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"This engaging take on TheCount of Monte Cristo, the first in a planned series, isset primarilyin Shanghai in the present day but bounces back and forth in time to showJosephine's long journey toward freedom. Along theway, debut author McBee effectively shows how she goesfrom being an unwilling pawn to an empowered queen. Jo's unique way ofunderstanding and interacting with the world informsmuch of the narrative, and readers will find it compelling yetalso easy to visualize. Recurring themes include the opposing forces of revengeand justice, trust and betrayal, hate and love--all of which underscore Jo's character arc. There's ageneral senseof closure in the main storyline, but open questions, and a small cliffhanger,promise more to come. An enjoyable thriller with anintriguing, relatable protagonist." - Kirkus Reviews 
"An intense and wonderfully complex thriller that keptme on the edge of my seat and turning pages!" - Jessica Day George, NYT bestsellingauthor of SILVER IN THE BLOOD and the TWELVEDANCING PRINCESSES series 
"I can't think of a word good enough to describe thisbook. Masterful? Gripping? Addictive? Powerful? Perfect? Calculated is all of these things, and yet the words don't feel bigenough, or strong enough, to encompass all that is contained within thesepages. It is a thrill ride from start to finish, with so many twists and turns,you wonder how it could ever be wrapped up, only to have your mind blown at theend and your heart aching for the next chapter. Don't let another minute go bywithout reading this book." -- Chelsea Bobulski, author of THE WOOD and REMEMBERME 
"Calculated issmart with plenty of page-turning action, and a brave heroine who is deeplyrelatable. The timely subject matter is heart-wrenching even as it inspires usto use our gifts to make a difference in the world. Twisty and original, thisstory will keep readers guessing and hoping to its pulse-pounding end!" - Lorie Langdon, best-selling author of DOON and OLIVIATWIST 
"Calculated isan intelligent thrill ride! Sleek and sophisticated, with dark secrets at everyturn, Calculated is impossible to put down." - Shannon Dittemore, author of WINTER,WHITE AND WICKED 
"Fast-paced and suspenseful. A thrillingdebut!" - Stephanie Morrill, author of WITHIN THESE LINES and THELOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET  
"Calculated is a fast-paced and thrilling story thatwill keep you reading long into the night. Its twists and turns will take youfrom Shanghai's glittering high rises to underground prisons and the plightsfaced by the characters who feel achingly real. An action-packed adventure withheart." - Judy Lin, author of the forthcoming A MAGIC STEEPED IN POISON 
"In this gripping thriller, McBee balances high-stakes, page-turning action with apowerful exploration of revenge, justice, forgiveness, and love, as well as an inspiring heroine readers won't soon forget." - Kimberly Gabriel,award-winning author of EVERY STOLEN BREATH 

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Gr 9 Up—A white teenage girl with an incredible gift for math cycles through an array of identities and captors who want to exploit her talent. Josephine finds herself under the control of Madame, who uses the young prodigy's gifts to further her own wealth. Things are going well until she attracts the eye of Madame's lover, Lev. Feeling betrayed, Madame sends Jo to be dealt with by King. King is known to make problems disappear, but realizes the girl's talent for calculations would be useful for him. King strips Jo of her name, referring to her only as Double-Eight. She settles into her life as one of King's captives and begins to lose all hope. In the darkest hours, she meets a fellow prisoner named Red, who mentors her to use her gift for the greater good. Now filled with a new passion and another new identity, she begins her new life in China, working to try and save the Chan business before it goes bankrupt. She struggles to express her feeling for Chan's son Kai and trust those around her. Under the shadows of her own identity, she plots against her captors. This delightful book will hook readers from the first page and have them longing for more. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy fast-paced stories.—Lori James, Rolla P.L., MO --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08MWMJR9J
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wise Wolf Books (February 11, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 11, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4799 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1953944507
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 131 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS!!!
By BeHenry on February 11, 2021
Calculated is a wild and thrilling ride from start to finish, with so many twists and heart wrenching moments, readers are left breathless in shock and crying with emotion. It reaches into who a person is and reveals the cracks that makes us human but then pieces it all back together to create a masterpiece. Nova McBee delivers a wonderful story with a true heroine that leaves readers satisfied but wishing for more.

Jo/88/Phoenix is a relatable character as she struggles through figuring out good/bad and standing on her own. Even her amazing math prodigy skills are written so well, I feel like I can zip through equations. (I can’t math but Nova McBee’s writing makes me feel like even I have that skill.)

The plot is strong and written amazingly well through flashbacks that add to the excitement and twist. Just when readers think they figure Jo out, she peels back another layer to reveal even more. Like the biblical story of Joseph, the main character faces insurmountable odds and struggles with doing the right thing.

I cheered. I cried. And I couldn’t put this book down. I can’t wait until book #2!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New. Thrilling. Relatable. Don’t miss it!
By Noah on January 28, 2021
I don't even know where to start, honestly only have good things to say. Be prepared- this book is gripping, exciting and the plot unfolds in such a satisfying way that was so fun to read. Never too predictable though, I had to keep reading in order to find out what was going to happen. Jo is a reliable protagonist that you want to see succeed. Even though her circumstances (or unique ability) may not be relatable to you, Jo makes them relatable. Once I finished the book, I wished there was more to discover, needless to say I'm excited for the story to continue unfolding in further installments. Don't miss out on this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No fluff here - thrilling and deep
By Ashley Griffin on February 11, 2021
I won an advanced readers copy of Calculated in an Instagram giveaway from the author. A compelling story of forgiveness and overcoming grief, with a little corporate espionage thrown in. In summary, math prodigy Jo Rivers is kidnapped by an international criminal mastermind known as Madame, and after a harrowing escape, discovers that the global economy will crash if she doesn’t stop it using her unique affinity for quick calculations. Featuring a delightful book boyfriend who also knows kung fu, Calculated is perfect for fans of the shows Alias or Leverage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You haven't read anything quite like this!
By J. Claar on February 16, 2021
There is nothing I like better than a book that defies easy classifications and is unique in its genre! Calculated is a fast-paced YA thriller with enough action to keep the pages turning and has woven in deep the coming-of-age themes of identity, purpose, and destiny seamlessly. There is a full cast of memorable characters, plot twists and action, and unforgettable settings - what isn't to love? The book reads so vividly that I have to remind myself that I didn't watch it as a movie. I've not read anything quite like it in all my years and pages in the YA genre and can recommend it whole-heartedly to both young people and adults alike. I am so excited to see that there will be more to Josephine's story. I have already pre-ordered the sequel!
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Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put it down!
By K Smith on February 16, 2021
Intrigue, redemption, love. This story includes beautiful and powerful language which draws the reader into the story with all the senses. Nova McBee crafts a compelling heroine who chooses life over death, joy despite sorrow, forgiveness instead of hate. With echoes of stories across the ages of heroes and heroines betrayed and heartbroken who choose to love and forgive, setting their lives on the path of freedom instead captivity. This thrilling tale holds secrets and answers for all!
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Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021
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Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked from the first page
By Adventurewith on February 12, 2021
Calculated instantly captured my imagination and took me straight into the world of the likable teen math prodigy at the center of this international thriller. Ultimately a meaningful story of redemption and identity, it was full of the kind of suspense and adventure that kept me up way too late reading! This book needs to be a film! Waiting for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, fun, thrilling!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mi dispiace averlo finito, non vedo l'ora venga pubblicato il sequel (Simulated)
Reviewed in Italy on February 26, 2021
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Smiling Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read with Depth
Reviewed in Australia on February 16, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
Reviewed in Canada on May 21, 2021
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