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Estelle: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Also Known As by Robin Benway [ website | twitter ] Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: spies, high school, New York, mystery Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Maggie might be a pro at cracking locks all over the world, but the […]

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January 16, 2014 - 9:01 am

Going Rogue by Robin Benway (YA Review) - […] Rogue by Robin Benway  [ website | twitter ] Book 2 in the Also Known As series. Publication Date: January 14, 2014 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 320 Target audience: […]

February 26, 2013 - 9:03 am

Also Known As - […] Be sure to stop by your local bookstore to seek out Robin’s book today! And if you haven’t already, check out my review! […]

February 19, 2013 - 12:03 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 2. Also Known As by Robin Benway: A family of spies? Totally a different upbringing than I’m used to. (You are shocked, I know.) Maggie’s parents had a lot of faith in their daughter to go on a solo mission. (Not like they could have done it, but still.) I think the mom and dad were funny, sweet, protective + they formed quite a tight family unit because of their spy talents and their lifestyle. Definitely a highlight of the book. (My review.) […]

February 10, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I hate this cover so much, so I haven’t really been interested in reading. But now you’ve got me intrigued! I adored Alias when it was on TV so I still have soft spot for stories about spies.

February 10, 2013 - 7:20 am

Sapir - I LOVED Audrey, Wait! and I can’t wait to read this book (:
New York City is one of my favorite book settings. I always like reading about the urban life there since I’m a small town girl.
Definitely going to pick this up!
Great review.

Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

February 8, 2013 - 6:48 am

Lori - Okay, I’m definitely intrigued. 🙂 I looooved Audrey, Wait! but I didn’t care much for April, May and June. So I’ve been on the fence about this one. Now I want to read it NOW! 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Robin Benway is one of my favorite authors, so I absolutely can’t wait for this book! It sounds so fun- I love spy stories and humor is always a plus. (:

February 7, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Ditto on your feelings about this book. I absolutely adored Angelo and Roux – they were probably my favorite parts of the book, apart from the fact that it’s set in NYC!

February 7, 2013 - 5:43 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - The Incredibles? Dirty Dancing? I’m in! This sounds like so much fun, and I love the main character’s name. 🙂

February 6, 2013 - 11:01 pm

elena - I LIKE THIS REVIEW A LOT. I love that you said they reminded you of The Incredibles, so spot on and makes me like the book even more. CHERRY ON TOP FOR THE ICE CREAM DATE. xo

February 6, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Oh Estelle, I love all the comparisons you’re making to films in this review. The Incredibles, Miss Congeniality, etc. This book definitely sounds sun and unique, and I’m really excited to meet Maggie and the other characters, who sound fabulous!

February 6, 2013 - 3:07 pm

VeganYANerds - This sounds so much fun, I didn’t know it would be so funny – can’t wait to read this and it reminds me that I need to read Audrey, Wait! like now!

February 6, 2013 - 11:46 am

kit - This sounds like a great read – I haven’t read any of Benway’s books, but I’ve seen a couple of different ones around lately, all with great reviews. The mixture of spies and high school (and the whole fish out of water thing) seems like the kind of thing I would like, so I’ll be keeping this book on my radar! Great review.

February 6, 2013 - 11:01 am

Cynthia - From reading the synopsis and looking at the cover this wouldn’t be a book I would pick up.. I know shame on me but I always judge books by the covers. Haven’t learned my lesson yet.. but now after reading your review I’m definitely adding it to my list and looking forward to it. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun and like something I would definitely enjoy. I love that the mc gets to experience lots of first. Great review Estelle! =)

February 6, 2013 - 10:57 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I love spy books, and I love Robin Benway, so I guess this is a good fit for me! And whoa, a SUPPORTIVE family? In YA? What??? Another super awesome aspect.

February 6, 2013 - 10:32 am

Annette - This sounds like fun! I really enjoy Ally Carter’s Heist Society books and this sounds like it might compare. Thanks!

February 6, 2013 - 9:27 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - Sounds so interesting! I love that Maggie’s whole family is in the spy business, there aren’t enough books about spies haha. This sounds like a really cute story, will check it out when I can. Great review 😀

February 6, 2013 - 9:19 am

Bookworm1858 - I just read this but am blanking on the Dirty Dancing reference-help a girl out?

I also agree about the pacing, which was a bit slow until the ending when everything just sped up as Maggie took us on quite the run!

