Friday, July 5, 2013

Also Known As

Also Known As by Robin Benway

This book was fun, comedic, and had a great balance of the different aspects it encompassed. It was a breeze of sweet and simple almost.

I'll just give the amazon summary to get this shindig started, "Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. 

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover." AMAZON LINK OF THAT WILL DO

I'm having a hard time moving past how much FUN this book was. It was well balanced in it's pacing, and the narrator, Maggie, was right up my alley.


Alright, I got it out of my system for the most part.

The first chapter is a perfect setup to know what exactly to expect from the book. Maggie is a safecracker for an organization that is referred to as 'the Collective' and we're taken through the end game of a mission that she's on with both of her parents. Her parents have worked for the Collective for a long time and when they had Maggie and she was cracking locks by age three, well it seemed only natural that she got involved in the business.

It's not the kind of spy story that I've typically come across either; no one is trying to shoot each other, there's not a bunch of covert phrases, not a whole lot of sleuthing. It's almost like spy light, but with the more heavier elements of always having to move for the job and such.

I am a little hopeful that this is the first book in a series.

Anyways, so the next mission is one specifically for Maggie; she needs to go to the same high school as Jesse Oliver, make nice enough with him that she can get access to his folks apartment, and then get the goods on an article that will be released regarding the Collective and many of her friends within the Collective. If the article gets published, it's basically going to be the end of them all.

No problem right?

...wrong (of course).

High School isn't exactly what Maggie was expecting and from day one she's almost in over her head. With the help of Roux, her first friend, she begins to muddle through it. With the chance meeting of Jesse Oliver and his dog Max, she really starts her mission.

There's also their long time family friend, Angelo, who is a master of forgery and also her fashion guru genie. He's more than a friend, basically like an Uncle, and has helped in the raising of Maggie when he gets to see her (the whole spy business keeps everyone moving around a bit).

Roux it turns out has basically been ostracized by the student body for hooking up with someone's boyfriend (who she was led to believe was in love with her).

Then, to really get the tension going, house party thrown by Jesse Oliver which both Roux and Maggie attend. Roux is very reluctant to go, and ends up meeting Maggie while she's quite drunk. Maggie does a rush operation of trying to get her sober and it kind of gets a little funky.

Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot probably because it didn't try to be anything more than what it presented. It was just fun, kind of serious sometimes, but mostly just fun. I found the character of Maggie to be very believable with the amount of social ineptitude that she had (seriously spy life does not mean socializing with people your own age).

...yeah, I think that's good.

Happy reading!

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