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Peek Inside Proof of Lies

Anastasia's sister is missing, but she believes she's still alive. When new evidence surfaces, Anastasia lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. She isn't sure who she can trust, and when everything she's ever known is revealed to be a lie...

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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 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.

Praise

“Gripping and full of heart.” —Alyson Nöel, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The Immortals Series

 "Fast-paced, romantic, and endlessly intriguing." —Alisa Valdes, bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club

 5 stars: The storyline was very interesting, and the mystery of who there parents really are and why Keira was a target was very intriguing. I also love that while some things were solved, there are more books to come. So I will get to follow along as the stuff that wasn't answered in this book, comes to light.” –Lori Murray, Lori’s Literary Reviews

 5 stars: “WOW!! This book took me by surprise. James Bond, Jason Bourne and Spy Kids all rolled into one action-packed, suspenseful, mystery book. WOW!! Where to start this?? Action - LOTS!! Suspense - edge of my seat when things really started rolling!! Mystery - I was going WTF a lot and trying to figure out how everything and everyone tied together, if they even did. I was just along for the ride with Anastasia.” –Courtney, Read Love Blog

 5 stars: The start of this book is great. It lures the reader in, it grips them by the throat and does not let them go until it’s over. I read it in one sitting, because it was so burning, intense and compelling that I couldn’t stop! I needed to know!” –Sophie, Where Are The Books?

 5 stars: 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.” –Lady Techie, Lady Techie’s Book Musings

 5 stars: “It's not the traditional sweet college drama but instead, holds a depth and complexity that I didn't expect. The writing was strong and the characters were fascinating. With every page turn came another twist and soon you begin to wonder just who can be trusted with the information and evidence uncovered.” –JG, Jezabell Girl & Friends

 5 stars: “One of my favorite sub-genres of YA is spy thrillers. And I especially love when they are done well. International espionage and chases spanning countries are an absolute delight for me, as well as beautifully detailed European settings. I love when the author’s descriptions of far away places feels authentic, and Proof of Lies had this in spades and so much more.” –Emily, Bibliobibuli YA

 5 stars: I loved this book from the beginning. It's a fast-paced story full of teenage drama, romance, and adventure. If you've ever had a sister, the relationship Anastasia has with hers is very real and it's clear why she would risk everything just to find her. Even the minor characters are written in a way that just pulls you deeper into the plot.” –Riley Londres, Goodreads Reviewer

 5 stars: This book takes you all over Italy and the imagery the author paints is so vivid! I truly felt like I was with Anastasia and Marcus trying to figure out the clues to find out where to next! With some unexpected friends along the way, Anastasia has to decide, who exactly can you trust? This story gripped me and did not let go! One aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the last few pages that including the backstory of real life people and events. I would like to get more of Marcus’s story. I guess I’ll have to stay tuned! It was amazing and I can’t wait to read the next one. Let the journey continue!” –Shakera, More Books Please Blog

 5 stars: 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!–Melanie, Goodreads Reviewer

 5 stars: “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.” –Sarah, Always and Forever Fangirling

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756076
Series: Anastasia Phoenix, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 7, 2017
Page Count: 354
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, coming of age/family/social issues, friends to lovers, road romance

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By Carrie February 28, 2017

Anastasia Phoenix has always felt on the outs wherever she's been since her scientists parents have moved the family all around the world over the years. When they say there is going to be yet another move Anastasia is of course upset and refuses to speak to them as they leave on yet another trip... ...more

By Lori February 05, 2017

Wow I really loved this book a lot as soon as I started it, I was drawn in to the story. I really loved Anastasia a lot. I was like you go girl, a lot throughout the book. I really love the character of Marcus, the love interest in the book, I thought he was pretty awesome, especially to Anastasi... ...more

By Courtney February 10, 2017

WOW!! This book took me by surprise. James Bond, Jason Bourne and Spy Kids all rolled into one action-packed, suspenseful, mystery book. WOW!!

Where to start this?? Action - LOTS!! Suspense - edge of my seat when things really started rolling!! Mystery - I was going WTF a lot and trying to figure... ...more

By LadyTechie March 03, 2017

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 spi... ...more

By Book Swoon May 15, 2017

My rating: 3.5 Stars

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach is filled with tension and suspense as a whirlwind-of-a-mystery unfolds.

