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Friday, February 22, 2013

Also Known As by Robin Benway

I saw this book on NetGalley, and I thought it sounded like fun. I enjoy Ally Carter's Heist Society books, so this one sounded like it would appeal to me. It's being released next Tuesday, so make sure it's on my list!
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Loved the lightness of this story. While I was in the middle of some other, hard core books, it was nice to get a break with this one that was pretty fluffy. It's nice to have something every once in a while that you can just read to get away from everything for a while, and don't have to pick apart every little thing to try and decide what it means. 2) The humor. This is one of my favorite parts of "light and fluffies." They almost always have great humor. And this one was no different. The funniest parts are where you just have to laugh at Maggie. She isn't used to normal teenspeak, or the ways that teens act around other teens, and it is soooooo funny to watch her adapt. 3) Jesse. Hard not to like Jesse, he's sweet and funny, and obviously cares about Maggie. And naturally, she's Maggie's mark, when it comes to her spy stuff. 4) I also really liked Maggie. She's just funny because she is so smart about some things, all of her spy tactics, but that she is in the dark about everything else, since she wasn't raised in a normal way.

What I Didn't Like: No complaints about this one!

Overall Thoughts: Fans of Ally Carter's books should get ready. You will love the humor of Robin Benway's Also Known As. For every spy skill MC Maggie has, she has no idea how to live and act like a normal school kid. Get ready to laugh along with Maggie as she tries to navigate her toughest assignment yet. The plot and characters are so light and fluffy that it won't take you long to get through this one, enjoying it all the way.

My Rating: 5 shots


  1. YAY, I am so glad you liked Also Known As. I loved it. It definitely won't be the last Robin Benway book I read. I also loved Roux as a character.

  2. I am SO excited for this book and so glad that you found no issues with this one! I love this whole premise and can't wait to meet Jesse and Maggie. I also need a book to "get away" from time to time!

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. wow! I can't wait to read this book, no complaints...that is so good. I love a great light read. I really liked another book by this author and hope this one makes a hit with me too. great review.

  4. Yay! No complaints? That sounds promising! This book's next in line on my read-and-review list, so I'm glad to hear it's light, fluffy, and fun - I definitely need a book like that right now :) Great review!

    Chri @ Ink Skies


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