TLDR: Assassin in Training Aveline struggles with her conscience while guarding Tiana. Will she protect her as her original contract states or will she kill her and potentially become a high-ranking assassin much sooner?
Aveline, book one in the Lost Vegas series by Lizzy Ford, is an interesting if somewhat confusing beginning. Aveline is an assassin in training. After her fathers unfortunate demise, it seems as the life she has known will never be the same. Without an assassin to sponsor her, she may never be able to join the guild, and of course there are all of her fathers enemies seeking to capture her mere moments after his demise. All of this changes when she is given the proposition to protect one girl from harm. In exchange she is fed better than ever before. The girl she is guarding? Tiana Hanover, forsaken daughter of the most powerful man in Lost Vegas. The story of Tiana is heartbreaking. A girl forced to hide because she is different, whose stepmother abuses her all behind the guise of ‘taking care of her.’ Will Aveline protect her charge or fulfill the other contract she received the same night, to end her charge?
The power struggles in Aveline are mentioned, but not well thought out. Additionally I would really like to know more about Tiana and why being different is a bad thing. I like the gradual transformation of Aveline. All in all, I do want to see more of this series because I find the storyline unique. For a good book that needed a little more background settings, I am giving Aveline 4/5 stars.
Thank you to the Publisher and NetGalley for giving me early access to Aveline.