Book Review: Also Known As

Book Review: Also Known AsAlso Known As by Robin Benway
Published by Bloomsbury Juvenile US on February 26th 2013
Pages: 320
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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.

Maggie has been all over the world. Russia. Buenos Aires. Iceland. But her travels are not all fun and games. That's because Maggie and her family are part of an elite group of spies, known as The Collective. When Maggie finally gets her first solo assignment, nothing will ever be the same.

Also Known As was a completely surprising read from beginning to end. I had a feeling before I even started the book that I was going to enjoy this one. But I never could have imagined that I would as much as I did.

Maggie was a super fun character. Outspoken, but still a little socially awkward. Her interactions made this book special for me. Her humor and wit were right up my alley. The same can be said with Roux (pronounced similar to Roo). While I really liked Maggie, Roux is the probably the stealer of the spotlight. A slightly tragic character that stole my heart. I wish more books had characters like Roux.

The only downside for Also Known As was the ending. After pages and pages of mystery. Who is the bad guy? What does s/he want? The ending was beyond rushed for my tastes. We find out the bad guy. A possible connection to a past event, but that's it. How he is connected, why he is doing what he is doing… none of that is explained. Just a simple, it's him and bamo, resolved.

Final Verdict:
I loved every moment of this cute and unexpected read… except for maybe the ending. This is the first book I have read by Robin Benway, and it hopefully will not be the last. If you are looking for a read with great characters, plenty of fun, and fantastic humor, give Also Known As a shot. You won't be disappointed.

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3 responses to “Book Review: Also Known As

  1. Definitely agree the ending was too rushed. The pacing before was leisurely and then it was like Benway needed to hurry up and add resolution. I hope there will be more books in this series with a better integrated mystery.

  2. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I’ve been seeing this book pop up here and there in various blogs, and it sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. I hate hate hate a rushed ending, but if it's the start of an ongoing series I'll give it a shot because it sounds awesome and you mostly loved it… 🙂

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