ARC Review: Going Rogue by Robin Benway


December 14, 2013 by Alice in Readerland

17934520Being 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. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her “new team” flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.

Special thanks to Bloomsbury/Walker Childrens and Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Going Rogue by Robin Benway will arrive in stores January 14th, 2014.

(My review of Also Known As)

Things That Made This Book Awesome

The Characters

 Robin Benway just has this knack for writing characters that are so funny and quirky and so full of life that they pop off the page, and Going Rogue was no exception. Maggie, Roux, Jesse, and Angelo are back and are more fun than ever as they take on bigger challenges. There are also some brand new characters that are introduced, and they are really cool, you’re going to love them!

Hello, new characters!

The Setting

This book is partially set in Paris. PARIS!

The Continuity

I love when a book series really keeps up the continuity of the series, but also when it reveals little bits and pieces about things that were just mentioned in passing. In Also Known As, Maggie wonders about someone, the spoiler on the spoiler. In this book, Maggie sees spoiler again and spoiler helps her out, so we see and learn a tiny bit more about her. I really enjoyed that, since I wondered about that character too!

(Okay, so I’m not really telling you anything. I’m just saying spoiler a lot. But still, I had to mention it because it was one of my favorite parts of the book.)

The Humor

Robin Benway can write humor so well! I wish I could quote from this book to show you what I mean, but trust me, she’s hilarious.

Cynical Cindy Says

Oh, I have to say something bad about this book? Okay: This book made me sad, because it made me really, really want to be in Paris and own a lock-picking kit. But then I realized that I wasn’t in Paris and had no business owning a lock-picking kit.

This book is recommended to:

1) Readers who enjoyed Also Known As

2) Readers who haven’t read Also Known As yet (I think there’s a small Also Known As spoilery recap in the beginning of Going Rogue, but you don’t need to have read Also Known As to enjoy Going Rogue.)

3) Fans of spy books or books full of humor

4 Teacups

4 out of 5 teacups

Here, have another Paris gif, just because:

(“I love Paris in the Springtime…I love Paris in the rain…“)

11 thoughts on “ARC Review: Going Rogue by Robin Benway

  1. I own also known as bu I have yet to read it sadly! I need to!

  2. Merin says:

    I just got an e-galley of this and am SO EXCITED to revisit Maggie’s world. I cannot wait to read this one!

  3. DoingDewey says:

    This and all of the teen spy books you’ve been reading sound like a lot of fun. Your review was a lot of fun too! I especially like your Cynical section, which made me smile :)

  4. Oh yes – I do love a book set in Paris. This one sounds cute – and funny. Will be putting it on my to-read list. After the Gallagher Girls ending I think I need a new teen spy series to read! Great review Alice!

  5. Bella says:

    Ohh, yay, so happy to see that you liked it! :) I can’t wait to read it myself.

  6. […] Known As (and the sequel, Going Rogue) were incredibly fun! The spy hijinks and the hilarious zingers made these books favorites of mine. […]

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