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A SPY IN THE HOUSE by Y.S. Lee
Series: The Agency, #1
Publication Date: March 9th 2010 by Candlewick
Rating: StarStarStarStarStar |

Summary: Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.

Review Overview:

  • Independent, witty, and fierce heroine
  • Charming male protagonist
  • Full of chemistry and unresolved sexual tension – but not a romance novel!
  • Fun historical mystery novel that will have you at the edge of your seat
  • A definite must-read, one of my new favorite series

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THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner, #2
Publication Date: October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: StarStarStarStar |

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

THE SCORCH TRIALS does not hesitate to get into the action. Already by the first chapter, the  reader is thrust into Thomas’s world after the “rescue” with very little development. It would be impossible for a new reader to the series to jump straight into this book. While the reader is reminded of what happened in the Glade, this limited information would not be enough to establish a foundation for a new reader.

THE SCORCH TRIALS was an enjoyable read but I do not think that it surpassed the standards of THE MAZE RUNNER. The first book was able to make me think. I was there with Thomas, Newt, and Minho solving the puzzle of the Maze. While THE SCORCH TRIALS was entertaining, it did little to make me think. It reminded me of a movie jam-packed with CGI and other special effects. Lots of explosions, lots of gore, lots of dead bodies.

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THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner, #1
Publication Date: October 6th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: StarStarStarStarStar |

Summary: Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You’re in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids — the Runners — venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.

Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he’s unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?

I cannot believe it took me this long to read. If you have not read this yet, I would like to start of this review by saying that you should not be waiting any longer to read this one.

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