And here is Justin!
What I liked: Everything? But seriously, it's just a well-written book. Humorous moments were weaved well into the diverse book. Lots of actions scenes, which of course you'd expect from a James Bond-esque book. I definitely liked the inclusion of a legacy in a book. I mean if you think about it any time you read about a private school there's always someone "who's great grand-father was the founder" or something like that. Not only is Erica's deceased relatives the founders of the school, but the country in general has been at the mercy of their family. I could talk for about 10 pages of how this book is awesome, but I feel like there wouldn't be any point to it.
What I didn't like: Let me just start out with saying: the cursing. Yes, there are bad words in this novel, but keep in mind this: I talked to the author himself and he said that he only stuck in the various language because it could give some character to the book, to spice things up. He was advised to do so by somebody (an editor I think?) and so he did and he received a million hate comments for it. He's removed all bad language from the rest of his books (unless you consider "stupid" "dumb" and "idiot" bad words) Another thing I didn't like was the classic format for all middle grade books. While it varies, in MG if we're talking about a kid and school it's always: There's a loser at blah blah school. Suddenly he catches a break and he talks to his crush. For half the book everything is really awesome with only minor flaws. Then there's a huge conflict at the end. The ending is either "YAY! We made it!" or "Aw, we lost" I feel like I could explain the plot of this book at a general level using the normal MG format, and while it's not bad, it's just overused.
Final Thoughts: A really, really, really great book with some minor flaws but nothing enough to make it bad.
Rating on 'the scale': 9.5 out of ten
Why? Minor flaws but nothing major. Really a great books that keeps things exciting and fresh.
Related: Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs / Playing w/ Fire series by Bruce Hale / Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
On Wednesday, March 1st, I will be posting an interview with Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of Wrath of the Storm. On Friday, March 3rd, I will post an interview with Henry H. Neff, author of Impyrium. Next week for MMGM, I will be reviewing Day of Ice by Andrew Lane.
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