Also Known As by Robin Benway: Audio Review

Posted June 19, 2013 by Emily in book review / 1 Comment

Also Known As by Robin Benway: Audio ReviewAlso Known As by Robin Benway
Narrator: Robin Benway
Published by Walker on February 26, 2013
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Espionage, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Pages: 310
Format: Audio
Source: Brilliance Audio

I received this book for free from Brilliance Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

I’ve made no secret my love of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. Spy girls really aren’t done enough. There were a lot of things that worked really well with Also Known As. Maggie’s awkwardness in dealing with the concept of friendship and the intricacies of high school relationships was quirky and cute. Her relationship with her parents was real, including the testing of boundaries. But, there was a love there that just flowed off the page. Also, the romance was sweet, tender, and an appropriate blend of kissy and talky.

Yet, as I read Also Known As, I felt like there was something missing. Or perhaps, instead of something missing, it was just an inconsistent performance. At times the dialogue was witty, but then went to cliche and forced. Maggie’s parents were a puzzle. They were equal parts supportive and protective. But, as spies, they confused me. When they went to Maggie’s school, it’s like their spy training went out the window and they stuck out like sore thumbs in order to portray a role of the “embarrassing parent” that really wasn’t necessary.

Overall, Also Known As  is a satisfying read and a great choice for readers who love the Gallagher Girls series. It’s got a little bit more mature content, but would probably be appropriate for teens 14 and up because of the underage drinking, sexual references, and mild swearing.

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