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Also Known As (Also Known As #1)

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Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world's premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it's three di...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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First of all, I want to say 'I LOVE YOU STEPHANIE PERKINS!' (for recommending this book on her blog. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't even have heard about this book.)

"French is one of the romance languages after all."
(-Said a girl who kissed a guy in a French class after they were caught doing so by the French teacher.)

I learned more about spies from reading this one book as compared to my entire life. I completed reading this book at about 3:00 something AM (because the idea of sleep becomes in...more
Jasmine Rose
Also Known As is a super cute read. (Has anyone else noticed that I tend to start off my reviews with weird sentences?)

The spy aspect of the story was neat. It didn't feel too over the top and I love that Maggie was all about just picking locks and didn't use a bunch of gadgets and whatnot. It felt way more believable than the the movies that involve lots of rappelling and acrobatics to avoid lasers. More believable = easier to stay in the story.

The romance is freaking adorable. I love that Jess...more
Howdy YAL
Feb 27, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Gallagher Girls/Gilmore Girls
Recommended to Howdy YAL by: Me
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I like books about spies. Maybe it's because I watch a profuse amount of spy shows or I just find James Bond to be hot (the British accent does something to me, ya'll). I really don't know what it is, but whenever there's a spy oriented book in YA I just have to grab it. And that's why I requested Also Known As from NetGalley. And thankfully, they answered my request with a yes.

This is a weird book for me to review. If you talked to me after I finished the first thi...more
Lottie Eve
Also Known As was an incredibly fun novel. I didn’t expect all the laughs I got from it. I throughly enjoy the novel and I do not regret reading it. Also Known As exceeded my expectations but only as a novel. As a SPY novel, however, Also Known As leaves much to be desired.

Awhile this novel is about a teenage spy there is not much espionage going on throughout the story. Maggie does crack a few safes and locks here and there but there are things that I expect to be in a spy novel that were not i...more
This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.
...I had a shiny new plan.

And like most of my plans, it involved deviousness, blatant lying, and coffee.

I started with the coffee first.

About a month ago, I re-watched all five seasons of Alias (and, yes, I'm still mad about the suckitude of the final season) and found myself wishing that I could find books that fit the Alias-style mold: spying, action, romance and humor all wrapped into a quickly-paced, mysterious storyline.

Cute, fluffy and fun. It's a good in between book and it's precisely what I needed.

Maggie teen spy and safe cracker extraordinaire is funny. She's about to do her first job and must fit in with the rest of the high school bunch. I like that she's not the typical new girl at a loss about what needs doing. She knows who she is and what she has to do. But jumping in as she does, a couple of 'unexpecteds' pop up as well. And I enjoyed reading this all the more because of the same.

Especially, Roux (...more
I am solidly in the camp that as an author, Robin Benway can do no wrong. Also Known As was the third book I’ve read by Benway, and like her previous two it was an absolute hit with me. Also? Holy moly I was clicking the pages so fast (I read this on my Kindle on the bike). Benway brings her trade mark humor and sass to her latest story of spies, espionage and boo, high school with Also Known As. Seriously, if you aren’t already on the bandwagon of RB love, you will be after reading this book, i...more
Roza Dimka
A light funny romantic read is what I was going for and it was all that, I'm sure you guys are waiting for me to say "and more" but it wasn't.
I'd heard and read lots of praises and awesome reviews about this book saying what an amazingly funny and awesome book it was. But for some unknown reason this book did not hit that amount of awesome for me that it did for the others. So three stars is what it's getting from me.

The Plot:
This story is about a girl named Maggie. Maggie our protagonist is...more
Almost nine months through the year, and Also Known As is still one of the biggest surprises. I expected, and got, a light, fun, cutesy read, but I also found myself thoroughly charmed by the characters and relationships. Maggie is a great heroine – smart, funny, sarcastic, and ultimately very caring. She’s used to cracking safes and solving crimes with her parents, but when it comes to having genuine relationships she’s lonely and unsure. She knows she’s not supposed to grow attached to anyone,...more
Very very strong 3.5 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

I’m not usually into sweeping generalizations so early in the year, but here’s one for ya: so far, 2013 has totally knocked my socks off with surprise hits.

