Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bookanistas: Also Known As

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 been Robin Benway's #1 fan for years now. Audrey, Wait! was one of my very favorite reads...pretty much ever. And I even have a blogger blurb on the paperback of April, May, and June. I've been waiting not-so-patiently for her newest release, and, let me tell you guys, it is totally worth all the waiting.

Robin Benway just rocks at voice. ROCKS IT. She is my voice inspiration every day I sit down and write. I'm not trying to copy her or anything...please. But, I think about her humor and how she is able to voice up almost every single line, and how she just owns her random humor, and it really gets me through some of the more ho-hum parts of my own writing. And she really brings her signature voice in this book. It's full of humor and randomness, my very favorite things about her books.

The highlight of the book for me was the character Roux, Maggie's first and best friend at her new school. Roux is...oh man, there aren't even words for the awesomeness of Roux. You just need to meet her for yourself. She sort of reminds me of a Paris Gellar-type for you Gilmore Girls fans, but less angry and more...Roux. She's awesome. You need to meet her.

This book was just so much fun. Spying. Mystery. Intrigue. High school. Cute boys and ice cream and New York, and, of course, Robin Benway's signature amazing, hilarious voice. I promise, you'll love it.

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today:

Katy Upperman is mad about THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER

Tracy Banghart announces her new novel BY BLOOD


  1. Ooh, this one sounds fun! Don't hate me, but I've yet to read AUDREY, WAIT... Though, I got a few Amazon giftcards for my birthday. Maybe I should use one for one of Robin's books?

    Thanks for the rec, Jess. You've convinced me, as usual!

  2. I can't wait for this one! I loved, loved, loved AUDREY, WAIT! mainly because the voice was so darn good in it. When I think of books with great voice, that one immediately springs to mind. The description of ALSO KNOWN AS sounds really good too. Only a few more days to go until it's out in Canada. :)

  3. ohmygosh - LOVE Robin Benway. And this review just makes me want to read it that much more!

  4. Awww :D :D :D I loved that one too! Robin Benway definitely masters the art of VOICE!
    Hope you´re doing well Jessica <3

  5. Robin Benway has one of the best teen voices in the business! Really looking forward to reading this one!!