Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs

Wildcard #23

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton

Wildcard #20

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

My opinion in three sentences:

I will put it out there that this is a strong, well-written and definite 5-star middle grade book, yet it is marketed (and called by the author herself), a young adult one, hence my four-star rating. The characterisation is great, the humour on-point, the plotline solid, but for a YA book, it’s as if things are a little too simple, convenient and easy to see coming. As a MG book, on the other hand, it sweeps the floor with the other MG spy novels I’ve read and stands tall with well-handled romantic side-elements, an awareness of consequences (and did I mention the damn awesome witty comments?)

(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:

Gosh, where to begin? You know, I think it has to be the humour. Like I’ve always found with Ally Carter’s quirky YA novels, Carlton has this realistic voice that just adds a light-hearted atmosphere to the book (but in all the right ways and in all the right places.) It just brings it all together in creating what really could be a realistic circumstance because there’s that annoying yet zany guy with some crazy misplaced joke or witty comment thrown into the mix. (You can bet my kindle highlighter was going mad with all the quotes!)

A warning for the book: 

This novel is very much strongly suited for its MG-target audience. That doesn’t make it a bad read for YA, NA or even adult readers, but the plot reveals are a little on the obvious side, which may detract from the plot’s enjoyment factor. I also found there were some convenient truths – like all these children of the Agency being at one school? – that weren’t explained to my level of scrutiny, but I still found it a wholly fun read.

Recommended for fans of:

  • I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
  • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  • Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz