked smile before turning his pale blue eyes to me.

It's uniform day for the Junior ROTC and Luke looks extra sharp in his dark pants and tan button-down shirt, decorated with colorful medals, arc pins, and accolades. Six foot three with hair the color of summer hay and defined cheekbones, Luke always has girls swiveling in their seats or craning their necks to stare, but he looks especially stunning in uniform. It's not just the way the uniform makes him look but how it makes him feel. He stands a little taller, walks a beat faster, and smiles a little wider in that uniform.

I raise my right hand to my forehead and give Luke a tiny salute. His crooked smile cracks wide, unmasking a pair of dimples so charming, even if you were mad at him, one smile would make you forget why. We hold each other's stare for a moment before he steps out of the lunch line and heads for our table.

"Hi, girls," Luke says, sliding into the seat next to me. He purposefully bumps his shoulder into mine, the right corner of his lip rising into a sideways smile. "Hey, Mac."

Luke is the only one I let call me Mac.

"Hey, soldier," I reply, my voice shyer than I expected it to be. Luke rests his strong arms on the table next to mine. Our skin is separated by my thin cardigan, but even the slightest touch from him manages to make my body buzz. Harper eyes the two of us and from the slow rising smile on her face, I know my olive skin is turning crimson.

"Luke, help us," Harper says, pulling her wavy hair into a messy bun. "Reagan is refusing to go to Mark Ricardi's party."

"What?!" Malika practically screams then pouts. She loves a good and rowdy Mark Ricardi party.

"Oh, come on, Mac," Luke says, his smile still lopsided but wider, exposing his white, perfectly straight teeth. Orthodontists make a good living in this town. "Mark's parties are always epic."

"Yes. Epic disasters," I rebuff but can't help but match his grin. It's annoyingly contagious.

"How about this?" Luke negotiates. "We go, sit in the corner, and watch the disasters unfold together."

Luke and I have done that before. Sat shoulder to shoulder at parties, laughing as we make up the dialogue between fighting couples and drunk lacrosse girls. My stomach, even my face hurts from three-hour giggle sessions with him.

"Pleaaassseeeee," Malika begs, her eyes closed and hands collapsed together in painful prayer.

"Okay, okay," I say, throwing my hands into the air in defeat. The three of them cheer in unison and exchange a round of high fives.

"I better eat if I want to make it to lab on time," Luke says, standing up from his seat and resting his hand on my shoulder. "See you in a bit."

Luke's fingertips graze against my shoulder blades as he turns on the heel of his freshly polished JROTC boot and walks toward the lunch line.

The rush that takes over my body every time I'm near Luke drains from my blood and as he disappears from my sight, my sharp senses return. Every muscle in my body tightens as I turn to my left and lock eyes with a man whose stare is so penetrating, I can feel it from hundreds of feet away. He's tall and strong, his eyes intense and dark, dressed in a janitor's navy-blue uniform. But I've never seen him before. He holds my stare for a moment, then looks away. He fumbles with the garbage bag in his hands, struggling to open it up. I watch as he tears at the black plastic, gets frustrated, and throws it to the ground. As he looks back up at me, a hundred pins prick my spine. My eyes follow him as he spins around and plows his way toward the dining hall door, knocking into a student with so much force, her face winces in pain. I wait for him to stop or look back or apologize. But he doesn't. He puts his head down and keeps going.


"Reagan, what's wrong?" Mal says and gently touches the top of my hand, making my body flinch. I finally take my eyes off the door and look down at her. I hadn't even realized I'd stood up.

"Nothing," I say and shake my head. "I just ... I forgot my lab homework in my locker. Harper, I'll see you in AP bio."

Before they can say another word, I grab my messenger bag off the ground and walk quickly toward the exit sign that hangs beneath two sets of double doors. I have to stop myself from running. I don't want to freak everybody out.

I push open the door and get sucked into a sea of underclassmen heading to their next class. Where did he go? My neck cranes as I search both ends of the hallway, catching the top of his dark hair as he takes a sharp left down one of the main halls.

My training kicks in and I break out into a slow jog. I bump shoulders with a younger girl. "Sorry," I yell out without stopping. I don't want to lose him. I rub my hand on the outside pocket of my messenger bag and feel the outline of my "calculator." The Black Angels weaponry team designed and built it just for me. A push of a button activates a secret compartment and out slides a serrated knife. I almost forgot it today. I walked out to my car without it, debated just leaving it at home, but turned around and went back inside. My parents' constant badgering to always be armed no longer seems like one of their annoying ticks. It's for moments just like this; when every bone in my body feels like it's splintering and my mind is screaming.

I push past underclassmen and eventually they start to get out of my way. I reach the hallway where he turned. His dark, long hair and large frame give him away in this crowd of freshmen and sophomores. Our eyes lock and his face twists into a scowl. Before I can take another step, he pulls open the door to the gymnasium and slips inside. I jog down the hallway, my heart pounding, adrenaline buzzing through my body. I slip my hand into the pocket of my bag just enough to feel the top of my calculator with my fingertips. I reach the door, pull on the metal handle, and step inside, the door slamming shut behind me with a loud, metallic clang.


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You Don't Know My Name 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando is fun, action packed and adventurous. Reagan has been trained to be a Black Angel agent, like her parents are, since she was very young. Black Angels are secret agents and, as the book opens, a hitman breaks into Reagan’s home to kill her and her parents. After the hitman is dispersed, Reagan and her parents need to move for their safety once again. In their new house, Reagan finds friendship and a possible boyfriend that she feels completely comfortable with but with becoming an agent looming in her future, she knows that the relationship is doomed and she’s determined to hurt Luke as little as possible. She sabotages their relationship soon after it starts, breaking Luke’s heart and her own. This book is full of action and suspense and I don’t want to give anything away! I read this young adult mystery quickly, enjoying every minute! 5 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
tinyfeetbigheart More than 1 year ago
If you like a fast-paced, thrilling, can't-put-down novel with a ribbon of romance woven into the storyline, then you will love "You Don't Know My Name"! The main character of Reagan is relatable and you truly get a sense of every emotion she feels throughout her journey of figuring out what life she wants to pursue. You truly feel as if you're inside her head and experiencing her life as it is seen through her eyes and felt within her. I adore the relationship between Reagan and Luke and enjoy the genuineness of it and that it doesn't feel unrealistic or far-fetched. I look forward to seeing how their relationship progresses as they grow closer. The action-packed chapters will leave you wanting more and thankful that this is part of a series. I can't wait to read the next book!
K8eLogan More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book in two days. It's a read that is difficult to put down because you instantly feel so immersed in the lives of the characters. Kristen Orlando's debut novel pulls the reader in from the start with a dynamic prologue that introduces us to the atypical life the heroine lives. Then as the book continues, you read about her "normal" life as a high school student dealing with friends and a crush. As a reader, I went from wanting her to live one life and as the book progressed, I completely changed my mind. The action is intense and you can picture it playing out like a scene in a movie as you are reading it; at one point something fell to the ground in my home while I was reading and I about jumped out of my skin! It's one of those books that you want to keep going when you reach the last page. What happens next?! I am looking forward to reading future books in this series and reading more from this author in the years to come!
BookPrincessBlog More than 1 year ago
*e-ARC provided by Swoon Reads via Netgalley for an honest review* I'm starting to notice a trend for early 2017 YA books - if Jason Bourne had babies. Seriously, I'm up to about 3 books so far in ARCs that have parents that are super spies/secret agent men/wo-men that either teach their kids to be Totally Spies or keep them underwraps. This book totally fits the former, and truthfully, I'm not quite sure what to make of this new trend in YA contemporary...or thriller? I'm not even sure. The plot was fast-paced, action-packed, and while there were a few things that I clearly saw coming, it was still super interesting to keep me coming back for more. Around the 40% mark, I got super hooked and ended up binge reading the last part of it because it was so compelling. There was also just something about the readability of this book and Orlando's writing. It was easy to read, and even though book got darker than I thought it would be - truthfully, I was thinking Mission Impossible with fluffy bunnies and hugs - but it was just a breeze to read. Orlando can definitely write, and I will definitely be looking out for more book for her in the future. The characterization was pretty good. I liked Reagan as a main character. She was smart, willing to fight for what she wanted, and had a good head on her shoulders. However, she got kind of stupid at parts - I mean, she had alllllll of this training and didn't tell people about things she thought was suspicious? IT WAS CLEARLY SUSPICIOUS. Other than that, I did like her and she took responsibility for her actions. I also liked her well enough to feel bad for her and her plight. I rooted for her to make her own decisions, and the argument was so fully formed that it was convincing. I did like Reagan with Luke. Romance did not need to be the main focus of this novel, and while it was a bit in the beginning, once the action started happening, it fell into the background like it should have been. I wasn't ever really fully committed to their relationship, but it worked well enough. There was one slight issue that I had with this book, and I'm not even sure it's the book's fault. I just didn't fully connect with it. For the first half of the book, I really just had this major feeling of disconnect and I was kind of eh about it all. As I said, though, once I got into the groove of it around 40%, I was definitely enjoying the crazy ride. It just took me a long time to get that feeling of excitement for it, and that's the main reason that I took down a crown. Overall, though, this was a fun little spy-ish thriller? It's super unrealistic, but pretty convincing for a YA spy book. It's enjoyable - as enjoyable as baby Jason Bourne. ;) An Ariel rating, and 4 crowns from this Book Princess! Check out more of my reviews at!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for secret spy stories, so I was pretty excited about this one. I liked Reagan well enough. She's quite a BAMF, but tempered with a whiny and stubborn teenager, which made it read authentically. I loved Luke {surprise, surprise} and her friends, but really hoped for more from the relationship with her parents. It's a bit of a slow burn until The Event happens and then it's pretty fast paced. And even though I liked it, I still feel like something was missing. The ending is wicked and I definitely didn't see it coming. I'm intrigued to see what happens next. **Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for providing the arc free of charge**