Also Known As easily slides in this category. It’s not like I didn’t have a hunch this would happen since Audrey Wait! was so much fun and I loved Robin’s letter in the Dear Teen Me anthology… but I had no idea I would love love it.

In a book about a family of spies,...more
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This book surprised the heck out of me!
I'm the kind of girl that likes to read those dark dystopian and paranormal books.
So a book about a teenage spy? Doesn't seem like a book I would like.
I absolutely ADORED this book!
It was just so fun!!
This book actually got me to laugh!!
I rarely ever laugh while reading a book (although that may be due to the I-read-dark-books thing)!!
I also loved the characters!!!

You knew this was coming didn't you? T...more
Sophie Riggsby
*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 3/7/2013*

You guys know that I have a weakness for well told spy plots and an absolute love of smart characters. Robin writes both incredibly well. I adored Maggie from the very first page. Here's a sample of how she thinks (page 4):

The first rule of being a spy: Listen. Our family friend Angelo always says that a good spy never asks questions, that people will always tell you what you need to know.

I've know Angelo my entire
Amie Beamer
Mrs. Beamer's review:
This is the type of book I hope my daughter grows up liking to read. It's light but clever...funny while still touching on some serious topics...and leaves you feeling GOOD. While I was prepared for much more "meat" around the spy storyline, I wasn't disappointed that it was lacking. I found the focus on the teen characters enjoyable...and applaud Ms. Benway for creating such lovable, flawed individuals for us to love :)

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Kristi (The Story Siren)
so much fun! review to come.
Also Known As features Benway’s trademark humor and this time centers on a family of spies. I found it highly enjoyable, witty and fresh, and AKA even made me LOL at times. ;)

I expected AKA to be a kind of funny Heist Society type novel, with lots of gadgets and dangerous missions. Where this book is a little different is that the main character gets to experience a normal life for the first time. She’s always lived the life of an international spy, never putting down roots anywhere. Now she’s g...more
Kate Sherwood
I wanted to like this one more than I did.

The characters are fun. Very 'My So-Called Life'-esque, but unfortunately without the little dagger-thrusts of depth and truth that the TV show managed to throw in. The characters in the book are like the TV characters were on the surface, without the depth. So, likeable, but not world-changing.

The set-up and plot were stupid. I was prepared to go into it all with my disbelief suspended, but it just went TOO FAR stupid. The MC is a safe-cracking prodigy....more
Jen Ryland
Feb 07, 2013 Jen Ryland marked it as to-read
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for review.

I'm crazy about anything that has to do with spies.I'm also a big fan of Robin Benway's books. If you haven't read Audrey, Wait! and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June, you should definitely add them to your list.

I adored Maggie, the main character in AKA. She's grown up globe-trotting with her spy parents, watching them work, and they've given her little jobs to do, but she's dying to prove herself. So when they tell M...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Also known As is fun, cute and light. It has its flaws,the biggest being that you really have to suspend your disbelief. But if you can the book is enjoyable. It's the story about a girl who is a spy first, and a teenage second thrown into high school for the first time. She doesn't know how to be a teenager, so she has to use her spy skills to survive. Both Maggie and the book are cheestastic and I love that. I'm a sucker for self-aware cheesy jokes.

"That's the second rule of being a spy: Be be...more
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Margaret [Redacted], AKA Maggie Silver, AKA Peggy, Maisie, Molly, Margie, or Meg. Suspect has a long history of espionage, dating back thirteen years. She is believed to be a member of the Collective, working as the safecracker on a team of two or three other intelligence agents. These team members are believed to be her immediate family. Suspect should not be considered armed or dangerous, but is believed to be exce...more
Vikki VanSickle
There seem to be lots of spy and international intrigue books on the market right now, both in middle grade and YA, ranging from high-octane thrillers like Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon to fun friendship stories like ally Carter’s The Gallagher Girls books. This one falls more on the fun end of the spectrum.

