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Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely ...
Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to bring the wrath of the now corrupt Collective down on all of them. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.
"The spy story is good fun and Maggie's quandaries will resonate with readers." —Kirkus Reviews
"Teens who appreciate the old school romantic capers in the tradition of Charade and the Pink Panther movies will happily nuke a bag of microwave popcorn and settle in for an entertaining, kissing-intensive romp." —BCCB
"This enjoyable and exciting novel will thrill fans of chick-lit spy capers." —School Library Journal
"Filled with intrigue and suspense . . . The reader will hang onto its every word." —Library Media Connection
"This one is fresh and fun." —Booklist, starred review, on Also Known As
"Benway offers a rollicking take on the ‘spy kids’ premise, buoyed by fun characters." —Publishers Weekly on Also Known As
"Captures the trials and tribulations of growing up with wit and whimsy, humor and perception—making this novel a real joy." —Romantic Times Book Review on Also Known As
"The absolutely delightful cast of characters and snappy dialogue transform this book into a huge success." —School Library Journal on Also Known As
"I loved, loved, loved, Audrey, Wait!" —Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of Airhead and The Princess Diaries, on Audrey, Wait!
"A first novel with a voice that sings." —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Audrey, Wait!
"Extremely funny. Will keep readers laughing as each sibling learns to trust another amazing power: the strength of sisterhood." —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on April, May, and June
"What do sisters and this fabulous novel have in common? Happiness, heartbreak, and hilarity." —Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of TTYL, on April, May, and June
Posted January 14, 2014
Going Rogue is fun and so fast-paced that at times I was breathless while reading it. And there is international intrigue! And some new internationally intriguing characters!
But the root of the story is still Maggie, Jesse, and Roux, whom I adore and want to be besties with. Where I felt the emotions were a bit forced and then rushed in Also Known As, the emotional depth to the relationships between these three characters really works in this book.You get the feeling that these three characters have bonded completely and are able to trust each other without question, which I imagine is incredibly important when you’re all of a sudden on a team of international spies. Sadly, I don’t know this for real and for true since I’ve never been invited to be on a team of international spies, but I can imagine that it would be stressful and that emotions would be running high, and that trust and faith in your team is one of those things that is pretty necessary.
Overall, Going Rogue is an extremely readable spy adventure that will have you practicing your French (and every other language on the planet. You know, for when the time comes.) and trying to figure out which skills you can develop that will make you indispensable as a spy.
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Posted January 30, 2014
There was a sense of adrenaline that made you want to read more. This book is happy with the humorous jokes and the romance keeps you off the edge. A great read. Hoping for the third!
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Posted March 30, 2014
After finding out that Robin Benway narrated her own audiobooks, I knew I had to try it with this one. There’s just something about an author reading their own book. You just KNOW you’re going to get all of the emotion for each character exactly how the author originally meant it to be read. And Benway did a fantastic job of writing AND narrating this book. I really enjoyed it!
In Also Known As we met this group of characters, and I instantly felt connected to most… especially Roux. She was a fantastic addition to the story. And now that she knows about Maggie’s spy-ness, it made it even more fun with all of her little jabs here and there. Jesse and Maggie are still together as well, so having him along for the ride this time was an added plus.
Compared to Also Known As, this story was a little more mystery, a little less fun high school drama. So I have to say I enjoyed the lighthearted nature of AKA a bit more. But Going Rogue had it’s drama as well, so don’t fret. Lots of fun, spy-ish things going on up in here. :)
Another great story from Robin Benway. Though I rarely ever continue on with series, this is one I’m really enjoying and I’m looking forward to seeing more of these characters. And listening to the audio was definitely the way to go. Can’t beat hearing an author read their own story to you!
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Posted June 30, 2014
Posted May 9, 2014
This is the second book in the Also Known As series. Maggie and her friends embark on a new adventure in an effort to clear her parent's names from false accusations. The first half of the book is mostly dedicated to drama and teenage angst, but things pick up in the second half.
I thoroughly loved the first book, but I didn't enjoy this one as much. It was missing all the fun and excitement that was so prevalent the first time around. There was still some humor and some action, but I didn't get sucked into the story as easily. The second half of the book was better than the first half. Some new characters were introduced, and they brought a new angle to story that we hadn't seen before, so that was a plus. There was also more of the author's signature humor in the second half, which is one of the reasons I liked this series so much to begin with.
Overall, I would still count this as a win, but I hope the next book goes lighter on the drama and heavier on the fun.
Content: profanity (no f-words) and innuendo.
Posted May 11, 2014
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