Sleuth or Dare by Robin Benway, published by Simon and Schuster on 27th February 2014
Being 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 bring the wrath of the now corrupt Collective down on all of them. Can Maggie and her "new team" defeat their former allies?
'Sleuth or Dare' was fantastic and such a fun read. The second book about Maggie Silver, teenage safecracker and spy, sees her becoming embroiled in a new case which her parents can't help with. Luckily she has best friend Roux and boyfriend Jesse by her side, as she sets out to prove that her parents didn't steal evidence from the Collective.
Maggie loves the new people in her life but she's getting bored of nothing exciting ever happening. Being a spy is in her blood and she misses the danger and adventure that she used to experience on a regular basis. When trouble comes knocking, she is torn between keeping Jesse and Roux safe and letting them in on her secrets so that they can help her. Although she is dealing with life and death situations, she also has normal teenage problems to deal with, such as her friend being bullied and her boyfriend wanting her to get to know his family a little better. If anyone can handle it all though, it's Maggie.
The story takes on an international slant, when the action moves to Paris. It was fun to get to know some new characters, such as Ames, Elodie and Ryo and it will be interesting to see if they crop up again in later books in the series. Ames was a particular favourite of mine and I loved the fact that he and Roux immediately clicked. Roux deserves somebody special of her own and I think she's finally found that person in Ames.
Robin Benway is onto a winner with this series. I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading about Maggie and her life. This book was fast-paced and exciting with plenty of romance and adventure to keep me gripped and I absolutely loved it.