Title: Spy Society (Also Known As #1)
Author: Robin Benway
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.’
Once upon a time, a girl, let’s call her Chloe (because it’s me), walked into a library with her mother. She looked around for a while and began to feel a little bit down, because she couldn’t find anything that she was in the mood for at that time. Suddenly, a book called Spy Society was calling out to her. It was saying “read me” over and over again. So do you know what Chloe did? She took it home and read it!
Did you enjoy that mini story? Yeah I don’t know why I did that either.
Basically what I was trying to say there is, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Actually enjoyed does not even begin to cover it. I will admit though, that the very beginning was a little difficult to get into, but once I did get into it, it was easy reading, and such a fun little read, so I can really forgive that. It was literally the only criticism I actually have, and that is saying something.
The characters within this book just really work so well together, especially Maggie and Roux. They are both such vulnerable characters who really need each other, although that may not seem to be noticeable at first, as the book progresses, it becomes more apparent.
Roux is now my new favourite character from a book. She was genuinely so funny, and so different, which I loved. No one wants to be exactly the same as everyone else. Come on!
Jesse Oliver, the boy who Maggie is assigned to befriend, becomes more than just an assignment, as she begins to fall for him, literally, especially on their first date. Oh no! Her parents will not be happy. Tut tut. I didn’t want to like this relationship, but I really did. It was cute, and even more special, especially saying that Maggie hasn’t been around that many teenagers, so this would be her first interaction with a boy in this way.
Who doesn’t want to read a book which features a teenage spy, who along with her assignment, and alcoholic best friend, take on evil? Sounds awesome right? I am so glad there is a sequel!