This week we’re celebrating the release of Sekret by Lindsay Smith, and today is my stop on the blog tour with a Dream Cast of Sekret along with a giveaway!
Series: Sekret #1
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, YA
Publication date: April 1st 2014
by Macmillan Children's Books
An empty mind is a safe mind.
Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.
Sekret Dream Cast
Yulia, telemetrist and ration rat
Tatiana Maslany or Freya Tingley
Yulia, who can read the memories of objects and people through touch, is strong-willed, resourceful, and sometimes stubborn to a fault. I love Tatiana Maslany’s character(s) on Orphan Black, and how she convincingly slips into whatever role is required to get what she needs to survive. That definitely fits Yulia! But Freya Tingley (Hemlock Grove) also excels at just the right amount of attitude for Yulia — the one that lets you know she’ll obey your orders for now, but she won’t be broken for long.
Valentin, jazz pianist and scrubber in training
Kit Harrington or Daniel Radcliffe by way of Dmitri Shostakovich
Valentin is a tough one—in my mind, he looks a lot like one of his classical music idols, Dmitri Shostakovich (far left). Valentin is quiet but intense, only revealing his depths when improvising on piano or being forced to use his powers to alter someone’s memories. Kit Harrington is older than Valentin, but recently demonstrated his abilities to rock the thick frames—always a plus—until Daniel Radcliffe came along with his brooding-Russian face. Well played, Comrade Radcliffe.
Sergei, remote viewer and rising hockey star
Sergei would much rather be on the ice, racking up goals for the hockey team Spartak, than using his psychic powers to hunt dissidents, but he’ll play along with the KGB’s plans if it makes life easier for him. Alex Pettyfer has the right kind of easy-going nature for Sergei, quick to shrug off a defeat and charmingly sheepish when scolded.
Larissa, gifted with foresight
Larissa can see the potential futures that branch away from decisions. Jena Malone looks like she could readily handle the burden that comes from knowing your fate, and making peace with it—even if it means carrying out the cruel choices that’ll bring about the future you want.
Colonel Rostov, ruthless KGB officer and scrubber
Is it wrong to cast a former James Bond as a maniacal psychic KGB officer who will stop at nothing to win the Cold War? I sure hope not—the villainous Timothy Dalton we see in Hot Fuzz and Chuck looks like he’s having so much fun being bad. I’d love to turn him loose on Soviet Russia and watch him chew all the scenery.
Major Kruzenko, KGB officer and mind-reader
Major Kruzenko tries to be the less-bad cop to Colonel Rostov’s heavy-handed tactics, but her allegiance to the Soviet Union always comes before any mothering instincts she may possess. Margo Martindale is already a masterful KGB handler on The Americans, far in over her head but fighting her way through the intricate schemes around her the best she can.
Antonina, Yulia’s mother, fallen Communist Party star
Clever, desperate, and more than a little unhinged—that’s Yulia’s mother, and the type of character Eva Green excels at. A former darling of the Communist Party’s scientific community, she went on the run with Yulia and her brother, but seems to be playing a far more intricate game than Yulia realizes.
The American Scrubber, deadly and charismatic
The American scrubber stalking the KGB team is lethal and all too genial about his grim tasks. Michael Fassbender shows just the right blend of cunning and charisma. Plus, he looks great in a beatnik turtleneck.
About the Author
Lindsay Smith’s love of Russian culture has taken her to Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and a reindeer festival in the middle of Siberia. She lives in Washington, DC, where she writes on foreign affairs. SEKRET is her first novel.
This post is part of the Sekret blog tour.
Macmillan Children’s Books has generously offered one hardcover copy of Sekret for giveaway.
- Open to US and Canada only
- Giveaway ends April 18th, 2014
- Full contest terms and conditions found on Rafflecopter