Friday 14 February 2014

Also Known As by Robin Benway

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (US) S&S (UK)
ISBN: 9780802733900 (US) 9781471116742 (UK)
Release Date: Feb 2013
Source: Purchased

This is published as Spy Society in the UK

From Goodreads: Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world's premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it's three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she's attending a private school with hundreds of "mean girl" wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school's elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat... all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world's greatest spies don't have a mission plan for love.

Having absolutely loved Audrey Wait I knew I’d probably enjoy this one – and I really did! It is so much fun – I loved it! It’s kind of a cross between the TV show Alias and Gallager Girls, with something else thrown in.

I loved the concept – the way the family work for the collective and that they have for all of Maggie life. Plus I love the way she has all these skill (safe cracking, forgery etc) but can’t quite master high school. Throw in Roux (she totally rocks!) and Jesse and I was completely sold!

I really love Roux. She has absolutely no filter and is the kind of person who says and does what most people are just thinking. But there is a vulnerability there to which makes her someone you want to squish!

Jesse was adorable from his first scene – and I like the friendship/chemistry between him and Maggie. I also loved Angelo and Maggie’s parents.

Great stuff – sign me up for the sequel!   I'd like it now please.

1 comment:

Hollie said...

I bought a copy of this last year but haven't quite gotten round to reading it yet. I love the Gallagher Girls series though, so hearing you compare it to those books just makes me all the more excited to pick up my copy. Roux sounds like a fab character too - safe to say I'll probably love this one :)


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