Double Review: Destroy Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Beware of spoilers below for Shatter Me! Destroy Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi Website | Twitter Publication Date: October 2, 2012 / February 5, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 103 / 465 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, powers and abilities, broken government Format read: ARC from HarperCollins (Thank you!) Summaries: Told from Warner’s […]

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December 5, 2013 - 10:56 pm

Was This Novella Worthwhile? | Hopeful Happiness - […] Rather be Reading says, “This is a short novella, so remember that while you’re reading — you’re not going to receive a huge plot reveal, but you’re reading for character development.” […]

December 4, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Double Review: Destroy Me / Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Hopeful Happiness - […] in fact, there’s actually a bit of overlap between the novella and the second book.” Rather be Reading says, “This is a short novella, so remember that while you’re reading — you’re not […]

February 25, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Kristen Evey - Oh Magan, I’m SO glad I starred this review to read after I’d finished Unravel Me. You’ve no idea how glad I am that you’ve crossed over. I crossed over a bit myself. I was never Team Adam (found him too perfect in the first book), but I also didn’t want Juliette with Warner. He was too evil. I mean, I loved his character from the first book, but just, no. But now, I mean. Oh gosh. I love this boy so much. And I’m starting to detest Adam a bit. I mean, I feel for him. I do. But the whole lying/not telling Juliette thing in the beginning REALLY grated on my nerves. I HATE that. And Warner. He’s like the best example of a broken tortured soul character EVER! And that is my weakness.

I think Mafi’s done a TERRIFIC job of leaving us in suspense though. Normally, with love triangles, I can call them. I can spot what’s going to happen a mile away. With this, I HAVE NO EFFING CLUE! And somehow I feel like my heart is going to be ripped to shreds by the end. :\

Great review!!!

February 21, 2013 - 11:56 am

Magan - Asheley, I really just don’t know WHO the boy will be in the end. I’m kind of frustrated by that because we all have our opinions about what’s going to happen, but I JUST DON’T KNOW! And yes, totally a first world problem, but ahhh — things like this keep me up some nights or result in some awesome chats with friends! I agree about T-Mafi being an auto-read. Love her! Love her work! She is the sweetest, isn’t she? I just want to be her BFF!

February 19, 2013 - 11:40 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Hahaha, this is hilarious. I did a reread of Shatter Me and then read Destroy Me and Unravel Me. I was Team Adam, then found myself wavering a little bit and then completely confused with my loyalties. Darn T Mafi! So then after I finished Unravel Me, I went straight back to Shatter Me again to find myself. I listened to the audiobook for the re-read, so now I feel like I need to listen to the audiobook for Unravel Me, so I wonder if I’ll slip in my loyalties again. GRrrraaaahhhhhalkdjfa;klsjdflkjasdf. Isn’t it such an awesome first-world problem, to read or not to read so you can pick which team you’re on? 🙂

T Mafi is brilliant and auto-read for me forever. I just met her at the Pitch Dark Tour and she just charmed the heck out of me. And she totally let me get all of my thoughts out about everything I feel about all three books, and she totally listened intently to everything I said. So great.

February 10, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I WILL NOT LIKE WARNER. I. WILL. NOT.

But now you’re making me scared that I will! AHHHHHH!

February 5, 2013 - 5:44 pm

VeganYANerds - I can’t believe that you’ve changed your mind… I am not prepared to have my mind changed about Warner so I am putting off reading this book!

February 5, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Anna - Adam rules, WARNER DROOLS!

February 5, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Jamie - I can’t even read this review bc obvi I still have to get to this book but OMG just seeing your texts. PLEASE BE MY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEM! PLEASE!

February 4, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - While reading Shatter Me I was very much team Adam, but past the halfway mark is when I started to shift ground. Adam was too perfect, too nice, too stereotypical YA guy with a mysterious background and Daddy issues. I’ve actually been leaning towards Warner more because he has an actual personality. Adam is *yawn*, while Warner is crazy creeper, but at least he’s a complex character. I haven’t read Unravel Me, so maybe my opinions will change. Can I be team Kenji? 😀

February 4, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Alexa Y. - Ah Warner, I can totally, totally, totally understand why people are conflicted when it comes to him. I mean, we learn so much more about him in Destroy Me, and see him a whole lot more in Unravel Me. And then there are those beautiful, wonderful moments he shares with Juliette.

But I still do like Adam. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m remembering all the history they have from the beginning, and maybe it’s because I’m a hopeless romantic, but I’m still on his side.

BUT, in other news, I’m totally, majorly, 10 billion times more TEAM KENJI, teehee. He’s awesome in this one!

February 4, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - “But I reached a point where I just wanted to say, “ENOUGH! Accept this and move on.” I wanted her to fight for herself and to not be the small, fragile girl she had been molded into.” – you nailed it. I wanted to take her and shake her. ENOUGH WITH IT.

I’ll send you the registration packet for the Team Warner fanclub asap. oxo

February 4, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Rachel - I felt the same way about Juliette in this novel. I thought we definitely saw a lot more development in her as a character and learned more about why she acts and thinks the way she does, but I also wanted her to move on and focus on the present instead of letting her past dicate things.

And booooo for Warner lol. I don’t like him. But the romance scenes were TOTALLY HOT OMG. Even as someone who doesn’t like Warner, I was definitely into him during certain moments.

