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Review ~ Also Known As by Robin Benway


Title: Also Known As

Author: Robin Benway

Series: Also Known As #1


10 synopsis

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 digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she’s attending a private school with hundreds of “mean girl” wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school’s elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat… all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world’s greatest spies don’t have a mission plan for love.


I wasn’t so sure if I was going to enjoy this one because I am very picky when it comes to YA books. I ended up loving it for many different reasons.

I loved loved loved the banter. A book that does great banter is always a plus for me. I love that she is only 16 and is a spy. (well safe cracker)  It was really fun.

One of my favorite things to do is people watch. I have sat and would watch people and make up stories or wonder what their thing is. I watch movies and love spy movies. So with this book all I could think was how perfect it would be to make a kid an agent. I mean who would think it? not many would. It was fun to read this after having read such a heavy book not too long ago.

I kind of wish that there might have been a few more gadgets but like she said in the book that is for the movies. They want to blend in and look normal. I wonder if there is anyone in my neighborhood who might be working with the CIA undercover… It would be awesome. But I am nosy so that might be part of the reason as to why I find it fascinating at times.

If you are looking for something that is a bit of a suspense at times, as well as just fun this is a good one. It is about a 16 year old so it is YA. Usually I’m not a fan of high school, but this one was good and I liked it!


Review – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay


Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist.  When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.  The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes.  As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.


This was such a good book it is YA and is in two different point of views I immediately fell in love with Josh.. but couldn’t help but love Drew also. He played a man whore very well but then the true him came out and well you cant help but love him too. When starting this book I wasnt sure how I was going to like it but it has so many good reviews I wanted to give it a try to see what it would make me feel. I wanted to know what happened to Nastya from the get go but you have to wait and read and that was driving me crazy. I wanted to know what happened to make her react the way she was. There were so many moments in this book that I was able to relate to on a personal level. We have all been though things growing up and every one of us reacts differently. I enjoyed reading the coming of age (as many would say) of the characters in the book! Mostly of Nastya since Josh is very mature for his age and Drew well he is just Drew. haha

She has so much to deal with that she just has to find the person who killed her. Okay so to be honest I wasnt sure after reading

Dying really isn’t so bad after you’ve done it once.

And I have.

I’m not afraid of death anymore.

I’m afraid of everything else.

I had thought okay this is about a ghost.. (because I have said before I don’t usually read the blurbs because I like to not have any idea of where the book is going haha) But was happy to know that no it wasnt. 🙂 I enjoyed a lot about this book watching her find something with someone she never had before and it helped her even if she didn’t want to admit it.

There are many moments when I was reading when in my mind all I could say was WOW. I love when I read a book and there are things that are put in them that stick with me. It took me longer then I had wanted to finish up this book but then I got to a part in there that I couldn’t put the thing down so I was once again up till 2 in them morning reading. The start was a little slow and but for me personally but it got good. There is heart-ach, love, hate, joy, sadness… you name it, it seems to be in there.  And in Josh Nastya has found her match, I loved how they interacted with each other, it was so real. I felt at some parts as if I was there sitting in the same room watching them. But then the interaction between her and Drew had me laughing as well as had my heart aching because I just felt so sad at one point. I had to remember that one point they were all still in highschool because I was getting mad at a few parts thinking god they are acting like kids then had to remind myself they are all still kids. There are moments that in this book you forget the age because of the issues that they are dealing with and facing.

“It amazes me how people are so afraid of what can happen in the dark, but they don’t give a second thought about their safety during the day; as if the sun offers some sort of ultimate protection from all the evil in the world. It doesn’t. All it does is whisper to you, lulling you with its warmth before it shoves you face down into the dirt. Daylight wont protect you from anything. Bad things happen all the time; they don’t wait until after dinner.”

I would not say that it is the best book I have ever read but it was good and I did enjoy it I had an idea how it would end and would have to say that I always enjoy a book that ends how I hope.

Review – Flat Out Love by Jessica Park



Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it.

When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.


I laughed quite a bit at the nutty humor in this one! I enjoyed the banter very much and then Celeste is introduced and she cracks me up and she also breaks my heart. I love how Julie interacts with everyone and how much she just fits in at the Watkins family. There were many moments that had me laughing and I just enjoy good back and forth banter then about maybe half way through I yelled out OH MY GOD! And my husband just looked at me crazy and asked me “okay what happened in your book now?” so I told him my revelation and he just wasn’t feeling it like I was.. I was invested in this story! I needed him to understand what was going on and he just didn’t so I told him to forget it! lol

“I hope that someday they invent a car that runs on inappropriate thoughts”

“Thinks that twitter is like facebook’s slutty cousin. It does everything dumb and whore-ish you’re too responsible to do”

I loved all the Facebook status updates she put in by the characters in the book.

“If you can’t stop thinking about someone’s update, that’s called “status cling.”

I would recommend this to anyone who would like a sweet read that is complicated as well, I did tear up a few times it did have heart wrenching moments. I did love this one and was really hoping that Jessica was going to do another book about them but I don’t think she is because I think for her that was the end of it. I kind of wanted more something to tell me how they are doing. So I can appreciate the fact that they haven’t come to her for another book. BUT I am still hoping. lol