March 18, 2018

#BookReview: Orphan Monster Spy by @by_Matt_Killeen

About the Book:

A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama!

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah--blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish--finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can't attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she's ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she'd ever imagined.

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher:   Viking Books for Young Readers
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction (1939) 
How I Acquired this book: Publisher 
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Author:
Matt Killeen was born in Birmingham, in the UK, back when trousers were wide and everything was brown. Early instruction in his craft included being told that a drawing of a Cylon exploding isn't writing and copying-out your mother's payslip isn't an essay "about my family." Several alternative careers beckoned, some involving laser guns and guitars before he finally returned to words and attempted to make a living as an advertising copywriter and largely ignored the music and sports journalist. He now writes for the world's best-loved toy company, as it wasn't possible to be an X-wing pilot. Married to his Nuyorican soul mate, he is a parent to both an unfeasibly clever teenager and a toddler who is challenging his father's anti-establishment credentials by repeatedly writing on the walls. He accidentally moved to the countryside in 2016.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Blew me away! 

Check out author's other books? Yes
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions:  Man o man this one blew me away!! It started off with a bang and ended that way too.  I will say one thing about the ending before I get into the rest of the story.  That I really loved how this was left open so a book two could be made. There is just so much potential for another book that I really hope that it does well enough that we get one as I would really like to know what happens to Sarah as she gets older.  

First off this book is not for the faint of heart. I would say that it is somewhere between teen and new adult. Just for the fact of some of the things that happen during the story.  The story itself will pull you in and take you, hostage, as you read each page to its fullest.  I know that I couldn't put this one down.  I know what you're thinking if I loved it so much why the 4 stars and not like a million.  Although this one starts out very good and keeps that. It does get a little stagnate during the middle at around page 200 or so it slows down just a little and gets slightly boring. But don't worry it doesn't stay that way.   

This one has some great and bad characters that you kind of want to hug and then, of course, beat the crap out of them.  The villains are well villains and the heroes are heroes. This was a pretty cut and dry title/story that will take you on a journey with Sarah while she tries to survive as well as helping others out.  She does a lot of things in this book that makes you question if she is doing the right thing. And I just couldn't help but feel for her situation.  She comes alive off the page and you feel everything she does. 

If you love historical fiction, strong female characters, and those who fight for whats right.  Check this one out! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Open Ending, Lots of Hatred against Jews etc., Gore 

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