The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif |e-ARC Review |FFBC Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today?

Today I’m back with a review and some favourite quotes with. I’m so excited to share these with you but unfortunately this will have to wait until Sunday evening as I (stupid me) completely forgot to take my kindle with me. So it stayed in my student room. Meaning that I have no way to share these quotes with you today!

And now without further ado, let’s start!


Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the world.

Athena operatives are never supposed to shoot to kill—so when Jessie can’t stop herself from pulling the trigger, she gets kicked out of the organization, right before a huge mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade.

Jessie needs to right her wrong and prove herself, so she starts her own investigation into the trafficking. But going rogue means she has no one to watch her back as she delves into the horrors she uncovers. Meanwhile, her former teammates have been ordered to bring her down. Jessie must face danger from all sides if she’s to complete her mission—and survive.

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Title – The Athena Protocol
Author – Shamim Sarif
Publisher – Harper Teen
Release date – October 8th 2019
Genre – LGBT+/Mystery/Young Adult

Trigger Warning – violence, death, murder, abduction, trafficking (human)
Version – ebook*
Pages – 304
Language – English

I didn’t know much about this book before applying for it. The cover was eye-catching and the synopsis sounded like something that was made for me! And I’m glad that I could fit it in my busy student life. I literally screamed when I saw that I was chosen to read and review The Athena Protocol and I’m happy that I was because this book was amazing!

Jessie, our main character, is a member of a female spies group that want to save the world from all the bad going on. Kind of like James Bond, just a female one. The group she is a part of is called the Athena Protocol and they have one rule: don’t kill. Unfortunately this was kind of the problem for Jessie during one of their missions. And so they kicked her out. So what did I like?

I loved that writing style! It was so easy to get into the story and this is something that’s very important to me. My studies are already difficult as they are I don’t need to read complicated books – that are meant to be fun – as well. So I really appreciated the fact that it was easy and uncomplicated to start with this book.

The reader is also immediately thrust into the action of the book which was a lot of fun. I only finished the last season of Designated Survivor a few weeks ago and the first chapter reminded me a lot of the action scenes.

The Athena Protocol was a fast paced novel and for those that are subscribed to this blog for a while now, know that that is exactly what I need in my thriller/mystery books. I need a fast paced book because I want to race through the book to see if I’m right or not.

Another positive point is the diversity of this book. I think that there is a lot of representation in this book and I’m paying much more attention to diversity since I’m a book blogger and I’m also taking this into account while rating my books.

I couldn’t stop reading this book and I loved every single thing.

Favourite Character


Overall, The Athena Protocol is a must-have-to-read book! You shouldn’t ignore this book as it’s amazingly written, fast-paced, has great characters and is absolutely worth your reading time! You should pick it up if you like James Bond, The Blacklist, Designated Survivor and if you’re a mystery junkie like myself.

Favourite Quotes:

” “I’m hungry,” Hala says. Hala is always eating, or thinking about eating. “

” Caitlin reaches into her small backpack an tosses us each a protein bar. I’m not thrilled with it, but I doubt she has fresh croissants in there,… “

” “Ready?” Caitlin asks. I feel a pulse of adrenaline rising through me. “I was born ready.” “

” Despite the fact that she’s my mother – or maybe because she’s my mother – I immediately feel the impulse to annoy her. “

” If you’d told me I would ever work for my mother, I’d have laughed in your face. “

” What did you think Ahmed’s soldiers were going to do when they woke up? Start a feminist group?” “

” ” A team is only as strong as each person in it,…” “

” If there is anything I can’t stand it’s when my mother sounds like a quote from an inspirational calendar. “

” Lost my job. Made my first kill and I wasn’t even provoked. Having the time of my life. “

“What kind of mother would send her child out to do God-knows-what for a secret spy force? Probably one with deficient maternal instincts. “






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Born in the UK, Shamim is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and director. 

Her next book, The Athena Protocol, is an all-female YA contemporary action thriller that is published by Harper Teen in September 2019. 

Her debut novel, The World Unseen, won a Betty Trask award and the Pendleton May First Novel award. 

Shamim has adapted and directed the films of three of her novels including, most recently, Despite the Falling Snow. The book was published by Headline in the UK and St Martin’s Press in the US. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance in a story of love and betrayal in cold war Russia. Her films have won 47 awards internationally. 

Shamim’s third novel, I Can’t Think Straight, formed the basis of her cult hit film of the same name. 

Shamim’s book festival appearances include Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh. 

An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney. 

Shamim lives in London with her wife, Hanan, and their two sons








As always please don’t forget to follow the tour and to check out the other amazing bloggers post. Here is the link to the thread.

You can find an excerpt of this book here.

Prize: Win a copy of The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif (US Only)

Starts: 2ndOctober 2019

Finishes: 16thOctober 2019

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Do you want to read The Athena Protocol? Please let me know in the comments below!

*A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own! Thanks to the FFBC Team for including me in this blog tour.

8 thoughts on “The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif |e-ARC Review |FFBC Blog Tour + Giveaway

    1. Thank you for your comment! 🙂 I can totally relate to that, before my blog I used to stick to 1 or 2 genres (Fantasy and Thrillers, but mostly Thrillers) but now since I have the blog I started to read other genres and I discovered books that I really love but would have never picked up in the past. So if you do pick “The Athena Protocol” and read it, I hope that you’ll end up enjoying it 🙂

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      1. Yeah I understand why you’d go to genres you’d normally not read for your blog. I don’t have much time to read in the first place, so that’s why I tend to stick to my favourite genre. Thank you very much and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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    1. The struggle is real. I’m also on a book buying ban but some of the latest reviews I’ve read made me want to buy books. But I can’t! I don’t know how long I will be able to last without buying books 😂


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