09 December 2012

{Book Review} Also Known As

By: Me My Shelf And I | 09 December 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | |

New coverAlso Known As
Author: Robin Benway
Pages: 320
Release Date: February 26th 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5 Birds

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.

Initial thoughts after reading first chapter:  Alright, this isn’t going to be quite as good and quirky as I might have hoped.

Initial thoughts after reading first few chapters: Okay, maybe I was wrong.

Initial thoughts when halfway through the book: I love this book.

Initial thoughts after finishing the book: Oh, wow. I love this book!

Also Known As (AKA) can have many a descriptive word associated with it: cute, easy, romantic, quirky, and most importantly FUN.

This book was a pure joy to read. The plot was not difficult to follow, yet kept me interested enough to flip through the pages and not look at the number of pages left until it was over, which is what I usually do when I grow tired of a book.

The cover art: I’m glad they changed the cover art from this: *insert old cover art here* to this *insert new cover art here*as I think it conveys the story in a much better way, and is a worthy casement. The old cover features a girl in three different looks, but not once in the book does our main character, Maggie, change the way she looks in order to spy on Jesse Oliver, although there are hints of her having to look different in the past. The new cover features a girl looking quite awkward in a school uniform, which I think works well. Also, there’s something about white, knee-high socks and black school-heels that pleases my eye. Probably because I’d like to get away with turning up to school like that, but alas, I  cannot. Curse you maleness.

The characters! Oh the characters. I loved Maggie, our protagonist, whose perspective the story is told from; there were the odd (I say odd, but there were in fact many) words and phrases that I just wanted to snaffle up and incorporate into my own writing. Roux (the best friend) is just like Maggie, and made me crack a smile or two—which is a rarity when it comes to books. Jesse Oliver, oh my, swoon. If only he was gay. If only I was female. If only. The parents were cute, and so was her ‘mentor’, or so I perceived him as so, Angelo.

The author has announced there to be a sequel to Also Known As and I couldn’t be more excited for it!

I haven’t read many ‘Rom-com’ type books, although whenever I do, I really do enjoy enjoy them. Note to self: Read more ‘Rom-com’ type books. If I had to compare this book to another, it’d be Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.





  1. I've been wanting to read this ever since I laid eyes on it at Netgalley! Unfortunately they turned me down, so I'll probably have to wait until February 26 :( Oh well from your review it sounds like it's going to be a super cool book, so I'll have to remember it!

    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

  2. Sounds like a fun read I'm also glad they changed the cover

  3. I like this spy type story. It is exciting and leaves you waiting for more. It keeps you hooked throughout the story.
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