review: Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
This book is in the same vein as the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers, so if you’re a fan of those you’ll like Meg’s tale of life as a thief hired to spy in Queen Elizabeth’s court.
What I really liked: Meg. She is a great protagonist with several layers – a great actress and thief with a moral consciousnesses that she uses to guide herself in her newly appointed duties as the Queens spy, and that’s not all. She’s also has a bit of an Edietic memory and her inner dialogue is the heart of the book.
What else I liked: Rafe Luis Medina, the Count de Martine. This guy is swoony in all the ways guys are meant to be swoony, however he’s not over the top. He plays it cool, because he’s on a mission of his own.
What I really really liked: The perfect balance of plot and romance. The kind where the romance never overshadows the main plot. Why yes, I like my romances to be the “b story.”
What I didn’t like: The beginning was a tad to slow for my taste, and I almost gave up. Though, I am glad I forged ahead.
received this book for an honest review from the publisher
Jennifer McGowan writes Young Adult romance full of swash and buckle. Her first novel, MAID OF SECRETS, debuts in Spring, 2013 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Age: Royal Secret.
Came From: A small town in northern Ohio.
Became a Maid of Honor: After bringing her tale of spygirls to the noble city, and winning the favor of the great house of Simon (& Schuster).
Special Skill: Matrix-like reflexes, superior strength, fabulous wit… okay, ah – we’ll get back to you on that.