February 4, 2013 - 11:36 am

elena - Well, you are very aware of my feeeeelings by now, and we are PRETTY MUCH IN THE SAME BOAT. I NEED A HAPPY ENDING FOR WARNER!!!!!! I am so sure that he is going to have a tragic ending or something like that. Please prove me wrong, Tahereh Mafi! I totally agree with Juliette, I understood where she was coming from but it just was not fun to read about. Chapter 62 was fun to read about though. 🙂

February 4, 2013 - 8:11 am

Lori - So…I read Shatter Me and liked it, but I didn’t OMGLOVEIT like others. So I haven’t been really interested in reading these…You might have changed that…

🙂

February 4, 2013 - 6:56 am

Kelly - I wasn’t Shatter Me’s biggest fan, and it’s disappointing to hear Juliette remains so fragile in Unravel Me. BUT, I’m super tempted to continue the series anyway, just to figure out what the heck is going on with Warner!

Of course your review has only piqued my curiosities further 😛

February 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Hi, friends! The first month of 2013 is almost over. You know what that means? Looking forward to a new month bursting with amazing releases! The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano is coming to an end (sigh), but we get to meet Scarlet in the Lunar Chronicles and see what Juliette is up to […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already bought Unravel Me, but I’m also really looking forward to Out of the Easy and Pivot Point! Both sound interesting, and I’ve heard good things about both so that’s also really nice!

January 25, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Cassie - My oh my. SO MANY BOOKS. I read Unravel Me and adored it. I can’t speak highly enough about Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I can’t wait for The Ruining, Out of the Easy, The Reece Malcom List and How to Lead a Life of Crime!

January 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Rachel - Oh man, so many good books out this month! I’m excited for the rest of the world to read Unravel Me, as I finished that one recently. I’m looking forward to Pivot Point, The Ruining, and Hysteria.

January 25, 2013 - 11:01 am

Alexa Y. - There are SO many good books out this month, but I’m particularly looking forward to Unravel Me and Scarlet! I need to do a re-read of Scarlet once I get my own copy…

January 25, 2013 - 8:08 am

Jen - Well, we already discussed Unravel Me at length, so you already know my thoughts on that one 🙂 Can’t wait for the finished copy so I can do a thorough and heart-pounding re-read!

The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (January 2013)

Hello! I’m back with the first 2013 installment of Big Kids’ Table! Now I’m trying some new things out because if the blog post is tired, how am I going to convince you to pick one of these splendid reads? This month, I’m going to feature a recommendation from a real life blogger that I […]

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December 12, 2013 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: 2013 Overview - […] to stretch the possibilites of this feature throughou the year: getting other bloggers involved (Rachel, Hannah, Ginger, Asheley, Cassie, and Elena), completely hacked by Daphne at Gone Pecan, and […]

January 21, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Girl, you know I love me some adult fiction recommendations! So glad you do this every month 🙂 I want more people to read Me Before You before I take the plunge. I need more opinions because “heartbreaking” is making me nervous.

January 13, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's January 13, 2012 Shelve It - […] A short Saturday review of Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe + Big Kid’s Table: January 2013 Adult Fiction Picks + A review of Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi + A review of Anatomy of a Single Girl by […]

January 12, 2013 - 7:19 am

Lori - These all sound great. Dolls Behaving Badly sounds very interesting… 🙂

January 12, 2013 - 2:18 am

Kristen Evey - I need to read more adult books this year! I think I read 2 last year, and one of them was nonfiction. I’ll check out some of these. Keep the lists coming! 🙂

January 11, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Leah - “…an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income.” Say no more; I’m sold. 😀

Seriously though, fantastic picks! I’m especially intrigued by The Truth About Love & Lightning. & although Chevalier and Moyes are both familiar names, I have yet to read any of their works. It seems like now is as good a time as any to check them out!

Last month I read Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus (its release date was just a few days ago) and I loved it. It’s not the type of novel I usually grab, but once I started reading I couldn’t stop. After the death of his child, Thomas shut himself inside his bedroom, refusing to come out or spend time with his wife. Three years later, Silke is at her wit’s end and seeks the help of a ‘rental sister,’ someone experienced in dealing with hikikomori – those in self-isolation. The book is EXTREMELY character-driven and the writing is absolutely beautiful. 🙂 Definitely worth a read.

January 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

April Books & Wine - When I was an actual real life YA, I was really into Tracy Chevalier’s books. I’ll have to check her latest out.

January 11, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Alexa Y. - So, I may have just obsessively added all these titles to my TBR on Goodreads. EEP. I can’t wait to read more adult titles this year! Me Before You sounds really good and I LOVE that cover!

January 11, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Anna - A commenter on my blog today just recommended Me Before You. It’s meant to be! I’m reading it!

January 11, 2013 - 9:36 am

Rachel - I know I said this already but I love the graphic you put together and how you set up the post. And thanks for featuring my recommendation! Especially since I want everyone to read that book lol 🙂