At sixteen, Maggie is a professional spy. Her superior safe-cracking skills have proved useful in more than one international intrigue. Maggie enjoys her life of globe-trotting and adr...more
Zoe and the Edge
Three months ago, I couldn’t even make eye contact with the neighbor boy, and now I was making out with a guy? Talk about overachieving.

Can I just say how much I love Robin Benway's style? Darn, it's good! Every sentence is just brimming with character and sarcasm.
I picked up this book without reading the blurb and was pleasantly surprised to find I'd made the subconscious decision to read two spy books back-to-back with a spy movie slotted in between. Nice one, Zoes.

Maggie is a spy and a top...more
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After reading Benway’s Audrey, Wait! and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June, there was no arguing the fact that I HAD to read this one. I mean: spies, undercover at a school, trying to seduce a cute guy? This was a recipe for my happiness (and I’m sure yours as well), and I was so into it. I couldn’t stop reading– the humor, the cuteness of it, and plus the cool spy background... just so much that couldn’t hold me bac...more
Writing Rabbit Blog
Hmmm.... Okay, here we go. This book was absolutely mediocre. Middle-of-the-road. For every thing that I liked about it there's something I strongly didn't. Where should I start?

Robin Benway did a really fantastic job of creating characters that are realistic. The way that they speak to one another and their responses to certain social situations rang true for me. Roux, Jesse, and Maggie behave exactly the way actual teenagers do, which is nice because sometimes I read a novel and all I can thin...more
Oct 14, 2013 kari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, ya, 5-star
What a fun read!
I enjoyed Maggie's voice and thoughts and the characters are all fully developed.
Maggie is a spy, the daughter of two spies, who work for a secret organization that sends them to different places to right wrongs or prevent crimes. I love this premise and it works. It is made believable.
Maggie's first experience of normal hight school and teenagers was such fun. How noisy they are and how she views a typical teen party. Hilarious.
The characters of Roux and Jesse have depth, not...more
Krista (Nawanda Files)
Also Known As is a very fun book with a lead character that is snarky, funny, and extremely good a picking locks. Maggie conquered the easy ones when she was just three years old! That's incredibly impressive. Her quriky and snarky side really drive the book. It seems like Maggie is always making some sort of joke. Whether readers will enjoy Also Known As will most definitely come down to whether they find Maggie humorous or grating.

In this instance, I would say that Also Known As is much more g...more
Do you ever need a pallet-cleansing book? You’ve read a few intense, emotional stories and want a new one that is guaranteed to make you laugh and smile and swoon a little? That is exactly what Also Known As was for me. After reading three books in a row that gutted me, I wanted one that was exciting and engaging without being heartbreaking or stressful. Thankfully, that's exactly what I got with this YA contemporary featuring teen spies and NYC private schools.

Maggie’s parents are spies. They...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Maggie Silver has been safe-cracking since she was three years old and wants nothing more than to be a spy just like her parents. So when the organization they work for, the Collective, gives Maggie a solo assignment she's super excited. Then she finds out that her assignment is basically to be a normal teenager - go to high school, make friends and infiltrate the life of Jesse Oliver so she can steal his Dad's info on the Collective. Maggie only has a small time frame before Mr. Oliver publishe...more
Kate McMurry
Hilarious YA, chick-lit, spy-caper novel

Sixteen-year-old Maggie is a brilliant safecracker who's been helping her international-spy parents with their assignments since early childhood, the three of them assuming a string of false identities as they expose high-level crime all over the planet. In the course of Maggie's adventurous life, however, there is one experience she's never had--high school. Until the moment she's offered her first solo assignment in New York City, she's always been home...more
Ms. Yingling
Maggie has traveled the globe with her parents, spies who work for the Collective, an shadowy organization that works hard at making sure that things... go right. Not much more is said. Maggie is a fantastic safe cracker, so has helped out wherever they are, most recently Iceland, but the family gets a new assignment which involves Maggie in a much bigger role than safe cracking. The family moves to Manhattan, and Maggie is enrolled in high school for the first time. Her job? To get to know Jess...more
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I'm the author of "Audrey, Wait!" and "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June." My new book "Also Known As" will be released on February 26, 2013. I live in Los Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I've gotten a lot better at cooking. I still love coffee. We should be friends.
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