I love books that feature a conspiracy in them and that is exactly what this book gives you. Plenty of action, twists, and a mystery set in Rome for a thrilling set... ...more

By Kim March 07, 2017

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

4 1/2 stars

Proof Of Lies is the introduction to Wallach's Anastasia Phoenix series and it certainly starts things off with a bang! The action begins on the very first page and never slows down, which had... ...more

By Jordan March 13, 2017

Proof of Lies is what’s missing in YA and exactly what I’ve been searching for. An adrenaline rush of mystery and danger, an intriguing and twisty plot, and characters that keep you invested, Proof of Lies is at the top of my 2017 reads.

The mystery is epic. It sucks you in and keeps you invested... ...more

By Sophie December 19, 2016

NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Plot __

The start of this book is great. It lures the reader in, it grips them by the throat and does not let them go until it’s over. I read it in one sitting, because it was so burning, intense and compelling that I couldn’t stop! I needed to k... ...more

By Katherine March 06, 2017

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 alco... ...more

By Reading Teen June 08, 2017

This reminded me so much of the embassy row books (which is a very good thing since I like Ally Carter very much), very thrilling and mysterious, looking forward to see what Wallach has planned next for Anastasia. 4 stars ✨

-Reagan ...more

By Roxanne March 07, 2017

Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for a copy of this eARC in exchange for a fair review.


Anastasia has had a rough few years, after having a fight with her parents they were killed in a car crash, and now unhappy with the way her sister acts and the men she chooses. Anastasia walks out of... ...more

By Jolene March 07, 2017

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... ...more

By Lynndell March 07, 2017

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 year... ...more

By Kim March 06, 2017

When is the movie coming out?? Proof of Lies was not only a great YA thriller it could definitely hold up to any adult fiction audience as well! I could not put it down! The writing is great and the story is interesting, especially in the world we currently live in now! I’m looking forward to see... ...more

By Fangirlinfinity21 (Sarah) March 04, 2017

I received the E- arc copy from Netgalley for my honest opinion.
Proof of Lies

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... ...more

By Kourtni March 10, 2017

I received an eARC from YA Reads Blog Tours and Entangled Teen via NetGalley as part of a blog tour.
This review was originally posted on my blog.

First of all, I wanted to give a big thank you to YA Reads Blog Tours for including me in the tour for this book. I really ended up enjoying this and I’... ...more

By Holly March 13, 2017

To say I loved this novel would be to sell it short. I would give this 10 stars if I could. I fell into the story from the very beginning, and I stayed lost in it the entire time I was reading. At something like 400 pages, it was nice and meaty, and the plot took its time playing out, which is so... ...more

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Anastasia speaks 4 languages and has a black belt, having spent her childhood moving from foreign location to foreign location with her scientist parents. When they turn up dead her older sister, K... ...more

By Roxanne March 09, 2017

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... ...more

By Sharon March 20, 2017

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the first book in the Anastasia Phoenix series and was a one day read for me, I couldn’t put it down! I always enjoy a good mystery / thriller and Proof of Lies was written very well.

Anastasia is the daughter of scientist parent... ...more

By Em and Rosi (Bibliobibuli YA) February 27, 2017

One of my favorite sub-genres of YA is spy thrillers. And I especially love when they are done well. International espionage and chases spanning countries are an absolute delight for me, as well as beautifully detailed European settings. I love when the author’s descriptions of far away places fe... ...more

By Stephanie March 07, 2017

4.5 Stars

'Proof of Lies' is the fantastic first installment in a new young adult mystery series that fans of the genre are sure to love. The story follows Anastasia - a teen whose parents died a few years earlier and who's sister has been injured and kidnapped from their home. After desperately t... ...more

By Clare April 06, 2017

I dithered for a while about whether to make my rating 4.5 but honestly - I can live with the slight unreality of the plot - especially when Diana Rodriguez Wallach makes it seem so very possible! And I'm not awful enough to remove half a star because the english character kept using Americanisms... ...more

By Shakera February 23, 2017

Holy crap! I don’t know where to begin! There’s espionage, conspiracy theories, lies, humor, a little bit of romance, and much more! Anastasia’s life changed in a blink of an eye, the night her parents died. With her sister, Kiera left to raise her, Anastasia is just trying to make it to the age... ...more

By Madison January 02, 2017

Proof of Lies takes family secrets to the next level. The mystery is intriguing and I've got to say I had no idea what was going on or what was going to happen next. The big reveals were made all the better by the surprise. High-speed boat chases, gelato, iconic European scenery, kidnappings, and... ...more

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Diana Rodriguez Wallach

About the author

Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix series, three YA spy thrillers set to debut beginning in March 2017 (Entangled Publishing). She is also the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, entitled Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013). In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses (Twilight Times Books, 2015), and she is currently on staff as a featured blogger for Quirk Books. 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. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

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