Saturday 6 July 2013

AKA: Spy Society - Robin Benway

Pages: 308
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 18th July 2013
Edition: UK paperback, for review

Other Titles by this Author: Audrey, Wait!, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June

Maggie Silver likes her unusual life; travelling the globe with her spy parents, cracking safes, beating the bad guys...what’s not to love?

But when she’s sent to New York for her first solo assignment, Maggie’s life is transformed. Suddenly she’s navigating the unknown world of high school and trying to complete her mission of befriending Jesse Olivier, the son of a potential national security threat.

And Jesse is no ordinary mark: he’s an aggravatingly cute one that Maggie can’t stop thinking about. She might be a master spy, but Maggie’s about to learn that the mind of a teenage boy is a lot harder to crack than even the toughest safe...

I read and fell in love with Audrey, Wait! And Robin Benway’s writing long before I even considered blogging and I’m so glad that Spy Society made it over here.

Before I go any further with this review I just have to say how much fun this book is (as well as how freaking awesome this cover is!). I flew through it. It’s light, easy to read and laugh out loud funny. Some of the things that come out of Maggie and her new best friend, Roux’s, mouth were utterly brilliant. I wish I was as bold and confident as the two of them! All of the characters were so well developed, sparky and the connections between them and Maggie jumped off the page. I especially loved Angelo. There’s nothing better than a mysterious forger who announces his presence by an illustrated postcard of clues as to his whereabouts.

Even though Spy Society launches a series about spies, I felt it had a really strong Gossip Girl (the TV show not the awful books) feel to it which I loved. Maggie’s new school and the extreme accessorising and girl politics reminded me of Constance Billiard so much! I love how Maggie had to learn from scratch how to do the real world. I can’t even begin to imagine how cut off from reality she was and the need to be a semi-normal girl must have been smothering sometimes, but also a complete relief at others. Maggie seemed to handle it with her trademark spunk and melodrama and I quickly fell in love with her.

AKA: Spy Society is a fun, sweet and thoroughly enjoyable start to a series about spies, love and navigating teenage life with a comeback and lock pick to hand at all times!

Thanks to S&S for providing me with a review copy and make sure to stop by on the 16th for my stop on the blog tour!


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