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Also Known As (Also Known As Series #1)

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18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Rating: 4 The Low Down: Maggie is a spy. Well, to be exact,

Rating: 4




The Low Down: Maggie is a spy. Well, to be exact, she is a safecracker. One of, if not the, best. She’s the daughter of spies, so as such, they go where the jobs are. Don’t worry; they aren’t criminals. No, they work for a group called The Collective, whic...
Rating: 4




The Low Down: Maggie is a spy. Well, to be exact, she is a safecracker. One of, if not the, best. She’s the daughter of spies, so as such, they go where the jobs are. Don’t worry; they aren’t criminals. No, they work for a group called The Collective, which is a group of spies all over the world who work at righting the wrongs done by criminals. After their latest job in Iceland, the family is sent to New York City. This job will  be the most important one yet: keep the names and faces of The Collective from being exposed in the press by an investigative reporter.




Maggie’s assignment? Attend a local private school where the son of the reporter is enrolled. Get to know him. Get into his house. Steal info from his dad. Easy peasy, right? Sure. Only, there’s no directive to also fall for her “target.” Or, more precisely, not to. Or not to make friends with Roux, the former mean girl who is currently between pals. How can you have an honest relationship when you can’t be honest?




When Maggie finally figures out the answers, she’s in over her head; but if there’s something she’s learned in her 17 years, it is to surround herself in a bubble of calm and focus. Because it’s about to hit the fan. And she has curfew.




Best Thang ‘Bout It: Hasn’t everyone wanted to be a spy at one time or another? A fly on the wall, the invisible man, the person with no fingerprints? That’s why it surprises me that there are not a lot more books in this vein. Yes, it will inevitably get compared to Ally Carter’s successful series (serieses?) The Gallagher Girls and Heist Society, since it contains elements of each. But it is distinctly its own animal, with great characters (who can’t help but wish they knew Angelo?), breath-taking action and great locations. Oh, and a little romance. And humor. And snarkiness.




I’d certainly DVR this series.




One Thing, Though...: Everything’s about speed in a thriller, true, but during the downtime, I want to see my surroundings so the place feels 3D. Though I knew she was in school, at a party, in New York City, I felt like the tertiary characters were absent. I would think that a person trained to notice people would be looking at them in detail.




The Bottom Line: A fun book with well-developed main characters that has humor, heart and excitement.




Also Known As by Robin Benway was published today by Walker & Company/Bloomsbury Teens. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley, Walker & Company/Bloomsbury Teens and the Author.




Genre: Young Adult Fiction Thriller Romance Spy
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Some profanity; sexual discussions.

posted by InkandPage on February 26, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I really wanted to love this book. But it just didn¿t happen.

I really wanted to love this book.

But it just didn’t happen.

I liked it—I liked it a good amount. I mean, I tend to like anything having to do with spies, especialy when they’re teenage spies. But for some reason this plot didn’t really compel me despite the fact tha...
I really wanted to love this book.

But it just didn’t happen.

I liked it—I liked it a good amount. I mean, I tend to like anything having to do with spies, especialy when they’re teenage spies. But for some reason this plot didn’t really compel me despite the fact that Maggie, is a world-renowned safecracking prodify whose skills are worth a lot of money. It sounds like exactly the kind of book that should be up my alley, but for some reason, this one fell a bit flat for me.

But! BUT! Let’s talk about the good: I adore Benway’s writing style. While reading I would find myself making notes of sentences like,

”If Iceland was flatlining, then New York looked like it was having a heart attack.” (page 24)

”First rule of New York: Don’t just stand there. Keep moving. We don’t like it when you stand there. It make us angry.” (page 45)

Benway’s style is, as evidenced in the first quote, really gorgeously descriptive, and, also really funny. Okay, maybe I like that second quote because I live in New York and am of the belief that the sidewalk should be divided into a Tourist Lane and a New Yorker Lane.

Aside from Benway’s great style and voice, the characters in this book are a lot of fun. Smart, lively, fittingly jaded and cycnical, Maggie, Jesse, and Roux are characters I want to hang out with. The problem is that once the story got past a particularly swoony stoop scene, it went into fast-forward—every storyline became rushed and went full speed ahead to the end. The nuance and subtley was put aside, and all of a sudden crimes, drama, and mysteries were solved and everything was hunky-dory.

Overall, I really enjoyed the characters. I just wish that Benway (or, I suspect, her editors) had taken some more time with the story so it could unfold more naturally. However, the book is fun, there’s a lot of action, and Benway’s writing is great. If you’re looking for a fun, NY-based spy adventure with quippy, funny dialogue, then Also Known As will fit the bill.

posted by BethanyL on March 8, 2013

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    I really wanted to love this book. But it just didn¿t happen.

    I really wanted to love this book.

    But it just didn’t happen.

    I liked it—I liked it a good amount. I mean, I tend to like anything having to do with spies, especialy when they’re teenage spies. But for some reason this plot didn’t really compel me despite the fact that Maggie, is a world-renowned safecracking prodify whose skills are worth a lot of money. It sounds like exactly the kind of book that should be up my alley, but for some reason, this one fell a bit flat for me.

    But! BUT! Let’s talk about the good: I adore Benway’s writing style. While reading I would find myself making notes of sentences like,

    ”If Iceland was flatlining, then New York looked like it was having a heart attack.” (page 24)

    ”First rule of New York: Don’t just stand there. Keep moving. We don’t like it when you stand there. It make us angry.” (page 45)

    Benway’s style is, as evidenced in the first quote, really gorgeously descriptive, and, also really funny. Okay, maybe I like that second quote because I live in New York and am of the belief that the sidewalk should be divided into a Tourist Lane and a New Yorker Lane.

    Aside from Benway’s great style and voice, the characters in this book are a lot of fun. Smart, lively, fittingly jaded and cycnical, Maggie, Jesse, and Roux are characters I want to hang out with. The problem is that once the story got past a particularly swoony stoop scene, it went into fast-forward—every storyline became rushed and went full speed ahead to the end. The nuance and subtley was put aside, and all of a sudden crimes, drama, and mysteries were solved and everything was hunky-dory.

    Overall, I really enjoyed the characters. I just wish that Benway (or, I suspect, her editors) had taken some more time with the story so it could unfold more naturally. However, the book is fun, there’s a lot of action, and Benway’s writing is great. If you’re looking for a fun, NY-based spy adventure with quippy, funny dialogue, then Also Known As will fit the bill.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 31, 2013

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