Saturday, January 4, 2014

Book Review: Going Rogue by Robin Benway

Saturday, January 4, 2014
Going Rogue (Also Known As, #2)
*Warning: Possible spoilers if you haven't read Also Known As*

Genre: Action and Adventure
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Series: Also Known As #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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. 
Summary from Goodreads.

I've said this before and I'll probably say it many more times, but Robin Benway is one of very few authors who can make me laugh out loud. It's Roux, Maggie's best friend, who is so hysterical. Her dialogue is blunt and unexpected, and goes with her phenomenal character development.

Because while Benway brings the funny, she excels at characterization.

Roux, for example, has grown so much since Also Known As. She's a supporting character but with just as many layers as Maggie. Meanwhile, Maggie's relationship with her parents continues to be an awesome part of this series. There's no missing parent syndrome here, as their family is incredibly tight knit. Does Maggie have a bit more freedom than the average teenager? Well, yes- but she is a spy, so I think that's to be expected.

In the midst of the wit, the friendships, the family dynamic (not to mention Maggie's relationship with Jessie, who is such a sweetheart), the suspense is absolutely insane. Maybe I'm the only one, but when something unexpected or exciting happens in a book, I do this I-Did-Not-See-That-Coming wiggle. That wiggle was happening quite a lot and I really, really want to discuss some of the book's events, but I also want you to experience it for yourself. Let's just say there's a lot of action.

There are also some brand new characters introduced who are, of course, great. Oh, and Angelo is in prime form (seriously, Angelo and Rue's friendship is completely adorable).

If you haven't read Going Rogue yet, please do! And then come back here and talk to me about it, okay? We can wait for the third book together, since you'll be dying to know what's going to happen to Maggie's family next.
*5 stars*

Just for fun Q: If you were a spy, would you want to be a safe cracker, a computer hacker, or a linguist?


  1. I just bought Also Known As so I'm really happy that the sequel is equally good. I think I need more funny books on rotation and this sounds like a book that I want to hug.

    1. It is a book you'll want to hug! haha :) Hope you love Also Known As!

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