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Review: Spy Society by Robin Benway

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.

My thoughts
I have made a huge mistake leaving it a week before doing this review meaning all the things I was going to ramble on about are no longer in my head. Therefore this review will be quite short but don't take this as a sign that I didn't enjoy it because I really did.

For me I found this book a really fun read. The main character is a teenage spy settling into a new assignment in New York to befriend a boy and find out information about a story his father is supposed to be leaking to the press unveiling names of the several spies which would it them into danger. Quite honestly I was hooked throughout and loved following the story.

There were several things that made this book for me. I loved Maggie the main character. She is really funny and I loved seeing her try and settle into quite a normal life (albeit quite an alien one to her) and I loved the interactions she had with everyone around her. By far my favourite relationship in this book was the one she develops with her new best friend Roux. Roux is a brilliant character in all her flawed teenage ways and I loved every scene involving her and her crazy ways.

I loved the take this book had on spies. It was far more realistic than other novels I had read. No avoiding lazer beams of death or super cool gadgets. This girl is all about lock picking and safe combo breaking. Her main assignment is to get close to Jesse and find out more about his family. I loved how this played out and seeing the way in which Maggie interacted with him.

All in all a really cute read which I thoroughly enjoyed. 


Cass said…
Been there way too many times before (leaving a review too long and forgetting all the deets). Still, great review. I was hoping for a fun read, will be picking this one up next actually. I'd like to say that before reading the book my initial thoughts on the angle of spies in this book is positive. :)