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Language: English

Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance; MP3 Una edition (31 May 2016)

By: Nina Berry(Author) Elizabeth Evans(Narrator)

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Pagan Jones went from America's sweetheart to fallen angel in one fateful night in 1960: the night a car accident killed her whole family. Pagan was behind the wheel and driving drunk. Nine months later, she's stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls and tortured by her guiltnot to mention the sadistic Miss Edwards, who takes special delight in humiliating the once-great Pagan Jones.

But all of that is about to change. Pagan's old agent shows up with a mysterious studio executive, Devin Black, and an offer. Pagan will be released from juvenile detention if she accepts a juicy role in a comedy directed by award-winning director Bennie Wexler. The shoot starts in West Berlin in just three days. If Pagan's going to do it, she has to decide fastand she has to agree to a court-appointed "guardian," the handsome yet infuriating Devin, who's too young, too smooth and too sophisticated to be some studio flack.

The offer's too good to be true, Berlin's in turmoil and Devin Black knows way too much about herthere's definitely something fishy going on. But if anyone can take on a divided city, a scheming guardian and the criticism of a world that once adored her, it's the notorious Pagan Jones. What could go wrong?"

"Well-paced historical thriller. Scary in all the right places, with a strong setup for the sequel." -Kirkus"Fast-paced and furious, this work will be a certain hit with those who love historical fiction, Hollywood, and stories of redemption." -School Library Journal"Noirish writing blends the blinding spotlight of Hollywood, the sexy world of espionage, and a smattering of real-life events and figures to create a fast-paced spy thriller." -Publishers Weekly"This is a well-plotted balance of Hollywood glitter and international political conspiracies during the Cold War, and the historical backdrop is meticulously set. Pagan is a smart, charismatic heroine given depth by her struggles with alcoholism." -Booklist"With a hint of Hollywood glam, mystery and a time period unique to the YA genre, Berry treats readers to a can't-miss story. She finds a winner in Pagan, creating a Marilyn Monroe-like teen actress with a tale that will appeal to younger and older fans alike." -RT Book Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By kara-karina on 12 June 2015

    4.5/5The Notorious Pagan Jones was absolutely delightful! I don't know what I liked the most: Miss Jones' sarcastic drawl, the slang, the various accents brought to life by a skillful narrator, or the cloak and dagger circumstances which led to the building of Berlin wallPagan Jones is a talented Hollywood starlet whose name was tarnished by a huge scandal. On her sixteenth birthday she got roaring drunk and drove her car off the cliff taking life of her father and younger sister. Now she is spending her days at a reform school dreaming of escape until Universal Studios representative puts an irresistible offer on the table: Pagan agrees to replace an actress in a comedy which starts filming in three days in West Berlin, and she will be released on parole under the supervision of the court appointed guardian.This is Pagan's chance to come back, but she is paranoid and suspicious of her so-called guardian. Mysterious, suave Devin Black is barely twenty himself, and he has a hidden agenda.Not only Pagan is delightfully quick witted, gifted as an actress and sarcastic as hell, she has a taste for danger, which in the atmosphere of conspiracies, spies and old secrets serves her well. Instead of a pawn in men's games, she becomes a lead player and saves the day with fantastic flourish.At the same time, Pagan doesn't feel like a cartoonish character. She is afraid and under an enormous amount of pressure to perform. She is a recovering alcoholic and suffers from flashbacks to her crash. She has ups and downs, and feels very real.Secondary characters of Devin Black, Thomas and even Nicky Raven (Pagan's ex-flame) are multidimensional and only add to the rich flavour of this story.Overall, I was enormously entertained and am looking forward to more books from Nina Berry. Recommended to all the fans of Ally Carter.

  • By Ashleigh-Jade on 10 January 2017

    When I pick up a YA novel, I expect an interesting plot and personable characters. The Notorious Pagan Jones had all that and more; it managed to combine espionage, historical context, character development and a dash of Hollywood glamour into a thrilling tale.Pagan is an excellent protagonist who manages to feel so real she steps off the pages as you read. She has a depth to her that is rare in the YA genre. All of the characters in the novel have a distinct flavour and are fleshed out in detail beyond their looks - you truly get a glimpse into their lives, backstory and personality. Nothing in the writing of characters felt forced or unrealistic, they seemed to flow in a natural way as they responded to the events around them.As someone who has experience in the acting industry, I was impressed with the way the industry was represented. I also liked the context of the novel which provided something a little different and interesting to the tale. I loved how Pagan Jones managed to combine so many different ideas, from addiction, to Hollywood, the Stasi and personal development, into a thrilling tale. I cant wait to read the next book!

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