Author- Robin Benway
Publish date- August 2013
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.
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
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!
What I thought:
This was a book that was easy and enjoyable to read- during my reading of it I described Spy Society (Also Known As in America) as being a "light" read, but I since changed my mind about that; for me, a "light" read must have no other appealing factors than the fact that it is light, and, while I know that this isn't the case for many people, going by that definition I wouldn't read a book that's only merit is it's easy-going-ness. This book is not light.
There is espionage- something I did not realise I would love so much; three seasons of Veronica Mars and two started series' later, I crave it.
There is the search for normality, when you've never had it (again, normal is not a word I particularly love, because what, please tell, is "normal"? Still, it's in the book.)
There are brave, flawed characters, who fight for truth and do what they must to try and keep their families safe, even if it means doing something that said family would dislike.
There is drama, both in the intensity of spy scenes and the romance/high-school veriaty.
There is a character called Angelo who I really, truly adore. Angelo is not appreciated enough by far, and let me tell you- he's appreciated.
There's a witty dialouge, snark, fights and romance that brews kinda quickly and is, in my mind, taken a little too seriously by the characters involved. There are excellent moments throughout the novel where I was able to go "Yes! Me too!", because Maggie, the protagonist, has a habit of saying very relatable things.
There weren't many things that I outright disliked about this book, but nor was it revolutionary- I enjoyed reading it and will continue with the series, yet it didn't ever feel like it took the step from "enjoyable" to "excellent" or "explosion worthy" (which is a rating I give to books, yes)- does that make it merely a light read, despite all I've just written about it?
Rating: Slightly down from Ooh, very good, but certainly not Hmm...
I do not like the covers for this book very much- I understand them, the "different person everytime you look" but I didn't like it.
The book, however, proved me wrong on many a count, and I very much enjoyed my time with Maggie (though her dad calls her "babe" at one point, which was hard for me to take seriously and not have a mini-break after.