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SPY ACADEMY - THE ROYALS

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Full Name: Roxy Villareal
Series Name: Spy Academy - The Royals
Nationality: American
Organization: Spy School
Occupation Agent

Creator: Scarlett Haven
Time Span: 2020 - 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

Roxy Villareal is a student at Spy School.

Well, the publishing department for these adventures clearly indicate it is Spy Academy but that term is not used anywhere in the pages of the recorded stories. Spy School is what everyone calls it so we will as well. Villareal explains, "Spy School is a school where young people train to become spies and assassins. It sounds made up - a bunch of teenagers training to be spies - but it's true. I am fifth generation Spy School". It is run by a very stern but understanding Michael Sinclair who shows over and again he can be a force to be reckoned with.

Another note on the name of these tales - Spy Academy - The Royals. This is the same school, led by the same Michael Sinclair, that is talked about in a couple other series (The Zara Chronicles and Spy Academy) but this one references the term "Royals". In the hierarchy of Spy School, a Royal is a student whose parents were also students and who went on to become agents as adults. A Royal is considered an elite member of the student body as a result. In the case of Villareal, "I am fifth generation Spy School, the best of the best. My family started training me while I was still in the womb."

That sound impressive. Until, however, you learn that she adds "Yet, despite all the training, I'm still a disappointment to them." She goes on to explain to Director Sinclair "I'm not good enough to be a Royal. I know that. I'm not the best fighter, or runner. I'm not even good at walking and chewing gum at the same time. I'm clumsy and I trip all the time. My mom always says it's because I'm not good at watching where I'm going. I'll walk into poles. Or people. Sometimes trees. One time I fell into a manhole, but that's beside the point. The point is, I'm not a good Spy School agent. No matter how hard I train, I never can seem to get it right. So, I'm surprised that I am being offered a spot on The Royals right now."

Sinclair counters that it did not matter whether Villareal believed she was good enough, only that he believed it. And he did. And now, entering her senior year, she is being given the opportunity to operate as a Royal. She is being put into a team with four guys, one of whom recommended her for membership while the other three might have decidedly different feelings about her arrival. The problem there is that Villareal knows about there being one on her side but no idea who that one is.

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2023

1 The Inadequate Spy The Inadequate Spy
aka The Unwanted Spy
Written by Scarlett Haven
Copyright: 2020

"Not good enough, not smart enough, not fast enough, and definitely not strong enough. Even The Royals don’t think think I’m good enough, but I’ll show them. I’ll prove to everybody that I’m not as weak as they think I am."
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2 The Cruel World The Cruel World
Written by Scarlett Haven
Copyright: 2020

"I didn’t know we had a rival team until they moved in next door. “You’re invited to The Royal Games.” I only thought I knew how competitive the guys on my team were until we got the invitation. To make matters worse, our rival team has moved in next door to us. Confessions are made. Lines are drawn. As for me, I’m not sure I even have a place on my team anymore. The Royal Games are supposed to bring teams together, not tear them apart. But I’m stronger than they think. Nobody can run me off. At least… I hope not."
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3 The Perfect Lie The Perfect Lie
Written by Scarlett Haven
Copyright: 2022

"My parents have been hiding something from me—something big. And it might just cost me my life. Everything that I know is a lie. We have one final mission before we graduate, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems. I’m being followed, and even the guys can’t protect me from what’s coming. I can run, but I can’t hide. Blood will be spilled. I just hope I’m strong enough protect my team."
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4 The High Life The High Life
Written by Scarlett Haven
Copyright: 2022

"Life as a Royal is always chaotic. I’m the heroin. I save people. So when I suddenly become the damsel, I don’t know how to deal with it. My team goes into hiding with our rivals. We just have to keep a low profile and stay hidden. It sounds easy enough. But when is it ever easy to be a Spy School agent? And the very large engagement ring on my finger? It’s just for show. At least, I think it is."
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5 The Ugly Truth The Ugly Truth
Written by Scarlett Haven
Copyright: 2023

"Children have to pay for the sins of their parents. It’s too bad for me that my father was a psychopath. In wake of Leo Petrov’s death, there are debts to be paid. I should be used to this by now—living on the run and fighting for my life.  But things are different now. I can’t just think about myself anymore. I’m ready to have my life back. This has to end now."
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MY COMMENTS

As mentioned about, this is a continuation of sorts of the Spy School/Spy Academy line of adventures, all controlled by Director Sinclair. The other two series mentioned were all really novellas in length while this one has full-sized stories behind them.

Villareal's dismissal of her own abilities are understandable as she does tend to make, umm, unusual decisions but she is still a very sharp young woman and so does come out all right. Sometimes despite herself.

These are fun, easy-going stories for the YA/NA audience - far more YA and the Spy Academy tales that preceded it.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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